The Night Before, The Night Before

VintageAs Christmas fell on a Thursday this year, I was laying in bed Tuesday night thinking about EVERYTHING!  I couldn’t sleep and decided to get up and take something for some sinus pressure — I turned on the light, so I could see… I looked around my room, I saw presents to my left and presents to my right.Artful Ewe 021

It really made me think about all that had transpired since Thanksgiving night.  All the decorations like the lights and the tree, those poinsettias.  I had a theme this year for my family gift giving, so there was the thought, and planning and shopping that went into that.  There were Christmas cards that got sent out, there was seasonal food that got made and eaten right along.  We do stockings in our family, and lots of thought and gathering went into that ordeal too (which by the way, is one of my favorite fun things).  Then there was the wrapping, the tape, the scissors, the tags, the tissue and paper and ribbons.  I was going to a couple of holiday gatherings and needed a few things, because I also had church to attend on Christmas Eve and then there was Christmas day itself.  I always want a few new items to enhance the wardrobe weather it’s a new sweater, a new scent or maybe new mascara or SOMETHING come on!  Let’s not forget a hair cut, and I always get a manicure and a pedicure for myself at Christmas time.  I try very hard not to forget anyone; the kids, that’s no brainer and of course the husband…..but the mail lady and my hair stylist, my girl friends, the pets and my granddog.Artful Ewe 007

Artful Ewe 001Now on to the food…..what’s for Christmas Eve, what’s for Christmas dinner, snacks — we always have smoked salmon, cream cheese and crackers, olives and holiday candies.  We make a homemade mix for hot rum totties, and champagne.  Create a menu, make a list….countless trips to the store; you always need more butter than ever before.  The “hi how are ya’s” to all the neighbors, as life gets so busy, but you want to say hello – it’s the thing to do.  Now the house MUST be cleaned, the folks are comin over.

I have a Christmas tea every year for my daughter in law, her mother, and all of the girlfriends.  That is very fun, and this year there was a baby girl in attendance; what joy!  Where we have our tea, is a lovely historical town, that was a mill town back in the day.  It’s called Port Gamble, and there happens to be a yarn shop in town – yep!  The Artful Ewe — it’s a very special store!  Artful Ewe 002When you walk inside, it’s cozy and quaint!  You arean’t going to find Cascade Yarns, Rowan or Berroco.  You are going to find fibers of all sorts, custom dyed by Heidi, the owner.  You will see lovely buttons, and her gorgeous dog Grace.  Heidi will be there, with a warm smile on her face and sometimes her friends are there to get some quality knitting time in.  I made it a point to arrive to the tea 45 minutes early so I could go inside and say hello and grab some pictures to show you all.Artful Ewe 003

Artful Ewe 004With all of the holiday trappings, we all try and knit either for ourselves or a special someone on that list.  It’s a wonder and an accomplishment if it ever get’s done and done on time.  I want to congratulate everyone who made their knitting goals this season; yours truly did not finish a single thing.  One item, seriously needs just a bind off and block, while others are close, one is half way there and one — WHAT WAS I THINKING??Artful Ewe 005

Artful Ewe 008As I look in the frig for something to eat, and even wonder…..what are we going to have for dinner tonight, as I sent everyone home with food HA – I have to go to the store…….REALLY?  In all those Christmas details…..take some time out, this week before the end of the year is near, and visit your LYS (local yarn shop) and treat yourself to something, grab yourself a nice cuppa and just relax with your needles and yarn – you deserve it~Artful Ewe 010 Artful Ewe 009


Wednesday Night Knitting

What a great group of women!  I always feel better after spending time with them.  All so different, all bring something brilliant to the table.  Tonight we had our Christmas gathering and I got to snap a couple of pictures of some good knitting!  Wendy is such a great knitter, she’s even done some teaching.  She’s helped us all at one time or another.  She has an amazing sense of color and she knows gauge.  Everything she knits FITS!  Here she is in her Pop Spots Shawl by Loop in the UK.  She used Toth Yarns Little Rice for the background, Freia sport weight Flux in the color Metal Earth for the spots, and Freia fingering weight in the color Blue Patina for the fringe.  Her shawl is larger than the small size, but she ran out of yarn about half way through the large size.  In my opinion it’s the perfect size~Wendy


Helen always comes in with something finished as does Debbie!  Here is Helen in her Cryin Icicles by Plucky Knitter Design.  She held Plucky Scholar along with Plucky Cashmere – stunning and soft! Cryin’ Icicles is a free Ravelry download.  Helen The Sundry shawl by Jennifer Dassau has become a group project organically.  It all started with Julie, and then Libbie, and now here is Wendy’s and Debbie’s.  Wendy’s is the gray/charcoal version using Artful Ewe Lotus yarn.  Debbie’s is the berry combo with gray using Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino Lite.  Both gorgeous – I want to knit one….maybe 2015???Shawls1Shawls


All of us have been a little nuts over the Seattle Seahawks after their amazing season last year and win at the Super Bowl.  Honestly, it’s kind of crazy watching folks walk around any time of the year wearing Seahawk gear.  We’ve never really experienced that here.  Yarn and knitting projects fall right in line with all of it.  Here is Barbara of Arlington wearing the Seahawk Cowl that she made.  She was participating in a KAL through the Fancy Image Yarn group over on Ravelry, and decided that she would knit a cowl instead of hat, but still use the graph and chart of the pattern she chose, IV. Jonathan Anderson’s Cap by Carol A. Anderson.  Barbara used Fancy Image Yarn Merino Wool DK.  The pattern can be found in the book, Scandinavian Caps for the Guys by Cottage Creations.  If you are on Ravelry, look us up!

Seahawk Cowl

Plucky at “The Mouse”!

SONY DSCMost of you have likely heard of the Plucky Knitter.  Now, Sarah Dimond and Company have created an exclusive color line especially for the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on beautiful Bainbridge Island, in the state of Washington!  Ten colors from Ferry Schedule, to Cuppa, Bainbridge Bramble, Sound Crossing, Brown Betty and more.SONY DSC

The line started out in the fingering weight of Primo Fingering, and has expanded to Traveler Sport.  Knitters were lined up to meet Sarah and have access to her luxury yarns.  I went with my friend Kate, and we met up with our friend Jana.  It was so much fun to see lots of my friends there planning their future projects.  I was lucky enough to pick up some yarn of my own.SONY DSC

The store had a very fun and festive vibe.  A trip to Bainbridge Island is always fun, and a trip to Churchmouse the same.  I love taking it all in — you might be going for some Plucky, but enjoy shopping for tea, treating yourself to another pattern to add to the collection and seeing other stars such as Rowan yarns, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter & Loft, along with the coveted Emma Bridgewater mugs!SONY DSC

A shout out to Sarah and the Plucky crew, so nice to meet you…..and to my friends, love you so much….and Churchmouse – keep up the good work, bringing all of us lucky enough to be in reach, wonderful memories and good times~