Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Look for a re-release of the patterns from my book of many, MANY years ago, A Collection of Small Knitting Projects Inspired by Historical Stitches from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. You'll be able to purchase them individually or as a collection in an ebook.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Prelude to September 1st

Monday, July 29, 2019

First World Problems


Back  in April, we went to go look at a new flooring possibilities for our house. We decided on an environmentally forward product made of recycled plastic with a 50 year warranty. When we signed on the dotted line, the sales person said it would take 3 1/2 days to demo our old flooring and carpet then install our new flooring. I knew it would take quite a bit longer than just 3 to 4 days. When the crew actually got here and started work, it took them 10 days to complete the job. The crew was wonderful. They knew what they were doing, they were very careful, and they were fantastic individuals. I know I have no reason to say this but I am exhausted! I did not get my "alone with me" time at all for the last two weeks so I have been completely depleted of my mojo. I realize that’s a very petty, very first world problem, and now that I can enjoy my new floors all by myself, I’m thrilled.

Getting ready to have our entire house revamped with snazzy new flooring meant a massive clean out. It wasn’t too tough for me as I’ve been trying to whittle down my clutter for awhile now. My husband, on the other hand, has lived here for over 20 years and is a pack rat. Our garage and sheds are filled to maximum capacity. I’m hoping most will go away (I might just help with that). I really like the way things are now.

Pardon the cleaning stuff
I'm still battling the dust

Having a demolition and install crew in the house for the last two weeks also meant I did not get to participate in Tour de Fleece very much at all. So, you can imagine just how excited I was when Amy King said she wanted to continue working on our spinning as if it were Tour de Fleece. I bought a new extra large whorl from her at the beginning of the Tour but never got to try it. Updates will follow.

To top it all off, we bought a new car! I am a firm believer in buying new and driving the wheels off cars. I’ve had four cars in my adult life:
  1. 1986 Suzuki Samari - Boy, was that a fun and good car - I gave it to my SIL when it had 112,000 miles on it.
  2. 2000 Honda Civic - Passed that on to my oldest when she got her license with 120,000 miles on it.
  3. 2008 Honda Pilot - The absolute BEST vehicle I’ve owned and it was perfectly what I needed. I loved it and it was hard to let it go, but it was time with 118,000 miles and needing new struts, brakes and all that stuff.
Now I’m the proud owner of a new AWD Kia Sportage SX Turbo. I was sure I wanted a Honda CRV since I no longer need to seat eight U.S. sized people (the Pilot was super comfortable for our tall family on long road trips in every seat, even the third row). I’ve been driving our Mini Paceman and it’s super fun to drive that turbo around. I saw the Sportage has 30 more HP than the Mini 

It has a 60k/100k warranty so I feel pretty safe. I've had it a couple days. The dash and safety features are AWESOME! I bought the Pilot in 2008 so it was cutting edge with a rearview mirror back up cam and six disc CD changer...no one uses CDs anymore, right? so that definitely shows just how far we've come in 11 years. My learning curve on this car and it's features will take awhile but, in the meantime, it's screamin' fun to drive.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Shop question

By now, you might have heard me mention that I will be stocking my shop with freshly designed products and patterns. Etsy has changed their policies yet once again to put their original customer/seller, the small artisan and maker, base at a disadvantage. My server platform has shopping cart programs available and there are other shopping platforms available. Do you have any opinions? Please comment below. I'm very interested to hear your experiences and thoughts.

I got a new haircut. I realized that right after I dry it, before it calms down, I look quite a bit like...
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Monday, July 15, 2019


The shop will open with new designs and products September 1st.

If you aren’t in the knitting community, I’m sure you’ve heard it by now:

Knitters have sharp sticks and we aren’t afraid to use them

Figuratively, anyway

Just know this
If I see oppression going on, I’ll step in and step up. There were so many more people online who were more eloquent than I speaking up, I didn’t feel the need to copy what someone else said. Believe me when I say, I believe you and will protect you.