Friday, December 3, 2010

As promised, here are photos...

Deanna Clark's Chevron Scarf

Here are photos of the Chevron Scarf knitted with bits and pieces of sock yarn.  You can see, it's not finished, but you can't see how much fun it is to knit! 

So little time, so much has happened.  First, the owner of my favorite yarn shop, Betsey Macholz, sold Baskets of Yarn to Patty Frame, who in addition to being a reputable and hardworking CPA is the Crochet Diva of the yarn community in Charlote.  First things first, the shop had to move.  Patty and her husband, Gary, and her mother, Nancy, along with the help of lots of "elves" found a fantastic location in Charlotte with lots of space and light and windows, and I just couldn't be happier.  The store hours have increased to include Tuesday through Saturdays, late on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 2 knit nights and 2 knit mornings every week.  Rumor has it that the store will be open an occasion Sunday, too! The Grand RE-Opening was Wednesday, December 1, and continues through the week.  The store was crammed with knitters and yarn enthusiasts all day long on Wednesday.  So much fun!  Classes began yesterday with my beaded lace ornaments and will continue through the month of December with quick "little luxuries" for gifting.  Saturday will be a big day with Sue Dial and Patty teaching all day long.  I hope you will take some time and treat yourself to a visit to the new store.  Be sure to say hi from Margaret when you go in.

In the meantime, we've had big news on the family front.  My son Cory and his wife Sandy are expecting a baby in early May!  We already welcome little Tiffany Rose into our family and can't wait for her arrival!  She's already claimed her own space in our hearts and we pray for her healthy development and safe delivery when the time comes.  We anxiously await the arrival of her family here for Christmas later this month.

I'll be publishing a free scarf pattern in the next few days, so please check back often.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Knitting Class

Hello again!  It hasn't been all that long this time, right?  I spent the day at Baskets of Yarn in Charlotte attending a class taught by Deanna.  She has created a chevron-style scarf using bits of sock yarn, and it is luscious!  We traded bits of sock yarns (about 20 yards or so), and she taught a join that was new to me, making it much easier to bury ends and not worry about them at the end.  The scarf is colorful and happy looking, makes me smile just to look at it!  Pictures later...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hello, again....

Has it really been over a year since I last posted?  My, how time does fly.  Let's see, what has happened in the more-than-a-year since I last wrote to you....

Probably the most important event was the first year in our newest granddaughter's life.  Lindley Marie Rose is now 13 months old, walking, talking, laughing, and has the sweetest personality of any one-year old I've ever known.  She is the bright spot in the day, the light of our lives.  Her first birthday celebration was the party of the year, complete with decorations, lots of people, and decorator-style food.  Her mom and dad went all out, and it was definitely a party to remember.  (I hope Lindley remembers it.)  Here is the linen dress I knitted for her first birthday.  You can find more information about it here:

Most of our extended family joined us for a week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina last June.  We assigned each family unit a night to prepare dinner, played games, sang our hearts out to Beatles Rock Band and relaxed togther in the heat (and wind) of the beautiful NC coastline.  It was a vacation to remember. 

Soon after returning from our wonderful week together at the beach I had back surgery to remove a bone chip that had seated itself at the base of a nerve which was causing extreme pain and numbness in my foot.   My good friend Diane came to the hospital and helped me prepare for surgery and kept Gordon company while I was "under".  She was definitely our "angel" that day.  I'm still recovering, definitely improving every day, and thankful to God's gift of modern medicine and physical therapy.
Lucas started his Junior year at Lincoln Charter High School in August.  He also played soccer on the school's varsity team.  He has elected to play winter soccer this year, so we anxiously await the schedule for practices and games.  He really keeps us running up and down the roads, following his busy soccer schedule.

September brought its usual hectic activity with Lindley's first birthday, Lucas's 16th birthday, Gordon's and my wedding anniversary, and a knitting retreat thrown in for good measure!  Baskets of Yarn celebrated it's first fall retreat the last weekend of September this year.  It was great fun seeing good friends after many months and learning some new knitting techniques.  My good friend Maggie Farrell and I "tag teamed", teaching a sweater class together, and I taught a beaded lace scarf.  The hot, hot summer finally began to cool off that weekend, making it much more comfortable to be working with wool.

The first weekend of October started the annual quilting retreat at Beech Mountain.  Eleven quilters lived for an entire week in a 5-bedroom cabin atop Beech Mountain.  We participated in 10 different classes during the week, learning new techniques and interesting projects while working on quilts that we brought with us, too.  We took turns preparing meals and enjoyed the mountain air and changing leaves.  Here are some of the projects we completed: 
The next "big event" for me was the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF) last weekend in Asheville. is an annual festival of all things fiber including animal competition, fiber artists, vendors and classes.  Sue Dial of Harvest Moon/Clay Cat Designs allows me to help out in her booth where we sell her hand-dyed roving, handspun yarn, polymer clay jewelry and stitch markers, and wet and needle-felted items.  The "Popular Girls" make it a weekend, too, and we have a great time every year.

The highlight of the SAFF weekend this year came during a phone call from my oldest son, Cory, on Saturday morning.  He called from his home in Orlando to tell me that he and his wife Sandy are expecting a baby!  This will make 14 grandchildren for us!  We are absolutely thrilled, and they are "over the moon" with excitement and happiness.  This will be their 2nd child; their son Jesus Alfredo is 12 years old and is very happy to welcome a new baby into their family.  Can you imagine how much love there is for this unborn baby already?  I've already started knitting a blanket, even though it will be several weeks before we know the gender of this baby.  But between you and me, I can't wait to find out the baby's sex so I can start knitting dresses or rompers.

I think that pretty much brings you up to date.  I'll try to do a better job with this blog for those who enjoy reading about my chaos that I call life.    On the docket now is the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party in January 2011, and the 2011 Winter Knitting Retreat with Baskets of Yarn.  Of course, you can expect to be reading about babies for awhile, too.