Friday, December 15, 2017

Family Hats

We celebrated the holiday early this year.  [Still shopping?  Wrapping?  Baking?  Enjoy!  I'll be over here eating Triscuits from the box and finishing off the last of the wrinkled clementines!] All four of my ducklings came home, but because they're all grownups now and have Lives, they could only make all their visits overlap by twelve short hours, so there's been a lot of relaxing and lazy baking show binge-watching with a few of the ducklings at a time, and we had tater tots for dinner and took turns cuddling with the catdog, and then yesterday everyone was here and there was one golden, joyous day of chaos and mayhem. So we stayed up late last night, laughing and hugging and gifting and drinking a little gin, and then we had to get up before dawn to deliver a couple of them to the airport.  I'm so tired my eyeballs feel like raisins, but it was so worth it.  I feel so lucky that they all want to be here with us, to be all together.  They don't come from the ends of the earth, but there are planes and rental cars and pet sitters, and there's work schedule juggling and there's Finals Week and it is a lot, and I am so glad and so happy.  I love the wonderful things they give each other, and the comfortable way they are together, and the funny cards and inside jokes.  What a lucky mama I truly am.  
In a successful effort to keep a lid on my own overwhelming need to cover them all in handknits, I only made hats this year.  Everyone got a hat, all knit by me from my stash and scraps, using the hat pattern that comes with Strange Brew from Tin Can Knits.  I used a different palette and a different colorwork pattern for each, but I tried to keep them all kind of relative to each other--these are our Family Hats!  It was a little bit tough to stop at six.  Choosing all the colors and stitch patterns and then drawing charts and then being able to finish one of these in a day or two made for a pretty satisfying project.  These rode around in my project bag for quite awhile.  There is definitely a Strange Brew sweater in my future.  
We unwrapped them all on the count of three, and the payoff for me was huge; everybody made such happy, appreciative noises when they saw them, and immediately put them on, exclaiming over the colors and saying all the nice things.  The time overlap was so short this year that we didn't have any daylight hours with everyone in the house together, so we improvised a group photo.  We set the timer on somebody's phone and took a group selfie in the dark, in front of the tree.   Totally knitworthy, every single one of these gorgeous people.  
I wish you all the merriest and most joyful of holidays.  As always, thank you all so much for being here with me.  It really means more than I can say.  Xoxoxo  With Love--Kristen, Doc, Marissa, Katie, Shirleejae, Adam, and Catdog.  

39 comments:

  1. You are so blessed with these ducklings!

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  2. Sounds like you had the best holiday! Everyone looks so happy!

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  3. Fantastic collection of hats and ducklings, too. Merry Christmas

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  4. Wow - precious moments! Beautiful hats! I used to knit hats for homeless teenagers, and the most colors I ever used were three! How did you get all 6 in the photo? Time delay while the photographer dashed back into the group? Fabulous! Happy Holidays to everyone!

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    1. Yes, we used a timer! :) Happy Holidays to you, too.

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  5. Could you name everyone from left to right please? I couldn't pick you or Doc out. Let alone the ducklings.

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    1. Left to right: Marissa, Me, Doc, Katie, Shirleejae, Adam. Catdog is down front. ;)

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  6. You are a lucky mama and they are lucky ducklings. It sounds like lots of fun. And the hats are great. I would find it hard to choose my favourite. Happy Christmas to you all.

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    1. Thank you, Sally. I feel very lucky, indeed. :)

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  7. I love reading your blog. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

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    1. Thank you so much! Blessings to you and yours, as well. xoxo

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  8. Your family is so lovely Kristen. Your hats are p erect. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you, Meredith! Happy Holidays to you, too! :)

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  9. Always good to pop in here and this week bumper family edition. I LOVE the hats. Jo xxx

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  10. Blessed with such a lovely family because you are so lovely! I check everyday for a new post , it makes my day, happy or reflective - happy holidays and wishing us all a happy 2018!

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    1. This is so nice to hear, thank you. :)

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  11. Wonderful post! You are such a prolific knitter, maker and mom!

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    1. Thank you, Christie! It's been a whirlwind this week, for sure. :)

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  12. Those hats are lovely. What a great photo

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    1. Not bad for a phone camera, in the dark, right? :)

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  13. Family at it's best! You made me smile! Merry Christmas!

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  14. Really lovely! Happy everything........all days!
    Mona

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    1. Thank you, Mona. Happy all the days to you, too! :)

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  15. totally gorgeous hats! glad you were able to all the family in together.
    have a great xmas & safe new year
    thanx for sharing

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    1. I am too--it was a squeaker! Happy holidays, dear. xoxo

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  16. love this post! and the hats are gorgeous!

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  17. Everything about this...the story...the photo...the hats...is absolutely perfect.

    Merry holidays to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you, Beckie. Happy holidays to you, too. xoxo

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  18. How fabulous is that? I can feel the love... You lucky Mama. Merry Christmas.
    Xx

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    1. Thanks, Annette, I do feel very lucky indeed. Happiest Christmas to you, too! :)

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  19. Merry Christmas to you, too, Kristen! Thanks for the inspiration all year round. And a sweet little ear rub to Catdog from me!

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