My Christmas decorations are up. I feel so festive (and organized). The piece de resistance this year was my new holiday sweater wreath. It helps that it was only $5 at a doorbuster sale at Home Depot this weekend!
Now I'm officially ready for the holidays! Ho! Ho! Ho!
I was home in Iowa for the holidays and on Friday we set up the Christmas tree. I loved seeing some of my childhood favorite decorations coming out of my sister's storage. You saw the Three Wise Men made by my grandmother. She was a very creative person. But the next one is a little bit of a surprise.
My Mom made these needlepoint stockings - and she was not otherwise a crafty lady. I'm so glad she made these and that they live on.
These were the last two she made. They're really adorable with a whimsical appeal.
What are your favorite holiday memories in the forms of family holiday crafts?
One of the things I love about putting up the Christmas decorations is finding family treasures from days gone by. This is one of my favorite handmade items from about 40 years ago
My Grandma Grace made these three Wise Men circa 1970. They're showing their age, but are still family favorites. My sister and I look at them and remember the velvet dresses Grandma made for us out of the matching material. Ellen always got pink. in fact, the pink toting king is the only one whose crown got a matching paint job. The other crowns came in blue and green. What color was my dress? Why blue of course. I always got blue. Ellen always got pink. Blue is still one of my favorite colors to this date (after purple). Funny how that works out.
When I went to Webs last week with my friends, my goal was to buy some Kauni and pick out some yarn to knit a blanket for Secundogeniture. I picked out four skeins of Cascade 128 Chunky (it's so, so soft!) and brought them home to let him pick his favorite. Originally he wanted a black blanket, but I quickly put the kibosh on that! Now that I've selected the yarn, I think I don't actually want to knit my son the Sampler Blanket. So I'm trying to find a blanket that is a solid color and very male. Secundogeniture tends to like more bold lines - so I'm hoping to come up with a blanket that fits both criteria. I already knit BF the blocks blanket - so that's out.
Help! I need some ideas. Please leave a comment with your suggestions about which pattern might work for my little guy (who by the way, isn't so little anymore).
My friend Joanne is making the Palette Fair Isle Cardigan from Knit Picks. She came over today for some knitting and a refresher course in the two handed fair isle technique. I had a copy of The Philosopher's WoolDVD which we watched, and I loaned her, along with some practical ap.
We started with a pattern that alternated colors every other stitch. I'm about to start the 4x4 st square pattern. I laughed at my Knit Picks color palette choice. Doesn't it remind you of a 1970s kitchen?
Anyway, it was fun to do some fair isle knitting again. It's not difficult, just a bit more interesting than plain stockinette. This swatch might turn into some sort of Fair Isle for the American Girl Doll. Hmmmmm. Or maybe not. Maybe a swatch should just be a swatch.
I was so caught in the miniature sweater craze that even as I finished the last sweater of the Snow Day kit I was already mentally planning my next miniature sweater. It's no surprise that I turned to an old friend, one that I have knit time and time again. No, you're not at all surprised to discover that the latest miniature in my series of wee knits is a miniature Wonderful Wallaby.
But it's just not cute enough in that picture. So let me take it a step further and show you that this Wee Wallaby also happens to fit on my Barbie Doll.
Here's a shot of the back and hood
A perfect fit - with her hoodie up. Hmmmm. I wonder if the Wallaby craze is going to strike again... this time in miniature fashion.
This morning I worked the first shift at admissions for CraftWestport at Staples High School. It was great fun - but I will admit that meeting and greeting and doing math that early in the morning are hazardous!
Another Friday and I've finished yet another sweater. Wow. I'm like lightning!
But as you might have guessed, it's not a human sweater. It's another miniature ornament.
Here's the whole set (minus the vest that I found quite fugly). Five out of Six miniature sweaters is a full set in my book and I'm going to declare this a Finished Object. I will likely knit more miniature sweaters for my holiday wreath... but this first series is done. Now I can move on to other WIPs and UFOs in my queue as I want to finish something so I can cast on some of that new yarn I purchased at Webs. It's oh so tempting!
My knitting friends and I participated in a yarn lover's dream pilgrimage yesterday. It was something we'd been planning for weeks - our road trip to fiber heaven - aka Webs in Northampton, Massachusetts. Eight of us piled into two cars and drove two hours to get to the endless fascination that is Webs. Our first stop in Northampton (after the bathroom, of course) was the most delightful coffee shop aptly named Northampton Coffee. Alex our barista makes a mean latte.
Energized and fully caffeinated (er, I drink decaf), we walked back to Webs and began our shopping.
If you're in the Northeast and are looking for an exciting excursion for your knitting group, I can't say enough about our agenda. We were in Northampton for 4 hours which was plenty of time to hit 3 stores and have lunch. Of course, we were in the car for 4 hours - but it was worth every second. Thanks to Joan our fantastically organized knitting friend for making this excursion happen. It was truly a day of good friends, fiber, food and fun. I highly recommend it.