Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas Pickle

I joined in an ornament swap that one of my Ravelry groups put together this year.... I got my package today! And what a great package Hope sent! Christmas came early that's for sure.
I opened my little, but hefty box to find this lovely little bag....

And here is what I found inside! A cute little note card telling me about my gifties, some beautiful blue handspun by Hope yarn, gummy bears, 2 great smelling soaps with hand-knit sweaters (that are wool & will felt with use, & knit in my colors of pink & purple), mango hand cream..... and a Christmas Pickle!

I love everything Hope! You really put together a lovely & very personalized "just for me" package.

Isn't the little Christmas Pickle ornament great?! And she knit it with more of her handspun yarn. That makes it extra special. :)

Of course it went right on the tree where I can see it from my spot on the sofa. He he, I just love it! It's the perfect ornament for my quirky sense of humor.

Of course this sent me on a search of just where the tradition of the Christmas Pickle came from. Most people think it originates from Germany, but that isn't confirmed. It is a pickle-shaped ornament that is the last one hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find the Christmas pickle gets an extra gift from Saint Nicholas. Or so the so-called legend goes. It is also believed that it's a tradition of Christmas born of a total fabrication. There are a couple more versions of the story that I found. I think it makes it even more funny that the whole thing is nonsense.

I do know one thing, this pickle will be on my tree every year till it just falls apart! LOL

In other news... I have another finished project! It started out with this lovely wool fiber that Chan gave me.


I spun it into this yarn...

And now I've knitted this hat with it...


My coat is looking a little too blue in these photos but trust me, it's eggplant purple. My hat looks great with the eggplant color. The hat pattern is the Afternoon Pink Hat by Connie Peng. I love this hat pattern! It's fun & quick & makes a cute hat. :)

I have enough of this yarn left to make some fingerless gloves, I cast on for those last night. At least I hope I have enough yarn.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I plan on staying home with Jazzy, knitting, spinning & decorating my Chritstmas tree.... after all, while the pickle is cute & tickles me, I think the tree needs more than one ornament on it!

5 comments:

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love the pickle how pretty and special and your spinning is awesome and I love the hat gorgeous:)Hugs Darcy

NH Knitting Mama said...

Oh, that fiber made one lovely hat! And, what a nice pic of you... I think we all need to plan another get-together. I want to see you all in person.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your hat is adorable!!! How gratifying to have spun the yarn and now wear the hat. Amazing.

Your gift parcel is really special. Love the knit sweaters for the soap ~ that's a cute idea!

Channon said...

Magic loop, baby. Knit both mitts top-down, at the same time.

LOVE that package! The pickle is cute! An old bloggy friend gave me a pickle the first year I was blogging, and I love mine too. A knitted one would be Sissy-safe though...

I've already told you that I really like the hat, so...

Bubblesknits said...

Wow! First the handspun and then the hat you made from it...I bow down to your awesome spinning skillz! Truly, the resulting FO is perfect and looks awesome on you. :-D

Love the Christmas Pickle package. Looks like you got spoiled quite well. :-) Those gummies are delish!