Fun And Only Fun

DSCF5455.jpgFun Thing #1.  I pitched the other shawl pattern.  I was having panic going near the thing.  Fireman said I’d never studied and written more than knitted, on a project.

Then I found you, Candle Flame shawl.  We are a perfect match. Dean Crane thank you for creating this pattern almost 20 years ago.  I’m 100% in love with the knitting.

If you care to compare, the shawl start in my header photo was the frogged shawl.


Fun Thing #2

You’ll have to copy and paste this link but it is short and worth it.  If you missed this one on the Huffington Post in December 2017, it is not to late to enjoy it.



Fun Thing #3.  The horses are snugglers in this weather.  I love Sharon, the black horse and I love Bear, the chestnut.  Apparently they love each other too.

Fun Thing #4 .  I caved. You all gave me post tooth pull permission to buy yarn. I found Anzula at 40% off and decided I must have it for another Candle Flame Shawl.

Fun Thing #5.  Would you like me to teach you my bread tips?  I could do that tomorrow.  While I’ve told you, in the past, I cannot bake cookies or cakes, I can bake bread.  I’m fearless.  I’ve been baking bread since I was in high school.

Just let me know.  Any fun things going on by you?



Happy Caturday Morning


In order I give you: Beatles, Miss Pie, Tankalicious, and Fezzik .  Miss Pie was overly attentive to me yesterday post tooth pulling.  She knows because she had the same thing in November.  She even squeezed her tiny body through the  gate to check on me this morning. HOW DO THEY KNOW?

All teeth considered it went quite well yesterday. The surgeon could not have been nicer.  Minimal pain during the extraction due to good numbing, okay and some nitrous.  Normal post op routine being followed.  I think I feel better than before it was pulled, honestly.  So I know have cadaver bone, (DONOR BONE, please mom we don’t say cadaver bone in the organ donation world) and I’m truly grateful for someone being a donor.  Even for a little tiny tooth bone.

In yarn land, I frogged the lace shawl.  I know I know.  But I Found A BETTER pattern that I could follow even yesterday as I recovered on the couch!

Thanks everyone for the support and the permission to purchase yarn.  Happy Caturday.  And the Olympics are a month away! Hooray.

Having FUN Despite the Weather


Here’s our girl, cracking up, after her team finally WON BAR TRIVIA last night. 

It is so good to see her laughing!  And it is so good to see others laughing with her. It is a new YEAR!  After many many months of concern, her cat had a negative urine culture!!!  Minion, her gorgeous gray, had to have emergency surgery last summer.  This was upsetting, expensive and it seemed to continue to be a problem for a long time.  Finally, he’s improved!  I think  I told you Al’s pipes froze last week.  It was still 2017 however..and now it is 2018 and  here she is!  unnamed-3.jpg

Here’s my little First of 2018 sock.  The aqua pot in the image keeps hot water hot all day long!  Al gave it to us for Christmas.  No more running to the stove to reheat water for our pour over coffee.  It is wonderful.  I don’t have to tell you how a nice hot cuppa helps when it is so cold outside! (brand : elechomes)

Fireman joined a group of cyclists called the Treadheads last year.  I am happy to report that he did not join the crazies, (I believe there were 8 of them) who bundled up and rode their bikes on the snowy trails LAST NIGHT.  He must think that  I must be a lot more fun. (huddled under the electric throw with a big Maine coon cat by my side, occasionally moaning about my tooth.  Right?)

IF I happen to be in a post extraction delerium today and I happen to see that sale still going on at Simply Socks…..I may have to cave on a colorway that’s been taunting me. 

IF you happen to know of a good article for me to read today, please pass it along.  I like to read a good article !  I figure I don’t need an ice pack, there’s plenty of snow.  And it is cheaper than a steak.  (why did cartoons show people with a steak on their face after swelling) ? 

Here’s the pretty sunset last night. Stay safe, find a way to smile!DSCF5367 (1).jpg



The First FOUR days OF January 2018


Blowing snow and horses.  We helped out at the barn yesterday.  It is a tonic for whatever ails me.   (Sort of.)   It was warm enough for our lovely herd to go out while we cleaned their stalls. Poop freezes like poopsicles.   Did you know that?

What the Barn couldn’t fix is my tooth.  I think Stef went through this last year.  I need a painful tooth extracted tomorrow and we begin the healing and eventual implant process.  This particular tooth has been an issue for years for me. I’m at the point where I’d pull it myself if need be.  Well that’s just hyperbole, but you get the idea.  If ANYONE has ideas for me, thoughts, etc, I’m ready to hear it.

Please pass along your most delicious non crunchy, food thoughts.  I have to maintain my weight, too, so I’ll only have one day of poor me and a milkshake.  Thanks!


This is a Parachico.  In Chiapas, where Zach is teaching, they have a big big festival in the streets of Chiapas De Corzo.  The festival is from Jan 15 to 23rd.  It has it’s roots in the old indigenous culture.  It is a tribute to a wonderful mother who saved her sick son.  So one night of the festival the town’s men dress as women to honor her.

This is how they dress.  It is a big big deal.  Zach gave Troy this parachico.  I’m all for honoring mothers!

I hope the weather does not hinder any of you in a serious way.  We are warm and safe and dry and I’m grateful.  I hope the same for you. Oh and Al’s pipes did not burst.  They unfroze.  She has her washing machine back in her life!  She’s happy.

As for knitting, I’ve been very tempted to order from SIMPLY SOCKS big sale, but I’ve Resisted.  So far.  We are 4 days into the new year. Have you ordered any yarn?

It’s so cold……that


How cold is it?
It’s So cold I’m wearing my knitted sweaters again.  I knit this one last year in a flurry with big needles and sore hands.  However,  she’s an acrylic wonder and she kept me warm yesterday.   Funny, how in warm weather the thought of sweaters chokes me.  Not this week!

Where’s the shawl ? (you ask) 

Well, the shawl is in a time out.  It was making me crabby.  I need help with the C chart of the pattern. And , I needed something to make me knit happy.  So, thanks to Allison and Dee, I’m knitting socks again.

Allison gifted me some DELICIOUS YARNS Frosting Worsted in Color: Jelly Bean

Delicious Yarns is from Valley Village, CA.

Dee created this fun pattern that I knit first thing in 2017.  It is her TAKE FIVE pattern.   Thanks Dee and Thanks AL!  I’m in the needle Zen again.

Again, how cold is it?

It is so cold, I had to play ping pong with Fireman as he already has cabin fever.  I do believe he’s patient zero this year.  Call him the first case!!  In order to keep it fair, I insisted he play me with his left hand.  We were laughing hard as he transitioned to using that hand.  Then he got better fast.  Still, I beat him 21-20 in the end.

How’s the weather effecting you?  I kind of like this…..


Someone is staring at you in personal growth..(Happy Tuesday Text by Allison)


Hello readers of CompassionKnit!  It is so nice to meet you, I have heard a lot about all of you and I know you have heard about me as well.

I am a knitter, reader, and Kathy B’s daughter, and as she announced last week I will be joining the blog this year to provide some readerly content.

I love the new year, to me it always feels like a fresh start, a new beginning, a blank planner. Sometimes my life is more like the 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon buys out The Container Store, states “my life is going to be wonderful”, then promptly trips and drops all of her purchases; but I cannot help but love the feeling of opportunity the new year brings.

So what better time than now to discuss the perhaps controversial genre of “Self Help”, “Personal Growth” or “Self Improvement”.  Whatever your preferred moniker, I know that some people avoid this section of the bookstore like the plague.  But we’re not going to get too serious here, I’m just going to talk about a few self-helpy books that I enjoyed in the last year.

I loved Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives and its follow-up The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better.  Rubin puts people into four categories: Questioner, Rebel, Obliger and Upholder; and believes that understanding which category you fall into can help you to make and stick to your habits. My best friend is an Obliger- which led to us creating a workout pact this past year.  Knowing that she had to report her workouts to me made her stick to her plan.  Discovering that I am a questioner helped me realize why I have never been able to stick to journalling- I do not have a purpose behind it so after the initial rush of a new notebook the habit falls apart. This year instead of journalling daily I am aiming to write 52 “Micro-Memoirs”, to help me notice the little things in my life and be able to look back on them at the end of the year (this idea was inspired by one of my favorite books of last year: Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly).   If you are curious about your tendency you can go to Gretchen Rubin’s website to learn more

Another favorite I read in 2017 was This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick. If you have been reading this blog for a while you probably know that I have moved across this country a lot in the last few years.  After a few years in one place I begin to get restless, always searching out the “perfect” place. This book helped me embrace where I am- and led to a lot of tangible changes. I currently live in Oklahoma City, a place I did not choose and was not initially excited about but I have grown to love it.  I have attended city council meetings, joined a book club, found a new place to volunteer, attended the OKC ballet and become an OKC Thunder fan in order to feel more like a part of the community.  It has worked and made me happier to be where I am right now  (even though this community is in mourning right now due to the stunning Sooner loss in the Rose Bowl last night).

What are your favorite self-help books?

What book caused you to make changes in 2017?

What is a favorite inspirational quote to start off the new year?

I think I’ll go with another thought from the immortal Carrie Fisher: “Stay afraid, but do it anyway”

Can’t wait to hear from y’all, we’ll talk in the comments and I’ll see you next week.

(I think I’ll end my posts with the books I’m currently reading and feel free to let me know what you’re reading as well)

Currently on my shelf:

  • Lily and the Octopus (Steven Rowley)- has anyone read this? It is my book club pick this month and I am not sure I can finish it.  The one thing that I really do not like to read are stories about animals dying.
  • Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler)
  • The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed or Desperate (Harriet Lerner)

Into the Post year 2018 We GO!


Happy New Year!

Like many of you, we are so cold today, that I could only run out and fill the fresh water and bird feeders all hurry scurry.  I want to build a fire for the birds, and Fireman laughs and says the birds know how to stay warm.  Really?

Last night in the hot tub here, my hair literally, froze.  We have a new tradition in the new house, where we get in the hot tub new years eve.  That’s about as exciting as we get!

Poor Al.  It is only 4 in Oklahoma City and her pipes froze.  It was like one last slap in the face from 2017 to that girl. She keeps fighting back though.  She’s a coper.

She will be hosting her first Tuesday TEXT post tomorrow here!  For all you readers out there, this is our 2018 gift to you!

I have ONE question for you today.  For Old times sake:

A friend said, yesterday, that her mom would say: “Do you want to come back to the house for coffee and?”   We never heard that?  Did your family say that?

Hope 2018 Starts out with love and knitting