yarn along - little men

Who did you miss more...me or Downton Abbey? (Don't answer that.)

We've been caught up in the hustle and bustle of the new year lately. Our holidays were full of dates with family and lots of traveling. We spent NYE in a relative's apartment in Fort Lee, with a stunning view of the George Washington Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. The sight of the city full of lights made my heart pitter patter. Something about knowing so many people are so alive, so close to you, makes you feel more alive yourself.

We also got to spend some time in the city, and my goodness, I'd forgotten how much I love that place. I saw the Rockefeller tree for the first time in years. But my favorite place of all was the Bryant Park tree and skating rink. It's much less crowded there, and I wanted to stay for hours, breathing the cool, still air from the rink, listening to Christmas carols, and watching big people guide little people around the ice.

I think this adorable guy felt the same way.


I'm also trying to enjoy my last few quiet moments before classes start up. I'm revisiting Louisa May Alcott again, with Little Men and Jo's Boys. If you somehow missed out on these classics during your childhood, please please go grab them from the library. I just love getting lost in Alcott's beautiful language and deep appreciation of children and family and home.


The winter wind has also been making me a shivery mess lately, so the perfect crochet project is a new hot water bottle cover to replace the one from my mom that I wore out through years of cuddling.


I took these pictures while we were staying with J's family, and I've made lots more progress since then. I can't wait to share the final product!

And isn't that bed cover just divine?

Linking up with Ginny and so happy to be checking in. Hope your holidays were as joyful as mine! xoxo


  1. I'm sure you will get a lot of compliments on you're knitting so I'll just say... yes to that bed cover! My grandmother used to have a bunch of those... I love them! I don't know what she did with them though... probably packed away safe.

  2. My grandma had a coverlet like that one. I used to secretly pull threads from it as I would fall asleep - eek! Love the idea of a water bottle cover, but I don't yet understand it. I live in AZ, and we don't use one. Perhaps I need to get one and find out what the fuss it.

  3. Clair, sounds like your holidays were wonderful. Happy 2013!

  4. for some reason, nyc does christmas and the holidays SO much more than any other place on this planet. so enchanting. and omg are you not the CUTEST. hot water bottle cover? crocheted? can't handle it. :) hope your new year is shaping up to be a lovely one, clair! xo

  5. I'm so glad you're back! I was starting to get worried! That babe is aaaaaaaaaaaaadorable. Also this makes me think that I FINALLY need to check out the Bryant Park skating rink - I've heard how great it is but have never been!

  6. Ms. Alcott sounds wonderful. I'm reading Dickens this winter (currently A Tale of Two Cities, next Bleak House), I too love the beauty of the way language was used in the old novels. Makes me also want to re-read Jane Austen. Your hot water bottle will look pretty in pink! Mine has been my foot friend for the last few nights,,,,thank God for HWBs!!!

  7. I love how crafty you are! I so badly want to learn to crochet or knit...such a fun winter hobby. I love all your pictures - so beautiful and crisp.

  8. MISS YOU! (JUST as much as Downton Abbey. ;)

    Soooo... what do you think about getting together for a coffee date/teach Anna how to knit date?

    YES? Okay, yay.

    Trying to think of a cozy place we could go...

    1. Ohhh, I WISH I could teach you to knit!! I only know crochet. But I'd be happy to sit and do yarn-y things with you, or teach you crochet.

      Will also do some thinking and we'll make plans soon!


Thanks for making me smile. =)