I love crocheting when there’s snow outside. All of the snow here has already melted after a recent storm. I’m a little disappointed, since there was so much of it and it had already been plowed and shoveled away.
Now, I’m working on a baby blanket for my husband’s coworker. She is having a little boy so I’m making a blue and green blanket. I’m using two shades of green, a bright saturated green and a pale light green. The blue is also bright and saturated. I think using too many pale colors for baby things is so overrated. I know they can look cute, but I wouldn’t want everything to be pale blue.
I’m making blue, green, and light green granny squares. I’m using simple granny squares and arranging them in a repeating pattern. Then, I’ll make a border that alternates stitches and colors. I’m hoping to have it done for the end of the month.
I love buying Christmas ornaments. I especially love buying Christmas ornaments when I travel. I realized this years ago because I always want to buy souvenirs when I’m traveling. I noticed, though, that I was buying things that just ended up in the basement because they really didn’t go with anything in my house and looked out of place. I decided that I’d buy souvenirs that were useful. So, I bought things like beach towels, things that I could use. I had to change that quickly because I could only fit so many towels in the closet.
I don’t even remember the first time I bought a Christmas ornament as a souvenir. I suspect it was almost an accident, that I bought one because there were some on display that looked cute. Now, I buy them everywhere I go. It works perfectly for me. I already know where the souvenir will go when I’m home and I have an excuse to look at it every year and remember when I bought it. On my tree right now are ornaments from when my sister graduated college, my husband and I were married, and my mom and I took a cruise. I have a terrible memory so I should start keeping track of them!
As I think about this now, I realize that most of my adult life is captured in ornaments on my tree.
I think about Christmas all year long. I plan and shop and organize. I’m the person buying Christmas cards at the end of January because they’re something like 90% off and I just can’t resist. I work on my Christmas arts and crafts in June because I want to know I’ll have enough time to finish them and I like feeling Christmasy in the summer.
But, I feel that I have to hide my Christmas obsession from others most of the year because they don’t want to hear it. I manage to keep it under wraps (Yes, I love puns.) most of the time, except for my poor husband who hears about it constantly. I consider it open season usually after Halloween. This year, though, I’ve been keeping it even more tightly contained.
Now, it’s December! I can unleash the Christmas! It’s finally the time of year when it’s acceptable to let Christmas take over your life. I love Christmas! I love the decorations, the wrapping, the cards, the presents, the candles, the glitter, and everything else.
Today, I plan to paint my nails some combination of red with gold glitter. I need to enjoy the Gryffindor colors now because I’m really a Slytherin and I’ll paint them green and silver for Christmas. I haven’t decorated yet, which is late for me, so I’ll also decorate the tree and area by the fire. I’ll also light a bunch of candles, because I need my world overwhelmed with the scents of Christmas tree, snow, and cinnamon. Or whatever else they might be since I can’t remember what I have right now.
I want every day from now until Christmas to have a little holiday magic. The season is over so quickly that I want to enjoy it every day.
It’s so difficult to stay focused on large crochet projects. There are just so many possibilities out there that to completely finish something large is really difficult. This is the case with me and my blue and white blanket. I still intend to completely finish it by the end of the year, but I’m starting to rush now.
I started the blue and white blanket at the beginning of the year. I always intended for it to be large enough to fit my bed and I wanted it to drape nicely on the sides. I’m close enough to it being completed that I can tell it will do what I wanted. However, I still have quite a bit to do.
There are just so many other crochet projects that distract me. I’ve actually started making baby blankets. I am planning to make a bunch and sell them for my favorite charity next year, maybe with some other arts and crafts. I love making baby blankets because I can try patterns that catch my eye without committing to an entire throw blanket or larger. I’ve actually made two simple ones already. I started making one with a more complex pattern, but that’s when I realized I should stop and finish my blue and white blanket first. I’m also half-finished a basket weave blanket that I love. I want that to be a large throw blanket, so I’ll likely work on it all winter.
That’s not even counting all the other projects that are in queue in my mind. I want to try amigurumi, which are little stuffed toys. I’m hoping that those could be fun and fast and I’ll add them to my pile to donate. I just have so many ideas because of all the fun things I’ve seen! There’s never enough time, is there?
I spend so much time looking around and listening when I’m outside that I don’t really notice what it smells like. Especially in the autumn, there are so many beautiful colors and everything is changing so much. I love the sound of leaves when you step on them, that satisfying crunch sound.
The other day, I noticed that there are so many smells outside. I started really paying attention. One of the most obvious smells was smoke and fire. It was faint, but definitely there. Someone in the neighborhood was either using their fireplace or burning leaves outside. I also noticed that the air smells like dead leaves in the autumn. It’s a distinct smell that I think a lot of people would recognize if they thought about it. The smell is really different from living greenery and yet it’s not unpleasant. These two scents mixed with the cool clean air, which smelled fresh and clean. I paused and breathed them all in.
I love to notice the changes in the seasons and I think I need to pay more attention to how things smell. Smell is so closely tied to memory and it’s such a fascinating sense. I love using candles around my house to change the atmosphere from season to season. I need to enjoy the real scents my candles mimic when I notice them.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
I understand that the basis for Thanksgiving is not something to be celebrated, but I like to think about what Thanksgiving means today more than where it came from. To me, Thanksgiving is a time for family and food.
I was planning to add that it’s also a time for football, but that’s not true for me. I’m not really a football fan. I’m much more likely to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade than whatever football game is playing.
It’s really all about family and food for me. I really enjoy that everyone has Thanksgiving off from work and, in my family, we all take turns hosting. This year, I don’t have to cook so I’m looking forward to enjoying turkey and stuffing and gravy and potatoes without having to make any of it. I also like pie, of course. I’m actually a fan of pumpkin pie and blueberry pie. Apple pie isn’t really for me.
So, tomorrow, I will sit at a table with my family and a giant plate of food I didn’t have to cook. Hopefully, I’ll catch some of the parade. That sounds like a great holiday to me!
Why don’t more people wear costumes on Halloween? I don’t mean that everyone has to go all out, but nothing? Seriously?
Today, I wore an eclectic combination of things that, together, make me think of something a sorceress would wear. I have a beautiful costume cloak that I’ve had for years. I paired it with a flowing black skirt and a silver and black flowing top. I also have some interesting jewelry that I bought at a renaissance faire. Together, it definitely looks like a costume even though I could probably wear each piece any day, except maybe the cloak.
I planned to eat breakfast at a favorite spot but they were really crowded. What surprised me the most though was that people looked at me funny. I mean, seriously, it’s Halloween! I decided to visit my regular coffee shop, where I know most of the people who work there. A few of them were dressed in costumes, thankfully. They weren’t too elaborate, of course, since they still had to be functional.
I am disappointed, though. I am hoping that more people will be in costume tonight, but I don’t have high hopes. Where is all the Halloween fun?