That’s a Wrap

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Merry Christmas everyone! I can’t believe it’s the day after already! Wow, was this year full of festivities for our family. And with Baby Knitspot being a little older this year (remember what he looked like last year…)

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the holiday had a little more magic for us all. We started a new tradition this year – Elf on the Shelf.

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We named him Siog (Irish for fairy) and he would magically appear in a new place each morning. I kid you not, Padraig would get up in the morning and rapidly search with his eyes until he spotted him, then squeal and point. It was too precious! It got to the point that we could say, “where’s the elf?” and he would crawl around frantically until he found him.

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Since Thanksgiving, we’ve spent a lot of time with our family and friends. My brother and his wife get more excited by the day for the arrival of their lil guy. They spent a weekend with us in early December to shop baby stores at our mall and see Santa.

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We couldn’t get over how Padraig just posed for the camera, and then he would listen to Santa

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and pose again for the camera.

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Then all of a sudden, it was fun no more!

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Poor little guy! I bet lots of you have photos just like this in your family archives!

All the holiday travel has presented some extra knitting time and I’ve been progressing along nicely on my Scotty in the passenger seat.

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I’m knitting it out of Fiberstory Fave in Spiced (details here) and I can’t wait until I add the buttons I found at Rhinebeck. A lot of my other planned knitting didn’t meet the holiday deadline, so i’ve decided on this new mantra “Keep Calm and Finish it for Next Christmas”. I’ve had a ball watching everyone finish their projects in the Countdown to Christmas KAL, and for those of us that didn’t make it I say we start a new thread and get those gifts knit all year. I have a lot of Bare Naked Wools ideas that I would love to gift next year. Speaking of which, the Herrington KAL has been extended! Please join us, there are more prizes to be awarded! I’ve got two of these on the needles, so I’m knitting along with the group to finish them for 2014 Christmas gifts.

The rest of the season we spent decorating the house and tree, anticipating Santa’s arrival. Here’s the rest of our holiday in photos…

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And to our surprise, we had a white Christmas in both Kalamazoo (celebrated on Dec 22) and at home in Detroit! We were elated! For some silly reason, it is pure magic to me when you can see grass on Christmas Eve and there’s a white blanket on everything Christmas Day.

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This occurrence also makes for great toque wearing weather! Thank you to everyone participating in the Vintage Knitspot – Woodcutter’s Toque contest. I know it sparked some of you to cast on for Christmas gifts. The winner of the contest is Bonnie C. Congrats! Happy holidays everyone and if I don’t see you soon, Happy 2014!

8 thoughts on “That’s a Wrap

  1. Padraig looks like such a darling little man in some of the pictures, and a sweet baby in others. Love the dark hair! Happy New Year!

  2. What precious memories you are making with all the wonderful things you are doing to celebrate Christmas. I love the little elf idea, you do know that you are going to be doing that every year from now on don’t you?! I love the photo of Padraig in his toque at the end of your blog post, he is gorgeous!!

  3. Every time I see pictures of Padraig I want to write and tell you how absolutely adorable he is – I wish I could pick him up and give him a squeeze. Although he wasn’t crying in the first three pictures, he didn’t look too sure about the whole thing. BTW-we’re practically neighbors. I live in Shelby Twp. Blessings on your new year.

  4. Padraig has grown into his cheeks!
    Always brings a smile to my face to see photos of this handsome, young guy. Thanks for posting.
    With only the best wishes to you and your family for a joyous 2014, filled with good health and happiness.

  5. I love the photo with the cabbage patch kid and he looks great in that hat! We didn’t do Elf on the Shelf or any Santa stuff for Emma since she’s only 18m, but I guess we’ll see what works next year! (sjn821 on Rav)

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