Friday, December 2, 2016

FO Friday | A New Tradition.

Sometime back in August, Katie texted me a photo of this advent calendar and asked if I thought she could make it for this December. Supportive and realistic mom that I am, I told her it was a lot of work. 60+ hours. all by hand.
from the Purl Soho website
We exchanged a few more texts along the lines of how much work...and ended up agreeing we'd both rather spend the time knitting. 

So of course I ordered the kit the very next day (in secret) and proceeded (in secret) to get the first part - the calendar and the tree - done for Charlie's birthday. It helped that I was at my mom's for a week in August. I finished the last strip of numbers and assembled it all the weekend before Charlie's birthday.

I gave it to her (and Charlie) along with the rest of the kit - patterns, felt, stuffing, beads and sequins - to make the ornaments. She was delighted (whew!) - and excited about finishing it.

We got together a few more times during the next six weeks to assemble the ornaments. 

Katie was better at cutting. I was better at sewing. We're a good team.

But Katie did all the decorating herself. All 24 ornaments. She finished #22 the day before Sam was born.

She finished up those last two last week. Just in time.

Two days in, it's a hit!

I love that I got to be a part of creating this new tradition. for my favorite little family!

(and I also love that I likely will not be writing another blog post until Monday. whew!)


  1. What a fun project. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. What a wonderful family heirloom! I think this is something that both of the boys will enjoy and remember, especially with this blog post of how it came to be. Congratulations to you and Katie; you are a great team!

  3. This brought tears to my eyes - what an amazing treasure! And, even more special that you and Katie created this together! It is so beautiful!!

  4. That's fantastic! I love that you ordered it anyway and surprised Katie with it on Charlie's birthday. It's the start of an awesome new tradition for her family.

  5. How wonderful! It will be a family tradition for years to come...enjoy!

  6. Wow, Mary. I'm so impressed and this will become a wonderful Christmas tradition, I'm sure!

  7. Oh, this is so great!! I love that you started it in secret, but then finished it together. Love it!!

  8. It is so cute, and what a wonderful heirloom to have as well.

  9. Oh, Mary! This is just so wonderful! Katie and her little boys will just love this tradition every year -- and you will even more so . . . as the MasterMind behind the whole thing. What a perfect project all around. LOVE.

  10. Beautiful! I'm guessing Charlie is going to have great fun with this!

  11. Advents are so much fun! This is a wonderful tradition for your darling little ones. You and Katie DO make a great team.


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