Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Weaving Loom Under the Tree

I have done it. I have given in to the call of the loom. I picked it up Christmas Eve, had a little orientation from the shop owner (we are going to have a private workshop after the first of the year) but she gave me enough info to get me started I think. I'm rather enjoying it under the tree at the moment. I am going to have to create a proper space for it in my craft room. I'm thinking in front of the window.
I already have some cotton to start with. I'm thinking a tea towel or place mat. something that I can still use even if it isn't perfect. I'm so excited. I can't wait to give it a try.

The details:

A Schacht table loom. 20 inches with four shafts.





I will take better photos when I have it set up in it's new home.

I am already thinking of next year's Christmas gifts. Table linens and socks for everybody!

In knitting news, I am half way finished with two pairs of socks! And planning some more. These slipper socks/hiking socks are a big hit and I have another request for a pair!

The turkey is in the oven and all the other ingredients for the rest of the meal are laid out and gifts are patiently waiting to be opened under the tree.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and filled with the true spirit of the holiday!

Stay tuned......

Sunday, December 21, 2008

What a Wonderful Time of Year

I love December and Christmas and the happy feeling it brings. I wish it would last all year. The only thing I wish we had a little more of, was snow at Christmas, but snow any time is rare here and especially in December. It is never quite cold enough yet.

I love decorating for Christmas, I love all the lights on the tree. This year I put "all" the ornaments on there, I usually have themes, but there is the theme I guess you could say was Christmas, Past and Present. I have some wonderful glass ornaments that belonged to my grandmother, I have several that belonged to my mother and some handmade ones as well. Then I have the ornaments I have either collected or friend have so kindly given to me. (I have a thing for pewter ornaments) Well this year they all went on the tree every single one. I and thing it is a fabulous tree this year. It was fun remembering the stories behind each ornament as I unwrapped it, or the memories it brought back of years past decorating the tree with my mom.

Wonderful times.

Here is the night time version:

Day time:

Here is a great photo, the bell is the foreground was my grandmothers, the little round ornament behind it my mother made.


Here is an example of one of my pewter ornaments. My goal is to one day have the whole tree decorated in nothing but pewter ornaments.


Yesterday we went out for a little while to pick up just some minor necessities and it was fun to be able to go out and not be in a rush or panic for last minute gifts. We rather enjoyed ourselves. We stopped off for dinner on the way home, the resteraunt was packed, but our waitress was patient and kind and just wonderful. It is so refreshing to have a good waitperson these days, when they are busy and probably harassed by tired shoppers. I made sure her manager knew how terrific we thought she was.

While we were out we stopped by Colonial Fiber Arts and we picked out a tabletop loom! I am going to go back on Monday and pay for it! I'm so excited! I will post pictures as soon as I bring it home. It comes with 5 free lessons! I can't wait!

And then we had a Secret Santa exchange with a group of basset hound owners and my SS Pal gave me some wonderful treats including wine, but my favorite was hand etched wine glasses!


I also have my first "paid" knitting job. I am knitting a pair of hunting socks for a gentleman at work and they are coming along very nicely. The yarn is 100% romney, natural white, sheered and spun by my blogless friend Anna. I am half way through the second sock. I am following EZ's instructions for increasing for knee high socks, as this gentleman wants the socks to come above the top of his hunting boots. He tried on the first sock and it fit perfectly. I hope to have them finished by Christmas.

I have to work this week until Christmas Eve and then again the day after Christmas, so if I don't have a chance to post before then, Merry Christmas dear readers!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Books, Cheesecake and Wine

What do you get when you mix several parts, book with one part cheesecake and one part wine?




A warm and cozy weekend! I am recovering from a nasty virus, which would explain my blog absence, I haven't even been able to knit! I did feel the need for some fresh air yesterday so I went to a book sale at our local library and we picked up a few books. As you can see by the picture one is on Fair Isle knitting that I snagged for $.50!

Then starting to feel a little worn out by all the excitement of bargain book shopping I was in need of restoration. So we stopped by the wine store and the farmers market where I picked up a few bottles of wine and an apple carmel cheesecake. The medicinal powers of cheesecake are highly underrated!

We then came home, built a cozy fire, watched a Christmas movie and proceeded to enjoy the days bounty!

I also plan to put up our Christmas tree today. I haven't had the energy to do it this past week.

Also some have you asked about my mission to rescue Boston, let me give you a quick up date. I had a nice trip down to meet him and was able to spend some wonderful time with friends, but Boston made it clear he had no interest in me or moving to Virginia, so we decided it best he stay there, he is getting lots of attention and some new training and is probably a much happier boy. It just wasn't meant to be.

Now dear reader I am off to make way for the tree and unwrap ornaments old and new!

Happy Knitting

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Mission to Save Boston

Not Boston, MA, I think they are doing okay. But Boston the Bulldog who was adandoned by his previous owner. He has been at a vet clinic in SC for at least a month. They are desperate to find him a safe loving home. Enter a friend of mine who works in rescue for Boston Terriers, while not the breed she rescues, used to breed bullies and was contacted by the vet clinic. Who in turned contacted me, well was there ever any doubt, he wouldn't find a home here? So, road trip! He will be our first boy.
I will bring you more details and pictures soon! Wish me luck!