Thursday, January 01, 2009

It's Been Awhile

Hah. I'll bet you all thought I'd given up with the blog, but no. It's been flitting around in my head, for months, but I'd end up choking. Always. I'm a blog wuss. Does anyone know of a support group?

This will be a short one, dipping the toes in the water type. I HAVE been knitting these past few months, mostly stealth projects. I'll get to those in future posts (did I just write 'future posts'?!?!?). I still have a few stealth projects to knit but I'm also going to devote more time to 'selfish knitting' this year, knits for ME.

At some point early November I decided all the kids, young and old, large and small, needed felted clogs, holiday gifts and checking with calendar in hand I decided it was 'doable' and it was. (note there are two pair of pink clogs, the first pair was too small for Gracie aka Little Miss Bigfoot)



My mother was telling me a month or so ago that she has been experiencing getting chilled, which is a rather new thing for her, but partly (mostly) due to her being more sedentary. I got to thinking about this and of course decided a shawl was in order. I went with the 'Pie Are Square Shawl' ala EZ, and true to EZ decided on the garter stitch. I had two huge skeins of pure alpaca that I'd picked up at the Yarn Barn in Kansas... what, 3 years ago, gorgeous natural brown (think light dusting of snow on trees) then knit the attached lace border (more alpaca, mix of light natural and pale gray). Finished the knitting on the night of 22 Dec, soaked it and blocked it the next morning, put the box fan on a low setting to further enhance the drying and it was ready for gifting Christmas Eve. Right off the needles it looked like just so much crap. Honestly. I had more than a few anxious moments, I couldn't even take a photo of it.
Silly me. It blocked out beautifully.





No photos of Mom with her shawl, she really doesn't care for having photos taken of her but I'm hoping to get them at some point.

I've been inspired by Cindy and her tunes. Here's one for you, to bring in the New Year.
This is one of The Very First Tunes I remember as a child and absolutely loving it. I still do.



Until next post, Happy Knitting to all, best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, and yes, Make Good Time.

52 Comments:

Blogger Nikki said...

Beautiful shawl and slippers!!

Good to see YOU back too!! :)


xoxo

01 January, 2009 10:04  
Blogger Cindy said...

YAY!!!!! I'm so happy you posted. I loved your tune. Tommy Dorsey, even. Your pi shawl is gorgeous. Your Mom will be so warm and feel so surrounded by love (and, alpaca). Oh, and the clogs? Can you knit them in your sleep, yet? HAPPY NEW YEAR, GIRL!!!!

Major hugs and pitty pats sent your way.

01 January, 2009 10:52  
Blogger Cookie said...

You're alive!

That's a lot of felted clogs. Well done, and your mother's shawl is lovely.

Happy New Year!

01 January, 2009 11:22  
Blogger Kit said...

Yay, it's good to see you posting! You should do it more often! Also, that shawl looks really nice and I'm sure your mother is feeling quite a bit less chilled with it on. :)

01 January, 2009 11:48  
Blogger ambermoggie said...

Welcome back dear friend I have really missed you:) Some fabulous knitting there, so at least you haven't been wasting your time:))
Happy New creative year
hugs
amber

01 January, 2009 11:48  
OpenID crazyknittinglady said...

Happy New Year Marianne! You are the awesomest. Look at all those fine gifts!

01 January, 2009 11:52  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Welcome back! It looks like you've been a busy knitter these last months -- those clogs look so warm and cozy and that shawl is an absolute stunner! I love it :)

Happy new year!

01 January, 2009 12:37  
Blogger Julie said...

Welcome back, Marianne!!!!! I like the sound of "in future posts".

Your mother must have been very pleased with that gorgeous shawl! It's beautiful.

As for the slippers, all I can say is - HOLY MOLY!


XOXOXOX

01 January, 2009 12:43  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I am loving the picture of all the clogs. It's almost a color wheel!

Happy New Year!

01 January, 2009 13:26  
Blogger Robin said...

Hey...You're back!! It's so good to see you!
Lovely slippers & shawl.
Happy New Year!!!!

01 January, 2009 15:32  
Anonymous Joy said...

That's a lotta clogs, and the shawl is gorgeous!

01 January, 2009 17:41  
Blogger Hege said...

I love the tune! So cheery!. Happy new year to you and your family. Great job making so many projects for Christmas! Awesome slippers and shawl!

01 January, 2009 20:49  
Anonymous Paula said...

Finally, it is my turn to comment! I'll bet everyone loved their clogs. I know I love mine. And my goodness, but the shawl is beautiful! Happy New Year!

01 January, 2009 22:01  
Blogger raining sheep said...

Oh my, miracles happen on New Year's day :) Many hugs Marianne and all the very best in 2009. I am so excited I finally get to write a comment on your blog and no better day than January 1. I love the clogs, I LOVE the clogs. They are such fun. I am being very lazy, doing nothing, well...went ice climbing today; it was cold and I am tired. I only have three more days off and then back to work...so I am making the most of the next three days...doing nothing.

01 January, 2009 23:03  
Blogger Saisquoi said...

Beautiful knits, and lovely to have you back :)

02 January, 2009 05:02  
Blogger Dee said...

Yep ... you said FUTURE posts!!! I saw you. Glad you are back. I've missed you.

Wow on the clogs!!! Thatsa lotta warm feet.

And the shawl...awesome. I'm sure your mom will just savor it. Alpaca --- mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...toasty and soft.

02 January, 2009 08:27  
Anonymous Norma said...

all that knitting! phenomenal. Yes. future posts. sorry about the weird typing. braces, ya know.

02 January, 2009 08:48  
Blogger Mouse said...

You're alive! Wow.. I can't believe you knit all of those clogs-- I'm still dragging along on a single pair of Fuzzy Feet slippers for my husband.
Happy 2009!

02 January, 2009 10:39  
Blogger Kitty Mommy said...

The slippers are WONDERFUL! Especially hanging out as a group like that and the shawl? Words fail me...lucky mom!

02 January, 2009 17:20  
Blogger Faren said...

Gorgeous shawl and wonderful clogs. Good to see you back!

02 January, 2009 22:32  
Blogger weebug said...

you certainly have been a busy one! I love all the clogs and the shawl is fantastic. and thank you for the lovely surprise in my bloglines roll call today!

03 January, 2009 01:58  
Blogger Kelly said...

Hi Marianne. Good to see you back!

I knit three pairs of clogs for Christmas gifts this year, and was already growing weary of repeating the pattern. I salute your persistence!

Happy new year to you!

03 January, 2009 11:00  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Happy New Year and glad to see you back! That is a beautiful group of clogs. You are so creative!

03 January, 2009 16:39  
Blogger Dianne said...

Aww..SHE's BAaahCK...Welcome back Sweet Sis..I've missed your posts but glad we've kept in touch.
Those clogs are awesome..I'm never surprised at you..because I know what you're capable of...grins from ear to ear..
I know your Mom will feel the loving warmth of every single stitch in her lovely shawl..
So..when would you have had time to blog with all that knitting?..
Look forward to any future posts..but just remember, we do it because 'we can'...
Love you~~

03 January, 2009 19:37  
Blogger Knit and fall back in it said...

Happy New Year to you!!!! Your clogs are great, but oh my goodness, that shawl is the greatest. I'm sure your mom will get lots of use out of that one!

Beer knitting Tuesday night. Sue and I will be there if no one else is and we would loooove to see you...I'm just sayin'.

03 January, 2009 22:20  
Blogger picperfic said...

Love the video! How wonderful to have you back! Happy New Year! :^) The lace around the neck of the gorgeous shawl is beautiful, I am looking forward to you showing us your precious Mum in it too. As for the slippers, amazing work, I have been thinking about making another pair. Don't think I have added the ones I have made to my list of FO's. xoxox

04 January, 2009 21:12  
Blogger nonizamboni said...

YOU'RE BACK! I've thought of you knitting away on those clog--they're- wonderful. The shawl is gorgeous--you have such an eye for color.
Happy new year, my dear
friend!
p.s. I was wearing the Thorpe hat when I hit the deck and it was tied under my chin(s)so it brought me some measure of comfort, however uncool I looked :O)

05 January, 2009 07:30  
Blogger Sarah said...

Happy, happy HAPPY new year to you too my dear. So lovely to see a post from you - the clogs all lined up like that are just so great :o)

05 January, 2009 09:12  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

WOW! No Second Clog Syndrome there, wow, congratulations! And on the shawl too. Very cool.

06 January, 2009 00:20  
Blogger Dana said...

Eeeeek! I was tickled to see your new post. The clogs and shawl (ohhhhhhh the shawl) turned out BEAUTIFULLY. Your family must've been thrilled when they opened their Christmas gifts.

Happy New Year to you too!
XOXOXOX

06 January, 2009 15:20  
Anonymous Gretch said...

This will teach me not to check back on a regular basis! No crazy RSS feed for me! Welcome back, dear friend - your voice has clearly been missed by lots of us.

Welcome. Home.

13 January, 2009 06:58  
Anonymous Pat said...

2 weeks later....did you change your mind ?? :-)

15 January, 2009 11:45  
Blogger LynnM said...

Hey, it's been so long your blog slipped right off my bar! Those clogs are AMAZING, especially assembled en masse!

No points for guessing which little ditty I'll be humming for the rest of the day.

16 January, 2009 09:33  
OpenID fiberjoy said...

A Post, and here I thought I'd checked back around the 12th?

Hurray for you! :-)

What clog pattern(s) do you use?

21 January, 2009 00:21  
Blogger Monika said...

You've opened a clog factory! ;o) I love your shawl! I've read EZ's instructions for that one, and it scared me. The lace looks fantastic. I sure hope we'll see a picture of it worn some day.

23 January, 2009 07:01  
Anonymous twinsetjan said...

Now I feel guilty for having bought pattern and yarn for felted clogs months ago and not even finishing one set for Christmas! These are great...and I love the shawl colors. The gray makes it so elegant.

24 January, 2009 00:08  
Blogger Granny Smith said...

Welcome back! I'm sorry this comment is so late, but yes I had sort of given up at finding anything on your blog. Your wonderful handicrafts are inspiring - as always!

XXX

09 February, 2009 13:51  
Blogger Dana said...

Tagged! You've been given an award - - check out my blog. :)

24 February, 2009 11:16  
Blogger Spinning Lara said...

Beautiful shawl! And AMAZING slippers! I love the picture of them, they look like flower petals.

oxoxoxo

02 March, 2009 14:05  
Anonymous midgeling said...

Oh my gosh! The shawl is beautiful! And the clogs remind me of one Christmas long, long ago when my aunt and I went to visit my grandma. We were trying to unpack. Every drawer we opened in the spare room was filled with crochet slippers! We had the biggest giggle fit!

If you start a blog-chokers support group, I'll joint! :-)

10 March, 2009 17:53  
Blogger Ellie Hamilton said...

Hi, Marianne! The shawl is BEAUTIFUL.... you MADE that??? And the clogs, too. Gosh. You've got some talented hands there. And the mind to direct them!

I found you via FiberJoy's blog. Thank you for your very kind comment there. It's uplifting to know so many people are "going" with me! Thank you for reading my blog, and you're right, it's a journey within the journey of my life. You said it exactly.

29 March, 2009 21:35  
Blogger Angela Cox said...

Wow , love those slippers!

01 May, 2009 02:42  
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08 December, 2009 19:21  
Blogger Ellie Hamilton said...

Hi again, Marianne! Thank you for reading my blog and correctly guessing the 10 words!!

Are you going to post annually on yours? ;-) If you'll enable your contact info on your profile, I can answer you by email when you comment on mine :-)

08 December, 2009 22:01  
Blogger raining sheep said...

Hi Marianne, I don't see your email on your profile any more but I did want to wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season. Hugs.

Raina

21 December, 2009 19:17  
Blogger Dana said...

"Please, ma'am, may I have some more?"

Blogging, that is. :P

XOXOX

25 May, 2010 14:41  
Blogger Dianne said...

Ditto on Dana..Pwease Pwetty Wady..won't you give us another chance?

26 May, 2010 11:46  

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