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Christmas Gifts…Christmas Crafts…Christmas Cheer…

Looking up at my calendar and realizing there are only 11 crafting days left until Christmas is a bit overwhelming.  I still have four weaved scarves to make, two stockings, and a pair of socks (or four).  AND to top it all off, I still need to spin the yarn for a few of my projects.  Oh no!

I did finish a stocking.  It’s a bit funkier than I had originally planned and a bit smaller.  The yarn was bumpy and it hides the cable pattern that runs throughout it more than I planned.  I think I will add a little embellishment to the top or weave a bit throughout to make the cables more pronounced.  Gauge, is something I just don’t like to listen to.  I know, some of you out there just cringed.  I just like planning and starting projects, if indeed I finish it, which is oh so rare, I will love it regardless of if it will only fit a giant one legged man.  My socks tend to be too big, so I figured I’d rock a stocking…well it’s a bit too small!  Go figure!

If you have thrown the idea of making things for those on your shopping list out the window already and you are still looking for a one of a kind gift, I have a few things that may help.  I still have one Yarn of the Month Club subscription left in each 1, 3, or 6 month subscription.  If they do not knit or crochet, I have plenty of Felted Soap and a couple Weaved Scarves left in my Etsy Shop.

Our Merry Christmas Hand Weaved Scarf Giveaway is still happening as well.  All you have to do is post a comment on the above linked blog post to be entered to win.

I got an early Christmas present!  One hot summer day, Chris Massingill and I were trying to entertain ourselves at the Argenta Farmers Market.  I told her I wanted her to make me sheep.  She happened to have clay in the car and my sheep were born that day.  Chris is an amazing art teacher.  When I first met her, she was my oldest sons teacher.  After a year off, she is now back in the school and teaches at my other two boy’s elementary school.  So, a big thank you to Chris, for my sweet Salt & Pepper Shaking Sheep.
Hope you all have fun finishing all those craft projects and checking off your list for all the special people in your lives.  I’m quite certain I will be throwing in the towel soon! 
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Give the Gift of Yarn this Year

2010 will be the Year of the Yarn
Yarn addicts everywhere are wishing their families could some how grasp how much yarn means to them. To the average man…yarn to us is like a Sunday with the perfect football line up and a fridge full of beer. To the average child…yarn to us is like having full access to a toy shop and getting to take anything home anytime. Yarn means a lot! With it’s textures and bumps and twists and turns, each skein is a new, exquisite, and breathtakingly indulgent.
So, you may ask…well if I know my wife, sister, friend, mother, aunt, cousin, neighbor loves yarn so much, then what am I supposed to do about it?  Easy, I’m here to help.  My goal after all is to enable all the yarn addicts in the world.  I’m offering a limited time Gift Membership into my exclusive Yarn of the Month Club.
For a small fee of $35.00, your loved one will get a one month subscription.  In the mailbox, they will receive one skein of yarn, from 100 to 150 yards (at least a $35 value).  This will not just be any old yarn you can find at your local retail store…no!  This will be an unique creation, made just for them.  The fibers will be carded, hand painted (using only professional wash fast dyes), and then carefully handspun on my spinning wheel.  They will also get a freebie or two and maybe even a pair of knitting needles.  Shipping, via USPS Priority Mail, is included in the price as well as any applicable taxes (a $5 value).  Now depending on how much you want to hear your favorite yarnaholic squeal, we do also have 3 month memberships for $85 and 6 month memberships for only $155 (remember each month is at least a $40 value).
For the 1 Month Subscription Click Here
For the 3 Month Subscription Click Here
For the 6 Month Subscription Click Here
Included with your Gift Membership Purchase is a nifty little Gift Card to give to your loved one. The card will be perfect to put under the tree or in a stocking. It’s the perfect precursor of things to come. Your yarnaholic will adore you for this well thought out gift. And Christmas will continue for into the next year.
A very limited amount of memberships will be sold this year, as I am only one sole trying to provide the world with spectacular yarn.  Gift Membership start in January and ship out during the middle of each month.  If there are certain colors combos you do not like or would really like, please let me know during ordering, or anytime during your membership.  Each skein is handspun with you in mind and I will try my best to fulfill your color desires.  I’m easy going and chatty, so feel free to pass on my email to the gift recipient  and let them know I’m here to help!
This yarn could be on your loved ones needles.  Hey, if you are lucky enough…maybe they will make something spiffy for you!
To all my darling Yarnaholics, if this is something you want for Christmas, please let your loved ones know.  As stated before, a very limited number of subscriptions will be sold, and spaces are filling up quickly.  Join The Twisted Purl’s Yarn of the Month Club and lets make 2010 be the Year of the Yarn.  As always ‘Happy Crafting!’ ♥
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Christmas Aftermath!

Wheew! What a crazy last couple of weeks! I tried to blog my Crafting Christmas Days…we can now see that didn’t work out so well. I ended up with a million knitting projects to finish and no time to sleep, much less blog.

I was blessed with a house full of family throughout the Holidays! What a wonderful thing! My Mom and Step-Dad (and Casey their dog) came down to visit. I am quite certain Daisy was only still when she took 30 second power naps before tackling Casey again. Poor Casey, I am sure he is sleeping better than he ever has right now!

My sister spent the night on Christmas Eve…poor girl. She is now certain she is on the ten year plan before she gives me any nephews or nieces. Austin and Drew were up all night long. They heard Santa a million times! Megan had to yell at them to get back to bed a bunch. She woke up a tad grumpy, but quickly got over it!

My Dad and step-mom also came over Christmas Day and had dinner with us. A dear friend once told me, you know you are truly blessed when you have more friends and family over than you have seats for them.

This was the first Christmas we were all together in over 10 years. Ten years!!! It was so nice. This is why we moved to Arkansas, family! At one time during the day, my Aunt and Uncle stopped by with my grandmother. It is just so nice to have family close by.

I do miss my California Family. My dear friends at The Cross Church and Susan and the crew. New Year’s Eve will be tough! I do wish we were at Cristal and Trankie’s, drinking too much, and pissing off the neighbors with illegal fireworks, smuggled in from Arkansas. This year, we will most likely be in bed before the New Year rings in.

What an amazing year 2007 has been! I have learned to trust God more than ever before. I am finally running the business I have always dreamed of. Drew and Austin are both doing amazing in school and adjusting nicely. We have a great (overly excited) dog…did someone say Crack Rat? And a beautiful house. What a year!!!