Black cats and Black beaded bags

unnamedEvery once in awhile I get a good shot of Miss Pie.  She is difficult to photograph.  You all know that Fireman was in an uproar when I brought her home.  It is 100% true that I did not consult with him at all.  It is 100% true that you shouldn’t bring a pet home for life that way.  it is 110% true that they are the best of buddies.  SHE OWNS him.  She lets me know it all the time.  unnamed-1

This is my Fall KAL #2 project coming along.  It is my mindless knit.


Yesterday I cast on a sweater/shawl.  Viktoria.  Yup, I’m talking 1400 yards to this project friends. Berroco Vintage in Worsted is the yarn.  Colorway: Orange with some blush to it.  I’m never one for primary colors.  I need some softening.  I also saw the knit at the Fair and the woman had made it in an orange.  So that’s in my head.

As I was starting to get goofy over my choices in color, I said, aloud,
“This isnt my last sweater, just go for it. ” I’m at that giddy point in the project.

I’m so sad to see the Florida Keys devastated.  We have vacationed there at least 3 times.   There is just no place like the Keys.  It seems that everyone there is just doing there thing and enjoying life so well..  So many Manpunzels.  My husbands hair makes him look like a freak when we are there.  What no ponytail?  I know the Keys will come back.   Jimmy Buffet and six toed cats.  Mule deer and manatees.  Its a sweet sweet life, living by the salty sea as they say.   Just you watch.  Banana Bay and Hawks Cay, we are thinking of you.

Wishing everyone whose life got really complicated in the last week, some good news today.





Monday Q and A Autumn edition

unnamed-3Let our Q and A begin : 

*I’m so thankful Meredith and Dee are okay after the hurricane.  9/11 is such a sacred day.   Do you have your American Flag flying today?

*I give you my weekend project: A needle felted sheep.  I have four punctures in my fingers as a result .  Have you needle felted?  Did your fingers get in the way?

*I used to kid myself that caramel apples were a healthy treat.  What is your unhealthy healthy treat?

*I have a new rule for the rest of 2017.  We have 111 days left of this year.  Are you reaching for a certain goal before 2018?

*Name your favorite intersection of two streets.  Give us the state too.

*Do you own any mini skeins of yarn?

*What color is the yarn you will work with today or tomorrow?

*What is the fiber content of that yarn?

*Did you have a old fashioned lunch box with a thermos, when you were growing up. What was the theme of the lunchbox?

*Were you ever given a detention?

My answers:

Yes, we always have an American Flag hanging outside our home.  We saved the flag Fireman flew on 9/11.

I think the fact that I Only stuck myself 4 times making my first needle felt project is nearly miraculous.  Each stuck bled.   Don’t worry I’ve had my tetanus shot. 🙂

Well, obviously I had to come to terms with the fact that the caramel on the apple is ridiculously high in points.  I love a taffy apple.  Zach and I share a fondness for them.  Let’s face it, they are best in fall, freshly made and unpackaged. If you are going to wipe your points out for a week in one sitting, this may be the way to do it.

My new rule for the remainder of this year, 2017, is that I’m done cooking for company.  I’m thrilled friends have visited.  I love having friends up to the house. But we have great pizza places here and I’m just over the whole menu thing.  I think I’ll just focus on baking.

My favorite intersection is Highway 51 and K in Hazelhurst Wisconsin. My father had a cabin for years just past that intersection. I also love  Fullerton and Clark in Chicago.  It is where Lincoln Park Zoo is and where the first Lettuce Entertain You diner was built.

I own 8 mini skeins of cotton yarn.  I don’t like joining ends so a project in mini skeins is something I’d avoid.  I’m not tricked by the cuteness of the mini skein grass movement.  I swooned over them for a full minute and then  thought, ugh what a lot of work.

The color of my yarn today is Black.  I’m knitting a FALL KAL Halloween bag. It is knitpicks Stroll Merino/nylon blend.  Um .  Knitting with black yarn….yeah…good thing tis a small bag !

I did have a metal lunch box.  More than one I’m sure.  I recall on that looked like a school bus.  I think it has Peanuts characters smiling all the way to school.  I usually cried all the way to school.  I was such a baby.  Truly , I was 15 days before the cutoff and while I could keep up fine with the work and the grades, emotionally I should have stayed home another year.  Seriously my name tag, that I had to wear, was unreadable due to the tear stains on it.  No one made me a new one, I just wore it tear stained for weeks.

I was given detention once and was FURIOUS about it.  The whole class was forced to stay after due to only some individuals misbehaving.  Group punishment.  I was really mad.  I was not the kind of kid who wanted ONE MORE MINUTE in school for any reason.  hahaha.

Can’t wait to hear your stories.

A little distraction from real life…

DSCF2628.jpgNice huh?  She knit this beauty of a sweater and wore it to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.  I do love seeing everyone’s knit and crochet work being worn and admired.  

Is that from Pom-Pom?
Is that Dk or Worsted? etc etc etc.  Everyone all yarn talk and pattern praise.  Just the thing I needed once we heard Zach was safe from the Earthquake’s jaws.  We had plans to go and so we did.  

DSCF2615(Uh oh that nippy border collie is headed our way again ladies) .  These sheep were clearly communicating and quite good at confusing the novice dogs. ” LIE DOWN.”   If we heard the human say it once, they said it at least a hundred times during the hour we watched.   LIE DOWN LIE DOWN LIE DOWN!  DSCF2611.jpg

You gotta love a border collie.  They are just so dang programmed and excited to herd that the handler must sound like a little gnat in their doggie ears.   I love to watch them  working.  

And the peanut gallery?  Well, they had no trouble laughing out loud when a handler and dog failed and the sheep ran amuck.  I have never been to a competition where the audience actually  laughed at the contestant. IT made me uncomfortable.  They seem to all know one another though.  They seemed to be having a good old time.  

You all encouraged me you know. You said to go ahead and purchase at the Festival.  I did.  I didn’t want to disappoint.  You all are going to be getting your fill of needle felting stories from me.  I decided I had to make those little animals that come out of a pin and some roving.  

I needed something entirely new and wooly in my life.  And Fireman said no sheep.  He also said, no bunnies.  and certainly no border collie pup.  So…..get ready.   Hope it is as easy as it looks.   If it all runs amuck you can laugh out loud.  We all know each other right? 

Zach is Safe after Earthquake

DSCF2277Oh Thank God I didnt’know the earthquake last night was coming to Zach’s town.  For some reason, I could not sleep last night.  Awoke to Zach’s email telling us he was ok.  Then friends texting us this morning that they had already seen on FB that zach checked in as safe.  

Shame on me for complaining about the internet.  8.1 Earthquake . His toilet sort of broke during the event.  Lordy, lordy he had listened to his father (wah wah wah wah wah ) at some point in his life and knew to shut the water supply off.

He let everyone know in SPANISH and ENGLISH that he was available to help .  His last sentence, : If anyone needs help with anything , I’m here to help.

Dear adult children of mine, Wisconsin is really boring.  And we like it that way.  What’s a blizzard or snowstorm?  An occasional water spout?

My mom would always pray that the Blessed Mother would wrap her arms around us and keep all her family safe.  She prayed to Father Son and Holy Spirit too, of course.  But she related to Mary as a MOTHER.

Prayers of Thanksgiving today.  Many many prayers.

Mitts Mailing


Dee, does this count for the Fall KAL?  I decided to make the final Twiddle Mitt for Glen St. Andrews Nursing Home in fall colors. ( I’m still doing my beaded project as well.)    I’m mailing them off today.  I don’t know why I didn’t figure out earlier that I could make the sides fiddly twiddly by crocheting an edge.  

I have to say the making of these mitts is quick, but the size of the yarn and the process is hard on my wrists and hands.  Thanks again to all of you who sent mitts and honored my mom.  This was one of my 2017 Knit Goals, so I can report that to the Ravelry group. 


On with the other Fall KAL project.  I strung beads last night.  I love to string beads.  

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post: The company I contacted for buttons will not accept a check as payment.  There goes that hundred year old method of payment.  I was the first to ask them, they said.  So, no buttons.  No biggie. 

I’m particularly fearful for Dee and Meredith and all in the Floridian path of the awful Hurricane.  Bless you all.  Stay safe.   Do you know anyone who has fled?  (our neighbors son and family in Miami got out yesterdaY) Oh and Teresa and Kim and everyone out in the fires I’m worried for you too and praying!  Teresa I surely hope you do not have to leave your beautiful home!


Trying to Make you Smile

I have to start by saying hugs to all of you and yours in the path of anything.  I’m hoping if you are in harm’s way a post could make you laugh a bit.  That’s the goal.  I’m sitting here on a spectacularly sunny cool Wisconsin morning, thanking God for the simplicity of snowstorms.  Honestly, I am just trying to keep Fireman from starting up about WINTER.  Yesterday’s, hints included, 

“wow we had to start our ride earlier tonight, because the sun is going down so soon now.”  He then tortured me by telling me he saw the most spectacular sunset of the Lake Geneva year here…….”There was this valley and a hill, and the sun was setting …..and there were three horses high on the hill.  Shadows of dignity, standing there. ”

He didn’t really say shadows of dignity.  I made that up.  So, I ask ya, wheres the picture?  You had your cellphone with you.  Apparently pride and falling back in the pack of cyclists takes priority.  There was no picture for me.  

Onto knitting.  So much knitting. unnamed.jpg

#1.  I’m knitting the last of the 30 Twiddle Mitts. I wanted the last one to be part of the fall KAL.  It is orange and yellow.  I wanted it thick so I knit so tightly I developed a finger blister last night.  One of my Year goals was to finish the mitts and get all 30 requested to the nursing home.  So, I’m close.  Very close. I give you number 29.  And

I thank you LOVEKNITTING for all the free yarn.  Used it all for charity.   unnamed-1.jpg

#2.  Beaded bag talk.  Judy asked about the pattern.  It is Doreen Marquart’s Beaded Evening Bag.  You string the beads first.  Thats one of the zen parts of this pattern for me.  I’m pretty sure all of her patterns are on Ravelry.  DSCF2598.jpg

This is my trio.  Let me talk about beads Ok?  The blues and browns with white beads was the first bag.  The beads were from Doreen’s yarn shop.  I liked these beads.  There was an occasional clear bead in there but they really fit the bag well and sat straight.

The second bag was made with Val’s Wandering Cat yarn.  It is dreamy yarn. She’s having a huge yarn sale BTW.  These beads were from JoAnn fabrics. I did not like them very much.  They were not all rounded, more tubular.  I have to say I fell in love with the copper beads in that mix.  I could see them really jazzing something up if they were all copper colored.

The third bag = Koigu and more beads from JoAnn’s. They behaved but I wish I had only used blue and green beads.   Look at me getting all snarky and high on my beaded high horse.

#3 Finally,  I saw some horse buttons in an ad.  I want them.  I decided to pull a fast one for snicks.  The company says email us with questions.  I told them I want to place my order and pay by check.  WHAT?  I sincerely hope the 19 year old who is processing my email knows what a check is.  I’ll let you know.  I thought it would be interesting.  The sight is all paypal and instant a pay themed.  Stay tuned.

Do you pay by check?

#4 I’m really trying hard to get my list of yarn needs ready for the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival this week.  I’m not spending willy nilly on that seductive yarn that feels amazing to my hands and cannot really be knit into much.  I should stick to sock yarns.  Or shawl yarns in sock weight? Right?

Go forth .  Be safe.  Knit on

No Theme to this Post…..

unnamed-7* This is Al’s current shawl knit.  There’s some cashmere in that yarn.  Just a touch.  It is a pattern from Kniterarrium.  Grainne Shawl.  


*This was my savory breakfast creation for Fireman, yesterday.  I baked the green pepper first at 400 for about 20 minutes.  Then I drained the water out of the pepper.  Then I added two big kitchen spoonfuls of Jiffy Corn muffin mix (mixed with egg and milk as directed on box) .  I baked that for 20 minutes.
When it was almost done, I made a little well on top and cracked an egg on it. I baked it another 20 minutes.  Served it with a side of salsa.  

I think the corn muffin inside made it sweet and the salsa and pepper made it savory. He loved it.
Clearly, watching  the Great British Bake off has influenced me.  

I was checking it, and poking it and changing my plan.  I used to live by the old rule of never opening the oven during a bake.  What?  Those folks on GBB are constantly poking , prodding and prying open the oven as they bake.  

It is chilly here today! High to be only in 60s.  So tonight is a soup night and I may make bread with my new Sunbeam mixer.   Are you a soup lover in fall?DSCF2515.jpg

*unnamed-3.jpgOur skies in Wisconsin have been smokey with the Canadian fire smoke.  The sun was pinkish yesterday and we had haze.  But, this is the moonrise from Saturday night.  It was a beautiful porch night that night.  

The stonecrop is in bloom and the bees are all over them.  We probably have around 20 stonecrop lining the back deck.  The bees are so busy and happy. 

unnamed.jpg*I trash picked this wicker chair the other day.  It is for short folk like me.  Clearly, I need to find some cushions meant for this odd shape, but for now I just make do.  It is unbelievably comfortable to me.  

*As for me and my needles, I finished my third beaded bag yesterday. Tomorrow, I plan to show you all 3 and talk about beads.   I’m turning into a bead snob.  

I hope despite flooding, nuclear talk , my Florida friends now in a possible path of a new hurricane and wildfires, along with  the ordinary stressors in your life, you find time to knit or the like, and embrace a moment. 

(I’ll be reading your blogs later, so comments coming, just not early today!)