The effing samoyed dog fur afghan is finished, photoed, and delivered. The new owner will have to wash, stretch and block it. I will post pictures soon. I am VASTLY relieved to see that thing gone, as nice as it was....
When I found out Granny would be coming with the in laws for the holidays, I decided it was time to knit her something. This would be Christmas #2 without Granddad, and the Best Beloved and I wanted it to be special. Granny is a bit of a hoot - not the traditional grandma, she was always more comfortable dealing cards than baking cookies. Upon getting her first hearing aids, she remarked, loudly and in a crowd, that she had no idea it made so much noise when she pee-ed.
I decided that Fun Fur stole would be just the thing (the "Chinchilla Stole" on the Lion Yarn website). This was before I had ever knitted with Fun Fur.
Now, I have been knitting for 20 years or so. I spin most of my own yarn. I long ago memorized Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system and have given up on patterns. I am as comfortable knitting with the right hand as with the left hand. I am not a great knitter, but I am as comfortable with yarn and needles as I ever expect to get - but I met my match with Fun Fur!!!
The first challenge was dropping a stitch. Generally, not much of a challenge, but between the lashes of this eye lash yarn and the slipperyness of the polyester - I ended up having to rip the whole thing out and start over 1/3 of the way through.
Can a Christmas tree be any more Texan than this? It's 7'x6'x5' and did I have a blast this holiday!
I finished my first pair of socks. With any luck, I've attached a picture.
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Man, I've attended 5 church services in the past 24 hours. Mass yesterday at 0800, methodist church at 0930, methodist candlelight yesterday evening, midnite mass from 1130-0130 this am, and methodist church this am at 1000. i'm a practicing Metholic or Cathodist, however you want to look at it. Got awesome knit things this year. The tracy Ullman book which looks great. I've always loved her. Also a book called "The Museum of Kitschy Stitches" with the most horrible things ever knitted from patterns or magazine from like the 60's. It looks absolutely hilarious. My next love to knitting is gnomes! I have like 12 of them at the office on my bookcase. Well, I got a little talking gnome and then a little gnome on like a piece of artificial turf and you can put picures behind him and it makes him look like he's at these places like the Eiffel Tower etc. Its hilarious. My patron saint is Bernadette, and I got a Our Lady of Lourdes medallion and a "Song of Bernadette" movie. Then to top it off, a new leather recliner, in which i'm now reclining as I type this blog, as a new knit chair since my dogs seem to have claimed my old knitting chair as their own! I'd say this was about the best Christmas ever. I wish you all the best. xoxoxo
Merry Christmas, everyone! I know . . it has been a few months (or more) that I have posted here or chatted with some of you. I have been keeping up regularly with the posts and what's been going on. I have been busy doing dry needle felting, knitting, and making handcrafted knitting needles and shawl pins. I had a very successful time in a local art show just before Thanksgiving. I was very busy getting ready for the show, and took several orders for needles and felted ornaments that has been keeping me busy up til now.
I also a started a new blog about my fiber world work, www.outerbanksneedles.blogspot.com
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and continue with all the fantastic fiber projects. I have been encouraged and learned so much over the past 6 months from you guys, and have made some great friends to share my interest in knitting.
It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees. They're putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace. I wish I had a river I could skate away on.
Kind of perfectly captures the melancholy I face this time of year. I've spent the last two days installing a winter garden in the drizzle. I will be knitting like a madman all tonight and tomorrow to finish the afghan and have time to block it for deliver 12/26, upon which I will HAPPILY bid it goodbye forever...
To all those in exchange program. Expect your package by New Years with my mea culpa.
Cheers to all,
As I sit here in the smack dab in the middle of 600+ acres of pastoral East Texas I want to wish you all the happiest holiday possible.
Jeff and I are house-sitting for his mother and doing the Christmas thing with the rest of his family, and they're a damn lot of them on the side. I swear this ranch house is so long there is a rest stop between the kitchen and the master bedroom!
I'll blog the weekend with pictures, y'all won't believe it. It's wonderful.
May that big Lone Star shine on you from afar.
Merry Chistmas from Texas y'all!