The days aren’t too easy here — there are some things I am really struggling with. But the start of December always feels like the turning of a corner. Last year, three of my favourite blogs featured their own versions of the advent calendar. I loved tracing the month through Alexandra‘s wry and subtle photographic eye, Felix’s sonic brilliance, and Colleen’s always-marvelous writing about memory, the material, and the seasonal. Each day, I looked forward to opening the next ‘door’ on their calendars, and I was so happy to see that all three are following similar advent paths this year. I’ve decided to join them with daily doors on my own December. For the first day, here is the waxing moon, recently seen above a favourite landscape.

And for the many of you who have been inquiring about the satchel: yes, that’s right, it is made by the wonderful Cambridge Satchel Company, who I cannot recommend highly enough. I love my satchel (a masterpiece of beautiful, careful, and unfussy design) and I love the CSC! Also, to any of you who have expressed interest in the Fugue tam and mittens — Lilith is now keeping a ‘kit list’ for anyone who would like to be informed when both pattern(s) and yarn are ready (for shipping to all locations, domestic and worldwide). Just drop her a message at infoAToldmaidenaunt.com and she will let you know when things are ready to go.

17 thoughts on “one

  1. discovered your blog from somewhere (i cant remember whose) but absolutely adore your posts. and offering support from a new admirer thru your difficult time – being in one myself hunkering down knitting onward.

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  2. Kate, I hope things are getting well for you again.
    I wasn’t a very active blogger and blog reader for some time now, but with the start of December I usually get myself energized and active. So, with two days into my activating phase, I stopped by today and see you’re having an Advent calendar this year, too. That’s great. I really love your photos, they are cool and quirky at times, soothing at other times, never boring. I love your view of things.
    Looking forward to get through this month with you!

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  3. That is a positively dreamy photo! Looking forward to ‘opening the doors’ along with you here.
    And I hope December brings easier days…

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  4. Thank you for this, Kate. Sorry things are not easy, for whatever reasons. I find this time of year quite ghastly – can barely drag myself out of bed and for me it’s not helped by the mountain of extra shopping and cleaning that has to be done in December. I was thinking of some kind of Advent photo project myself – find one cheering thing every day kind of thing – so it’s great to know I have your posts to look forward to now!

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    1. I’m sorry December is so difficult for you. What is it about Christmas that makes it so hard for most of us: expectations, over-commercialism, the shopping and cleaning you mention, the merriment we are supposed to feel, the horrible contemporary Christmas music, everything over-decorated? January is such a sigh of relief to me. Take care of yourself this month.

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  5. Oooh, I am so looking forward to this and to all of the other advent calendars you mention. Your photo is as beautiful as ever.
    I really am sorry to hear your days have not been easy though. I hope the new month does bring a change on that front.

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  6. Good luck to you. Staying strong is often arduous but you can be happy knowing that even though it gets darker earlier every day, this will soon change and we can lift our spirits again. Take care. :)

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  7. November has historically been unkind to me so I am happy to see December arrive as well. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and remember that the seasons and their foibles are always changing!

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  8. Thank you so much for mentioning the satchel — I’ve been looking for one just like it for years (down to the color!) and bought myself one right away. It’s perfect!

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