Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christmas Traditions, Christmas Knitting

Just one more on Christmas, for my mom. 

Christmas traditions from my childhood that we've adopted into our home include the Advent Wreath, which I previously wrote about, wow, three years ago.  This year we finally incorporated the Thanksgiving Chain.  Each day in November, we each write something we're thankful for on a slip of paper, a link in the chain.  Guests for dinner also get to write something, and become part of our chain.  In December, we hang up the chain around the room and attach Christmas cards we receive on it.  It's a festive addition to the decor, and cards don't get lost!  In January, we take down the chain and put all the cards in a basket.  Each night at bedtime, a card or cards are drawn out, and we pray for the sender.  I like that we talk about who these people are, since my kids don't know all of our distant friends and family, and I like that they are so good about praying for other people.  It's very easy to ask for things for ourselves, it is nice to see they appreciate that other people need things too, and sometimes we don't even know what that may be, but we can still help. 

I wish I had the time for a whole post on what I knitted for Christmas, not to mention keeping up on my list of things I knitted this year!  Now that I look at my Ravelry projects page, it doesn't appear that I knit too much for Christmas, but I did make a few things.  I knitted a cowl for my sister-in-law, who is always cold; a hat for a special teacher, who mentioned several times how much she liked mine - she was thrilled; a hat for my mother-in-law, and I was pleased she wore it the rest of the day - it was beautiful yarn, too, if I say so myself.  And finally, the most pleasing project was a hat for BFJ.  I'd knitted a hat for some guy who came into the shop I work at, and wanted a hat but didn't knit.  I had yarn left over, and BFJ had modeled this original hat for me, and declared that he'd also like one.  However, he kept working from home and had days off, so I had to keep taking it to the yarn shop to work on it.  I was gratified on Christmas morning, though, when he was so surprised I'd actually made it!

hat for mother-in-law

BFJ is horrified that I try on hats and things that I knit for other people.  Hey, I have to make sure they work, don't I?  Actually, I do sometimes have to make sure they'll fit, but also I like finished pictures for Ravelry.  Seeing other people's projects is one of my favorite parts of Ravelry.


Thimbleanna said...

You're so good to keep up with your Ravelry account -- I was just thinking the other day that I need to update mine -- it's all I can do to keep up with the blog LOL!

Sounds like you did a LOT of Christmas knitting. The hat is beautiful -- made even more so by YOU!

Candace said...

What a sweet and lovely tradition, Karen! It's these small things that will make your boys better men as they grow up. Your hats are so gorgeous - and you're a great hat model, too!

Sam said...

That is a beautiful tradition. Thank you for sharing.
The hat is a stunner xx

Sue said...

I enjoy your blog every time - always something special! Nice to see your Christmas pictures and traditions!