I have a new project on the go and I am so excited about it. I was gobsmacked when I saw this beautiful scarf by Carolyn Bloom. It was featured on Ravelry and is a modified version of her Water Arcade Blanket. I knew once I saw this scarf I needed to make some version of it. I have not been drawn to a pattern with such intensity in a long time. I have 38 circles made so far with yarn left over for a few more. I am kind of playing a bit of yarn chicken with this project, using only stash yarn and just seeing where it takes me. I am in love with it so far.
Christmas decorations are up at my house with the exception of the tree. As you know in my usual Christmas grumpy style, I am not a fan of the tree. It might go up next weekend when we are all home. I feel it is a bit early for it to be up because of the expectations Little Buddy will have that Christmas should be happening right this second. I have an Advent calendar to help with that but still seeing that tree up will make it harder to wait for the big day. The one thing I do love about Christmas is the memories it evokes of Christmases past. This nativity scene was my parents. I remember it so well from my childhood. It always had a special place under the tree we had in the living room. We had another tree in the basement for presents. My Dad would always place one single Christmas bulb up in the loft to represent the Star of Bethlehem.
We have had this big stuffed Santa from the year my oldest son was born. Santa has been with us every Christmas since. Do you remember Lillian Vernon catalog? That is where we bought him from when it was not that common to catalog shop. You actually had to call them up and give them your credit card over the phone!
This wee snowman with the shovel was from my MIL to my oldest son. We got stranded in Wisconsin after Thanksgiving the year after he was born, due to a sudden snow storm that hit while we were on the way to the airport to come home. He was just over one and he loved the snow. The snowman reminded her of him with his hat and rosy cheeks.
For years and years my parents would buy me a Santa every year for a present. I have so many lovely Santa's, most of which are on my mantle. But this guy is so big he has a special place in the middle of my dinning room table. I adore him and all the others which I will show you another time. It is lovely to look back at these special gifts and remember the love ones that gave them to us. As for this evening another memory will be made when we visit Santa with Little Buddy. He is asking for two things this year, a remote control car and a V-tech watch. Hope Santa agrees he has been a very good boy!!