The holidays.

Every year Christmas seems to be coming earlier and earlier. This year the stores put the Christmas candy out practically side by side with the Halloween candy. I feel like a grumpy old man, but I like my Christmas season to start AFTER Thanksgiving, like it is supposed to.

Even though we’re already well into December, I just haven’t really felt in the mood this year. I’ve cut back on presents, I elected to skip decorating the house this year, and for weeks now I’ve been changing the radio station every time they dare play a Christmas carol.

Last night, driving home after knit night, this started playing on the local radio station:

Suddenly I turned the volume up. I could imagine myself in a concert hall with a full orchestra, a conductor gesturing wildly.  I’m not much of a fan of classic instrumental music, but in this piece I could FEEL the movements and I actually got a little choked up. Something about this song – it’s movement, it’s purity – it just felt magic. I can’t explain it. And suddenly I was in the mood. To be with my family, to turn on the lights and eat the traditional foods and celebrate the holidays.

So from me to you – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy 2014!

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Fall crafting.

I don’t know about you but as soon as the temperature drops I go into KNIT ALL THE THINGS mode. The mornings have been in the 30s this week and all I can thinking about is tights, skirts, sweaters, boots… warm wooly things.

The first thing I wanted was a big warm cozy shawl. I purchased a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina (cashmere mmmm!) and spun some merino and a yak merino blend and I was off to the races. I knit Fifty Shades of Any Colour by Susan Ashcroft.

I ended up with a shawl measuring almost 68″ across and 20″ deep. It’s so warm and soft I can’t stop reaching for it each day.

I’ve had a few things on the spinning wheel, but the one I’m happiest with is some Southern Cross Fiber Texel.  I’d never spun Texel before. It’s definitely not a soft wool – it’s more rustic and crisp – but it drafted beautifully and it has such a luster and shine to it!

Finally I wove a quick houndstooth scarf on my loom. I was pleasantly surprised that the Knitpicks Stroll I used is not only durable (merino/nylon blend) but really soft. And I think the green/grey combo adds a modern twist on a fashion classic.

Both the handspun yarn and handwoven scarf are now available in my shop!

Now if you’ll excuse me there are a couple of handknit afghans on my couch that I’m longing to crawl under and get warm.

Do you NaKniSweMo?

As you may remember, I’ve been participating in NaKniSweMo for a while now. In a nutshell, NaKniSweMo is the brainchild of Shannon Oakey of Knitgrrl. She reasoned that the writers have National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, so the knitters should have National Knit a Sweater Month (NaKniSweMo).  The rules are simple: pick a sweater that has 10,000+ stitches and knit it in the month of November.

I participated last year and 2010. I participated in 2011 as well but I don’t seem to have an entry for it.

So what’s on tap for this year?

I’m planning to knit Jurisfiction by Glenna C.  I’ve been eying this pattern for a while because I LOVE the cables and it looks like such a cozy fall knit.

Photo by Glenna C.

This looks just like the kind of sweater I’d want to wear snuggled inside on a winter day up close to the fire. How fitting that I’m will be knitting the sweater in Madelinetosh Vintage in the Firewood Colorway:

My good friend Ana also designed cute Ravatars for this year.

I was also super lucky that she made me my own pirated one!

The only thing I haven’t gotten yet are buttons. I’m thinking maybe brown leather buttons to give this a grandfather cardigan kind of feel. What do you think?

Now I just need to wait for November 1st to cast on!

White stuff.

I think I’m gonna call it a snow day.

Truisms.

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”

— Rita Rudner

I <3 Fall

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Le Tour 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes I know that sentence is strange coming from me in June, and also in reference to a sport. But the last few years Wes and I have really gotten into watching the Tour de France. It’s to the point where I eagerly anticipate the 3 weeks each summer where I can watch the daily recaps of the stages and spin along on my wheel.

I woke up in a fabulous mood today and this afternoon we settled down to start watching the Prologue in Liege, Belgium. While watching I spun some beautiful Merino Bamboo from Bullens Wullens (courtesy of my friend Melanie).

Now I’m off to do something about that remaining ball of shiny!

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