december knitcrate

Imagine being tucked away in a little valley, snugly nestled between hills and mountains, little houses lined up together in the brightest, happiest painted colors.  -knitcrate

I actually can imagine just that.  And it makes me excited for this time of year.  For two hour delays and for snow days.

This months knitcrate contained 2 skeins of La Bribes 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.  I just love the color way.  Perfect for a hat with ear warmers.  And the tempest Hat is just that. A crochet pattern was also included.  A lovely Frost Flower Cowl.

This crate retails for $63.00 and is available for $24.99.  If interested in ordering use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off of your first crate.  (That code works for any crate!)

christmas 2007

This was our Christmas 2007 photo shoot day.  Me.  Them.  Their father telling them to listen to their mother and smile for the camera.  I seriously can't believe this was ten years ago.  
 I often wonder what my Instagram would have looked liked when my kids were younger.  
Do you all think those thoughts?
How many more or less photos you would have taken?  I take a lot now.  I took a lot then.  It was digital back in 2007, after all.
Would I be the super photo snapping mom that I was with my camera?  Would I post all of the everyday pics that the younger moms of this generation post?  I tell my kids what a great photo album they would have had, cause in my mind, of course I would have!   I tell Andrew that he would have had an album!  (Haha!  Those poor youngest children.)
Happy 20017... From our 2007.
And in case you wondered?  They, of course, are wearing hand knit sweaters! 😉

three years ago

Today marks three years without the only father I ever knew.  I would love to say that time heals all wounds.  I think as individuals we are able to move on.  But the feeling of loss is there. When you let yourself dig deep, and let yourself feel again, those feeling come bubbling to the surface.  And it's okay.  It's a gift to have had that much love in your life.  
I miss him.  I miss the way he opened his heart and loved unconditionally.  He taught me so much.  And for that, I am forever grateful.

toast with purls

 Meet toast with purls.

I think of these arm warmers as being a slightly dressier version of toast.  (My mind suddenly goes to making toast and wearing pearls.)😉

The pattern is over on ravelry and you can download your free copy using the code "merryandbright".     (Available until Midnight on Thursday.) I bet you can whip a pair out in time for a gift.  OR you can save the pattern and knit a pair for yourself over your holiday break.  Yes, a pair for yourself sounds lovely.


xx, leslie

our tree

This was only the second year we have ever cut down our Christmas year.  We thought it would be really great to drive to the farm to get a fresh tree.  We found our favorite tree almost instantly.  Perfectly shaped and perfectly full.  It even came with it's very own birds nest.  We couldn't understand why everyone passed up this beauty!  The tree stand has never been without water, yet it is truly drying up before our very eyes.  It is shrinking and we can literally hear the needles falling onto the hardwood floor like gentle raindrops.  I'm thinking that by January 1st we will be left with our very own Charlie Brown Tree.

soon to be...

My yarn arrived for my next project;  humulus.  SO looking forward to casting on, but must wait until I finish a few small Christmas gifts.
It took me quite a while to decide on a yarn choice and color combo.  I'm going to be using the lovely Quince yarn in Lark.


It was the first time I made a peppermint cake.  I figured it was that time of year, and this year I am feeling particularly festive. It wasn't that pretty, but it sure was delicious.