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Here's to a fruitful year!

In March this year I made a resolution to post at least once every week on this blog. I have to tell you that it was pretty tough to do at times. Sometimes I had to come up with something the morning off, before heading to work. Other times I used my lunch break to quickly write a post. A few times I had enough material to write 2 blog posts ahead of time and schedule them for the following weeks. I am quite glad that I did this, and that I was able to stick with this resolution. I'm going to do my best to keep it up for next year. I know I don't have a lot of followers, but I am so grateful to those of you who do follow and read this blog, and feel that I should be faithful to you all with my posting. Thank you for reading about my knitting exploits, for participating in my giveaways, for sending in comments, and for being so supportive of me as I work on improving my crafting skills. Here's to you all, the last post of this lovely year 2011.

And what could be more fitting than a few pictures of a shawl and an infinity scarf that I made for a friend who just spent Christmas with us. It's always nice to be able to make items for friends and loved ones, and even more humbling when these loved ones support your small business venture. My friend Elf purchased a shawl from me earlier this year, and immediately put in a request for a Shetland shawl. After seeing a few pictures of the Red Chunky Moebius and Procragratification Scarf, she asked for one of those too. I was more than happy to make them for her. The plan was to finish the shawl and give it to her when she came for Christmas. I didn't finish the shawl until Wednesday the 28th of December, and was unable to block it till Thursday the 29th. I also didn't start her infinity scarf until late Wednesday night, after finished the shawl, so I was knitting frantically Thursday night in order to finish the scarf (accompanied by the lovely Korean drama Goong). She was leaving this morning (Friday the 30th). Thankfully, I was able to finish the infinity scarf, block the shawl, and get her to pose for a few pictures with her knitted goodies before she left for the airport this morning.






And here are the pictures of the Claret Procragratification Scarf. I used Loops and Threads Cozy Wool in Claret colorway, and I must admit that I love this yarn! It's a  50% wool - 50% acrylic blend, and I think it's a Michaels brand. The yarn is gorgeous and so soft. Knitting with it is so delightful, and the stitch definition is just amazing. The ball band on the yarn balls have this gorgeous cabled hat pattern on it that I think I'm going to tackle next for my instant gratification knitting. It requires just one ball of yarn. Here are the pictures of the red infinity scarf.





I hope you've enjoyed hanging out with me on my blog this yearn. Thank you all once again for your support, and see you in 2012! Happy New Year!!

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  1. Isn't it lovely when friends and family ASK for a hand-knit gift? My whole family asked for a little knitted treasure from me, and I was more than thrilled to satisfy their wishes. Yours turned out beautifully (and on such a pretty friend). Yes, please keep blogging -- I love reading your posts and look forward to more in 2012! Happy New Year.

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  2. Thank you Evelyn! I really appreciate your comments! I hope you had fun this holiday season.

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