I got a wake up call the other day when I went to Lowe's for some fall vegetables and saw all the Christmas decorations going in. My family has decided to do "made" gifts for Christmas this year and I am BEHIND...In fact, I haven't started. Panic is setting in. After all, I own a yarn shop (or the shop owns me) and I have no gifts on the needles. I really don't want to know if you have already finished almost all of yours. That will just make it worse. There are lots of reasons that I haven't gotten better prepared but the fact of the matter is this... it just slipped up on me.
This morning I am looking around the shop for inspiration and find plenty. I hope this happens to you too. There are many choices. Lots of new stuff. Artyarns, mohair, beaded, pearled etc.,, Vintage wool Blackstone tweed Schaefer yarns and too many more to mention. The new stuff for fall is here and it is really outstanding. The companies seem to realize just what is fabulous these days, and they are getting it to us.
I do have some ideas, cabled hats for the guys, little shrugs for the 3 granddaughters and cropped tops or wraps for the girls. There is a class coming up here at the shop on November 3 and November 7 for a beautiful neck warmer and matching fingerless gloves. These are quick and something you won't find in the stores. The class is only $20.00 and the cost for materials is really low also. It doesn't take alot of yarn. You will learn cables and cables without a needle, new edge stitches, how to go back and pick up stitches from a waste thread and make a thumb hole like no other you've ever seen. There are already three folks signed up and we just posted the flyer this week. You should come by and see them and sign up yourself.
If you have any suggestions, my ears are open. Come see the new stuff or just join us with your knitting.