Sunday, January 24, 2010

"The Christmas Sweater" by Glenn Beck

Although it was the week after Christmas and I thought of "The Christmas Sweater" as a Christmas story, I decided to pick it up and see what it was all about. I absolutely fell in love with this story! I am now a fan of Glenn Beck too, seeing as this story he tells is based on his life.

If you've ever thought back on the way you took things for granted as a child, as you can only see clearly once you are an adult, you will be able to relate. Eddie, the main character of the story, deals with a lot of trauma as a young boy, which culminates in his feeling as if no one can relate to him and what he is going through. It takes quite a wake-up call to make Eddie realize what he needs to appreciate.

Glenn Beck has changed his life story slightly, but it will bring you to tears as you feel for the character based on him. I would highly recommend this book, it makes you realize that a gift can take you back in time, especially a sentimental gift. This is a fast read, and it makes a great gift too, pick it up now!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So Many Babies to Come!

I've gotten so much news in the last month, and it's so exciting! It seems that it is baby time! Three of my girlfriends have told me recently that they are expecting come summer! One is having her second child, but two are having their first. It is such an exciting time and I can't wait for them all to arrive. Of course, my mind is reeling thinking about what creations I should make for these little ones. Blankets, sweaters, booties, hats, my needles will be quite busy.

I'll keep you up to date on my creations!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ahhh.... the Relief!

I am happy to say that I finished all gift projects this holiday season in time to get them off the needles and wrap them! I made several gifts, but don't have pictures of all yet, hoping to get some from those who received them.... hint, hint ;o)

I made our niece beautiful little girly legwarmers for the ballerina that she has become. They were knit out of beautiful Dale of Norway Baby Ull Yarn in light pink, medium purple and lime green stripes. She loved them! I also gifted them with light pink tights and a pink tutu skirt. Every little girl's dream!

For one of my sister-in-law's I knitted a cozy ribbed knit scarf. I used the so soft Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in a pretty green called Pistachio, it turned out so plush and cushy. I loved the way the yarn knit up!

For Hubby I knit a great man's striped scarf out of Sublime's Cashmere Merino Silk Aran yarn. I love the feel of the yarn, it is so soft when it knits up too. It is a charcoal scarf with sage green striping, just the right amount of contrast for him. Catch the picture, that's it!

Friends of ours had a new baby on New Year's Day, and I finished a lovely Hearts and Stars blanket to keep the baby cozy through the rest of the winter. She loved it so much that she fell asleep as soon as she was in her new cocoon. I loved holding her and can't wait to see her again, (see that picture too) they grow up so fast. So, I wonder who's having a baby next, I should probably get started on the blanket now...

Now I've started getting ideas for what to make people for next Christmas. I think if I start now, I can get it done, oh maybe by December 23rd this year!