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Growing up, I was fascinated with the Nativity scene my maternal grandmother would set up during the Christmas season, and I remember being eager to place the baby Jesus into the manger after midnight on Christmas Eve. That Nativity set was the one physical object that I most associated with the holidays during childhood, and since I first saw crocheted Nativity scenes, I’ve thought about making one for my mother. I bought Carolyn Christmas‘s Amigurumi Nativity pattern in paper form a while back, but never had the time (or the right yarn on hand) to make it.
At the beginning of the year, I started planning to make the set. I definitely don’t have much in the way of “flesh tone” yarns in my stash, so I appealed to the folks in the Surmount the Stash group on Ravelry. The generous mamajulia stepped forward to send me some yarn she had leftover from a project, thus helping me avoid a trip to Michael’s that might result in a stash explosion.
The last few weeks have been tough for me, so over the long weekend I wanted to pick up simple that I could make without too much thought. The Amigurumi Nativity seemed like the perfect project, but of course, I couldn’t locate the pattern. I searched high and low and finally gave up and was ready to order another copy. And that’s when I learned that it’s now available as a Ravelry download. I’m a longtime fan of Carolyn’s work, and I’m always happy to support another independent designer, so I bought the pattern on Rav, added it to my Kindle Fire, and set to work.
I plan to vary the skin tone for the three Wise Men, so my amigurumi version will be similar to my grandmother’s set. This is officially my first holiday project for 2013. (Last year at this time, I was just beginning my holiday crafting list, so I feel like I’m on pace for this year, too.)
I also made some progress on my temperature scarf. I have one row for each day of 2013 through May 24th.
I’ve used all but one color now, and it is really interesting to watch the scarf unfold.
As for reading, I’m about a third of the way through American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I was on the waiting list at the New York Public Library for a while. I don’t really know what I expected, but I’m enjoying it so far.
And, back in March, MC and I watched The Bible miniseries, and that got us talking about the actual Bible. I’ve never read it in its entirety, and since – regardless of your faith and religious beliefs – it’s such a significant work in the development of Western civilization, I decided that I should actually read it all the way through. After a little bit of research, I bought The NRSV Daily Bible: Read, Meditate, and Pray Through the Entire Bible in 365 Days last week. Although it is tempting to read more at each setting, I decided to follow the book’s pacing. It has been interesting to read the Bible in these little snippets, and I think I’ll probably remember each section better since I’ll have more time between readings to reflect.