Immediately after Christmas, I grabbed the Jawoll sock yarn that Caleb had given me for Christmas and began knitting a sock. I had finally reached the point in my knitting skills where I could cast on using Judy’s Magic Cast On without Connie Jo’s help which was a huge step for this previously non-sock-knitting knitter. However, the yarn that Caleb chose was a self-striping yarn which meant I had to figure out Connie Jo’s way of recording where in the yarn to start each sock so that the socks are identical. Another huge step for this previously non-sock-knitting knitter.
I very carefully recorded where in the color change I was starting the first sock, measured back 40 inches for the cast on and began sock #1. After finishing the first sock, I tried my best to begin sock #2 at the same spot in the yarn . . . AND I DID IT! I am almost finished with sock #2 and they are matching perfectly! I guess I am not a non-sock-knitting knitter after all.
Once again, Christmas has come and gone. Once again, the presents are opened and the mess is cleaned up. Once again, all those projects that you and I worked so hard to finish in time for the big day were not only completed and wrapped in time, but are now being used as we dreamed about during all those knitting/crocheting hours! My daughter, Charley, loved her socks, Taycee loved her knitted towels, washclothes and bibs, Bethlehem is wearing her new hat, and on and on and on . . . and traveling with my oldest son, Logan, to his Naval base in the state of Washington is a huge knitted blanket!
Bring on Christmas 2015!
Friday, December 26th, 2014, is a special day at Yarns Sold and Told as all regular priced in stock items in the store are 25% off. What a perfect time to gather the patterns and purchase the yarn for all those projects that you want to create during those cold, snow filled days.
For me, there just isn’t anything more relaxing than a fire burning in our wood stove, soup simmering on the stove in the kitchen, a cup of coffee nearby and my knitting. Drop by YARNS today while we are having our after Christmas sale and make the most important preparation for the winter . . . lots of yarn!
Yesterday when I opened the mail from my parents, I found a wonderful new photo of the two of them on their Christmas card. My first thought was what a nice photo of them. My second thought was how nice the sweater that I had made for her look in the photo. How fun to see my project in a Christmas photo. How fun to see a project that I make being enjoyed by someone. After all, that’s why I knit!!!
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!