A Christmastime Adventure

First things first – I finished the shawl on time and my mom loves it!  She was absolutely astonished that I would do such a thing…so I may have unintentionally created a standard for myself which I will never again be able to match.  Opps.   I was able to catch some shoots in uncharacteristic NE Ohio December sunshine:

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Pattern: Wing-‘o-the-Moth (Anne Hanson)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Color 588
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
Modifications: None, although I did add extra yo’s in the bind-off to make a stretchier edge.
More pictures are on Ravelry.

Now, I believe I promised to share a recent Christmastime Adventure.  Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom selects some Christmas outing or performance to attend.  We’ve been to see Christmas lights, historic homes decorated for the Holidays, and performances of the Christmas Carol and the Nutcracker.  Of course, over the years it has become hard to find something we haven’t done before.  This year, however, my mom and I were able to find something completely different – Dickens’ Victorian Village.

Apparently about two years ago, some residents of Cambridge, Ohio came up with the idea to turn the downtown into a showcase of Victorian-era scenes, inspired by the works of Charles Dickens.  Over the years, artisans have created dozens of figures and placed them on display over the Holidays.  This year there was also a light display at the county courthouse (in the middle of downtown).  It was a really neat display, if a bit cold (and windy!), and I thought I’d share some of my favorite scenes.

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The Knitter

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Scrooge and Marley

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The Sled Maker

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The Apple Seller

I hope you and yours have all had a wonderful Christmas season and continue to a healthy and prosperous New Year!

winter wonderland

two posts in two days…something must be wrong with me!

usually i don’t rely much on predictions of snow…but last night they were right.

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these two pictures were actually taken about the same time this morning, while the snow was still falling. i used flash for the second, which created a nighttime look. i can’t decide which i like better. i wasn’t thrilled about clearing an inch or two of snow off my car, but the views more than made up for it – everything is just so fresh and white. it was a ‘dry’ snow too – nothing too heavy or soppy wet. it’s supposed to warm up this weekend though…alas.

miscellaneous friday

about a week ago, i noticed this new addition downtown and i finally snapped a photo today.

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i think he rather looks like a monkey.

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i’m not exactly sure what the impetus has been, but it seems like a lot of public art has been springing up around town lately – everything from painted concrete trash cans to murals to sculptures. it certainly makes downtown more cheerful!