This year the Best Buzzer Beater was this scarf that I knit for my Mother in Law. The yarn is called Monarch, it is made in Italy. It comes in glorious colorways and looks really special when finished.
The gal at the wonderful new yarn shop in Fredericksburg assured me it would only take a couple of hours. Other scarves of this type had been a snap,so what could go wrong???? WELL, I was confident till I unwrapped the yarn and saw that all of the wonderful texture and color came from a mass of thin and sticky filaments of fiber that had to be sorted through in order to find the stitch!!! ARGH!!!!! I quickly had to abandon the metal #5 needles and go out to purchase a set of bamboo needles as the yarn , once stitches were located, insisted on sliding off the metal needles. Cursing, swearing, throwing of yarn ensued, even the dogs decided that they could find quieter spots to snooze. The 40% off coupon at least cured the sliding stitches bit and the shop had #5's in stock, miracle that!! We were due to travel north to gather for Christmas Eve with Tom's family at 3 pm. That was the hour that I determined the baking would be done, I would be ready and gifts would be wrapped tagged and bagged. The last stitch was taken on the scarf at 2:45. The wrapping was accomplished with a gift bag- boy do I love gift bags!! I only wish that I could get to a point where I could have the time to make my own gift bags, Perhaps next year, or not!!!
I did a bit of Christmas shopping in my studio and took care of the rest of the in laws in that fashion. Very satisfying to pass on some wonderful hand crafted items that had not been purchased yet! For my college sophomore niece Sarah, I had started a journal project. This project came in a close second to the Buzzer Beating scarf. As the cookies for dessert were baking, I was finishing up the binding and binding embellishments on Sarah's journal. I am not really sure if Sarah is one who might journal but if she had a neat hand made book, made with her in mind, perhaps she would become a journaling type. that was the justification behind the gift, anyway!
Here you can see tow signature covers done with gesso resist and messing inks techniques similar to what you find on Roben Marie Smith's fabulous blog!! Super messy and fun!!
Sarah has thoroughly enjoyed the hand made gifts that I have made for her in the past and goodness knows I cannot afford the items from shops, that she aspires to own!! She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology, so I added images and used colors that would fit with her interests and hopefully will inspire her to document her experiences or joust use the journal to gather bits of her life. We shall see. She seemed to be very pleased when she opened the gift and had to be cajoled to open other gifts as she was quite interested in looking at all of the details. A very good sign!! :)
I did get in some holiday baking as these Almond Filled Swedish Coffee Breads have become staple gifts for the holidays! Wish you could small the incredible fragrance of these babies!! YUM!!
I am still working on gifts to be shipped out to my brother and his family in Ethiopia- yes, they have moved again and are now settled in Addis Ababa ,the capital city. My Sister in Law Elise is working at the Embassy and brother Peter is digging in and creating soil wherever he can find interest and spots to do so!!
As Elise has her birthday today December 26, a late package seems to be appreciated to extend the festivities! I have started Monarch scarf number two and am working on jewelry and art quilts for the whole family.
Wouldn't EVER wan to be without a project!! Check back here soon and you can see what I have cooked up for that part of the family!
I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and holiday in whatever form you celebrate and I want to wish a Happy Boxing Day to all of my British, Canadian and Australian friends!! ( Someone please educate me on how one celebrates Boxing Day these days!!)