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Winter Knitcircus Pattern Collection Giveaway

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Dave & I had a quiet Thanksgiving with our friend Cosmo.  The cats and Rigel each got their own plates of turkey.  Rigel’s lasted all of about, oh, 3 seconds, if that.  But those were a glorious 3 seconds in his eyes.

To celebrate the season, I’ll be giving away three Winter pattern collections.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite holiday tradition on this post by midnight PST Tuesday 3oth November.  If you don’t have a favorite tradition, list your favorite of something.  I’ll use Random.org to pick the three winners.  Please, leave a way to contact me:  your email, blog address, Rav name, etc.

I’ll also be giving away some pattern collections over at the Sunset Cat group on Ravelry, so check it out!

Edited to add:  congrats to lucky #13, theknittingaunt; #7, Kristen; and #9, Penny Powell!

29 comments… add one
  • Regina Martin November 27, 2010, 1:58 pm

    When my husband and I were first married, I had him make Christmas cookies with me. He did not do it with his mom as a child. So we have done it every year. Now we do it every year with our two children, who are now 15 & 13. They have the joy of decorating the cookies with us making many happy memories. My 15 year old son has autism and it is one of his favorite activities during the holidays; second only to decorating the tree. So that is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Happy Holidays.

  • Deb (aka DebonairDesigns) November 27, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Favorite holiday tradition ~ every Christmas my hubby, kids and I love to create a them throughout the house, often making use of recycled material, one year we had paper snowflakes everywhere, this year is no exception, our theme is Red Thread, based on the Chinese belief that we all are connected via an invisible thread and meet whoever we are supposed to meet, since losing my Dad (2yrs ago Christmas) and recently losing my FIL, this seem even more important ~ I have the main tree decorated and red velvet ribbon runs from top to bottom, a smaller tree on dining table has a thinner ribbon and the garland on fireplace and short wall also features the red ribbon thread ~ looks stunning, cheerful and a wonderful reminder of loved ones ~ thanks for the competition Steph ~

  • KJo November 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition, would probably be my feverish knitting/crocheting into all hours of the morning trying to finish presents in time. So far I’ve successfully made a gift for everyone on my list, once…. But I’m hoping to make it ‘twice’ this year 😉
    Thanks for holding such an awesome giveaway!
    KJo on Ravelry

  • Alice November 27, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Creating Christmas Tea with my kids. We’d make cookies and hot chocolate then Grandma would come over to have Christmas Tea with the kids. 🙂 She’d stay and see what Santa brought the kids.

    Forgot my Rav name: aewsimmons

  • Ellen November 27, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I love getting Christmas cards in the mail! It’s so rare to get anything other than bills and catalogs, it’s delightful to see the hand addressed envelopes arrive with personal letters and greetings! That means that I have to return the favor and send Cards too – which isn’t my favorite thing. But I do like the connection to family and friends that occurs when we take the time to send cards, at least this one time of the year. Each name that I copy from the address book brings back so many fond memories!

  • jessica November 27, 2010, 5:20 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is to sit down with a fabulous glass of wine and write christmas cards.

  • Kristen November 27, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I just love the traditional family dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love catching up with aunts and uncles and cousins and seeing the new babies that have been added to the family. 🙂

  • Sheri November 27, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Well, when I was younger we had this huge tradition of putting up the Christmas tree. Sounds normal, right? Our tree was older than me and it was all heavy metal and plastic. lol So you had to set up the base and big wood pole, sort through all the tree limbs to make sure you had the right branches grouped together for fitting in the coordinating holes on the pole, and then locate all the “tree scrunchies” which hugged the pole between branch groupings. Our tree wasn’t exactly stylish, but my dad insisted on keeping and using it year after year.

    So, while my father gracelessly untangled the miles of tree lights which some garage gnome undoubtedly flailed about with while it was in storage, my brothers and I sorted the tree parts and began to assemble the tree. My favorite part which I loved to be in charge of was the tree scrunchies. I think because they actually fit in my hand and were not too heavy for me like some of the branches. It was an important job! During this time, my mother would begin opening the 43899438398 boxes containing ornaments and start to push her favorite ones first.

    Once the tree was up and my father gave the go ahead that it wouldn’t tip over (which it began to do in my teen years, but my father just took lots of twine and secured it to a plant hook on the ceiling to keep it from falling over — no new tree for us!) he wrangled with the tree (I think the tree wrestled back, too) to get the lights on it (after my task of replacing any burnt out bulbs — another important duty!), and to see how many lights the tree could hold without looking like downtown NYC.

    Then… We’d begin with ornaments. By this point in time my brothers tended to start to lose enthusiasm between my father’s anger with the tree and the lights (you have seen A Christmas Story, right? Yeah, think about the father and the fuse box) and driven bonkers by my yearly tradition of playing The Chipmunks Christmas Carols on the stereo over and over. So I would lead the charge of ornaments and we would pile them on like no tomorrow til ever square inch of that tree was tacky and sparkling. After, my mom would come and instruct us how to put the tinsel on in small clumps.

    It was an ugly tree, but it was ours and one of the only times we all came together like that each year. I really miss that tree.


  • Penny Powell November 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

    My husband and I have 5 kids between us and when 1st married 12 yrs ago, our kids were old enough to snoop under the tree. So my husband and I started putting random numbers on the gift tags instead of names. The kids would sit under the tree and try to guess who had what present and what number. Now the Kids are grown and we still use random numbers and the kids still get a kick out of it. nursetoes@gmail.com

  • margaretlouise November 27, 2010, 7:40 pm

    I’d have to say my favorite Christmas tradition is “Santa” still filling stockings. Since our six girls were tiny, we’ve hung gorgeous wool men’s hunting socks (with contrast heel and cuff) above the fireplace. Now our girls are 25-33 years old, but somehow Santa still knows where the stockings are hung and fills them with fun things. Instead of a toy there might be a bit of jewelry, acknowledging that the girls have grown up, but there’s still an orange in the toe and a new toothbrush among the candies. Our first grandchild is due in March, so this may be the last Christmas for our girls’ stockings. Ahhh, another threshhold to cross — with joy.

  • Knitmomma November 27, 2010, 10:38 pm

    I think my favorite tradition that we currently follow is helping the kids finds gifts that they can afford for the friends on their lists. They make their own lists and use allowance money, saved all year, to buy gifts. I love hearing the thought processes evolve as they grow!

    Knitmomma on rav

  • InJuneau November 28, 2010, 12:54 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is fondue on Christmas Eve. It’s what my family did when I was growing up, and I convinced my DH that it’s the perfect thing when we got together, so it’s our own family tradition now too.

    (InJuneau on Ravelry)

  • Theknittingaunt November 28, 2010, 7:41 am

    My partner and I do “special dinner” on Christmas eve where everyone gets their favorite foods. The menu doesn’t always make sense as a whole, but everyone gets their special food. It started one year as an accident, but has now become a favorite tradition.

  • Sigrun Jones November 28, 2010, 2:39 pm

    It’s hard to choose one. Christmas baking, then giving all the adult kids “care packages” to take home, or Christmas Church services (the real reason for the season), but I think I will share sock making here. Several years ago, when self -patterning sock yarns became the rage, I decided to knit a pair for each of my daughters for Christmas, (having fallen in love with sock knitting and already owning a dozen pairs of socks). Their respone was : Oh, nice socks, Thanks, Mom. The next Christmas, I decided that the response had been too polite, and not enthusiastic enough, so I didn’t knit socks for gifts. When gift -opening time, the girls searched through the bags and stockings as if they lost something. In unison, they said, sadly and emphatically: WHAT, NO SOCKS MOM? So I was knitting Christmas socks in January. This year they are getting Berocco socks with metallic thread. And my son has a girlfriend who is also getting a pair.

  • KYFarmgirl November 28, 2010, 2:43 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is also to number the wrapped gifts instead of tagging them with names, but THEN we put them all on the top of the kitchen cabinets until Christmas Eve! It makes my kitchen so festive and keeps little (and big) fingers out – and with 7 kids, that’s a lot of fingers!

  • knittingdancer on Ravelry November 28, 2010, 3:12 pm

    My favorite thing to do is drive around at night looking at all of the Christmas lights and decorations and listening to Christmas music.

  • Valpicks on Ravelry November 28, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Our family’s favorite thing to do after decorating for Christmas is to watch the movie White Christmas. We love the story and of course, the Sisters, Sisters song.

  • kelly-ann (on ravelry) November 28, 2010, 5:47 pm

    Watching Christmas specials on TV with my kids…it takes me back to my childhood 🙂

  • Amy Lamash November 28, 2010, 7:14 pm

    I love going for candle lit tours of some of the historic homes in my area including the home of Washington Irving.

  • Chia T November 28, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Since my family and I are immigrants we didn’t have any traditions so my recent “tradition” practice has been creating traditions with my boyfriend that I’ll be able to pass along one day. Making a big dinner and holidays cookies for friends is one of them.

    Forgot to add that I’m monkalicious on Ravelry.

  • Rachelle November 29, 2010, 1:40 am

    My favourite holiday tradition is filling the stockings that I made for the boys a couple of years ago with a few small things and putting them at the end of their beds, then in the morning listening to them as they tell us all about Santa’s presents that he left for them

  • Jennifer November 29, 2010, 5:43 am

    My favorite holiday tradition revolves around the splendor of holiday lights! Every year we drive up to a neighboring town and see their incredible light display. Once we’re all thoroughly frozen, we go to our favorite coffee shop for hot chocolate, coffee, and pie!

  • kristen November 29, 2010, 6:02 am

    I think my favorite Holiday Tradition that I do it new Jammies on Christmas Eve. Every year we all get new jammies to open up.

  • Acadia November 29, 2010, 6:16 am

    My favorite tradition is our Christmas morning brunch. My husband is a wonderful cook and baker. He makes a huge brunch complete with homemade coffee cake!

  • helenlam November 29, 2010, 6:34 am

    I love the sticky rice my mom makes for Christmas and New Year’s dinner. Gathering together with family is definitely the best tradition!

  • Lynn B November 29, 2010, 7:20 am

    Our family tradition is picking out our Christmas tree on the coldest day of the year. At least, my husband thought so. It always takes me a bit to decide. I love decorating the perfect tree. After the tree is selected, it is tradition to have lunch at a favorite restaurant. Brings back the best of memories.

  • Summersong November 29, 2010, 10:22 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is connecting with family. I have a very small scattered family. Several of us are disabled and don’t travel well, so we rarely see each other. We’re also not chatty types who get on the phone a lot. But on the holidays, we all call each other and have a wonderful get-together over the phone or on Skype. We all also have a fantastic holiday meal, so when we connect we ooo and aah about each others special holiday yummies. So we are kind of sharing a meal together as well.

  • Janybro November 29, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I love the holidays, but now that my children are all grown, it makes it difficult to see which one we’ll celebrate with. This year we’re having a reunion at my daughter’s house. Now, we have 2 grandchildren, so it should be lots of fun! Too many gifts to buy – we’ve opted for buying gifts for the kids and then doing the gift exchange where you select numbers and then you can also steal someone else’s gift that has already been opened. It’s lots of fun!

  • travelingstitch on ravelry November 29, 2010, 3:04 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is connected to the book club I’ve belonged to for many years. This group is comprised of my best friends in the world! At the holidays we meet for a Christmas exchange and dinner together. But my favorite part is that we pick a needy family or friend and do something for them that Christmas and once a month for the following year. It’s amazing what a “high” you can get from helping someone else. Love it!

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