Monday, November 19, 2007


Just posting a sketch my daughter did for her art class. I like what she is doing!! And she LOVES art!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

om socks

I had taken a bit of time off from my knitting because of work, a class, kids, etc, but I needed the stress relief. So here is my latest project... my Om socks. They were from the knit a day calendar. I really liked the idea of putting something on the heel flap--- it opens up to so many possibilities.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Where am I???

Hello? Hello? I have barely been posting, since I got my new computer. I don't like to post without pictures, but otherwise, I won't even post.
I am trying to decide what to knit... it needs to be a simple project--as I am in over my head with taking a class, teaching, overcommitting to my kids' school and community things, etc. But I am anxious to start something anyway. Probably socks-- but which ones??? Anyway, I am writing aimlessly, just to let everyone know that I am still out there. (and on my way to the beach for a long weekend!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Coffee Swap Three Questions

Here are the questions:
1. Whole bean or ground? whole bean
2. Fully-loaded or decaf?decaf
3. Regular or flavored?regular
4. How do you drink your coffee?lattes, machiatos, breves
5. Favorite coffee ever? a good latte
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? fussy
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? scones
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?no
9. Yarn/fiber you love? I like to try all different kinds
10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Don't like synthetics
11. What's on your needles? Actually,.... nothing!!! Oh no!!!!!
12. Favorite colors? purple, green, orange
13. Allergies? nuts, peanuts
14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?can't think of anything

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

where have i been???

I'm trying to post with my new computer... have been super busy getting back into teaching, taking an online class, having a freshman at high school, two other kids, husband, trying to knit, trying to stay fit... need I say more???

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Southwest

Haven't posted in ages... have been travelling-- back home to the Southwest. Back to blue sky, peaceful fishing, the Great Sand Dunes, lots of green chili, family. It was a good trip!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Beanies for Soldiers

I signed up for SFS (Socks for Soldiers) where we make BBS (big black socks) to send to all the service men and women overseas. I started with the beanies and having been knitting madly--- blue beanies. I just now started the BBS.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Family River Day

No pictures today--- but we had the best family day yesterday. We kayaked on the river with the family. We made many stops to play in the river and play up little creek inlets, where the water carves out the rock and makes big water holes to jump in!! The girls also kept jumping out of the kayaks and floating down the river. Ended the day with a outdoor bonfire, making s'mores and doing the slackline.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

more swimming

I haven't been postingin a while. I have been busy knitting beanies for soldiers. I am doin Socks for Soldiers, but they sent me yarn to do beanies, so I have been knitting madly and have made about one a day.

Here are pictures of my littlest girls at their second swim meet. Little kids swimming is just sooo cute!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Ok here's my attempt at recycling. Here is my grocery bag purse. It actually turned out cuter than I thought it would!!! It kind of looks like a basket. I cut grocery bags into strips (they were still loops) and looped them together to make my "yarn" and then knit them into a little purse.

Monday, June 25, 2007

PRGE mini questionnaire

1. Why are you punk? Because I like to be different and not do the same thing as everyone else.

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)My family, being outdoors, knitting, reading, exercising

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet? Elfin Bride sweater, lacy halter top, Eiffel sweater

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday? Knitting patterns that my pal likes and thinks I would like too, different kinds of yarn, fun and silly stuff, etc (I know it's not 5-- I like it all!)

5. What are your three favorite yarns? I really like different yarns for different porjects, but lately I have been having fun with hemp and the Tillie Tomas silk/ seacell yarn. Haven't tried bamboo, but it's on my list.
What are your three least favorite yarns? Acrylic, acrylic, acrylic

6. What are your five favorite delicasies? I feel like a country bumpkin here-- can't really think of much. I like good ice cream, Indian food and Thai food. (Again, I know it's not 5--- I guess I can't count)

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures? Ice cream, chips and more ice cream

8. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?I am allergic to nuts. Other than that--- I like almost everything.

Friday, June 22, 2007

my lacy tank

Here's my latest project. I had some leftover yarn from my super great PRGE pal--- she sent me a lot for another project. Soooo, I knit up this cute halter top that was from the Spring Issue of Interweave Knits.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

swim team

I have my little girls on summer swim team. They look sooooo cute!!! It is their first time on swim team and it is very hard!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Market Bags

Here are two cut market bags that I made out of hemp. I really like the way they look. They are different sizes, even though it is hard to tell in the pictures. The one my hubbie is modelling, I sent with him to Africa to give to an African woman, just for the fun of it. The second one was a request from a teacher I work with...

Saturday, June 9, 2007



Thursday, June 7, 2007

virtual vacation questionnaire

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
Maine, because I haven't been there and have heard it's beautiful and one of my good friends has just moved there.

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why? Thailand-- I have always been intrigued by Thailand.

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries? I have driven across the US many times, with my husband and children. We actually love long road trips and enjoy seeing the whole US.

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it? The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and Belize. Very romantic and adventurous.

5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? Why? It's hard to name my favorite-- I love all travel from the big trips to France to the little trips to the local state park.

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international,country)? Explain. Yes, I have played tourist. I have only lived here 5 years and have felt like a tourist most of the time.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker? I like it all. At times I like the museums, sometimes I need a beach and for my amusement, I choose outdoor adventures.

8. What's your favorite type of yarn? I like most types of yarn-- it seems to depend upon the project that I am working on.

9. What's your least favorite type of yarn? synthetics

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet? I like to do assorted projects: sweaters, knucks, lacy gauntlets, hats, etc.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation? Easy, small, mindless projects.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet? Nothing in particular-- paint the rooms in my house in odd ways, do crafts with my daughters, etc.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise) Peanuts and nuts

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?Favorites are: purple, green and orange. Least favorite is yellow.

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)? Sweet

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? Nothing that I can think of...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Girls and Dolls

Here are my girls and their life size dolls we made from their old clothing!!! They are very fun dolls and a little disconcerting when you find them laying around the house.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

8th grade graduation

My oldest daughter just graduated from 8th grade. Time is flying...

Friday, May 25, 2007

my eiffel sweater

I finally finished my eiffel sweater!!! It didn't take that long, but I just haven't been knitting as much as I was. The outdoors is calling to me, my books are calling to me, my children are calling to me...
I loved making this sweater. It was pretty simple, but not one that you get bored with!!! I'm having second thoughts about the arm ribbons, or I need to sew them in a bow. They kept coming untied, and I couldn't tie them myself. We'll see...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

i have knit more than I thought!!!

And I am not a very good blogger...

A few more projects

I am still posting my projects: hats, snoods, pillows, arm cosies, sweaters, etc.

more knitting show

And the knitting show continues...

knitting posts

I'm going to post some of my knitting. I want to travel this summer and I don't want to take all of the things I knit, so I want to update, so I can show them everything on my blog.

Friday, May 4, 2007

8 year old party

I survived my daughter's 8 year old skating party!! Actually, we all had really fun!! I am thinking that the parents probably enjoyed it the most-- it brought us back to our middle school days, skating at the rink with the spinning disco ball and colored lights. AND they still played the same songs!!! It's fun to stay the YMCA!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Dance Recital

It's dance recital weekend!!! The girls are dancing and dancing and dancing some more!!! Here's a picture from each...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A big thanks to my secret pal

I wanted to thank my pal in my blog. I am still in awe of all the wonderful things that she sent me. And most of all because whe really thought about it and gave me things that she really thought I would like and she was right!!!! Hemp yarn and an Eiffel sweater pattern, lace up gauntlets pattern and hand dyed yarn, cool skull stitch markers, kisses, lego gummies, pirate band aids. WOW!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2007


The family and I had a nice Spring vacation to the OBX. It's always fun at the beach even when it is cold. We played in the sand, kayaked the sound, played in the sand dunes and drank as many lattes as we could in four days.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Continuing with the Tibetan Monks

So they finished the mandala yesterday, it was finished for ONE hour and then they destroyed it!!! Then they poured it into the creek. Today we were walking along the creek and saw some of the flowers that they used to destroy the mandala with, so we took pictures of those too! We did enjoy the beauty while it lasted!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Day number 3

The monks are almost finished!! It is an amazing process-- and then today, they will finish and dstroy it in a closing ceremony. My daughter asked thim if they liked to destroy it-- they said -"yes, that is part of the process. You know it's only there for a short time, so you enjoy the beauty at the moment. "

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Day number 2

Here is the mandala after the monks working on it for two days...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Tibetan Monks

The Tibetan Monks are here to bless a new building at the University. Today was the opening ceremony and they started the mandala which will take three days to build. Then on Thursday they will destroy it in a closing ceremony to show the impermanence of things. It was really neat watching-- we will go everyday to see the progress. On Thursday night they will have a show, doing their chanting and dancing.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunny Spring Day

It's beautiful weather here now and we were out all weekend enjoying it!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Off to the ball

We went to Fancy Dress-- a super fancy dance that my husband's work puts on for them. It was super fun and we danced the night away. We almost made it to when they had a 1am breakfast, but Cinderella's 4" heels were not working for her. The funniest part is-- we lost our ride home and had to walk. Luckily, we live somewhat close, but as I said, my feet were done with shoes at that point, so I walked home barefoot with my hubbie carrying me over the rough spots!

Friday, March 9, 2007

A weekend in Philly

So we had a GREAT weekend in Philly. We went there to see the King Tut exhibition. I had been wanting to see it since it was in Chicago, so when it came to Philly, we made a trip of it and met our friends there. Here we are hanging out at the famous LOVE statue!!! And King Tut was awesome--- beautiful and amazing artifacts!! WOW!!!
And the food in Philly was fabulous! And... of course we saw the liberty bell- all in a short weekend!!!