Happy St Nikolaus day! The girls put out their stockings last night and awoke to some tasty treats this morning. This year is such a special year to celebrate the holidays; my almost-three-year-old can grasp so much more of the magic this season than she's been able to in years past. We had planned to venture out into the cold for Gluehwein and holiday cheer at a local Christmas market today, but everyone in our house in under the weather. Sleep is limited (even more so than usual. Toddlers and almost-toddlers don't always sleep as much as their parents might like). So instead of an adventure, today seemed like the perfect homey day to dust off the blog and say "hello!" I've missed being here!
If you've missed me too, I suppose I have a little explaining to do. After giving birth to my second little girl, I had to make a lot of difficult choices about the ways I spend my time. I've begun a journey towards more mindful parenting, creating, and living in an effort to avoid completely losing my mind...and self! The journey is certainly not over and I haven't reached all of my lifestyle goals (I'm absolutely rotten at saying "no", even when I haven't a lick of time to spare!) but we as a family are all on a good track. Waldorf education and philosophy have lent a steady hand to our daily rhythms and activities and I'm so thrilled to delve deeper into the ideas behind Waldorf (or Steiner) education in the coming years. Part of learning about that philosophy has led me away from technology and helped me to learn mindfulness in my daily tasks, hence some of my silence here.
Knitting, also, has been and continues to be a powerful reminder to be mindful and patient. As the world around us grows colder and more gray, the call of my wool and needles grows louder! "Knit fast, die warm" I like to say. And I have been knitting faster, at least when it comes to socks! I've recently made the switch to continental knitting (or holding the wool in my left hand), where before I was an English thrower (which must be a great name for a band, right?). I can't bring myself to rib or purl continental, but we'll see what the future holds. Between continental knitting and the "magic loop" method, the whole family may have enough hand-knit footwear for a year before long. Ha, that's wishfully over-ambitious as we now have an increasingly mobile ten-month-old!
Speaking of babies, I can think of no better argument for homemade tree ornaments than that of a curious baby. Applesauce-cinnamon and candied dry oranges do just the trick (and have already been put to the test!) Which reminds me, I need to sweep up the pine needles before morning or they'll be the mid-morning hors d'ouevres.
So, if you're a new reader, thank you for visiting! This blog is a little slice of my crafty life, which is very eclectic and can range from illustration, to fiber art, to upcycling my thrifted treasures. I cherish the connections I've made through this online realm and I look forward to once again being able to share my creative pursuits on this platform. If you're a returning reader, thank you for reading and putting up with my quirkiness, friend! I look forward to hearing from you.