Here I go again. Stuck up against the brick wall of trying to write a post that tears at my heart. And I can't. I have to wait until my heart will let me.
So I just wanted to let you know that there is (at the moment) a post a day coming out at Big Blue Barn Knits!
I have been working at posting the bears on my Etsy site and when I do that I have also done a post to match on Big Blue Barn Knits. I have used the wonderful post option feature that blogger now allows and so the bears come out on a daily basis.
Right at the moment I have 12 bears sitting beside my desk waiting to go up on my Etsy site - but they are going to have to wait.
For those of you who don't know - my brother and I are doing two - very large craft shows at the end of November and early December. One is the Festival of Crafts in Calgary and the other is called Butterdome - in Edmonton. They are both 4 days long and the cost of the booths is something I don't even want to think about. My brother does - or is - Otter Pottery and of course I do the knitting. At the moment I have 49 hand knit bears and I don't know if I have enough. I am also making a pair of thrummed slippers a day and filling orders I am getting on the side. I don't know when I'll get around to making the thrummed mittens (this is a pic of the kits but the mittens look the same - well sort of). These can all be seen over on Etsy if you are interested or wondering what they look like.
So at the moment - knitting is my life and I don't get a ton of time to blog.
However - I want to thank those people who have given me awards. They are flying by on my sidebar even as I write.
Then there are the wonderful blogging friends who have bestowed on me some incredible gifts. So let's have a look.
As you can see - Melanie - over at Jellybeanangel sent me some lavender! We thought we might be caught for smuggling - but we got away with it! She put it in those white and blue bags over on the upper left hand side of the picture. It sits in my knitting room at the moment, warding off wool moths. My room smells incredible! I love going up to the top floor of the barn and having that wonderful smell wash over me. Sigh! She also included the tea towel, the yarn, the beads for the bath...am I forgetting something here Melanie? Yikes! I have a great memory for the past - but for the present my mind is like a sieve!
Then Daryl over at Out and About in New York City sent me a lovely orange fridge magnet with the symbol of the flur de lis on it because she knows how much I adore New Orleans.
Crystal Jigsaw sent me Wife in the North's book after she had Judith sign it for me! I also want to thank Crystal for being my first ever customer on Etsy! She ordered 2 pairs of thrummed slippers and they are making their way over to the UK right now! Thanks Crystal! :0)
Joy over at A Spot of T gave me that wonderful Wood Wicks candle (and some other wonderful stuff) on the day we went out and had a picnic in the snow.
And Dawn over at Colours of Dawn - well - I asked her to order me an Empowerment Bracelet. For me it symbolizes the years of abuse I endured and how I have overcome that. She sent me 2! bracelets and included a number of Avon items in my package - all as a wonderful gift!
And lastly - it wasn't a gift because I ordered it online - but! from authorblog I got David McMahon's book Vegemite Vindaloo and it feels like a gift to me! Now if it had only been signed! Sigh....perhaps next time you're in Canada David?
Thanks to all of you for bringing these rays of sunshine into my life. You all are so special to me! If I missed something - please let me know - I'd feel so bad but you know my sieve brain!
I promise - after all of this - and when my heart allows - I will get back to the story and tell you about Cid's funeral. Believe me when I say that it is going to be very hard writng.
Now - back to knitting!