Moments of happy...
1. The first of the last. One year ago this week, I started my first "52 Weeks of Happy" post with a picture of a beautiful little mini-skein of yarn purchase from The Sitting Tree. Today, I am starting my last "52 Weeks of Happy" post with the fun little project made from that yarn: Rustic I Cord Wrap Bracelet. A fast, easy, fun knit (took only hours to make!) made to fasten with a wooden button. I love the bright autumn colors! You can find The Sitting Tree at Etsy, filled with hand-dyed yarns, knitting patterns, handmade wooden buttons, handmade soaps, and more.
Ravelry notes here.
2. Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Emma's oversized bluish-greenish version of Dani Sunshine's Hot Chocolate sweater pattern. I saw the pattern on Ravelry, showed it to Emma, and then discovered that Dani had started a collection of patterns in celebration of Lauren Childs' amazing British children's series, Charlie and Lola. Charlie and Lola! Our favorite! (It almost makes me wish that we had taught Emma to speak as a toddler with a British accent.) Dani named her collection "I Will Absolutely Wear It", and if you know Charlie and Lola, you know that this is completely the very most, best, and wonderfulest title she could have ever come up with.
Hot Chocolate was a really fun and easy knit. Emma requested long sleeves, a long tunic length, and a roomy fit, so that she will be able to wear it next autumn, as well. Given the green of the yarn, we named the project after her favorite and her best toasty, winter drink that she really, really needs with marshmallows, pretty pretty please.
Ravelry notes here.
3. First snow of the season. And we were just as giddy about it this year as we were last. It has been decidedly warmer this autumn than last. This year we've been able to enjoy the changing leaves longer, but it has made the anticipation of the snow greater. With the first good (albeit light) snow came peppermint bark brownies and hot cocoa, gifts from Norm and Carolyn from their summer trip. Snow, chocolate, the fireplace, knitting, and Lark Rise to Candleford: all the good makings for some great Moments of Happy.
4. The gift of lasting friendship. We had the most wonderful visit with dear friends. Paul and Maria got the opportunity to get away from their home in Kentucky to visit our mountains. We had four nights and three days of talking and catching up and connecting. John and Paul went mountain biking. Maria and I relaxed and talked about Greek superstitions. (You know that scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where people spit on the bride as she walks down the aisle?) They treated us to dinner in town for our anniversary (So blessed!) and then went sightseeing and shopping during the day. Their last night here, Maria made us some Greek food (Spanakopita!). And I captured none of it on film. *sigh* I am so "in the moment" when company is here that bringing out the camera feels out of place somehow.
The apple butter that she made and brought us has been broken into. The bourbon-pecan and chocolate fudge made in Kentucky that she brought us is long gone. The only thing I have left to take a picture of is a wonderful book, Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. Maria gave me a copy, and I have so enjoyed seeing the amazing artwork and craftiness of so many talented people across the country. I would love to someday drive the Quilt Trail. This book takes each barn quilt and makes it come alive by telling its backstory. Makes me want to hang a painted Log Cabin Quilt on the back of our house since we don't own a barn. :)
Paul and Maria, thank you for such a special visit! We look forward to the next!
5. A year of happies. Lastly, I am so thankful for every happy on this blog. As I shared in my first "52 Weeks of Happy" post, I was challenged to commit to an exercise of happiness and gratefulness by Gillian of Tales from a Happy House. I didn't post every single week, but I did keep track of my happies nonetheless. If you want to see someone do happies the way they were meant to be done, go to Gillian's! She still posts happies on many Fridays, and they always make me smile.
Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for commenting. Every single one of your friendships, whether in person or through the internet, are the truly the biggest and best Moments of Happy to me.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."