My favorite songs for the period between Christmas Day and Epiphany are those that tell of the journey of the Magi through Provence. Just as we in the English-speaking world have songs about the Baby Jesus lying in the snow, the French-speaking world has songs about the Three Kings’ triumphal procession through France, with all the townfolk joining them as they went.

“The March of the Three Kings” and “Tous Les Bourgeois de Chartres” are two examples of these. Here are the English words for “March,” but I’ve been unable to find a good source for the other song in English. You can sing these on your way back to work, if that’s what you’re doing.

That’s what I’m doing.

But first, the FOs of the year 2008:

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Tailored lace shawl, of Knitpicks Shadow in Redwood; no pattern.

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Jean Greenhowe’s elephant, of scrap yarn.

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Kwik-Sew shirt of Pendleton wool

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Alice Starmore’s Erin, with lots of adaptations and alterations, of Wool of the Andes.

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Skirt of Pendleton wool.

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Soap. Yeah, this is cheating, but I didn’t have many FOs this year.

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Scarf of Touch Me; no pattern.

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Headhand. See previous excuse. No pattern.

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Butterick blouse. I hemmed it after I took this picture.

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Jewelry made from beads.

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Rosie the Riveter shirt from Folkmanis pattern. I’ve heard all about why not to wear tropical prints, thanks.

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Detail of some of the jewelry.

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Table runner from fabrics bought from Keepsake Quilting. No pattern.

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Soldered charms jewelry.

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More soap. See previous excuse.

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Prayer shawl from Homestead.