Holiday Traditions and A Giveaway

With Christmas approaching way faster than I want to think about, I was thinking about holiday traditions. Most of us have them, those things that just make the holiday seem real for us. I’ve given up a lot of the ones I had as a kid, or when my kids were young. Some were pretty normal, but we tend towards the odd and unique here, so there were some that no one else I know does. There are the rice people we got from a baby sitter in Denmark, little pipe cleaner people that got set up on December 1st. There was a little walnut shell cup that held a grain of rice for each one for every day until Christmas. Each night a portion of the rice would disappear, until it was all gone on Christmas morning. I remember being so mystified by that as a little kid.

When my kiddos were little, we celebrated Christmas and Hannakah. No, not the tiniest bit Jewish. But it was fun introducing them to different ideas, and who doesn’t love latkes? And we would make about a ton of cookies. The one that was imperative was Mexican Wedding Cakes. I also got several cookie guns at thrift stores so that everyone could have their own for making Spritz cookies, and tinted the dough different colors for each one. Every year we all got a new ornament for the tree, a tradition started by my mom for me.

My favorite has to be Christmas Eve dinner. We lived in Paris for 4 years when I was young, and the first year there my folks made the mistake of asking me and my sister what we wanted for Christmas Eve dinner. Being from Southern California, and having not been back to the U.S. for quite some time, we chose tacos. Probably not a big problem now, but way back then the px was not an option if you were not in the military (we were not). Somehow my dad managed to get a can of tortillas and some enchilada sauce, and we got what we had asked for. Somehow that idea stuck, and we still do it 40+ years later. One of my favorite memories of my sweetie’s dad was the first Christmas we were going to spend with him and his wife. I had made peace with the idea that I was going to have to forgo my tacos. The kids and SigOt went over the day before me, but I had to work that morning, so I ended up walking in the door about 4pm. His dad met me at the door, and asked if I would mind cooking. He had gone to the store all by himself and bought everything he thought I would need to make tacos for dinner. The kids admitted mentioning it, but he had made the decision all on his own, and I am still touched by his thoughfulness.

Now for the giveaway: In honor of the holidays (and http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2011/11/giveaway-day-december-12/), I am going to give away your choice of either a skein of hand-dyed sock yarn or two 2-ounce batts. I will pick at random from the comments to this post. Just leave a comment before December 16th at 8 pm PST of what your favorite holiday tradition is, and which one of the following you want to win. Fine print: you have to live in the U.S. (sorry, no international shipping). I’ll post the winner on December 18th. Here are the choices:

Batts first. Each batt is 2 ounces. If you pick this you will get 2 batts (so a total of 4 ounces). All of these were done on my Patrick Green carder.

 First up is “Dying Embers”, superwash.   

 Next is “Tropical Waters”, also superwash.

   Then we have “Fire & Ice”, a blend of Romney cross wool and hand dyed mohair.

 And last but not least, we have “Stormy Waters”, again a Romney/hand dyed mohair blend

Now for the sock yarn choices. Each of these skeins is 4 ounces, 400+ yards, so plenty for a pair of socks. 

 First up is “Peacock Feathers”, a blend of blues and purples. 

 Second is “Autumn Leaves, a mixture of yellows, oranges and brown, with a hint of green. 

   Third is “Strawberry Fields”, red, white and green.

 Fourth we have “Very Berry”, a mixture of pinks. 

 And finally, we have “Victorian Christmas”, which is burgandy, gold, and pine green.

If you don’t win and see something you don’t think you can live without, check out my Etsy shop (link on the right).  And who knows, I may get a wild hair and more than one of you may get lucky…

ETA – Wow, I am overwhelmed by all the nice comments, and I love all the cool traditions you all have.   Hopefully one or two of you will come back and visit from time to time, and I sure wouldn’t object if you wanted to get something from my Etsy store.

I couldn’t stand the suspense anymore, so I went ahead and pulled winners numbers tonite. Because of the number of responses I got, I picked two people instead of one, and they have both been e-mailed. So, without further to-do, I give you my winners:

Becca, “Tropical Waters would be my choice I think. Hard to choose, all so beautiful! My fav tradition is the jammie present on Xmas eve, little ones in new comfy jammies, who can resist!”

and ElfRenee, “My favorite tradition is decorating the tree! And I love the Victorian Christmas yarn!!”

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136 Responses to “Holiday Traditions and A Giveaway”

  1. Joy Says:

    !!! That strawberry fields sock yarn is GORGEOUS!!

    My favorite is getting up and going outside to greet the sun!

  2. Tabitha Says:

    Very hard to choose! I think Strawberry Fields and Peacock Feathers would be my choices. Beautiful colors!

  3. Becky Greene Says:

    I love baking special cookies during the holidays! We have a list of people who coulnt on our creations and it is rewarding to fill that need! It is hard to choose a sock yarn, but I think I would pick Victorian Christmas.

  4. Libby Says:

    I think I like the Peacock Feathers ! It’s a different color for me and I’m trying to break out into a few new things. My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree while listening to Handel’s Messiah.

  5. crooked little house Says:

    Dying embers is gorgeous! My favorite xmas tradition is eating a lot of candy, there I said it.

  6. charlottelaughs Says:

    I love very berry and peacock feathers sock yarn.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree with my daughter.

  7. allison Says:

    My favorite tradition is having a cookie-baking party with my mom and sister. We have so much fun!

    I’d choose the very berry sock yarn.

  8. Kylie C Says:

    We also give/get a new ornament each year but my favorite tradition is opening up Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and wearing them to open gifts the next morning.

  9. Kristi F Says:

    So hard to choose, they are all lovely! I think Peacock Feathers is my favorite followed closely by Autumn Leaves.
    My favorite holiday tradition is lighting the candles in the Advent wreath every night. And holiday baking (yum!).

  10. lauren Says:

    These are so beautiful. The blues particularly. (peacock feathers) so pretty.

    My favorite tradition – leaving cookies for santa, and then eating them an hour later. 😉

  11. Debra L Says:

    I love the Autumn Leaves, That is my favorite time of YeaR!

  12. Kim Says:

    I love the very berry and the autumn leaves sock yarn. They are all lovely!

    My favorite holiday tradition is the making of things. We make ornaments, presents, candy, cookies, etc. Every Christmas, we send the nieces stuff for their craft boxes so they can share the love of making things!

  13. Rhonda L Says:

    I always look forward to visiting with friends at an open house on Christmas Eve. It is the only time during the year that we see some of these people, but it has been magical to watch as we have all grown older, married, had children, and gone through the changes that life throws at us.

    The Very Berry sock yarn is gorgeous!

  14. Kristy K. Says:

    I have two – one is making cookies. I love making cookies to give to people. The past two years, I’ve made them with my niece.

    I also have started participating in holiday card exchanges – it’s a fun way to give and get more cards – I also sign my niece up, and send her cards for her, and then she gets a bunch of cards as well!

  15. Laurie Says:

    I love the Victorian Christmas with the autumn leaves a close second. i don’t know if it counts as a tradition, but our boxer dog loves to lie under the tree and guard the presents. He growls if the other dog and cat come anywhere near it. He also gets to open his present first each year so I guess that counts as a tradition!

  16. Rane Says:

    love the “Peacock Feathers”
    as for traditions my hubby is japanese
    so noodles for lunch is a must for long life.

  17. Tina Says:

    By far, decorating the Christmas Tree is my favorite tradition. We do it the weekend before Christmas week and it’s a big deal!

    I love the sock yarn… especially Peacock Feathers, Autumn Leaves, and Victorian Christmas!

  18. Cinnamon Says:

    I love the Victorian Christmas skein! So far our favortie holiday tradition is icing sugar cookies, but my 4 yr old keeps asking to go see the Nutcracker so that may become the new tradition.
    scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Georgia Says:

    Loving the Autumn Leaves! My favorite tradition is being at my parents house and getting up early with all my sisters to open presents! So fun!

  20. Sharon @ A Prairie Sunrise Says:

    Autumn Leaves are my go-to colors, but I’m really loving Peacock Feathers too. So beautiful!

    I’m new to the yarn world so I have no idea what batt is, but I sure love that Tropical Waters.

    My favorite holiday tradition is going out into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree while the dogs run around and play.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. Jessie Hansen Says:

    I would really like ANY of those prizes! Fiber/yarn addict!

  22. Theresa Says:

    My favorite tradition (because of how much my kids love it) is an advent calendar that is simply a stuffed mouse that moves to a different pocket each day. I love the Fire & Ice blend.

  23. Limor Says:

    Your yarns are gorgeous, absolutely delicious. My favorite colorway is Victorian Christmas.

  24. Rachel M Says:

    We don’t celebrate Christmas, but we do celebrate a very special birthday. My youngest was born on the 30th, so on New years, we have a large family gathering to celebrate her birthday.

    I love all of the sock yarn, but the Victorian Christmas is my favorite!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. domestic diva Says:

    The peacock feathers sock yarn is amazing.

    We always have a large holiday gathering with lots of family.

  26. Becca Says:

    Tropical Waters would be my choice I think. Hard to choose, all so beautiful!

    My fav tradition is the jammie present on Xmas eve, little ones in new comfy jammies, who can resist!

    Becca

  27. Annabelle Says:

    This is such a lovely giveaway. I am amazed by everyone’s generosity! I love all things Christmas related, but my absolute favorite tradition is my family’s Ukrainian Christmas Eve. We gather at my grandparents’ house when the first star comes out, before dinner my grandfather leads us in “Silent Night” in English, he then sings it Ukrainian (brings tears to my eyes everytime) and then we eat. It is a festive meal of varenyky, borsch, holuptsi and fried fish.

    All of your yarn is gorgeous, but I am especially drawn to the batts of superwash – dying embers and tropical waters.

  28. owenjulesmommy/Christine Rival Says:

    I love Victorian Christmas! My favorite Christmas tradition is our Advent Wreath – helps remind us what this wonderful season is all about! Merry Christmas

  29. storiesfromsockyarn Says:

    Well, this is the year of new traditions, but I have always loved using Christmas day for reading and knitting.

    Maybe one of my new traditions could be a Victorian Christmas… 😀

  30. Closeacademy Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas cookies with my family. I do the baking and mixing of frosting and my husband and children decorate.

    All of the batts are so pretty, I’m having a hard time making up my mind. “Dyeing embers” or “fire and ice” are probably my two top choices.

  31. Marie/Underground Crafter Says:

    I love spending time with family and cooking together. The yarn looks very yummy – thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Megan Says:

    Wow – Autumn Leaves and Peacock are my absolute favorites, but all are lovely. I have come back to yarn after a bit of a hiatus and it’s such fun to see and use gorgeousness!

  33. Michaela Says:

    My favorite tradition growing up was standing around the tree Christmas Eve singing German Christmas songs and then opening the gifts from overseas. I hope to carry on some of that tradition with my children and teach them the songs I grew up with.
    Love the Peacock Feathers and Autumn Leaves!

  34. Cherie Searles Says:

    I am positively drooling over the yarn! The Autumn Leaves colorway especially. Yum!

    My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve with my family. My kids each open two gifts: a new set of Christmas pj’s and a new ornament for the tree. Then we all sit together and read the story of the first Christmas.

  35. Jamie Says:

    What a lovely story! We have a new tradition that started last year. Instead of having an advent calendar, I wrap a book for my children to open each night beginning on Dec 1st. We all eat a sweet treat and read a holiday book by the fire. It is magical. Thanks for the giveaway, I LOVE the batt of Tropical Waters. We raise sheep and I also spin, dye, and knit! Always wonderful to learn of other fiber artists.

  36. Lynn Says:

    Peacock feathers is my favorite! My favorite holiday tradition is baking special cookies and cakes with my children while listening to Christmas music.

  37. Chelsea Says:

    Great colors! My favorite tradition is Christmas breakfast. My Mom does an amazing job!

  38. Michelle Engel Bencsko Says:

    I think I like shopping for our tree the most. So many special memories, but the tree hunt has been an exceptional standout. Thanks for chance to win!

  39. ElfRenee Says:

    My favorite tradition is decorating the tree! And I love the Victorian Christmas yarn!!

  40. erica Says:

    I think I would choose the very berry yarn though it is hard to decide if I like that one or peacock feathers better.

  41. Jane S. Says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I loved reading about your Christmas tradition. I like hearing about the kinds of foods people fix during the holidays. 🙂

    That Peacock Feathers yarn is mighty nice!

  42. kelli Says:

    One of our traditions is to work ourselves into a frenzy counting down the days with multiple advent calendars: Lego, playmobil, chocolate, handmade…

    The Stormy Waters batt is beautiful.

  43. lorraine Says:

    my family tradition is we make polish bow tie cookies Chrusciki every year 🙂 i love the victorian christmas! just gorgeous 🙂

  44. Ella Says:

    My brother (I help but he’s a better cook) does a Christmas breakfast for the whole family.

  45. The Hungry Crafter Says:

    These are absolutely beautiful — so hard to narrow it down, but I think I’d go with the autumn fields skein (the dying embers batts are just stunning, tho!) Thanks for sharing the taco story — that’s great! My favorite holiday tradition is going out to see the Christmas Revels here in Cambridge, MA — I’ve been going since I was a little kid, and every year I recruit more people from outside the family to go!

  46. Jamie lee Says:

    The sock yarn looks divine!

    I like how you celebrate all the major holidays. I am not so organized and am just lucky to do Christmas alright! My favorite tradition is going to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. Then we drive around the neighborhood to look at the lights and decorations. We scout the sky for Santa and have even see a red light fly across the sky! My kids are young enough to believe it’s Rudolph and Santa.

  47. sangeetha Says:

    Love Peacock Feathers

  48. Sarah B Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is handmade gifts and ornaments. I think handmade is always the best and I hope my kids grow up thinking this as well. If I should be so lucky to win I would love to have your Victorian Christmas yarn. It is so beautiful! Thanks

  49. Desiree @ Wee Share Says:

    I love all of them– really. But, I think my daughter would love strawberry fields.

    We just started Elf Magic this year– kind of like Elf on a Shelf, but better (in my opinion). We are having SO MUCH FUN with it!!

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

  50. Nicky Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is the big cookie party we have every year. Myself and four friends, gather our children and bake cookies from about 3pm until whenever we poop out. We have done this for 5 years now and all of us really enjoy it. I would love your Strawberry Fields yarn- I think it would make beautiful christmas socks! thanks for a great giveaway!

    livin4fishin on Rav.

  51. Mary Says:

    Victorian Christmas sock yarn for me! I love celebrating Chanukkah. Lighting candles is so peaceful and sweet in contrast with the hubbub of Christmas.

  52. Katina Says:

    Victorian Christmas sock yarn for me! It’s so luscious!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  53. Rachel Says:

    I love the Autumn Leaves sock yarn! Beautiful colors.

    My favorite traditions are choosing a special ornament for my daughter each year, and taking her to see the Lights of Christmas – a beautiful Christmas light display with over a million lights at a summer camp!

  54. Nancy C. in Utah Says:

    Oh my gosh, I love all of the beautiful sock yarns. I’m especially drawn to Autumn Leaves and Victorian Christmas, though they are all lovely. My favorite Christmas tradition is setting out my Nativity around my Bible open to the story of the birth of Jesus. Thank you for a chance to with some of this knitting treasure.

  55. In Black & White Says:

    The tropical waters is delightful.

    My favorite family tradition is walking along the clifftops with my extended family – whenever we’re all in the same place, whether for a family event or holiday we end up going for a walk, either in the hills or along the beach. I miss that now that I live in Chicago (my family are all in the northeast of England) so now it’s even more special.

  56. Taryn Oakley Says:

    I like the fields sock the best. My favorite tradition is elf on the shelf!

  57. Jackie Says:

    on Christmas eve My husband reads a loud “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” It’s so beautiful and descriptive, you feel you are part of the story

  58. Cara Says:

    The peacock feathers is *gorgeous*!

    My favorite tradition is one that my husband and I do. Instead of wrapping the gifts every year, we hide them around the house and have scavenger hunts Christmas morning!

  59. Corvus Says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve found myself in a situation this year where old traditions won’t hold. I’m in a new city, far from any family, and I have to work both the night of Christmas Eve and the night of Christmas (and I’m on call for Christmas itself, which is asking for it- if I don’t work 30 hours I’ll be surprised). But hey, someone’s got to do it. Still, I’m trying to start a new tradition, beginning with my first annual Christmas cookie exchange (this coming Sunday- nom nom nom!)

  60. Erin G Says:

    That tropical waters is beautiful!

    My favorite tradition – we each get to open one package on Christmas Eve. In it – a pair of pajamas. That way, when we get up Christmas morning, our photos aren’t completely a nightmare, at least we are in cute jammies!

  61. Juliet Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is the baking! I don’t have enough excuses to make sweets during the rest of the year!

    I love Tropical Waters. Such a great color!

  62. Lisa Says:

    Ooh. I love the very berry yarn. Please enter me. 🙂

  63. Marguerite Says:

    Oooh probably dying embers… but my spinning isn’t exactly up to par yet, so I might be better off with the strawberry fields yarn… mmm… the batts. I need to practice!

  64. Marguerite Says:

    Aack, I didn’t mean to push enter so fast! Favorite holiday tradition: going with my father to the German-language service at the local Lutheran church! (Sorry, didn’t mean to make this two posts!)

  65. marieH Says:

    Strawberry fields…making mess with kids in the kitchen:-)

  66. krystina Says:

    Hard to choose! I love the peacock feathers sock yarn. You have such pretty colorways!

    Favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve dinner- roast pork, black beans, rice and yucca!

  67. Dana Says:

    Wow, they are all gorgeous. I love the Peacock Feathers, great colors. My favorite tradition is getting together and making massive amounts of cookies, so much fun. Thanks.

  68. Linda Says:

    Hello, The sock yarns are fabulous! I’d pick the Peacock Feathers. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies with my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

  69. fallingforpieces Says:

    Love you sock yarns. I think Peacock Feathers is my fav. My favorite Christmas tradition is hymn sings. Love traditional christmas songs. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely yarn!

  70. Amy Says:

    I love the superwash! My favorite Christmas tradition is cutting down our Christmas tree!! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  71. Beccanae Says:

    Very Berry for me!

  72. urbanhen Says:

    Autumn leaves is my favorite!
    Putting up the tree on Dec 1 is also my favorite!

  73. ...caroline Says:

    Oh so pretty!
    I like Autumn Leaves 🙂
    Thanks!

  74. Lindsay (The Craftafarian) Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the house and seeing our pets get excited. They love christmas! I would love the dyeing embers 🙂

  75. Liz Says:

    Our family tradition is to bake Swedish Tea Rings for all our friends and family. We have done this as long as I can remember and it wouldn’t be xmas without Tea Rings!
    I love the Stormy Weather yarn, beautiful.

  76. Kitten With A Whiplash Says:

    Victorian Christmas – what an evocative name for a lovely colorway. Our family has shrunk to just Mom and I, and our only tradition is her slipping me some yarn money and me getting yarn to knit her something. Hey, the system works!

  77. SS Sews Says:

    I love the autumn leaves sock yarn – everything is so pretty!
    My favorite holiday tradition is picking up a pizza then piling in the car to drive around and look at the Christmas lights.

  78. Michaela Says:

    I love the Peacock Feathers! And I love to drink wassail every Christmas with my family.

  79. sarah Says:

    ooh, strawberry fields is beautiful! love autumn leaves too though… and victorian christmas… my favorite holiday tradition is the kids Christmas pageant at school. love seeing my little ones sing!

  80. Ellen M. Says:

    Peacock Feathers are my favorite shades. I love the holiday tradition of baking (and eating) many goodies! Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. kate C. Says:

    autumn leaves! though it is all so pretty! thanks for the chance!!

  82. Melinda Says:

    I love the colors!!! You do beautiful work! I’m a sucker for sock yarn… ♥

  83. Renee G Says:

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to Christmas Eve mass and then coming home and celebrating with our extended family.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com
    And I love either the peacock or strawberry sock yarn.

  84. Jacque Says:

    I love the colors…I’d want you to advise me on what to use for some fingerless gloves, or a scarf, for my sweet daughter! And maybe let her choose the color!
    My favorite tradition is having all the family gather at our house. Cocoa by the fireplace is something we all look forward to! Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. Amy Says:

    Dying Embers and Autumn Leaves are both gorgeous – I love the color variations!

    As far as holiday traditions… my mom usually insists we take a ride around town to check out everyone’s outdoor light displays. Most are pretty and some are crazy, but it’s fun to get some time out of the house with family!

    Happy holidays!

  86. Valerie Says:

    Wow! Your work is gorgeous! I’d love some of that Peacock Feathers Sock Yarn, if my number happens to come up! And one of my favorite holiday traditions is reading by Christmas tree lights to my children every night before bed. They are so sweet in their jammies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  87. Rhonda Greene Says:

    Oooh, the peacock feathers yarn just speaks to me! You do gorgeous work 🙂 Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  88. Tammi B. Says:

    What a great giveaway! My favorite holiday tradition is watching my daughters make Christmas cookies with their Dad. He’s a much better baker than me! I’d love to win the sock yarn in Peacock Feathers or Autumn Leaves.

  89. Julie Says:

    My daughter asked Santa for a soft scarf for Christmas and the Very Berry would make her so happy:) My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas music. We always go hear Christmas music and it is playing in the house. Thanks for the chance.

  90. Kelli Says:

    I love the Tropical Waters! My favorite tradition is loading up and driving 15 hours to my Grandparents’ house to spend the Christmas holidays with them. Family time in the car is unbeatable for making memories and seeing family we don’t see all the time makes Christmas more special!

  91. Ann Says:

    I love the autumn leaves. My favorite tradition is reading the kids Yes Virginia on Christmas Eve and then tucking them in. They are so excited and it is a great way to wind down.

  92. karen Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching the grinch with my little peanut 🙂 Love it!!

    I will admit that I’m entering this to win something for my mother in law who knits and crochets and would really truly love Autumn Leaves or Victorian Christmas. Her heart is beautiful and she deserves some lovely yarns 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win and I hope you and your family have a beautiful holiday season! xo karen

  93. Calee (@chimes) Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition? It’s making a gingerbread house with my man. We had a very interesting experience last year which led us to buying a pre-fab house this year. http://chimesdesign.com/blog/2010/12/17/fo-friday-gingerbread-house/

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love: Very Berry, Victorian Christmas or Strawberry fields — looove hand-dyed yarn.

  94. stephanie Says:

    family tradition- taking the kids to pick an ornament

    I like strawberry fields and very berry

  95. Sarah K Says:

    I love the Peacock Feathers one! My birthday is Saturday, so this would be such a great birthday present!

    My favorite holiday tradition is making chocolate-covered pretzels with my Mom.

  96. Carrie Says:

    I love filling stockings with gifts! My fav yarn is the victorian christmas.

  97. Erin B Says:

    I like them all but I think I would choose Peacock Feathers. Two of our favorite traditions is making tons of cookies and also watching holiday specials on tv.

  98. lynn Says:

    beautiful!!!!

    making ornaments and baking with my son!

    thanks for the great giveaway!

  99. Quiet Graces Photography Says:

    Peacock Feathers. Making eggnog is our favorite tradition 🙂

  100. Desiree Koons Says:

    What BEAUTIFUL yarn! I love Strawberry Fields and Very Berry…gorgeous!

    My favorite tradition is taking the family to buy a new family ornament for the tree.

  101. Kelsey Says:

    My favorite tradition is visiting my parents. I particularly love choosing and decorating the tree with them!

  102. Anne Says:

    I love watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with my family on Christmas eve. That Autumn Leaves yarn is my favorite. Merry Christmas!

  103. tara Says:

    Love autumn leaves. I am having to come up with new traditions this year with my 3 girls and I am surprising them with super monster sundae making for lunch Christmas Day.

  104. bess Says:

    the peacock feathers sock yarn is so fabulous!!! what a great giveaway!

  105. Kathe Says:

    Love ‘Fire & Ice’ and also ‘Peacock Feathers’ (reminds me of the wild peacocks I used to watch). My favorite is baking to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ which I almost know by heart. Thanks for sharing. KatheGTN at aol dot com

  106. Chicago Sarah Says:

    Peacock feathers is my favorite, but it was a hard decision. 🙂 My favorite tradition is Christmas cookies, the eating part. Making them is a close second.

  107. SewLindaAnn Says:

    I would have a hard time choosing between Peacock Feathers and Fire and Ice. All your work was simply beautiful. Hard to answer really on the traditions at the moment we are an untraditional family. Separated but living in the same home with our 19 yr. old son who is mildly autistic. He comes first and needs to feel secure so with that, I can say that we will enjoy hot chocolate together, drive around to see Christmas lights for a little while and tonight he asked if I wanted to put up lights outside – a first interest in it!! That was a milestone and can be a happy new tradition. Too much sharing…hope not – I think it’s better to go with my initial thought than to just give a box answer.

  108. camelama Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is when I head down to the parents’ house, and Mom and I spend the day trimming the tree. Every ornament we bring out has a story, and we chat about who gave it to whom, where it came from, who did what to it when, remember the year it fell off the tree, etc etc. We drink tea, munch on Chex Mix, and have a great time while Dad has a great time taking long naps. LOL

  109. Shayla Sharp Says:

    I love painting cookies with my sisters and mom while laughing about old stories and listening to music.

    All the colors are so pretty–I love blue the best so I’d love the Peacock Feathers.

  110. Bethany Leigh Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas morning, after all of the presents are open we sit down and have German Pancakes with cinnamon apples and Cool Whip on top. My mom started this tradition when my siblings and I were little and I carried on the tradition once I became a mom. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.

    I would choose Dying Embers or Fire and Ice, both are stunning!! Thank you so much for the chance at winning! Happy Holidays!!

  111. Laura H Says:

    Peacock Feathers is my favorite!

    My favorite tradition is hiding the kids presents on Christmas morning and watching them hunt for them! Such fun!

    laurahughes at charter dot net

  112. Kim R. Says:

    Love the Peacock Feathers sock yarn, I want to knit socks for me!
    At Christmas, I love baking cookies with my girls, it’s become a tradition 🙂
    Thanks!

  113. disneyfam Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is doing our Jesse Tree during Advent with my daughter. I would choose peacock feathers. such beautiful colors!

  114. Beth Says:

    I love the tropical wash color! Beautiful. We are still working on creating some traditions in our family… I think one that is going to stick is a pot of chocolate fondue and whatever we can find to dip in it on christmas eve =)

  115. Lisa Cox Says:

    I just love the Peacock Feathers yarn.

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking. I donate the goodies to fundraisers for the less fortunate.

  116. Leah Says:

    What beautiful fibers! I think that peacock feathers yarn would probably be my favorite based on the description (the pic isn’t showing for me) and the Berry yarn one is my favorite of the pics that do show up.

    I think my favorite Christmas tradition is being together with family.

  117. Sara Says:

    Oh, definitely Autumn Leaves. Beautiful.

    My favorite tradition is the day my family finds and decorates the tree. We have a crab soup dinner and then spiced cider and roasted chestnuts for dessert. Eggnog for the boys. 🙂

  118. Candace Henderson Says:

    fave tradition is christmas eve with family eating, visiting and tiring the kids out!

  119. slacker Says:

    Dying embers or Fire N Ice!

    My favorite holiday tradition is our work cookie exchange! This year we had 6 participants, so everyone made 5 dozen cookies – 1 dozen for each of the other participants. I take all the cookies (or candies) and make gift boxes for our family. Luckily, all of the family recieving these boxes LOVE getting a yummy assortment of handmade AWESOME!

    Thank you!

  120. Carmen Says:

    My favorite tradition is to take a vacation day a week or two before Christmas, get up at normal time and spend the whole day baking. I’m exhausted at the end, but all my treats are finished. I’d love one of your sock yarns but I can’t decide – surprise me?

  121. Cricket Says:

    Oh my. Your yarns are just breathtaking! I’m not even sure I could choose. Peacock is what I would generally choose, but that Strawberry Fields and Very Berry, while out of my normal range are very compelling.

    Oh, and favorite holiday tradition? It’s simple, but I really love lying under the Christmas tree with my girls.

  122. Amy Belote Says:

    my favorite holiday tradition is all our various advent/countdown calendars.

    I would love the peacokck sock yarns, but all the colors are beautiful!

    ab3belote at gmail dot com

  123. Julia Carter Says:

    I love the peacock but it is hard to choose

  124. crystal Says:

    I am completely head-over-heels in love with the peacock feathers sock yarn!

  125. Emily Says:

    sledding

    two 2-ounce batts!

  126. Ann Marie Says:

    My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve- my mom makes a special kind of cookie every year that we eat with spiced (and sometimes spiked!) eggnog while watching A Christmas Carol near the fire. It’s such a relaxing moment!

  127. Lori Says:

    I love the peacock feathers sock yarn–gorgeous!

  128. Kimberly Says:

    the “Stormy Waters” is really lovely. Though we celebrate Hanukkah with his family and Christmas with mine, my husband and I aren’t big into the holidays. However, I do enjoy my family’s enchiladas-for-breakfast tradition and his chinesefood day tradition (eating at a chinese food buffet on christmas day).
    kbroadd1 -at- gmail -dot- com

  129. becky Says:

    I’m torn between the sock yarns, they are all gorgeous. I think it’s down to the victorian christmas and the autumn leaves. We have two young kiddos so we’re having fun establishing new traditions. We buy them a new ornament each year and started doing the elf on the shelf this year.

  130. Lynne Says:

    Peacock feathers may be my favorite. Thank you.

    My favorite holiday tradition is running into my parents’ room on Christmas morning with my sister, yelling, “He’s been here! He’s been here!” We’re 37 and 38, and we STILL do this! (With help from our own little ones, now, of course). 🙂

    Thanks so much!

  131. Noell Says:

    I love the dying embers color! beautiful! my favorite holiday tradition involved sitting on my grandparents floor, eating my grandmother’s grainy fudge and listening to the chipmunks christmas record. none of those people or things exist anywhere but my memories now…

  132. Christina G. Says:

    I love the bats. Favorite holiday tradition – opening one present Christmas eve!

  133. Stephanie Says:

    I enjoy opening presents with all the family on Christmas morning. I think I like the color of the ‘Stormy Waters’
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  134. Sarah Kuhlman Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is playing in the snow.

  135. Leigh Says:

    When I first got here and saw the deadline I had mixed feelings because the choices would be hard to pick! Then I realized that it’s 9:30 eastern here, so I could still slip in under the deadline!

    Funny you celebrated both christian and Jewish holidays. When we homeschooled, we celebrated the Feast of Booths and a Messianic Passover. I think I still love Christmas best though. A favorite tradition was going driving to look at Christmas lights on Christmas eve, while listening to Dickens Christmas Carol in the car. Afterward we always stopped for ice cream, no matter how cold it was outside! It always made the day special.

    My choice would be ….. oh gosh, I can’t decide. Okay, the Autumn Leaves sock yarn! They’re all too pretty really.

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