Monthly Archives: November 2012

On My Needles for Christmas

Joining with Frontier Dreams’ Keep Calm Craft On, Tuesday

Ginny’s Yarn Along, Wednesday

In order to get everyone in the family something hand-knit for Christmas,  I settled on knitting a hat or headband for each of my four dearest family members.  I am working on the London Beanie for Pintail.  It’s a cute pattern, free, and is knitting up very quickly.  Pintail chose the colors – I asked him to pick two colors he liked at the yarn store without letting him know what I was making for him.  I’m using Jaeger Matchmaker, a nice merino aran.  The white-looking yarn is actually a bluish-gray.

For Teal I have chosen the Diana Headband and a beautiful aqua alpaca yarn.

Mr. Mallard gets the Turn A Square in Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden.

For Wigeon I am hoping to finish the Immie.  Hoping.  (Just in case I bought a small skein of lavender wool/silk for a quick knit hat.)

Do you have any handmade plans for Christmas? (Or other seasonal holiday?)

Thanks for visiting!

Mrs. Mallard

P.S.  Please don’t let my loved ones know what is coming their way… xo

On to Christmas!


Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a lovely dinner with my side of the family.  I decided to go out on a limb by making a batch of my grandma’s family-famous refrigerator rolls from scratch.  I’ve been working on my bread making skills lately, so I was optimistic that they would turn out.  They did!  The ones pictured above are a little too browned, but I only got a picture of that sheet after my mom suggested I take a photo to show my grandma.

And now, on to Christmas! Slowly. I would like to be very deliberate about our activities this season.  As far as preparations go, we pulled out our fake tree that we’ve used for many, many years and I just didn’t want to put it up.  I let the kids put it up and decorate it in an out-of-the-way location.  I would love to have real tree this year decorated with real food. Does that sound odd?  Look at these lovely fruit ornaments from the Magic Onions, though.  I love the apples and cinnamon.   I would also love to do orange slices and gingerbread boys and candy canes.  If I can figure out how to keep my dogs away from the tree, I may be able to pull it off.  

School-wise, we are on our last blocks before the Christmas break, two weeks of North American Geography and one week of Botany for my fifth grader, and a Saints and Heroes block for my second grader.  I am reading Steiner’s The Education of the Child right now and find it very interesting.  It is bringing to mind many thoughts about what Steiner’s actual indications were for education, versus what has become Waldorf culture and dogma.  Melisa Nielsen has written about this on her website.

What is occupying your days this coming month?

Warm Wishes,

Mrs. Mallard