Sunday, December 02, 2012

In Fine Trim

Today was the day to get the tree set up and see what it looked like with all those balls I made during the last year. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even though it doesn't really feel like it. It's close to 80°F outside.

We have a rather tall artificial tree that fits neatly in a smallish corner. I really miss the fine trees we used to get as a kid growing up in Washington, but taking into consideration our mild central Texas winters and the tendency for Jeff and I to roam over the holidays, an artificial tree just makes more sense.

This year the decorations consist of the 55 balls I knit earlier this year and some toy-themed ornaments that are partly from a trip to Germany and partly from a cheap drugstore set from my first Christmas in my own home, which has a lot of sentimental value. I think they all work nicely together.

I'm having a hard time getting decent pictures of the tree with my phone. I don't want a washed-out flash picture taken at night, and the bright sun is causing its own set of problems. But I just glanced over at Kate, napping on the couch after a long day spent outside napping, and managed to capture the photo above. Then, while writing this post, Pona decided to pose as well. It's like a Yuletide basenji opium den around here.

It all looks better than I'd expected. I just hope I put the new balls high enough up on the tree so that Kate doesn't snatch any of them.



  1. Quite the Basenji Christmas card.

  2. It was like 65 here today -- I put up a few outside decorations, and it really reminded me of Christmas decorating in Texas!

    And both the balls and the basenjis look great! (I have the book, but haven't begun knitting any of the balls yet.)

  3. OH gorgeous. i discovered these treasures on monday and ordered the book and amazon had it to me yesterday ... i drooled last night. after work today am picking up some fingering weight to start.

    wont have all done by the 25th but will make a bunch for gifts to neighbors and start for next year after this holiday.

    thanks for the link to the post about the advent calendar and the easter eggs. (i think ... i will probably be knitting eggs and balls for weeks now... ).

    love your work. thanks for sharing!

    southern gal

  4. Beautiful dogs and a beautiful tree!

  5. Lovely tree Steven! Aren't those balls a great decoration?
    Now, finally we can enjoy the labours of our knitting! :) I just posted mine too!

    Are you knitting the Easter balls by any chance? Hope so! I'm just enjoying the colours of spring on my new Easter balls!

    happy new year to you!