Santa Claus is comin' to town…

Santa Claus is comin' to town…

 …and he is watchin’ your every move!!

So, the Santa’s are all out – for the most part.  I am sad that there will be no “Santa Tree” this year, but the cats are altogether too interested in the tree that I use… I fear for my Santa’s well-being!  And, I am afraid if we have “Santacide” that there will be no visit from that Jolly Old Elf – except from the coal truck!!

So, I have my step-back cupboard filled with my Santa’s and there are a few others standing as sentinels in my family room!

Yes, Santa is watching us, with a multitude of eyes!

Some of my “Tree Santa’s” are watching from the shelves here… I am not sure they like it as much, but it works!

I started my Christmas shopping yesterday.  I got all of one present crossed off my list.  I am certainly glad that my Christmas knitting is having greater success!  I guess I just need to head downtown for a day and get everything crossed off my list – and hang the sales.  What I pay in extra for the items I have, I believe I will save in gas driving from one store to another to find the items advertised. 

Here is some retailer brilliance – they must have ONE object in stock per store from the sale flyers.  There is a way to endear your customers to you.  Phoey on all of them, I say!  Downtown Holland will benefit from my frustration yesterday.  Fortunately, I have only a few items on my list that I need to get. 

I have been enjoying our tree this year a tremendous amount!  How pleasant it is to sit and knit, listening to Christmas music.  The hours of knitting have certainly been a blessing.  Decorating the tree this weekend was also a very nice thing to do.  It was a good reminder to me of how much my teenagers savor the season as well.  I heard some interesting comments from their mouths as they remembered ornaments they made for me.  I was sad to hear that the ornaments they made for their dad that were sent with him do not grace the tree at his house.  I cannot imagine a tree without these tiny treasures.  They warm my heart!

I am off to get a wee hair cut… be blessed in your day today!  Tonight I have Heidi’s Christmas Concert…check here for the review tomorrow!

On becoming a Jedi-dyer

On becoming a Jedi-dyer

Or, what happens when you spend the day with Obi Wan and Yoda Rob and Matt!

So, bright and early the two Jedi’s in training yarn dyer wanna-be’s headed over to a galaxy far, far away Lansing!  There was little traffic in the galaxy on the highway and we traveled at warp speed, oops – we are Jedi’s not Treker’s!, made excellent time!  Upon arrival, we were rushed back to class to find our Jedi Master, Obi Wan Rob, had already begun class!  With quick work we quickly prepared the tables for dying and with some amazing explanation from our Master – we all had cold, wet, yarn in our eager hands! 

Our first explanation was for dying a multi-colored skein of yarn.  We each picked out our colors and like devoted Jedi’s dyer wanna-be’s we attacked our skeins. 

Okay, gentle readers – here is my first attempt – I present to you “Indian Corn”

The weather was not so cooperative today here in West Michigan – overcast and not much good natural light, but this is a very good representation of the colors in the skein.  (Rob, what do you think of the brown – I think I like the Logwood “au-natural”….)

A bit of a close up.  Not bad, huh?  I am feeling the “force” and it’s aura surrounding me. 

We continued on with the amazing help from our Jedi Master Rob and here is my second skein….

Sea-spray, gentle readers. 

The Jedi in training Dyer Wanna-be is gaining confidence.

For our last task in training – we talked a bit about runs of color – there was some amazing knowledge imparted from our Master and as a good student, I listened closely and allowed the force to “be with me” as I did my third skein….

I present to you …. Chocolate Covered Blueberries, gentle reader.  There is no way to describe this color, and while this is close, it is no where near the vibrancy of the true shades.  This is truly gorgeous yarn!

And, lastly, I brought my BFL that I had spun to see about dying it…. and I had time to dye.  And, I did….

Indigo Dreams was born….

It was a truly amazing, inspiring day.  I truly wish I had a camera to share with you all the picture of all of the Jedi Knights Dyer Wanna-be’s finished products!  When Yoda Matt came in to look at all of them, even he was impressed with our ability to connect with the force!!  We all could have dyed all afternoon and on into the evening (and maybe even the next day!!!)  My fellow knights dyers created even lovlier fiber than I did!!!!  A truly creative group of women!

To top that all off -my tree is decorated and is looking just lovely.  A perfect tree.  As for the artificial tree downstairs – hmmm, not so well.  It seems that Thing One and Thing Two the cats cannot leave it alone!!  The live tree they don’t care about – but the tree with removable branches – hmmmm, a much different story!  I picked it up for the last time this morning.  It is back in storage… no Santa Tree here this year.  But, we do have a plethora of Santa’s to take it’s place… stay tuned for pictures.

 Have a great evening all!  Blessings!

December Lights are shining!

December Lights are shining!

Hello and Happy Friday Everyone!

I have photos of my completed tam!!  Oh – I am so in love with this little hat!  I want, I want, I want!

So, without further adieu…

My little pile of ends.

Inside -I did a good job of weaving in the ends, huh?  I love the standing…. I am just smitten!

I am truly in shock that this turned out so beautifully!  I would neve have classified myself as a “good knitter” – never.  People – this is some good knitting!  I am so in love!!!  And… my little fingers are just itching to cast on some more Fair Isle!  Just itching, I am telling you!

Self-portrait – and this is when I truly fell in love with this little tam.  I am not a hat-wearer, gentle reader, but this hat is just perfect!  I cannot tell you how happy I am that I have enough yarn left over to knit another!  There are more photos here if you are interested.

And with that I will leave you with this little bit of Holiday Cheer from the Turtle Creek Chorale.  If you need a chuckle, this will more than provide it. 

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 Have a most blessed weekend everyone!  I will be back on Monday with details from my Dyeing Class at Threadbear!!  

Baby, it's cold outside!

And, I have a cold inside!

Yes, gentle readers, over night I knew something was not right – and I woke up this morning with all the symptoms of a cold brewing.

So, I am sipping on some nice hot coffee (no tea – I am a coffee in the morning kind of girl) and figuring out what I need to get done today to stay “on track” for Christmas.

I finished the December Lights Tam last night and I have about a bazillion ends to weave in before I can give it a little bath and get it blocking!  Seriously, when I say a bazillion, I am not kidding!  That will occupy a good chunk of the morning – and seems like a good activity to do while sitting on the sofa under a cozy blanket!  This is my first real foray into Fair Isle – and I loved it!  This hat only took about 20 hours of knitting time!  A nice project to start on.  I definitely want to knit more Fair Isle – watch for more in 2008!

And, I can finish sock #2 for daughter #1 as well.  A nice mindless knitting project.

What is left on my Christmas Knitting plate?  Socks for daughter #2.  A hat for son #1.  Mitts for my dear mamma.  Mittens for daughter #2. and Dashing for son #1!

Not a long list by any means – it will be some fun daily knitting!

We got our tree last night also.  We put it up in the living room and it needs to be decorated.  But, I wanted the kitties to get over the “newness” of it before putting lights and ornaments on it!  There was a GREAT deal of interest in it last evening – and I debated about sleeping on the sofa to keep an eye on any kitty lumberjack events!  But, after a bit of time, they seemed to be bored with the entire process.   The tree was still upright this morning and the branches have all “relaxed” quite nicely!  I love the smell it brings to the house – and yes, as of this morning I can still smell!

Alright, I am off to begin the “weaving ends in marathon”!

Have a good day everyone!

A frosting of white

A frosting of white

Hello everyone!  We got some snow last night and it is so beautiful outside this morning!  The sun is shining and the world is all sparkly white! 

Do you remember the first days of snow – especially when you were a child?  The anxious anticipation you felt as you wished for snow to fall – mostly  because you wanted a “snow day” from school, but you were so eager for that first snow.

What are you anticipating this Advent season?  Are you waiting for something? 

My holiday decorations are going up nicely – I hope to have my tree up tonight.  I have an artificial tree that we put up downstairs – the cats had a field day with it, let me tell you.  I went downstairs in the morning and it was all in pieces all over the floor. 

After a few expletives and some shaking of my fists at the cats – I gathered up the  branches and began to put the tree back together.  They have left it alone since then.  This is, of course, without lights and ornaments.  I am going to try the lights today and see how that fares over night. 

They seem to feed off each other in the mischief that they get into!

And, the looks of innocence on their faces in the morning is most comical!

Well, decorations are calling – I better get at it.  I will leave you all with a link I found on Ravelry this morning. 

Knitter’s Advent Calendar

Enjoy!

How the Grinch did not steal Christmas…

How the Grinch did not steal Christmas…

…or how I got my Christmas mojo back!

Hello everyone! How is your December opening up? Are you feeling some anticipation for the arrival of Christmas? Or, are you stressed to the maximum and overwhelmed by the tasks you have to complete before December 25th?

I confess, I was feeling decidely un-Christmasy. My Christmas mojo was gone. With how I was feeling, there was not even going to be a “Charlie Brown” Christmas here…

I worked on my Christmas cards, but no spark of enthusiasm appeared. As you can see, they are almost finished – I need to put ribbon on the remainder – along with some words of Christmas wisdom…

But… lest you fear that the Grinch will be successful in stealing Christmas from me….

One of Santa’s little elves helped me find my mojo! Sunday afternoon, Marie gifted me with pure inspiration!

So, Christmas is arriving on my doorstep – and I have opened the door wide and welcomed it in!

Without further adieu, I bring you my new Christmas Mojo!

We have the North Pole all set – aptly set upon the top of my antique step-back cupboard. This is pure Marie genius. I am ashamed to say that in all the years I have lived here in my condo – I have never set up Santa’s village. In my home, there was a “perfect place” for this – on top of the mantle. No mantle here in the condo – and evidently, no mojo either!

Next up – Dicken’s Village – set up in my kitchen on my antique sideboard! Again, this is the first time this has been out and set up since 1999 when I moved into this condo. Oh, the houses have sat as silent sentinels on top of the amoire that houses the television. But, they were unlit and had no people to bring them Christmas cheer! Now, Scrooge has been blessed with Christmas wonder and he shouts out – “Merry Christmas” to my home!

My brain has been whirling away with dozens of inspired ideas. As I worked away yesterday, Christmas music filling the air, I began to feel some of the “Advent Anticipation” in my preparations. So, as I work today to continue to get my home ready for Christmas – I will also be working on getting my heart ready for it as well.

I am off to work on more – and there is some knitting calling my name as well.

Have a blessed day everyone!

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