First off, I want to wish you all a
belated very Merry Christmas!
We got so busy with family,
that I just never had time to post!
Christmas was very special this year,
with Maggie now one
and Charlie a very active three!
Last Sunday, Charlie and his Mommy
joined us at church.
The children were presenting their annual pageant,
and Charlie really enjoyed that.
He also loved watching and hearing the choir.
I was surprised at that.
Next time they join us, I will take him upstairs
to the choir loft so that he can meet our very talented organist,
Dr. David Burton Brown,
and have a look at our wonderful organ.
After church we enjoyed lunch and then a very surprising visit
from two of my knitting buddies.
Roberta, (aka Dr. Sock) and Bernice
to 'present' to me with this fabulous blanket.
|Roberta, me holding the blanket, Bernice|
I had thought it rather odd that members of
my knitting group had not knit me chemo caps.
Another strange thing was that after knitting was over,
a few of them would congregate around one another's cars
in the parking lot.
It didn't seem like they wanted me around.
I was a bit hurt, quite honestly!
Well, it turned out that they had been scheming
behind my back for several months,
knitting me this most beautiful blanket.
Each member of the group knit a block,
and each is a different pattern and size.
One member, the 'other' Judy,
raises sheep and all of the yarn is from her flock!
How special is that!!!
Only the one mustardy yellow block that you see above
was dyed, and Judy dyed it naturally.
The rest of the wool is just as it came off of the sheep.
I have napped under this incredible gift of love
every afternoon since it was given to me…
and let me tell you,
it is very soft and warm!
This blanket is one of the most wonderful
gifts I've ever received.
Thank you doesn't seem adequate…
not sure what to say or how to say it…
but I love this blanket
and will cherish it always!!!
On another knitting note,
I finished my Bough and Cable Hat,
designed by Leila Raabe.
I needed a bit of a challenge
in my knitting bag,
as I've mainly been focusing on vanilla socks lately.
I loved learning a few more stitches
on the Bough segments,
and of course, I've never met a cable I didn't like!
So it was challenging,
but loads of fun!
The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.
If you've never knit with it,
Oh, it's just the best!
The color in the photo above is true to the yarn,
which is Birdbook
(the color below is off).
Another nice thing is,
the hat fits me really well!
Here's a detail shot
I tried to capture one of the bough segments,
but it is pretty indistinct.
Now I'm on the hunt for two things:
another challenging pattern
(perhaps a cardigan?)
another project using Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter
(perhaps a cardigan?).
I'd welcome your suggestions!
Thanks for dropping by!
Peace to you and yours!