There are three teenage girls in my life that do so much for me as well as other people. With Christmas coming, I thought this would be a perfect time to give each of them a little gift to show how much they are appreciated. As always, I knit the same gift. As always, that gift is a make-up bag.
Using whatever yarn I want, using whatever needles I want and casting on how many stitches I want, I knit around and around and around for as many rows as I want. In the end, it is always the same. A beautiful little bag to hold some beautiful little treasures for some very special young girls!
My husband, Charles, has always liked the fact that my birthday, our wedding anniversary and Christmas are all in the month of December. Since I was working at YARNS today, he called and asked me to complete my request card for gifts for all three occasions. Since the ONLY gifts I have received from my sweetie for the last ten years have been purchased at Yarns Sold and Told, he really has such an easy time of shopping.
So, with Connie Jo’s help, I added more items to my little card from Yarns that all of us use to make our wish list of yarns, notions, etc. Let the shopping begin!
When I received my last haircut, I noticed that my beautician was wearing the boot cuffs that I knitted for her last year. I asked her if she wanted me to make dishcloths for her this year or would she prefer another pair of boot cuffs. Before I could finish my sentence to add that if she preferred, I could even purchase a gift card at her favorite coffee house rather than knitting something, she said five words. “I want more boot cuffs!!!”
Don’t you just love knowing that something you make is truly loved and wanted? Don’t you just love seeing your projects worn and enjoyed?
That is one of the best reasons to knit or crochet!
Realizing that I needed Connie Jo’s assistance on the socks I am knitting for my husband, Charles, I dropped by Yarns Sold and Told yesterday after taking my daughter, Charley and my son, Thaddaeus, to the dentist. Now, having been in and out of this store for years and even helping with little jobs at times, my children love to dropped by. Thaddaeus, being a ten-year old boy, asked if Mrs. Parker would have any candy that the dentist would let him eat after the dental work, but Charley had a much more important question for me.
Charley wanted to know at what age someone would need to be to work in a yarn store! When I asked her why she would want to work at Yarns Sold and Told, she gave the perfect answer. Charley said, “You know, Mom, I just love yarn and I just love this yarn store!” Perfect answer.
Even though I tend to wear the same colors every day, I really love my knitting projects to vary in colors. After finishing three little girl hats for the granddaughters in tan and brown, I started two dino hats in green and orange. Charley has asked for a hat in red and black and I have almost finished her pink and purple socks.
Just as I was finishing Patrick’s plain brown stocking hat, my husband, Charles, said he would like a new hat. Of course, the only color for my sweetie is Kansas State purple! I just didn’t tell him that Justice has requested a Jayhawk hat so I will be knitting with blue, red and yellow.
Unwrapping all these projects on Christmas morning in so many, many colors, I know for a fact that the Romm’s Christmas will be “Merry and BRIGHT”!
Recently The Salina Journal published an article by Sammy Caiola entitled “Health Benefits of Knitting”. The article quotes how knitting as well as crocheting triggers healthy brain, as well as joint, activity. All yarn loving folks will tell you that knitting/crocheting are also great stress relievers.
Now, I just have to tell you, that in my own life and in so many lives of my friends at Yarns Sold and Told, this love of creating with yarn is certainly a health benefit. Without my knitting, I am completely impatient while waiting for my husband and children. Without my knitting, I get bored quickly. In addition, creating for my family brings lots of joy as each projects says “I love you”. My little grandson, Jacob, has even been known to bring Grandma’s knitting bag to her whenever he sees me sit down! Even this little one knows that if Grandma is sitting, Grandma is knitting!
Have you seen the cowl that Marilyn made using just one skein of Linie 321 silk? It has been given the place of honor at YARNS and one look at it and you will understand why. It is absolutely breathtaking!
What could be better than knitting with 100% silk in gorgeous colors. The pattern is available from Ravelry. Stop by Yarns Sold and Told and see for yourself!
When we saw the “Oh Snap Pouch” project bags at market last year, all of us wanted them immediately. They come in the perfect sizes and great colors. I, of course, purchased two of them the minute that they arrived at Yarns Sold and Told and absolutely love them. These project bags have a row of snaps across the top, perfect for using in a project with two different colors of yarn. Also, because they are designed in a rectangle, my pattern lays nice and flat.
So, why would I be trying to knit a hat using two colors and struggling to keep the two different skeins from tangling on the floor? As I untangled the skeins for the fourth time, I looked over on the coffee table and saw one of my “Oh Snap Pouch” bags and had one of those “Duh” moments. Now I am happily knitting this darling hat for a granddaughter with the yarn separated by the snaps of this bag.
Because we love Christmas in July, all of us at Yarns Sold and Told consider July our favorite month of the year. Our favorite week of the year is certainly this next coming week! Tuesday begins The Central Kansas Yarn Hop and we all just love it. We have been planning for next week for the entire year and everything on our to-do-list is completed and we are ready to go. The new yarn has been purchased, received and put on shelves. The prizes are displayed. Connie Jo and Cynthia have completed our models of the projects in the passport. The children and I have our little free skeins wound and ready for our guests and the entire house (as well as BJ and Connie Jo’s houses) smells like cookies!
The stage is set and Yarns Sold and Told is ready for our yarn hop!
“To succeed in life, you need two things: Ignorance and confidence – Mark Twain
I am wondering if Mr. Twain was speaking about my knitting. I can look at a pattern for a project and know without a shadow of a doubt that I can knit this project. I can be so confident in my ability that I will spend money for the pattern and the yarn. I MIGHT even read over the pattern once or twice although I have been known to skip that part of the plan. I can even invest a great deal of my life (which I will never get back, by the way) to a project to find out that I just CANNOT do it and therefore, I decide that I don’t WANT to do it. How ignorant is that.
However, I think Mark Twain was right – I am confident in my ignorance!