The weather here in the New Jersey does not know that it’s almost Winter. This past Sunday was 72 degrees. We went to Allaire Village for their historic Christmas event. Normally we get hot chocolate to walk around, but this year we needed some lemonade! We were walking around in t-shirts! It was nice not to dodge into buildings to get warmed up, but it didn’t feel like Christmas. They are predicting that it could be around 68 degrees on Christmas. This is crazy.
On the knitting front…I’ve been making some progress on the Clockwork shawl. It is a nice, mindless project, but I want to be done. I knew I needed a new project so I cast on a hat for me. I’ve been wanting to do some more fair isle. The pattern is called the Passerine Hat and so far I’m loving it. It hat a beautiful bird motif, which I’m just about to begin. The yarn is from the alpacas at Arrow Acres.
I received the new Taproot in the mail and could not be happier with it. The theme for this issue is shelter, which I love. I do love all seasons, but there is something about being drawn back in the house and slowing down. I also recently bought the new Flow magazine. I was first introduced to Flow last Christmas when we bought their paper crafting book for my daughter. She absolutely loved all the paper crafts and has been using the book all year. When I saw this magazine I just had to get it.
I’m feeling a bit nervous about tomorrow. I was a teacher until about the middle of the last school year and needed to resign from my job to take care of my daughter. I recently filled out an application to be a substitute in that same district. Things wax and wane with my daughter, therefore I can’t have a regular everyday job, so I thought that this could be something for me to do when circumstances allow. I will have my first substitute job tomorrow (actually in the same school I taught at), but for me I have the first day of school jitters. It’s so weird. After 15 years of teaching I’m nervous. I’m sure everything will go well.
I joined the Doodler KAL by Steven West at the beginning of November. Needless to say, I’m still on clue 1 even though the KAL is over. I have one more wedge to do before I move onto clue 2, but I need to order more yarn. I have just a small amount of the blue left and it won’t be enough. I have really enjoyed working on the Doodler and can’t wait to wear it. My basket is also full of WIPs, but that’s a good thing. I’ve also been sewing a lot and for Christmas my husband bought me a new sewing machine and my mom bought me a serger. They both don’t know much about sewing and Joann’s was having a wonderful sale so they asked me what I needed. How excited am I! I’ll make another post for that. My chickens (or as we call them our girls) have slowed down laying eggs, but we still get a few each day. I just think that they are so beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, I also love this time of year. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my mother-in-laws house and then this past Sunday my sister and I made a nice dinner for my mom’s 70th birthday. I love low-key events. We are now getting the house ready to have everyone over for Christmas. I truly love this time of year!