Is it any surprise?
December 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
that I am already getting involved in this sort of business?
pretty much as soon as I walked in the door, I received my 2nd commission of the season– “something to decorate this wreath with.” And so I immediately jumped to Karolina Eckerdal’s Stjärna pattern, which I had been itching to try all along anyway, but felt embarrassed about, because, you know, function dictates form, and, well, knitted decoratives have no function.
The Great Elizabeth equates knitted ornaments with “doorknob sweaters and cosies for extra rolls of johnpaper,” but nevertheless writes Christmas Fiddle-Faddle in the Wilds as the August chapter of The Knitter’s Almanac– in which she knits fiddly little Christmas bits while canoe-camping in the Canadian North Woods (Yankees & Their Lives: UTTERLY FOREIGN but sounds like fun?).
Anyway, this is the result: knit on 4 leftover 0′s in the most godawful, inflexible red cotton imaginable.
About which I complained so much that my mother decided, instead of asking for lots of stars, that “maybe you could knit one every year,” and I like that idea immensely. I don’t think I have ever started a tradition before.
But now I have and this is it!
In other Christmas news, we drove to the mountains to get our tree yesterday, and, listening to the only radio stations available (country music + Jesus = only Christmas music), heard the strangest and most excellent carol– “The Cherry Tree Carol”– which I feel I must share.
The story is: Mary & Joseph are going by a cherry orchard and Mary asks him to pick her some because, you know, she can’t climb trees, but he says, “listen, lady, you can get your baby daddy to do that for you,” so the Baby Jesus, from the womb, zaps the tree to make it bend over, and Mary eats the cherries, and is like, “what?” and Joseph is like, “well sorry about that I suppose that was rather rude, forgot you were the queen of heaven,” THE END.