Welcome to day 8 of our Spinners of the World December blogposts.
We're counting down the darkest days by exploring and learning more about the world we live in, but I'm not the one writing the posts!
Each day the post has been written by a volunteer spinner, they're be telling us about their mid-winter holiday traditions, and a little bit about the place they live. I still need volunteers, so if you enjoy this post please head over to the form here. This is open to everyone, please don't worry about your language skills, or even if you think your holiday traditions aren't very interesting, I want to hear from you!
Todays spinner is Christie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
We celebrate Christmas, We alternate the 'actual day between my family and my partner's. This year we're having Christmastime Christmas with my family and New Year's Christmas with his family. All my siblings and their spouses, kids, and dogs and my grandparents congregate at my parent's farm. We garrison for as long as people can stay before having to go back to work and other obligations. We have a big Christmas turkey dinner and play games and do puzzles and various arts in each other's company. My mom runs a long-arm quilting business so we usually gather in her studio to spin, knit, sew, cross-stitch.
My favourite thing to eat is Christmas Pudding, but I don't have the recipe. Every year I get together with my grandmother to make Christmas pudding. It's canned and has to age for a month before Christmas, so we usually make it sometime in November. She is the keeper of the recipe, which has been in the family for generations.
I spin all kinds of things. My favourite fibre is probably still wool and I love to process from the fleece (sorting, washing, combing/carding). I mostly knit, but I also weave and sew a little. Aside from fibre arts, I'm part of a storytelling group that gets together about once a month. After Christmas at the farm, we have a few days at home to relax and spend time with my partner. I participate in a 12 Days of Christmas spin-along. I'm also hoping to work through a considerable backlog of fleeces I acquired over the past couple years. My most ambitious gift was a handspun lace shawl with less than a month to go before Christmas.
Thanks to Christie for taking part, come back tomorrow, there will be another spinner, and another celebration!