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My wonderful husband said I could order from KnitPicks again, so I did, and haunted the FedEx website daily to track the progress of the package.   My needles arrived on Wednesday!!  I ordered some of these:

 

They’re perfect for making smaller things in circles, like hats!  I am so excited to make a bunch of hats for the kids for Christmas. 

Bran wants a stocking hat:

Clicking the picture will take you to the pattern.

I’m thinking white, burgundy, and darkish blue.

Ciara and Nia haven’t decided yet, but I think they’d look cute in one of these:

by Katie Ahlquist on Ravelry.com

by Postscriptlove on Ravelry.com

by ilikelemons on Ravelry.com

by minhers on Ravelry.com

by Kirsten Kapur on Ravelry.com

by crankyalyson on Ravelry.com

When I learn to do colorwork really well, I’ve GOT to make this one for Bran:

by myjewelthief on Ravelry.com

Would he not just die of happiness??

If John would wear it, I would make him this:

Seaman’s cap by helloyarn on Ravelry.com

And as for me, am I a hat person?  I really have no idea.  I’d like to be!  I’ve never worn one in my life, really.  But I would love to have a massive collection of hand-knit hats and I hope when I make one for myself, it looks decent!  Here’s some of my favorites from Ravelry.com:

cool ponytail hat by Blake Ehrlich

slouchy hat by turtlegirl76

“Gretel” by Ysolda Teague

Newsboy cap by raschi

flower cloche by Mac7

beautiful entrelac hat by myyarns

Well, I could go on for days.  We haven’t even covered adorable baby hats yet.  But this post is getting really long.  Let me just take a second to say that Ravelry.com is THE best website on the planet for anyone who loves knitting, crocheting, spinning, or just loves to drool over patterns, yarn, and beautiful designs.  It’s free to join and SO much fun.  There’s thousands of free patterns on there and about 500,000 nice folks in this gigantic fiber-lovin’ community.

So, to sum up: I have needles now that are perfect for hats!  Yay!  I hope I can get at least one for each of my children done for Christmas or sooner.  We’re going to try to make nearly all of the Christmas/birthday presents this year.

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Nearly December!

Wow, time is going fast.  I just know there isn’t enough time with everything else to get all my Christmas projects finished.  I won’t say specifically what they are here, in case any of my family ever read this, but I can say that I’ve got two days to finish Bran’s crocheted ninja turtle.  It will stand about 18 inches tall and the stomach/chest plate opens to store all the weapons, etc. inside.  There is also an opening in the back shell to put your hand in and use it as a hand puppet.  His birthday is this Saturday.  I can’t really work on it except at night, though, or he’ll see it!  He asked me for weeks when I was ever going to finish it but it seems lately like he’s forgotten about it, so I am really excited to see his face when he opens it and realizes it’s finally done.

I’ve been thinking about Christmas traditions lately, especially with the colder weather and Christmas specials on TV.  As a child my sisters and I loved  Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, that old stop-animation thing about Kris Kringle and Burger-Meister Meister-Burger and the Winter Warlock.  I’m so glad they still show it.  It’s the best!  We also loved the animated Grinch special.  For “real” people movies, there’s the unbeatable classic White Christmas.  I’m so excited that it was on TV the other day and John recorded it for me so I can finally watch it whenever I want. 

In other news, the kids and I are really loving the homeschool co-op that we participate in on Tuesday afternoons.  Next week is the last one before Christmas break for a month.  I’ve been teaching a crochet class for the last 12 weeks and I’ve really loved it.  I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids–every single one of them is so bright, cheerful, and excited to learn.  Some of them are really excelling and it’s amazing to think that they had never picked up a crochet hook before September.  I’m going to miss them.

Next “semester” (each co-op term is 6 weeks), though, my kids are really excited about their classes–Nia and Bran will take Recorder while Ciara is in beading, and then Nia gets to be in a dance/movement class while Ciara and Bran take a crafts class.  Third hour they are all in a jump rope class, which should be really fun and different.  I’m excited for them.  I’m so glad we decided to be in the co-op this year again (we didn’t love it last year)–besides learning things that I can’t teach them from other teachers, they love playing with home-school friends that they normally wouldn’t get to see that often.

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