sticks, beads and strings
make wonderful, beautiful things

So this was Christmas

And it did not go quite as planned. We did not even make it to church. My mom came, and we lost track of time, and then it was too late to get ready and go. I forgot the macaroni and cheese for dinner. We ditched the pumpkin pie because we have so much other sweet stuff here. But everyone enjoyed their presents, and we even heard a “thank you” or two.

Ann’s dh passed on to glory the morning of Christmas Eve. I’ve been chatting with her off and on all weekend, but that has been deeply on my heart.

As for knitting and such, I finished a hat for the baby from the left over sock yarn. I am almost through with the short row swatch. It looks vaguely like half of a bra, but it came out really well, with undetectable short rows, and should spark interest in the class. Yes, Virginia, I now know how to pick up a purled wrap from the purl side. Yay me! I knew I could figure it out if I just sat down and looked at it. I had a student ask me about it in the Unpatterned Sweater class, but I’d never done it, and could not “see it” on the fly. I did tell her I’d have an answer for her next time I saw her, and now I do.

The baby blanket languishes still in the basket. It’s not that I’ve forgotten it, but I needed to get those socks done, and now, it is too hot to work on it (again). maybe it will cool off in January. In the meantime, there is no shortage of things to make, as usual.

I’ll finish this swatch in a minute, and do the increase swatch. We have knitting group Wednesday, so I can drop them off at the store. Then, I’ll look and see what else I can get into trouble with. Might be my socks. Might be something else.

I probably ought to fold laundry sometime today as well. Seems the children are still quite fond of clothes.

I’ll post some FO pics later, maybe even a few of the children.

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