The end of Cowl-a-palooza 2014 and Happy Holidays!

Ceramic Flowers 1

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing Santa/Hanukkah Harry over the last week and a half, and I’d like to thank the extremely generous artisans who donated skeins and gifts for the newsletter giveaway. Some of the last grand prize goodies have still been coming in, and it’s been fun to open up all the packages (don’t worry, they will be shipped off to the winner!).

There are still two more prizes to go, including tonight’s prize, a Squish Me Hat Kit from Bare Naked Wools.

In between giving out prizes, baking, getting work done before everyone decamps for the holidays and binge-listening to the Serial podcast (the best way to do it, IMHO — no waiting!), I managed to finish another cowl. I made Mademoiselle C’s Ceramic Flowers, with French Market Fibers Silky DK in Margaret’s Endymion colorway, originally a limited-edition one that she recently decided to bring back. I favorited that pattern two years ago, and knew when Margaret started dyeing again that I had to finally cast on.

The pattern was simple and easy to follow, and I love the way the flowers look in Margaret’s yarn. The cowl is also the perfect size, I think: long enough to wrap around twice, and then tight enough to keep the chill out (though we haven’t had too bad of a winter so far).

Next up is the hooded scarf that I promised my mom (Levee by Cecily Glowik MacDonald), and that she gave me until mid-January to finish, since she won’t need it in Australia, where she’s going to visit my brother, sister-in-law and nephews. I’m also participating in the Myrtille KAL with the Siidegarte Swiss Delights Kit I bought myself as a Hanukkah gift. 🙂

My husband and I will be spending Christmas this year in our traditional way: maybe a movie tonight, and then Christmas dinner with a friend and her family. I hope all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Christmas!

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