Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” debuted in 1941 and has been breaking records ever since. The Bing Crosby version is the best selling single of all time, according to the Guiness Book of World Records, but it has been recorded more than 500 times by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Smokey Robinson, from Darlene Love to Bette Midler. Linda Ronstadt, as well as the previously mentioned ladies, recorded it with the first verse, which is often left out:
The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There’s never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it’s December the twenty-fourth,—
And I am longing to be up North—
The version in the video here is my personal favorite, recorded by The Drifters in 1954.
“White Christmas” isn’t especially about Christmas, which makes sense since the composer was Jewish. It’s about nostalgia and an idealized winter.
We’re still having winter here. I spent yeseterday in intensive knitting and got to the armscye shaping on the front of #2 son’s sweater. The back is finished. I should get the front finished today as well, and then I’ll move on to the sleeves. I fear that I won’t have enough yarn, so I ordered some more yesterday morning. It could take up to two weeks for it to arrive.
Here’s the thing: since this new yarn will be from a different dye lot from the stuff I already have, I can’t just go ahead and knit the sleeves, trusting that I can do the half sleeve or whatever it will be with the new yarn. The right way to knit in yarn from a different dye lot —
Actually, the right way is not to do that. You should always have enough yarn before you start your project, but I can’t find any more skeins of Grizzly Heather, even though I find it hard to believe that I didn’t buy enough.
— is to alternate rows from the old and the new lot so the difference looks like part of the heathering rather than like a faded half sleeve. This will play merry hell with my knitting schedule. I merely hope that the yarn will arrive soon.
For today, however, I will have another snow day filled with knitting. Yesterday I made bread (for a steak and potatoes dinner with my husband) and that really was just about all I did apart from knitting. I plan to repeat that today.