Joy to the woolly world!

It’s getting harder to keep a lid on the holiday excitement around here! It all started with the Knitted Ornaments class, scheduled a little earlier than usual this year, in mid-November. The tree went up, all decked out in the knitted ornaments we were making, and when the class was over, I just couldn’t put them away. Those fairy lights were a welcome sight as the days got shorter, and darker.  So, down the rabbit hole I fell! More garlands and lights went up, the candles came out, then the skates, and then, ta dah! It snowed!

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The evenings got started later as school got busier, and the colourful knitting was a joyful way to end the day.  I was inspired to finish off my Marley Shawl because it began to resemble the gingerbread house!  Am I right?

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I think it must be the sprinkles!  The Firsties are the experts in that department, but there are many indie dyers creating gorgeous speckled yarns.

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With the Marley Shawl all blocked out and drying, I dug a vintage project out of the archives (the clue was the straight needles!) and I fell back into the soothing rhythm that cable knitting can be, until I noticed that one cable was crossed the wrong way (see it?).  I worked down that column and rebuilt it correctly.  This is handspun yarn from the most beautiful local Romney Sheep.

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When it came time to choose this year’s addition to the Arne and Carlos knitted balls collection, I went with a bell to remind me of the wonderful experience I had this term, starting up and directing a primary choir, of 110 children in grades 1 and 2!  We sang about bells, wore bells, choreographed a few bell ringing moves, and generally rang out joy!  I added some sparkle to this one, as a memory of the glitter and glow.

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When The Firsties and I drew names for our festive making project, I got the name of a little girl who often wears a wig to school, with long Rapunzel braids.  Perfect!  Time for my favourite knitted toy.  The dollie was a big surprise, and I think she will be loved.  Can you tell that I finished her at 2:30 in the morning?

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This week I cast on for the stunning Shine Mittens, by Pia Kammeborn.

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 This is the second pattern of Pia’s I have knit in the past few months, and there is a third queued up.  I explained this obsession in my last post.

Well, that’s it for today.  This wonderful holiday is a gift of time that I want to spend making, with this wonderful guy by my side.  Yes, he’s on my lap!  We are planning to burn the midnight oil every night!

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 We’ll be back soon!  

‘hope you enjoy every festive moment!

Bye for now  from Venessa and Cardigan