“The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  - Buddy from Elf

 

I’m in a good mood, a really good mood.  I spent all day Saturday baking quadruple batches of Christmas cookies with a friend. We gave about half of them away at 3 different masses this weekend. It’s part of a Cookie Sale fundraiser that we do for the school.  We baked them so that people could try before they buy.

Tonight I got the house partially decorated for Christmas.

 

But this is what makes me really proud.

1st project

Busting my buttons proud.

Lily decided that she wanted to knit again.  Not just sit on my lap and have me keep my hands on hers while she goes through the motions but really LEARN to knit.  I taught her the little rhyme I know:

In through the front door

Once around the back.

Peek through the front,

And off pops Jack.

Howevery, Lily didn’t like the name Jack so she decided to rename the stitches Pinky.  It doesn’t quite have the same flow, but it works.  The picture is of her practicing with 2 strands of yarn held together.  When I felt like she had the basic knit stitch down we went stash enhancing.  We found some Malabrigo Rasta in pinks and purples.  She borrowed my needles with the understanding that if she keeps finishing projects then she will get her own needles.  We cast on for a cowl.

Every day for a week Lily knit.  Then she was done.  She was finished with the yarn and wanted it to be done.  Since her cowl wasn’t tall enough to keep her neck and mouth warm (which is what she wanted it for) I had to do some secret knitting at night while she was sleeping.  Unfortunately I was caught – my knitting is much tighter than hers and the difference in tension made it tough to pull the cowl over her head.

Lily’s Cowl

Somehow she manages though!  She’s extremely proud of herself.  Now if I can just convince her that she should make a cowl for her sister for Christmas….

 

Since no photo shoot is complete without a few outtakes, I’ll leave you with this one.  I’m not sure what is funnier, Lily’s giggles or Addie trying so hard to be in the picture.

Cutting Room Floor

By the way, we’re decorating for Christmas, which is why we have the rubbermaids in the background.