Saturday, December 31, 2011

We had a great Christmas celebration here. I started vacation on December 16 at 4:30 when I left work. It seemed excessive to take a whole week off before Christmas, but I am glad I did. The list on my refrigerator of projects to finish before Christmas is still hanging there. I crossed off most of the projects, and I'm spending these last few days of vacation trying to finish the rest of them.

One of the first projects I saw on Pinterest that I wanted to make was a knitting needle case. You can find the directions here. I like how mine turned out. I wish I had one of these a long time ago; I wouldn't have bought duplicate needles and hooks if I'd been more organized! And somewhere along the line I lost the mate to two different sizes of needles. Of course they weren't part of the duplicates, and doesn't that just figure.

I've been knitting baby hats and crocheting slippers, and I can't seem to get enough of working with yarn. The local quilt shop is offering knitting classes in January, and I'm really tempted to sign up. This website has some really great patterns.

My granddaughter Natalie wanted to give each child in her kindergarten class a pair of mittens for Christmas. Her great grandmonther is well-known in their little town for her knitting skills. She was already knitting mittens for the church Christmas program, so she made an extra 25 pair for Natalie (all togther she made 100 pairs of mittens this year!).

The mittens were packed in a box and given to Natie to take to school. A half hour after she got to school that day, the teacher called Julie and said there were only 18 pairs but 21 students. Julie thought great grandma miscounted only to find out that her mother in law had made sure there were 25 pair when they were packed in the box. Come to find out, Natie had started passing out mittens on the bus to students who didn't have any. I love this story and I'm going to write it down and put it into the book I've started to chronicle Natie's school years.

I hope your 2012 is a good year for you. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read these posts or to follow my blog. I hope God pours out blessings on you and your home this coming year.


Anneke said...

hi Mary,
you started a vacation, but you're busy with all there was to be done. Hopefully it was all fun, or most of it...
Love the story about Nathalie, and wow how much mittens her great grandmother has made. It's amazing!

I hope you have a great New Year's Eve and start the 2012 in a good way. All the best for 2012, may you and your family be blessed in the upcoming year.

Melanie said...

I just know your 2012 will be really special. Envious of your vacation days. There is nothing like homemade mittens...That's a story for that baby book.. remember it.

Happy New Year Lady!

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

What a dear heart your little Natalie is! I love your blog Mary and it's always a treat to amble by and sit awhile. I wish you a Happy New Year. BTW, I celebrate New Years on your time zone ( I live in CA) and then happily trundle off to bed for a wonderful night's sleep.



Sue said...

I am so glad you were able to enjoy your vacation time! And that you were also able to cross things off on your list! That's extra special :D

We've had lots of people here so not too much on the sewing end. I'm changing all of that this next week :D

So thankful to have you as a friend and I pray that your New Year will bring some extra special blessings your way!

Hugs for 2012!

Linda said...

Happy New Year, Mary! Here's to another creative year!

Pokey said...

Aw, a giving gg just like her Grandmother! I hope you have a happy, healthy new year, Mary!
hugs, pokey

Karen Sue said...

Yes, we have some Beverly mittens in our closet, too!
What a great story and I must ask where you go to the local yarn store?
I want to log 50 yarn and quilt store visit this year, my 50th year~!!

Karen Sue said...

sorry - misread it's the QUILT shop that is teaching knitting... oops!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Aw, that is so sweet. I am such a sap, it brought tears to my eyes! That's definitely a story you need to write down.

Don't you just love Pinterest? I have made and implemented so many things off of there so I feel that my time spent is justified, hehe.