Almost Summer

With my new-found organizational skills (ahem¬†ūüėČ), I have been a busy bee finishing up projects and using up stash yarn. I did end up buying ¬†some yarn at the local yarn shop, but that was for a very cool project. (more on that later). So, what have I been up to?

The supposedly dead tree at the local dog park was yarn bombed as high as I could reach. Low and behold, it started sprouting new leaves shortly after that. I believe it knew how badly I wanted to see some color on it and put forth a colossal effort to please.ImageImage

My first attempt at yarn bombing, so forgive the amateurish effort.

I finished my¬†first batch of preemie hats,¬†from¬† a very cool free pattern on Ravelry and II was able to use up the remaining pound o’ love yarns and have finally gotten the shipping supplies to send them off. This is a new charity I’m trying, from a group called appropriately Hats for Preemies. Every 10th of the month, this group sends hats to NICU units all over the country. And I love the pattern!¬†Varying the preemie size was accomplished just by changing ¬†needle sizes. The pattern has several variations, all starting and ending the same way.


I also finished a few more hats, which will go out to the Washington’s Hats for Hope Initiative. You can find that group on Facebook. They are a sub-branch of the Emily’s Hats for Hope charity. And, a couple of market bags got knocked out, using up the Lion Brand Recycled cotton yarn.

Let’s see. I finished my ugly socks. A very tedious project I got bored with very early on. Because of that I started playing with ribbing, the feather and fan stitches and then a combo of both until I finally and thankfully, used up that yarn. Though I have several socks in my queue, I think it will be a while before I get back to knitting socks.


The new yarn I bought from Tolt Yarn & Wool,¬†breaking my rule, was some cascade dk yarn in gray, teal, navy and white. It’s for the Crackerjack project and is, of course, for the Mariners 2014 season. I love this project. You keep a striped record of your teams wins and losses, home and away, for the entire season, knitting an infinity scarf. I also added yellow so I can run a line before every game that Felix Hernandez pitches. In the end, when I join the two ends together, I’ll do a narrow edge in the Mariner’s variegated yarn I bought at last years Stitch and Pitch.Image

Finally, I’m working on a summer shell and about to start a baby blanket for a new nephew. For a peek at my carious projects and notes, just go to my Ravelry page. Whew!



































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Spring Cleaning

There are¬†definitely phases in¬†my organizing flurries. Generally when things become¬† chaotic, it becomes more productive to sort, list and shelve, than spend hours looking for something I know I have. Over the last couple of days, it’s been books and yarn.

I made a rule that I wouldn’t buy new yarn until I’ve used up what I have AND I’d make things from patterns I already own. Considering that numbers literally thousands of patterns, I should be able to match some things up and at least make a dent.

We have a new yarn shop in town, Tolt Yarn & Wool, and I’m dying to buy some local yarn. Fortunately, the shop supports local sheep and alpaca farmers and the spinners of their lovely products. I am further pushing ¬†myself to get this done (the organizing) since I can’t stay out of that lovely shop and so¬†end up with more needles and patterns (which I also don’t need more of) since I won’t buy yarn. To save the purse for luscious things, I must use¬†what I have.

There are five rules I learned many years ago during a particularly stressful life period:

  1. If it’s broken and you haven’t attempted to repair it in 6 months, you won’t fix it – get rid of it.¬† It’s trash.
  2. If it’s not broken, but you haven’t used it in a year and you’ve¬†hit all the seasons, you either don’t like it, can’t wear it or have no use for it. – donate it.
  3. If you can use it, put it in a proper place.- now.
  4. If you don’t have a place for it, then you have too much stuff. – donate it.
  5. Once you’ve reached your current space limit and acquire something new, you must use rule 4 for something you already own.

I really do try to live by this, though it is very easy to slip into complacency and return to being a pack rat.

So, after rounding up all the books and the yarn I spent the last two days entering it all into my Ravelry. library, selecting certain patterns for my queue (things to make)  and entering all yarns into the Ravelry stash. Then I put them all away. The books could still be better sorted on the shelves, but that is for another day.

Happy Knitting!

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Needles and Pins

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, not because things have been uneventful, but because they’ve been eventful. Sometimes you need to ride the waves.

MS (multiple sclerosis) can truly be a pain in the arse. Just sayin’.

To keep me from throwing frequent hissy fits, I have continued to knit, learn new knitting techniques and read. Books ranged from mysteries, crime dramas, comedy, teen angst (omg, more on that later) and educational. Knitting projects were sweaters, hats, socks, shawls, and purses.

In the next few posts, I’ll give you some updates on my knitting projects and a few book reviews. Until then…


Just a little ditty posted from WordPress for Windows Phone

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Back to Perfect

The weather here in the Seattle area has turned back to perfect. Billowing clouds, breezes, sunny and 70’s. It’s hard to remember the heat of a week ago. My movements have returned to their normal jerky MS flow instead of the added Molasses effect the heat brings. Life is a bowl of fresh, wild blackberries picked off the hedge bordering our lot.

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Every one is unique

you expect me to fish it out of there, don't you?Every dog seems to have their own little quirks and I do love my Labs.  Since we had an unusual heat streak here, I broke down two days before the mind-zapping heat ended and bought them their own little kiddie pool.Okay, fine...but I'm not getting in

At the dog park, they love the kiddie pool. Molly will go over to drink out of it but Max will climb all the way in and wallow. This can be both good and bad. That kiddie pool can get rather nasty since when it has water in it and unless people bring their own, it is the only water source at the park. We bring a jug and a bowl and share the wealth with who ever is there. Most folks do that and leave the kiddie pool for dipping dogs.

Anyhoo, you’d think having their own, brand spanking new, clean pool with clean fresh water would make them jump right in! Nope. Max never did more than gingerly dip his paw in to nudge the ball close enough for him to grab it and Molly braved a nose dunking but absolutely refused to get in that pool.

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