Christmas Lights

It is a Christmas tradition to check out the light displays. So a little tour ensued. This is possibly my favourite. Last December I was in Oslo and was struck by the simplicity of white lights that were everywhere. This house reminded me of that simplicity. I found some new places to see. These are in the village of Ash a couple of miles from me. But this old favourite wins hands down !

Christmas knits

I was at the Good Yarn Stall in Spitalfields a couple of weeks after Bob and Louise visited and saw some beautiful alpaca merino silk mix yarn called Tundra from the Fibre Company and fell in love with the beautiful Taiga colorway. I though of making a scarf but changed my mind and made a Last-minute Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. I quickly knit a moss stitch version with one skein.

I wanted to make my super friend Anna a gift and decided on attempting the broken rib. After some frantic knitting and unpicking on Christmas Eve, I finally finished it and got it on the blocking mats.

Anna’s wasn’t quite dry on Christmas morning so I had to hasten things by drying it on the radiator and seeing in ends moments before we were due to leave for lunch! Katerina tried to help by pulling out the blocking pins.

I left mine to dry naturally and came back to find Tamyra had claimed it for herself even though it was still wet!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with lightness. Claude has enjoyed knocking balls off the tree. Luckily, we bought a non-glass set last year. He hasn’t dared try and get our treasured Lake Superior ornament but he’s mad keen on the balls and black cat. I’ve had quite a busy few months so it was nice to get a chance to do a few creative things yesterday. Much to Claude’s great joy.

Christmas Eve

Just a quick dash in to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Photos are from the customary Christmas eve visit to Leeds Castle. They certainly know how to dress a tree!

Caturday’s Glamorous Redhead

I adore this cat. I do have some truly lovely cats myself but Ralph purrs as soon as I enter the house And leaps on my lap for cuddles. He is definitely more around now that Bernard has passed.

How can you resist this face?

The Holly and the Ivy

One of my favourite Christmas activities is decorating my friend J’s house for Christmas with traditional holly and ivy. I have a couple of spots where I gather the holly and ivy from as I use holly with berries on which are dotted through the garlands. This year the usual holly bush was stripped bare of berries which caused me some consternation. Luckily I found a quiet source a day or so later. As I had some of both left, I set about making J an extra present of an wreath. The tutoring I had received from my lovely friend Anna came into mind and I am ever so pleased with the result. I was observed by the careful eyes of dear Tabby who knows that with Christmas come great hoards of children. She loves a quiet life so I expect she will be hiding away.

Yarny adventures

Earlier in the summer my local yarn shop friend Linda was asking for volunteers to help run her yarn shop when she went on holiday. Like a shot I said yes. After all, it isn’t every day that a knitter gets to spend a whole day in a yarn shop. Nevertheless I had an amazing time and volunteered to keep volunteering. So I came back this week and got to dress the Christmas tree. Knitted garlands are brilliant with pompoms for a knitter! While I was over there I saw this cute tree.

But nothing can beat a cute Claude.

Christmas decorating

In honour of Bob and Louise’s arrival, we had a Christmas scene assembled complete with tiny lights and snow. I had just been to the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair and fell in love with these beautiful vintage wooden toys. My friend Anna suggested that I use them for a Christmas decoration and even supplied the child labour to help me arrange it. I bought a couple more brush trees to complete the landscape and a plan was formulated.

Claude is slightly in love with it and needs a little supervision. I’ve not been to that fair before. I loved it.

I got this gorgeous church lantern there too. It looks fab with the tiny tree.

Today I started in on the front of the house and went to Anna’s to make a wreath with her and B.

I had a little idea of what I wanted to achieve. Anna generously let me cut a load of greenery and berries from her garden and this is the first wreath I made. I made it for Jan.

I love the mistletoe berries and I learnt such a lot from Anna about wreath making.

This is the second one I made for home.

I think it turned out well.

Tamyra has no opinion whatsoever.

Stir up Sunday +7

I’m slightly late to the Stir up Sunday tradition this year. I decided on a flour free cake and used this recipe for Healthy Christmas Cake. For the observant amongst you, you will see a nutty fruity topping on the cake. This is due to me using part of a fruit cake kit with presoaked fruit that I had lurking in the cupboard. It was in the box and I thought it would look pretty 🙂

Katerina is testing out her new gift. I hosted a little Syjunta gathering yesterday and one of my guests donated a tassel to her.