…Not quite sleigh bells in the lane yet, even in Wisconsin, but we’re ready!


Every year for Thanksgiving, the kids and I decorate the windows with snowflakes, with hopes for big drifts this winter.


In the past, we always used big, circular coffee filters, but this year, we used templates from Belle’s class. They’re based on real snowflake crystal structures. Unfortunately  they appear to have come from a book, and I can’t find the same thing online, but did find this site with info about snowflake crystal structures and some cool photos of snowflakes by Ken Lebo.

Some similar and fun snowflake templates are on Marcel’s Kid Crafts or Curbly Essentials (free download if you like their Facebook page).


We used ordinary white paper and put them under the dictionary to flatten for a couple of hours after cutting. To make the garland, take three yards of red rickrack and paper clips; the wire tips can punch nice little holes in the snowflakes, then work the snowflake to the inner oval, and hang from the outer.

Maybe the next step is these beautiful 3-D snowflake decorations from Ellinee!

We’re getting in holiday gear; last night after dinner, my mom, Grandma and I pored over mom’s file folder of favorite holiday ideas. Since our family has Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and Serbian Orthodox branches, we get to pull from a lot of traditions!


I can’t wait to try some of these gift tags, decoration ideas and homemade treats to give…

In knitting news

Eight wonderful knitters joined me yesterday at Stitcher’s Crossing for a Cowls class; I spread out all of the samples from the Knitting Recipes book, and they tried on and measured and all decided which size cowl would fit their style and their favorite yarn. They even gave up their Packer game knitting time to learn the knitted cast-on, stretchy bind-off and simple twisted infinity technique; that’s devotion to a craft! Thanks so much to Sharon and the Stitcher’s Crossing crew, who had everything so well-organized for us!

Have a great Monday,


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