Disclaimer - Michelle, Tara, Andrea, Jessica - DO NOT READ THIS POST! I am giving you a moment to click off the page. Repeat - DO NOT READ THIS POST!!!
Allrighty then. Let's proceed.
Every year, for the last 28 years, I have made my girls a special handmade ornament for our Christmas tree. They each have their own little box that we store them in after Christmas. As they have married and/or left home, I give them their box to decorate their own trees with. I always remember our first Christmas tree. We spent $20 on the tree and we didn't have any money left to buy ornaments! So that's where my idea came from. My girls will have ornaments for their first trees!
It has always been a labor of love for me. I love finding the right ornament to make and spending the time to make them - realizing that for many, many years these ornaments will be loved and appreciated. Even after I am long gone, I think these ornaments will be passed down through the family and appreciated.
This year I have fallen in love with knitting. I have found much delight in working with two needles and yarn. And I have even become somewhat of a yarn snob! No more department store yarn for me. Once you work with quality yarn - you can't go back to the other. However, I made these ornaments out of simple cotton yarn bought at the drug store. And they turned out great.
I found the pattern here at Little Cotton Rabbits. Julie has other free patterns she has published on her blog as well. Everything she makes is just so sweet. Go check out her blog - you will enjoy it.
Anyway, usually the thought of knitting a sock would scare the bejeebers out of me. But these socks are not knit in the round. They are knit flat just using two needles and then you stitch up the back. Really simple. And really impressive.
I haven't given the girls their ornaments yet - I'm trying to organize a time to do it. It's always one of the best parts of Christmas for me.
Okay Tara girl. I know you well enough to know that you are still reading this post. You are so much like your mother its scary!!!