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The Advent of Santa: Day Three

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The Santa I showed on Day Two of my advent has met with a wee bit of misfortune and is in the shop for repairs.  Meanwhile, the fellow standing in the middle here is his temporary stand-in. For Day Three of The Advent of Santa (which I should have posted yesterday) I offer you Candle Santa.  I bought him at Macy's in Los Angeles about 26 years ago or so. He is a candle, and even has a wick coming out the top of his hat.  Who could ever burn a candle made to look like Santa?  I certainly never...

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The Advent of Santa: Day 2

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It snowed heavily for much of the day yesterday; after about the first hour or so it started sticking to the ground.  We got several inches of snow, and the dogs had a particularly good time romping in it. In today's Advent of Santa you see a second Santa Claus from my collection.  This one my son bought for me in Colorado when he was about eleven years old.  He was visiting with his father before Christmas, and saw this Santa in a shop window.  I love how whispy and ethereal this particular Santa is, plus he has great sentimental...

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The Advent of Santa: Day 1

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Sunday my baby grand-daughter helped me unpack my Santa collection and set the jolly old elves out around the house.  We set quite a few of them all along the window sash frames in the four dinning room windows facing our barn. Others, we sat and stood all along the fireplace mantle in our sitting room.  A few others we placed on the tops of floor cabinets, hutches, and a knee wall. After they were all arranged we counted them up ... 43 in all--I didn't realize I had that many so far. I started collecting them when my children...

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October comes lovely

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October comes lovely each year, whether cold and wet or crisp and windy ... for me it is the most lovely month of  the year.  Our trees are at what looks to me like peak or near-peak color today.  It is rainy and dark, but the autumn leaves glow far and wide bringing a strange brightness to what would otherwise be a gloomy, moody day. My son is visiting, and yesterday afternoon we all took a quick two-mile bike ride; Grandpa, me, little Sweet Pea in a trailer pulled by Grandpa, her mom (my daughter) and my son.  It was...

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New pattern and sock yarn give away

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Just a quick note to let my knitting readers know that I just released a new knitting pattern yesterday, the Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket.  I have been on a break from new pattern releases for several months for ... personal reasons. This Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket is an easy cable knit with a pretty edging consisting of contrasting color "puffs" (similar to bobbles) and a ruffled picot trim.  Knit in worsted weight yarn on size U.S. 10 needles, it is also a quick knit. I also give conversion information in the pattern to turn it into a baby or child...

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