December 24, 2014

First of the presents

Posted in Knitting at 7:17 am by dianelaces


Emily liked her Upstairs Downstairs cowl. Ian picked out the yarn and I knit it up. Third one and I never get tired of this pattern!


December 16, 2014

Lace on the tree

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:08 pm by dianelaces


Here are some of my lace ornaments on the Christmas tree.

December 10, 2014

The theme of this year’s Christmas is…

Posted in Knitting at 10:18 am by dianelaces



Background info:  My husband and his mother love opera.  A couple of years ago we bought her a DVD of La Boheme, her favorite opera, and had a Parisian-themed night for Christmas.  Earlier this week we were discussing our Christmas plans for this year.  Here is Ted’s email to his mother.  (And she is a Knitter.)

Hi Mom,

I must thank you, as I really hadn’t thought about or planned on a thematic holiday gathering this year…but your enthusiasm proved contagious. After considerable thought and consultation, we have come up with an idea that should fit like a home made wool sock…quite literally.

The theme of this years gathering is Sheep. Yep. Sheep. And all things sheep related. Not much thought is given to sheep, yet sheep were arguably the fundamental basis for economic activity through 1500 AD, both Old and New Testament continually refer to the relationship of God and Man as a shepherd/flock relationship, Hebrew shares the same term for “lamb” and “word”, and sheep figure prominently in the nativity story…or Christmas. It is to the shepherds tending their flocks that Angels first proclaim “Behold, we bring tidings of great joy”.

So we will feature sheep based entertainment, including a Christmas themed operetta called “Amahl and the Night Visitors“. We will dine on sheep themed goodies including lamb or Shepherds Pie. Gifts must be somehow related to sheep…or bundled with something that is…for instance, a video game for Ian would need to be wrapped in a Yarn Ribbon and addressed “For Ewe”. You get the idea.

So get ready to hoof on over to Galena on Christmas Eve, and prepare to celebrate Christmas with a special focus on the humble sheep, which has so benefited us all. Ewe won’t be disappointed.


Ted, Diane, and Ian

PS…those not wearing some form of wool garment will be coldly regarded.

December 8, 2014

Tatted tree

Posted in Tatting at 4:21 pm by dianelaces


Today I finally put my little Christmas tree with tatted snowflakes on my desk. All that decorating wore me out!

December 7, 2014


Posted in Knitting at 7:27 am by dianelaces


I am not usually a purple girl. My friend Colleen is! But The Boy has a girlfriend and he picked this yarn out so I could knit an Upstairs Downstairs cowl for her for Christmas. She is very much a scarf girl and he says she is a purple girl too.