Happy Tears

FullSizeRenderAhem, wrong momma.  That’s a pig,  honey.  You need the milk from your mama goat.  Kids.  They are beyond cute to me.  They were at a little honey/produce stand in a nearby town.  We stopped to get some local honey.  

We were headed to a Little Yarn shop that I wont mention the name of.  It was supposed to be open at 9.  It was 9:45 and the sign on the door read, BE BACK AT 9!  We went to another shop that used to carry yarn but only carries quilting supplies now.  

I am used to shops being prompt, open on time and clear about their contents.  I wonder if I will become a more frequent mail order customer.   I hate to see yarn shops suffer, but they simply cannot compete if they are not customer driven.  

On a happier note, the nursing home that received the Twiddle Mitts sent me photos of their residents enjoying them. I am trying to download the video they sent me.  It makes me cry


IMG_3690I can’t dowload the video without upgrading.  But imagine, my dear pals, this woman’s wise hands, as she moves across the mitt and picks and touches it over and over.  I am overwhelmed by this and by all of you who sent mitts.  If you wish to send another go right ahead!  If you already have, I thank you. Im having a little drawing for a prized for all of you who have donated your yarn, your time, you love.  I’ll draw in August.  A pictures worth a thousand words, yes?  yes. 

Monday Q and A June 26th, 2017

DSCF1649 ( I’m all about the shawl lately.   More on that tomorrow)

Now for Questions:

*Do you remember where you were on July 20th, 1969 when Man first walked on the MOON?
*Have you knitted with any of these? : Blue Moon Fibers, Lantern Moon yarns or Juniper Moon yarns?

*When is the last time you won something?

*Would you rather knit with 3 interesting skeins or one gradient yarn for a shawl?

*Have you dropped something in a lake?

*Years ago: Cartwheels? Headstands? or Handstands?

*Favorite Breakfast order?

*Leave for a road trip: Early in the a.m. or head out at night?

*Tubing, banana boating or water skiiing?

*Do you change purses in summer?

I love learning about you all with your answers.  I look forward to it on Mondays!!  Here are my answers…

1- I remember my cousins being over and staying up very late to watch the astronauts walk on the Moon.  I was 8, almost 9.  I remember being impatient for it to HAPPEN and for the screen to be more clear.  If memory serves it was a hot night.  (Now I have to go check the weather records!)

2-I recently started a project with Juniper moon and frogged it.  It was a fun periwinkle blue so, I will find a use for it.

3-I won something this weekend!  Wendy Knits had a contest and random number picked me out of over 100 entries !  I will be getting an awesome new Shawl book and I’ll tell you all about it when it arrives.

4-I am lazy! I’d love not to change yarns and weave in ends… so I’m looking for an interesting gradient yarn for my next worsted shawl

5-I dropped my wedding band off a pier years ago.  Fireman dove in and got it.  It was pretty miraculous now that I think about it. I know I was sobbing that it had come off my finger and fell in.  I think he had a snorkeling mask with him and that is part of why he succeeded.  ( I also dropped a camera in a lake in northern wisconsin and I told you all about that then!)

6-Headstands.  I could stand on my head forever and beat anybody who challenged me!
This cannot be good for you, right?

7-Favorite breakfast out: Light as Air French Toast.  With Sausages and syrup.

8-I love to leave at night.  Fireman, however, is a day driver.  It was probably safer to drive in the early a.m. anyhow. I just love driving at night. Coming home from work at midnight was always a treat in summertime. I’d have the windows open and just enjoy the drive.

9- If my back was in great shape I’d say: banana boating. It would be fun to sit on one of those with other people and hang on!

10-I do change purses with the seasons.  I actually am back to using my summer FANNY pack/bag.  It is a duluth trading company sturdy burlap that has a million pockets!





You Were Right…so Right

DSCF1627Oh Lorna’s Laces how I love Thee.  Just look at those little blue touches amongst the yellows, golds and browns.  Today felt like a good day to work on my socks.   I am digging this several- things- going- on -at- once- knit plan.  So socks today, maybe socks tomorrow or perhaps I’ll switch back to my worsted shawl. You were right, this is a great way to be a knitter.

Did I tell you the  nursing home got the Mitts?  Mila the activity director said,
Thank you very much for thinking about our residents.  Especially our residents with Alzheimers disease.  God bless you. ( And God Bless all of you who have helped me make them and are still sending them. ) You were right, it helps me honor my mom’s memory to knit and donate.

DSCF1625 There’s a bike theme going on around here.  The red Carmenere, was O.k.   The Giretto is not yet opened.  I am HOPING to go riding my bike with Fireman either Saturday or Sunday.   Just an hour or so on the trails.  Shhhhh, Fireman wants me to get an electric assist bike.  This bike does the hard hills for you, and you still pedal along.  I’m not sure I can swallow the price, but it would make our rides more pleasant.  My current bike is at least 10 years old.  So it might be worth it, right?

As for the mulberries, yes yes you are all correct.  I will leave them for the birds to eat .  Apparently Cat birds really love them. Perhaps that is why we have the catbird bathing in our birdbath daily.   I love when you are right.

Right on



Don’t Eat the Berries?

DSCF1621So what do you think?  Are these tree berries edible?  They are teeny tiny black berries.  I, for one, am not touching them until someone gives the a-okay.  

DSCF1624I am reading this book.  It is well written and fascinating!  Hooray for picky reader me.  

Yesterday was the first day in ages  where I did not knit a stitch.  I was simply worn out from the previous 3 days events.  Today, I’ll enjoy knitting AND reading .  That will happen later as I have hundreds of weeds to get after outside.  

Wow, you all had great thoughts about iphones, androids, laptops and tablets.  It is helpful to me as I formulate a purchase in the future.  There is nothing like a review from you pals! 

If you have time to check out the Spring RIbbons Shawl on Knitting Patterns Galore website, you might just love it.  The shawl looks like the drape will not need a pin in it to stay put.  I hesistate to repost anything on this new blog.  I fear my lack of attention to Copyright is just too much of an issue.  So head over and check it out yourself.  

Happy Friday!





DSCF1615Here are my Clematis. They are growing into the lattice nicely.  This is the best of the 3 new plants. 

There was no needle work yesterday.  I was at the Golf Outing Benefit all day for the Barn.  Lots of jobs to do and by 8 p.m. I was toast.  This is my second experience with a big Benefit for a non-profit.  Wow, this one was even more involved than the one at the Animal Shelter last fall.  Because there was a golf outing before the silent auction, dinner and live auction, it was an all day event.  We had excellent weather.  


Later today, my needles will get clicking again.  

I’m having computer issues again.  Now that the Benefit is over, I’m going to look into some options.  I’m thinking of using Fireman’s Macbook for posts and doing all my other things on my phone.  How often do you use a laptop or a pad?   IT seems silly to have an ipad, a laptop and a phone and pay for all the services.  Tips??? Ideas???

(any money saved can go to yarn money of course!!!)


DSCF1536I’m thinking of donating some baby items to a local yarn shop’s charity drive.  My mom loved babies, and I’m Twiddled out for the moment!  I’m still getting your wonderful Mitts in the mail and I’m sending them to Glen St. Andrews. They already got the first 20 mitts yesterday.  They were so very grateful!  

Today’s post is short.  Fireman and I are volunteering at the SMILES Golf Benefit today . I think it is going to be great fun.  This is the barn’s BIG fundraiser.

Forgive me if I can’t get to your posts today to leave a comment.

One last thing: Happy LONGEST day of the daylight year!!!!

Just a Few Things

DSCF1614SO this darling whirly gig is now in our yard.  Fireman’s mom always had yellow parakeets.  She named each one SUNNY.  So a tiny tree we transplanted from Glenview, a shoot of a Rose of Sharon, didn’t make it. It was from Fireman’s mom’s original Rose of Sharon.  So I got him a Sunny instead.  And We love it. 


Okay, I’m getting to the knitting. BUT.  Doesn’t this guy at the bike races look JUST like the kid in Breaking Away??  He DOES !!!

DSCF1619Okay, Finally knitting!  I am in love with worsted weight Cascade 220.  I have Daffodil and Forest going on here.  My goodness the progress you can make when you are NOT knitting fingering weight.  I am making Wonderland Yarns pattern : Mesh-enger Shawl by Stephanie Shiman 

This one’s getting my mojo back big time.  There’s a garter section and a mesh section. That’s it!  This is the Bike Race yarn purchase.  I may have to go back for more yarn, the jury’s still out.   The needles are clicking!