Is it already the 5th of December? I can’t believe we are already almost a week into this month. We are busy slowly decorating the house, getting back into the swing of Advent readings and activities together, as well as finishing up our last week of school before we take a long break for Christmas. I am looking forward to the freedom of slower mornings playing games together or doing crafts, reading more together, and enjoying this special season.
I sewed the armpits of Noah’s sweater last night (yes, it’s done!) and wove in the ends and will block it today, so it is a relief to have that done well in time for his birthday. I’ve been knitting on some socks for him as well, but with less pressure on myself to get them done in time for his birthday. I cast on for Phoebe’s birthday sweater, she cannot wait to have a sunday sweater to match her sisters. I’m knitting this with the yarn (100% eco wool) I dyed a few months ago with marigolds from our garden and I love the subtle variegation and the chartreuse color of this wool. It’s very bright and happy for the winter months and in all this cold, it’s a reminder of the happy warm summer days. Also, I dyed extra skeins of this yarn and also the avocado pink yarn I used for Philippa’s sweater to share with any of you knitters/weavers/crocheters out there who might be interested! I will share more details soon, but those skeins will be listed in my first ever Etsy shop update hopefully this weekend, if all goes smoothly. I’ve had hurdles and interruptions galore to my plans (which were originally to open this little shop in October!) and I’ve second-guessed and doubted myself a ton, and would probably have bailed on this idea except that I have invested too much to just drop it now. So, it feels a little silly in a world where there are makers far more talented than I, but my heart is to offer some things made from our hands and home to you. Hopefully I will have a post up on Friday with specifics of what we’re selling and lots of photos, so tune in if you’re interested in taking a peek.
For now, you can see a bit how this yarn knits up in today’s picture. It is rustic and dry, yet still soft and very squishy. I am not bored at all knitting this pattern again because the yarn is so bright and cheerful, and the pattern really is lovely.
I’ve been reading this book by Phyllis Tickle, What the Land Already Knows . It is so sweet, quite a rich little book with short chapters that are great for reading just before sleep. Brandon and I are also reading Lessons from a Christmas Tree Farm in the evenings together. We are using Hallelujah and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift as family advent readings. We just stocked up at the library with tons of festive Christmasy books and we’re preparing for a big snow forecasted for this weekend (fingers crossed!). We have lots to read and lots of wool for knitting, so basically we’re all set.