Smitten

Every year I plan on making an advent calendar but every year I get overwhelmed making gifts and it gets pushed to the back burner. This year I finished knitting three stockings (more on that later) earlier than I expected and I decided to jump in with both feet. I had two weeks and determination.

Smitten Advent Calendar

I LOVE this kit but lack the funds this time of year and somehow sewing all those little ornaments seemed like more work that knitting twenty-four tiny mittens.

Smitten Advent Calendar

The pattern is the Smitten Advent Calendar. I started the first little mitten during a craft sale and it seemed to take forever to finish and I thought the entire project was doomed but once I got in a groove I was able to complete one or two a day.

Smitten Advent Calendar

The yarn is odds and ends of Cascade 220 and Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The adorable little wooden numbers just arrived today from this German Etsy shop.

Smitten Advent Calendar

I’m trying to be cautious of overtasking myself in the lead up to Christmas. Making and buying gifts, preparing food and going to parades and craft shows is enough on my plate without putting elves into mischievous positions or designing a family activity every single day. So, some days we do manageable activities like playing Zingo together and other days the kids find a small chocolate or temporary tattoo. They are big fans. Now all we need is a mantle to hang it on.

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