Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Surprise, surprise!!

I received the nicest surprise in the mail from my friend!!! It was a peppermint Patty sock kit from The kit had a great assortment of pepperminty things: soap, lip balm, tape measure, stitch marker, cocoa, peppermint patties, sock pattern, pepperminty yarn. It was a really fun kit and I am excited to cast on!!!!
Thanks Sunne!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Well, I am not holidazed yet!! But this is a pair of Holidazed socks from my Rockin Sock Club!!! Kind of get the fall feeling!!! As if I can't get the feel of fall from all the leaves in my yard!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

twilight gloves

Well< I finally finished these gloves!!! For some reason, they seemed to take forever!!! I really like the pattern now that they are finished, but if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't put the pattern on both sides!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Rockin Socks

I finished my Rockin Sock Club socks. I really liked the color and the pattern- the anemone pattern. Had to have a bit of patience every 4th row though...But I really like the finished product!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My life

My life seems to revolve around taking kids to their various activities this month: cross country, soccer and dance!!! Whew!!! I am exhausted!!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shrug this

I made this quick shrug from the pattern "Shrug This" that my LYS gave me. It was a fast, 2 day knit and such a relief knitting with size 10 needles, compared to all the size 1 socks that I have been making!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Father/ Daughter Love

Just loved the picture...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Almost Heaven

Well, it isn't West Virginia, but look at those Blue Ridge Mountains. This is when I actually like where I live--- when I can get to beautiful spots like this.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Finally, posting my mittens

I am finally getting around to posting the mittens I have made. I have posted the first two pairs before, but I put them all together this time. It looks like I am working on my Latvian dowry. (But I am not)-- probably just Christmas presents.
I still have a few more pairs to make for the rest of my girls.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm Green...

I'm still into that reduce, reuse and recycle!!! Anyway, I spun off of the juice bag purses and made this coffee bag. I thought it turned out really cute, as long as no one looks for straight sewing lines- that is not my forte!!!
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet... gift it??? Hmmmm... only to someone that appreciates how long it took me to save the coffee bags and my sewing efforts!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

PRGE swap questionnaire

1. Why did you join PRGE? I enjoy doing the swaps and the fun a preparing a package and receiving a package.

1.a. Have you done other swaps? Are you doing other swaps right now?I have done other swaps: PRGE several times, vacation swap and coffee swap. I am not doing any others right now.
2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)family, books, outdoors, knitting,music
2.a. Do these things allow any hints into your personality for your punk pal?yes
3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?elfin bride sweater, fair isle-ish shawl, summer lacy halter
3.a. What do you tend to make with knit/crochet? Lots of mittens and socks
3.b. What do you hope to make (or complete that you have started) someday? I am thinking about something big now (sweater) – it’s been a while.
4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday? Why? Cute patterns with enough yarn to make the project, fun things to go with knitting (stitch markers, etc), something made by my pal (like dying their own yarn, making stitch markers or stitch marker box), yummy treats
4.a. What do you hope to never see in a swap box again (or ever)? Can’t think of anything, luckily, I’ve always had really good pals
5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns? Depends on the project- I like most, but don’t like acrylics.
5.a. Do you like solid, self-striping, or multi-colored yarns? Multi-colored
5.b. What are your favorite colors? What are your favorite colors to knit with? Sage green, orange, muted purple
6. What are your five favorite delicacies? Dark chocolate,fresh food out of the garden and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
6.a. What yarn do you hope to one day try and why? That musk ox yarn- it is soft, super warm and super expensive!
7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?knitting all day, sleeping
7.a. What are your favorite tv or movie charactors? I’m tv-less
8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?
8.a. What do you do during your week (ie - work, take care of three kids, race walk)?teach preschool, take care of my own 3 kids, run, ride my bike, knit, read
9. What do you collect? Folk art crosses
9.a. What collects you?
10. When is your birthday?april 18
10.a. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, because it is magical
11. Do you have any wishlists?no
11.a. Do you have a "favorites" collection anywhere that your pal should know about?no
12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about?Nuts and peanuts
12.a. What drives you nuts?
13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun? See above (8a)
13.a. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?I like the swaps and like most things and am easy to please!!!
14.a. Are you excited for the contests or will you just pretend that they do not exist?excited

Sunday, August 17, 2008


I made these cute little anklets from one of the patterns from my Rockin Sock Club. I used some scrap yarn and luckily had enough!!! They were fast and easy!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

socks and mittens

Haven't been posting... trying to stay ahead of everything!!!!
I finished these Latvian mittens and these Gumdrop sox (which were from my Rockin sock club). They were a really fun knit and can be worn inside out also. I tried to show them being worn each way!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

kids in the river

The kids are playing in the river. We hung out all day and enjoyed this shallow part of the river.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

80's party

Wow!! A blast aback to the past!!! Went to an eighties party last night and it was crazy!!! Fun to find all my old clothes: letter jacket, gymnastic t-shirt and vans. I even cut myself some little bangs for the occasion. My kids were horrified!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Have you ever tried to take a picture of a mirror??? Well it is harder than I thought it would be and I didn't even take into consideration the reflection!!! Anyway, I had this old mirror from the previous owners and decided to reuse/ recycle it-- I kind of liked it's old funky look. But when I put it up, it looked even older and funkier than I remembered.... so I ordered some milagros (50 to be exact) and glued them all over the mirror's edges. I kind of liked the effect--- made it look funky and different ( different- that's what I am always going for!) So that's my mirror for now!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

socks and more socks

Finally.... I have finished these socks that kept haunting me!!! The pinkish ones are my koolaid dyed socks done in the Jaywalker pattern---a fun new project to try. The purple ones are from my Rockin Sock Club!!! I loved the color, but was frustrated by the pattern. Probably mostly because I was travelling and this was not an easy pattern to travel with as I flipped back and forth between the pages of the pattern. But the end product I love. They look cool and feel really nice!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

10 year anniversay

WoW!!!! It's been 10 years!!! It seems like yesterday getting married on top of a mountain, arriving in a bright orange Hawaiian dress (as a joke) and returning to the B&B where my friends had snuck in and put candles and candy everywhere!!! Here we are in another state, but still in the mountains and celebrating the BIG 10!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

On top of the world

Here's the Slovenian group at the top of another bell tower in Koper, Slovenia on the Mediterranean coast!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008


Castles, caves, vineyards, bicycle races, spectacular views, bicycles, cappucinos, Lippazaner horses, Mediterranean coast... it was all good!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Softball finishes up tonight

We have been sooooo busy and I am ticking off the things as we finish them. Softball ends tonight! The girls have had a wonderful time learning how to play!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Latvian Mittens

I finally did my Latvian mittens that I was dreaming about. I saw them in Vogue Knitting and was inspired to make them. I was worried that I couldn't do all of the parts. But I learned a lot of new things. I learned to cast on with two colors, make a fringe cuff and put a braid around the cuff. It was fun to see the pattern emerge and all of the beautiful colors.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

one down

How many more things to go???? Until we get to a relaxing summer?
My daughter's recital was this weekend and now we are done. It was a beautiful recital. Actually, it was really fun to watch.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Posting backwards

Well, I am going back in my life... and posting some things that I didn't get to!! (And I didn't have DSL--- which has made my computing life so much easier!)Just showing my daughter going to prom!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Cool stuff

Well, I just finished a pair of socks with the yarn my friend sent me for my bday!!! I did the Hedera pattern. I liked the way they turned out, but was getting tired of knitting them!!!

I also tried my hand at dying my own yarn. I tried the koolaid method. It didn't turn out like I imagined, but I still like it and hopefully it will stand the test of time and washing!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I finished my socks that I made from the yarn that my PRGE pal sent to me last month.I loved the color of yarn--- purple and black!!! I did the Jaywalker sock. I have done it before, but I really like the simple pattern and it fits really well!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

New knitter

My eight year old knitter is soooo cute. She just learned and she LOVES it!!!How could she not???? She is so proud of the "blanket" she is making with bumps and bobbles... and so am I!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Homesick for the SW

I'm homesick for the SouthWest and it comes out in my knitting and furniture!!! I bought a house that came with furniture-- so I have been refinishing and recovering the things to match my taste. So these are my latest projects: an end table with petroglyphs and a recovered pillow, SW colors and feeling.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dance, dance, dance

I'm the chauffeur and the kids are dancing all week getting ready for their recital.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Monday Date, again!

Ran a beautiful trail run for our Monday morning date. The only problem is that I hurt my neck in a rollerblade crash a few weeks ago and the run seemed to make it worse.I was following Dr.s orders--- she gave me no restrictions. I guess I'll have to listen to this old body!
Finished my 2nd pair of Rockin sock club socks. The yarn was absolutely beautiful. All different shades of green. (I'll post a pic later). I had a bit of trouble with the pattern-- it was a different kind of heel. It turned out cool and I learned something new!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Outerbanks for Easter

We went to the OBX for Easter. It is always fun to go to the beach at this time of year. There are never crowds... but it is a bit cool.

Friday, March 21, 2008

hats, hats and more hats

I am using up some of my scrap yarn and making these hats. I liked the way they turned out!!! I used the Oregon Rose Cloche from Lanaknits and changed it just a bit. The white hat is the one most like the pattern.

pal's music number two

And here's a brick vest for Pink Floyd's- "The Wall"

Thursday, March 20, 2008

PRGE pal's music

OK ladies--- My blogging has been very cumbersome lately. So we will see what we can do....

My pals punk songs are:
"Black No1" by Type-O-Negative
"Even Angels Fall" by The CruxShadows
"The Wall" by Pink Floyd

Now for some awesome yarn for Black No1 - I have chosen, which is a yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The color is called Shadow and is in the Ravenclan colorway. All of these colors are dark, yet beautiful. (oooh, my links don't seem to be working)

The picture is for a devil's hat for "Even Angels Fall"- it is in the Domiknitrix book.

See next post for project to go with "The Wall"

Saturday, March 15, 2008

hemp market bag

I finished two hemp market bags. They are my easy to knit, carry around project. And... I think they'll make good gifts when I need one.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

the anti-prom

MORP--- the high school dance that you don't really dress up for and just go with your friends. This is my daughter and her friend going to MORP supposedly dressed up as the 70's (remember we used to dress like the 50's??? Makes me feel old!)

On the knitting front... I am finishing up another hemp market bag. I like to make them to have around for gifts when I need one at the last minute. And I like the way they look and they are fun to knit too. Pix later...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Add the post and pix

Ok, I am having blogging problems....

But the vacation was wonderful. Kayaking and camping in the Everglades for four days. Nice to be in sunny Florida and away from the dreary, gray, icy weather here.

Aaaaah, a vacation

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Buccaneer Booty Socks

Really, I am around. Just some changes in technology that has taken some time to get used to...
So here are my buccaneer booty socks that I knit for the KAL for the punk rock knitters blog.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

PRGE Questionnaire

1. Why did you join PRGE? I was ready for another fun swap!

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)books, hand dyed yarn, boots, my family, being outside (not in this order)

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?Hemlock ring blanket, hemp market bag, sweater out of Domknitrix

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?hand dyed yarn, fun new patterns, yummy snacks, etc. (can't think of 5)

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns? I like different yarns for different projects. I really don't like acrylics.

6. What are your five favorite delicacies? Lattes, ice cream, chocolate, hmmmmm.... I can't think of anything else.

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures? Buying new yarn, relaxing in the sun, big Sunday brunches.

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?Being with my family, running, knitting, reading and riding my bike.

9. What do you collect?Foreign coins

10. When is your birthday?April 18

11. Do you have any wishlists?no

12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about?Peanut/ nut allergy

13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun?Work- I am a preschool teacher. Fun- I would like to travel more... I knit, read, etc.

14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?I like many things and am easy to please. I like to knit all kinds of things.

Happy KNitting!!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

snow and lace

We finally got some snow here!!! It melted quickly and now it's just cold!!! Just one day of enjoying the snow!!!!
I finished my lace socks!!! They were made out of bamboo-- very soft!!! I ended up giving them to a co-worker/friend who is recovering from surgery. I thought they would make her feel cozy as she recovers. Anyway, I wanted to give her something and I don't really like cooking meals for people. So here's my part in helping her recover.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

shawl and socks

I haven't blogged in forever, but am still around. My daughter is modeling a shawl that I made. And then I got yarn from a student and made monkey socks.