Sunday, December 9, 2018
WEEK 24 OF THE EIGHTH YEAR
What a great week I have had. There has been a lot of knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking and preparation for our 12 days of Christmas. Our Christmas season starts on Christmas eve with Mass and goes until the feast of the three kings (Epiphany) on January 6th. The season we are in right now is Advent which is the preparation time for the coming of the Christ Child.
Want to see what happened in the crafting area of Advent? Of course you do!
The start pillow front is almost completed. Hopefully the back will get done this week. Then the next 2 weeks are spent doing the points of the stars. This KAL is being held in a German Ravelry group. Trust me, my high school German stinks but the ladies in there are super kind and wonderful. We all use a translation program to speak to each other. I have learned a new increase technique that I love. You do a YO when you want to increase a stitch. Then on the next round you knit into the back of that YO stitch and TA-DA! No hole! So much easier than doing the M1L/M1R. I can never remember which one slants which way and it makes my knitting progress slow waaaaaay down. I still like knit front and back for increases but they really show up in the finished product.
My other main knitting project this week was:
The Advent Scarf KAL. I am super far behind. Almost 200 rows behind. But I really don't care. I am enjoying the knit on this and have learned many new stitches. Japanese stitches are very intricate. There is a lot of movement in the finished material and I am loving the look and feel of this.
The main reason I am behind in my scarf is this:
That is a pile of 44 cut out pieces of material. They are destined to become project bags with liners. Once completed, there will be 22 project bags. These bags are to be given out to the ladies in my prayer shawl group. We have our 'Christmas' party this week Thursday. My hope is to have them all completed by then so the ladies can pick out the one that speaks to them.
I spent all Thursday afternoon and all day Friday cutting them out. Yesterday, I ironed all of them to make sure they were nice and smooth. Today, I will begin the sewing of them. I have no idea how many I can complete in a day............yet. Once they are sewn, I will have hubby help me apply all the snaps to them to finish them up.
The only other thing I worked on this week is a prayer shawl.
It is another "To the Point" pattern shawl. I love this pattern so much. It is such a quick crochet too. The yarn is Paint by Katia. It has 20% wool in it, so will need to mark that on the shawl for the new owner of it.
In other areas this week. I spent 11.5 hours doing some baking for the upcoming season. There are 18 gallons of Chex Party Mix in my house, along with 4 9x9 pans of fudge. This week will see the Scotch Treats being made as well as some more fudge too. All these goodies get passed out to friends and family for Christmas gifts. It has been a tradition for my family for many generations to do this. I remember my Grandmother doing this as well as my mother. I can remember way back there would be Christmas Stolen (a German sweet bread), fruit cake (homemade with lots of brandy poured on it weekly for a month), fudge, divinity, pralines, springele cookies (Swedish anise flavored picture cookies), pfeffernuese cookies (Peppernut German cookies), Party mix, Peanut butter fudge, Haystacks, Scotch treats..............and the list goes on and on.
What are you doing to prepare for the 'BIG' day? Are you making or buying gifts for your loved ones? Do you have any traditions that have been passed down for generations? I really want to know.
Until next time.........................Happy Crafting!!!!