I wish happiness, peace, health, and love on this Thanksgiving for all of you. May you spend it with family, friends, and loved ones and be thankful for the good things that are happening in your life.
Our friend Judy came to visit this weekend while I was working the Creative Arts Festival. She's an amazing animal photographer and she graced us with a composition of Wilma pictures which I share with you.
While I can't promise you that Judy will come to your house and photograph your pet, she does paint animal portraits on commission. If you're interested, you should definitely check out Judy's website for animal portraits and see if she'll immortalize your four-legged friend in paint.
This is where I'll be all weekend. I'm one of the many volunteers helping to make this happen. If you're in the area, please come to Wesport and support the Westport Young Woman's League Creative Arts Festival. All proceeds go to local charities.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I really can't say thank you enough. I received so many wonderful donations of yarn and supplies for the PTA Knit-a-thon that we were able to teach roughly 200 students how to knit, make pom-poms or knit on looms. It was so rewarding and I couldn't have done it without your help. Please give yourselves a pat on the back. Just to recap here's a list of my wonderful donors for this project with annotations of winners.
Trudy K - Winner of 2 skeins of green Classic Elite Obsession cashmere
The final date for the students (and even parents) to turn in their finished projects is November 30th. I'll let you know the final tally at that date. I really can't thank you enough for your help with this life-altering project. If you can start one in your local elementary school, I highly recommend it!
I'll be packaging the prizes and thank-you notes over the next few days and expect to have them in the mail before Thanksgiving.
Today was finally the day of my long-awaited class at Knitting Central with Knitting Maestro Beth Brown-Reinsel. Betsy of SNL happened to be there, too. We learned how to make Twined Knitted Socks. I confess they were a little challenging at first. Beth made me work those brain-cells. But in no time at all, both Betsy and I were knitting and twining away. After 6 hours of class, we only managed to finish about 1/3 of the sock, but we knew enough of this amazing technique to be able to finish a pair of socks. I am always in awe of these centuries-old techniques and wonder how these women came up with such unusual techniques. They are very dense and warm socks from Sweden - so I guess that necessity is the mother of all invention. They must have needed a very warm material to keep warm in the 1600s. I want to finish the sample sock soon so I can make a pink pair of twined knitted socks for myself.
Look at Betsy's lovely cashmere sweater that she knit in yet another class at Knitting Central. We're just so fortunate to have such talent come to teach us.
I decided to revisit the Fruity Pebbles hat and scarf. I knit this scarf awhile ago, but never got around to making another hat. So I finally whipped up this hat as a gift for Bethany's little 3-year-old niece who was visiting this weekend. I'm going to make another hat to fine-tune the pattern. I already bought more yarn, so it shouldn't take me too long.
Today is the 231st birthday of the United States Marine Corps. I really can't say it better than my good buddy Julie, so hop on over to her blog to get an idea why we all think that Marines are the best.
I'm so sad that the PTA Knit-a-thon is over. I've had so much fun working with the parents and teaching the children how to make pom-poms, use a knitting loom and knit. It's been one of my favorite charity projects ever. I hope that this will become institutionalized. I'd go back every year.
Here are a few photos to show our volunteers in action:
Here's a group shot of one class showing off some their finished items
The students have until the end of the month to turn in their finished hats and scarves. Our original goal was 100 hats. We have definitely surpassed our goal, but I wonder by how much? It's been such a positive experience on every level. The parents and students, the school, staff and community have been so generous of their time and talents. I can hardly wait to see how many babies lives these superheroes will save.