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We had a lovely Christmas this year.  It was a treat to have Ben stay overnight.  We went to the candlelight service and through the windows the snow was falling, which added to the beautiful service.
Sock Monkey keeps watch over the gifts from my chair.
Each ornament holds a memory. 
This is what I plan to do more of in 2014! 
The ever-watchful collie tends the sheep.
The Boy Scout part of the tree has critters, a canoe, and a tepee
among other things. 
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The town has a new building--a tent!
Ben, Zach, and Scott take a break in the tree outside the wall tent.
Jim is busy fixing a wheel. 
I'm busy spinning between batches of cookies baking.
Humpty Dumpty has some company this year.

The larger candle holders were on the mantle of my Grandma's home.  I found the
miniature versions at an antique shop in Anoka last year.

A doily makes a lovely tree skirt for the mini tree.  The angel is Angel Baby and was my sister's
and then my Mom's.  She was in a basket by Mom's bed and every year she would grace the top Mom's tree.


An old-fashioned Christmas

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a spinning demo at the Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park.  This was during the Arctic blast so it was very cold in the house, but since I was next to the kitchen I could warm my hands by the wood stove and nibble on Norwegian goodies.  I took the photos with my phone when we closed at four o'clock, as I was so busy when the visitors were there.  The rooms of the house had activities for people to try.  I am in many photos and hope to come across one.  Louie Louet was with me and I carded and spun some of the white washed wool on the wheel.  With one of the spindles I spun some of the dyed red Joanne sent me.  I plied the two together to make "candy cane" yarn, which the children loved.
Being in the house was going back in time to my childhood and visiting my Grandma McQueen's farmhouse in Ohio.  Fond memories of happy times I keep in my heart.

The Christmas tree was  adorned with hand-made ornaments.
Fragrant pomanders to make by the Christmas tree.  

The stairway was a perfect spot for hanging the stockings.

Earlier someone was playing Christmas carols.

This photo of an early spin in is a treasure.  

I was in this room on Saturday.  It was very cold!
(Notice the chamber pot--I remember those.)
On Sunday I was just outside this room near the kitchen.

The dolly dishes are set up for a tea party across from me.
My sister would have loved this!  I think I heard her giggling...

Sitting across from this window, I could watch the children playing on the kick sleds.

There was a lot of activity in the kitchen, which was warm from the wood stove.
The aroma of baking was heavenly and included baked rice pudding, Lefse, ginger cookies, Krumkake, and cranberry-apple crumb topped pie!

A fun picture of the Nisser preparing for Christmas.

Pine boughs decorated each doorway and window.

Maybe I will be able to come back when the weather permits to spin or paint on the porch.

In one of the bedrooms, visitors could make paper chains and ornaments. 
Clothes for the little ones.

The well-dressed teddy bear was under the tree.  Such a handsome little fellow.

The barn and out buildings.

I love my doorways.

With some leftover yarn from the Ariana Shell I whipped up the Knitbot Simple Hat (slouchy style) for the shop.



I have the Valentine's Mitts finished and now that they are blocked the result is perfect.  The Marion Foale 3-Ply yarn has a nice hand and the color selection is wonderful.  The mitts are pinkish brown called Donkey, which I think is funny.  The color reminds me of the faded tissue from an antique valentine.  The mitts were easy to make, as the design was just knits, purls, and repeating the chart four times.  The thumb gusset has two plain rows between the increase rows.  They have a good fit--snug to the hand and thumb without being too tight.  This will be a class in January and February 2014.

I got a new pair of Sock Monkey pajamas this year.  Sock Monkeys playing with yarn and knitting.  How fun is that?

Speaking of all things woolly...Jim took me out for Black Sheep pizza in St. Paul on Friday afternoon.  The pies are coal fired and really good.  The crust is thin and crunchy.  Mine was the meatball, ricotta, and garlic.  I had to purchase a t-shirt, of course, and the waiter put the shirt in a small pizza box.  I love the doodled sheep logo.

Hot pizza pie on a cold day--yum!



I took the top to the shop yesterday and Deb took a photo for me.  I tried doing one on my own at home, but it wasn't working out.  I have a big smile because I really love this project.  It was fun to knit and looks really good.  Rowan Felted Tweed is the perfect yarn and the charcoal color grew on me.  I want to make one for myself.

Detail of the lace and front gathering.

Happy knitter!



I finished the Ariana Shell and it is now drying.  The Rowan Felted Tweed DK was the perfect choice.  I made it larger, as I prefer it as a vest instead of a shell.  I am wet-blocking the sweater which made the fabric easier to measure and smooth into shape.  Maybe it will be dry tomorrow and I can take it to the shop.

The lace border is a nice finish to this project.  I enjoyed knitting it.
(After looking at this photo I smoothed out the left side to match the right.) 
The lace yoke was knitted flat and then grafted together.
Above that you can see the four-row seed stitch neck band.
My next tasks are to get more patterns on Ravelry, finish Monkey Jacobus  II, start Christmas cards, and then get some small projects finished.
Thanksgiving will be just the three of us this year.  Nice and cozy.  I did not buy the turkey yet and hope to find a small one.  Last week there were none smaller than 11 pounds!  That is a LOT of turkey.  My last class of the month is today and that gives me time to tidy up the house and decorate.



Sit, Sip, and Knit...not only at the shop, but at home. I am knitting up samples for upcoming classes.  It is good to get past picking up stitches and reading charts at home so I can move along quickly to finishing projects by taking them along with me.  Getting the fiddly bits out of the way at home works well for me.  If I take something complicated to knitting group I would have to frog everything and do it over again.  We are a fun group, although not necessarily quiet!

Last week at SSK our table was knitting with purple!
The Ariana Shell is so beautiful.  The charcoal color has grown on me and since it is tweed, there are lovely little pops of color in the yarn.  It is joined in the round as of yesterday and I am working the stockinette portion of the body for 14-inches before the lace border at the bottom.  This is a well-written pattern and I like the simple construction that appears complicated.  I think it is a perfect class project choice.

Lace yoke is worked flat, ends are grafted together in a circle, and stitches are picked up on front and back.
One Valentine Mitt is complete and the second mitt is well on its way to the finish line.  The mitt in the photo is not blocked yet.  When I finish the second mitt I will block them at the same time.  another perfect class project perfect for learning how to read a chart, knitting in the round, etc.

Purled hearts on the Valentine's Mitts.

The final session for Monkey Jacobus is tomorrow.  I am at the monkey's bum.  This will be a gift for a little girl.  I think this little monkey needs to have a dress.
Little monkey is taking shape and the face appears more duck-like than monkey.  Once the muzzle is added, the personality begins to show.


My Moosie Has Arrived!

The wait is over--my Moosie arrived today while I was at SSK!
The box was at the front door...

...I anxiously opened it and saw my name...the suspense is driving me crazy!

Shiela Bosworth test-spun it for me and I am so happy.  It's just beautiful.  

The whorl has a pin weight by the notch.  The weight is 39 g/1.39 oz,
and the shaft is Kamphi Rosewood.  It was #3 in the release of ten spindles.

I finished spinning the roving that was on it and plied it.  

I may have to name it Bullwinkle.  This is the obligatory Moose and Squirrel photo.