First order of business, Happy, Happy Birthday to my dear Karen!  How well I remember the joy and absolute terror when Gregg and I brought our first born home from the hospital.  We are so proud of all you have accomplished and the wonderful young woman you have become.  Look out Pixar and Dreamworks!

And a Happy, Happy Belated Birthday to my dear Suzanne. I was so sad after the horrible events of the end of December that I forgot to celebrate her birthday in my blog.  It’s something of a joke in our family that we all have our birthdays within six weeks of Christmas and the New Year.  Zannie is first, then Karen, me, and finally Gregg in early February.  When the girls were little, between family parties and them slumber parties, by the time my birthday rolled around, Gregg and I were thoroughly sick of cake.

This will be the first time Karen won’t have a birthday celebration at home.  We will meet her for dinner, and then it’s back to school.  The hardest part of loving my daughters is indeed, letting them go, and yet they have so much to look forward to!

In the spirit of starting a new year, my first project has been a traditional Scandinavian symbol of good luck and protection against the dark– a cockerel.

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The pattern is “Oluffa” from “Northern Knits Gifts”.

I got this book during our Wee Guild trip to Massachusetts.  With the return of some sun and blue sky, here is my other great delight in January: seed catalogs in the mail 🙂

At the upcoming Rochester Knitting Guild meeting on Monday the 14th, I will be one of several volunteers offering short programs on socks.  Mine will be on crocheted socks.

The Basic Top Down Crocheted Sock pattern is from the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine.

Happy Knitting inJanuary 2013 and may this be a wonderful knitting year for everyone!