what the?  nine days??  yikes!
Big News:  knitting thank you mousies have arrived and are the most adorable gift for that knitter who has everything.  lisa marie wilt has outdone herself with the little knitting outfits and i am happy to be the only place to get one (for now)!  
notice the details:  a necklace that matches the knitting and an adorable little skirt.  the picture doesnt really show how sweet they really are!
check out these two beauties!  coral is modeling a pattern she found on ravelry called bandana cowl that she fashioned with a stick pin and sheila is sporting a christmas scarf she designed using various christmas colors!  the pin on sheila’s scarf is actually a skinny santa ornament she bought at a craft show.  
Lopi is flying off the shelves, as duffer fever has hit — thanks to monte!  i have some beautiful new colors available.  There’s still time to make a pair for that someone special with cold feet!  They truly are an evening project.  Another quick project (not quite as quick as the slippers but close) is cathy rosensteel’s shoulder cozy.  she made one in a lovely lavender yarn with a mohair strand running through it for her daughter-in-law for christmas and i have since made two myself – one with cascade’s lana bambu and a second one with colorful Gina yarn.  Our own Roz is visiting from new york and agreed to model the shoulder cozy made from the Lana Bambu:
this pattern is warm and doubles as a cowl and will be the first one i will feature on my website in january.
i also tried a new easy mitten pattern using some new fantasia yarn.  check out my sample at the shop.
Thursday, Dec 20    noon Dolly Llamas christmas party
Fridays, December 21* and 28    shop open 10-5 as usual
*the friday before christmas i will be serving monte’s hot spiced tea at the shop (yum)
beginning within the next week or two, my website will be up and running.  it is there you will be able to link to this blog. i would ask that you sign up on the blog page to be notified when it is updated, that way i will not have to send them out as a link in the email.  the group email is getting bigger and bigger (thank you very much) and now its too big of a group to send all at once.  comcast must have a maximum number for groups and i am glad to have finally surpassed it.  and if you post a comment on the blog page, a prize will be given to one lucky post(er) every month.  i learned this from the marketing class i took in NC in October – the more people visit and post, the better the page gets around and the higher it shows up on a search engine.
dont forget my raggz fiber art facebook page as well, so please ‘like’ it so that i will have more options.
looking ahead, my website will have a ‘Term of the Month’ which will feature knitting terms, common and uncommon, that you may come across from time to time.  i also plan on featuring a new pattern at regular intervals.  the first pattern will be the shoulder cozy I spoke of above.
you will see that beginning in january my hours will be friday from 10 to 5, and every 2nd and 4th tuesday will be knitter’s anonymous from 1 to 5.  i’m still toying with the idea of having an evening that i will be open but you working girls know i am happy to open especially for you to work around your busy schedule. 
please remember (and tell your friends), that if anyone is looking for some last-minute, handmade gifts from local artists and that the selection is growing at my gift shop.  I have more framed scherenschnitte, cross stitch, and photographs, wooden goodies by mr. jim, NEW watercolor zentangle knitting cards by sylvie elliott, wrist cuffs by sue hrubes, christmas cards, knitting calendars, whimsical sheep, lights with nuno flowers, cotton embroidered tea towels with knitting motifs, organic vanilla, local honey, knitted and nuno felted items, electronic row counters, christmas and knitting mousie with book, gift certificates for that knitter on your list, and i’m sure a few more things which have slipped my mind. 
my plan during the winter is to expand the gift shop, upgrade the lighting at the shop, put in a railing out front, and expand the parking facilities and then finally to have my ‘grand opening’ in the spring.  i wanted to have one last spring but i felt i wasnt ready but i am committing myself to it so i cant get!  i also hope to have more samples made up of the yarns i carry so i will be looking for ladies willing to make a small sample.  i will barter yarn for knitting samples, so anyone interested can see me about it.
well my FriendZ, have a very merry happy christmas, happy hanukkah and a healthy new year.  thank you all for being part of my life and please remember the reason for the season.  the next time i post it will be 2013, sooooo you wont be hearing from me again til next year!
love to all
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