The blizzard is mostly melted and gone, the Christmas tree is packed away and on the curb for disposal, the leftovers are even gone. Christmas 2010 is a ghost, 2010 is a few hours away from being a memory, and here we on the the eve of the new year.
This was a first for 2010:
That’s a pretty wicked icicle for Piedmont NC! It got started on an icicle-shaped light bulb, and went on to its own magnificence. Just as I usually start with a kernel of an idea, and then let creativeness grow the way it will. So I am unresolved, but inspired. Thank you winter blizzard!
There’s a beautifully illustrated book about a girl and her mouse doll.
Phoebe’s Sweater is written by Joanna Johnson, illustrated by Eric Johnson, indie published by their company Slate Falls Press, and has knitting patterns for a girl sweater, mouse doll and dress, and doll sweater. Irresistable, right? Definitely.
Here’s my Phoebe’s Sweater in size 2:
and a closeup of the buttons:
The buttons came from JoAnn, and I’ve stacked the smaller pink butterfly button onto a round white button to frame it and make it a suitable size for the buttonholes. I do like the effect, and the pink is the exact shade of the yarn in the Phoebe mouse doll and her dress:
which makes the whole set coordinate harmoniously. A sweater for the doll completes the set:
throw in a copy of the book, and there’s an unforgettable gift for a small girl and her reading, knitting, parent to share. I’m sad to part with the book myself, though. I’ll have to buy another one.
Merlin helped me knit them all:
He works for ear scritches, and a biscuit now and then. Good doggie.
Do you have any idea how unusual this is where I live? Before Christmas? This much?
While this was falling, we had a fire in the fireplace, we put up the Christmas tree, and hung up our stockings. I am so much more in the Christmas mood now than I was yesterday. Going to bed now, hoping for visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.
here’s my fledgling gift guide board:
I really have to stop messing with this and get some of my life done today!!