The Yarn Store

Just some farmers’ market photos for you.  Oh outdoor light, you make it so easy to photograph.   Little dog you look like a toy.  They named you Sugar.   I get it but I like a less obvious name.

So I was not going to have time to buy yarn in the next few days and I had settled on some claudia’s hand paint in my little tiny stash.  But then…..we realized we are going to a town with a yarn shop today.  NOT my fault.  I just automatically google an area I’m not used to ..

just to see if…

they have a yarn shop.

So I may be starting my next (3rd) bag in a different color.    Because, I need something to look forward to when Zach goes back. right?



Friends, you are indeed

DSCF1988Sometimes the road is long.  But there are flowers along the way.  If you are struggling today, I wish  the incline is not too steep for you.  I wish a breeze that comforts you.   We are not solitary beings.  We are meant to be here for one another.  Blog friends may be teasingly called pretend friends, but I know you are real.  Like penpals of old.  We share our lives and places and stories without much face to face , if ever.  My mom’s funeral card says

Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in heaven.  (st. Thomas Moore)  Isn’t that just lovely?

So Zach has an instagram account now and you can view his best photos there if you so desire: zbfotografo  is the account.  🙂


Zach and I played a very quick game of chess at the coffee shop in Williams Bay. 

He beat me and he took photos at the same time!


I read a short article on blog photos today and using light better.  So the first time I tried this, I did it backwards.  Of course I did.  Here’s the second  attempt.  I took the cool knitted necklace and shot it with and without a white piece of paper to bounce light around. See how the first photo (From my old i phone) is so much less shadowish than the second one without the bounce board?

Zach’s going to give the necklace which you cannot see well ,at all,  here,  to his friend in Guanajuato who likes funky stuff!   I’m’ glad it is finally fighting its right home.


Tattoos , Tears and Tickets

DSCF2250I guess there is no way around it.  Next week my son goes back to work after a fantastic summer home with us.  I tell myself it is all good and I won’t cry.  I do find if I keep myself very busy the first few days after my adult kids return to their places, it helps. 

DSCF2196Helping with these guys helps me a ton.  Zach took some shots for us yesterday at the Barn.  I am not regretting that tattoo! 

DSCF2278 (2)Of course, my knitting gives me such joy that it is always a help.  Did you know tears won’t felt your yarn?  

I wanted my next beaded bag to be pink with copper beads, but I can’t get to the Yarn shop for a bit. So I found some Claudia’s Handpaint in my little stash.  I know I got it on clearance at Three Bags Full a year or so ago.  Did you know that sale yarn is just great yarn no one else wanted? 

I do have a lottery ticket for tonight’s draw.  If I were to win the millions, all my bloggy pals would get some great yarny gifts.    Did you know my brother in law, Steve, won a few thousand dollars from the Illinois lottery when it first started about 30 years ago?.  He spent it on a vacation to Mexico with his wife.  He died suddenly about a year later.  Carpe Diem !  

Beer and Sheep

unnamed-3I was certain I had to show you this tap pull because…..well sheep. 

Some of you may be starting to think all I do is hang out in bars and knit.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  I was at the bar without my  knitting yesterday.  I really do not drink much.  Alcoholism in the family or origin is enough to make me ever aware of the genetic tendencies.  I do occasionally have a margarita and I ask for half the alcohol.  I wish I could pay half the price!   I’d rather eat my points anyhow.  


Progress on the little green beaded bag.  Loving it.  Planning the next one.  The Beads and random colors that come up keep my oddly entertained. I sat on the screened porch last night and watched Amy Beth the Fat Squirrel Speaks.  That was a very good night.

I’m trying to speak Spanish to Zach before he goes back to teach again.  So far I managed to leave him a message that translated :Dad is outside.  Two flies sucked him.  Remind me to use antibiotic cream.  His skin hurts.  (What I meant was: dad got stung by a bee.  Remind him to put on some antibiotic cream. )  

In other very exciting news, I need to vacuum today.  How about you? 

Monday Q and A, Eclipse day 2017


*Are you watching the Solar Eclipse today?

*What is the most expensive yarn you’ve heard of?

*What is the most difficult knitting technique that you have tried or won’t even try?
*Have you ever had a venus fly trap plant?
*Has a neighbor shared from their garden this year?

*Do you like to eat sunflower seeds?  (roasted, salted, chocolate covered? any ? All?)
*Which technique did I use for my beaded bag bottom?

*How many football fields of yarn yardage are you currently knitting a project with?

*A carnival and festivities were part of this weekend.  When was the last time you had a corn dog?

*Did you knit as much as you wanted this weekend, ? More than ? Less than?  DSCF2274(I used the margarine round lid technique. Cut off the sides . Covered in brown felt  PERFECT.  GOsh y’all are very smart!”

My answers:

  • I will watch the eclipse if it is not too cloudy.  I’m not going to watch it by looking at the sun, I’m going to watch it by looking at leaf shadows from the trees.  I’m not that smarty pants, my Botanic Gardens suggested it as a way to experience the eclipse.
  • I hear Vicuna yarn is around a dollar a YARD.
  • I won’t even try steeking.  Yikes.  It makes me shudder to think of it
  • Yes we have had venus fly traps.  They were quickly over fed.  Fun to watch the leaves close, ugly to watch them rot
  • Yup. My neighbor brought me two cucumbers from her hydroponic deck garden.  They were watery.
  • I love sunflowers.  All kinds.
  • I am using 150 yards of yarn for my current beaded bag.  So a football field and a half more or less
  • I haven’t had a corn dog in years. I really would love one.
  • I knit a bit less than I would have liked.  The fact that I took a huge nap yesterday was my own fault.  Hoping to knit quit a bit today!~


A Limerick for Tank

DSCF2209There once was a cat named Tank,

he ate and he ate and he drank,

he did as he pleased

for he was Siamese

and his belly went clankity clank.

(Tankalicious I love you)

DSCF2212Whoop whoop.  Second evening beaded bag using Val’s yarn.  I love how the mulit colored beads are mixing with her yarn. And aren’t you all the clever ones with the ideas for bag bottoms.  All I have to do is ask, and YOU (the collective form) deliver.
Happy Saturday.  I’m off to get the cats their solar glasses for their viewing pleasure. NO worries as it is supposed to be overcast and cloudy in Wisconsin Monday.


There’s a fungus among us

DSCF2196How do you feel about mushrooms?  I don’t eat them, but I love a carved mushroom.  I have one that fireman made last year.  I really wanted another.  So Fireman taught Zach to carve with a chain saw.  Now I have a gorgeous reminder of father and son out my kitchen window.


I am no star baker, but my rookie attempt at Chocolate Chip cookies with the Mixmaster was a success.   Oh Mixmaster, I love thee.DSCF2199.jpg

Oh Cosmos, I love thee too.  A late summer flower here that just thrives on neglect.   I’ll be throwing more than one package of seeds in that area next year.

My knitting plans today : continue 2nd beaded bag work.  Anyone have an idea of how I can create a template or something for the bottom rounded part so it is firm?  Maybe cover a circle in felt or something to put inside?