Merry Christmas my dear readers! I hope that you find peace and joy in this holiday season. This post will close out the blog for 2018. I will see in the new year with Knitting school for Knitting in the round. New blog posts will be up starting January 15, 2019.

To stay in touch until then, please make sure you are on the email list! I will still be creating new videos and other social content, and I can continue to notify you each week of new uploads. Unfortunately, the pressure to create on social never stops.

Please be sure to follow me on instagram and pinterest as well!

We will be starting a Knit a long for the Sleet Cowl on Facebook that week as well. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, so if you would like to join in, be sure to like the facebook page and check the box to receive notifications. I will also send out reminders through email, because it is frustratingly difficult to keep everyone in the loop on social alone. I’m planning on trying out some Facebook Live videos for the knit along so we can cast on together and get the project going as a group.Having never done this, it should be interesting!

I’m taking some much needed time off to rest my brain and to enjoy some uninterrupted craft time. I’ve missed my sewing machine! I have the new posts outlined for 2019, but I’m taking off a couple of weeks from blog writing to enjoy the season. I hope you are able to take some time for yourself as well. I really think we all need a national holiday and rest for at least 2 weeks at the end of the year. Unfortunately, I have no power or persuasion whatsoever.

Thank you all for spending time with me in 2018! I would not have a blog were it not for all of you wonderful and loyal readers. I am grateful for you, and I look forward to an amazing new year in 2019. Best wishes and blessings to you and your families.

The story behind this photo is that Santa is an old and dear friend in real life. I met him back in 1991 when I worked in an audio and video production studio. It was my first “real” job out of college, and it is the most fun I’ve ever had at any job to this day bar none. He’s a well known local actor who wound up going through Santa school, and is the best Santa ever. He’s so kind and so loving, I think he’s as real as Santa could get. I got to take his publicity photos, and of course, Willie had to get in on the photo shoot. So here’s my sweet doggo in his one of a kind cowl with Santa. I still have that cowl put away in my drawer as a keepsake. I found it just the other day, as a matter of fact.

These pictures mean so much to me. Not only did I get to create some special moments of my beloved dog interacting with Santa, I felt honored that of all the photographers in town, Santa asked me to take his headshots. It honestly was a magical afternoon, and I feel so grateful that I got to craft this little bit of Christmas magic.

Christmas is generally a happy holiday, but for those of us who have lost loved ones….people and animals, it’s bittersweet. I still find some deep sadness comes up when listening to certain Christmas songs as I remember those who are no longer here. And as I see how insane the holiday season has become, I find I feel very out of place with it all. I choose a simple and quiet celebration. It’s not going to gain me any youtube views or instagram followers, but that’s not why I’m doing it.  I’m not devoutly religious, but I do like to focus on the real reason for this season and spend some time reflecting on how to be a better person and to spend quality time with those I hold near and dear.

Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.