Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas Knitting?

Has anyone started their Christmas knitting yet?  Seriously folks, my e-mail has been flooded with all sorts of ads for Christmas knitting patterns, catalogs for Christmas cards, Christmas wrap, and other holiday recipes and such.

OK....I know...there are only 162 days until Christmas, but can't we just enjoy summer?  Lightening bugs, ice tea, lemonade, cooking on the grill and being able to go outside with a jacket, coat or a sweater.

I guess if one is truly serious about knitting gifts for the holidays, I guess one would need to start now or right after New Year's Day.

I rarely knit specifically for Christmas, unless it's a quick and easy knit like a hat or a dishcloth or something.  There's already too much to do for the holidays, that I had decided to let that particular ship sail a long time ago.  As, it is, I keep trying to cut back more  and more for the holidays and I try to keep things as simple as possible.

Currently, I'm knitting a baby afghan and then I have a baby jacket in mind to do soon, and I hope to knit some dishcloths soon.  I'm trying to enjoy my Summer and my knitting and I hope that you are, too.  

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Very Nice Day!

Well, I had a very different kind of day and a very nice day.  First, the day started with church, which was a very nice service, but there was a business meeting afterwards, so I was able to knit so a little bit on the baby afghan.  Yes, I ripped out down passed the mistake and put all the knitting back.  It's progressing just fine, then, something happened to me with my knitting that has never happened before.

There I was knitting very happily in the fellowship room while waiting for my hubby to get done with the business meeting.  There were a handful of people there, among them a couple of new people that have come to the U.S.A. as refugees  from a tiny place near India.  Lovely and sweet people, a man and a woman with a young child.  They speak very little English.  I looked up from my knitting and I saw that the young lady seemed to be admiring the knitting that was on needles.  I smiled.  She smiled.  I asked if she knew how to knit?  She just smiled.  Then, I held my baby afghan to re-arrange it on my lap.  BAM!  The young lady from another land was right in from of me, touching and caressing the blanket and the yarn.  Her face glowed, her smile widened.  I smiled back and I asked again if she knew how to knit?  She didn't say a word, but with very experienced hands, she gently lifted my knitting needles out of my hands and she commenced to knit.  She stood there mesmerized as she worked the needles.  She didn't pay attention to the pattern with all with all of it's yarn overs and it's knit 2 togethers, but she just knit and knit and knit.  Time stopped and she was so pleased and self absorbed in the she had become reacquainted with a dear old lost friend.  She completed the row....all garter stitch.  She smiled again and she nodded as she handed me back my knitting.  The universal language of knitting.  Then, she went with family and left.  (I tinked the knitting back after she was gone and did the YO's and the K2 tog.  Good as new.)

After church, we met up with some very close friends for lunch/dinner.  Then, we went shopping.  First, to the Family Christian Bookstore, and then to the Half Price Books store.  Guess what?  I found a knitting book!  Surprise!  Well, actually, I should say, a little box of knitting patterns as in The Little Box of Knitted Throws (Martingale & Company).  I already have The Little Box of Socks, by Beth Parrott, Charlene Schurch (Martingale & Company), which I like very much.

I didn't realize that there was a The Little Box of Knitted Throws and I wasn't expecting to find anything today, but the price was right.  Retail price $20, store price, $6.  I'm so pleased with the variety of patterns and I'm looking forward to knitting a couple of them.  There are 20 patterns on easy-to-read laminated cards and I think that I like more than half of them.  A win-win for me.

After shopping, we went and enjoyed some delicious frozen custard.  There was a Barnes and Noble near by, so we stopped in to get an update for the Angry Birds game on my Nook.  The Mighty Eagle is a free download for the game, however, the download is only available in the B&N stores.  OK...that's fine and good, but the Mighty Eagle doesn't come home with you on your Nook.  Nope, you can only use the Mighty Eagle if you play Angry Birds at a B&N or a "Magic Spot".  I'm not too sure what or where the "Magic Spot" is, but I guess it doesn't matter.  I thought that was kind of a bummer, but that's life.

All and all, it was a very nice day and a different day at that.

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)