We've stumbled into November, the clocks went back at the weekend and temperatures have dropped. Autumn leaves are falling from the trees - quite late this year but what a glorious sight the trees are and today we woke to our first severe frost. I was awoken to my neighbours scraping their car windscreens as they got ready to leave home this morning. I, on the other hand, snuggled under the duvet and thought "I'm so glad that's not me and I can have another hour in my cosy bed".
"Christmas is fast approaching, we need to get organised" so I was told earlier today by a senior member at my tai chi class, "I'm ok with that I said, things are moving along nicely"..... 53 sleeps as of today they said!
Crafting wise i'm happy with gift progress. I showed you the start of something warm and cosy in a previous post, and here they are completed. I hope the recipient of this Christmas gift will feel the comfort of them during the winter months.
I've made a lot of handmade gifts for a particular friend over the years, she is not a crafter herself and enjoys receiving something handmade. This year as we are getting older, I thought perhaps a useful gift, so three covered wooden coat hangers Santa will be delivering to her.
Another KEEP YOU WARM project has been knitted. My granddaughter asked for a red hat and scarf for her journey to school each day. Glad to oblige and she's taken home these at the weekend. I couldn't get a good picture of the true red of these, this is the best one I took!
I was listening on the radio the other day to a Danish lady being interviewed about hygee (pronounced hoo-ga). Have you heard of it or read about it? There are lots of books around at the moment and online things telling you how to experience it in your own life. Apparently there is no English translation for it but they use the word a lot in everyday life for times when they are having comfort with family and friends and also when being alone enjoying the moment with comforting things. Hygee is summed up in a sentence by ToveMaren Stakkestad - Hygge was never meant to be translated - it was meant to be felt. I'm hoping my granddaughter will experience hygee with her hat and scarf and all the love that went into me knitting it for her or perhaps the handknitted socks will give a bit of hygee to their wearer?
Picture of this book courtesy of Amazon
A little stitching has been done too. Sunday was reveal day for the monthly challenge over at Needlecraft Haven. Christine chose a lovely holly design for Octobers stitch project from Luli. My ornament ended up with little red jingly bells adorning it, I thought they looked a bit like big holly berries.
I've also almost finished September of the Joyful World SAL. The last few stitches will go into that tonight as I stitch along in our Wednesday evening online stitching parlour with Barb and the other ladies working on unfinished projects, i'll show you my finish next time.
I'm going to have a blog reading session and catch up with what you have all been up to now, but first I think i'll make myself a hot chocolate, grab a biscuit and have a little hygee time....
Blessings to you all