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.