The view from here


On Monday, I finished all my gift knitting. I can’t believe it took me this long to say it. I think, as crazy as this will sound, that I was worried that saying it out loud/in writing on the Internet would be the trigger to realize I’d forgotten about people and leave me scrambling. But that didn’t happen (yet) and now it’s too late – I’m in Switzerland.


The view off over the village. It’s like a Christmas card over here.

Surprise! Yesterday, I left Toronto in huge scrambled hurry: not only did my sister realize her passport was expired – thank goodness we’re dual British citizens! – but it turned out my flight was not at 10:15 p.m. as I thought but instead at 5:30! Yeah, we’re disasters all around. But, it all worked out (holiday miracle!) and this morning/the middle of last night (depending on your point of view) we landed in Geneva. Tomorrow my other sister joins us and all five of us – my parents, my two sisters, and I – will all be together for the first time since last Christmas. Very exciting.

We dawdled on the way from the city to the little town where we’re staying, and the market in Lausanne had yarn for sale at the first booth, which I take as a good sign (I didn’t buy any, because I didn’t have any Swiss francs. Sigh) It got dark about an hour after we arrived at the apartment, but I’ll have more photos soon.

It's late in the day so the light is kind of crappy. The green isn't actually quite that dark, but you get the idea.

It’s late in the day so the light is kind of crappy. The green isn’t actually quite that dark, but you get the idea.

In the meantime, check out the progress on these Christmas socks! The striping is just perfect, if I do say so myself – they look just like the vintage Christmas balls that (I’m guessing) inspired the colourway.

8 thoughts on “The view from here

  1. Audry

    I’m glad you made it! And I hope you get some yarn while you are over there. Or at least some pictures of yarn so I can live vicariously through you.

    You said that all your socks are blues and greens, but clearly that is not going to be the case soon. Those Christmas socks are quite snazzy.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      That is one reason I love this yarn so much! I brought a back-up skein (just in case) and it’s a jumble of red/pink/yellow, so I’m definitely making an effort to mix it up.

  2. K-Line

    So jealous that you are in Santa’s Village there! And I love the look of that sock. To make you feel even better, today it’s been pouring with rain here and the snow (such as it was) is not grimy slush. You got out when the getting was good!

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Oh no! I seem to remember a properly wintry forecast for this weekend, though. I hope you get it and the slush somehow magically disappears. That is, without a doubt, the worst thing about living in a city during the winter!

  3. Andrea

    You mean to tell us that you are missing the freezing rain and possible ice storm in Toronto in favour of perfect snowy slopes in Switzerland? Lucky girl! Those socks are looking super nice, and way to go in getting all your presents done.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Ice storms can be cozy, though, right? As long as you don’t have to go out in them?

      I am very pleased about finishing (slightly) ahead of schedule. I want to tackle Grace in the new year – are you still interested in getting together for a KAL of sorts?

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