Hello! I have a million things swimming around in my head right now, my concern of the moment being that three of my children are in a concert tonight, and one of them doesn’t have the required black shoes. Leave it to me to wait until the last minute! That is the way this time of year is, so many things to keep up with, all the while adding in rituals and traditions for Advent. Either that, or failing to and beating yourself up. I’m not doing that (beating myself up), though. We’re all doing the best we can and the most important thing is being present in our days. So it’s week two of Advent, and only one of our candles has been lit. Maybe tonight we’ll get that second one burning. But it’s more likely that we’ll be distracted by the Christmas concert and needing to get out the door on time. That’s okay! We all carry this season in our hearts, and that is what matters most.
Jonny came home with a trailer full of leaves the other night, layering them on a spot he plans to garden in the spring. The kids all went a little nuts playing in them and Silas ended up shirtless wearing swim goggles (as you do). That must have been our last warm day because the snow came shortly thereafter.
Our first snow was a light one without much accumulation, but exciting all the same. I finished Mabel’s Silverfox bonnet just in time. It knit up quickly and fits well. (I think I better knit Jonny a hat next, judging by the hole I see in his hat in the photo above.) Eighteen months old in about a week, and Mabel is growing up so quickly all of a sudden. She loves the outdoors and loved the snow. She is busy and chatty and delightfully demanding. (The other day when I was photographing yarn, she grabbed those peachy skeins and told me, “Mine!” Sweet little yarn lover!) But lately, the main thing she wants is to be carried around on my hip. It’s precious and exhausting at the same time.
I’ve been thinking ahead to the new year and the things I’d like to prioritize and accomplish and the things I want to work harder on letting go. I’ve also been thinking about the Yarn Along. When I ended it in March, it was what I needed to do in that moment. I have been working this year to let go of my need to have “something to show” to make me feel productive. To allow myself to slow my pace and be okay with days that begin and end with a messy house and nothing to show for hours spent caring for children. This carries me back to my thoughts on Advent and the work of our days being oftentimes largely interior. Yes, there is laundry and dinner and there are lessons to teach (and learn). But the important work is happening in my heart, and in the hearts of my children. Goodness, now to tie that back to Yarn Along… Many of you have expressed sadness over it ending and what I really want to do is bring it back, but in a slower way. A once a month way. First Wednesday of the month, starting January 3rd. Let’s share what we’re making and what we’re reading (starting with all those gifts we had to keep secret!) The link up will stay open all month long until the following one begins. It doesn’t need to be a single photo, but it can be. Let’s just relax and share the good books we’ve been reading and the knitting or crochet projects that have been bringing a bit of peace and order to our days. How does that sound?
p.s. I’ve been packaging and shipping orders as they come in to have everything to you in plenty of time for Christmas. There is a tiny bit of yarn left, a handful of playsilks, and even some goat’s milk soap in our shop if you are still looking for handmade last minute gifts…