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. 

 

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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.

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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!

 

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! 

 

 

 

Lego Mania

The Boy turned eleven last weekend and he loves Legos. So I threw a Lego Mania Birthday Party of Destiny.

There were mini-fig cups (curtesy of The Dancing Queen, who sat and drew each and every one)

IMGP1182There was a Lego cake (the masterpiece created by The Bookworm)

IMGP1186There were paper legos everywhere – on the table…

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… and in the trees.

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Even the gift was disguised as a giant Lego!IMGP1181

There were real Legos, too. We had a Lego car building contest –

IMGP1200After which the kids (and some of the dads)  raced their creations to see how fast they’d go.

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The cars were the party favors so there was incentive to use the interesting pieces – knowing that they could keep whatever they could race spurred the kids to think outside the box. Some of the cars were very creative!

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It was a really fun day, and the weather was beautiful and the food was good and the company was fabulous.

Happy Birthday, Boy! I can’t believe you’re already eleven!

Stuck in a Rut?

That’s what the man said when I whipped up these overalls for The Blessing.

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Overalls of my own design in Mosaic Moon Arbor on Gaia Worsted

And maybe he has a point. These practically flew off of the needles just a week before:

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Overalls of my own design in my handspun

And, of course, my pregnant knitting was somewhat similar…

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Overalls of my own design in Family Pendragon Avonlea’s Rainbow on Merlin Superwash Sock with Vertebrea Sweater

Then there are the short overalls that I adore and wish (oh, how I wish I had made them pants!)

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Ballonbukser in Madelinetosh Sock, Glasshouse

Okay, it may be a rut, but it is a cute rut… and I am not out of it yet. I’ve got some Mal Chunky turning into overalls as we speak! The Blessing is excited about those –

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The Strawberry Sweater

Introducing the “Strawberry Sweater”, so named by The Munchkin.

IMGP0746I can hear you saying, “Strawberry sweater? That doesn’t make any sense.”

I did say that the four year old named it that, right? And when do four year olds ever make sense?

She does have a rhyme to her reason this time, however. When I showed her the photo of the example sweater that I was knitting for her (it’s Pepper, by the way), she focused in on the pretty strawberry buttons and that was all she could think about from that moment on.

Gorgeously dyed purples, greens, and browns – a colorway named “Rapunzel”, her favorite princess, no less! – and all she talked about was the strawberry buttons!

IMGP0753Soft, soft yarn, soft enough to wrap a snuggly baby in, and she told everyone about how “Mama is making me a strawberry sweater”.

IMGP0763I even special ordered Rapunzel buttons to match perfectly, and she chose instead to have strawberry buttons.

IMGP0741So I had them special ordered, too. Purple strawberries to match a Rapunzel sweater.

IMGP0740And today, she is wearing a hand-me-down red turtleneck sweater with plain buttons because she doesn’t like strawberries any more.

sigh

At least I made it big enough that when she does like it again, it might still fit.

IMGP0749Pepper by Elena Nodel in Mosaic Moon Rapunzel on Gaia worsted with purple strawberry buttons from Tessa Ann

Oh, while I am here – this pattern, like every other pattern that I have bought from this designer, is well written, thorough, and easy to use. It is worth every penny.

 

 

 

 

 

3 21 Blessing

Wondering how The Blessing is doing? To avoid inundating this knitting blog with random facts about Down syndrome and drowning out pictures of knitting with pictures of our new baby, I started a new blog just for her. As we adjust to having a child with special needs and experience the blessings that are sure to come with the struggles, I will be keeping a sort of journal about it at 321blessing.com. Check it out. Or don’t. Either way, look for more knitting posts here on woolandchocolate in the coming weeks.

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