Friday, December 25, 2020

Nothing Wrong with a Quiet Christmas

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday even with all the Covid restrictions. We are a careful bunch, so I bet you are all having a quiet day, as are we.

I've spent much of the first week of my winter break baking cookies. I love baking, so it has been a good distraction from all the bad stuff in the news -- including possible school reopenings, even though the largest ICU in Madison is at 100% capacity.

I highly recommend this recipe, Browned Butter Coconut Cookies from the Smitten Kitchen. I made them for the first, but not last, time this year!


I also made a pair of Isaac's Mitts for myself. They are very warm and cozy -- perfect for walks on warmer winter days.

And with a finish, comes a cast on. I have been decluttering every day, including my yarn stash. I have so many lovely fingering leftovers that I decided it was time for a Habitation Throw from Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade:


I just love making things with leftovers. They don't always turn out as well as I'd envisioned, but I have an awful lot of fun pulling together the colors.

The temperature here is below 0, so it's a good day to stay home, Zoom with family, and do some knitting.

And thanks for the compliments on the poncho in my last post. It's the Winter Ridge Poncho from Ewetopia, knit with yarn specially milled for that pattern. Ewetopia is both a store and dyer in Viroqua, Wis., and I can vouch for the quality of her wool and patterns.

A peaceful day to all!

13 comments:

  1. Happy thoughts go to you and your household! The mitts are beautiful!
    Savor the day!

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  2. This cookies look yummy. Your personal Isaac mitts turned out perfect. They will be wonderful to keep your hands warm during chilly weather. (Not the frigid weather you're having right now) the beginning of your habitation throw already looks like a good idea. Using up bits and bobs of yarn always makes me happy.

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. My day has been enjoyable - listening to an audiobook while sipping tea and working on a puzzle.

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  4. Merry Christmas! We are having a quiet day too---cool and rainy here so we'll play games in front of the fire and zoom with Tim's family later.

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  5. Brrrr....that is cold. It got cold here overnight with some snow showers all day. My new grandson in MI had his first Christmas and it was a white one-lucky kid! Araignee

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  6. Your Habitation Throw looks great so far. Those colors are pretty together.

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  7. Merry Christmas! It was chilly today, wasn't it? Those mitts look toasty and warm.

    Hoping the school authorities make the right choice for all.

    I took my dad to a doctor appointment in Madison last week, and the UW staff were so excited that the vaccine had arrived that day. It's been so hard on the healthcare personnel. Hope we can all do our best to protect each other and lighten their load.

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  8. Happy Holidays! You have been very busy. Hope you are able to get some rest before school starts up again. Stay safe.

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  9. Merry Christmas! We had a quiet Christmas in as well. We did lots of zoom calls and went for a walk in the afternoon. It was a nice change of pace. I missed being with my family, but happy that we were being safe and following the guidelines. Those cookies look delicious! Take care.

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  10. leftover knitting and creating is the best it makes room for more yarns :) Happy Holidays!

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  11. Oh ours was quiet but not silent for sure ! ZOOMING AND texting and Zooming some more. We honestly both felt tired by the 9 oclock hour on 12/25. lI hink the emotions were high. No one cried. We laughed a lot. I. Got. Yarn

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  12. Me again! The Hygge Reindeer is from Hook Line and Tinker. I've done several of her patterns. Here is the kit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/880029605/reindeer-embroidery-kit-hygge-diy-craft?ref=shop_home_active_13&frs=1&crt=1
    And you can download and transfer it on your own cloth for less $: https://www.etsy.com/listing/866623406/pdf-download-hygge-reindeer-hygge-scandi?ref=shop_home_active_3&crt=1

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  13. Ooh there's a hygge horse too: https://www.etsy.com/listing/880547431/pdf-download-hygge-horse-horse-hygge?ref=shop_home_active_5&crt=1
    I also have this one to do when the reindeer is done:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/866629634/pdf-download-sweater-weather-modern?ref=shop_home_active_8&crt=1

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