365.356: scarf

gift #12 was completed yesterday.

It’s a simple DC scarf. 16DC, including the turning chain, for approx. 100 rows with a SC border, using a 6.5mm (K) hook. Lion Brand Homespun yarn in “bourbon.”

Gift #13 is waiting for my DPNs. Gift #14 may get the axe.

365.355: young foot

THREE days left til Christmas Eve! I have THREE gifts that are not complete. One hasn’t even been started! Fortunately, the other 2 are at least 75% complete. I hope I can finish both up by the end of the night, so that I have at least 2 days to work on the last, then I can do all the baking I need to do before we leave on the 24th (we’ll be staying at Grandma’s house that night). Forgive me if I don’t post anything but my Project 365 photos for the next couple of days!

365.354: sleepy-face

My baby turned 19 months old, today.

A different type of Rudolph

I went to pick up Nathan at school and came home with a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer-boy! I kind of love Pre-K.

365.350: Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer-boy

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He’s a jack of all faces. See 2 more on my flickr page, [[here]].

Since this seems to be the week of Rudolph, here is our favorite rendition of the classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” song, Jack Johnson’s version:

the Rudolphs

365.348: the RudolphsOn Saturday evening, Nathan I put together two dozen candy-cane Rudolphs. I remember my mom making these when I was little, so I thought it’d be a cute little party favor for his class.

His teacher bought stockings and asked for stocking stuffers, so I bought some stickers, pencils, erasers, and we put these together. I think I might buy some individually-wrapped fruit leather, as well. Other parents will be contributing as well, so these kids are going to get a stocking stuffed with goodies a whole week before Christmas!

I’m so excited about his first school party! Being in the AM class at his school means this is going to be a breakfast party. He goes in at 7:50 and I’ll be joining him a little after. Party ends at 9:25 (early dismissal)!

It will also be the last day of his first semester of school. I’m so proud of him! He got a report card a few weeks ago and he had met all of the goals that the district (school? teacher? someone?) set for pre-kindergarteners. He knows his ABC’s (what they look like, and the sounds they make), many different shapes & colors, can count, and is “very nice and extremely helpful” amongst other awesome things. So, while he is the one person in the world who knows how to push the exact buttons to make me spontaneously combust in sheer rage, he also makes me laugh the hardest and my heart beat the fastest. School has been a wonderful step in his life. He’s made friends and is starting to become more and more independent. I can’t believe he turns FIVE in 6 short months! That’s half a decade, man! I should start planning a big birthday party. It’s not too early, is it?

Anywho, these candy cane reindeer are supremely easy to make. I didn’t take any photos during the process, but here are some pithy directions, including a materials list.

candy canes
pipe cleaners
jiggly eyes
pom poms
little bells

1. Thread bells onto pipe cleaner and shift to center. Twist pipe cleaner once, to secure bell in center.
2. Attach to candy cane at the top of the arch and twist a few times to secure.
3. Wrap antlers around a pencil or knitting needle to make a coil. Remove pencil and shape antlers.
4. Attach pom pom noses and eyes and let dry.
5. there is no 5. you are DONE.

super easy, no? Nathan helped by attaching all the bells and pulling them to the centers (I had already bent all the pipe cleaners in half). He also would pull out the knitting needle after I coiled the antlers.

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