This made for rather slap-dash Christmas preparations but we managed. A series of sad events put a blight on the holiday this year. On December 23rd a friend and neighbour died at the age of 40 while home with the flu. He could not stop coughing and choked to death.
Then late on Christmas Eve another friend had to be rushed to hospital with blood pressure off the charts. This was also attributed to the flu.
On the 26th a woman friend suffered a heart attack and has now undergone triple bypass surgery. All in all we were was happy to see the end of December.
January came in with a blanket of snow. So we are tucked up indoors for awhile, knitting, reading, sitting by the fire. I am not a social creature in cold weather. You can get me out on a sunny day, but once the sun disappears the world seems just a little too cold and miserable out there. Apart from walking the dogs and feeding the goats and chickens my time outdoors is limited to a quick run down to the mailbox and back.
I cleaned up my studio space and have begun working on a series of necklaces that I sketched out before Christmas. I have been making various components and then I wire those together and adding the finishing touches. I'll post some photos of them once I have a few finished.
While working on the necklaces I found a spool of sterling silver wire I bought ages ago, and brought it downstairs to try an idea I had for a knitting bracelet with knitted silver wire and crystals. Knitting with wire is a rather strange feeling, but it is working and the fabric is makes can be squished or spread out into different widths and shapes. I like the effect so much I want to make a second one, using some semiprecious stones I have stashed away.
I usually make half a dozen of these at a time and stash them away in a box with assorted ribbons and other doodads that I use for wrapping birthday gifts all year round. The recipient gets the gift and the brooch.