Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Hmmm.... Well it kind of is going like I thought it would. All the boys stayed at their lady friend's houses. Harold moved out to his new place. I am alone in the house with 2 grandkids Melody and Robert. No tree. No holiday. I bought Melody a really good Timex wrist watch with white leather band and waterproof. I bought Robert a good video game.

And that was my day. I got a 22 lb turkey in the oven. Will fix some stuffing with it. Not going to bother to fix anything else. Think I will watch tv and wait on the bird to cook. Kind of out of the ho ho ho spirit.

I got a precious phone call from my dearest friend Barbara. She is able to call. For right this minute I count that as a true and wonderful blessing. Every minute I can spend with her is as dear to me as gold and diamonds. She keeps me going when I just can't do it alone anymore. She shares her belief in God with me and it makes me know that no matter what happens it is His will and all will be ok in the end.

Psalms 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

so either you are a believer or you aren't. I am. So what ever will come, will come.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas good or bad...

Now I filled it out because it looked fun. then i looked it over and sound like Scrooge? hmmm.. well that is how it has gone. i dont think you should save up all year or go deep in debt to buy on christmas day. like the rest of the year dont count. i show my love every day of the year.
the whole point of christmas is love. love should be every day in your heart. not on Dec 25th.
again this year there will be no tree, no presents for the kids. I gave little fella a great big double car set of radio control cars. I gave son Harold a really good flash light set for his job.
I sent mom a special box full of goodies chosen with love. She has my heart.
I am taking the 2 week vacation the kids have and I am going to crochet a yellow thread doily.
Merry Christmas to all.

A Christmas MEME ripped off from a friend
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
egg nog
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
wraps when we used to have christmas
the one from santa is wrapped in aluminum foil dont you know?
that is because one year all I had was foil. so i told the kids you can tell santa's gift
because it is metallic. over the years i always wrapped one in some shiny metal paper.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
no lights
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No
5. When do you put up your decorations?
no decorations.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Turkey and stuffing and also Mincemeat and fruitcakes.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
free stocking of fruit and candy as a child in fredonia kansas after the parade,
always makes me think of orange and chocolate and to me that flavor combo
means christmas.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I think we always knew as kids.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, we usually opened one. only as a kid.
have not had any christmas as an adult.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
i like ornaments and tinsel.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
as a kid love it meant no school maybe.
as an adult like it because it meant the kids could go shovel and make enough money
for us to try to have christmas.
12. Can you ice skate?
not really, used to do it in shoes on a frozen crick as a kid
we called it hockey pucking. we had a smashed tin can, some sticks, and we
played ice hockey. mom made hot cocoa and one time nina got mad and
cried. she blowed her nose on the scarf i knitted for dad.
now dad is gone. i sure loved dad.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
yes. mom used green stamps and bought the 3 girls each a timex watch, she
bought my brother a blow up bridge army set with tanks and soldiers.
i remember laying in bed with my ear to my watch listening to it
tick tock tick tock. now they use batteries and it only goes tick tick tick
i miss the old wind up watch so bad. i sure wish i had one.
my mom is the best mom in the whole world.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
when i was young it was being together. being loved.
as an adult it meant no school for the kids so i could stop working so hard
at raising so many children and try to enjoy playing a board game or something with them.
15. What's is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
I love pumpkin pie with whip cream and baked sweet potatoes with toasted marshmellows on it.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
All my kids take off for the holiday, they go be perfect sons for the girlfriend's family,
i am home alone with the 2 grandkids here.
as a kid it was going hunting and coming home to cooked food or helping do the cooking.
17. What tops your tree?
no tree in about 8 years, used to have an angel.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
giving. my mom is the most important person in my life. making sure she opens a box
and finds that perfect thing in there is best for me. i dont get gifts. i have not even gotten
a gift really from the kids in maybe 15 years or so.
some of my friends that knit send me stuff during the year. but as for a 'holiday' gift? none.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night i also like ava maria
20. Candy Canes?
YES! like to use them to decorate the tree back when the kids was little. then we could eat them.
21. Do you feel Christmas is too commercialized?
it always has been. every holiday is.
22. Real tree or artificial?
no tree in ten yrs either, but used to have a artificial.
one time i got a free real one from a church and decorated it with a
bag of yellow bows. i wrapped the toys in funny papers because i didn't have
gift wrap. it was a good christmas for me and the kids.
23. Do you put lights up on the outside of your house?
no i never could afford the lights or the light bill if i had done it.
24. Do you do a Christmas Dinner or Supper and who cooks?
either i cook or me and melody cook. we usually cook enough to last about a week
and we do it christmas morning. then everyone just eats and reheats for days and days.
then i dont have to cook.
25. In your family does everyone unwrap gifts at once or do you do it one gift at a time as the others watch?
when the grand kids was little me and my kids bought christmas for them. then when they got
bigger we sort of buy during the year as they see it and want it
and no christmas really at all. no tree , no gifts, nothing.
26. Do your pets share in the festivities?
no. i feed them and buy them toys and snacks all year long.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

A Few Of My Favorite Things...

In case you are looking for that special gift to give someone dear check this out. I got one of these last year and don't know how to get along without it. This makes it so i can take that project with me and never have to worry about broken needles or messed up work. I love this thing!! Contact HER for info and purchasing. Click the pic to see a biggie version of it. This is a way way cool goodie for knitters. Comes in different lengths and has the cutest little dingly on the end. I love these!
I found the link for the site so here it is! CLICK ME.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Free Sock Patterns

I have many free patterns and some for sale too. I offered them free for over five years and now most are archived. Some are still available on request. The sale patterns are pictured and listed on the right side of the blog. I am working on typing up all of the patterns and publishing them in pdf or cd format.
the Sale Patterns are in order shown in this pic

gold socks, may green socks , baby breath, peach petal, lily of the valley (lov), and others
here is a partial list of the one i used to offer in my yahoo group. There are dozens more not on the list.

Best Wishes Socks
Betty Westport Waves Socks
Blue Jean Cuffs
Cascading Leaves
Coins or Lifesaver Socks
Crown Stitch Socks
Dennis Socks
I Love You Socks
Kansas Harvest Socks
Kims Socks
Lisa Socks
Maple Leaf Socks
Michigan Cherry Socks
Ninas Sox
Pink Ruffle and Lace Socks
Pretty Petals Socks
Roses Roses SocksS
helly Sox
SnowFlake Socks
Spring Twists Socks
Toni Tootsie Socks
Wandering Cables Socks
Wiggle Socks

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Winter Wedding Dress





Here is ellowyne wearing a dress from a Faire pattern. Love them and how easy it is to sew them. She is wearing a white faux fur cape.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Where is Everyone? and What Are You Knitting?

I need some inspiration tell me what projects you are doing? Any good stuff? I found a pattern stitch that just thrills me. An easy fun one so now am working it up into a good textured cuffed pair of socks.

Remembering a Super Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJW4Lv_6j44

if you can see this video, it is the all time favorite of mine.
Rudy Galindo winning the skating competition.
I bet I was hollering louder than he was when he won.
What a memory. I love ice skating.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Free Patterns Still

contact me Jeanie for free copies of Barbara Shawl, Rainbow Shawl, and some of the sock patterns that were offered for free. Thank you for the lovely post on Barbara Shawl.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I'm Knitting!


After a long three weeks I am knitting again. The weather is cold, ice on the ground this morning. The perfect time for soft wool and a good sweater KAL. I am half way done in the area from under the arms to the shoulders. Using a birdie graph that I worked out.

Best wishes to all.

Oh and I found a brand new love. Boy I wish I had this! In vinyl. Man oh man. Maybe Santa Clause will bring me one this year? I can sure hope!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

With A Little Help From My Friends


Today I will go back to knitting on my wonderful colorwork sweater with the great friends on the Astrid KAL. For the past couple of weeks I have been setting and thinking. Cleaning my room and cleaning my life while I was at it.
Playing with the kids, grandkids, and not trying to be too grown up. Joined some really great play groups online and enjoyed chat about all kinds of stuff from fishing to dolls.

I took a mental vacation. Now some of my closest buddies will tell you I have been on a mental vacation for about 20 years. Don't listen to them....

I couldn't concentrate on the graph for my sweater so I knitted a little doll sweater. Not much for 2 weeks work but at least I kept my hands busy.

I still miss my friend but I realize sooner or later each of us will head that way too. I will see him again. For now I guess I will have to do the playing and fishing and loving our family for both of us.

Above is a little pic of the gray sock wool sweater I made for the American Model Tonner Redhead Basic. I also did her hair. It comes in a horrific chopped up uneven ponytail. as soon as you take that rubber band out you got bare head lines between the hair lines and the hair is so uneven and such a mess that I set it with little permanent curlers, boiled water, and then dipped the water over her hair with a cup. Once the hair cools and dries a little you can take the rollers out and have lovely curls.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

absolutely the cutest socks I've seen in a long time

these socks are so cute i can't stand it. the pic is adorable. perfect fall colors too.
Look at the Socks!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Anyone Else Like Dolls?




I have always sewed and knitted for dolls. Love it. I have Cissy and Gene, Julia and Jackie. But they have new ones out now. 16 inch Ellowyne Wilde and 22 inch American Model are really great to knit for.



Ellowyne is on the left, she has bendy wrists too. Model is on the right and is way taller and bigger.

Happy Birthday Melody Rose

Sunday, October 14, 2007, Melody Rose Townsend turned 16 years old!!
We went to the movies and saw Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married'.
LOVED IT!!
We have all of his movies and plays on dvd. Such really great movies to watch.
Also bought the dvd Nacho Libre with Jack Black and laughed all the way through it.
And bought and watched Pan's Labrynth. This movies is in Spanish with English subtitles. A superb movie well worth watching. Loved it. Will watch it over and over.
Picked up Bridge Over Tarabithia for grandboy. Have not seen it yet.
Spent all day together. Had cheesecake and Spinach Pizza and Burgers with Fries.
Pretty good day.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Finally Divorce Day

Finally it is all over. And for today at least we are all being friendly.
Son got divorce, custody of boy, the dog, and the cat.
A good day.
Now we can be a family again. Safe. Happy.

"She" is back over at her boyfriends? house and it is a very good ending to a very long day.
I wish her lots of happiness and luck with a great new life of her own.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Not knitting right now

i can't seem to gather myself and start knitting again. I set. The tv is playing in the background, old black and white movies from the 40s and 50s. Can't even concentrate on them enough to know what they are about. I don't have many friends. People don't call me or write to me. My cousin did. Now I'm not ever going to get that phone call again.
I just can't knit now. I can't really read email or do anything.
Did this ever happen to you? I know he loved me and now he is gone. I sure am missing him....

Hey Mike! Hey Mike? Hey...
Cuz?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Family News


Tonight Cousin Eileen called and told me her brother, my Cousin Mike Powers was killed in a motorcycle accident. The accident happened in Arizona. I talked to Mike often by phone. He called me Thursday night and we talked as he drove home from work. He told me all about his motorcycle and about his trucks for his job. We laughed about the old days with dimmer switches on the floors of cars. They don't put them there anymore.

I hope with all my heart he is happily riding the best motorcycle ever in Heaven, for surely it must be a place of happiness and peace. May The Lord hold him close. I do love him so.

Monday, October 01, 2007

I got my glasses!

Now if i can just learn to see again. I got bifocals. Coffee brown brushed metal rims. The lenses are transition and turn brown in the sunlight. I have been knitting holding the needles and yarn and looking over my old glasses for so many years that it is a learning curve to know how to use the new bifocals. I am doing it pretty good.

My most wonderful friend Barbara called. She is doing well and I want her to know I love you! and send you all my prayers and hugs. Get well soon!!

The sweater knitalong at Astrids is doing really good. I am substituting some graphs for the given ones, you guys all know I can't do anything without changing it somewhere!! New pics posted soon I hope.

Write in and let me know you are still out there. I am trying to get the homefront all tightened up for winter.
Son Harold's van is finally running. How long who knows but it is running today!! He put another transmission in it and this time it has the right amount of plug ins on it.
Son Kevin parked his car in front of the house and within 3 minutes a fool next door wrecked his front drivers corner of it pretty good. We know cars are made out of aluminum foil now and it sure shows it! Kevin almost fainted when he saw it. Yee Gosh! They said they will fix it. Son isn't holding his breath on that promise. Will just do it next weekend his self and then if they pay him back ok and if not oh well...
Grand daughter Melody turns 16 this month. October 14 is her big day. She is the biggest blessing in the world to me.
Grand son Robert. ok he is being a horses butt. But he is young and maybe will grow out of it soon.
Dog Molly is doing pretty good. We have been fighting sand fleas around the neighborhood real hard. Every time she goes outdoors we got them again.
any hints or tips on ridding a dog of fleas? I am trying shampoo, powder, spray, those little drops you put on their neck, and flea collars. So far no luck at all.

and since son harold got his van running i got my car back. now i need brakes, 2 air / fuel sensors, a oil change, shocks, and a strut. hmmm...... i think son harold drove the little booger almost to death. my car was sobbing when i drove it last night and i am sure i heard it singing
"I am so glad to be back where I belong....... "

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Knitting and Glasses and Dolls, Oh My!

My glasses are in at America's Best so once I can get a ride out there with one of the boys I am hoping I can stop using the Helen Keller method of knitting. I approve of the method but I am just not good at it and it sure slows me down. I can't wait to 'see' if this will help speed me along with that gorgeous sweater KAL . The roses band is coming up soon and I just am so excited to get to it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Play Time Squeezed In




Due to a technical difficulty I spent the last day working on a side project. I left my knitting in the car, the car went to work with son. So I played with this yarn and made a doll shawl. I used the KIRI pattern, size 0 needles and probably could have done a full sized shawl for the same amount of stitches. It measures almost 14 inches across and 8 inches long at the middle back.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lovely New Doll to Knit For

"M" showed me the way to Ellowyne and now I am in love all over again with dolls. I see all kinds of knitting and crochet work in my future for her. If anyone loves dolls and sews, knits, or crochets for them leave a comment!! I would love to see your doll friends.

I am going to knit a black shawl for her and a dress maybe with crochet thread? or tatting thread? I couldn't decide which one so chose the basic long red haired one. I also like the black hair one and the cherry koolaid haired one.

Love dolls, have Gene, Julia, Jackie, Cissy, Felicity , Isabel , and many more. I also like Breyer Horses and used to make real leather saddles for them.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Knitting Along

I decided to rip out the picot hem on the new colorwork sweater and do it over in ribbing with smaller needles. I saw so many really good ones like that so I decided I wanted mine to look more like theirs! I am working on my Fall sock. on the gusset decreases. Also planning a colorwork hat and that really is a pet project as I always wanted one. I am working on the kauni sweater sleeves too.
Also working on a cp new pair of socks. Been a busy busy week or two here.
Finally got to the eye dr also. now in 2 or 3 days am expecting new glasses and know that will help me with the knitting so pretty excited there.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

season socks

i am waiting on my yarn delivery, i have started that pair for fall in a regia 6 ply wool. i plan on doing more than one pair per season. i need socks really bad for me. cold here in michigan and my feet are freezing this morning!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fall Socks


Here is a pic of the new Fall Sock I am working on right now.

New Colorwork Sweater




Here is a pic showing front and back side of the new sweater I am working on. It is tricky to get the stitches all even but I am trying real hard.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Meilenweit 6 fach farbe 8842




Doesn't this look like fall to you?

Value Yourself

Recently I realized that no one else sees your craft like you do. I now know that less is more.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Season Knit-A-Long


I am going to do a whole year knit-a-long. Anyone interested in joining me? I was window shopping and found a season set of yarn. I think I want to knit 4 pairs for myself. No fancy stitches just let the yarn show it's colors. It would give me 3 months to knit one pair of socks and at the end of the year I would have a pair for evry season. I found these yarns and really like them a lot.

I have always loved browns and greens anyway. And the Winter one looks a lot like the holidays to me.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cutest Little Knitting Goodie

I saw these little knitting dollies and think they are absolutely the cutest things in the world. Why didn't they have goodies like this when I was young? I don't care if I'm not a kid anymore I want this one. I will come up with a pattern that uses cord just to have an excuse to knit with it.

Isn't this just the most wonderful bit of pinkness??

They come in all colors and I think it might take more than one. Well you wouldn't want it to get lonely would you?








Friday, August 03, 2007

August Sock





The new August Sock Pattern is now for sale. See Close Up of Pattern Stitch. Contact Me if you are interested in purchasing this pattern.

Special sale! Buy August $5 and choose one other pattern for free!


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New Socks and Fixing Links!

I finally fixed the link on the side of my blog to open a big pic of the sale socks and also the one below it opens an email to me. i did it Whew!! the august pattern is available today and all of this month. to get that buy one get one free hurry with your order!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Feast Quiz

something new, a FEAST ?

Appetizer
Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.
* I had a doll grandma Thelma gave me and I had a red stuffed small toy with a plastic/rubber face. He had a pointed head. I dont know what it was but i loved it.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?
*I am a 10. maybe a 12. I have to be. I am responsible here at home for everything.

Salad
Where would you rather be at this very moment?
*With my mother. I would give almost anything to be with my mom.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?
*Yesterday. I looked up information bar for microsoft internet explorer info.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
*I have a great big family, but I haven't got anyone for myself.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Almost To The Underarm Area!


Now to decide how long to make it to the underarm. This will be for a 38" bust measurement. I think after the 15 rows left on this repeat I will divide up for the sleeve area. I love how the colors are turning out.
Rainbow and Teal kauni from Astrid's.

New Sweater Graph In Color


since it is given for free, I am not giving any secret away, just converting the graph to my own representation of the colors that are shown by symbols.

The graph uses yellow, gray, red, coral, green, the sweater uses natural and gray for almost the entire rest of the sweater, only this graph is in color.


the gray i used or the red, coral, green, and yellow may not match the actual colors of yarn at all. they are used here only to help show the rose graph in color instead of symbols.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Kauni Sweater inside and out




New Project anyone else interested??

This image shown with permission.

I saw this sweater pattern picture online while yarn shopping at Astrid's. Now I have to knit it. So I wonder if anyone else out there is interested in a knit along for this sweater? I love it. After I finish the kauni sweater I am working on I will be starting this one. Waiting on my yarn now. I like the fast shipping times and yarn choices I get at Astrid's so I will be getting mine there. I wanted to use the exact yarn as used in the pattern. Matching the colors is important to me because I want to end up with a result as close to that pic as I can get.

if you think you might want to join me and knit it with me send me an email and let me know. Already sure you want to do it? contact Astrid for same yarn. Click her Purple link above and go to her site.


New Knit-A-Long Blog up for this sweater!

I can't wait to get started!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sweater **UPDATED**


I have been working on my sweater now about 3 weeks or more. Designing it, getting the yarn, then I had to knit the bottom ribbing 3 times to get it right. I even tried a picot hem bottom. I am using Kauni from Astrid's and size 4 circs. Here you can see a small piece of the bottom of the sweater. For Roses I am using teal mixture kauni and wine rose mixture and for the new design I am using a teal mixture for the back ground and the Rainbow kauni for the main part of the sweater. on the left is roses design, on the right is the new design.

UPDATED PIC 7/21/07


Monday, July 16, 2007

Quick Pic of Socks


Gold, May, Baby Breath, Peach, Lily of Valley, Green Leaf

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Spinning And Knitting In The Heat

Just thinking about spinning in this heat is enough to make your feet swell up! Way over 90 and sticky heat. I had washed a fleece but somehow it just did not get clean. It had that 'ram' odor. So I just could not spin it. Then a couple of new KAL popped up. I figured with enough help I could finally 'gitterdone'. I used a whole bottle of dish soap and tub after tub of hot water. Finally clean enough to spin so I filled 2 bobbins and then plied them. I ended up with just a touch under 200 yards of two ply fingering in a really pretty gray. It is soft and smells clean and fresh now. I can't wait to knit with it.

It really was not the fleece at all. It was how I washed it. But I didn't know so I will just do better from now on.

My twist is uneven and I do wish I could get a good twist going on so it would be all nice and smooth. Any hints or tips on making a better yarn would be greatly appreciated!

OTN a new cardigan for someone special. Using Kauni in teal mix and wine mix with roses roses roses all over it. I am using size 3 needles and the Philosopher Wool 2 color method. Loving the fabric I am making. I did get off to a false start with the ribbing and have to do it 3 times before it was ok. I love Kauni. Next I want to get the natural one AA and the gorgeous gray one BB. And of course every color she sells!!

At first I thought it was just me, that Kauni was new and it was a passing fancy of mine but there are thousands on the internet knitting it right now. So it can't just be me loving this simple, plain, wonderful wool. Watching the color bands show up and feeling the wool fabric growing.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

WhenEver August Sock Pattern

For anyone that wants to purchase this pattern please go to the WhenEver sock group and join for free. I understand paying for a pattern now and not getting to knit it for a whole month.
If you order and pay for the August pattern now you can choose any one of the for-sale patterns on this site and get it FREE to knit now while you wait for the August pattern release.

Anyone that already purchased the August pattern please email me and choose your one free pattern.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Dozens of Free Sock Patterns

There are dozens of free sock patterns in the files section of my yahoo group.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Free Shawl Patterns

To BlissfulKnitter and anyone else that wrote.
the shawl pattern is free, just email me so i can send it to you free.
the emails keep coming back. i can't send them.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Whirly Gig Summer Fun Socks Pattern

A lovely yahoo group WHENEVER invited me to be sock pattern hostess for the August Sock. The picture of the socks and the close up of the stitch definition is in the files/ photos section of that group.
You must join that free group, look over the pic, then email me and let me know you want it.
Payments for the August Sock Pattern Whirly Gig Summer Fun can be made now.
Prefer PayPal but can accept mailed checks or money orders.
Contact me by email for pay pal payment.
or
Contact me by email for home mailing address.
The pattern cannot be sent to you until AUGUST FIRST. This gives you time to choose your yarn or order it if you need to. Any sock yarn will be good for the whirly gigs and it will be a great stash buster pattern. I chose not to sell a kit to cut down on costs. Postage has gone up again and this way you get the pattern in the email immediately.

between now and then they have a wonderful JULY pattern hostess with a great pattern and some older super patterns or kits.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Grandkids , the adventure, the saga continues.

We now have all 3 grandkids here. My son is working as hard as he can to help out. But little boys want bikes and new shoes and gym shorts. I am a big thrift store shopper but still it can be terrible to start a little kid all over again. He lost everything he had in the move. Clothes, toys, shoes, all of it. He came here to daddy with a small handful of clothes and some shoes that was too short already. He has gained ten pounds and inches taller too. Is now a lovely nut brown and as healthy as a horse.

So there is a never ending list of stuff that kids want. The oldest boy grand kid had a birthday on Saturday. He turned 14, he wants a video game and to go to the Harry Potter new movie.
So I put his birthday off until next week and hope we get to go. Right now youngest grandson's dad, my boy Harold is using my car to get to work every day. The 'van' quit again. If it was a horse we would put it down for good. My car has a bad habit of just quitting. Driving along on a freeway and the motor cuts off. We can't figure it out but are trying to get at least one of them fixed for reliable transportation.

Our life here is an adventure. Everyday brings something new.

Baby's Breath Lace Sock


This looks lovely in white but it also is wonderful in all kinds of spring colors.

Give it a try in pink, blue, lavendar, or yellow?

If you would like to purchase this sock pattern to help support a very

active and great grandson please email me at: JEANIE

write Baby Breath in the subject line. Thank you.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Horrific Floods In Kansas!

Some of the worst flooding, video HERE, is happening in my home town of Fredonia, Kansas. The entire town is flooded and no power is available. I have many relatives there and sincerely hope it is as safe as possible.

Monday, June 25, 2007

sneak peak



Here is just a little bit of the new rainbow i am working on. i love kauni.

I have not given it any big stretching out yet just a tack it to the pillow for a quickie pic. It is the way the rainbow develops. Makes you want to knit and knit just to see what it does next.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Because you asked...

**Note** Yes I will be the August Socks Pattern author for the Whenever Group.
The unshown, new pattern will only be available for purchase there. This is a superb group of knitters with the most beautiful patterns ever.

Newest Projects


Working on Baby's Breath Socks Pattern with undyed Trekking. Also working on another new rainbow kauni shawl pattern. Circle of Friends.

Friday, June 22, 2007

List of patterns...

Did I mention that all of those patterns are free? In the Files section of my yahoo group.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kansas, yes I LOVE Kansas

yes i graduated 1971 class of Fredonia High School, close to chanute, cherryvale, altoona

i LOVE kansas to bits!!

Teal Blue Green Kauni

i got this skein of teal blue green kauni wool from
Astrid's online store. I love knitting with kauni.
This is a free pattern.
Staghorn Lace Shawl.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Other Patterns That I Wrote.

A friend asked me to list the other patterns I currently have available. So I put a list here.
You can always search for the pictures of them at www.google.com then by name of pattern.
or ask me and I will send a pic to you.
Best Wishes Socks
Betty Westport Waves Socks
Blue Jean Cuffs
Cascading Leaves
Coins or Lifesaver Socks
Crown Stitch Socks
Dennis Socks
I Love You Socks
Kansas Harvest Socks
Kims Socks
Lisa Socks
Maple Leaf Socks
Michigan Cherry Socks
Ninas Sox
Pink Ruffle and Lace Socks
Pretty Petals Socks
Roses Roses Socks
Shelly Sox
SnowFlake Socks
Spring Twists
Toni Tootsie Socks
Wandering Cables
Wiggle Socks

Monday, June 11, 2007

Father's Day Isn't Just For Fathers

All of us women at home should get something too! For all those knitters interested in a pattern, this week, June 11 - June 16. Buy one, get one free. And for anyone that bought one already if you want to qualify for one free one, send me an email and i will enter you in a drawing for a free pattern of your choice! One person out of every ten that write to me will win a free pattern.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Special Note About Toes!

Remember to always decrease your foot stitches to the proper number to make the toes fit your own feet. Even if my pattern says leave a certain number of stitches, do it to fit you!! Make them your own perfect pair.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Cathedral Socks Pattern Is Ready to go!



if you are interested in the Cathedral Socks pattern please email me


HERE .


Payment accepted at


www.paypal.com



I am working on those fishing licenses and enough gear for me and
son Harold so we can take Jordan to the 'crick' and go fishing.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Cherry Blossom Shawl Pattern and Where to get it?

a super great picture at this link for cherry blossom shawl
http://www.hpi.net/whitestarsams/knit/cherry.htm
it is the pattern called:
Cherry Blossom Shawl (K. Spurkland, Spring 2002)
see if you can order that issue from
http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/resources/shawl_pattern_resources.asp
Interweave Knits Shawl Patterns also has some free shawls on their site,
and if they have it in stock you can order the magazine with the cherry blossom shawl
pattern in it.
and another super example of it
http://www.susans-palace.de/private/knits/cherry_blossom.html
and a blog with lots of pics of one
http://lifeincleveland.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html

Alpaca Shawl finished!


finally finished it and now blocking, then on it's way to it's new home! used the cherry blossom pattern with changes.




LOTS and LOTS of sock patterns.

I want to remind you that I have written over 3 dozen sock patterns. That any of them are available. You can join my yahoo group and find more free ones in the files section or write to me for them or purchase the for sale ones from me by email and pay pal.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Maybe It Is Time To Get Serious?


I don't want to spend another summer just setting around waiting on the 'fat fairy' to rescue me. So I decided I am gonna put in my request. The boys always ask me what I would really like to have. Well here it is. I used to have one about 15 years ago. Used it too. Then due to a home fire I didn't have it anymore. I tried walking, I stumble and fall. I tried a Tony Little Gazelle, nice if you can stand on your legs a long time. Hmmm...

Maybe this summer will be my turn for a change. Now I am hunting around for those videos you can watch while you ride or walk.

Anyone else use a bike? How did it work for you?
I would sure like to hear your exercise and diet story.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Naming the new socks

I like those names, am leaning towards Cathedral. I like that too. any other suggestions?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

FREE PATTERNS STILL AVAILABLE









Lilac Socks ------ and the ------Barbara Shawl email me


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lorna's Laces New Socks

I am really having fun with this new pattern. Needs a name now?



Saturday, May 19, 2007

Nina's New Sweater

I love you Nina!
You look very pretty in your new sweater.



Wednesday, May 16, 2007

And What Did You Knit Over The Weekend??

This Yarn Grows Up To Be This Color!

Thank you Lovisa!

Thank You! I don't know how you knew about what day was coming up but thank you Lovisa!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Click On Titles Below for Larger Picture.

dont forget the Barbara Shawl and Lilac Socks Pattern are still free and available.

Smore Knitting?

The cutest Pic HERE. just scroll down until you see smore knitting. How cute!

Jordan's Big Day.


Guess what the UPS man brought today? More pics HERE.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

I Love To Knit !! Playtime!








Yes that really is 10 knitting needles. Ten. The more challege I can get the better I like it and this is as tricky as it gets.