But I love this time of year (with or without the snow), because I can sit by the fireplace with a Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas (24 hours of Holiday movies & specials every day) and my latest knitting project in my lap. There's even a couple of radio stations (Warm 106.9 and KJRFM 95.7) that have already started playing Christmas music - I know it's a bit early but listening to the holiday music helps me to get into the spirit. And there is nothing like knitting a little love into a sweater, hat, scarf, or a pair of mittens for a family member or friend while listening to the songs of the season.
And seeing your knitted gifts being worn and enjoyed or receiving pictures from family members of them or their children sporting them is a real kick.
|My niece Joi (right) pictured with|
her best bud in Fun Fur hats
and matching ponchos
|Duck scarf and pumpkin hat|
made by Erika
|My son sporting his felted slippers|
|My friend Amber showing off her|
Fun fur pair
|Made for my friend Angie for her|
|Made for my niece Joi|
last year for Christmas
This year's Christmas projects are a combination of different things, hats, scarves, shrugs, and socks. Every year I try to learn something new so I can get proficient enough to mass produce for the holidays. Learning this craft has brought back many memories for me, particularly during this time of year. I remember watching my mom make us hats, mittens, and booties for our feet to wear around the house or to bed - they sure came in handy when the temperatures dropped below freezing and our house would get very, very cold - but those little booties kept our little tootsies nice and warm in our little beds. I really miss my Mom, she passed away just three days before Christmas in 1992 and I often wish that she was still here so that we could sit and knit together, teaching, learning and just enjoying the time together.
In closing I want to wish everyone a season of great thanksgiving, joy, peace and happiness. Happy holidays to everyone and happy knitting/crocheting!