December 1st through 4th, and a Lotion Bar for Winter Days

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Well, hello! It's now December 4th! Let's open the Northern Light Advent Calendar!


For the first four days of the advent calendar, we had three mini-skeins (one with sparkle) and a pattern that I wrote specifically for hand-dyed mini skeins called the Northern Light Cowl.

Northern Light Cowl image blog

It's a perfect pattern for evening knitting on the sofa while watching a movie. It's made from repeated groups of short rows (without wraps; just turn and go), and all you need to do is set up your stitch markers and knit the repeat ninety-eight times. Then you stitch the short ends together, then pick up all of the bottom edge stitches, knit a few more rows of garter stitch, and you're done. Amelia and I wear a lot of cowls because we can't lose them and they don't have a lot of bulk in the back. I love cowls, and I hope you love this one! The pattern is available as an immediate digital download for $4 right here.

We also received the tins for our lotion bars and I've updated the inventory to reflect every single bar that is finished and ready to ship, including our newest bar, Peppermint Cream:


I love this sweet and delicate design and it smells heavenly. It's made of local beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, a bit of lanolin, and scented with first-distill peppermint essential oil and a touch of Balsam of Peru, which has a vanilla-ish scent (since there is no true vanilla essential oil). If we sell out of what is there, we will make more, but those won't ship for another week or so, so if you are trying to get presents for Christmas please order as soon as possible so that we can get them in the mail. These would make such perfect little stocking stuffers!

I have lots of weekend pictures to show you but I wanted to post this because it's taking me so long to go through all of the photos. We had such a nice weekend. I hope your holiday season is off to a really lovely start!


the first thing i thought when I saw your wrapped up bundles was that they look like tons of little fairies in a box! How fun. How I wish I could knit. The lotion bar is GORGEOUS. The intricate design just takes my breath away!

Hi Alicia, I'm waiting to hear from you about paying for that advent box. It looks very exciting!
*H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Amanda Hall says: December 05, 2018 at 04:40 AM

Oh, I am LOVING the advent calendar! I put all the little bundles in a basket, organized by date - this is AFTER I got so excited on December 1st that I opened December 10th! (I may or may not have had on my glasses, LOL) So, I quickly found December 1st and labeled it December 10th. I'm putting everything back in your very nice box after it's been opened.

Michelle Kiel says: December 05, 2018 at 05:12 AM

Your talents are endless and amazing!
Happiest holidays to you and yours!

Hi! I can't even find the words for how much I love your blog posts. I have six daughters from ages 2 through 14. I have been reading and loving your blog for several years now. This may have nothing to do with your current post, however I hope you'll indulge me this one question. where did you find your daughter's dollhouse? My youngest daughters love their calico critters but I can't justify buying one more plastic toy. I have been searching everywhere for a wooden dollhouse for their beloved critters but so far no luck. Any recommendations?

I love cowls too and wear them nearly constantly, in and out of the house, from about October through to April! Your yarn is so pretty 😍

Jennifer Schultz says: December 07, 2018 at 06:13 PM

Where did you find that beautiful soap mold?

Hello! I am loving the advent goodies so far ❤

I am not a cowl person, could you recommend alternative patterns or ideas for the yarn???

I am *hoping* there is a lotion bar here somewhere, I love peppermint!


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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at