When Xavier was a teeny toddler, I took time off from working and stayed home with him. As many of you know, those early years are thrilling and numbing all at once. I have so many incredible memories of those years and in those memories are three very special people I had the good fortune of making life-long friendships with.
Susanna, Daniel, and their daughter, Rosa, have been steady friends ever since Xavier and Rosa were a year old. So close are we that Susanna is Miranda's godmother. We have spent road trips together, family meals, and, of course, annual Christmas get-togethers. This year was no exception.
|Daniel with his hand-knitted gifts (Xavier Beanie and Felted Bowl)|
We usually get together on Boxing Day (Susanna is British like Mark), but this year we celebrated a day late. It was a rainy day in the city, and we couldn't have been cozier in their apartment, feasting on the most wonderful vegetarian dishes.
I love knitting them gifts as I know how much they appreciate them ... as artists and healers, they really get how much love goes into my knitting. I knitted Daniel a Xavier Beanie (without stripes) in Cascade 220 which created a beautiful dense fabric. For Susanna, I gifted her the Evelyn Cowl in lofty Berocco Alapaca, and Rosa got an original design which was a simple garter stitch cowl in cushy bulky wool
|Rosa and Susanna|
To me, this is what Christmas is all about -- sharing a meal and great conversation with the people you love. Oh, and knitting them little special treats!
When we kissed goodbye, Rosa sweetly told me that she had been waiting all holiday season to find out what I knitted for her and that she was thrilled with her new cowl. I think she looks gorgeous in it!
|M, X, and R|