Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Then I thought about my mantel ornaments that I put up this year....the Holy Family that I bought one year when we couldnt really afford it....or the handmade ones here (the circular ones hanging) that I made for each of the kids one year...or the Santa collection which includes 2 that my mom made (she was REALLY into ceremics!! LOL). But then I decided. See at the top of the mantel clock??? That card that is kinda wrinkled, faded, and blurred??? My son made that years ago....we think he was in either 1st or 2d grade (why the heck didnt I write a date one it???!!!) and I found it again this year in one of my ornament boxes. So this year it is the card!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
This ornament was sent to me by a dear friend of mine. Her name is Maralyn Ducker and she lives in Poole, England.
She was in my DennisBears group from day one and went always kept in touch. The she had a huge stroke and was in hospital for 6 months adn finally she got to come home. She doesn't use the computer anymore but she still sends me letters and Christmas cards and a small gift each year. This angel is one of the gifts she sent me this year.
And this is a picture of the 5 grandchildren that celebrated Christmas Eve (as we do here in Norway) with us! *Sigh*, they are just adorable all of them!! ANd I am sooooo proud! The 3 in blue are brothers, and the other to are brother and sister. The children of my 2 daughters.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I had the best Christmas package! Thank you so much Jane! My "before Christmas" goodies included two Patricia MacDonald books, "Secret Admirer" and "Married to a Stranger". I'm leaving tomorrow (12/26) for Washington to visit my daughter and meet my newest granddaughter and "Married to a Stranger" will be coming with me! It looks great! There was also the cutest crochet Snowman in there... Way too cute! Some yummy flavored hot cocoa mixes, a box of tea called White Christmas that has to be just about the best peppermint tea I've ever had, and a chocolate bar... which was consumed immediately!! My "Christmas morning" packages were the knitted cowl (I think that is what it is called!!) Perfect timing to take up to Brrr cold Washington! There were also two bumps of roving... oh what a spinner's dream they are! the green one feels like Merino... And the burgundy mix feels like a bit of merino, a bit mohair, maybe a bit of firestar!! All I know is as soon as I get back home, these are going to hit the spinning wheel!! I love it all. Thank you so much Jane for your generosity!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I made the beaded scarf and the fetching.
My darling son, got to model for me! Doesn't he look too happy about the whole thing!
Friday, December 04, 2009
I am thankful for.....my very wonderful and supportive family, wonderful, yummy, glorious yarns and fibers, mysterious mysteries and my whoduknit friends who are like family to me!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here is the box as I opened it. Whew! I was glad to see no creepy crawly things, though that would have been funny. Instead was a tantalizing array of treats and yarn. I could hardly wait for my son to take the pictures before I unpacked the box.
Here are some of the treats, some wonderful chocolates (Maureen put a note on the See's chocolates that these are the best chocolates ever, and she was right. I loved them.), some red herbal tea, a beautiful mug, some soap from Australia (!), and you can see the corner of a very cute skeleton bag that I can tuck into my purse for later purchases. I think this was very tricky!
Here is the yummy yarn I received, two skeins of Patton's wool that can be felted, one for making a ghost and one for making a witch, and the patterns were found tucked neatly inside each skein, after the photo shoot. This will be fun to try! Maureen included several kinds of chocolates, and several treats, all of which were yummy. I would tuck them into my purse for times I just needed a little something to tide me over, and they were perfect.
Here is another bar of soap from Australia (I do love special soaps, and have my own soap dish in the bathroom for them.), and more yummy treats. My son (age 18, but still goes trick-or-treating) was concerned that I did not get any candy, but then I showed him what Maureen sent, and assured him that I was well cared for. I also received the next book in a series I'm reading, by Ann Purser, called Weeping on Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to reading it.
Here is a picture of all the goodies, posing nicely for you to see. The green bag holding the yarn is a "Stitch-n-Pitch", a folding container that you use for your supplies as you are working. I've seen things like this in use and thought how I would like to have something like this, and now here it is! I've seen them used by cross stitchers, but I've been using this one when I crochet an afghan that uses two colors at a time, and the side pockets hold scissors, my crochet hook when I'm not using it, a pencil, and the like. Also tucked into the side is a little packet of wool wash, which will be just right when I felt the projects. Thank you, Maureen! You really made my day with this wonderful box!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Just check out all these wonderful goodies she sent me.
Knowing orange is NOT a color I enjoy I received PINK and some red yarn instead.
This lovely yarn is called Fruity Toes Sock Yarn from Treasure Goddess and the colorway is called Vampire's Cocktail. Very apropo! There are 460 yds on the skein.
This Deborah Norville Serenity sock weight yarn is more PINK than purple despite its color way mane purple spice.
AND this Regia yarn is more PINK than the Deborah Norville sock yarn.
Heaven I am in heaven with such wonderful colors of yarn
I also received accessories for my knitting.
A sock knitting pattern,
A very cute tin with teeny tiny stitch markers inside.
Here are the teeny tiny stitch markers. I have so few this size it is nice to get more.
A chibi with two gold bent tip needles and some extra darning needles. I love the gold tipped bent needles.
The cutest little project bag.
I also received some delicious edibles.
First a container of flowering tea and an information sheet on flowering tea. Now I need to get a clear glass pot of put my flowering tea in so I can watch it open and bloom as it brews.
Two wonderful and yummy bars of fudge.
AND despite this looking like a pumpkin, it is cheddar cheese molded int a pumpkin shape and covered in wax that is decorated like a pumpkin.
Since this is TOT swap there were Halloween goodies too.
Are these not the cutest little plastic bags. Some of my goodies were in these bags?
A small Halloween TOT bag.
The front of a small deck of cards.
Last but not least I also received two books
Again thank-you Valerie for such a wonderful TOT package.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Very funny Maxine - but if you were a knitter you would know that is not true! Who, in this group, wouldn't love to find a handknit or crochet, or any handmade craft under their tree?
And wouldn't it be great if we could all get together and exchange handmade gifts for Christmas? We could all sit around the tree, have an eggnog or two, and open up our gifts together, with oohs and aahs about how creative we all are!
Let's do it! Virtually, that is. For this swap you will be sending your pal a handmade gift. Not something huge and complicated (who has time for that at this time of year?), just something small, handmade and wrapped with love, with a note that says "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 25!" That's right - when you receive your package, you need to put it under your tree, or in your closet, or wherever you won't be tempted to open it until Christmas. I
realize we are all in different time zones and it would be impossible for us to all open at exactly the same time - but you get the picture! In addition to being short of time at this time of year, many of us are also short on finances - so let's keep this swap affordable and place a maximum amount of $20.00 on it. Of course when you factor in the time and love it takes to make a handmade gift - the value will ....priceless! One more twist to this swap - it won't be a secret swap this time, it will be a mutual swap. In other words, you will be sending to the same person who is sending to you. It will be a chance for you to get to know another member a little better and make something small, but special, just for her or him. It's okay to include extra treats in the package, but please remember to stick to the guidelines.
Sign-ups begin today and will end November 9. Pals will be matched up shortly after that and packages should be mailed by December 15 so that they are sure to arrive by Dec. 25.
You will be sending your pal:
A small handmade gift.
A few other goodies may be included - some suggestions are:
A book (used is fine)
A Christmas ornament
Please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information. (Even if I already have your info. it helps me to have it all in one folder)
Ravelry name if you have one
Blog if you have one
Smoking or non-smoking home?
Able to mail international?
If you have any other preferences please let me know and I'll try to accommodate you!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Here's my swap package from Nate. I tried to get the headstone pic when it was lit up, but of course I can't show the light changing colors. I've started the Batty dishcloth (since it is just too cute - see close up at right) and as soon as my mom leaves I plan to start reading Baby Grand. That skull is really fun - it's a squishy stress ball and when you squeeze it, the eyes bulge out with the red "filling" of the skull. Besides the Batty Dishcloth pattern, I also have patterns for a Frankenstein Head dishcloth and a pumpkin dishcloth, as well a a Cleopatra style wig, and then all the yarns to make each. I put the ghouly bust by my computer, so I am not alone here in the back room. My mom glombed onto the pumpkin spinner, so I'll have to wrestle that back from her when she goes back home!
Please note those roaches were part of the swap and not residents at my home, LOL.
Thanks, Nate! ~ Valerie K