Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What a Great Day!

We took the class on a field trip to Oaks Park today.
A perfect day! And to quote a student...."I LOVE FUN!"

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Little Crochet

I am always amazed at the cycles in life. In addition to the more obvious ones, I also seem to cycle through my crafts. My enthusiasm for each ebbs and flows. Knitting will always be my first love, but lately I've been delving back into my crochet work. I love both for different reasons and for different types of projects.

This is my most recent crocheted piece. My great niece, Hailey, just turned nine-months old. This little summer frock is for her.

Friday, May 25, 2007


Check out these beauties!!! Available here!

Lace-weight wool/silk blend

Worsted-weight wool/mohair/angora blend

Worsted-weight 100% wool

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Recycling Eddie Bauer

I have been really enjoying ripping things apart lately. Especially wonderful sweaters!!! It's good therapy. I can take out all my aggressions on someone else's knitting and not feel a bit guilty!

I've been stockpiling thrifted sweaters for a while, but hadn't really started pulling them apart until the past few weeks. My home smells a bit like wet (clean) wool, and I have skeins hanging in almost every room! I'm loving it, but my son is a bit put off by it all. My plan is to get more up and ready for sale in my new shop.

I must admit, it's hard for me to decide to let them go. Being such a yarn addict, I want to keep them all!! But alas... they must find new homes. Take a look. And more will be available soon.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Today I'm making a great big double batch of lemonade. But not literally. I recently sent off a rather large shipment of hand-made items to be sold on consignment at a shop on the coast. Well, something happened in the meantime, and the shop is closed. My box was returned to me, so there is no real loss. But, bummer, man!

So, turning those lemons into lemonade, I opened an Etsy shop! Please stop by and see. I only have a few items listed just to test the waters. I welcome any and all constructive feedback. This is a new venture and I'm feeling pretty cautious. Many of you have much more experience in this area, so please share your ideas.

Come see me at
Thank you, all!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Birthday Wishies

Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law, Tina!

Don't tell her, but I am sending her a skein of my recycled wool yarn. She crochets, so I'm hoping she'll make herself something yummy out of it. It's very soft and quite colorful.

Tina recently opened her own art gallery and studio in Ocean Shores, Washington. She has also commissioned several of my pieces to be sold in the gallery. Wish us both luck!! And if you're in Ocean Shores, look her up!

Saturday, May 05, 2007


First, a big thank you to Larissa for including me in the test knitting for her upcoming book. It was great fun to have even the tiniest part in it. After having a peek at a few of the zillions of things that have gone into the book, I am so looking forward to seeing the finished product!!

On top of that, I was one of the lucky recipients of a skein of Blue Moon Socks That Rock yarn! The colorway, Tidepool, was designed especially for Larissa to compliment her color theme for the book. It's so special. I wanted to make sure what it becomes is equally great.

I tried at least four different sock patterns, and each of them "pooled" the colors way more than I could tolerate. I don't mind some pooling. In fact, I like the effect on lots of things. However, I was getting ALL the purple on one side of the sock... yechh...

Finally, I was able to get more of the effect I wanted with a "wavy" stitch... plus I like the puns!

With apologies to the Yarn Harlot, I took an action shot of my sock at Urgent Care this week. My allergies and asthma got way out of control. I'm new to this asthma thing, and I ended up going in for a breathing treatment. (I'm okay now.) But my Tidepools kept me company while waiting. (The lighting in the clinic sure washes out the color. No wonder EVERYONE there looks sick!)

More to follow....