It's Holiday season!!

  It's Wednesday, and it's after Thanksgiving, and there is snow in the air, and my tree is up, which means CRUNCH TIME! Yes, it's that time of year when I rush to get gifts made/finished, have minor panic attacks, and in general enjoy/hate the season. Homeschool gets a bit lackadaisical, as I struggle to get things accomplished. Oh, they learn things, just much more haphazardly!
  I do  have things accomplished, or nearly so, already. It helps that several projects that I had been working on for a long time are done and sent/given. Now it's just a couple of pairs of socks that are leftover from last year, and by gum, they WILL get done! Today I plan on going to get the last skein I need to make Dad's second sock, and I also need a set of US2 dpns to create a different gift.
I did cast on for the second sock! SEE!
  I have been working quite diligently on my crocheted Christmas wreath to put on the front door. The frame is done, but I need to create the decorations for it. So far, I have crocheted a poinsettia and a Grandma's Windmill Flower from Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson. No pictures just yet, as I want to get the other things made for it and create a separate post just on how I made the silly thing. Maybe next week!
  My last commission, the scarf, is getting there, but I have realized that I am going to need about 2 more skeins of yarn to complete it. Those Bernat Softee-Chunkee skeins are good, but this particular pattern requires more yarn than I thought. Ah well, it's good for me to learn these things when I still can get the materials.
I'm actually much further on than this picture shows.
  I love and hate this time of year. I love it because the kids get extra helpful, the snow blankets everything, and there is a sense of wonder in the air. I hate it because I always wait until the last minute to get everything done, and it's dark. Not just "oh hey look, it's night-time" but "do we need to send a canary down" kind of dark. Thank goodness for vitamin D3!
  Today we're going to have Steven over, and we're going to trim the tree, eat some goodies, drink hot chocolate, and watch Christmas movies. Kev has only been around for a couple of tree trimmings in our 15 year marriage, and I thought it would be nice to do a family tree party. It's already up, just nothing is on it yet. I like to wait until after Thanksgiving to get everything for Christmas up. Each holiday in it's time.
  Here's hoping your month is blessed and not too stressed!
Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters

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