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!)

Labor Day Q and A!


First photo:  My Blue Koigu beaded bag is my Labor Day Knitting.  If, and that’s an If, I finish it On Labor Day, I’ll work on a Twiddle Mitt.  Where’s my Fall yarn when I need it?   Oh, that’s right -it is an hour away and not DUE for delivery for 3 more days.

So let’s get on with our WORK themed Labor Day (USA) Q and A, shall we?

*Name a favorite current or past co-worker.

*What is your dream yarn themed job?

*Do you go to a yarn shop where the Employees seem like your friends?

*What was your first paid job?  How much did you earn hourly?

*Did computer technology make your job easier or harder?

*Did you mother work outside the home?

*If you could knit for pay what would you choose to knit?  (lets assume you get paid an outrageous amount!)

*IF ____________( yarn related company)  went out of business, I’d be sad.

My answers:

One of my favorite co-workers was Fireman.  Ha!  We worked at McDonald’s together.  We had so much fun with all of the team there in 1977 and 1978.

My dream yarn job would be to Raise angora bunnies and have someone else take their fur and make it yarn for me.

Yes!  Yarn shop people can be amazing.  I was lucky to go from one very sweet yarn shop in Northbrook to a wonderful one in Delevan.

My first paid job was baby sitting.  I think I made a dollar an hour.

Computer technology made my job as a nurse much harder. My friend Helen used to try to talk to administration explaining how the computer programs were MORE work for us, and they were having none of it.   Waiting for data to load,  plugging computers in and out of the wall, logging in, logging out, …it all took time away from the true task of watching, reading and caring for the patient.  Give me paper charting any day.

My mom did not work outside the home once she had children.  She always wanted to be a nurse.

If I could knit for pay I would knit shawls, I think.   Minimal shaping.  Interesting variety of patterns and yarn choices.  Yup, shawls

If RAVELRY went out of business I’d be very sad.  It is a wonderful tool for our yarn community!


unnamed.jpg                 My dear sister Michelle went to the Minnesota State Fair and thought of me.  I wonder how many skeins of yarn that used.  My favorite Elvis memory is of Great Gran’s funeral.  At the chapel she had them play Amazing Grace, with Elvis singing it.  There she lie , with her little pearl necklace on , a good southern lady,  with Elvis singing her into heaven. She was also a huge Doogie  Howser fan.  All Y’all would have loved Great Gran.  

There were scarecrows who won prizes at our county fair.  I think I want one in our woods for fun. 

unnamed-1.jpgI do love a good scarecrow.  I believe they are 6.99 at JoAnn fabrics.  

As long as we are talking good deals and yarn, Crochetpatternsgalore has an amazing pattern for the SOUL SCRAPPY SCARF.  It is all boho and fun.  I’m sorry not to show the photo.  If you crochet and want something unique this may be your fall project. 

I’m all wigged out about copyright laws.  So sorry, blog buddies, you have to google things to see them for the rest of this post. 

Nobleknits has ROAM yarn on sale today.  It is a variegated yarn with a tweed twist going on.  I think it would be good for crazy fingerless gloves or mitts.  Or crazy pants slippers.  

This is what I’m reading .  I love Jen’s books.  She makes me laugh.  She’s a prayerful Erma Bombeck, that’s how I’d describe her.   I dumpster dove a new porch chair and I’ll be out there reading this later.  

That’s it for today.  There will be Monday Q and A even though it is Labor Day here in the States.  If you want to ask me a question , please do!  Maybe we could turn this one Monday around a bit. ….




My I Love Fall Plans (Dee contest)

I knew it was coming.  Yet the fact that today is SEPTEMBER alarmed me this morning.  It is just a name for a measure of time, but it is so much more than that.  I love the fall or Autumn as some say.

How can June, July and August just whip by so fast?  I can’t even start to list things I love about those months.  When you live with a Winter frowner (Fireman) he just gets you all confused about winter coming.   Little sighs, “Wow, its already dark out” twice this week.  Excuse me, the best weather of all is on our doorstep.

Hey, Fireman, don’t skip Autumn!  The harvest, the Halloween, the apples in the midwest, the colors…did you forget the amazing colors we get to view?   The CUBS making another run for it!   Knitters Hunks and Chicks at Kims blog AND then there is the fact that Dee is hosting a fun new contest.  The I (heart) Fall KAL.


As I was just this moment notified that my KnitPicks yarn and pattern have just been sent,  (they are slow, I ordered days ago) I have sketched my project for you.  Dee, this counts right?

Trust me I’m no artist.  This took effort! I’m the one who got the life changing “D” in art class, that has scarred me for life.

I’m going to knit the beaded Fabulous Wrist Dickey pattern in Stroll fingering .  The fingerless will be black, the beads will be orange!!!  I can pass out the Halloween candy in these babies.

I’m going out of my comfort zone for this one.

Oh and fall brings some little mice in for warmth.  Fezzik and Pie were guarding the floor by the fridge this morning.  Yup,  through a true family effort, (which I locked myself on the porch for and excused myself) , Fireman and the cats rid the house of the mouse.  The cats would do it alone, but they just haven’t figured out how to move the fridge yet.


On a Scale of 1 to 10


*Went to our County Fair yesterday. This young gal was sound asleep in the Dairy Barn with folks milling all around.  Her arm is in a cast.  I thought it was a sweet photo.  Would I lay next to a cow like that? um No never.  Scale of one to 10 , 1 being always, to 10 being never, that’s  10.

Cream puffs once a year at our county fair: 1 always

Carnival rides at the fair: 10. never

Knitting today, tomorrow and the weekend:  3.  More often than not!


Puppy Love from Afar

DSCF1950*This is a hummy photo taken through the screen .  Hence the fuzz factor.


No no no .  We did not get a puppy.  Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of our dear golden , Huck’s death.  If you’ve been here awhile you remember he was our PERFECT dog.   The neighbors got this puppy Sunday.  How lovely that we got to hug her on Huck’s anniversary.

Strangely, so strangely I am not wanting one.  Neither is Fireman…..altho from the looks of it he does.    My prayer is that she is a wild dog and crazy girl.  They are wild and crazy neighbors with one poorly behaved dog, so there is a chance.

Last night they must have been crate training. She howled and barked and whined pitifully for hours.  I turned on a fan and went to sleep. I was up at 0200 briefly, smelled a cigarette in the night air and then heard the yipping begin again.  Apparently potty training at night and back to the crate.

My answer to this is that if I ever got one, I wouldn’t.  I’d get two.  So I won’t say never.

But I am in a very happy place with the cats now.  Who- by the way- were all interested in the puppy and not the least bit hissy or phased.

Oh knitting!

I have decided on my Dee Fall KAL project. SO excited to tell you about it, but I’ll wait to the start date Sept 1!!!!  It took me over an hour to pick the pattern and yarn.  On line.  It was part of my Zach went back to Mexico therapy!  THanks DEE!