From the ‘Great White North’, except it’s not very white just yet. With a bit of luck, perhaps we’re going to have another easy winter and for that I’d be very very grateful.
I think back to January 2012 when we were clearing snow day after day and I honestly thought it would never end. That year, the snow coming off the roof eventually reached the point where it no longer had anywhere to go, so it just sat up there.
That year, in the third week of January we had so much snow that this was the view out of my sewing room window – 1 ½ stories from the ground.
In my November 24th blog post I mentioned that I was on the search for a knitting pattern for a kangaroo and baby that my son had when he was a youngster, and how I wanted to knit the same for his new adopted daughter. I never received a reply from the woman who wrote about ‘Katie Kangaroo’ in her blog several years ago, so I had to continue searching. The blogger had mentioned that the pattern came from a book “Beehive Toys and Novelties” that was published in the 1950s. Not expecting any result I Googled “BeehiveToys and Novelties” – and amazingly up popped the book – for sale on eBay! So I bought it. And it arrived. And I knit Katie Kangaroo and her baby (now named Kanga and Roo because that’s what we always called them). And last Friday I mailed off the parcel. Google is my friend!
The pattern was typical of the times – just garter stitch and not much shaping, very different from the amazing knitting patterns of today. But I was trying to duplicate a treasured childhood memory for my son, and judging by his response yesterday, I succeeded. He admitted that when he opened the parcel there was a tear or two.
I think I’m now ready for Christmas. Everything I planned on doing I’ve actually done. Presents have been mailed, my brother has arrived, the fridge is loaded with food, lots of Christmas baking is waiting to be consumed, my Christmas quilts and wall hangings are all out on display, the stockings are hung and the tree is trimmed.
Merry Christmas everyone here at Quilt with Us! I wish you all the most joyous celebration with family and friends.