Archives for December 2014

2014: When It All Got Bigger…and a contest.

2014 is when things started getting a little…big. It was the 5th year of the Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club, with patterns from Fiona Ellis, Amy Christoffers, Thea Colman, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, Stephannie Tallent and Andi Smith.  So far.

And the first year of our Sweater Club, which sold out in a shockingly fast 18 minutes.

Louie started earning his keep as marketing director

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Darby created mascots for some of our yarn bases…

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Kim designed some stuff.

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Dye Camp got bigger, expanding from 2 sessions to 3 sold out sessions.

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We held our 5th Annual Highlands Fibre Fling (our studio Open House) to celebrate our 5th year in business, and despite pouring rain, it was our best attended one ever!

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We even created a 5th Anniversary yarn colour, made up of 5 of our most popular semi-solid colours.

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Things got a little crowded in our home studio.

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So we bought a studio.

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Now work is work, and home is home.  And yarn lives in both places.

We travelled, and brought the yarn with us:

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And we decided that minions are the best thing ever.

Look at how happy and normal they look…

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Don’t be fooled.

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(K8 and Darby are running a caption contest for this photo.  To enter, leave your caption in the comments and when the studio reopens, we’ll announce the winner who will receive a Sooper Special Minion Prize pack. Contest closes January 5 at 11 pm Eastern)

In Which We Show You all the Giftapalooza 2014 Yarn

And without further ado, welcome to the 2014 edition of the Giftapalooza Reveal.  AKA: how we spent half of November elbow deep in yum. 😉 As always, this a post fraught with spoilers…photos…we are going to tell all the secrets.

If you’re still trying to avoid spoilers, please do not venture further.

Really.

Have we lied to you yet??

Reservoir Nogs
Reservoir Nogs

Boxing Day: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tequila, Cousteau's A Christmas Coral, Light The Leg Not The Lamp!, Ralphie's Eye
(l-r) Boxing Day: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tequila, Cousteau’s A Christmas Coral, Light The Leg, Not The Lamp!, Ralphie’s Eye

Doctor Whoville
Doctor Whoville
A Charlie Browncoat Christmas, Drumstyx, Frozo The Winter Clown, A Kringle In Time
(l-r) A Charlie Browncoat Christmas, Drumstyx, Frozo The Winter Clown, A Kringle In Time Hearthritis, Bumblefish
(l-r) Hearthritis, Bumblefish

Rudolph Lundgren, The Turkey Fairy Cometh, Olaf 1 Frosty -35
(l-r) Rudolph Lundgren, The Turkey Fairy Cometh, Olaf 1, Frosty -35

Brrr....Argh...., Presents Of Mind, Peas On Earth
(l-r) Brrr….Argh…., Presents Of Mind, Peas On Earth

Harry Blotto And The Half-Bagged Prince, Stockingjay
(l-r) Harry Blotto And The Half-Bagged Prince, Stockingjay

Turspocken
Turspocken

Presents Of Mind, A Wreath Of Franklin
(l-r) Presents Of Mind A Wreath Of Franklin

North By North Pole
North By North Pole

Ramsay's Turkey Nightmares, Plumberbatch - Best Present Ever!
(l-r) Ramsay’s Turkey Nightmares, Plumberbatch – Best Present Ever!

2 Minutes For Stuffing, Sidney Clausby, Hunting High And Merlot
(l-r) 2 Minutes For Stuffing, Sidney Clausby, Hunting High And Merlot

Made Ya Grinch!
Made Ya Grinch!

Coal Miner's Stocking, I Will Cranberry You!, Streggnog
(l-r) Coal Miner’s Stocking, I Will Cranberry You!, Streggnog

Five Golden Rings To Rule Them All, Grimm The Tree
(l-r) Five Golden Rings To Rule Them All, Grimm The Tree

Super Noma, Grrr....Argh....Nog...., Not A Puppy
(l-r) Super Noma, Grrr….Argh….Nog…., Not A Puppy
Frosty Flakes, In A Grinch, The Turkey Fairy Cometh
(l-r) Frosty Flakes, In A Grinch, The Turkey Fairy Cometh

Actually It's John F. Frost, Elf Insurance, Djingle Unskeined
(l-r) Actually, It’s John F. Frost, Elf Insurance, Djingle Unskeined
8 Droogs A Molokin'
8 Droogs A Molokin’
Reavin' On A Jet Plane, Ten Reavers Reavin'
(l-r) Reavin’ On A Jet Plane, Ten Reavers Reavin’
Diners Drive-Ins And Dashers, Wolf Blitzen
(l-r) Diners, Drive-Ins And Dashers, Wolf Blitzen
Scornament, Buffy The Reindeer Sleigher
(l-r) Scornament, Buffy The Reindeer Sleigher
Drumstickenhooven, Buffy's Holiday Party: Who Punched The Spike?, Snow Trek 2: The Wreath Of Khan
(l-r) Drumstickenhooven, Buffy’s Holiday Party: Who Punched The Spike?, Snow Trek 2: The Wreath Of Khan Frankincense And Frankincensibility, Tinsellectomy, Frosty Bite
(l-r) Frankincense And Frankincensibility, Tinsellectomy, Frosty Bite

We did our best to get ’em all (& there are a few duplicates but they were super-stoked to have their pictures taken so we couldn’t say no), but if we did miss any let us know & they’ll be added to the ménage à froid!

Traditions

I haven’t been feeling the holiday spirit this year. At all. Which is very unusual for me. I love this time of year. Time with family and friends. I fall completely for the spirit of it.

But for a number of reasons and huge sweeping changes, the things I look forward to are just not happening this year. So finding the spirt of the holidays has been non-existent.

When I was growing up, my family had a tradition of all going together to get our tree. Whether we went to a tree farm to cut it down, or drove to a market, or walked uphill in a blizzard, all bundled up and dragging a sled with my baby brother in tow, it was a family tradition.

Decorating it was also tradition. My dad was in charge of lights, which he made out to be a deeply complicated process of testing bulbs and making sure reflectors were in place. And then we placed the ornaments. Some bought. Many made in school by my brother and I. (Let’s just say that Dallington Public School’s spray painted Christmas ornament tradition has had its part in the destruction of the ozone layer) Wax ornaments from Germany. Needleworked ones by both parents. The special ones that belonged to each of us. They all have their stories, and we told them to each other again every year.

When I moved out, I didn’t have a tree. Living alone it always seemed like too much work. A lot of effort for something I was never home to see.

This year I was feeling this way again. But we had talked about it, and I asked Ron what he wanted to do. Now we have a property will lots of trees that need to be weeded out, so our “tree farm” is our back yard.

Ron came back with this:

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Please note that our living room ceiling is 2 stories high.

Last night we decorated. As we do every year, brought the box of ornaments up from the basement. Settled the tree. Strung the lights. Pulled out the ornaments and put them on the tree.

The ones we brought into our marriage from our old lives:

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(OK, not the dinosaur.  What…you don’t have a 16″ stuffed dino on your tree?)

The ones made by friends:

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The crazy stuff that made it on that first tree that Ron had driven 13 miles to our downtown Toronto apartment:

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The ones with inside jokes:

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The ones that look very familiar…

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(Do you see it? Also: the penguin has as many books under his arm as Ron carries with him everywhere)

And the goofy ones we find in our travels:

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(Oh come on.  Tell me YOU don’t have a prison chicken/possibly penguin on your tree…)

As each one went on the tree, I remembered where we were when we found it. How we decided it was coming to live with us. The crazy names Ron gives each one. And the tree was no longer just a tree.  Just a thing we do every year because it’s tradition. It’s a living, growing monument to us.  To my new family. To the life we’re building together.

And the spirit is back.

So someone…please…when I moan about not feeling the holiday spirit next year? Tell Ron to go out and get the damn tree.

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However you choose to celebrate tomorrow…or not celebrate…please accept our best wishes for your health and happiness for the next year.