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I bet that got your attention.  But before you start to stress about all the gifts you are going to have to give, I want you to think, for just a moment, about about the gift you’d like to get.  Can you picture it?  Good.  Now lets talk about how we make that a reality.  #1. Experience has taught me that it’s best not to be shy or coy or anything but extremely bold about what I’m hoping for as the holidays approach.  My husband loves me.  But he has no clue about what gift to give me.  This is evidenced by a few of the gifts I have received over the years.  After a few tries at what he thought was perfectly reasonable gift giving he gave up and told me, “Buy what you want, I’ll wrap it up and everyone will be happy.”  To which I reply.  “I won’t really be happy.”  You see, at least for me, part of the joy of  gift giving and getting is not always knowing what is in all those packages.  I do know  because I’m almost always the one who has bought and wrapped all of them.  I want to be surprised.  It’s a conundrum, I know.  I want a good gift but I don’t want to have to buy it myself.  I want it to be obvious to the man who shares my life what sort of gift I am hoping for.  I don’t really want to put a picture of it on the vanity mirror so he sees it while shaving one morning.  Alas, what am I to do?…

Well, I found a solution to this vexing problem.  I filled out a wish list at the Lambs Wool and told my wonderful hubby that he should check it out someday.  Now, I spend a lot of time at the shop, and I spend a lot of time knitting, so really my dear sweet husband should not have needed this kind of nudging but hey, after the  OV glove Christmas,  I was no longer too proud to prod.  That’s my suggestion.  The ladies at the Lamb’s Wool will hand you a form.  You fill it out. Then you  print out directions to the shop and sneak them into your significant others briefcase, lunch box, whatever and leave him a note that says  “Mall Schmall, honey. This year I’ve made it easy for you.  Talk to these ladies.”  Hey, it can’t hurt!

And just in time for the approaching holidays The Lamb’s  Wool is going to be offering some new tote bags. They are a quilted bag, in three different varieties.  There’s the Betty Bag, the Liz Bag and the Lamb’s Wool Bag.  Each features inside pouches just the right size for holding needles, etc.

Stop in and check them out.  You could put them on your wish list.  You know the list that’s going to make your spouse a hero this year.

Dana

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It’s that time again.  Time to make a reservation for The Lamb’s Wool’s annual knitting retreat to the Eastern Shore of the the Chesapeake Bay.  Liz and Betty have designed some terrific new classes for this years gathering.  Mind you, that is no easy feat.  After 14 years it becomes harder and harder to come up with something new and challenging.  But they have done it.

First the dates for the weekend:  January 20, 21 and 22. February 3, 4 and 5 and February 24, 25 and 26.  Remember, you don’t have to take a class on the weekend, but since you have two very experienced knitters willing and able to share their knowledge and expertise, it does seem to make sense to try at least one of the offerings.

This year there are four different learning opportunities.    The first involves  working on a neat scarf pattern using short rowing.  I have heard the scarf referred to as a ‘potato chip’ scarf.  It’s a fun design, and probably can be completed on the weekend.  The second class uses the technique of short rowing for shoulder shaping in preparation for a three needle bind off.

For the third class you will create a Knitted Ball.  It’s a great project for using up left over yarn bits.  Basically you knit strips of yarn and then weave them together to make a ball.  These can be used as a child’s plaything, a pet toy or even decorations.  It’s something new and you will be the first person on your block making them.  Trust me.  Betty has pictures of the projects at the shop.

The last class will also be useful for using up odds and ends of yarn from your stash.   It involves creating a Cable Braided Necklace.  but you are not limited to making just a necklace. Using this technique you could make any number of wonderful items, bracelets, headbands, napkin rings…

You can find out more information at the shop about the weekend and  ladies, it makes a very nice Christmas present, if you have a spouse or significant other who might need a nudge in the gift idea department.

A twenty-five dollar deposit will hold your spot with the balance due sometime between the end of December and the first week of January.  It’s $270.00 for single occupancy, $250.00 for double and $225.00 for triple.

Dana

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