Thursday, December 27, 2007

And the Winner Is . . .

Congratulations Kristen! My wonderful upstream pal from the Fall Felted Bag Exchange wins the Christmas knitting story contest. Thanks to all of you for your comments and stories. I put all of your names in to a holiday gift bag and Mom drew Kristen's name. I'll be sending some goodies to her shortly. On December 23rd we went to my nephew's bowling birthday party in Pacifica and it was the most glorious day. On the way home I just had to pull over and take some photos. My kids gave me the "not again" rolled eyes as I jumped out to snap this. It was just so amazingly beautiful I had to take a photo! Also pictured are Mom's socks that she was working on Christmas Eve modeled by lovely Horsey Girl (hence the teenaged chipped nail polish look). She is making them with some fabulous yarn called Baywood Yarns made by someone locally in San Mateo. Her yarns are amazingly soft. I think Mom is going to enjoy wearing these socks. Of course her shoes might fit better without the silver decorations!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

To all of you who celebrate Christmas I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends. For those who celebrate other holidays I wish you a joyful day as well. For all of you I wish you happy knitting and lots of yarn!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holiday Hat

Keep those holiday knitting stories coming. Remember there are 2 more days to enter and you can even create a new story by starting say an Afghan or sweather tomorrow or better yet - on Monday! I'll be pulling the name out of the stocking on Christmas day. Thanks so much for sharing your stories with us - I've really enjoyed reading them. This is another hat I am making with some yarn I purchased on my trip. Thanks to Jennifer who sent me an e-mail with a list of yarn stores in Singapore. I have no idea what the yarn is - the label is completely in what I believe to be Japanese. I think it might be some sort of mix of cotton and wool but it is very soft and is knitting up quickly. I'll have to find someone who can translate the label! Now I need to figure out who to give this one to. Hope your shopping, wrapping, cooking and the like are going well. Take some time to relax and enjoy the season.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hat's Off

Hat's off to all of you for your great holiday knitting stories. I will leave the contest open until Christmas day. You can leave comments on this post as well and then I'll put all the names in the proverbial hat to draw a winner. I've really enjoyed reading your stories. Good to know I'm not the only crazy one to start a project at the last minute and stay up late to finish it or delude myself in to thinking that it will be quick and easy! And all of us are going to call Alison H. when we need to tell someone how we really feel!

I finished the hat for Horsey Girl's friend Jenny and I'm very happy with how it turned out. This is the second hat I've made with Classic Elite Inca Print. The first one "blobbed" colors but this one went in a spiral so that was pretty cool. The top of both have similar striping so not really sure why the difference but I did use different patterns. Now off to start some Christmas presents . . . .

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holiday Contest

Wow - it has been 2 weeks since my last post. I think this is the longest I have gone between posts. For those of you who might have actually missed me - I had to go to Singapore last week unexpectedly to close a deal. While it was sort of exciting it was also exhausting and a week of my life disappeared. I did however have two very long flights in which I thought I would get a lot of knitting done but I ended up sleeping, reading and watching the movies. I did knit a bit on my Cozy to continue with it's international history. I may never finish it but at least it will be well traveled!

I do have another hat to show you. This one is for Horsey Girl's friend Jenny. I just can't keep up with the demand! It is very nice though to have the girls wanting my knitting. I have also finished the second blue fetching so now that it's a pair I will be giving it as a holiday gift.

To celebrate the holidays I am having a contest. Leave a comment about your holiday knitting story and I'll draw a random name out of the stocking to win a yummy yarn prize. My craziest holiday knitting idea was two years ago when on December 23rd I decided that I needed to knit a scarf for a friend for Christmas. I went to my LYS and got some of that crazy yarn that is made of all sorts of different yarns tied together. I decided to knit a really long, thin scarf so I cast on about a zillion stitches and knit all day and night to finish it. It turned out REALLY long but I got it done and she loves it. I still ask myself though what I was thinking starting a gift just two days before Christmas!