One of my regular things to do since March has been to get in my car, drive to a neighborhood that is not my own, and go walking. Highly recommended if you’ve walked your own neighborhood too much. Hubbo and I have been doing this for months now, and I have to say, I’ve learned a lot about Nashville.
What’s fun right now is seeing the seasonal yard displays that are clearly intended to boost our spirits. I sense a lot of motivated yard-decorators out there. So. Many. Inflatables. There’s a ten-foot-tall Rudolph on Chesterfield that I applaud completely. To everybody in the metropolitan Nashville area who has strung a light, put a Grinch by their chimney, hooked up a generator to fuel their holiday display: Thank you! It’s spectacular!
Speaking of light, it’s happening. It’s actually happening: more daylight each day for the next six months. How great is that?
I’ve been finishing up a couple of gifts for the lads, who are not coming for Christmas and keep saying things to me like, “MOM. Are you being safe? Really safe? How safe are you being?”
For Clif, I cracked open the cashmere that Rowan sent along for us to try. I tried it; it’s exactly as rare and scrumptious as the word cashmere suggests. I made a long scarf using knit-and-purl sequence knitting. It’s eight feet long, which is what a lanky lad needs.
For David, I’m finishing a second pair of socks. He likes a festive sock.
Socks: Barnyard Knits in Campfire, Crazy Zauberball in mystery color (old stash). Scarf: Rowan Pure Cashmere.
Thanks to Cristina Shiffman for posting this recipe on National Cookie Day.
This will get you in a holiday mood really fast.
I made a batch of these this weekend, and they make an excellent breakfast, lunch, teatime, and dinner. The parchment sling made me feel all crafty.
Finally, I’ve been getting ready for our upcoming Kaffe Fassett knitalong that starts Monday, January 4. I have unearthed two derelict sofa pillows that contain perfectly useable pillow forms inside, so I’m thinking that—at last!—I can start making Kaffe Fassett pillows. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fine art of mix and match. Please stay tuned for more on that.
Cheers to you as we lurch toward Christmas. Try the shortbread—it’s great.