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My Idaho nieces were just here for their annual 24-hour whirlwind visit. We played tourist….we visited……we ate……and we fantasized about the latest new craze of coloring….”Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest”. Some of my knitting friends – Kimberly, Bonnie, Merle, Karen (I think there are more) – have embarked on the adult coloring books that are so popular. I succumbed…have purchased copy for myself…well I had too because I decided to gift my nieces and nephew with these books. I was so happy that the girls were engulfed in their books (my nephew’s book is being mailed to him). Jade said, “I am so into this!” Jade and Abby were sharing comments Friday morning as they were waking up for the day.

Just before they left yesterday Bella (almost 13) asked for my phone # so that she could text. She did a few times in the afternoon….and the last one was her “first” coloring. Her message “finished my first one…but this is in Abby’s book” which is Enchanted Forest. The older girls, Bella and Jade, and I have Secret Garden…..Abby and Carson have “Enchanted Forest”.

So happy that these lovely coloring books are being enjoyed….off to get my coloring pencils today. Bella said I could share her work….so, of course, I am.

Announcing Avenue Yarns

Such exciting news from “our” very own Karen King….

King, KarenAlong with a new owner (Karen King), k2tog will get a new name: Avenue Yarns. Planning on opening in early October, the Avenue Yarns team is now dreaming and scheming many, many ways to bring new creativity and excitement to our knitting community. So many ideas! In addition to new supplies of your current favorites such as Rowan, Cascade, Brown Sheep, Shibui, and The Fibre Company, there will be lots of new offerings. Sincere Sheep, Lorna’s Laces, Mrs. Crosby, Juniper Moon, Madelinetosh, Anzula, Appalachian Baby, Malabrigo, Imperial Yarns, Dream In Color, Bagsmith, and Blacker Yarns will all be there, and much more. Also Avenue Yarns will offer spinning and weaving supplies. Knit Togethers will continue and a new roster of fun classes will be created. Watch your email and the website k2togonline.com for changes, news and announcements!

I, for one of many, couldn’t be happier for Karen and our knitting community.

I am inspired to knit many things….and some of them I do. In this case, Kimberly who purchased the Mountain Chickadee baby blanket pattern at Stitches West earlier this year, inspired me with her version of this lovely pattern. “Off” to Ravelry I went to purchase the same pattern. Both of us used Brown Sheep’s Cotton Fleece (80% cotton 20% wool) …..a great easy to care for yarn for new mom’s.

I have a 2-week deadline…..1/3 done….much knitting to do! I recall the year I decided to make my grandmother an afghan for Christmas…..made that decision at Thanksgiving and was done two days before. I had more time then….but I know I can make this deadline…..I can and I will by golly!

…..well, we’ve never really been gone….I’ve just been absent from the “blogging board”….what better way to get back than honoring Jean who is so loved by us all. Some 15 of us gathered to celebrate her upcoming birthday! Jean is an avid knitter, witty as can be and a great friend to the Friday Morning Knitting Group aka FMKG peeps.

In the midst of gifts and cards, treats and champagne many of us were clicking our needles.

Baby Joshua

News from Connie….grandson wrapped in love and knitted garments!

Connie says, “It’s a little cool here and not sleeping so well, but am in ‘heaven’.”

Before Susanne and her husband moved to Chico, they use to live in Pinole. She was a “regular” at Saturday morning knitting. We were blessed with a visit from her this past Saturday. Not only did we do some of the familiar….walk, knit, eat and yarn shop….Susanne shared her latest project. She said it is her most challenging…she has used life lines to stay on track. She so often knits patterns/designs that have challenge and the results are always beautiful. I asked her to send photos….here they are. I can hardly wait to see this when done. It was so good to see Susanne. We are going to have a knitting weekend in Chico during May….thank you Susanne!

Oh….here is the info re: project….Vogue Spring/summer 2014. Yarn Joyland Tonic 85 Acrylic / 15
Wool, color Gingerbread

Lucy - first day home

Lucy – first day home….May 2009

BTW….my Lucy dog was more than a little happy to see Susanne. She drove with me to Manteca area to pick up Lucy to bring her home….that was almost 6 years ago. Lucy turned six today!

Celebration of three…

It was another knitting gathering of celebration of three birthdays….Patricia, Sheri and Karen. We also celebrated (show & tell)  our recent additions to our stashes….some from Madrona and some from Stitches West. I personally said I wasn’t going to purchase a thing….that was before the three new projects and one book became mine. More about that in next post.

We also celebrated Jean’s recent finished project….you can see her “show & tell” photo below.

Sheri gave a review of her Knitting Ergonomics Class at Madrona….great knitting tips to keep us healthy (free from pain in wrists, arms, backs, etc) as we knit. One that really stands out for me is …. knit for no more than 20 mins; then give yourself a break. Move those hands, wrists and arms around. Think the tips work for iPad and computer use as well. I find myself bent over both for way too long when I am not knitting.

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