Congratulations to Audrey B - the lucky winner of the book "Little Stitches"! Thanks again to C&T Publishing for sponsoring this giveaway.
And thank you so much to all of you for sharing your favorite winter crafting activity. I'm surprised how many of you are knitters! Wowzers! I knit a dishcloth ... once ... but only because it was for a Brownie badge. And I don't know why but I hated every.single.stitch. And I never recovered from that trauma.
But that was ... hmm ... more than 35 years ago. I suppose a mature person would give it another chance. I do love fairisle sweaters. And being able to knit a lacy scarf/shawl is also very appealing to me. Not to mention the adorable socks all over blogland. I'd especially love to learn how to knit mittens.
Confession: I've never bought myself a pair of mittens. My mom's been knitting me a new pair every 4 or 5 years since ... forever. I remember being embarrassed when I was a kid because I was the only one at school with homemade mittens. And I hated how the snow would stick - NOT good snowball fighting equipment. I think that's also why emotionally I'm not on good terms with variegated yarn. Sorry.
But in high school, my mom found a beautiful periwinkle yarn with little flecks of pretty pinks & greens & yellows & blues. I loved those mittens. She repaired the worn thumbs and finger pads until they were beyond salvation.
I still put in a order every few years or so and my mom is happy to oblige - even though she still always somehow manages to make the thumbs too long or the cuffs too short. But I love them. 'Cause my mom made them. Just for me.
She's also made lots of cute things for my girls when they were really little - hats,
And they are always welcomed with squeals and giggles and hugs of gratitude.
But my all time favorite thing she knit is a circular baby blanket made with the softest yarn.
She made it when my sister was born, but it didn't get used much. I think I inherited it because my daughters are my mom's only grandchildren. I use it a lot in the winter when I'm curled up in front of the tv. It is so soft, light-weight and warm. I never get too hot underneath it. Love it.
But it seems everytime my mom comes for a visit this poor little blanket needs repairing. She mended a run the last time she was here.
I hope she comes again soon 'cause there is definitely that old familiar chill in the air!
Or I suppose I could finally learn to knit myself. Hmmm. I'll have to think about that. 'Cause after all your comments about how much y'all love to knit in the winter, I suddenly feel like something is missing in my life! LOL!