Because I took French in middle school and high school, around the holidays I sometimes randomly break into chanson française. My favorite is “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella”. I regret I can no longer speak French, but at least I can sing a song fluently… even though I may not know the meaning of the words anymore. Aren’t these Noel socks charming? I think holly is my favorite Christmas motif. Noël d’antan pattern by Elyse D’Amours Designs (Ravelry link)
During the holiday season, I listen to a lot of Kitka’s Wintersongs. This year in December they are releasing a YouTube video each day. Although I love the music the most, yesterday’s video was a sweet little story. Here’s a video with two of my favorites, which you may recognize.
If you like Celtic music, tonight at 6PM EST, Celtic Colours will have a live Christmas performance on their YouTube and Facebook channels. Bob and I are going to tune in.
Today’s HoliDaily pattern share is Needled by Hunter Hammersen (Ravelry link) These would be fun and festive to knit up with scraps, and I particularly love the addition of the beads. I’m still trying to figure out what kinds of holiday decorations I would like to knit, but I’m getting some ideas!
I love the golds with these pinks. I think I’d make an entire sweater out of this! It’s such an unlikely combination but it really works.
I made a new wintry project bag to celebrate the winter solstice.
It’s quilting cotton lined with linen.
I didn’t have much ribbon to choose from, and although I would have liked something gold or silver, this ribbon has sheep. If you look closely at this pic you will see a sewing error. I didn’t notice it until I finished sewing the lining in. I decided to leave it since it’s just for me. I still love it, and of course I will know to check that seam next time when I assemble the pieces.
Project Bag sewing pattern is Drawstring Bag (Etsy link)
But what’s in the project bag, you may ask? And I’m glad you did.
Today’s Winter Solstice HoliDaily share is Norrland by Sarah Huntington Birch. (Ravelry link) If you could turn the Winter Solstice into a hat, I think this is it. I’ve shared this pattern before as I love to look at it. But I think if I were going to knit something this extraordinary, I would hang it on my wall. In fact, I might do that.
I’m almost to the toe of my first Christmas sock! I think Santa approves.
Moondrake Yarn Advent Day 21. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to work our twinkly twilightly icicle lights into a photo since December 1! I finally did it it. Happy Winter Solstice!
“are you tired of trying to grow antlers with no luck? then this little hat is for you! Its perfect to wear when hanging out with your animal friends in the woods. you will blend in like a charm!”
You might also wear this hat with a red nose on Christmas Eve while you’re waiting for Santa. Maybe he will bring you along for the ride! Deer With Little Antlers Hat (Ravelry link)
Christmas is less than a week away now. Are you ready? All our packages have been wrapped or mailed. We are making (and eating) lots of cookies. Cards are mailed. Decorations are up. We are really missing our kids but we’ll have the youngest here. I think we’re ready!
Happy December 18: Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day! If you’ve never watched the film Elf, that means you answer the phone like this, “Buddy the Elf, What’s your favorite color?” Elf is a big favorite in our family. These socks are perfect Elf watching socks. Jingle All the Way pattern (Ravelry link)
I also have a Friday FO! I finished my Rikke Hat in Ramen Needles Christmas Village colorway.
Pattern is Rikke Hat (Ravelry link) I will probably make more of these. I’m also wearing my red Carbeth sweater. And it’s snowing! Festive!
These mittens are so festive and cheerful. They are also knit with Aran weight yarn, so they must knit up fast! I love the red and white Latvian braid detail. This is a free pattern. (Ravelry link)
Do you buy poinsettias at Christmas? I was curious where this tradition started, so I looked it up. Poinsettias didn’t arrive in the United States until the 19th century. The plant is named for the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced America to the poinsettia in 1828, after discovering it in the wilderness in southern Mexico. In Mexico, poinsettias are known as Flores de Noche Buena. (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”). December 12 is National Poinsettia Day. I missed it! I don’t usually buy poinsettias because I can’t keep them alive inside. When I lived in Southern California, I knew people who planted them in their yards and they would grow to be big bushes.
I had a “lemonade from lemons” moment last week while driving my youngest to and from school. Her car is in the shop after the accident. This drive is significant, about 45 minutes each way. I noticed a sign for a tree farm I had never seen before. On the third driving day, I finally spotted the tree farm on the way home. It’s so cheery. We opted for an artificial tree this year for the first time. I miss the trip to pick out a tree. Do you think the tree farm would mind if we came in and walked around for a bit? Maybe they have swags for sale? I will let you know if I am able to visit the tree farm. Tree Farm Socks (Ravelry link)
Yes, there’s a knitting pattern for mince pies. I’m filing this one away for later. (Ravelry link)
This is the second year Bob and I have made homemade mince pies. I make the filling and he makes the crust. This year I’d forgotten how I made the mincemeat last year. I recreated it, but even better! I’m posting the recipe for next year when I forget again.
This is only the recipe for the filling since Bob’s gluten-free pie crust recipe is top secret.
For the mincemeat:
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped 1 cup dried, sour cherries 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup dried sultanas 3/4 cup dried currants 3/4 cup dried figs, chopped 1/3 cup crystallized ginger, chopped fine 1/4 cup orange rind, chopped fine 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, hulled 1 cup raw pepitas
Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl. Add and fold in:
3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons Bob’s pumpkin pie spice (Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom, and allspice) 1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 1/2 cups apple cider
Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.
In a separate bowl, grate 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter. Add 4 tablespoons of gluten free flour. Mix with hands or pastry cutter until crumbly.
Add the butter and flour mixture to the mincemeat mixture. Stir well.
Turn into a buttered casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven for 90 minutes.
Cool mixture. When ready, fill pie shells. Top with lattice or cut outs.
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes for small pies, 40-45 minutes for a big one.
We filled enough pies for one of Bob’s gluten-free double pie crust recipe, and still had enough mincemeat to fill a one quart jar.