In addition to the year being almost over - the DECADE is almost over WOW - now that is a scary thought for sure. Do you make extra important resolutions for the new decade? not me - I don't do resolutions any more - I never kept them and it made me upset to be failing at yet another endeavor. I've been the same weight for 10 or 15 years so that isn't changing, I love my job and hope to retire here one day so that isn't changing I hope, I am happy with my husband and that isn't changing. I love all my needlework and knitting and only regret that I don't have more time or spend more time rug hooking. I adore rug hooking but I just seem to do less and less each year. Off the Ocean rug camp is coming up next month and I have one completed item being finished - hope it's done in time to display at the exhibit. It's been a dry spell - about 3 years since I had a finish to display.
As we do every year - we spent Christmas at my parents lake house. My mom redid her mantle this year and it was so pretty with the 4 Shepherds Bush stockings my dad stitched for us. Faye Riggsbee, Carolina Stitcher did the finishing. If you need a wonderful finisher , Faye is your girl. She has done so many lovely things for us over the years or I should say she has taken our ordinary finishes and made something lovely out of them.
Cottage on Cherry Creek. I set up a link to her first floss tube if you want to check her out. She also has a great Etsy shop Strawberrylane with handmade bags, needleminders, floss tags and so forth. I keep nagging her to post her Deliciously Dyed by Devon linen on her shop but I'm sure her time is too limited. Anyway - I'm thrilled with the finish and a DF got my bag in the exchange so all is right with the world.
4 Purls yarn shop in Winter Haven Fl. I order a lot from this shop but its not close to me. I have visited the shop twice and I'm thankful it's too far because I would be in big trouble. It's a family owned business - the parents and their 2 girls work in the shop. the girls dye a line of yarn called Emma's - they are big time now with shops all over the country clambering to be able to stock their yarn. This is a special Mystery Knit A Long by Nomadic Knits called 12 days of Knitmas. Fun fun ! I chose a Christmas type colorway and know if I stick with it - I'll be able to wear it this winter or next for sure.
The Craft House which is in northern St Johns County. This yarn is Leading Men which I was not familiar with. It doesn't look like much in this photo. It's a very long fairly narrow wrap style shawl. I am finally out of this lace section - I almost gave it up more than once. I am a very lazy knitter and having to tink back too many times is not in my wheelhouse. I'm now in a very relaxed striping section so onward I go. Next post I'll have an updated photo to show. I'm using a Leading Men gradient and also an Emma's neutral because I thought I needed one and there is also a very busy overdyed skein I plan to use. The original pattern only had 3 colors and I should have stuck to that but alas more is better right! Not in all cases and I think I'll save the gradient for the striped sections and try and use the 3 main colors for the rest. AHHHH adventures in knitting - I guess that is what I am most happy doing.
I feel like I have formed long enduring friendships thru my blog and thru others blogs. If you read my blog please take a minute to comment - I really do read them and love hearing from you. If you have a blog too - I hope I am remembering to visit you and comment too. Well friends - I'll get back to my Christmas music on Pandora, have a toast for the new year be it eggnog, wine, champagne or your favorite tea or latte. Just take a moment to pause and be thankful for all you have in your life.
Many happy stitches to you all - let's make the next decade GREAT !