Donna Arnold called me yesterday and asked, as she so often does, “Have you been on the computer today?”  Of course, the answer is usually, no because the studio is so busy.  It works like this:  I open the computer, turn it on, and five customers come in.  No complaints here.  Anyway,  I ask about the ravelympics and if the sweater I designed made it to the “podium” yet.  She says “no” but I can hear she is just busting at the seams about something.  I can’t figure what.  She finally says:  YOU WON A PRIZE!!!!!  Yes, I won the prize for the most psychotic knitter in the ravelympics.  I signed up for the designer biathlon, which = knit a new design, write and publish the pattern all within the space of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  However, I did this twice:  a pair of socks with pattern and a raglan pullover with pattern written for four sizes.  I was just happy to finish and not crash this poor computer.  I am ecstatic to have won a prize as a designer…and surprised…and speechless (no snickering please).

Gold Medal page for Team Blue Moon

Where No Woman Has Gone Before-Designer = thehumanloom

My nome de knit is “THEHUMANLOOM” on Ravelry.  I love this website and always encourage your to go check it out.  Feel free to email me with anyquestions you may have; because I have gone to lurking in the background to being able to use every tab on the page, thanks to Donna and her encouragement.  And so, I encourage you….too.

Eileen has been in this week and has learned how to knit socks.  I love knitting socks.  They are small, portable, they fit me no matter how big my butt gets, and I love knitting socks.  Period.  If you can knit socks, then you can pretty much knit anything else you can imagine.  Socks can be as easy or as complex as you choose.  Here is Eileen’s first sock (the fans are clapping and cheering in the stands!!!!!!!!!!):

Eileen's first baby sock

 Eileen used the free download from my pattern library, Newborn Baby socks.  I did review the sock and the directions are correct.  On the second side of the heel flap, you do need to PICK UP AND KNIT the new stitches, and I apologize to those of you to whom this was not apparent.  Eileen worked all the way through the pattern to the toe on her own.  I am very proud of her courage in the face of NEW UNCHARTED TERRITORY.

Lisa completed her first pair of “Chain of Hearts” socks in the Smithrock colorway of Abstract Fibers sock yarn.  The socks are gorgeous.  Here is a photo:

chain of hearts socks

We also have a group of rug-hookers.  They all do beautiful work.  One came in this week looking for just the right wool to edge her latest piece.  She kindly gave me permission to share a photo of her work with you:

wool hand hooked rug for wall-hanging

Tonight is the Knutty Knitters knitting group out at the Tunkhannock Public Library.  After being snowed in so much, I can hardly wait to go and see everyone.  I also have a big bag of goodies for JoAnn Squier.  Bonnie is getting ready for her craft show to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness (she walks in the 60mile walks…I donate so she can do the walking…).  And Patty Mac and I are going to make moebius neckwarmers if we can ever find the time. 

We are also, wonderfully, having an influx of crocheters at Summit Yarn.  Rikki visited this week and we had a new student just come in to learn how to crochet.  Her name is Barbara and she is 80 years young.  She learned how to chain, do single crochet and double crochet in just two lessons.  Now she is hard at work on a prayer shawl for her daughter.  All in all, it has been a great week full of accomplishments.

A Reminder:  THIS SUNDAY IS OUR MARCH OPEN HOUSE FROM 1-4 PM.  I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND SPENDING TIME WITH YOU.  PLEASE JOIN THE FRAY.  ANDREA HAS ALL KINDS OF NEW THINGS TO DAZZLE US WITH AND IT WILL JUST BE FUN TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS.

Take care and be fierce.  Don’t give up on yourself, and know that I will never give up on you! Hugs and blessings always, Mary Ellen xox

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