The New Year

This has been a whirlwind few days of family and friends.  Off to Virginia Beach, we finally celebrated Christmas with our youngest and his family with two wonderful dinners prepared by them, gift exchange, and enjoying their children experience “Christmas” morning (they postponed their celebration until Thursday eve and Friday morning as our son worked Christmas eve and day).  That is the joy of Christmas to grandparents.

It was joyful to visit with my 88 year old, still very active Dad and my stepmom.  It cheers me that he is still active enough to deliver meals on wheels to shut-ins half his age, to prepare all of their meals, care for his gardens and yard.  I hope to remain as healthy and active as he when I am his age.

New Years Eve took us to Jim’s sisters house then together we  celebrated with our ski club friends at one of their homes, music, dancing, food and fun.  It has been way too many years since we partied, usually we stay  home alone and watch the Times Square ball drop.  What a fun time we had, even though I chose to be the designated driver and only had one glass of wine all night.

Our holiday week is winding down with a quick trip to northern Virginia for one night with our eldest and his family before heading back home to the mountains for a predicted blast of arctic weather cold and snow.

Though Christmas Day was spent alone this year with phone calls to kids, friends and family, we have certainly had plenty of time with family and friends to make up for it.  My wish to you and yours is a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

Nadia Lattice Lace Scarf

This blog is going to primarily be for knitting related topics and a way to share patterns of my designs.  Though this is not my first design, it is the first to be published.  The scarf is in honor of the birth of my granddaughter on Thanksgiving Day.

It is a simple lightweight scarf from a single skein of fingering weight yarn.


250 yds or more fingering weight
US 7 needles
Tapestry needle

Pattern repeat is 6 rows

Cast on 25 stitches using long tail cast on

Knit 6 rows in stockinette.

Row 1 – Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together*
Row 2 – Repeat row 1
Row 3 – Repeat row 1
Row 4 – Repeat row 1
Row 5 & 6 knit

Repeat pattern until desired length.
Knit 6 rows, bind off loosely.
Block to open the lace
Finished scarf will vary according to gauge but should be about 5″ wide and 60″ long.

  1. copywrite Fran Stafford 2011  This pattern is free to use, items may be made and sold, but the pattern may not be published without my permission.

First holiday alone

We knew this time would come, but found we weren’t prepared for it.  Having come from a family of three children with many fond Christmas memories, it was easy to establish traditions and memories for our three children.  Christmas eve was spent celebrating with extended family for a turkey and ham dinner at our house, or at my father’s.  Christmas morning with our children at home, sometimes with grandparents, sometimes, just family, an open house buffet of treats for family and visitors, Christmas stockings, Santa, and gifts that indulged our children often stretching our budget.

As our children grew up, left home, and started their own families, we still often had one or more of them home on Christmas Day, or we traveled to one of them to spend the morning watching their children enjoy the excitement of Christmas morning.

This year was to be different.  Our eldest and his family were to spend Christmas Day with his son’s other grandparents.  They visited us for one night a couple days before Christmas and had our celebrations then.  Our daughter and her husband had just had a new baby on Thanksgiving Day and we had traveled to see them the next week, taking their gift with us.  Our youngest, had to work Christmas eve and Christmas Day, so we will travel to celebrate with them later this week.  That left just my husband and me to greet the day and carry on our traditions as best we could without children in the house.  It just isn’t the same, in spite of my efforts to prepare his favorite breakfast and later a small turkey dinner, it was still too quiet and sedate.

Next year, we will be sure to be at the home of one of our kids on Christmas morning and savor the sounds and excitement of the children.

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