Monday, December 5, 2022

Front and back

The only crafting I managed to accomplish today was to finish the button ornament I started yesterday.

With the charm added, I think the back is just as pretty as the front!

Today was the first day of tatting with my homeschoolers, and we had a fabulous time! There was a lot of laughter, and I do believe this group will catch on to tatting quickly. There are four girls, one boy, and two moms. All are eager to learn!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Evening blogging

I'm going to try blogging in the evening again. I can keep track of what I've done during the day, and maybe I'll be motivated to make more progress!

I accomplished very little today. I finished one fingerless mitt that I started two days ago, and I tatted part of a button ornament. I honestly don't know what happened with the rest of the day!

Dave spent a lot of time decorating the sun room today, but he's not finished!

I stayed out of his way. Once he's done, I have lots of gnomes to display, and possibly some Santas.

I figured out why my nutcracker picture looked so bad last night... my Ott light was on and it washed out everything. I turned out the light tonight, and they look much better!

Still on a break

My break from technology has been so relaxing! I haven't completely given up on technology. I'm just spending less time on devices every day.

There were 15 of us for Thanksgiving.

Everyone pitched in with all of the preparations, making for a wonderful family get-together!

The day after Thanksgiving, Andrea finished the 12 Step Sampler Blanket she had been working on for Alison. If you peek in the background, you can see the one I made for Dave a few years ago.

Some of the kids in crochet club are ready to move on to projects, so I crochet a sample Unisex Beanie to give them inspiration. I really like this pattern, so I think I'll work on some for Christmas next year and add pompoms to the girls' hats.

I'm a little late starting on ornaments for this year. At one of our Tollway Tatters meetings, my friend Denise showed us some 2022 charms that she had purchased. I knew I had purchased some early in the year, so I decided that this year I would tat all the same ornaments with a charm. I think I need to tat two each day between now and Christmas to have all that I want for family!

Dave has started decorating inside the house. I love the way he does the railing! I've added a couple of more gnomes since I took this picture. I do love my gnomes!

The Christmas tree isn't quite done. I need to add my crocheted angel to the top, beaded garland, and Ice Drops. We're still hunting for all our treasures!

The arch between the kitchen and dining room looks done, but I think Dave needs to add some more nutcracker ornaments.

Angels, nutcrackers, and gnomes are popping up everywhere!

The challenge is finding places to display them all!

We're off the decorate the sunroom today. I need to retake my picture of the nutcrackers in the living room window. With any luck, there will be more pictures tomorrow!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Another 22!

I passed out another 22 sets of fingerless mitts yesterday. The girls were very excited, and now the boys are asking for them! I told the boys they will have to wait until after Christmas. I guess my Christmas break has now been planned!

Yesterday I was asked to teach tatting to homeschoolers. The answer is yes! Our plan is to start the week after Thanksgiving. There will be 3 - 5 kids and possibly some parents. I am very excited to share my favorite lace making technique!

Monday, November 7, 2022

Infrequent blogging

I keep thinking I'll blog more often, and it just hasn't happened. I'm enjoying knitting and tatting way too much!

It's been a long time since I've knit a hat, and I decided it was time to get back into hat knitting. I'm using the Hat Knitting 101: Basic Beanie Hat Pattern from Craftsy. The class is presented by Jen Lucas, who gives very clear instructions. The yarn is Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird. It's a really nice yarn! the color is Velvet.

I'm still knitting wrist warmers for the high school girls. I'm hoping to have my second batch of 22 finished before the Thanksgiving break. I have ten pair finished, so I should be able to meet my goal.

It's time to start tatting Christmas ornaments! This year I've decided to make all of the ornaments the same, sort of an ornament of the year. I'm using my December 17 button ornament pattern. I'm not sure if I like the gold thread with the red and black buttons, but it's what I've decided to do!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Enjoying the break


I've been enjoying my break from technology. I'm amazed at how much I can accomplish whenI stay off my devices!

Since my last post, I've completed 22 pairs of wrist warmers. I'm going to start passing them out at school today. I've told the girls that I hope to have wrist warmers for all who want them by Christmas break. So far, so good!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Another shade of pink

I've ordered another skein of Pink Quartz from Patons. I managed to knit 5 mitts out of one skein. What does one do with 5 mitts? 

While I'm waiting for it to arrive, I've started with another shade of pink from Alpaca Warehouse, Antique Rose. This is an 15% Alpaca, 85% Acrylic blend. It's much denser than the Paton's wool.

I found some dot journals when I was dusting, and decided it might be fun to keep track of what I'm knitting. My friend Denise keeps journals of what she's made. My journal for the past 15 years has been my blog.

This morning I discovered that I started at the back of the book instead of the front. How do I know? The pages don't turn easily! 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Knitting binge


My knitting binge continues! Right now I'm focusing on very simple wrist warmers/fingerless gloves for some of the high school girls. We've had some banter going on for over a year about the color pink. I have never been a big fan of pink, but I've been told it's a good color for me. So, I wear pink once in a while.

Last year a couple of the girls told me I should be wearing pink on Wednesday. I had no idea why until about a month ago. It's from the movie Mean Girls, which I had never seen. I watched the movie about a month ago, and then I understood why pink should be worn on Wednesday.

I have made a point of wearing pink every Wednesday this school year, and the girls and I get a laugh out of it. With the weather turning cooler, the girls have been complaining about how cold they are. I decided they needed pink wrist warmers/fingerless gloves. I played around with stitch count and finishing last week, and I now have something that will work for me. The girls liked my prototypes, so the serious knitting has begun. Quite a few girls have show interest in the project, so I may have created a monster!

I'm using worsted weight wool with size 4 needles. I've cast on 32 stitches, and knit in garter stitch for 6". I then slip stitch the sides together using a crochet hook, and hide the ends. I did have to buy pink yarn for this project. I did start knitting a pink sweater for myself about 20 years ago. I ended up throwing it out. The size was wrong, and I just couldn't take the pink any longer! Somehow, smaller projects in pink don't bother me.

My brother and sister came down to visit this weekend, and Mom wanted a picture of the three of us wearing our Orenberg warm shawls. Mom and I wore ours folded in half as a rectangle. Janet folded hers into a triangle. Mom did a beautiful job on all three. It took her about a year each to knit hers and mine, mainly because we were both distracted by other projects. She knit Janet's in about three months. Mom's is out of a lace weight acrylic. Janet's and mine are out of a silk/merino blend. All three of us will stay warm this winter!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Ready for blocking

In the past few weeks, I've spent most of my spare time working on a Craftsy class, Alder Shawl. I was hoping to expand my understanding of chart reading and learn some new skills. The only thing new I learned was the Knit Two Together Through the Back Loops Bind Off, which I really enjoyed.

This is my first half circle shawl. The design is wonderful, but I am not a fan of DK weight yarn. I prefer working with fingering or lace weight. 

It's easy to see that this shawl needs to be blocked, which I will do after the weekend. My sister is coming to visit, and I use the bed that she will be using for blocking my shawls. Since this yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend, I think it will take a couple of days to dry. It will be nice and cozy on cold winter days!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

To post or not to post

I have been very busy knitting and crocheting since daughter Carol's wedding, and posting to my blog has really not been a priority. I haven't been in the mood to post bits of progress, so I keep asking myself if I have anything worthy of posting. Finally, the answer is yes!

My Hitchhiker shawl is finally finished! I'm short one pattern repeat, because I didn't pay attention to the yardage requirement. However, I don't think very many people will come up to me and ask to count the number of teeth in the finished piece. 

This is knit with Malabrigo and is fantastically soft!

I finished another Kria shawl for Mean Green Goes Pink night. I was doing a little online shopping, and through a little back and forth conversation about Wollmeisse yarn with an Etsy seller a discussion was started about knitting and crocheting for charity. The shop owner sent me a sample of Peruvian highland wool, the vibrant pink yo see in the picture. I finished it off with Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks.

A couple of weeks ago, Mom and I went yarn shopping at our favorite shop, Yarn Hollow. Jamie, the owner, had posted a picture of the Moreton Street Cowl, and I wanted to see it in person. This is knit in hand-dyed fingering weight yarn (Cherry Blossom) and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. It is absolutely luxurious!

There was a lady shopping for yarn while we were there, and she asked Jamie how long it would take to knit this cowl. Jamie said she wasn't sure, because she had stopped working on it to finish a top she wanted to wear on a vacation to Scotland. She guessed two weeks. With that in mind, I headed home and started right away. I started winding my hand-dyed yarn into a ball on Friday evening. Two weeks later, I finished my cowl at 10:30 in the morning. Jamie had it right... two weeks!

I really enjoyed knitting this cowl, but I'm not overly fond of the point. I think I may look and see if I can find a pattern that is more rounded, or I may try to figure it out on my own!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Kria 2 finished!


I finished my second Kria shawl just a few minutes ago. There's a YouTube tutorial for this shawl, which may be helpful to some.

I'll probably wait until the weekend to block it. This one is for our school's annual Mean Green Goes Pink night, which is a fundraiser for the Beverly K. Roberts Foundation. This is a local charity that benefits local cancer patients.

I'm thinking of putting it in a basket with a cozy mystery and a selection of hot chocolate, something I could go for!

Now I have to decide which yarn I want to work with next!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022



I spent a good portion of the afternoon crocheting, and I made pretty good progress. I'm into the lighter pink portion of the yarn. The pink will fade into white and then grey. This Kria shawl is working up so quickly!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Kria #2


I couldn't help myself! I had a cake of YarnArt Flowers Alpaca by my chair, and it was calling to me. What's a girl to do? I picked up my crochet hook and started another Kria shawl. I did take it out after a few rows. The yarn calls for a 3.5mm hook. The fabric seemed too stiff to me, so I started over with a 4.0mm hook. 

This is a sport weight yarn, so it's working up very quickly. I wonder how quickly I'll finish this one?

Monday, August 15, 2022

It took a while...


Apparently, I didn't take note of when I started crocheting my Kria shawl. I think it took me about a month to make, but with all the activity around here, it may have been longer. This is a great pick up and put down project. It can be as small or as large as you like. I used one ball of Scheepjes Whirl Blueberry Bambam. Once the pattern is set up, it's a simple two row repeat.

On to finishing another project!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A little bit of everything

Today was the perfect day to do a little bit of everything. The temperature was in the upper 70s with low humidity. So, I worked in the yard a little, did some laundry, and finished a little housework. I even managed to drive to Carol's house with some of the things she had brought over for the wedding.

Mom and I watch about an hour of news each morning, and I've taken to crocheting during that hour. I know it's hard to tell from the picture, but more of the blue in the yarn is finally showing. Blue makes me so happy!

It's been a while since I've worked on my Star of Bethlehem doily. I'm nearly finished with this round!

This afternoon I worked on my Hitchhiker shawl and finished another pattern repeat. All in all, I had a very productive day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Getting back to normal

We're starting to get back into a normal routine after the wedding. I took Carol's dress to the dry cleaners today. Other than that, we stayed around the house and worked on small tasks.

I did take a little time for crafting. My Kria shawl is coming along nicely. Others who are working on it have finished very quickly. Mine is taking an awfully long time!

I also worked on my Hitchhiker shawl. I have 32 of 41 pattern repeats finished. I love the color!

Monday, August 8, 2022

Wedding pics

Today, Mom and I did a little cleaning in the house, and a tiny bit of knitting. Mostly, we relaxed. I don't have a lot of wedding pics yet, but I'm happy to share what I have. 

My husband Dave performed the ceremony. Jon's sons and daughters were the attendants.

Typical Carol and Jon, it was a fun wedding.

They were obviously having a wonderful time!

My beautiful daughter and granddaughter Eva had huge grins all night long!

We lived in a trailer for twelve years until we built our house. The cement pad that was under the trailer served as the dance floor and karaoke venue. Someone managed to get a picture of my four daughters and me taking our turn. We sang "Rum and Coca Cola" as performed by the Andrews sisters. The girls sounded wonderful! I did not! What mattered was that we had fun.

I went to bed around midnight. Dave stayed up until 1:30. The last of the party-goers, including the bride and groom left by 3. It's a good thing we live in the country!

Update: here are a few more pics posted by friends.

This is the entrance to the garden in the front yard.

Carol couldn't help peeking over the railing to see who was in the house.

I love this picture! They couldn't wait to start dancing!