Happy New Year, party peeps! I’m still recovering from a whirlwind of holidays, family and house guests. Just wanted to take a minute for a quick post though, to wish you a 2009 filled with the promise of hope and the actuality of change. Peace and love to you all!
We kept it mellow here for New Years eve, watching various TV specials with the kids and counting down with a sparkling grape juice toast (pregnant ladies know how to live it up, eh?)
It was exceptionally cold in New York where most NYE programming seemed to be shot, which is good news for the stitch geeks among us. Why, you ask? Well my friends, because cold weather = lots o’ knitwear! I entertained myself much of the evening by spotting yarn-gear worn by hosts and other TV personalities. Oh, and because of the aforementioned geekage, I took a few pictures of said be-knitted (and be-crocheted) persons.
CNN’s Erica Hill, wearing a knit beanie and fringed scarf.
CNN’s Don Lemon wearing a crocheted Trojan-style hat. They made him take it off though before I could get a profile shot of the yarn-hawk. Blast! CNN producers, why you gotta be crochet haters?
One of the interviewees on PBS’s New York Philharmonic special wore what appeared to be a crochet & gemstone necklace.
I am devastated by the loss of @hillcountryweavers founder, Susanne Middlebrooks.
I wrote a longer tribute to her on my blog and Facebook (links in bio). In short, though, she had been sick for a long time but had been a master at not letting the illness get in the way of her living. So, it was often unimaginable that she wouldn't be with us for longer. Last June during an industry convention in Chicago when Susanne came over to the bar booth I was sitting at and plopped herself next to me to chat, I had no idea that it would be the last time I'd get to see her. I'm so thankful though, that when we parted ways to go back to our respective meetings, it was with a hug. Rest in purls, my friend....
When I came across this Knitting Needle Patent greeting card by @patentpress , I couldn’t resist selecting it as one of the items for the YarnYAY! September box! (Link in @vickiehowell bio or got to YarnYAY.com)
What looks like part circular knitting needle, part Tunisian crochet hook is illustrated as the patent drawing for flexible knitting needles. This greeting card memorializes the creation of tools that we stitchers can now, not do without!...
Nineteen years into this knitting career, it’s crazy-pants that I’ve never had Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet kits before. So, I finally made it happen. If you know someone, or ARE someone that wants to learn — while also making something wearable— check out our new hats and scarves kits in the YarnYAY! Shop!