I have a bunch of photos to go through this weekend from the visit, but here’s what I instagtam’d. It almost looks like a painting!
Hi everyone! I’m in some serious holiday cheer this year! Totally unusual for me, as I’m normally grinch-like. I’m actively trying to avoid that this year, by attempting to find things to make the holiday season happier, and I think it’s working.
Today I received a few holiday baking items I ordered from King Arthur Flour, and I’m in love with my new polar bear cookie cutter. I’m not great at decorating cookies, but I’m learning and practicing (which, I’m told, makes perfect). I can’t wait to bake a few and try to decorate them and see how they turn out. I think an epic baking day/weekend is in order next weekend!
A lotus hat for a friend, which may have ended up a bit too big since I used size 8 needles rather than the size 6 called for. Oops. Well, if nothing else it’ll be a really cute slouchy hat. Or I can thread some elastic into the ribbed band, I guess? Or just knit her a different one with proper needles and keep this for myself (because I’d wear the heck out of it regardless of the size).
I’m going on a hat knitting binge these next few weeks. An email came through the other day for a local charity. At the office every year we collect food for the organization to go to needy people in the community. This year, aside from the usual notice about the collection, there was a little additional line about hats and gloves being needed as well. Which reminded me so very much of Robyn over at She Makes Hats, who does a LOT of hat knitting (her goal is 10,000 hats for 10,000 people – isn’t that awesome?). She started off just wanting to knit 100 hats in a year, and the whole thing has bloomed into this amazing project.
Anyway. The light bulb clicked and I thought to myself, “Why not knit some hats?!” And so, a challenge has been set: 10 hats in 5 weeks. Two a week until the deadline of December 14th. Totally not up to Robyn’s hat-a-day-in-September project, but do-able for me with all the holiday rushing that goes on this time of year. And if I blow through those 10, that’ll be pretty damn fantastic :)
On a cool but sunny Saturday we took a little field trip to one of the local maple syrup festivals. It was a lovely, relaxing drive through the countryside, passing lovely little houses and beautiful waters that will be even more beautiful when green hits the trees, and a lovely day to get out of the house. We even spotted a little pick-your-own blueberry place on the way that I’m planning on visiting later this year once they’re in season.
As it turns out, maple syrup? Not really all that interesting. Which, really, I knew that. I’m not a stranger to things such as this. You tap a tree, you collect the clear syrup, you cook it down, filter it out, and then enjoy it on your pancakes. Not really rocket science (OK, the way they explained it sounded far more complicated… but whatever). However, I haven’t ever actually seen it done in person. And besides, how can I resist a chance to get outdoors and in some woods? On a farm of all places? (My niece made a point to constantly remind me that it smelled like horse poop and refused to believe that it was actually a nice smell to me. Maybe I’m weird and just too stubborn to realize it?)
I wish I could say that I came home with a giant gallon jug of local maple syrup. $10 in your pocket doesn’t get you very far with maple syrup, however. And, thanks to our weather this year (the lack of a real winter, in particular) the syrup production is down so I imagine it’s going to go even higher. Maybe one of these days I’ll get my farm with some sugar maples of my own to tap.
I remembered to grab my camera on the way out the door, but only had enough battery power to do a few quick shots. If I didn’t have to rush off to work I would have recharged and played with more photos – it’s not very often that we get nice frosts where you can see the ice crystal formations so nicely.