Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year to Be Thankfrul

So, I know..It has been a very LONG time since I have blogged but what better time than the night before the New Year. Kind of like getting a head start right..well, it was worth the shot. Anyhow over the past few months I've been busy with a new school year which has been terrific. The kids are great and I think we both have settled in nicely. Still not sure what is going to happen next year due to the budget but all I can do is keep my knitting fingers crossed. Like I told someone the other day we don't have much control over our economy but we sure have control on what we do in our homes and how we react. So with that in mind, I've come to realize that knitting has become my savior this year. I have to be very thankful that DH and I are in a wonderful place and will be celebrating our 10 Year next year. That is something to jump up and dance on the ceiling about!

Field Trips:
I've been trying to visit as many shops as possible when on trips and it has been fantastic. I was able to go to Imagiknits in San Francisco during the summer which is always a wonderful place to shop. I just seem to walk in and lose my knitting mind with all of the wonderful fibers all packed into that itty bitt shop. I was also able to visit a shop in Walnut Creek during the Thanksgiving break called La Boutique. I ended up purchasing some Lorna's worsted in Edgewater and some sport in Black Pearl. During our Anniversary we strolled over to Napa and I was able to visit a very nice shop in the downtown area. I ended up pick up some Jasper where I was able to start the Loop through scarf for Nana for Christmas. I loved the colors so much that I picked up the same colorway and I am going to make one myself and another one in the purple. Need to have more than one right? I think so.
Last week I went to a shop in Pleasanton called Knit this, Purl that for some Merino Silk in Malabrigo and Tupa to knit The Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos. I just fell in love with it and will be going back soon for sure.

Yesterday took a trip to Elk Grove to my favorite place Anna's Yarn Shoppe which is my home grounds for finding anything fibrous. There is a great selection and the back table is always stocked with warm and friendly friends knitting. I picked up some Alpaca to knit some more fetchings before the end of summer.

Lastly, I stopped by Knitique and picked up a swift to complement my ball winder which was a gift from my aunt along with two hanks of Punta Yarns Merisock Handpainted to make some socks . So as you can I've been quite the traveling person over the past four months.

Off the needles:
So Christmas is finally over and I can report that I successfully finished my projects the night before Christmas. Both scarves turned out wonderful and I couldn't be more happier. I was also able to knit a cabled hat for myself and a pair of baby warmers for Kate using Alana's pattern. They turned out very cute and the self striping yarn worked out perfect! I also was able to bang out a baby cabled hat for Stash and Burn's Nicole. Last week's podcast all of the listeners received the great news. She is having a Boy! So we are all getting together to knit up something for her. We could use her items that were flagged on Raverly or make up something of our own. Jenny will video tape her opening them up with will be a joy to watch. Congrats Nicole!!!

On the needles:
Well, the only thing that is on the needles at the very moment is the Cedar Leaf Shawlette for a dear friend of mine who is now fighting breast cancer. I think this project will be perfect while she defeats this disease.
Since I bought the Punta Yarns I think I might also cast on some socks for some mindless knitting.

Nuts and Bolts.
Did I tell you that I have some exciting news...Well, yes, I do! I recently entered in a drawing for the Never Not Knitting and I won! How Fab is that! A total shock after coming back from the dentist and finding the package there at my doorstep. It was utter bliss. Thank you Alana!!!

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