26 November 2010

Full Circle

Celebrating 4 years of knitting fun ~ much to be thankful for!

Happy Birthday, Friend

Eat, knit and be merry!  Enjoy the rest of your birthday month......you spoiled brat ;)

25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Our first White Thanksgiving since, well, I can't remember!  We're coming full circle today ~ the knitwits learned to knit together on Thanksgiving day 4 years ago and this will be the first Thanksgiving since then that we've all been together ~ it should be a joyous and fiber filled celebration.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and I hope you all have as much to be thankful for today as I do.

22 November 2010

Baby, it's coooold outside

Our first snow of the year ~ it's early and not mixed with rain so maybe the forecast for a long, cold, white winter is right.

Dozer will be okay with that ~ he's decided the giant snowflakes are messing with him and has taken to chasing each one he sees ~ it's something new in the 3 years we've had him and it's so hilarious the image stabilizer couldn't quite calm my quaking hands since I was in hysterics trying to get a picture of him.

This is the best shot of the day ~ sounds like I may have lots of time to practice over the next few months ~ hopefully, the novelty won't wear off for Dozer.  It's so good to have a dog around to keep your spirits up!

He's not howling ~ he's trying to catch the flakes.....pretty cute, eh?!

18 November 2010

The Gang

Thanks, Charisa, for sharing these ~ it's nice to have a couple of the 4 of us (and where I don't look like someone should call 911 immediately!)

15 November 2010

More Photos From Our Latest Adventure

" Aren't you glad I only had 3 sons" were the first words out of my wonderful mother-in-laws mouth.

With a laugh, hmm... what does that mean? all of us daughter-in-laws thought.
Wouldn't she want even more of us?!

~We might be all any mother could take.

We are so much more then just "in laws" to each other.
What a memory we'll share.
We'll have more, and we've got some money because of our courage, so we'll need to plan another activity.
Hope to knit with you all soon. ~Oneknitwit

12 November 2010

Coming up for air.....

I've spent the last 3 days hitting 'replay' in my mind and reliving our experience as presenters for the Snohomish Knitter's Guild.  It's hard to put into words all that I personally gained from the experience ~ actually, I guess I should say it would take too many words to do that.  I've been thinking about what I wanted to tell everyone about our big night and this is what it boiled down to for me:
  • Charisa ~ you are one dynamic, charismatic, fearless leader!  It's amazing what you and your knitting group have accomplished in the last year.  To take your passion for knitting and form the community that you have in such a short time was amazing to observe.  You are the epitome of the guild's theme this year.  Thank you so much for inviting us to come and speak to you all.  And on a personal note, I still can't believe how quickly you pegged me as a type A personality, oh kindred spirit!
  • The Guild ~ you were wonderful!  We were so nervous ~ some more than others...we had visions of seizures, fainting spells, tears, hysterical laughter....you name it, we were worried it was going to happen to one of us!  You all couldn't have been more welcoming and enthusiastic about a bunch of strangers coming to talk to you about a craft that many of you have probably had more experience at than the sum of all our combined years of knitting.  Thank you so much for making us feel at home from the minute we walked in the door!
  • National vs Local ~ within 10 minutes I decided that my TKGA membership will be a thing of the past (at least for the time being) when it expires in February and I'm going to join the Snohomish Guild.  I can't wait to get locally involved and hopefully be put to work in some form or fashion to help this fantastic group of people grow and support each other in their fiber craft passions.  I'm a workhorse and love to help where I can, so hopefully once I settle in I'll be able to contribute in some way.
  • Waltz Building ~ I'm not sure where the guild used to meet but the new digs are fantastic!  I looked it up on 'the Google' this week and learned that it was built in 1938 as the music building for the high school.  I love the sense of history you get when you walk in the door, with old black and white class photos on the walls everywhere you look.  What better place to practice a craft that has such a rich history of it's own.  My only regret is that the lighting was not the best for photo taking and of the many photos I took after our presentation, I only had a few that were barely salvageable.
  • Feedback ~ we were hoping for some (anything, really, please tell us your thoughts from the night!) and I'm not sure what the other knitwits have heard but I'll share my moment of glory.  I got a wonderful note on Ravelry from luv4wool simply titled 'Inspiration' in which she shared that she has been knitting since a young age and that we inspired her to take a class and wanted to know where to start.  I've already thanked her and shared some thoughts on choosing a shop and a lesson but I'd like to thank her again here since her simple note made any of the prepresentation emotional trauma I went through totally worth it!  I'm so glad that you shared with me!  And I've also noticed that we have a few new followers on the blog ~ welcome!  We're glad that you were interested enough to find us online and leave us messages ~ warms my heart.  Also, the invites that I got to 4 knitgroups ~ thanks to everyone that approached me with an offer of a local weekly group ~ I hope to get to hang out with some if not all of you soon!  I'm excited!
  • On a personal note ~ I'll wrap it up by saying that I appreciated having the forum to publicly tell my fellow knitwits how I feel about them and all that they mean to me.  We send emails all the time but I don't think we've actually told each other out loud how much our friendships mean and how special we know our relationships with each other are.  What a great night!  I'm so proud that I let my arm be twisted into taking this opportunity and overcoming all my fears.  For someone that didn't think they could fill 5 minutes with anything but idle chatter, I think I may have taken up more than my allotted time and I still had things I wanted to say!  It was so empowering to be surrounded by so many creative, encouraging fellow crafters.  I feel like I've found a home ;)
I'll share just one photo with everyone ~ hopefully Kelli has a bunch that she can post but this was my money shot from the evening.  Kelli getting to share her first pattern with a guild member:

07 November 2010

Countdown ~ 2 more days .....

maybe I do have 15 minutes worth of things to talk about .......

I've been knitting for 4 years and this is only 1/3 of my projects ~ I've gifted the rest and I still have this many knits to talk about ~ sometimes you don't realize what you've accomplished until it's sitting right in front of you!

03 November 2010

Kelli Cap!!!~

Here's a cute beanie you can quickly knit up. You'll memorize the pattern in no time and wherever you are, as long as you have your US 8's and 11's~16" circulars you can knit away with ease and create a new hat.
Melissa thanks for your help and support~without you this would not have happened!