Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A look over the past year

So much has happened over the past twelve months...but that is another story.

Today I am looking over the knitting projects I've completed.  There is a story behind each of my projects but we're not going there.


In November of 2012 I joined a knit a long with members of the local Knitting Guild where I lived at the time.  We chose a pattern and proceeded...thankfully we were led by a Master Knitter.  I can say that every member of the group learned so much through the process.

We started by taking precise measurements of our bodies.  Yeah, not fun, but very necessary.  If you are making a garment that you want to fit, the only way is to have precise measurements.  Having this information saves so many tears and grief.

So, first project ~ Dark and Stormy ~ pattern by Thea Colman...pattern was adapted to fit us...I used Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in worsted weight.

Then came Sock Madness...yes it is madness...

Sockdolager socks ~  pattern by Adrienne Fong

Flying Dutchman socks ~ pattern by Caoua Coffee

Greenhouse socks  ~ pattern by Anita Grahn

Then I knitted a second pair of socks for Brenda.  She was a favorite postal carrier.

The "What The Knit" Knitting Guild in Bakersfield, California was blessed to have a sock workshop.  Our teacher was Angela Davis.  We had so much fun.

I knitted a wee sock...using leftover sock yarn...wonderful...this was for a Summer Knit along...

After hubby and I relocated to the mid-west we were informed that I would definitely need a hat to keep my head warm.  After perusing patterns I decided on Cabled Rangoli Hat ~ pattern by Desi Knitter.  I used natural/undyed cormo yarn from Elsa Wool Company...love the yarn.  After being told that the hat made me look like a baker I decided to knit it again.

This time I used Cascade 220 Tweed in blue.  I love it!  I've worn it several times.  My head stays warm, never hot.

On Ravelry I am in a group that I just love.  The designer, Meagheen Ryan is astonishing!  She designed little baby mittens...not just any baby mittens....ADVENT baby mittens.

24 Advent Baby Mittens....In finishing them I crocheted a chain and attached them as I went so they are in no particular order.

Now, those are all my finished projects for the past year. 

(sorry, photos will be posted later...computer is acting up)

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Today, Sunday, was so peaceful.

I decided to only do what I needed to do.??and that did not include unpacking any one of the forty or so boxes in the garage or any of the hundreds in the basement.

Quite some time ago I 'found' a recipe for garlic-lemon Chicken.  This is a crockpot dish.  Hubby loves it, especially when I make mashed potatoes.  It is a very easy dish and I felt today was a good day to make it.

Then I spent the day going through my knitting projects.

One of our little granddaughters takes dance lessons.  Last evening I cast on a pair of leg warmers.  Today I knitted a bit on the leg warmers.

Friday, December 27, 2013


This is a before photo of the master bedroom.

We took the shelf down...cleaned the sconces...painted....installed carpet....

This is the after photo....

The lace curtains I love...the morning sun comes in and is wonderful...
Eventually a desk may be put in under the double windows for me to use when I sew.

Good Morning

The journey is well underway.  This last leg had some twists and turns but we are now on the next leg.

As many of you know hubby and I pulled up our California stakes, after 37 years, and relocated to a small town in Missouri.

It will take us some time to get acclimated to not just the weather but also the culture.  Our new town has a small Walmart and an independent grocers.  There are antique shops and boutiques, a cafe and a town center park with a gazebo, a country diner and of course two Chinese restaurants and a Mexican restaurant.

We are in our new home, finally, after much cleaning and painting.  New carpet and vinyl tile in the baths...

We are home.

Our new home has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a full, unfinished, usable basement with walk out to the backyard.  Off the kitchen is a sun porch.  When the weather warms Shivers will probably spend the majority of his day on the sun porch.

So as not to overwhelm anyone I will post just a few photos.

Monday, September 30, 2013

So much...

Wow, can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.

so much has happened in our lives...

It'll take time to get caught up...

In the meantime...

We were blessed with another beautiful granddaughter this past February. 

Hubby and I packed up and relocated from California to Missouri.

I knitted another sweater...

...more to follow