Monday, December 22, 2008

A Great 2008

It's only a few days before Christmas and I have to admit to not making many gifts this year. I got so behind in my knitting that my husband's November birthday sweater has turned into a Christmas present by default.
But it has been a great time in the store to see all the projects people have been working on. Hats, mittens, scarves. Coats and sweaters. It's been a treat.
Being in our new space has been a treat as well. Although getting used to the computer took a little time, it has made things a lot easier for the staff and we hope has made for quicker transactions for all of you.
It's been wonderful watching people accomplish their goals. Watching Sharon churn out mittens, sweaters (fair isle no less), even felted sheep (they are adorable) has been fun. You can hardly wait to see what she's done.
I give Tawana mad props for trying anything. A knitter of her own creation, she doesn't read patterns but looks at a piece and figures it out on her own; she even has her own knitting vocabulary.
We love Martha, who left us the most heartfelt thank you phone message on Thanksgiving day. We didn't erase it, but play it over again and again.
Hilda's beautiful message mittens take the cake -- done on size 1 needles yet. And don't get me started on her beaded scarf.
A shout out to all the people who came in for private lessons in order to improve their skills. Thanks for working so hard to take your game up a notch.
As we get to the end of the year I think of projects I'd like to do in 2009. But being one who doesn't care for New Year resolutions I hate to make a list. It never fails - no matter what I think I want to make, I get distracted by new designs and patterns or feel the need to revisit an old favorite.
Still this year I will be making baby things as I will be a first-time grandmother come the spring. I have saved up patterns for decades. Now comes the task of sorting through them and finding the ones that really matter. Don't know yet the sex of this baby so I've delayed starting projects. But I feel the time will start flying by and I will have to get a short list started if the baby is to have a coming-home-from-the-hospital sweater.
It's been a great year and with every hope for an even better 2009. Here's hoping that you all continue to use the Tangled Web to find the materials and tools you need to tackle all your projects.
Continue to amaze and inspire us with your creativity.
We're ready for 2009. Here's hoping you are too.

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