A Thank You Note to Our Mystery “Santa”

You left gifts on our doorstep,

And filled our pantry with good things to eat,

You put grocery money in my wallet,

And socks on the kids feet,

Thank you

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I don’t know who it was that did it,

And I can’t hug you tight,

You chose to remain a secret,

Playing Santa on Christmas Eve night

Thank you

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We were so surprised to find it all,

Piled up outside our door,

I stood with tears filling my eyes,

My kids opened gifts on the floor,

Thank you

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The clothes all fit perfectly,

The food is exactly what I’d get,

You made our Christmas magical,

One that we will never forget,

Thank you

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Someday, I Will Have Knit a Stocking For Everyone

The Fraggle has a handknit Christmas stocking in time for Christmas! (Whew!)

IMGP1566A mishmash of patterns, specially designed to match the other seven that I have already made in years past, knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Avocado, Rouge, and Aurora Heather.

IMGP1564Now I only have one to go.

If only I could stop having babies long enough to get caught up on the Christmas stockings!

 

 

Instant Facial Hair Makes a Great Christmas Present

For my brother and sister in law’s annual white elephant christmas party, I made a beard.

My grandma was the first to open it. I cannot tell you how dissappointed I am that the picture did not turn out. My grandma. With a thick brown beard. Hilarious.

This beard was then passed around a bit before it landed on my sister’s boyfriend’s face. Hilarious.

Best. Gift idea. Ever.

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Beard in Malabrigo Chunky Merino  Marron Oscuro

image_medium2 Ravelry project page hereIMGP1402_mediumYou’re welcome.

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Dale & Dolly – Deck the Halls

Dale and Dolly trim the tree

“Dale and Dolly” is the collaborative work of The Bookworm and I. After I sketch out my idea in goofy little stick figures and scrawled lines of dialog, I hand it over to my thirteen year old daughter who works her magic. Her attention to detail and sense of humor make this comic strip what it is and I give her all the credit for this amazing series.  

Nativity

I absolutely adore the nativity set that we use (Evi Nativity Set found here). I have been collecting it piece by piece over the last couple of years and still don’t have all of it. What I do have, though, gets lots of love. And I enjoy finding it in the interesting arrangements that the kids are known to leave it in. Like this one that I entitled “Joseph, Mary, and Angel are all really into Jesus!”

IMGP1324All kidding aside, I think that this set is awesome because it is a toy that can be played with and loved

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yet still looks gorgeous on the coffee table.

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I need to knit some better sheep, though. 

 

Trimming the Tree

I love Christmas time! We get out the box of ornaments, each with it’s memories, and hang them on the tree with Christmas music playing, and hot cocoa sipping, and new memory making.

IMGP1285 IMGP1286 IMGP1294Then we sit down and watch “White Christmas” while we string popcorn and cranberries.

IMGP1302 IMGP1305 IMGP1306‘Tis the season to be jolly.

 

 

This Moment – Ho, Ho, Ho

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

IMGP1300I’d like to quickly point out that The Princess is now wearing, loving, and looking awesome in the sweater that I made for The Boy three years ago!

 

Feeties!

Adding feeties to the bottoms of baby pants and longies may be a new hobby of mine.

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Picky Pants with my regular mods plus feeties! in Mosaic Moon Gaia Worsted in Selkie and Selkie Blurple trim (Rav page here)

It is a nice challenge to taper the legs down to the right stitch count for socks, while getting the legs long enough (but not too long) and wide enough. It is a special treat when they come out on the first try, which these didn’t. I frogged back several times and started thinking that I should just spring for a pattern, but I finally came up with a formula that worked.

IMGP1269Then I tried to add feeties to the chunky overalls that I was working on and had a slice of humble pie. Nevertheless, these turned out awesome.

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Said formula looks like this – decrease to approximately 22 stitches (depending on gauge of course); switch to 1×1 rib; work rib for about 1.5″; knit heel flap about 1.5″; pick up gusset stitches (two stitches every three rows); work standard gusset decrease to 2 or 4 stitches less than original amount; work to about 1″ shorter than desired length; decrease toe to approximately 10 st; kitchner graft toe.

A few tips if you want to try it –

Decrease the legs either gradually along the length or all at once and then work a few rows of ribbing. Continue the ribbing on the heel flap. This will help it fit right on the actual baby.

When decreasing for the gusset on the foot, work an extra decrease round or two so that the foot is not as wide as the leg.

Knit the foot a little longer than you would a normal sock or bootie to allow for growth. Same goes for leg length.

Don’t be afraid to play with it. It doesn’t hurt that bad to rip back because you are working with so few stitches, so try it and see what happens.

It really helps if you have a baby to try on the first leg before you make the second!

 

 

Let it Snow!

It is not very often that we get snow at our house. And even less often that it comes in December.

 

IMGP1310We awoke to a blanket of snow on Saturday. The kids were dressed and out the door before I could pull myself out of my bed. They were so excited!

IMGP1308To add to their pleasure, it has been cold enough that it has stuck around in pockets and shady spots all over the property so that the fun goes on and on.

IMGP1315It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

 

 

 

Dale & Dolly – Dolly’s Gift

Dale and Dolly Christmas Wheel

“Dale and Dolly” is the collaborative work of The Bookworm and I. After I sketch out my idea in goofy little stick figures and scrawled lines of dialog, I hand it over to my thirteen year old daughter who works her magic. Her attention to detail and sense of humor make this comic strip what it is and I give her all the credit for this amazing series.