Sunday, December 19, 2010
I'm going to spend some, very much, needed time with my son and extended family in sunny Arizona...
What am I going to knit on the way there, you ask? Why, Elizabeth Zimmermann's 72" circular shawl in New Zealand lace-weight Wool/Silk.
I look forward to posting finished items when I get back. Until then...
Saturday, December 4, 2010
It's easy when you use EZ's math.
This one is knit with Un-Spun Icelandic that you can purchase at School House Press. It was super fast to knit and I did it the EZ way....no pattern!
The sweatband pattern [which is FREE!] can be found at the yahoo group called Holiday Mystery Gift Along. It's not too late to join in the fun!
Good knitting to all!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Bless each and every one of you. You just don't know when your comment will make a difference in someones life.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What do you do when you've done that, to people that matter to you, and they still treat you like you don't matter?
It saddens me to no end. My heart aches and the corners of my mouth are catching up to the edge of my jaw. I find myself alone and pulling away from friends and family because I can't put my happy face on and pretend.......I just can't.
The very hard part is treating them like they treat me. I have to fight the urge to be nice to them. It breaks my heart, each time, because that is not who I am.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Now I will always know what the name of the sweater is..........and when I knit it!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Every Tuesday, through October, is Farmer's Market Day so I put off my sweater knitting to buy some fresh vegetables and fruit. Then I went to the fabric store [Billie's Designs] and bought more fabric and notions.
Here is where I'm at right now as I post this! I have one side of the underarm stitches on dpn's to Kitchener the stitches while the other side still waits on pieces of wool.
The neck is ready for me to do the EZ's sewn cast-off [the best cast off so you can still get that neck, of the sweater, over your head!].
I forgot to mention that this sweater is for me AND it's 42" around....exactly what I swatched!
I'll close so I can do those things and knit my hem to stop it from rolling. :)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I am among over 3200 people, around the world, who look forward to this early Christmas. There would be more if they only knew the treasures and fun to be had there!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I received them in June but was so busy driving around town showing them off! I opened the package at the post office and showed them to the ladies there, then off to the public library for those ladies to see them and lastly to the local yarn shop where the owner drooled over them. Too bad she is a needle tatter! She is missing out!
I love, love, love them and started tatting with them right off! They tat lovely work! :) better than the regular, flat looking ones!
Where can you get yours, you ask? You can have a beautiful shuttle, or two, at Lacossette. The owner and I were emailing back and forth when she noticed two shuttles sold. I had to hurry and buy mine or I would have lost them TOO!
You will also be able to see better photos of them than what I took of mine.
Thank you, Joëlle, for my shuttles!
Monday, July 5, 2010
My friend, Nancy V. in Oregon, is getting this (1 of 2) as a 'late' wedding gift.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I can't be the only one that has fallen to it's beckoning call. If it's already in your house, it whispers for you to come visit. Ugh!!!!
One try and I was hooked. It's bad.....it's really bad!
It's the worst drug of all...........
Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
How did she get the name Miss No Ears? My mother took her in as a rescue. This little doe, around 4 or 5 months old, was attacked by dogs who chewed her ears off....and then some. It made her deaf.
For over a year, Miss No Ears has lived with my mom who had her bred some time back. She was supposed to have her kid(s) on May 12th. Well, it didn't work out that way. Miss No Ears went into labor 4 days ago. My mom is very experienced with all animals and knew this was not a good thing.
Mom checked on her every so often all through the night for two and a half days.....then she saw something. She wasn't sure WHAT it was as it looked like a dark, hairy spot coming out. That's not right, she thought, because the front legs are supposed to be first.
Miss No Ears had another hard contraction and 2 inches of that dark spot was sticking out. My mom touched it and it was the nose of the kid.........and it was cold. Shoot. It's dead.
Without the help of my mom, Miss No Ears would die.
Mom quickly grabbed the 2 inches, of the kid, with her fingertips and helped Miss No Ears by pulling with each contraction. Once it was out, my mom took it out of the barn and came back to take care of the momma.
News today is.....Miss No Ears is fine. She's eating and mingling with the other goats. Thank goodness for my mom's expert knowledge with animals.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I decided to tackle [with the help of Here-Be-Tatters] a two shuttle pattern.
Well, I was happily tatting along wondering why the first ring was flopping around. I looked at the pattern again and decided to stop because I was supposed to join the last and first ring picots together. I'm still laughing at myself, but I DID IT!!!
I will start this again but will join the rings together...
This reminds me of my first quilt, I can see where I first started hand-stitching [uneven] to where I finished with nice, even little stitches.
This, piece of tatting, will go in my practice book.
By the way, the pattern is FREE and can be downloaded from here.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I really like the looks of it.
I am still hungry for crocheting....[Is it the same as craving chocolate?].....so I will keep crocheting until I can talk myself back into knitting.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I felt impelled to knit her some hats and asked if I could. She was elated!
At home, I got out my yarn catalogs and decided on the yarn called "Great Adirondack". [pictured is 1 of 3 hats]
I purchased 3 different colors and just loved the way the yarn felt as I knit love in each stitch.
I presented her the hats and her eyes just lit up! She was so happy someone made her some "new" hair.
Just before the last of her treatments, I got the brainstorm to "repurpose" the hats into a scarf. Judy B was good with that and gave me back the hat she wanted a scarf made from.
Here is the reincarnated hat....which is now a scarf.
Judy B has been "free" for 5 years now.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
There once was this gal named Nancy [me] who grew up to believe she was a granddaughter of Ramon and Maria Bejarano Vega......until she got in her mid 30's.
I will now tell the story:
I was surprised by my Auntie Francis Vega Olmos with the story of who her father was....James Wilson Hathaway. Auntie told me James used to "visit" Maria quite a bit and that is how she and my father, Ramon, came to be in 1938......twins....
That meant he was my grandfather!
Needless to say, I was in shock for quite a few years and then decided to meet some of my family. Sometime in the 1990's, I made an appointment with James David Hathaway [one of James Hathaway's nephews] who was the Appellate Court Judge in Tucson, AZ. I was sitting, in the office, when this man walked up to me with the nicest smile..............I thought it was my father! Judge Hathaway and I had a pleasant meeting. We talked about our children, etc. Then I asked him if he knew about my father and auntie. He said he did but they didn't speak of those things in those days.
We couldn't visit too long as he had a very busy day ahead......but oh, was it nice.
I have since found out that my grandmother, Maria, wore a gold band given to her by James with this simple inscription on the inside - Jim -
So, there it is in a nutshell....the "Other" Hidden Treasures of Santa Cruz County......
NOTE: I have another aunt and her name is Margaret. She IS the daughter of Ramon and Maria.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This motif was introduced to me by a dear, departed friend named Donneen Wavra years ago. She had crocheted many table clothes for her family, as well as, doilies. Her work was exquisite and I, too, was one of the lucky recipients of her doilies.
My tatting wanted to be in the picture, too.....:)
OT: Can you believe it's already March?! It seems the older I get, the faster the arms of the clock go
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It's interesting to see how everyone else's doily turns out by their color choices, etc.
With crochet thread and hook in hand...stop by and join the Doily A Month group. If you join today, you can vote for one of the choices [in the new poll] for NEXT month's DOM!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This one is called "Curtain Call" and is in The Ultimate Doily Book #1185. I used sz 10 crochet thread and a US sz 5 hook to get gauge. The pattern called for bedspread-weight cotton and US sz 7 hook.
Well, I'm off to get this in the mail to Marilyn! I know she will be happy to have it to replace the one burned up in the house fire.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
In 1998, I crocheted this same doily for Marilyn in MO. She picked this pattern, after looking through several of my doily books. It's called Curtain Call and it can be found in 'The Ultimate Doily Book' from the American School of Needlework.
I started this yesterday using Steinbach Wolle (sz 10) and a US sz 5 crochet hook. I should be finished with this today, block it and mail it off. She doesn't know I'm crocheting her another one.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I am armed with Chicken Noodle soup, Merino Oro lace wool (color 030), and 3.75mm [US sz 5] AddiTurbo Lace needles. So, off to do my swatch!