Archive for December, 2010
It hurts, but I have to frog hubby’s Christmas present – The Sterling. That’s the story with designing. The truth is there is alot of frogging involved, not to mention math ~ rip it, rip it.
Well, I am going to start over….maybe I will pull an “all nighter” and get it done in time. The good news is that I am on vacation beginning tomorrow and will have lots of extra hook time.
I have always loved yarn…..for as long as I can remember, I have always gotten immeasurable joy from the soft, cuddly feel of yarn fibers in my hands. I even remember as a very young child playing in both my mommy’s and granny’s stashes with envy. Once I hit about 8 or so, I would save up my money to buy the $0.99 skeins at Woolworth’s, Rose’s (do you remember this store?!?), and K-Mart. Soon, I graduated to JoAnn’s and Michaels, where I would easily buy 10 skeins at a time. And, then, about 5 years ago, I discovered luxury fibers and I have been hooked on them ever since. I remember my very first skein of super wash merino. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why it felt so much softer than Red Heart. I finally knew then that not all yarns are created alike.
My yarn budget has increased dramatically (now at about $500/year – that does breakdown to only $40/month, though, and I do save up for major events like the MD Sheep and Wool festival), but I am drawn to the “good stuff” – like fish to water. It’s become an obsession really. I rarely even look at those lonely remaining cheap acrylics in my stash. When did I turn into a yarn snob? I totally need this tote from Yarn Play Café for Christmas. St. Nick are you listening?!? Yarn (the “good stuff”)and this tote will do.
Boy, did I have a crappy day…..so, as soon as I got home I decided on some food therapy and to break out the BBQ skills. I am too stressed to eat it, of course; but it sure looks tasty. I’ve got one lucky family!
I have been playing around with a new design lately – a hat for my husband made with some alpaca yarn that I picked up from the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival. It is a pretty simple concept and I am hoping that it will serve as a basic tutorial for TSS (tunisian simple stitch), TKS (tunisian knit stitch), TPS (tunisian purl stitch) and ribbing. The biggest “selling point,” though, for this pattern was my attempt at making a hat using a traditional tunisian crochet hook rather than a double-ended hook or one with a flexible cord. I am hoping it turns out as planned….and, before Christmas, since this is my husband’s present.
I will keep posting my progress - it all comes down to the final moment when I close this baby up. I imagine that I will be holding my breath the entire time too! But, if (when!) all goes well, I will share the pattern here.
It was a light one, but the roads are a mess today. It sure did not help that school was closed early and we had to turn back around and pick up the kids shortly after dropping them off!
I do love the snow, though – especially after we are all safe and snug together inside. It is like mandatory family time and a nice respite from the normal hustle and bustle. I had to cancel all of our appointments for today and I am looking forward to a quiet evening at home with no place to go! My hook should be happy……
I woke up this morning with my daughters’ dance teacher on my mind. Her husband deploys to Afghanistan today and she is pregnant with their first child. I know how hard this can be and my thoughts and prayers are with her today. Well, for me praying for someone equals crocheting for someone. So, I immediately wanted to start a layette set for the baby. I know she will be so surprised and thrilled to receive it. I am always crocheting during her classes while I wait for my girls to finish.
So, the quest for the perfect gender-neutral sweater began (thank you Ravelry!)….I have some yummy yarn in my stash that has been dying to be worked into a cute baby gift for years. I ran across this sweater made in Tunisian crochet and immediately fell, head-over-heels, in love.
Beverly Matheson did a phenomenal job designing this one – it’s perfect and I can’t wait to start. Baby is due in June but I would like to surprise her soon. I’d like to crank out a matching hat too! :)
The true meaning of Christmas often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. Interestingly, a fellow shopper and I were talking about this very issue at Michaels Arts and Crafts store after a women (who happened to be my neighbor!) cut in line in front of us. Instead of making a big scene, the fellow shopper and I both smiled at each other and began to talk about Christmas. I remarked that I would rather folks not give gifts at all if it means that the true meaning of Christ’s birth is lost in the process.
One year, I am going to get myself in gear and make everyone’s gift. That would be a true testament of my love for them. Most of all, I will be sure to think of Robert E. Jones, a Utah prisoner, when I do it too. He is my inspiration for the week and a true example of the meaning of Christmas – love, redemption and hope.
Jones recently made 540 (yes 540!) crocheted hats with pom-poms on top for the students of Oquirrh Hills Elementary School, the majority of which are poor and rarely receive such gifts. Jones is serving a prison sentence for murdering a man nearly 30 years ago. Each year, he picks a project to complete in honor of his victim, Kim Chapman. Jones paid for all of the yarn himself (he makes $0.40/hour in prison) and spent many long nights crocheting each hat in time for a special Christmas assembly at the school where each child received a hat. Believe it or not, his grandmother taught him to crochet at age 6.
I can only imagine what profound impact this small gift could have on each one of their lives - “Someone out there loves me. Someone made a big mistake with their life and is choosing to make it right by doing good.”
The sheer joy on their little faces brings to my mind the joy of the Savior’s birth. Because of Him, Jones and I are forgiven. Because of Christ’s love, redemption is possible. There is HOPE for everyone; and that is the message I wish was prominently displayed during every tv commercial and on every sale flyer that comes my way.
Can we take back Christmas one loving deed at a time? Let’s get out our hooks and needles and give it a try!