Wow! The last week flew by in a great, big hurry! I figured it would do for me to pop in this evening and share with you a little of what you missed while I was taking a much needed break from many things, blogging included. There has also been very little knitting and no sewing around here; the Christmas creating left me a bit drained. And I do promise to share all that we created in the next few days, but tonight you’ll have to make do with a little taste of what’s been going on around here for the last week.
Don’t forget to get signed up for the scarf contest here. It ends tonight at 10 pm central time.
We had a little of the white stuff. Well, a little more than a little; we awoke to a magical 12 inches on Christmas morning and it continued to snow off and on through the weekend. We then got another 3 or 4 inches earlier this week. All told it’s been some where in the neighborhood of 20 inches in less than a week around here; I think I heard that it was the 3rd snowiest December on record for us.
There was some serious play with the wood nativity blocks. For some reason, though, the plants and animals were never allowed anywhere near the people this year. Well, except when they were swept off the table onto the floor. I also keep a few other nativities within their reach, and the preschooler announced rather loudly after standing one of the baby Jesus’ up in his manger that he was awake. Not long after that I found every figure in that particular set laying down, and everytime I tried to stand them back up he would come over and say, “No, Mama! They’re sleeping!” Mary, Joseph and an entire group of wisemen slept their way through advent, Christmas, and right up until I picked them up and packed them away today. I do hope they can stay awake long enough to wait expectantly through advent with us next year…
I received a most wonderful gift from Linda as a part of our tradition. I love this head topper and will certainly share more of it with you later, including some humorous out takes from this photo shoot. This son of ours can really ham it up when he wants to!
And finally, there was a little bit of merriment when we got together for a family photo, all 12 of us!, while donning our gnome hats. I stayed up into the wee hours several nights before Christmas knitting 12 gnome hats. The pattern can be had in this issue of Living Crafts. As I am trying to work as much from my stash as possible, I didn’t even try to find the pencil roving called for in the pattern. I went through 8 skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, two skeins of Noro Kureyon, 8 skeins of handspun, and one skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky. I managed to knit all 12 hats with only the purcahse of two skeins of yarn. This pattern is fabulously easy and fun to knit, and it works up very quickly. The hats are a huge hit, and our little family of four keeps getting compliments and smiles from them while we are out and about.
I do hope you have plans to ring in the new year in what ever way is most to your liking. I will be sitting on my couch and watching a movie after a fabulous dinner with Hubby while the boys sleep. I do believe that we will ring in the new year with the time zone before ours, but it will be joyous just the same!
I plan to be back in this space more regularly now, and I hope to share more of our handmade holiday, a year end post, and my goals for 2010 in the near future.