Christmas is coming….

Hello everyone! Are you almost ready for Christmas? Has your Advent experience been getting you ready for Monday? There is still time to stop and think about what all this preparation is really all about. I absolutely love this time of the year – the lights, the music, the decorations – all of it! But, the reason I love it most is what was done for me 2000 years ago in a stable – we all got the best gift we will ever get – and we did not have to put it on our list or worry about anyone watching whether we have been naughty or nice – how awesome is that? If you have not done so – get out the Christmas story and read it with your family before Monday – spend a few minutes – or longer – thinking about the gift of Jesus. I promise you that they will be minutes well spent as we all hustle around so we are ready for Christmas morning.

Speaking of gifts…I had a package waiting at my doorstep when I got home last night. My secret pal had struck again – I will try and have my daughter help me post photos this weekend, but I will share with you all the great little gifts she sent me (I was worried, I had not heard from her and I am glad she is alright!!) I got some awesome Sockotta yarn – in a denimy colorway – I can see some new socks in the New Year from this great yarn. She also sent me some awesome finishing clips – wow, these are so cool. I have seen ones like them in magazines but not in any of the LYS’s in my area – good incentive to jump in to seaming up a project!! I also got a great little scissors!! I find that scissors are a bit like measuring tapes – I know I have them but where are they??? She also sent me a GREAT magnet! I love it and it is residing on my fridge! It will be great to keep my 2007 Knitting Goals list in sight!

Speaking of 2007 Knitting Goals, have you all been to YarnLife?? If you have knitting goals for the New Year and want some help this is the place for you to go! What better way than to stay on track with fellow knitters. I also want to remind you all that there is still time to knit a cap or two for Caps to the Capital. Knittymama had a great reminder on her blog about this. You can get directions at Caps to the Capital. Won’t you join me in knitting a cap or two? I think that Knittymama also has a link for a contest if you knit also! There is some additional incentive.

I hope that all of you, my blogging friends, have a very Blessed Christmas!

Coffee Goodness and an amazing scarf

Hello everyone – while I cannot post a photo (I cannot find the camera cord!!) I wanted to thank Carin for the wonderful goodies she sent me! It was an awesome box of goodies! Starting with some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in a yummy coffee blend of colors, some yummy Chocolate Cherry Walnut biscotti, some delicious Rocky Road Fudge, some awesome coffee – Demon – roasted locally in New Hampshire where Carin lives – wow is it amazingly good! She topped off my package with some much needed “knitters” post it notes entitled – “socks, socks, socks”. Quite appropriate! Carin, thank you so much for the yummy goodies! You were a great swap partner!

I also wanted to post photos from the ISE2, but as I said earlier – I have no clue where the cord to the camera is! Too much Christmas clean up!!
I received such an awesome scarf package from Nancy – she knit a gorgeous scarf out of Alpaca – wow, I am impressed! I also got 2 skeins of Noro Kuryeon – my favorite! Thanks, Nancy for the lovely goodies!

It has been a hectic time here at the homestead – I am behind on so many things! Work has been very busy, this is a good thing, but I could use a little respite! I am vowed to finish my Christmas shopping this weekend – I need to finish up the stocking stuffers. I have one mitten left to knit – so I am confident that my holiday knitting will be complete. I also seem to have come down with some kind of bug – I am tired all the time, my nose is drippy and my throat is a bit scratchy! I am eating Vitamin C’s and working on trying to get some rest! Hope you are all doing well as Advent winds down and we await Christmas.

Have a great week all.

Norovember goodies!

Norovember goodies!

Hello everyone – sorry it has been so long between posts, but I have been so busy at work! It has been a bit crazy here!

I have finished my Clapotis! I LOVE IT! This is probably my favorite item ever knit – it is so soft, and I really love how the yarn worked so perfectly with this pattern. I have worn it for several days now and I get compliments every day on it!

Here is the photo shoot that my daughter took last night after work:

It is amazing, isn’t it?

If you have not knit Clapotis, you need to – it is a fun knit!

And, it is so versatile!

Go to Knitty and knit Clapotis!

On the other front of Norovember – I have completed mittens that I cannot publish here yet – shhhh, they are a secret! I am working on a second pair and will start pair #3 after that. I have also almost finished the sleeves for a sweater that I cannot publish yet either. Norovember has been very productive for me!!

Hope you are all having a great week – I will try and catch you all up this weekend.

Secret Pal 9 Goodies!

Hello everyone! Are you all getting hungry for some Turkey and all the fixing? I sure am!! My daughter #2 and I have been menu planning for a couple of weeks now! We have got our “game on” and we have our cooking marathon planned! From potatoes to stuffing, from cranberries to veggies, from turkey (fresh from an Amish friend) to pumpkin pie (from fresh pumpkins and home made crust) Heidi and I are ready to prepare the “Feast”. I am so blessed to have a daughter who loves to cook like I do. She is fun in the kitchen as well – I love the holidays.

I arrived home on Friday and found a wonderful box on my doorstep – my Secret Pal has struck! Inside the box were some wonderful goodies – a great circular needle case, some amazing coffee (I have tried it – wow is it good) Buzz Blend is so wonderful! I also recieved a new tape measure – I, like the Harlot, can never find a tape measure when I need it – there has to be 8 gajillion in my house – however, none in plain sight! She sent me the rare and coveted Black Sheep from Lantern Moon. He is so cute! I love him!! I also got a amazing skein of Alpaca in a great brown/black/grey colorway. It is so soft – wow. Beautiful stuff. Thank you so much Secret Pal – you made my week! I will post pictures on Wednesday when my daughter gets back home from her dad’s house.

Speaking of daughter #2 – she gets her driver’s license on Friday! This will be great. And, she is excited!

I have so many things to be thankful for this year – many, many things. I will share more later – have a great day all.

Yarn Aboard Goodies and more!

Yarn Aboard Goodies and more!

Hello everyone – wow has it been busy here! New job and stuff to learn makes for long days!

I wanted to share with you all the wonderful things I got from Lisa from Yarn Aboard – she sent Lewis and Clark loaded up with lots of goodies!

Anyway, Lisa sent me yarn to make not 1 but 2 pairs of socks! And, one of the yarns was STR that she got at Rhinebeck!! She included such wonderful little treats in her package – tea packets and mini M and M’s and a great little notebook for my knitting bag! She also included some stamps for Easter cards!

Lisa – you are awesome. I really feel like you took the time to read my blog and get to know me! My daughter wants me to knit the funky socks you sent YESTERDAY! 🙂 They are so cute! I am looking forward to casting on with all the yarns you sent me!

Thanks for being a simply awesome pal! And, thanks to Amanda for organizing such a great swap! I will definately sign up again!!!

As for Norovember – I have finished my entrelac bag –

And – I am on the decreases on my Clap – she is looking lovely!

Hope you are all having a great week and will have an awesome weekend.
Night all!

Yarn Aboard!

Lewis and Clark arrived at my doorstep yesterday – updates and photo’s this weekend! 🙂

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