Saturday, December 22, 2007

I usually post pictures of fabulous projects that our wonderful customers have finished, but today I cannot resist posting a picture of a project that I just finished for my son.

This is "Theodore Bear", knit out of Berroco Peruvia (one of my new most favorite yarns of all time) and felted. I used Fiber Trends' Marigold Bears pattern, which was great - the bear is knit all in one piece, so no crazy sewing of ears and arms and legs. And of course, a holiday bear needs a holiday sweater, so I made up a pattern in my head and knit a little snowflake sweater out of the beautiful red Peruvia.

I highly recommend this pattern and the dreamy yarn. I love this bear so much now it will be hard to give him up to my son!!

Happy Holidays to you all! We can't wait to see what you all come up with in the new year!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Best Resolution Yet

Happy Holidays to all you in blog land. My end of the year blog is a little late as I try to finish up my Christmas knitting. Somehow all my great plans in September seem like too much in the bleak midwinter of December.
Socks, scarves, sweaters. In the golden autumn visions danced in my head like sugar plums in that old Christmas poem.
You know I never really liked sugar plums.
This is also the time when I take stock of my knitting projects of 2007. At the beginning of the year I make a list of the things I want to create. At the end of the year I find few of the things on my list were actually accomplished -- let’s face it, they never got on the needles.
Still, I did make a mohair cardigan for myself. I don’t even like mohair. But it looks really great when paired with my stylish black pants, black boots and crisp white, button down shirt. When I add a strand of pearls I look quite fashionable. But I digress.
I did manage to make my husband’s annual birthday sweater. I taught several knitting classes and led workshops on beaded, knitted Christmas ornaments for my knitting guild.
Truthfully, I don’t have a lot to show for this year. Which has led me to a new resolution for 2008.
Don’t make a list of things I want to make; then come December there will be nothing to haunt me. I will make the things that really matter and admire all the other things that strike my fancy but nothing more.
Still, there are my son’s socks that need finishing in time for Christmas. And I have to get the box for my Iowa family together -- including my mom’s scarf and my niece’s hooded cardigan -- yes, I did manage to finish those.
So with one sock yet to go, I’ll settle into my comfy knitting chair with my birch double points. I know I’ll eventually finish so I won’t stress myself with my pace.
I wish you all a happy holiday, a cozy chair, plenty of knitting time and lots of loved ones to knit for -- at your own speed.


Monday, December 10, 2007

More Mohair Mittens

Here are the mittens thay I made for my girls. Lauren is my pink princess girl. Liv is a little more sophisticated. I photographed them on the little bit of snow that we had last Thursday. It really made it feel like Christmas. Anyway, keep this to yourself cause these mittens are going in their stockings.

See you at the shop.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mary's Favorite Gift to Give

My friend, Laura, knit these mittens for me about 14 years ago give or take a few years. I Love These Mittens. I've only left them behind once and my husband and I combed the entire lobby of a hotel until we found them. And we did find them. I've made many pairs of mohair mittens since then for friends, family, and teachers and last year I made these red mittens for my friend, Laura.

Lucia's Finished Birthday Gift for Hal

Here's the final product. Well done Lucia.
Happy Birthday Hal!