Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

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Nothing like a small town Christmas tree lighting ceremony to get you in the holiday spirit! We bundled up, grabbed the pup and strolled on over to Railroad Plaza (home of the Kugel Ball for those of you who know Lansdale) around 6:00 to get the party started. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate and tuba tunes kept us occupied until the big man himself (you know, Santa) cruised down Main Street in a fire engine to get the ceremony under way.

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A quick countdown and flick of a switch and it was all over. Honestly, not the most exciting thing we’ve ever done, but it was a nice way to kick off the craziness of the holidays. And Lucy sure did have a good time getting pets from all the kids.

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Pull This Thread As I Walk Away

The past couple of weeks I’ve been slowly working away at one of my (Sam) own, personal Joy Jar items:

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This isn’t a completely knew challenge for me; my mother taught me to knit many years ago but it didn’t stick and I quickly stored the information in the back of my mind and hadn’t revisited it until now. I’ve been wanting to find a hobby that allows me to be creative and use my hands and knitting was my solution. So I did what any 21st Century information seeker does – turned to YouTube. I also downloaded “Stitch ‘n Bitch” on my Kindle and headed off to A.C. Moore for supplies.

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I ended up with the following:

  • Size 8 plastic needles which I immediately exchanged for bamboo
  • Cheep ass yarn (perfect for beginner practicing and mistakes)
  • A beginners knitting kit with a tape measure, yarn needles, stitch counter, stitch markers, point protectors, etc.
  • Scissors

Since then I have been slowly teaching myself the basics by following along in the book and supplementing with YouTube videos. I love that the book gives me some guidance as to where to start because there sure is a ton of information out there. So far I’ve learned the knit stitch and was super proud of my first little swatch that I made all by myself.

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Which then prompted me to make a not so pretty garter stitch scarf that Jon swears he’ll wear. Despite it’s abundant imperfections. (I took the easy way out and used size 14 needles and chunky yarn.)

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Obviously I still have a lot to learn and am nowhere near good at this yet. I am currently working on learning to pearl and making a swatch stockinette in stitch, which I’ve now started over about three times. So if any of you seasoned knitters out there have any tips, tricks, or favorite tools please share!