Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Swap Package from Danielle

Danielle sent me the most awesome Christmas Swap Package. 

When I opened the box this is what I found.   The plastic container was also filled with mucho wrapped little packages that when opened, revealed this:

Well, actually, there was a lot of really good candy, which my darling children inhaled.  While I should appreciate that since I am on a diet . . . hmmmmm.

The hat and fingerless mitts arrived just in time for our first Cleveland winter storm.  I love them.  My hands are always so cold especially when driving but I hate wearing gloves.  These are beautiful.

There was also two magazines.  One for Interweave Weekend Knits and one with bridal quilts. 
Thanks so very much, Danielle, for remembering about the upcoming wedding in my family.  I really appreciate all that you sent.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Favorite Ornament

How to decide? The Waterford ornament? The green Christmas bells that my parents had - and my mom use to put on earring wires and wear??? Balleek?

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!

Thank you Mary Lynn!

Wow! I am so excited! I love any books that Melanie Falick does and I definitely did not have this one! Cant wait to finally find time to sit down and go thru it! And see those gorgeous mitts? What you cant see is the tag that states the fiber conten (ohhhh, I feel sooooo spoiled!!): ALPACA and SILK and MERINO WOOL!!! They are beautiful - they fit perfectly - and they are so soft!

Thanks Karen!

Many THANKS to Karen for the lovely Christmas presents that I wrote about on the Yahoo site. Here they are with me in their new home.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Favorite Ornament of 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.

Favorite Christmas ornament

I had to take a picture and show you the new ornament that Terje bought me this year, it is so beautiful! He knows how I love angels! I guess this is going to be my new favorite :-)

Hello from Norway!

I am sick again, nothing serious, just a cold, but a bit fever, so this has to be short before I go back to bed ! :-)

But here is the great gift I got from Judi in Washington! Thaks Judi! (Needless to say, maybe, but the candy in the purple knitted bag is way gone!!! ) And the book is on my bedside.

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

My Christmas goodies!

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!

Holiday Swap

I received my holiday swap package from Chris Love (don't you 'love' that name!) last week. The open me now gifts were two books - Gruel and Unusual Punishment and Casting Off, some spiced tea mix, a sock blocker key chain, some yummy cookies, and a bag of candy. The other gifts went under the tree until this morning when I opened......

Three wonderful packages - the felted bowls (aren't they beautiful?) are made from a mixture of Silver Merino and Cormo firestar, silk and Mohair, handspun. And the yarn was spun from a Romney sheep names J.S. Thank you Chris (and J.S.) The color is gorgeous! Now to decide on the perfect thing to knit with it. The notecards are adorable!
Thank you so much Chris - it was great getting to know you!

Favorite Ornament Contest

Merry Christmas! My favorite ornament is this laser cut Skull and Crossbones from St. Augustine Florida. It was purchased for me by my new hubby on out honeymoon!
I hope everyone has Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vigdis yarn knitted up

Originally uploaded by mlj1954ohio
Twice, when I have won something from the whoduknit prize locker, I have picked yarn from Vigdis.

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..............Contest

Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving in the US, our Canadian friends already celebrated Thanksgiving, and I'm sure our international friends will join us in our celebrating the the things we are thankful for. Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, Dec. 4 (whoduknit members only please) telling us what you are thankful for and your name will go in a drawing for a 'thank you' surprise!

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!