Winter

Christmas Stockings!? What?

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I found a free pattern on WEBS recently for a Christmas Stocking and decided to knit it for the Christmas Stocking giveaway in December.

Including a practice swatch to satisfy myself that the pattern really would work with all those slipped stitches, this is my progress so far!

Trust me, the stitches are much straighter than they appear in places.

Candle Wreath for Imbolc

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Just finished putting together my candle wreath to celebrate the very old Celtic traditions of Brigid's Day or Imbolc - a celebration that takes place midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox to celebrate the advancing warmth and light of the sun as it warms and prepares the earth for spring sowing.

The holiday is often marked by lighting candles, building fires on freshly cleaned hearths, eating pancakes, and planting seeds or bulbs in little indoor pots.

Getting a Head Start on Holiday Gifts with a Swedish Tomte

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I know! I KNOW! Christmas is officially over!

But... it is not a minute too soon to start making gifts for next year. After all Christmas is only 342 days away, and believe me that is not as much time as you think for making holiday gifts!

My first 2011 holiday gift project - ornaments and small decorations starting with this whimsical little Tomke or Nisse.

Yarnia Giveaway Winner and Some Cool New Yarnia Kits!

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We have a winner!

Congratulations Nancy! Now you can knit those socks!

I wish everyone could have won - if I could, I would send everyone I know a certificate! I love shopping at Yarnia!

In fact, I was just there this past week and picked up a couple gift kits! I just discovered them! Check them out! You get enough yarn to make a hat, a pair of fingerless gloves, or a dishtowel and dish rag - and the pattern - all for $10.00 or less!

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The kits come in several color choices which you can view by clicking on the hat or gloves or the towel image and then click on "additional images". I picked up a blue hat kit for someone very special. And I see more in my future - definitely!

The kits are so great because you get enough yarn for a hat and the pattern - tucked right inside the cone!

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And, of course when you are done - you can make a holiday tree with the cone and any leftover yarn.

For those looking for more of a challenge, Yarnia has created a "Baby Surprise Jacket Kit. So far there are two colors available.

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And don't forget that you can create your very own yarn right here!

Have fun on your visit to Yarnia! I always do!

Celebrate Twelfth Night - Eat Cake!

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Apparently, there are several cultures in the world that regard Twelfth Night - also know as Three Kings Day or Epiphany - as a great time to eat a very special cake!

I decided to make baking a special cake on Twelfth Night a new tradition at my house - beginning this year! With this very cake - Gâteau Basque.

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