Christmas Knitting Freak Out

January through October – “I’m totally not knitting Christmas presents this year.”

Mid-November – “I NEED TO KNIT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR EVERYONE!!!!”

I might be a little stressed right now. Good thing I knit pretty quickly – I have made some good progress:

A shrug for The Munchkin (simple top down raglan of my own design in Swoosh DK “fresh”)

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A cape for The Blessing (simple top down half pi shawl in Knit Picks Glimmer).  I am thinking about putting a pink ribbon through the first row of eyelets to use as a tie.

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A shawlette for The Fraggle (“Ovate” by Tori Gurbisz in Yarn Love Bulky). This pattern was written for one skien of Malabrigo Rasta and I have wanted to make one for years. This is the most epic quick-knit last-minute pattern I have ever seen. I made it in one evening. It’s small but there is a 2 skien version if you want it bigger. This will be perfect size for The Fraggle.

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I am now working on a cowl for The Princess.

Then there is still a vest for Little Man, a hat for The Boy, a scarf (?) for The Dancing Queen, and maybe something for The Man.

I can totally do this…. right?

Wrapped in Knitted Love

We recently went apple picking with our homeschool group. It was a chilly morning so the kids got all layered up in their hand knits.

The Princess wore an epically soft hooded scarf that I made for The Bookworm a few birthdays ago.

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The Munchkin wore a hat that I made as a swatch for a color work idea that I never actually finished, the cabled cardigan that I made for the Dancing Queen and has been passed down several times, and the foxy fingerless gloves that she has hardly taken off since I bound them off months ago.

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The Blessing has hardly any knits made just for her, because she keeps getting all the older sister’s stuff – The Munchkin’s Dress, The Fraggle’s Cardigan, and a Rasta hat that I made for myself (but never wear).

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It is lovely that my home is overflowing with beloved knits that are worn year after year. I really like that aspect of this particular hobby: wrapping my children in knitted love.

It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye

One night when she was five, The Bookworm woke me up crying. She was so distraught and it took some time for her to tell me what was making her so sad. When she finally blurted it out, I had hide my smile at the sweetness.

“Why are you crying?” I asked as I brushed the hair from her forehead.

“Because someday I’m going to grow up and leave you and I don’t want to ever leave you!” She whimpered, her tiny little hand clutching mine.

“You don’t ever have to leave. You can stay with me forever, okay?” I lied soothingly. But it didn’t feel like a lie because she was my little girl and she would never leave, right? Or at least not for a long, long, long time.

And she calmed right down and fell back asleep.

And then the day came that she did grow up and she did leave me. This is my Facebook post from the day she left.

She went off on a great adventure to the other side of the world, to do great things for God as she followed her own path and became the most amazing young woman. I am so proud of her!

For the past few weeks, The Bookworm has been home again. And it has been so fantastic. Between doing fun things like going to to the Fair, the zoo, shopping, eating out, and visiting family and friends, we’ve had some lovely times just being home all together. All eight of my kids under the same roof once again – playing games, watching movies, working puzzles, talking, laughing, and eating, eating, eating!

Soon, my grown up girl will get on an airplane and fly away again. She has a life in Israel to return to, with home, friends, and responsibilities. I will have to say goodbye again, a thing not easily done. But right now, in this moment, I am soaking up every second of her presence, taking lots of pictures, and resting in the joy that having all of my family together brings.

I have lots of knitting to share, and some spinning, too! But the blog is going to have to wait a few more days. There just isn’t enough time left with my daughter to spare any for sitting on the computer!