Procastination and Misletoe

Dearest reader, so sorry for the disappearing act but I am back to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have your holidays been as busy as mine? I feel like the time just flew by and before I knew it December had arrived.

Admittedly, I haven’t procrastinated on just my blog but also my work on The Knitting Guild Association‘s teacher certification. But I plan to use the holiday week to catch up. I was surprised that the hardest part has been writing the lesson plans. I thought that since I had been a writer putting my lessons in writing would be a piece of cake. But my April deadline is starting to taunt me.

One of my distractions has been at lot of fun though. A student wanted to learn to make gnomes and it has been really fun project.

Scandi Gnome by Mary Beth Koskie is the one that started it all.

After making several of these with my student we both agreed it was time to find other gnomes to add to the village. That’s when we discovered the whimsical patterns of Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes.

I mean, seriously, how stinking cute is that beard! And then I started the Mystery Knit-a-Long (MKAL) that finished up today.

I made a few modifications to the pattern. One change was the bag, which was supposed to be sewn closed but I wanted it to be a functioning bag so I constructed a strap from felt. The gifts stacked were supposed to have cardboard in the bottom but I wanted to be able to wash it so I used plastic quilt template sheets. But otherwise I followed the patterns as written.

I even purchased more yarn to knit the next gnomes on the list – Gnimbleberry and Gnewt from “Leave Gnome Stone Unturned“. But I plan to knit at least one project and write at least two lesson plans before I allow myself to cast on the project. (wink)

Here is a preview of some of my upcoming library programs I’ll be teaching in the next few months:

If you live in my neck of the woods, I would love to see you in one of these classes or sign up for an online class in the New Year.

That’s it for now. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a creative New Year!

Keep stitching on,

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By stitchingcoach

High school librarian by day, crafter for life. I'm an award winning embroider, quilter and knitter. I advise a high school sewing club as well as volunteer with Days for Girls. Students will find I'm passionate about all needle arts and want to pass that along to all generations and skill levels. Learning to sew, knit or hand embroider can be intimidating, but with the right support can become a lifelong hobby that provides joy to your life. Let me show you how to get started. I look forward to helping you exercise your creative side.

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