Friday, December 24, 2021

Twas the Night...

 So, we are once again entering a very quiet Christmas celebration. The Covid cases in our area are again soaring, and I'm hiding! 

The church will be closed until the new year, and knowing this, last Sunday there was some tidying of things that won't be required when the building reopens. So, a friend brought me a wreath that had been hanging on the door. With no one using the door, she thought I would enjoy it, and I do.

It now graces the wall on the other side of my front door, where it can be seen from the street.

The Christmas tree is up and decorated, though there is only us to enjoy it.

My entirely cat friendly tree. It is just lacking garlands.

I made Christmas masks for people I want to keep safe. These are the grown up ones. There were kid ones as well.

I keep seeing advice to ditch your cloth masks. If you are following the rules for social distancing and your mask has three layers including a filter and provides a good close fit to your face, then go ahead and keep using it. The environment will thank you. 

I finished another Sesame Street hat. This one is Elmo.

I modified the pattern that came with the kit because apparently my favourite five year old has a bigger head then the pattern suggests. This is a much better fit.

When my kids were younger, I often made them pajamas for Christmas. I decided that I should make some pajama pants for the next generation.

When I bought the fabric, I forgot to add an extra fabric allowance for the fact that the fabric is one way and I can't turn one pattern piece around. Obviously, it has been awhile since I did this. However, I managed to squeak out a pair of pants out of my yard of fabric. The second pair isn't a one way design so it should be easier.


  1. Many Happy Season's Greetings to you both, as family and friends stay safe. We are having a very quiet day, walking to our friends' home right next door for Christmas lunch. Both our daughters are staying in their own homes, and although we miss them so much, will meet again in January for one further North, and February for one a long way south.Love the masks, the jamas, and the hat too. Maybe a cat or two will also come to enjoy a tree decorated with them in mind.

  2. Happy Christmas to you and your family, Kate! We are winding down now, having been out to dinner.....had a phone call with our Aussie son and his family, and a skype chat with our Canaussian boy and his partner in Toronto. Love the sewing and the knitting - and yes, I have been caught out by directional fabric more than once.

  3. Merry Christmas, Kate! I totally agree with you on the masks! Fit is the most important thing. We are also wearing one of those blue and white medical masks underneath if we want an extra layer of protection. I love your cardinal mask! Stay safe! Stay hidden! :)

  4. It looks like wonderful sewing work ... your masks are beautiful, I had sewed them too, unfortunately we are no longer allowed to wear them, only medical ones ...
    We have snow, we don't need it in the forest.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Christmas Greetings from Viola

  5. Merry Christmas, Kate -- from the Deep Freeze here in Alberta. Here's to a safe, healthy and happy new year too.