Saturday, January 22, 2011's cold outside...

I don't know about you, but I am definitely over the cold and snow this year. I'm ready for spring already. It's sad when you've over something and you still have 2 months to go.

I been trying to finish up some projects lately. My oldest UFO was started about 2 years ago. I had all the pieces finished. All I had to do was the border. But for some reason I never could get motivated to finish it. Now that I have finished it, I'm glad I did. So here is my Crayon Box Jacket...all ready to wear!! Lisa is doing a Crayon Box Jacket class starting next Saturday if you want to jump in.

I also finished the Orange and White scarf out of Fiesta Boomerang yarn. This was a quick knit using Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's "One Row Handspun Scarf" pattern. Now I'm all ready to go cheer on our TN vols and Lady Vols!!

Knit One, Crochet Too has a yarn called Ty Dy Wool that made a great multi-directional scarf. It looks complicated, but isn't.

And I finally finished a scarf for my hubby out of Cascade 220. He got the hat last year...and now the scarf. Bless his heart...he always seems to get things late. I really need to make him a vest. I promised him one several years ago before I opened the shop and, needless to say, he's still waiting on that vest. Sigh.

I have a couple of projects to share that others have brought in as well. Marilyn finished her Lizard Ridge from Knitty using Noro Silk Garden yarn. Isn't it pretty!

And Mary made this darling sweater, hat and mittens set for her great-grandson. Very cute!

Mary Beth recently brought in the "Ice Queen Cowl" from Knitty. She used Jojoland's Cashmere to make it. So very soft!

And Sarah made a "Better Bucket Hat" out of Plymouth Encore yarn. Very stylish!

Kelora's grandson had to come by and show off his cute little "Gavyn" sweater that Kelora had made for him out of Plymouth Oh My yarn. I'm not sure who's cuter...Johnny or the sweater.

Next week I'll share with you all of the projects that have come in for January and announce our "Knitter or Crocheter of the Month". If you've still got projects that you have finished, bring them in this next week so you can get in the drawing!

Stay warm...and keep knitting and crocheting!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Days...

What fun our family has had the past couple of days with the recent snow storm. On Monday, my hubby, my son & my granddaughter went out and starting building an igloo. They worked on it for a good part of the day. Finally, by evening it was finished. It's just big enough for 2 people to get inside.

Here are the 3 generations of igloo building folks!

My son even built a little seat inside for Ariel to sit on. We sent the photos in to the TV stations and were excited to hear from other people that WATE had put one of the photos on their broadcast. Ariel's been going around saying that now our whole family is famous.

Building igloos is not something new with the Gray family. I went back and looked up igloos that we had made from previous years. Here's one we made in 1986 when we were visiting my folks here in Knoxville. My son and oldest daughter was in this photo...along with Dad being inside the igloo. My son was 7 years old...the same age that my granddaughter is now. It's quite fun to see how similar they look...and act. I remember my hubby wanting the kids to sleep overnight in this igloo. There's no way that I was going to allow that to happen. I had great fears of them being buried alive in the middle of the night when the igloo collapsed around them.

Another igloo was made the following year when we lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia. All 3 of our children helped that year...along with the neighborhood kids.
That igloo had a window that we could peek in. Our youngest daughter's smiling face is captured in this photo.

Every time we see an igloo it brings back memories of excited children, cold hands & feet, pink cheeks, hot chocolate and a tired mom and dad. I wasn't able to help with this year's igloo because of my back problems. But I was there in spirit...and ready to snap some photos to look back on in the years to come.

Jasmine seemed to enjoy the snow...even though she hates to be cold. I caught her last week sleeping on top of a pillow that we have at the shop as a shop model. I didn't have the heart to wake her up and make her move. She looked so comfy there.

I hope your family enjoyed the snow this week. But I have to admit I'm ready for it to all go away now. I need to get back on a regular schedule and stay at the shop long enough to get some more yarn ordered. But for a while the winter winderland that we had was an enjoyable that made some more family memories.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year...2011

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Have you made your New Year's Resolutions yet? Here are ours:

  • To give you a sale each week of 2011! Each week a different yarn will be on sale. So if you come frequentlyto the shop, you'll get the best savings.
  • To give away a gift certificate each month to the "Knitter or Crocheter of the Month"! Just bring in your finished projects, fill out a card with the details on your project and let us take your picture either wearing or holding your finished project. At the end of each month we'll draw the name of the person who will win a gift certificate and be featured on our website. Yarn must be purchased at The Yarn Haven to be eligible for the drawing. The first drawing will be at the end of January.
  • To give you rewards for being a loyal Yarn Haven customer! We are always looking for ways to make your shopping experience more enjoyable & rewarding, so we're proud to announce the launch of our own Loyal Customer Reward program. It's free, so sign up today! Details are on our website.

Christmas this year was much more relaxing for me as my kids fixed the meal for us. My son decided to grill out steaks, my daughter made a tossed salad, my son-in-law baked the potatoes, and my hubby fixed french bread, so all I had to do was make a couple of my chocolate meringue pies...a Christmas tradition at our house. This was the first white Christmas that any of my kids had seen. So they didn't quite count on it snowing when they decided that grilling out was the way to go this year. But my son was not to let a little snow stop him. Guess he figured that if he could be born with 3 feet of the snow on the ground (we were living up north of Chicago at the time), then a little bit of snow wasn't going to get in his way.

This was our first Christmas with Jasmine as well. I made her a turtleneck sweater to wear on these cold days. I think this one keeps her a little warmer than the red cabled sweater I made her earlier this fall. Jasmine is doing well on her new anti-seizure medication. We have to regulate her food a little closer or she would eat us out of house and home, but she hasn't had a seizure since we started the medication in early December. So we're thankful for that.

Want to see some finished projects that folks have made?

Susan made this Woodhouse Ribbed Ruffled Scarf using Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK yarn. This has been one of our most popular scarf patterns. Jennifer, a local designer, did a good job on this pattern. But then, who wouldn't love working with alpaca yarn.

Karla made a child's bolero (Knitting Pure and Simple pattern #275) out of Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy yarn and Ty-Dy Dots. Very cute, don't you think.

Linda used Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK Paint yarn to make her pair of Fetching Mitts...and a hat to match during our Project of the Month KAL. The Fetching Mitts was an online pattern and I made up the pattern for a hat to match.

And Kimberly made this afghan using yarn that was given to her. She worked on it while she was on a trip to Israel...putting Malabrigo sock yarn on the edge. This turned out beautiful!!
Don't forget to bring in your finished projects and get your photo made so that you might become the "Knitter or Crochet of the Month"!! Here's to a wonderful year of knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, needlepointing, tatting, etc!!