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Christmassing Inexpertly

It’s a tricky time here at Twisted Towers. Christmas has completely unexpectedly lumbered into view. I know that some of the wiser amongst you might argue that the fact it’s on the same date every single year does lend it a certain predictability, but I’m telling you, we’ve been caught totally off-guard.

home-made Christmas bauble decoration

Once upon a time (pre-children), I had time to design and paint silly decorations.

Also, we’re not very good at remembering to water the Christmas tree, so the poor thing is shedding needles so fast that we face gathering round a be-baubled Christmas stick on the big day to open our gifts. The twinnage are happy, though. (Don’t worry, we do remember to water/feed them.) They’ve sneaked off with some of the needles, plus the tiny wreathes that I knitted, and some baubles, to make tiny dinosaur egg nests, which I keep finding in obscure corners of the house. Full marks for creativity, boys.

Let’s hope that the catering arrangements are going rather better. The Stoic Spouse largely bans me from the cooker/oven on Christmas Day because – in his words – “If I left it to you, we’d be having cumin-roast turkey with spiced lentils for Christmas dinner. Probably at 10pm.” He does have a point. I do cook a huge tagine on Christmas Eve, though.

Some of my home-made decorations were a mischievous.

Today, I am finishing writing my Christmas cards, and feeling smug because I’m a day ahead of the last posting date. It’s ever-so-slightly tempting to write “Happy Christmas 2017” in them, thus skipping a year and instantly moving from last in the Great Christmas Card Race to FIRST PLACE (by about eleven months).

So I’m dealing with the chaos of Christmas in the same way that I deal with everything remotely challenging, by interspersing frenzied last-minute activity with picking up my knitting for “just one more row” and writing a blog post. That explains all this progress on the jumper, anyway. Here’s a sleeve:-

And on that note, I must go and finish the cards. Merry Christmas, my fine fibrous friends!

 

 

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Christmas decorations

Oh all right, I admit it, but only grudgingly. Christmas is almost upon us. ‘Tis the season of curmudgeonly old grumps like me cheering up. I need to stop knitting housey stuff and apply my mind to gifts, and guests, and grub. Actually, the grub’s covered because the stoic spouse is already engaged in his annual mission to source the best turkey in Western Europe. But I do need to think about the rest of it.

We have a tree! I’ve put it up in the slobbing-around-room next to the kitchen, because I’m planning to completely redecorate the living room before our guests arrive on the 24th. Yeah right, I hear the stoic spouse muttering.

And due to my sometimes anarchic creativity, we have some rather unconventional decorations for the tree. Exhibit A is a gold bauble hatching to reveal little Santas, one of whom is abseiling away. I had so much fun painting this:-

Santa hatching bauble

Santa hatching bauble

And then I painted Santa pausing for refreshments:-

Santa

Santa

And clearly a cow needs a Santa hat:-

Cow Christmas decoration

Cow Christmas decoration

Then I decided to paint a beaver who had just felled a Christmas tree. As you do.

Tree decoration

Tree decoration

And at last I painted something sensible:-

Painted Christmas decoration

Painted Christmas decoration

Finally, here’s a bauble that I didn’t make. Because baubles are pretty. Merry Christmas (bah, humbug).

Christmas bauble

Christmas bauble

If I get time, I’ll knit some fairisle baubles, but given my queue of projects, they’ll be ready some time around March. *Sigh*

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