January is so nice. It may be my favorite month. Christmas with all it’s holiday craft-show and present-making frenzy is over, the kids have lots of beautiful new things to entertain them, my birthday (and that of my lovely mother) are this month, my job is pretty mellow and there’s lots of time for knitting and sewing. The kind of creating that is just-because, with no pressure of a Christmas deadline- the best kind of knitting and sewing time.
There have been rainbow mittens for Sairshe. They have pieces of unspun wool knitted into them so the inside is super puffy and fluffy with the ends of the wool making a layer of insulation for her little hands.
They were perfect for a walk in our icy neighborhood on a chilly morning. Without warms hands, what fun is tracking the raccoons that left their prints across our frosty neighborhood? The girls were thrilled by this adventure and the icy morning was quite beautiful.
There have been socks for me. Sairshe got me this yarn for Christmas and was a little disappointed to realize that she wasn’t the intended recipient of the finished product. She got over her disappointment just in time to be joyously excited to hear that there is enough yarn left over to knit her some matching socks.
Sairshe came home from school one Friday with a sad story that started with “Oliv has a poncho and she said her grandma made it and you have never made me one even though you said . . . ” all delivered in one whiny breath. There was really nothing to do but sit down on Saturday afternoon and make her one.
It’s made from wool and cashmere sweaters and she has hardly taken it off in 2 weeks. I don’t mind because she’s so soft and snuggly in it that I can’t help but squeeze her all up. She also gets compliments on it everywhere we go and she’s quick to proudly say “my mommy sewed it for me.” ♥ Love her. ♥
It was finished just in time to wear out to dinner.
Mike’s even wearing a sweater that I knit a couple of years ago. My quest to clothe my family entirely in wool is nearing fulfillment. (I know, I know. Carys hasn’t gotten anything new in a while but rest assured she’s warm and cozy in piles of Sairshe’s outgrown knitwear and, for now, she’s fine with that.)
I’ve also been making lots of these cute gnomes in the last week or so because they make me smile. I love dressing them in their pointy hats and the girls love tucking them into their little pouches. There are lots in the shop right now.