Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Greetings

I have to admit that the whole “Christmas before Thanksgiving” marketing is a huge pet peeve of mine.  Thanksgiving is a holiday unique to the United States and celebrates us as a nation.  Yet, every year it gets swept farther and farther under the table of Christmas preparation.  Don’t get me wrong, we enjoy our Christmas traditions and celebrations ……. I would just like to focus on one holiday at a time and not be consumed with getting stuff for the sake of getting stuff.  Okay, rant over.

The Incredible Digit Girl surprised us with a Thanksgiving greeting that I couldn’t help but share.


In case it’s hard to read:

“Thanksgiving is always so fun,
And there’s also supposed to be sun,
There’s usually turkey,
But never beef jerkey,
It takes a long time before we’re done.”

Yes, I’m definitely thankful for our family! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Knitting Technique Workshop Series

I'm so happy to post that I've scheduled the newest Knitting Technique Workshop Series at All About Yarn in Tigard.  We'll be starting on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  First technique on the schedule is Matching Your Cast-On and Bind-Off to Your Project.  Not only will I go over each technique, I'll also provide a printed hand-out to take home for each workshop in the series. 

I'm also working hard at coordinating all my design notes so I can get two new patterns published before the end of the year.  Right now I'm focusing on smaller projects that would be great for holiday gifts.  I'll post soon about when and where they will be available!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Getting Back In the Swing of Things

As can definitely be deduced from my last blog post, it has been an awfully long time since I posted anything new to this woefully ignored blog.  Admittedly, it is partly my own laziness and my inability to say no to a variety of projects to good to pass up. 

With fall firmly in season our family begins a cycle of new birthdays.  The Incredible Digit Boy is an astounding eight-years-old.  How did that happen?  The Incredible Digit Girl will soon reach her first decade.  A milestone that hardly seems possible and yet it is.  They both have turned into interesting young people that their father and I enjoy immensely. 

On the Ferris Wheel at the County Fair

The upside to all this growth is that, while they still love to spend time with us (and I'm hoarding these experiences in anticipation of their teenage years), they also do much with their friends, on their own here at home, and at school.......which leaves me with the opportunity to concentrate on my love of all things fiber and craft.  In addition to now having two spinning wheels, I have added a table top Glimakra rigid heddle loom from Carolina Homespun (thank you Morgaine!) and, in a fantastic barter opportunity, a large floor model inkle loom.  Yes, it is indeed, a very slippery slope. 

Over at All About Yarn, we have much to keep us busy.  We're already starting the pattern preparation for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. Mark your calendars for February 28th to March 3rd, 2013.  This will be the second year that it is being organized by our own local consortium of yarn shops and I think they have done an amazing job!  I will also start my monthly technique classes at AAY in November.  I usually start in October but recent travel out of the country (more on that later) means a later start.  I'll post all the info and the list of classes very soon!  

Happy Fall everyone!  I'm looking forward to spending more time here and re-acquainting myself with this community.