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Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or just the general festive nature of this season, let me wish you a Merry, a Happy, and a Joyous.

The View From Here

The View From Here

May you find a patch of sunshine today, if only in your heart.

As I See It

As I See It

Snow, snow, and more snow, piling up here at Chez Moomin!

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The garden lizard wishes it would stop.

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Something else has been out for a stroll.

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Ah, it’s raccoons!
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The lake is beginning to freeze over. The lighter grey in the foreground is slushy ice.

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The garden hut is sporting an icicle.

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Here’s hoping you are warm and cozy!

I delivered the Baby Surprise Jacket in between snow alerts this afternoon.  This one is for Mary, cousin to the other adorable toddler I made a sweater for .

Too cute to be still

Too cute to be still

It fits quite well, and with room to grow.  I could even add more to the sleeves to make it last through next winter, I think.

Cute AND in focus

Cute AND in focus

Here’s the back view, and a better look at Mary, with her mom, my talented cousin Janet Anderson.

Two more knitted  Christmas presents — done!  The scarf I took to France as traveling knitting is done, blocked, and going to the post office tomorrow.

Keeping the snow warm

Keeping the snow warm

Here it is on the immaculate half inch of fresh snow on the back deck table. The yarn is Jaggerspun 2/8 wool, from a cone that’s been kicking around in the stash for a few years.  As I thought, the pattern is very pretty, easy enough to memorize, yet not deadly dull to knit.

The Noro scarf is done, too.

All of it

All of it

 The color matchups range from the zingy purple and golden brown below

Part of it

Part of it

to the subtle, almost lose the stripe blue-grey-green action going on in the lower right here.

Another part of it

Another part of it

Although my right thumb and I are happy to be done with miles of 1×1 ribbing, this is such a rewarding project with the long color changes that I would recommend it to anyone.

With the two pairs of Hand Like a Hole also ready to wrap, I feel that I’m ahead of the curve on this Christmas knitting thing.  Or should I try to whip out a hat for a favorite merchant mariner?  Since I make them for strangers via the SCI, it would be nice to to do one for someone I actually know.

And yes, it has snowed here, just a bit. It’s very pretty, and is supposed to last a while, what with the record-breaking cold spell they are predicting.  More than six days in a row with highs below 32 degrees!  Cathy, stop rolling your eyes and laughing in derision over there.  We are wimps, we admit it.

Holly and snow

Holly and snow

I noticed a spike in visitors here, and investigation into the blog stats shows that Vickie Howell, the designer of the Hand Like a Hole mitts, mentioned my post about them in her Twitter stream.  And she stopped by here to make a comment.  I feel so  . . . validated. So welcome if you’re here from that link!I love how things get connected in these internet tubes.

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