I used a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, although I've already forgotten which one!! How awful is that. But my brother says he really likes the socks. He lives in San Francisco, and says they keep his feet nice & warm in his condo.
So the Seattle area had some unusually snowy weather right around Christmas. I won't go into too much detail, but suffice it to say I missed my flight to California the Monday before Christmas, despite a heroic drive to the airport. On the way back home I got stuck in the snow right outside my garage:
Someone told me I was "high-centered". A term I've never heard before, being the California girl I am. It took an hour of digging and five men to finally get my car into the garage. I was lucky a bunch of guys were doing some construction on a nearby condo, and were willing to push my car. After getting the car inside, we were stuck at home for the next four days. We finally made it out at 8:30pm on Christmas night, arriving in San Francisco at 10:30. Luckily my family was willing to hold "Christmas Day" on the 26th. We had a great time once we got there! The weather was wonderful - in the low 60's mostly. It was such a relief to get out of the snow.
The funny thing about snow in Seattle is what normally happens is that it snows an inch or two, the world shuts down (schools close, nobody can drive anywhere because of the hills) and then it all melts in about 24 hours. This time we had snow for over a week. It was really amazing.
We had a great time in California. Great gifts were given and received, and one day we went to Pier 39. This is a view of Coit Tower and the Transamerica building from the top level of the Pier:
I lived near SF for most of my life, and just realized that some of the best views can be had right from Pier 39!!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas/New Year, and is looking forward to a wonderful 2009!