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Monday, May 31, 2021

More for the Christmas box and little stitcheries

 Over the weekend I completed knitting another pair of socks that are destined for the Christmas box...

And, a few more little stitcheries for the advent calendars were created too...

- THIS is for those of you who, unlike me, love the scent of lavender.  I like it, but my sneezing mechanism certainly doesn't!  Right now I'm dying to snuffle deeply of lilacs but I know better!

- Like many of us you are likely to have lots of yarn scraps and perhaps THIS might be a great use for some of them.

- Have a look through the galleries of THIS amazing artist!

- And read THIS article and then go and visit his galleries HERE to see more.  Amazing work!

Today's quote/poem is from Laura Ding-Edwards...

The Mountain

If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead.
If the morning brings you sadness
it's ok to stay in bed.
If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse,
there's no shame in rearranging,
don't make yourself feel worse.
If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you'll drown,
if you haven't washed your hair for days,
don't throw away your crown.
A day is not a lifetime,
a rest is not defeat,
don't think of it as failure,
just a quiet, kind retreat.
It's ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind,
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned.
The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again, 
you can climb it in your own time,
just love yourself 'til then.


  1. You're getting me in the mood for Christmas. Well, maybe not Christmas itself, but in thinking ahead and maybe getting ahead of things I'd like to do and make. The socks look comfy warm and squishy. And the Advent stitches, super sweet. 🤗

    1. I usually work on additions for the Christmas box pretty much all year, otherwise I'd be a mess when it came to the actual date and be rushing around spending more money than enough in stores buying things just for the sake of buying them. My family has grown to expect that most of their gifts will be handmade.

  2. Hmm, I really like the idea of a Christmas box. I may have to start one very soon.

    God bless.

    1. Mine started out as a box but has evolved into a pile in the corner of the closet. At least everything is in one place!

  3. Lovely socks and calendar additions Mary Anne and I love the poem really struck a chord! Hugs Christine xx

    1. Thank you Christine - and I'm glad you liked the poem because it had the same affect on me.

  4. Oh lovely socks! To be on your Christmas list...

    1. I created a monster with my family and friends years ago when I started making handmade gifts. Back then it was a cost-saving measure but now it's grown to be expected. One year I made the huge mistake of buying most everything I gave and there was such a hue and cry of disappointment that I learned my lesson.

  5. This is a good time to remember thinking about Christmas. The way this year is going, summer will be over before we know it.

    1. I keep hoping we will actually GET a summer! We are supposed to be getting warmer towards the weekend here but I'll believe it when I see it. It will probably turn hot (which I love) but the humidity will rise (which I don't). I'm afraid I think about Christmas pretty much all year long.

  6. "a rest is not defeat" many years it took me to see it that way! I still have to remind myself at times.

    1. Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way don't we. If nothing else throughout the pandemic, hopefully we have learned not to be so rushed throughout our lives.

  7. You are ahead of the game with your Christmas box. I'm not that industrious - good for you. Thanks for the links.

    1. I work on Christmas things pretty much all year, otherwise I'd be a basket case as it got closer to the date. I like the more leisurely approach!

  8. Nice socks and I love the Christmas houses and sled!
    Lovely poem, one day at a time for sure.

    1. I use the same sock pattern all the time because it seems to fit really well. Why mess with perfection!


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