Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmases Past and Christmas Present

Happy Christmas Eve!

I didn’t blog recently because it got busy with Christmas coming, and feeding my spirit in different ways. I’ve joined a Spirituality study group at my church, and we’re meeting Thursday mornings, so that was first thing – finished the cuff on a sock, and started the pattern – I’m making Jaywalker socks right now for myself – it’s fun to see what it’s doing with a green with some strips in it.

And then there was a doctor’s appointment, and then to try and organize like crazy heading towards Christmas. We only need to get a couple of small gifts for our son, and we will done with what HAS to be done by Christmas day. And after dinner was the last Choir rehearsal for 2006 (and Christmas Eve), and then I felt it was time to get lights on the Christmas tree, so we spent two hours after rehearsal doing that .

As we got the rest of the decorations out, (though not on the tree until tomorrow – husband and I both ran out of steam) there came the Christmas stockings – so I did put them all up on the mantel. Because my goddaughter is living here, she and her mother will be with us for Christmas morning, and their stockings are here too – it impresses ME to see six of my hand knit stockings hanging on the fireplace! And they represent the time frame, as Vanessa’s (my goddaughter) was one of the first ones I ever designed and made. I counted how many I can remember that I’ve knit since hers (dated 1989), and Nathaniel’s was at least number twenty-four, if not twenty-five! 25 in 17 years! In the photo of ALL the stockings, the little ones on the end are the dog’s (which I knit from the Christmas Stockings book) and two little ones for the kittens – which are store bought. Somewhere there are two other small, obvious cat stockings for the other two.

The shoemaker’s children go barefoot is the old saying, and it’s true of hand knit stockings for my immediate family. As I said in an earlier post, my stocking still is not completely finished – the cat on it is suppose to have knitting needles with a stocking in her paws . And the dog only got her own hand knit stocking THIS year, even though I started it last year – before Christmas.

And Friday disappeared in resting and knitting, and doing some Christmas shopping – for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner – but we don’t NEED to go to any stores until AFTER Christmas!

Tonight, I made a Santa head for a Christmas stocking (very basic, plain) that I knit for my goddaughter’s godson (got that?), and the stocking has been waiting since LAST year for Santa – but I finished it tonight. Added it to the mantel array – and voila! Quite impressive display if I do say so myself!

And following are photos of my family’s stockings:

Bob’s (my husband) who has told me there are only 33 instruments total in the house!

Andrew’s (he was VERY into trains when he was 2 to 6)

And mine. I love cats.

Merry Christmas to you all, tomorrow (which is really today after I’ve slept) is busy with two church services to sing at, cookies to bake, dinner to fix, and guest bed to dig out for my best friend, so she can be with her daughter first thing Christmas day –chances are they’ll do there own Christmas REAL early Christmas morning, and we’ll join them for breakfast and OUR Christmas, before they go off to visit family for a good part of the day – back to us for desert, if not dinner it’s self.

Boxing Day will bring my progress on various things – the Swallowtail shawl I’m now focused on, as the Purlioned Letter blogger did such a gorgeous job on her’s – she inspired me to get going again on mine, and the Elephants Baby Blanket, and the socks.


The Purloined Letter said...

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. What beautiful stockings! I love the idea of the knitting cat.

Good luck with Swallowtail! Can't wait to see it.

Barbara de Garcia said...

I am curious about the source of the Point Rhys Lighthouse baby blanket (or is it Point Reyes as in California). anyway, I am on a baby blanket making kick.

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