Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!


(My family on Christmas Day)


Hello Knitting Friends!!

I wish I had more time to blog the past couple of months, but I at least wanted to write to say that I'm still "out there" in the knitting world and have missed sharing my posts with you.

Here's a quick update of what I've been up to:

* Due to popular demand (yay!), I've ordered a 4th set of 100 Dreamscape books to sell in 2011. Check out my Etsy shop for more copies - I sold 300 books in 10 months!

*I was able to complete 60 knitted projects this year (woo-hoo!) including a couple of new designs, more Amanda Hats, some lovely cabled items and some toys for the kids. (Will update with more info on this in January) You can check out pictures on my Ravelry 2010 page: click HERE.

*Three of my new designs - "The Bobbi Scarf" (on this Sleepy Eyes Knitting blog), "The Ericka Scarf" (in the new 101 Sock Skeins Wonders by Judith Durant) and "The Kimberly Shrug" (in the Classic Elite Webletter on Dec. 28. 2010) were all published this year - and a fourth, "The Winter Hiking Hat", will be written (but might not be up on my blog) by the end of 2010.

*My oldest son, Tim, got accepted to 2 colleges so far: Becker College (with a great scholarship!) and UNH Durham. Keep your fingers crossed for the other colleges. He's excited to start his career in Game Programming/Design : D

*I had many (over 20!) Amanda/Armando Hats featured in Annie Modesitt's book, "1000 Fabulous Knit Hats!" - it's a perfect knitter's gift and I love, love the photos and patterns ; )

I want to thank all of my family and friends for their amazing support this year through all of my trunk shows, book signings and pattern debuts. THANK YOU sooo much for test knitting, admiring and coming to visit me at these events. Love you!

I want to especially thank these yarn stores for hosting my Sleepy Eyes Knits trunk shows and selling my books in 2010:

Fresh Purls (Karen, you're wonderful!)
Windsor Button (Thanks so much!)
Yarn Sellar (You're always so welcoming, Patti and Julie!)
The Knitting Studio (Thanks to the very friendly group of Lee, Leslie and Bridgette!)
Elegant Ewe (Thanks so much, Kelly!)
The Yarn and Fiber Company (Thanks, Cyndi and Jerry!)
Slater Mill Guild Studio (Bernadette, you rock!)

Have a wonderful Holiday, Christmas and New Year and I'll be posting very soon!

With love, Gina ; )
xxoxoxo