Well, a little over a week until the Christmas stockings need to be finished. I'm still feeling optimistic. Christopher's cuff is done and I'm moving on to the leg. The darker color is showing through more than I like, but I am hoping that with a gentle washing the white will "bloom" and hold its own. ♥
The Cuff of Christopher's Stocking knit with Rauma Gammelserie
Despite the fact that we have had no snow and are not likely to have a white Christmas, which is a source of painful regret to my children, it is shaping-up to be a pleasant Advent/pre-Christmas season.
My two children who are living with their Dad this year went to the Penance Service at their Church last night, making this mother's heart proud and happy!
Yesterday we made Christmas cut-out cookies. Today. we're eating them. I don't have pictures of the latter event, but I do of the former:
Making Christmas Cookies
Now, I'm listening to Christmas music on Pandora Radio and knitting Christmas gifts like crazy!
So, the kids and I have been reading an advent reflection each evening at dinner time ( Five Minutes with the Word by the Word Among Us). Every year I say that we will do this but this is the first year that we've actually made it through the first 3 days. Sad, I know. But, so far so good. This is as much for their benefit as for mine, since I am in danger of seeing Advent as merely my "Christmas Knitting Time."
Speaking of Christmas Knitting:
Ginny's Aran Pillow
FYI: It's very weird to knit an Aran weight project at the same time as a lace project.
The 2011 Advent Scarf Knitalong started on December 1st! So, along with my other Christmas knitting, as well as the other Advent Scarf, I'm knitting this beautiful lace project with over 2000 other knitters from all over the world! The knitting is going well so far and the chatting on the Ravelry group page is lively and entertaining.
Each day of the scarf is a different type of lace stitch and each day's instructions are given the evening before. Like opening a door on an Advent calender each day before Christmas!
I dyed a small cone of Jaggerspun lace weight yarn with my Pro Chemical and Dye Spearmint and Mallard dyes. Lovely! And I bought Toho beads to match.
Here's What we've done through Day 3. And the kids and I still managed to put up the tree and throw some decorations around, too!