Anytime we discover that someone we love is having a crisis, we always want to do something, anything to help the situation. When we first received the phone call from our son, Patrick, that our daughter-in-law was in labor ten weeks before this grandson’s due date, I immediately began to start making a huge pot of soup for Connor and Abraham to take back to Overland Park for all my children.
Just as providing a pot of soup gave me a way to provide physically for this family, I knew as a grandmother I needed a knitting project made especially for this dear child. I had been working on a cotton baby blanket made from Cotton Supreme Splash yarn. As I was close to the halfway point on this labor of love and continued to knit it while caring for Taycee after Baby Chase arrived in this world, I finished it just before Taycee and I went to see our little 3 pound boy. While I realize Chase may not need this blanket today, this grandma needed to knit this blanket!
Have you seen the new Sublime lace yarn that recently arrived at Yarns Sold and Told? Talk about breath-taking colors! We have green, gray, tan, blue, purple and pink. The accessories book has several projects that Jane and I have been dreaming of creating. Stop in and see this gorgeous yarn.
When I was headed to the store to buy paint for the walls of our kitchen and dining room, each one of the children asked if I was going to buy red paint again. I have had a red kitchen and dining room for 15 years. I have slept in a yellow bedroom for 8 years. I drive a red van. Red and yellow are colors that EVERYONE agrees I just cannot wear. Therefore, I surround myself with these colors in other ways.
When choosing yarn for a project, I always choose colors that the recipient or myself looks good wearing. Unfortunately, this family seems to all wear the same colors. Now, while I love to knit with all these blues, greens, purple, and grays, I do enjoy a red or pink project once in a while. I just need a grandchildren who can wear that beautiful pumpkin color yarn that I have had my eye on for years!
This past fall I set aside some of the projects I was working on to whip up some Christmas gifts as well as some hats, boot cuffs and other winter items. Now that those projects are done, I am on a mission to complete my big pile of unfinished projects. I also have depleted my stash of washcloths, baby hats, etc. that I try to have handy for unexpected gifts. I also have my eye on some more projects that I have found on Ravelry. I thought it would be wise to make a list of all these projects and prioritize them. There are over TWENTY projects on this list!! So many projects – so little time!
On this Tuesday that Yarns Sold and Told is closed because of a snow storm, I am imaging Marilyn Parker knitting in her beautiful home overlooking Wilson Lake. If you have been to her house, you may remember that there is the most welcoming “nook” just off of the kitchen where I can picture her sitting and knitting on her unexpected day off. There is this huge window which I bet she is sitting near drinking her coffee with her cat nearby as she watches the snow fall over this beautiful lake. There is probably a pot of soup simmering on the stove.
I would call her and see if this mental picture of her is true but the ringing of the phone as well as talking to me would complete destroy the peaceful tranquility of the whole thing!
When Noni Strand saw this pattern on line, she knew it was the perfect project for her since she is the chaplain at Bethany College and, as you know, they are the Swedes! She made several for different expecting mothers on campus, and everyone loved them. Even the students at Bethany want one, and the student knitting group, the Knit Wits, are ready to learn how to knit them!
Michael (pictured here) loves his hat so much that he refuses to take it off although sometimes he wears his hat with one horn in front and one in back! Still, with a little guy this adorable, any hat would be cute.
Noni shared the link for this pattern - http:/knittybutton.com//2011/11//27/vandal-helmet/
Have you heard of this new technique called “arm knitting”? I have noticed many people pinning it on Pinterest. It truly is knitting using your arms like knitting needles. Using a bulky yarn, this project ends up being a bold accessory that seems to be the style with young ladies these days.
Recently Cynthia grabbed some Bravo Big Color yarn and “knitted” a cowl. Talk about a fast project! While it would be fun for adults or teenagers who are looking for something fun and different to make, I can see my daughter, Charley, and her little friends doing it as an activity at her eleventh birthday party! Marilyn has ordered some plain colors that would also work great. Drop in at Yarns Sold and Told and see what the fuss is all about!
Are you looking for the perfect yarn to make a vest? Or, perhaps, a stunning cowl and matching hat? Or even a hat and mittens? Prancer would be a perfect choice. This absolutely wonderful, soft yarn is 100% Lana merino wool and comes in colors that would look nice with any winter coat. Best of all, Yarns Sold and Told has just put it on sale at 30% off! Now, if I were smart, I would grab this yarn, make a lovely hat and mitten set, save it for next Christmas and be so proud of myself for being eleven months ahead on my Christmas list . . . although as soft as this yarn is, I know I would never be able to resist wearing it myself! Either way, stop by YARNS and see what I’m talking about!
There is one item that I have never purchased in my thirty-two years of marriage. That item is a top sheet for a bed. Any top sheet that has been given to us or has come in a set of sheets are used by the children to cover the card table for a tent!! Why would no one at our house use a top sheet? Everyone likes the feel of a knitted blanket against them while they sleep. We have actually had arguments over these blankets at our house. Even when guest come to visit, they expect to find a knitted blanket to sleep under.
What a great plan! I save money on sheets, the children get to play with any odd top sheets that have appeared and I have lots and lots of knitted blankets to make.
I have often heard BJ remind customers that we at Yarns Sold and Told love “Show and Tell”. You remember being in Kindergarten and bringing things to school to show everyone? Well, all of us at Yarns really do enjoy seeing those projects that you have created with patterns and yarn from our store.
This photo shows the pattern book and the completed sweater that I recently finished. I wore it to the Tuesday afternoon social knitting/crocheting time hoping that everyone would brag on me! Know what? They did! ”Show and Tell” time is still as awesome now as it was in kindergarten!