Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Great Chardon Visit

Yesterday My Mom and I went to Doogan's restaurant in Chardon, Oh to meet my new friend and her Mom for lunch. I was so excited for the 2 Mom's to meet as they are so much alike and so close in age. Both are widows. And they hit it right off. We had a great lunch. Then we went to KotS in Chardon, Oh, so I could spend some Christmas money on the yarn I wanted to buy to make the Einstein Coat. The link is a ravelry link so I apologize to any readers not on ravelry. If you are not on ravelry you can sign up for an invite here. It is really a great knit and crochet community.

So there is a pic of my friend, the 2 Moms and the einstein coat that I started.

I really love the yarn and the color I bought. The store sample that I tried on is made from this yarn but in a different color. At first I thought I wanted that color--but I really like the one I am using much more. It is being made from Araucania Nature Wool Chunky Multi Color #201. I love the fit and feel of this coat. I am making size Medium. The pattern is from Sally Melville's book The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch. Hope to post a few Christmas pics soon, but today I am taking a break and knitting.

We have had a very busy holiday season. Monday we buried a very dear friend--so there has not been a lot of time to knit. I will work Thursday and Saturday.

Happy knitting to all.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Crunch Day #2

Hi all. Hope that you all had a Very Merry Christmas--Happy Hannaka--or whatever you all celebrate. Yesterday we had my hubby's family and my Mom and I cooked lunch and ate off of real dishes with real silverware. There were 8 of us.

Today--well my clan comes. There will be 30 of us--Oh my how the family has grown. I made a 20 lb. turkey and a 10 pound ham yesterday. Today is leftover turkey and ham sandwiches--on you guessed it--paper plates, with plastic silverware cups etc. I don't think I have enough real dishes for this many. Will be pretty casual and hectic today.

Yesterday was quiet and relaxing with no little ones running around. But I can't wait till everyone gets here. The little ones really make Christmas. I will have 10 grandkids and 3 great nephews and 1 great niece. All my kids and their spouses--my bro and his spouse--my 2 nephews and their spouses. My Mom and my Aunt. I am looking forward to a really nice day.

Sorry no pics--maybe next time. No time today. Happy Knitting!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Where I'd Rather Be

Hi there Trainergirl. I stole the idea from you but the pic is mine. There is no better place to be but at the shore. I love going the end of September when it is still warm, but not too crowded. This was taken in late September at Myrtle Beach, SC. Thx for the idea Annie--and Merry Christmas to all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Look At Me!

Thanks to Shelly at KotS and a little tutorial on youtube I am actually magic loop knitting socks. I have been knitting socks for a little over 2 years and cannot believe I have not tried this before--I thought it would be too hard. It is so easy and so much faster. If you haven't tried it you really ought to. It is great!! The sock is made with Dream in Color Smooshy--can't remember color at the moment and too busy to look. Will give the details on the sock when the pair is finished--probably sometime after Christmas.

Oh My, There Is Knitting

Yes, there is actual knitting going on amongst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The socks are the 56 st. 56 row sock pattern with mods to suit me. These are made with Aussie Sock Yarn in the color faded valentine on size #2 DP needles.

Next is the Noro Scarf from Brooklyn Tweed. I made it to his specifications, however I used Berrocco Geode yarn in colors 3658 & 3645. It is 5" x 60". I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I used 2 skeins of each color.

Well back to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Knitting.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas

Just some of my ornaments to get you in the Christmas spirit.
What's a tree without a nurse ornament when you are a nurse--gift from my hubby several years ago.
The green ornament is a ceramic ornament my Hubby's 42 year old daughter made him when she was a child.
The silver ornament is from my early childhood and hung on our tree every year when I was a kid--thx Mom.
The girl in the wreath has the year 1977 on the bottom and was a gift from my parents--of course in 1977.
And last but not least is one of my many Wendell August Forge ornaments gifted by my parents over the years.

This idea was stolen from Bea. Thx Bea--and Merry Christmas and Happy Knitting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy

Well Lucy #6 is done and lined--she is the dark gray one with the plaid lining. My DH says that plaid is his favorite color. She is for my step daughter #1. The brown one I have posted before--but she is finally lined--with kitties--step dautghter #2 loves kitties. Hope they like them. If they don't, ah well, they are getting them anyhow.

I have seen lots of memes etc that I have wanted to do, but time constraints have not allowed that. I truly hope that everyone has a great holiday season and Happy Knitting.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Coupla Finished Objects

The Socks are a modification of the 56 stitch 56 row socks from Chic Knits which can be found here. The yarn is Knit Picks Essential in Tucson Multi Colorway.

The afghan is finally finished in time for Joe Joe's second Christmas All my grandchildren have one of these-there fore this is the 10th one I have made. The yarn is Caron Perfect Match--the color is Country Basket Ombre. The border is Red Heart Supersaver in Country Blue. The pattern can be purchased here.

I still have one Lucy bag to finish--like ten more rows and the handles and felting. That will leave me 2 more Lucy Bags to line and Christmas knitting will be done. I would like to do more, but am calling it quits. Hope to knit a coupla sweaters for me after the new year. Happy Knitting.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thx for the Fun Grace

You Are Mashed Potatoes

Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable

You're the glue that holds everyone together.

I have to say thx to Grace for this little survey. Once again--happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

May you all have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 21, 2008

On No Here's The Snow!!

And this is why I wouldn't want to be going to Knitting On The Square in Chardon, Oh today. One week later this is what we got up to today in the secondary snow belt--and yes this is Lake Effect Snow. For those of you who don't know what Lake Effect Snow is--it is when the winds blow across the not frozen waters of the Great Lakes (for us Lake Erie and sometimes from Lake Huron) and voila--snow is created. This is not the worst snow storm I have ever seen--but it sure is early in the year for this much snow. We have at least 7 or 8" total out there and are expecting more.

The awful part is I have to work today and get to drive on those awful roads--not to mention how much I hate cleaning off the car. We do have a huge pole barn--but it is filled with antique cars--tractors etc.

As far as knitting and crocheting goes--I am trying to finish my Grandson's afghan and am working on a pair of socks and a NovemberWrap. This is a ravelry Link--if you are not signed up go to and sign up for an invite. This is truly the best knitting community in the world.

Well that is about it today. Happy knitting to all.

Oh Boy--Knitting!

This is a pic of my Mom last Friday when we went to Knitting On The Square in Chardon, Oh to knit with friends. Temps last Friday near 60 degress and it was a beautiful day. I love going there with my Mom and she loves it too. Chardon is the snow capital of Ohio. We are about 10 miles south of the primary snow belt--but we are in the secondary snow belt and sometimes we get hammered. So glad we went last Friday--and you will see why in my next post.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What Kind of Muffin Are You?

You Are a Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin

You are smart, sophisticated, and savvy.

You love taking risks, and you are the first to know about new trends.

You are curious about the world and tend to have many interests.

You also are very talented. It sometimes seems like you are good at everything.

You are very social and inclusive. You'll be friends with anyone.

Even though you're very cultured, you're not a snob.

Just a cute little survey I saw on April's blog.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Contest

Run on over to Kim's blog and enter her great contest

And Then There Were Three

This is such a fun pattern and can be purchased here.the two big ones are the alligator scarf and the little one is the baby gator scarf. The light green alligator scarf is made from Baby Bee Color baby Camo (1 skein). The darker green one is made from I Love This Yarn Sport Weight Green Camo Multi (2 skeins). And the baby gator scarf is made from I Love This Yarn SPORT weight Autumn Multi (1 skein). All the yarns were purchased at Hobby Lobby. Hope you all are getting a lot of knitting done.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aren't They Sweet?

And there they are--the 2 biggest loves of my life. And then of course there is knitting, and my mom, and my kids, and my grandkids and the list goes on. I have so much in my life to be grateful for and my life is so full. Hope you are all well. Happy knitting :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Love Lucy

Lots of knitting and crocheting going on. I have finished 3 more Lucy Bags--only 2 are shown as one is a gift that I will post pics of after Christmas. Pattern can be purchased here or at your LYS. The Red one is mine--I have been lining them. The brown one is not yet lined as it is still wet, but I will post a pic when it is. I have now made 5 of them--4 are gifts. The pink and white crocheted grocery bag pattern can be obtained here. The Red lucy bag is made from Cascade 220 paints. The brown Lucy bag is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes--color amber heather--I love the way this felted. The crocheted pink and white mesh bag is made from Lily Sugar'nCream Color Strawberry--it is for my 6 year old grandaughter for Christmas. I had made her Mom one of these bags and she confiscated it for her stuffed animals and didn't want to give it up. Since my daughter uses it to take her lunch to work she lets Alli use it once a week. Therefore I made one for Alli.

I hope everyone is doing well out there in blogland and hope to get back to posting more regularly. I have been going to my LYS in Chardon, Oh. with my Mom to knit and she is really enjoying it--and I am too. Well Happy Knitting to all.

Friday, October 24, 2008


This is an alligator scarf in progress. I am making two in this size and this yarn and color. These are the adult ones--for a coupla my older grandchildren. I am making a baby gator scarf for Joe Joe--who by the way turned one last Sunday. The time sure does fly. Just the 18th of Oct. last year I was invited to join ravelry-woohoo-and the 19th of Oct. last year Joe Joe was born--making grandkid #10. Where oh where does the time go. Ah well--happy knitting to all.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hi Everyone

Doing lots of Christmas knitting. Trying to clean house today and hope to get most of it done. My mom is coming tomorrow to go knitting with me a KotS A really nice little knitting shop in Chardon, Ohio. We have been going about 2 times a month for a coupla months now and we both really enjoy it. Am doing lots of Christmas knitting. I am making my 5th Lucy Bag. Am making a coupla alligator scarves from Morehouse Farms. Pics will follow at a future date--I promise. Hope that everyone out there in blogland is doing well. happy knitting.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Just thought I'd drop in and say hi to all. Got back from Myrtle Beach Tuesday and haven't stopped since. Lots of health issues, dentists, plus I picked up a lot at work this month. Hope to be back to blogging soon--at least in the next week or so. Happy knitting.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Leaving for Myrtle Beach in the morning. See ya all soon in a coupla weeks. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lucy Refelted and Lined

Well, I felted lucy again cuz I didn't quite like the feel of her, and I am very pleased with the results. And I really do like her lined. Happy knitting.

Cook Forest, Pa.

We spent a nice relaxing weekend in Cook Forest, Pa.--last weekend. We had a great time. Just a few pics to show you. We stayed at Gateway Lodge. Pretty expensive but a great place to stay--and since we had cancelled our summer vacation, this made up for it. Hope that you all had a great weekend.

cabled felted bag

Molly--this is for you. I couldn't figure out how to reply to your comment. This bag is from Nashua Handknits: North American Designer Bags #NHK26 Hope this helps. Three panels to go and then I can felt it. Hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Little Knitting

I have gotten a little knitting done this crazy busy summer. Finished another Lucy Bag--still have to line her. Am also working on a cabled felted bag that is done in strips. I have to make 3 1/2 more strips, finish the seaming and felt. We are going to Myrtle Beach later in the month and with my work schedule I doubt that it will be done before we go. So you can see the majority of it above preseamed, and a pic from the book the pattern is in. I can't wait to felt it. I think it will make a great project bag. We sepnt the weekend in Cook Forest Pa. I will post some more on that later. Happy Knitting.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Wow! I whooshed right by my one year blogaversary. My very first post was on August 23, 2007. Didn't think I could do this, but let my daughter talk me into it and I have had a ball and made many new friends. Thanks Kel. And thanks to my blog I am a member of Ravelry--a great knitting and crocheting on line community--I never would have found this site without my blog. So--Happy Belated Blogaversary To Me and happy knitting to all of you. Sorry--no contest--no time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Joe Joe

Just thought you all would like to see how big he is getting. He is ten months old already--time flies!! He is walking and in to everything. He keeps his Mom hopping that is for sure!

Lucy is Lined

Yep--I lined Lucy. I think that a lined bag is much nicer to use. I used to make a lot of my children's clothes when they were young, but that was a long, long time ago, and I haven't really tackled any sewing projects in years. But I am very pleased with the lining I did. Happy knitting.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dogs On Thursday

The black and white puppy was our Smokey who passed on July 5, 2005. He was part Jack Russell. We really miss him. But he loved corn on the cob.

The brown and white puppy is our Jill, we call her our Jill Russell. She is 2 years old and we got her in March. And guess what she likes--you got it--corn on the cob!!

Don't know if dogs on Thursday is a group you belong to or just what some people post. You can let me know Natalie.
Just thought you all might enjoy this post. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Meet Lucy

I bought the yarn and the pattern to make the Lucy Bag from my LYS this past winter. Finally Started her in May and finished her July 26. Very boring, simple knit and I love the finished product--plan to line her and use her this winter. I am making another one as we speak, along with a cabled felted purse and a pair of socks which are all on the needles. Made with 3 skeins of Lamb's Pride wool mohair blend by Brown Sheep Company in brown heather. Love the way it felted and would use it again for felting.

Hubby is doing great right now and we are making plans for our fall vacation after having to cancel the summer one. Knitting will be going along and hope to once again visit the Knitting Up A Storm yarn shop in N. Myrtle Beach while we are gone. Happy Knitting to all.