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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.  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 24, 2014 at 7:38pm

Wow!  Amazing story - it was meant to be (Kanga and Roo).  

Merry Christmas!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on December 24, 2014 at 4:33pm

We're waiting for more than a teaser dusting of snow here.  quite interesting weather this year!  Have a Merry Christmas.

Comment by Roxann on December 24, 2014 at 3:23pm

Neat story and another cherished memory made! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

We were supposed to get a couple inches of snow tonight but my weather bug just sent me alert it weather advisory had been cancelled. Thanks goodness I hate driving in it and we have many miles to go tomorrow. They are calling for a dusting which I can handle and a dusting of a white Christmas I would enjoy! 

Merry Christmas!

Comment by Barb/WI on December 24, 2014 at 1:51pm

Kanga and Roo are so sweet.  Merry Christmas, and hopefully a mild winter.  What pictures!

Comment by Janet/MO on December 24, 2014 at 12:28pm

Kanga & Roo are just adorable.  I think it is wonderful that you not only found the pattern, but your son got a tear or 2 in his eye over the new ones.  Makes all the effort worth it doesn't it?!  Merry Christmas to you. 

Comment by Pam/NY on December 24, 2014 at 11:44am

I love Kanga and Roo...so glad you were able to duplicate such a childhood memory! The snow pictures look all too familiar!!! Sounds like you are ready to have Christmas start. Ours starts in an hour and it will be chaotic when the boys hit the driveway! Can't wait!!!! Enjoy the friends and family and have a Merry Christmas!!!

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