Happy Thanksgiving

What a wonderfully cozy day.  We’re in between family Thanksgiving celebrations, my family yesterday and Joe’s today,  I’m making a wonderful mushroom tart, a pie is almost ready to go in, and I’m finished my Drops Jacket and contentedly picking buttons from my bin while the sweater dries. 

I’m listening to a documentary on the radio, Sam’s taking a bubble bath, Meg will arrive shortly, all bundled in wool from outside,  and our whole home smells of marjoram and thyme. The kettle’s about to whistle and I’m poking through the stash looking for a little something to knit this evening.  I feel so lucky really, and the only thing that’s not quite right is that I miss Amanda, and for the first time since she left,  wish she was home from Australia.

It’s fitting to me somehow, to remember the first North American Thanksgiving (and actually, the first English prayer service), when explorer (and pirate) Martin Frobisher stood on Baffin Island in 1578 and gave thanks for the for the safe crossing of the Atlantic and an understandable relief at having survived arctic weather. He was, as makes perfect sense if you’ve been anywhere near any of those places.. overwhelmed with gratitude and promptly had a feast of Thanksgiving for having come safely home to shore.  Admittedly, the feast would have been total crap.  They were at the end of a long voyage and I can’t even imagine what sort of stuff was left in the hold of the ship.  Maybe that seems like a feast if you’re really just so glad that you’re not an iceberg ornament.  (Canadians may have had the first thanksgiving, and are truly grateful for the harvest that we find in this big country, but you’ve got to admit that the English colonists who landed at Plymouth nailed the menu way better when they had their first one 43 years later. Seriously.  Corn, squash and pumpkin pie vs dried salt beef, dried peas and crackers?  Stroke of genius.)

It’s hard to compare what they were thankful for compared to what I’m thankful for today. (Gas stove.  Top of my list.) I’m so outrageously spoiled and pampered compared to a bunch of guys standing on a rock in the freezing wind feeling real, sincere thankfulness that their crazy-arse explorer/pirate boss didn’t kill them all that it’s hard to believe.   I’m thankful for the abundant harvest in this country and that I can afford access to it. I’m thankful for the luck of living in such a peaceful and safe place.  I’m thankful that I’ve got a wonderful family and  two daughters home with me and one who’s lucky enough to be travelling.  I’m thankful for mushrooms. (I love mushrooms.)  I’m pretty thankful for beer, coffee and wool.  Mostly though?  I’m grateful for the lifestyle I lead that lets me knit.  Being a knitter is evidence I have time that I don’t have to spend working or trying to make ends meet, and that I have some sum of money that I don’t need for food, or shelter and that’s pretty fortunate.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.  Go hug some yarn.

166 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Yarn hugging commenced here in Massachusetts and will continue until our Thanksgiving in November.

  2. Well put. (Missing Amanda, I think, provides just a wee bit of contrast to deepen the feelings of thankfulness for those around you.)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!! We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK, but I guess I’m pretty thankful for beer, wool and coffee too. Oh and my wonderful family for indulging me in my love of those things! xx

  4. Hear! Hear! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, near and far. I nearly cried happy tears last night looking at my beautiful little ones at the dinner table, realizing my blessings. Mind you, I was also exhausted from cooking for two days for one meal! Cheers!

  5. DH was listening to a guy on television today who mentioned that half the world’s population lives on less than $2/day. Yup, we are incredibly fortunate. Happy day to you and yours!

  6. so cozy, smells and playing with wool and good food. happy thanksgiving, and thanks for this comforting post..

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! Hubby is in Baddeck right now (I’m in the U.S.) — I sent him to Baadeck Yarns to buy a gift, and he couldn’t resist buying extra for me. He also went to a craft fair where he snagged some home-grown, hand-spun, hand-dyed mohair/wool sock yarn from a Cape Breton shepherd. Can’t wait to hug him AND all that wooly goodness.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thank you for the nudge to think about what I am thankful for today. And when I do think about those things I realize how truly blessed I am.

  9. Being a knitter is very educational. I knew that Canadians had a different day for Thanksgiving, but I didn’t know that they also have a different story! But of course they would. I learn world geography (I know where Fair Isle is, for crying out loud!)and social studies by hanging around smart knitters. Thanks, Steph! Happy day!

  10. What a lovely, lovely reflection on Thanksgiving and Canadian history. Many thanks for this, from a fellow Canadian knitter (and a Canadian historian as well!).
    PS. I used your cranberry sauce recipe for our turkey day dinner. It was perfect. So thanks for that, too! :)

  11. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you manage a call to Amanda, and I’m glad the rest of the family is gathered ’round.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Steph! It sounds wonderful, especially since you’re not going the factual route and only eating the dried beefs, peas, and crackers! Mushroom tart sounds so much better.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! Having family (even if some are elsewhere) was part of the first thanksgiving, too. So, call your daughter, give thanks for all you have, and enjoy a bountiful feast. Plus the yarn…

  14. Happy Thanksgiving! It’s wonderful to start counting all the things we’re thankful for and find so many of them are right at home. I’m sure when Amanda reads your blog it’s a little bit more of home for her. May everyone have a safe, comfortable, wool-cozy holiday.

  15. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving – whenever we celebrate it’s so important that we remember to count our blessings. And yes, yarn and knitting is one of my favorite blessings!

  16. We are fortunate that we can pause to give thanks for a multitude of blessings. Family, Coffee, Wool and I will substitute Chocolate for Beer!

  17. Nailed that one: it’s not that we’ve got to knit — we get to knit.
    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

  18. Thank you so much for today’s blog. You’ve put into perspective what ALL of us should be thankful for. I am so thankful that our family doesn’t have to worry about their jobs or putting food on the table.
    Thank you for getting deep down to the basics of gratitude. Happy, happy Thanksgiving.

  19. Beautifully written! Thanks for reminding us – once again – that we in our countries are so fortunate. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  20. I’m making a February Lady sweater so I have lots of yarn to hug right now. Thankful for that!
    I’m thankful that you get to knit, too. So many knitters benefit from your wisdom, insight, and knitting genius.
    It’s hard when everyone isn’t there. She’ll be home before you know it.
    Enjoy your family!

  21. Happy Thanksgiving! Of all the holidays that I will miss being in New Zealand, Thanksgiving is number one. Have a wonderful day!

  22. Happy Thanksgiving! Wine Wool & Espresso! Pretty much the Big Three! All the other stuff is pretty nice too. :o)

  23. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I know you miss Amanda dearly. I’ve been missing the two sons who live too far away to drop in. The other two I’m especially thankful for, as they helped move our boxes on Saturday, over to the new house. Such kind strong young men, and to think I had a part in that!!
    Wish I could taste your mushroom tart. I love mushrooms too. :)
    I have a very long list of things to be thankful for, and you and The Blog are on that list.

  24. The brown rice is cooking in the crockpot, I’m searching for a banana bread recipe and my family is scattered around the house doing their favorite things – less than a month before my one and only darling child leaves home to go out on her own. I feel your thankfulness and your bittersweet feelings about precious offspring leaving the nest. So much to be grateful for, though. Happy Thanksgiving, Stephanie!

  25. I’m most thankful for hot water bottles in the cold winter. Every night when I fill it up, I’m thankful for running water, hot water, clean water, easy water, and a little toddler who always wants his “drinkawater” on the nightstand table.

  26. Lovely! A happy and cozy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And a sincere “Thank you” from someone who truly enjoys your work.

  27. I’m spending my Canadian Thanksgiving working on ‘Pretty Thing’. Could it get any better? ;-)
    Combined with fall in Canada – I love it.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. My daughter adores mushrooms too:) Among other food items today, we had (vegetarian) mushroom gravy, yummy. I am about to get cozy with some yarn.

  29. Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful that we can spend a weekend with our daughter here in Kentucky. She lives so far away. Our son lives in Montana, even farther away. Does the fact that our children live 1-3 days’ drive from home mean we were such terrible parents that we drove them away? Or that we were such great parents that they’re confident enough to strike out on their own? I prefer the latter reason. I’m hugging my sweater’s worth of yarn, especially the tiny touch of cashmere in it. Enjoy your tart, it sounds delicious.

  30. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. We’re having potato leek soup with rosmeary and thyme. And I’ll probably throw in some corn, cause really, what doesn’t taste better with the addition of corn?
    And my sister’s visiting. And I finally got to tell her I’m about 19 weeks along with my 4th child. And she brought me yarn.
    You’re spot on. Sometime I get drawn down into the ickyness of life and forget to take a moment to realize how much I do have.
    Thanks for that.

  31. I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for!
    As an aside…my favorite knitting writer is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. My favorite recipe writer is Deborah Madison (perhaps with Mollie Katzen coming in an extremely close second). How very cool that you like her recipes! (Sorry…easily star-struck….)

  32. Thanks for the info on Canadian Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims had a better feast because they waited until after their first harvest. You list of things you are thankful resembles mine (& I suspect a large percentage of your other readers.) One of my daughters & her husband & 3 children now live about as far away from us as is possible & still live in the States. So I understand your feelings about missing a loved one at the holidays (& I think there is a special strong bond between mothers & daughters). it is unlikely that we will see them at Thanksgiving or Christmas more than once every 2 or 3 years (after all we do have to share with his family). We go to visit as often as we can but I find travel stressful as I get older & flying at the holidays is just too much for me. We are going to have a nice family vacation (both daughters, son in law, 3 grands & maybe even one of my nieces for part of it) in Feb & we are going to visit for Halloween – a holiday that we love in our family.

  33. Glad you had a nice thanksgiving! Reading your description made me feel so good.
    On the subject of feel good, I’m knitting the Stephen West wrap/shawl from knittys fall patterns (this is not a plug, honest) and it knits up FAST, not boring, looks good, great gratification. Got a very cool button for it too! Will need blocking, but oh well!

  34. I’m not so sure that our American Thanksgiving was quite what we’ve been led to believe. I’d suggest reading, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen. I heard him speak a couple of years ago and he was without a doubt the most entertaining historian I’ve ever heard! Happy Thanksgiving

  35. MMmmmm…what a cozy post! I’m snuggling my yarn right now, so very thankful to not only have a little yarn money, but also a little extra to share with those in need.
    The tart sounds delicious. Hobbits from all around will descend on you shortly.

  36. Happy Thanksgiving from Texas! Mushroom tart sounds pretty good – do you have a link to a recipe? My little hobbit child would be very thankful for that.

  37. This American spent your Thanksgiving on the couch with a head cold working on the One-Row Handspun Scarf, for which pattern I am most grateful. I’m also grateful for the foilage show outside my living room windows, paid sick days, sheep, alpacas, hulu.com, and pumpkin muffins.

  38. Happy Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving but this year we’re doing something very unconventional. We are going away – just the four of us. The boys don’t know yet (pls don’t tell). My MIL thinks I’ve snapped because I’m rather a traditionalist about holidays. I won’t be cooking all of my faves (including a stuffing with mushrooms you would love) but I’m sure when we sit in a few weeks to eat our meal, I will feel as you do – lucky and blessed and happy. Enjoy!

  39. Happy Thanksgiving! We do have a Thanksgiving holiday here in Germany (some time in September I think? Not sure really) but it’s not really celebrated at all. I didn’t really know anything at all about Canadian Thanksgiving, so thank you for the information. I always like to learn about customs, traditions and holidays and how they came to be.

  40. How do you make the mushroom tart? Can you use dried shitake?Now that you have posted a pattern, are you willing to branch out with a recipe? Please?
    It sounds wonderful.

  41. 100 years ago, well, it feels like that anyway, my daughter was also in Australia for Thanksgiving! (I think it was only 2 years come to think of it.)(the November one) And this year, she will be in LA. I keep telling myself, I did a good job if she can be so far from home. Right now I am spending a day at home celebrating Columbus Day!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  42. *Please* share your recipe for the mushroom tart!! That sounds divine! (I am also thankful for mushrooms, although I’m in the US so it’s not Thanksgiving here yet. I’m thankful for mushrooms most every day!)

  43. Happy Thanksgiving YH (and family!) A warmly salutory reminder of the things we should be grateful for – hope you and yours have a great day.
    Looking forward to knitting Pretty Thing – there’s some Jaggerspun Zephyr just waiting for it!

  44. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a butter tart too somewherer in all the feasting. I agree though, pumpkin pie is the best!

  45. quite a journey from the first
    time we all met you
    good days from florida
    hot enough today to roast
    the the turkey with out a stove

  46. Happy Thanksgiving!! and thanks for the primer on its history. I’ve stood in Iqaluit (used to be called Frobisher Bay) in May, looking south over (still?) Frobisher Bay, mostly still solid with ice floes, despite more than 20 hours of sunlight. Happy Thanksgiving indeed!
    First snow due tonight, outside almost ready. Serious wool-hugging commences anon!

  47. Mushroom tart! Must publish recipe! :)
    Thank you for a wonderful post, and a reminder about how fortunate so many of us are. It’s easy to forget amid day-to-day frustrations that so many of us on this continent are so blessed.

  48. Nice entry. Sad when your family isn’t complete. I told my mom I was sorry I moved across the continent after I became a parent myself! It takes time for us to get it. I think I’ll have to cast on a drops cradi soon!

  49. The remnants of typhoon Melor are about to hit California. So mushroom anything, a glass of the beverage of my choice, and best of all some glorious wool should see me through the storm. I join you in giving thanks for all our blessings.

  50. Hi Steph. This is my first post ever. I only discovered your blog after seeing one of your books in a wool shop in Sydney. I laughed out loud at the mutant coneheaded hat at 2am on Christmas morning and was shushed by my daughter for being embarrassing.I am now working my way through the archives from the beginning and find we have a lot in common – especially your sense of humour. I am the only person I know who knits in public – I knit in church, at netball, at work and if I go to friends’ places. My 14 year old daughter and I are now knitting a nativity scene. So happy thanksgiving to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your life with us. I love that there is a fellowship of knitters worldwide thanks to the internet.

  51. See, this is why I am jealous of Canadians. You all get a Thanksgiving founded by PIRATES. You know there was plenty of grog to go around at that first one…

  52. Happy Thanksgiving!
    The reason for the “good eats” at Plymouth, MA? Longer growing season & help from the natives.
    Bon appetit!

  53. Happy Thanksgiving! You are right, there is so much to be thankful for. My daughter and I have talked about having Mexican food for Thanksgiving next month. Mmmmm cheese enchiladas. We thought it would be fun to be different and not have turkey this year.

  54. I am grateful for many many things. Too many to list.
    And I’ll add my request to the chorus: Mushroom tart? Recipe? Please?

  55. Happy Thanksgiving! This comes at a very fortunate moment. I was just spending a moment feeling sorry for myself that work is stressful and I’ll be working late a few days this week. But now I’ve been reminded of how luck I am to have a (6-burner) gas stove, wool, and a market that stocks 6 or 7 kinds of mushrooms on a regular basis. (I’d love a recipe for a good mushroom tart!)
    And I can add to my list of Thank Yous the fact that I have Harlot who writes and makes me laugh and makes me think and encourages me to be. Thanks.

  56. No doubt the colonists south of you had heard of the rations available for your first Thanksgiving and made sure they had something to feast with. My family always had mincemeat pie. I don’t know if our colonists had mincemeat, but it’s an ancient version of preserved meat and savories.
    Anyway, it tastes plenty authentic to me, and I, for one, was happy to leave that tradition behind.

  57. thanksgiving (the American one that will happen in roughly 6 weeks) is my favorite holiday and the one that is most important to me.
    so when i read this, i had an emotion, a bittersweet one. thanks for tugging on the heart strings ms. pearl-mcphee and making me be thankful on a day not set aside for it (here)

  58. ooh, I’d forgotten about mincemeat pie! Got to get my mom’s recipe. Which reminds me:
    The biggest gift you give us is community across all walks of life, and I am thanksful and grateful that I can show your writings to my teenage son and he laughs with me. We can always connect over humor and knitting and the “help” the cats give me!

  59. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it centers simply on giving thanks, on appreciating what you have. The food is good, too, but it’s secondary to the gratitude.

  60. Don’t you love a world where there can be two Thanksgiving Days on one continent? I think it’s my favorite holiday.
    And yes, pumpkin is truly the best pie ever.

  61. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast at the French River-16 of us and everyone contributed to the meal. My portion included 2 pumpkin pies and 1 lemon meringue(for the middle son who dislikes pumpkin, poor boy!!!). Since I have this horrendous environmental allergy to the great outdoors, I got to stay inside and knit socks while everyone was outside on the scavenger hunt. Isn’t that just perfect?-wood fire, red wine, Blue Moon sock yarn, Cat Bordhi pattern, the whole family gathered in one place to eat together. We are sooooo lucky! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Cheers and more red wine, Hazel P.S. Did a full sized swatch of the Pretty Thing cowl in an entirely unsuitable yarn(knowingly). However, it fit, so now I can do it again in cashmere and know it will work. Another thing for which to be thankful.

  62. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family! I’ve been needlefelting (and not poking myself) and am about to do a bit of knitting. It’s chilly and damp, so I ought to get the mittens done for the wee ones next door!

  63. Happy Thanksgiving Stephanie! Thank you for reminding me how many things I am thankful for. We are so fortunate, and we get to read your blog and be inspired by your knitting and incredible energy.
    Erin Dolinger

  64. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I’m thankful to have your blog (and therefore, you) in my world. You certainly bring a lot of joy to your readers!

  65. Forgive me, but I don’t know what a mushroom tart is. could someone please explain?

  66. Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians and especially to you and your family! I do think that the Plymouth Rock people got the better menu though! Dried peas? Yuck!

  67. Happy Thanksgiving to you,Stephanie, your family and all of our Canadian knitting friends(ok, non-knitters, too)!

  68. Thank you for sharing your day with the rest of us. And thank you, too, for the reminder of how much I have to be thankful for – I needed to hear it today. I am sorry about your faulty information regarding pies, though. Clearly, pecan is the best, especially with a handful of chocolate chips and a splash of brandy thrown in. Hee.

  69. On my way to hug the yarn, I stopped to hug the son who is here today but will not be here for our American Thanksgiving. It’s nice to know the homemade vegetable soup and cornbread hot out of the oven were a lovely Canadian Thanksgiving meal with him!

  70. Thank you! I was going to hug some yarn anyway, but it’s nice to have permission… :D There’s a lot to be thankful for today, though our Thanksgiving isn’t for a while yet. A kitten that was on the verge of death from starvation earlier this evening is now, after several doses of kitten milk replacer, strong enough to purr, bat at any available finger, hold her head up, and walk. She was so weak earlier that she pooped on her own feet because she didn’t have the strength to stand. And now I am about to go to bed, listen to “Jane Eyre”, read by Josephine Bailey, and knit either socks, a sweater, or an entrelac scarf. Thanks be.

  71. Add to that, thankfulness that the knitting we do is mostly recreational. Our families will not freeze if we don’t finish the socks, sweater, mitts, etc. We can always buy socks, sweaters, mitts, etc. (albeit not as wonderful as the ones we knit).

  72. Pumpkin Pie! And I knew family would come top of your list. Off to hug some yarn as I’m currently in an empty-of-other-humans house. I’ll get me some hugs when DH gets home from work later. Give the family some hugs from me, Alice

  73. We’ll celebrate ours next month, but I’m really thankful for hot and cold running water and indoor plumbing in general.

  74. Yarn hugs are good hugs. Baby hugs are better though so I’ll put knit things on my babies then hug them.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  75. Happy Thanksgiving, Stephanie! We had snow here Saturday (way early!) – I’m ready for autumn and Thanksgiving, but not yet for winter. I think I need something pumpkin.

  76. Happy Thanksgiving, and another request for the mushroom tart recipe, that I might use it in about a month and a half…

  77. I didn’t know about Canadians having Thanksgiving – we don’t have it here in England. Perhaps we should – I have so much to be thankful for – family, lovely country, and time to knit. Happy Thanksgiving, Stephanie.

  78. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! I just love Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday. After my family and friends, I think that my favorite blessing is hot water! Man, being able to take a hot shower when you’re cold and achy is the best! Number 3 would have to be fiber to spin, dye, and knit with, and after that, coffee and chocolate!!! I hope you had a wonderful day.

  79. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for reminding me of my blessings. Three plus meals a day, my health, a job, a car, a soft place to sleep, a loving spouse and a room full of yarn. Plus I get to attend Rhinebeck in 3 days. WOO HOO!

  80. I’m not Canadian but I’m thankful for your blog which gives me so much pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  81. Happy Thanksgiving from Connecticut! I am grateful for a loving spouse, three almost-grown kids, two corgis, a cat and yarn stashed in numerous places in my bedroom. I will gladly hug some today.

  82. What about Joe? Doesn’t he fit in there somewhere, between mushrooms, wool, and your daughters? :)

  83. I’m thankful for a sense of humour, and literacy, and the internet, so that with the combination, I can enjoy my invisible friends like the Yarn Harlot, Rabbitch, Crazy Aunt Purl, and Franklin (and Dolores, although I’m a little afraid of her).
    I’m thankful for sister #2, who was golfing in unexpected snow this weekend, with her beloved husband. I’m thankful for sister #3, who was on a football road-trip this weekend (Syracuse and Buffalo), with her daughter and her beloved partner.
    I’m thankful that sister #1 (me) is beginning to put a life together, getting on 2 years from The Separation. I know how lucky I am, and how hard I’ve had to work to earn the luck.

  84. Thanks for reminding me that, even when I complain about how tight money is, I have so much more than some others. And even than I did a few years ago. It really is relative, isn’t it?
    I’m so making that mushroom tart!

  85. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Perhaps this explains the baking binge I had over the weekend – my subconscious realized that it was Thanksgiving on your side of the border and wanted to get in on the fun!

  86. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Stephanie. I’m pretty thankful for you, you make me smile. And for kniting too, for keeping me sane!

  87. Happy Thanksgiving!
    This is truly the time of year to be thankful for all the wonderful things we enjoy in this big world!
    Today I am thinking as I read all the posts, of how thankful I am for the internet. To be able to connect with like minded people all over the entire globe is truly astounding!
    So once again, Happy Thanksgiving to my knitting brothers and sisters here on the North American continent and across the seas!

  88. Happy Thanksgiving! I celebrate everyday by hugging yarn – and I am enormously thankful that I am able to.

  89. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I had to laugh at your first American Thanksgiving menu. I remember hearing a piece on public radio a few years ago where they were purportedly interviewing one of the people at the first dinner. The person said something to the effect of, “I have heard of squash. But in a tart?” I wish I could remember it verbatim. It was quite comical. Actually, even whether those first people had heard of squash by that point is somewhat doubtful. They might, indeed, have had some dried, half-frozen, not-sweet corn, and some meat, though. And praying. Lots of praying.

  90. You know, I never knew the history of our Canadian Thanksgiving and until this year, I never even thought to ask. All weekend I asked why Canadians celebrated a holiday that (I assumed) Americans created earlier than they did. No one I asked this weekend knew. I knew I could count on you. :-)
    I hope you had a truly lovely day. I spent mine with my family and finishing the second of my Pretty Thing cowls.

  91. Thank you for that wonderful post! You’ve reminded me that even though my Thanksgiving holiday hasn’t arrived yet, I should still be thankful every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  92. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. I am thankful for your new cowl pattern…hopefully I will get to knit it before our thanksgiving down here…Maine. Threatened to snow last night, a wee bit early for us.

  93. Thank you for reminding us how much there is to be thankful for – I hope you had a wonderful day with your family.

  94. Happy Thanksgiving to you always! I will hug yarn and my puppies who usually are in my lap at the same time. I know Amanda is also sending you many hugs!!

  95. Beautiful words. Thanks for the reminder for me to be thankful for the time to knit, bake, cook and garden for fun and not for financial gain. I am really blessed, even though sometimes it doesn’t all feel that way.

  96. The random buttons look BRILLIANT on the sweater. Is there any way you can use all different kinds, with a smattering of the tiny ones sprinkled about?

  97. Happy Thanksgiving! If you feel like sharing I would love to know what recipe you used for your tart. My family and I forage for wild mushrooms when they are in season and I always love having another recipe in our repertoire. Thanks!

  98. I don’t usually comment, but this was just a wonderful post. Although I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving till the end of November, it has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s so nice to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  99. And now, I’m deeply thankful for this post of yours. I’ve been feeling so grateful of late for all of the ways in which my life is richer, more blessed than ever before, and it just gets better all the time. I’m so lucky to have my family, my home, enough food to feed the ones I love, my crazy pets to make me laugh, and the ability to surround myself with books and yarn. I’ve never done a thing to deserve all this joy. And your post is just another reminder of what happiness we have all around us, if we open our eyes and appreciate it. Thank you so very much, Stephanie!

  100. Happy Thanksgiving (a day late)! I love that Canadian Thanksgiving is on a Monday… so much better than Thursday! I’ve started my list of things I’m thankful for, and I’m especially thankful that it’s so long already!

  101. the nearest thing we have to thankgiving here in England is the Harvest feastival. But thats more of a church thing, so most folks dont tend to bother with it. I think it so nice to have a day for general thanks and gratitude . dawn

  102. I’m grateful for an understanding husband who earns the money that supports us which allows me to stay home and play with fibre (and clean and cook at my leisure). Not only that but he is proud of my accomplishments and calls them “talents”.

  103. I just read that you love mushrooms. I also know that you have been known to go to Wellington Fibres.
    Next time you go to Elora, you might enjoy lunch at the “Shepherd’s Pub” on Mill Street…(near the yarn shop..funny). They make a Wild Mushroom Crostini that is really, really good. (actually, my friend Deb and I are convinced that there is something illegal in it…it’s that good.) That Crostini plus a cold pint, plus rooting around in bags from the knit shop makes for a lovely lunch in Elora…
    Regards, Babs.

  104. I’m thankful for a wonderful husband, for the comfortable living we have at the moment that allows us to spend Canadian Thanksgiving in Canada (we started our honeymoon week in Nova Scotia on Thanksgiving two years ago and have spent the past two in Montréal), for the puppy that greeted us with full-on miniature schnauzer excitement when our in-laws brought her home to us after the long weekend, for a share in a local farm that will allow me to make fresh locally grown pumpkin pie and squash for our American Thanksgiving in a few weeks.
    And now I want to make something mushroomy for supper… maybe tomorrow night – tonight is already planned as Thai chicken and noodles…

  105. Happy Thanksgiving!
    One thing–the site you linked to that explained Canadian Thanksgiving is flagged by my security system. It says the site has some very nasty spyware, so I would recommend changing the link asap.

  106. Seriously, it is wise to remember how privileged we are. It is healthy to keep ourselves in some perspective. Thanks.

  107. I like how your jacket fits you. What kind of ease does it have? I’m trying to decide what size to knit for myself.

  108. I’m so grateful for Canadian friends who almost always mention a scrumptious dish when they talk about Thanksgiving up North. It gives me time to find the recipe in order to try it out for our own celebration in November. While my son, who’s hosting the feast in Tucson, hates mushrooms, the other 15+ of us including the young Air Force men and women he and his wife invite for dinner will enjoy that tart for sure!
    And while I don’t knit, I’m crocheting a pile of hats and flowered hat pins for gifts and donations this Christmas!

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