Friday, December 31, 2010

So long 2010...

Rerun of my words... What happened to 2010?  Time goes so fast for me and I am a really good time management person. Maybe I am doing too much?  Maybe I am measuring my time the wrong way?  Whatever the reason, it doesn't change the fact that today is the last day of 2010...

A wonderful Christmas celebration has been going on here.  Island Girl, Island Boy and Mini-Island boy have all been here as well as Orange Boy, Little Mommy and Mini Orange boy.  We have had so much fun!  I love having them all here.  The Rocket City crew leaves this morning and the Island Family doesn't leave until Sunday so I get them a little longer.

I made so many of my gifts this year.  To sum up, 2 hats, a cowl, 2 pair of fingerless gloves,  a shawlette, and a scarf.  That was the knitting craft.  For the sewing craft, I made 2 quilts, 3 potholders and 2 calendars towels. 

Here is a photo of the Sushi Scarf and Malalucie Slouchy Hat I made for Island Girl.  They were both fun, fast knits.  For the Sushi scarf, I bought the kit from Morehouse Farm and loved it.  While the photo showed 5 Sushi Rolls on each end of the scarf, I only made 3 on each end.  Why?  Because of time!  I finished this the night before I wrapped it.  For the Malalucie Hat, I used the same yarn she used in the pattern, same color, Malabrigo Worsted.  Does Island Girl really need a scarf and hat made from wool?  Why yes, when she travels and it does get chilly on the island occasionally.  I made knit labels for each knitted garment so the recipient would know how to care for it.

For the calendars, I bought 2 fat quarters of Cynthia F's winning design from Spoonflower.  Cynthia F. is the artist who designed my logo for The Yarn Grove.  I love everything she does!  She is truly amazing.  These calendar towels were a hit.  I sewed some lovely Kaffe Fassett fabrics on the back.  Cynthia submitted this calendar design to Spoonflower for their 2011 calendar challenge and she won!  I wasn't surprised.  Just check her out.  She is a true talent and very easy to work with.

I will post more photos in a future post.

Peace. Love. Joy. Laughter ... to each and everyone of you in the New Year.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

An Island Visit...

On Thursday, I leave for a nice visit to see the Island Family.  Mini Island Boy is growing in leaps and bounds and doing great after his preemie birth.  Cannot wait to see him. I will actually celebrate Christmas with the Island Family and Orange boy and family just after Christmas when they all come to see us here in GA!

Lots of knitting and sewing projects going on and while some have wrapped up, others are still on the needles.  Cannot show them just yet but will post after opening.  One is a new project from Morehouse Farms yarns that was sent in their most recent newsletter.  I had to knit it and received it yesterday.  It is so new that is not even posted, that I can find, on their website.  Let's just say, if you like sushi, you will like this.

Today brings lunch with some of my knitting friends and then a trip to Cast On Cottage for their December Open House.  I have a pattern I just bought Malalucie Slouch Hat and will buy a nice skein of Malabrigo to knit it.  Looks like a quick knit and that is what I am about!

News in the shop... Brand new Hiya Hiya 9" Stainless Steel Circulars in 000 and 00 sizes.  You asked for them and Hiya Hiya listened.  Also in, these adorable Yarn Ball Markers.  On The Yarn Grove home page you will find some ideas for small, thoughtful gifts.

So I leave you for now.  Please check the shipping schedule for the next week or so.  I will be basking in some warm weather, or so I thought.  This photo of Mini Island Boy was sent to me yesterday and it is pretty chilly there too!