Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More Christmas Goodies

Dianne, Lara, Linda and I had a wonderful post-Christmas lunch on Monday afternoon. We met at The Station and I had a great time. It was so nice to just sit, chat, laugh and catch up. After the meal, we exchanged Christmas gifts and I was floored by my friends' generosity. Linda brought back an excellent, Rhinebeck mug that reads, "Yarns Knit Friends Together," a gorgeous skein of Katia, the sparkling snowman and

a car magnet that I had been coveting. :) Again, many thanks Linda!

From Lara, I received a bar of "Knitter's Cream" soap from Bradeen Farm in Maine. It smells good enough to eat and feels wonderful on my skin. The sheep & cart are now atop my yarn shelf in the corner of my living room and book thong (with attached teapot charm) will soon be used on a new book. Beneath these gifts is a Noro Iroho neck warmer (the likes of which only Lara could knit). :)

And last, but not least, a Lantern Moon sweater for my key chain. Thank you so very much Lara!
I was overwhelmed and again, Dianne, Lara and Linda, thank you!

I've been hard pressed to find knitting time lately, but I did manage to work on a couple of projects between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I cast on and have gotten this far on a pair of "Warmest Mittens." It's Classic Elite Skye Tweed on size 4 and 5 needles. I'm such a loose knitter that when I actually have to go something "tight," I switch to significantly smaller needles.

The pink pinwheel is all but done. My friend and neighbor, Muriyea, is going to teach me how to do a pretty crochet trim to finish off the blanket and then, at long last, I'll be done.
For the Knit Night I missed, I started a button flange cabled pillow. It looks very orange-y here, but it's a terra cotta color.
And then I indulged in a bit of 50% off sale yarn. Over Christmas, Andie ate hard candy and popped two of her braces-related rubber bands. Since I had to drive to Lynchburg to get the bands replaced, I made the trip worthwhile by stopping at Backstitches. The big red "SALE" sign was the hook and I just couldn't resist.

The four skeins are Cascade's Bollicine (wool, acrylic & alpaca) and I'm going to use them to make either mittens or man scarves. I also bought some red sock point protectors and a pair of scissors. The Fantasy/Dark Horse yarn is for more Pine Ridge Afghan squares.
I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year!


Anonymous said...

Aren't knitting friends the best? You got a lot of very nice gifts!

Happy New Year to you and your family.


Nikki said...

What great presents!!

Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Marianne said...

Wonderful and fabulous gifts!
Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

Jadielady said...

Oooh merry merry! I can't wait to see your cabled project at NEXT knit night.

emmy said...

What a wonderful knitterly Christmas with great friends! Would The Station be Liberty Station? That is my absolute favorite restaurant in the area.Sadly I haven't been in a very long time. You got some great sale stuff at Backstitches. I hope you have a Happy Knit Year!

Dianne said...

They had a SALE sign..daggone..and I was too sick to take my car in and participate arghhh..I'm jealous that I missed it..maybe they'll have it again next week..when I've recheduled.
As always..your work is gorgeous@@

Dianne said...

The Forest Canopy Cowl is gorgeous..can't wait to see it modeled..

Angela Cox said...

Those sale signs have been getting to me too Dana but perfumes not yarn. So far the yarn sales have been awful. I did get some lavender boucle by Debbie Bliss to make a bed-jacket for Holly . It is very cold here at the moment and she is a cold type . Her little hands are always icy whereas I generate enough heat for the national grid!