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Happy Christmas! What, too soon? Studio Notes #33

I have felt so many different ways about December, over the years. As a kid it was nothing but exciti
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Happy Christmas! What, too soon? Studio Notes #33
By Studio Miranda  • Issue #33 • View online
I have felt so many different ways about December, over the years. As a kid it was nothing but exciting. But later… sometimes it was tense. Sometimes a huge relief to be away from family. Sometimes charming to be with someone else’s. Sometimes stressful. Sometimes fun and exciting again. We’re not believers, but Christmas is still a thing that happens all around you – I imagine whatever your religion, to some extent you experience this, right? End of year parties, end of year rush and overwhelm…
These days, while we do celebrate Advent and Christmas with the kids (religion aside, it’s a very enjoyable way to get through midwinter), my December is mostly about taking stock. It’s important to me to slow down and reflect on where I’m at and where I want to be. And to feel appreciation for everything the year has given me – even when it’s a crappy year.
One thing I’ve gained from 2017 is the knowledge that, not only do I love writing this letter, many of you love reading it. You love it enough to tell me so, even, which is so great to hear. So here’s my appreciation present for you, my wonderful readers. Thank you for opening your inboxes to me! I’ll do my best to make sure you’re always glad you did. 

Nullkommanix is a quick and easy knit using less than 50m of super-bulky yarn. (I used Colinette Point 5, which is discontinued, but recommend several alternatives. It’s also perfect for handspun art yarn!) It also includes tutorials for the backward loop cast-on (used here as a mock provisional cast-on, one of my favourite tricks) and Kitchenering garter stitch. You can get it, along with last year’s present Snowmageddon, in the VIP lounge on my website. (Which has a fresh lick of paint, btw…) The password is still thx4reading.
Give good gifts
Home - Sprout World (US)
Book gifts for kids in care
And for yourself, maybe, the gift of self-empathy
And finally
I’m going to take a little break for the rest of the month – I like to hibernate in December and spend a lot of time reflecting and planning. That means less time online, and probably finding less stuff to share with you. Take it easy, look after yourselves (especially when family stuff gets rough), and I’ll see you in 2018.  
Happy making!
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