Some Christmas Favorites
Favorite new craft/yummy treat/giftee item. Chocolate covered oreos found here. Fun! Easy! Delicious! Impressive looking! And you can get all that stuff--the lollipop sticks, the little bags, the melting chocolate in the baking aisle of the craft store on your trip tomorrow (I know you're going.)
Favorite teacher gifts--following Kay's advice for the fingerless mitts. We have 11 teachers total, so I have to carefully decide how much handmade I can do, and who might appreciate it the most. This year I'm going with 2 teachers for the Maine Morning Mitts. Very very fun to make. I forsee a third pair in my future (for me).
They look better on (it's is hard to photograph your own hand!) Free pattern here. 1 skein Noro Kureyon (vintage and unknown color) for the orange-green pair, and one skein Gedfria something (its easy to lose the ball band when you only have one skein) for the neutral ones. We may be going out on a limb a little with the orange and green, but I feel pretty confident this teacher will like these colors.
Favorite sweet moment: my daughters were invited to come along with me to our annual girlfriends Christmas party at Laura's, and they were so excited that they decided to dress up! (Maybe all the eating, knitting, and yakking about quilting didn't excite them as much as they thought it would, but I'm sure they'll get it--someday.)
Favorite card "Satus Slay" by Molly. What am I going to do when I don't get these wonderful pictures every day? The kindergarten-through-second grade spelling just kills me.
Favorite Christmas Craft of all time: the gum drop wreath. It cracks me up when I read a story of someone trying it for the first time and realizing how many gumdrops and how much time this actually takes (and how heavy they are when finished) because ours don't turn out like this, they look more like this:Actually, Ethan was getting some good coverage on his this year, but his energy waned after about a third of the way done. We might leave it like this, or we might work on it again. I think the key to these is tackling them more then one afternoon in a row.
This video is from last year, and we are still watching it over and over. It never fails to lower my blood pressure, make everyone start smiling and dancing.
Felted thrift store sweaters waiting patiently to made into these, and a little ball of Christmas Tree yarn waiting to made into this.
Here's wishing you cozy moments and fun projects!