December 1: A Holiday Tradition

The 24 Days of SWAK starts today! Learn more about this annual holiday tradition, including how to participate and win fun prizes.

Today we take a look at 12 Days of Madelinetosh advent calendars, MadTosh Pashmina & more!

The Zipline shawl pattern is available for download on Ravelry.

What is your favorite holiday “thing”? Leave a comment on this post – one lucky reader will win four skeins of Madelinetosh yarns. You have until 8am on 12.2.20.

63 Comments

  • Terry Nostrand Dupree

    01.12.2020 at 08:17 Reply

    My favorite thing is our family Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees and we usually have six trees – all a different themes and sizes BUT this year we will be alone (50 years of trees together) for the first time because of COVID. Our family tree is full of ornaments made by our children and grandchildren and special ones from friends. It will anchor our holiday and bring happiness as we reflect on our 50 Christmas seasons together. Merry Christmas knitters!

  • Bonnie Malone

    01.12.2020 at 08:18 Reply

    Crazy, I know, but I love Brachs Christmas Nougats

  • Jennifer Elkhair

    01.12.2020 at 08:39 Reply

    I think it would be the music. I listen to Christmas music year round.

  • Melissa Ryan

    01.12.2020 at 08:52 Reply

    Favorite? All of it, from the anticipation to the decorations, and especially the home made goodies! Fudge and divinity, gingerbread people and frosted, drageed sugar cookies for all! Knitting small things for decor and a gift or two for the knit-worthy.

    Most important: “The reason for the season”.

    • Melissa Ryan

      01.12.2020 at 09:05 Reply

      Oh, no! I forgot the music and songs! Those, too!

  • Lori Noell

    01.12.2020 at 08:54 Reply

    My brother sitting on the couch while my dad and I put the lights on the tree. My mother passes through and points out where lights are missing, I roll my eyes, my dad makes a exasperated sigh and my brother belts back the brandy!!

  • Beatrix Haggard

    01.12.2020 at 09:07 Reply

    I absolutely loved hearing I want a hippopotamus for Christmas on the radio. It always seemed fun, because they didn’t play it that often. It seems like cheating now to listen to it whenever I want to online.

  • Ashley Lorenz

    01.12.2020 at 09:09 Reply

    My house isn’t a hugely celebratory one, but lights! We go downtown to wander & look at the lights- forced family time under twinkling lights is pretty cool. 🙂 also, for thanksgiving, my 12 year old made pumpkin pies from scratch! That’s going to carry over to Christmas & beyond.

  • Diann Riter

    01.12.2020 at 09:10 Reply

    My favorite holiday thing is putting up my tree with the family. Have many ornaments from my travels with the USAF.

  • Gay Mathewson

    01.12.2020 at 09:12 Reply

    Just love all the SWAK videos and posts that keep us in touch with the knitting world. My favorite thing right now is that advent calendar you just showed us.
    So looking forward to all these days of SWAK that you are going to give to us…..a true gift to those who love this art of knitting.

  • Courtnie Vance

    01.12.2020 at 09:17 Reply

    My favorite holiday thing would be our tradition where we go get ice cream and drive around looking at Christmas lights. We used to do it growing up and now I take my kids every year.

  • Judy Smith

    01.12.2020 at 09:23 Reply

    This may sound corny, but there are only two of us so we don’t have great Christmas traditions., but I absolutely love the 24 days of SWAK. One of my top priorities is to check and see what is new for the day.

  • Carol Powers

    01.12.2020 at 09:30 Reply

    Our Christmas stockings. Everyone on my mom’s side of the family has the same knit stocking with their name, Santa with a fuzzy angora beard and jungle bells. My great grandma made them and my mom has taken over and I expect that in time I will (she had to make at least 3 this year for new babies). It is how you know you have joined the family when you get married, not official until the stocking arrives!

  • Jennifer Walker

    01.12.2020 at 09:46 Reply

    I love Christmas lights! I love going to the drive throughs to see the lights!

  • Teresa Dean

    01.12.2020 at 09:58 Reply

    I love seeing all of the beautiful Christmas lights.

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    01.12.2020 at 10:17 Reply

    Cooking/ baking. I love finding new recipes to try and creating themed Christmas dinners. And tons of cookies.

  • Jayme Branch

    01.12.2020 at 10:22 Reply

    I love Christmas light. I look forward to seeing them every year. Whether they are on houses, trees, or public displays, I love them all!

  • Ana Johnson

    01.12.2020 at 10:38 Reply

    So many things I love about the holidays. But, definitely just being with my family, the music, baking together with my son. Making memories.

  • Sarah Bailey

    01.12.2020 at 10:50 Reply

    I love our family traditions! From driving around and looking at lights, to putting up the tree, baking cookies/gingerbread and caroling to neighbors and friends ( not this year!) – I look forward to sharing that time with family.

  • Laura McMahan

    01.12.2020 at 11:03 Reply

    Love all the Christmas lights, indoor and outdoors

  • Marilee Camerer

    01.12.2020 at 11:50 Reply

    My favorite holiday thing is being with family, opening presents, and eating Christmas dinner❣️?

  • Karyn Cook

    01.12.2020 at 12:18 Reply

    Christmas trees and lights

  • Becky Stack

    01.12.2020 at 12:24 Reply

    I love the “feeling” of Christmas. All of it mixed together.

  • Renee Zinck

    01.12.2020 at 12:30 Reply

    I love making, and eating, holiday sweets. I made pizzelles yesterday using my aunt’s recipe. It makes enough to last until Christmas…unless I share!

  • Tina Saner

    01.12.2020 at 12:43 Reply

    An annual cookie exchange would be high on my list. With a batch or two of my cookies, I get to swap and get a variety of holiday cookies to sample.

  • Tammy Adamson

    01.12.2020 at 12:45 Reply

    Right now my favorite holiday thing is the candy cane scarf I knit!!!! I love it!!!

  • Ellen McKenzie

    01.12.2020 at 12:48 Reply

    My favorite thing was (my grands are older now) when Santa would leave a sack of presents at the front door, ring the doorbell, and disappear! They were so delighted—such excitement on their faces ?. We were never able to catch Santa in the act. ??

  • LeAnn Peterson

    01.12.2020 at 13:00 Reply

    My favorite holiday activity is to bake my family’s holiday sugar cookie recipe and frost them!

  • Lena Dalke

    01.12.2020 at 13:06 Reply

    The bright and awesome Christmas lights are my favorites.

  • Shirley Smith

    01.12.2020 at 13:09 Reply

    Making Christmas cookies for Santa and over decorating them with my kids and grandkids.

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    01.12.2020 at 13:27 Reply

    Being with family has always been the most important aspect of my Christmas’! We usually have 1 large gathering of 15 that includes our 3 adult children, their spouses, of course, & the 7 granddaughters. Then a very large gathering of 40 that includes my 3 siblings & their families. Alas, it’s not even safe for us to meet with even 1 of our children’s family, especially with the colder temps keeping us inside!
    I so miss the hugs & face-to-face! ?

  • Christina Bushman

    01.12.2020 at 13:29 Reply

    My favorite thing about Christmas is SWAK’s 24 Days of Christmas, of course! Thanks, Keely

  • Sarah Steele

    01.12.2020 at 14:15 Reply

    Christmas lights and music!

  • Shawndalynn

    01.12.2020 at 14:35 Reply

    One of my favorite songs it makes a neat sweater.

  • Jessica G Harlow

    01.12.2020 at 14:37 Reply

    Christmas lights for sure. They brighten the night and make me smile.

  • Chandra Hawker

    01.12.2020 at 14:51 Reply

    I love the Christmas songs in the hymnal. It’s just not Christmas time without them.

  • Bernadette Ray

    01.12.2020 at 15:16 Reply

    Christmas music and making Christmas cookies and candy.

  • Donna Miller

    01.12.2020 at 15:49 Reply

    LOVE YOUR SWEATER!!! I have made a couple and now my grandson wears them to Ugly Christmas Sweater parties ???! I put my tree up today and it’s staying up until my family can gather for Christmas. I just hope it’s before the 4th of July?. The yarn and the shawl were gorgeous!

  • Anita Roesler

    01.12.2020 at 16:02 Reply

    I change my regular coffee mugs out for my collection of Christmas mugs. It gives me great delight to use the Christmas mugs until New Yesrs Day.

  • Someyeh Mirambeigui

    01.12.2020 at 16:15 Reply

    My favorite thing is how my girls get so excited about all of the things from setting up the tree to opening gifts on Christmas morning. My second favorite is driving around with hot cocoa or a hot drink and looking at Christmas lights!!!

  • Sally Knits

    01.12.2020 at 16:39 Reply

    Our Favorite Family Tradition is eating Chinese food for Christmas Eve and then driving around looking at Christmas lights.

  • Amy Otto

    01.12.2020 at 16:50 Reply

    Singing carols at Church!

  • Mary Bourne

    01.12.2020 at 17:07 Reply

    No kidding, my favorite holiday thing is 24 days of SWAK. I’ve won some goodies but also have a great collection of awesome recipes that I love.

  • Anne Holbrook

    01.12.2020 at 17:37 Reply

    Christmas breakfast with our children and grandchildren., followed by stockings and Christmas tree gift opening. It will be a little sparse this year.

  • Martha Bourne

    01.12.2020 at 17:38 Reply

    Your sweater is awesome, Keely! My favorite thing about the holidays is finding the perfect present for someone. But I also love Christmas cookies!

  • Briana Fortenbach-Titus

    01.12.2020 at 17:42 Reply

    I love the Christmas carols the most. Christmas Eve services with candlelight and carols were my favorite growing up!

    • Keely

      02.12.2020 at 08:11 Reply

      Congratulations Briana! You’re the winner!

      • Briana Fortenbach-Titus

        02.12.2020 at 10:09 Reply

        Woohoo! Thanks so much!!!

    • Jessica G Harlow

      02.12.2020 at 11:24 Reply

      Congratulations!

  • Courtney Wilson

    01.12.2020 at 18:29 Reply

    I love decorating my tree. My new thing this year may be putting lights outside. I want to light up all the trees. I also love drinking something yummy in a fun Christmas mug and watching my newest obsession Hallmark Christmas movies. I can’t get enough!

  • Patricia Riden

    01.12.2020 at 18:36 Reply

    My favorite holiday “thing” is the memories tied up in all the ornaments on the tree. Some of the ornaments go back to my grandparents’ trees even before I was born. And my personal favorites? The set of. 12 “paint-by-number “ ornaments plus an angel tree topper that I ordered from Lee-Ward’s in Chicago when I couldn’t afford anything else for our first Christmas.

  • Lisa Estep

    01.12.2020 at 19:47 Reply

    I love winter. Cold, crisp air, snow, sweaters, boots, shawls, warm glow of the fireplace, wearing heavier scents… so much more. Winter is my favorite time of the year!

  • Lisa Cheney

    01.12.2020 at 20:28 Reply

    Putting up my Woodstock tree….most people call it the Charlie Brown tree…but I just Love that little bird. Every year my hubs finds a new Woodstock for me to decorate my tree…and after 20 years of these gifts…its definitely a Woodstock tree….and overfilled with love.

  • Lesley Rodgers

    01.12.2020 at 20:38 Reply

    My favourite thing for Christmas is the evening when the day seems rather flat , we have had good food, fellowship, and family time the presents were opened earlier and it is like so it’s over, at our house no. We have stockings and tree presents, it may only be candy and a few what nots but it is a wonderful finish to the day.

  • Beth Seeliger

    01.12.2020 at 20:51 Reply

    I love decorating the Christmas tree together as a family. We turn on the Christmas music, pour everyone a glass of eggnog in the special Christmas glasses and talk about each ornament as we unwrap it and put it on the tree. We all love reminiscing about when and where we made or got each ornament.

  • Karen Sorenson

    01.12.2020 at 21:10 Reply

    I love making candies that the recipes have been handed down to family members for over 100 years! Also, making some homemade things for the little great-grandchildren that I have crocheted or knitted over this past year! Thanks for all the help I always receive from you
    when in the store trying to decide on my next project. The yarn today is gorgeous and can not wait to see it in person and touch it!!

  • Kathy Plummer

    01.12.2020 at 21:34 Reply

    I love Christmas lights, Advent calendars, sweet treats you eat only at Christmas, Toffee. I love the 24 days of SWAK. Most of all being with family and attending candlelight service on Christmas Eve.

  • Anna Hamilton

    01.12.2020 at 21:35 Reply

    I know it’s not the most popular, but I love the magic of Santa, the giving, the anticipation, all of it. I relate to the movie Elf so much! “Santa! I know him!”

  • Molly King

    01.12.2020 at 22:08 Reply

    My favorite thing about Christmas is getting to come home to Oklahoma.

  • Amber Ketchum

    01.12.2020 at 22:11 Reply

    All the Christmas lights! I love them all!

  • Robin Corley

    01.12.2020 at 22:42 Reply

    Favorite Christmas thing is the Christmas dinner. I love the tradition and flavors specific to my grandmother’s cooking.

  • Jenna Port

    01.12.2020 at 22:46 Reply

    Oh, so hard to choose just one! Perhaps the Food Tree in the kitchen, decorated with all food ornaments, empty tea bag packets for holiday tea, cookie cutters, Santa Coke bottles and cans, candy canes, popcorn strands, an empty Whitman Sampler candy tin, vanilla beans tied with ribbon, a cinnamon stick painted to look like Santa, a cross of carved walnut shells, a painted egg, you get the idea. The tree skirt is an old Christmas tablecloth from the 1950’s.

  • Liz Hall

    02.12.2020 at 00:13 Reply

    My favorite holiday thing is Mary’s Sugar Cookies from the Betty Crocker cookbook and all of the memories that come with them. Mom would set up a production line to get them rolled, cut and baked and then the kids would ice and decorate them. The angel cookies had a very thin neck. Every year there would only be a select few angels that survived to be put in the cookie box for later snack or presentation. The last cookies for the season would get all of the sticky multicolored scrapings off the table smeared on them and then additional sprinkles on top. We would fight over which ‘masterpiece cookie’ tasted better. Served with a cold glass of milk, those cookies tasted awesome! On Christmas Eve we would have them with a snowball of vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut as a special treat.

    I have tried to make the same cookies with the same recipe and they just don’t taste the same. Mom had the touch!

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