Monday, January 1, 2018

A Great Start to the New Year

 Happy New Year dear friends.  I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and a great start to the New Year.  I've had a wonderful holiday season with my family.
 
 Yesterday afternoon all the family ventured to the Montage Resort where we sat outside on the veranda and enjoyed coffee.  It was a perfect afternoon to watch the ocean and do a little people watching, too!  It was my daughter's idea (photo above) and we all agreed that this was a great way to start the New Year's Eve celebrations.

 
 Christmas at my home has been all boxed up until next year (although I hope the true meaning of Christmas is in my heart throughout the coming year).  My home is slowly coming back to it's normal, eclectic decor.  My dear son bought me these lovely pink carnations.  They brighten up the family room.

My beloved knitting needles have made a reappearance, too this season.  I'm knitting a pair of socks from the very talented Helen Stewart.  They're called Vintage Fairy Lights socks and you can find the info here on my Ravelry page. (Lilly insists on sitting my my lap when I'm knitting!)

I love to knit socks.  I taught myself how to knit them; unbeknownst to me that they can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, I and my four DPN's get along very well.  I love the yarn I found on Etsy.  It's from Southern Skeins; she is an indie dyer from Florida.  Her yarn creations are so lovely and best of all, her prices are very reasonable!  My yarn is called "frosted berries"  which I thought was so appropriate for this project.

Speaking of the very talented Helen, she will be hosting The Handmade Sock Society.  There will be six sock patterns included in this KAL.  I can hardly wait until it begins in February.  Fun times ahead!

I received some beautiful and useful things for Christmas.  I love the perfume tray that my dear daughter and her family gave to me.  It sits on top of my Grandma's antique bird's eye maple chest which is in my closet.  It was fun to clean and rearrange the top of this much loved chest.

Lilly wanted to say "hello" to everyone.  She had a great holiday and is enjoying her catnip toys.  I hope everyone out there who has furry family loved ones, to wish them all the best for the New Year, too.

Thank you dear friends for being my friend and visiting my blog.  I wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

With my best wishes,

Pat

18 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Pat to you and your loved ones.
    What beautiful carnations, and I really love the perfume tray, I did the same this year, I found a pretty little tray for £1 at the car boot sale and have it in the bedroom with my perfumes on it. x

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  2. Beautiful Lilly, I do wish QT would sit on my lap. Alas he will not. He will sit along the back of my chair near my head. The socks look good. I really would like to make lots of socks this year. My plan is to make socks for Christmas presents but time will tell. All the best for the new year. Cx

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  3. Christmas with the family, that's the best gift of all. Lily is looking healthy again, tell her Miss Kitty enjoyed most of her Christmas presents, one scared her and it's been put up.

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  4. It sounds like you've had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Your perfume tray is really lovely. I have a glass dressing table tray which was given to my grandma for her 21st birthday, I love that these special items have lasted the test of time. Socks are my favourite things to knit, I was very lucky at Christmas, I received four beautiful skeins of yarn which will be perfect for socks. Wishing you and Lily all the very best for 2018.

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  5. Best wishes for a great 2018!

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  6. I like the way you celebrated the special Christmas season. I'm glad that you had a good time with your family and also I'm pleased to know that Lilly is well again. May you and your loved ones have a new year full of blessings.

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  7. Happy new year Pat. It sounds as though you had a lovely Christmas. It is still Christmas here as I have always left my decorations up until twelfth night, and out here, Epiphany (or Three Kings as they call it), is more important than Christmas Day. There will be a fiesta in our village on Saturday, and then my tree and the rest will be packed away, and the house will look bare. How nice of your son to bring you flowers to brighten your room.
    Our furry friends had a good time with us too. It is good to see Lilly is back to her old self now.
    Wishing you many blessings for 2018. Kate x

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  8. Cats do love to join in the the knitting process don't they? Happy New Year to you and Lilly, I hope 2018 will bring you much joy:)

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  9. Happy New Year. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday.... but are also enjoying the chance to get back to normal. I look forward to seeing your socks progress. Jx

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  10. Happy New Year! Your socks look great so far, and I also love the Vintage Fairy Light pattern. I signed up for the Sock Society, and am hoping it will be things I am wanting to try.

    I'm glad Lilly had a good Christmas holiday - it's just as important for the furry ones, if you ask me.

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  11. Happy New Year Pat! It sure looks like you had a lovely time with your family. Love the perfume tray, useful and pretty at the same time. x

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  12. I am so glad you had these nice times!! Happy New Year dear friend!

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  13. Happy New Year! Looks as though you had a splendid time. The perfume tray is a delight.

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  14. What a lovely thought, that the spirit of Christmas stays within us even after the external props have been put away. I see you have spent time with your daughter too. Wonderful. Sitting outside enjoying coffee is just a distant summer memory for us here in the UK. At best it is grey and overcasting, but more likely very cold and windy. A happy New Year to you and your family, including Lilly of course. My daughter has three cats and so that they don't feel left out after my post about her dog, I shall post a picture of them soon!

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  15. I love your fairy lights socks, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with the Sock Society KAL too; Helen Stewart creates some lovely patterns so I'm sure they'll be amazing socks! xx

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  16. Happy New Year. That sock yarn is so pretty. I have yet to attempt to knit socks. Maybe someday. I like the snowflake marker.

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  17. Wishing you and family a lovely year in 2018!! Good and useful gifts! Christmas time is such a beautiful time! I do crochet but can not knit however I love to see all that people knit. Beautiful blog!

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  18. Thank you for visiting my blog, it's always good to make new friends. Oh Boy, Lilly is gorgeous <3 I am a self confessed 'cat lady' I love all animals, but just can't live without a cat or seven!!!

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