Monday, October 5, 2009

Now I've reached that "crisis" age

For some reason, I decided enough was enough. My friend, Gloria, and I have been "decluttering" our homes. She's in NY and I'm in WV, but we are two peas in a pod. In my effort to get in the declutter lead I gave away my living room and dining room furniture. WHOOSH! Two rooms empty in one swoop! Then my husband made the fatal mistake of telling me that I could do whatever I wanted in those rooms. Furniture, color, whatever. Oh dear.

After the trip to Ashley Furniture we went to Lowe's to contemplate the possible colors for the living room and dining room. Here's where the fun starts. I mistakenly thought the couch was deep burgundy. Nope, deep rusty redish burgundy. I come flying out of Lowes with a lovely color called "silver blueberry". It looked lovely on the walls. THEN THE COUCH ARRIVED. Oh dear x 50. Back to Lowe's we went and purchased this color that looks like peanut butter fudge. I apologized profusely for picking the blueberry for both front rooms.

Then it was on again. Well, we've got no lamps that work in that room now!! WOOHOO. I went nuts and bought these deep red with gold patterned shades and one of them has these little amber and red beads on the edging. Then I painted the front door RED RED RED. My son calls it "mom has lost her freakin' mind". I have announced that as I'm turning 50 this week I can blame it on my age!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I'm miffed

Sitting here at the computer trying to get myself to go make coffee instead of returning to bed. I should be in Buffalo with my friends and Lion Brand goody bag, anticipating a day of shopping, learning to spin and having general, all around fun. Instead, a blood pressure spike and my wonderful doctor grounded me. I'm home getting used to bp meds and all that fun. To console myself, I went to the local welding supply store and leased an oxygen tank (finally) to make lampwork beads with. I had a slight accident coming out of the door and pulled my back out. (when it rains, it pours)

Hubby suggested I crochet covers for the propane and oxygen tanks. ooooo creative juices flowing with thoughts of freeform covers and various outfits to match the seasons. I invisioned the tall slender tank and short squatty tank as a pilgrim and turkey, witch and pumpkin, santa and an elf. Okay, so Santa went on weight watchers this year. It would be a terrific use of scrap yarn.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

One down and granny harem pants to go!

Friday night at 6:30 I finally lit on a pattern to make a lacy cardi to wear to the CGOA conference. Only two weeks to go. Michael's was wonderous in that they decided to have a 4 hour madness sale so I bought the Caron Spa that I have been fondling for a bit. I imagine that after the upcoming trip I will be in love with much more expensive yarns.

At any rate, this was what my cardi looked like at that point in time. I took it with me to the Saturday crochet meeting to work on and apologized for not working on a scarf at the time. By the way, I love these ladies I'm working with!! I am so happy I found them and all because of a last minute decision to go to the conference. I was so worried I wouldn't fit in with them and they have welcomed me with open arms. What fun they are!

At any rate, Saturday and Sunday crocheting and a bit Monday night. I finished the motifs this morning somewhere in the wee hours and tonight I wove in ends. I am hoping to find a nice decorative gigantic button to use on it or one of those off the wall pins. Here's the completed item and I am hoping that I will not regret making this. Hubby commented it would be a hoot if several ladies just "happened" to make the same item in the same color. It would only happen to me!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

This coming Saturday, July 25 will be my third meeting with my new friends at the crochet guild chapter. I'm SO excited as (from the picture) you can see that the "Great Crochet Drought of 09" has ended with a vengance. Last month, they announced they were also taking donations of hats for the local cancer center. Believe me, I was getting a bit tired of red, white and blue so I started in on hats. This month I completed 42 hats and 8 scarves. There is also a little bag of 8 hats that I found around the house while downsizing the clutter.
NOW I have to start on something to wear to the CGOA conference in Buffalo. . . a whopping 18 days away. OMG I have no clue what to make!

The Old Man and the Flea

Living with dogs is always an adventure. For the past 15 years I have lived with my "stalker". He was never far away and repeatedly tried to kill me. . . payback for when I had him neutered in late '94. Oz was a strange little dog, who was scared of self-dispensing water bowls and people in general. At age 18 we finally made that last trip to the vets together. As you can see, he was a master of disguise...laying in wait to attempt homicide on his owner (me) dressed as the laundry.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The things I do for my compulsions

So I was online a few weeks ago talking about the CGOA conference and suddenly decided to go. I had to be a member of a guild group to go to the Friday night coffee and dessert event. I am NOT going to pass this up. (it's a free event after all!) I find ONE group in my area and email them to join. Now, mind you, I am not judgemental of religious groups but when my husband heard about where I was going to go (not naming the church!) he got this wide eyed look and wanted to know if I was going to fit in. Hmm. Let me see. Mostly this church does not cut hair, doesn't wear pants, oh I can imagine the thoughts on tattoos and piercings. I go anyhow. Find out they are not as strict as some of the churches of this faith I have known (didn't see a single tattoo though!). I have really enjoyed these ladies! My daughter went last week with me and even she wants to go back. The big project at the moment is making red, white and blue scarves for the veterans home that is about 40 minutes from where I live. Here are my first 8.

I have been in a real crochet slump since have CT surgery on each hand since December and this has turned out to be what has ended the Great Crochet Drought of '09. I have another 5 made since the meeting where I donated these. I remember asking how many they wanted by Christmas and they said wistfully, "100, we hope". Pffft. Hubby figures I could do that myself and wants to know what they are going to make. lol! Seriously though, scarves are all I am churning out at the moment and I'm actually enjoying it.

My thrift store steal!

Dana and I took off to the thrift store prior to picking Bill up fromwork. OMG 75 skiens/balls of yarn!!! (for a mere $32!)

33 skiens of Bucilla Riviera (12 off white, 7 tan and the rest softyellow) I am really tickled about this as I have been looking for a nice cotton blend to make something to wear to Buffalo!

4 blue Bernat Pounders

8 skiens of Patons Diana

16 balls of Jack Frost cotton

4 skiens of red heart red fleck

4 balls of Bucilla St. Moritz in off white

8 skiens of dazzle aire in soft baby pink and baby blue

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

While running around supposedly getting ready for work this morning, I had to toss our first beads together to make a necklace. You know how it is, you send the kid to summer camp and they have to show off the lanyard they made! These are the first beads that Bill and I made over the weekend.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A touch of glass

As hubby tells this story, I announced one day "honey, we're taking a class". So, I drag him off to Cedar Lakes conference center and he's happily along for the ride.
This is our instructor, John Winter. John is amazing!! He's friendly, hilariously funny and gives a great massage!

Wish I could say these are mine!! These are some of John's creations. Each one is truly a work of art.

Here's my honey! First time out and he's making beads like a pro. He and the instructor were the only menfolk there, so they formed a fast friendship. All of the ladies were quite taken with my hubby!

Here I am working away. Let me tell you, this was something else!! Believe it or not, you do not feel the heat while working on the bead, but I strongly recommend not picking up hot glass. This stuff gets molten hot! Our instructor describes this as working with liquid light at 2,000 degrees. What a blast! The glass gets so hot that the color disappears and you can see through the blob of glass you are working on.

My beads are on the pink bag and Bill's on the blue. That weiner made a strawberry! This was such a great weekend!!! *hint* They are all "my beads" because hubby was kind enough to give them to me!

Another picture of some of my beads. Yes, we are searching for a kiln.

Another shot of Bill's beads. Oh, did I forget to mention the mushroom???

THEN!! We figure out there's 5 of us in the same general area. We're planning on getting together a few times a month to play with beads and other fun stuff!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My newest hobby

Some time ago I fell in love with turned wood crochet hooks. I lusted for them to the point of distraction. My Daddy always told me that if you could read, you could learn to do anything. He was a man ahead of his time. He didn't think that women should be "protected" from learning things. I also have a loving husband who knows about power tools. With all that in mind, and the fact that I went on a power tool buying spree, AND that we finally bought a workshop....I ventured out into the back yard. The following are the first products of my newly started hobby.
The white is DuPont Corian. A countertop material and my 4th attempt at hook handles. It's amazing what's inside that stuff!
These are my first and third hooks. The larger is stained pine and the smaller is purple heart. Still drying from the finish.

This is my second hook attempt in zebrawood. Hubby forgot to put it someplace where sawdust wouldn't get to it and it got all sorts of flying debris in the finish. He says he's going to sand it out for me since it's "his fault".

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Free Pattern: My bookmark pattern

Materials: size 10 thread crochet hook size 9 6 ribbon roses small amount of ribbon
Finished size: approx 6.5 inches long 2 inches wide Row 1 Ch 17. DC in 4th ch from hook. (3 skipped ch counts as 1 dc.) Ch 2, Skip next two ch, dc in next ch. Skip next 2 stitches 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 2ch. 1 dc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip two ch, dc in last 2 stitches..
Row 2 Ch 3, turn. Dc in the next dc. Ch 2, skip ch 2 space, dc in the next dc. Skip two stitches, 5 dc in next dc. Ch 2, skip 4 dc. 1 dc in next dc, ch 2. Skip ch 2 space. 1 dc in next 2 dc.
Row 3-21 Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off EDGING
Row 1 Ch 1, sc in same stitch. 2 sc in each side stitch. Across bottom, work 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space. Working up opposite side, 2 sc in each end stitch. Working across top, 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space, sl st to beginning sc.
Row 2 Ch 2, hdc and dc in same stitch. *Skip next stitch. Sl st, hdc, dc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around. Fasten off. Weave in ends. FINISHING Weave ribbon through the ch 2 spaces at each side of the center climbing shell. Tack or glue roses as shown to prevent ribbon from slipping loose.

Free Pattern: Climbing Shells Dishcloth

Materials: Worsted weight cotton G or H Hook
Finished size: 8-9 inches
Row 1 Ch 29. DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 3 dc. (3 skipped ch counts as 1 dc.) *Skip next two ch, 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 ch. 1 dc in next 5 ch*. Repeat from * to * one time.
Row 2 Ch 3, turn. Dc in the next 4 dc. *Skip ch 2 space, 5 dc in next dc. Ch 2, skip 4 dc. 1 dc in next 5 stitches*. Repeat from * to * one time.
Row 3-12 Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off EDGING Row 1 Ch 1, turn. Sc in same stitch and in each space and stitch across to side. 2 sc in each side stitch. Across bottom, work 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each space. Working up opposite side, 2 sc in each end stitch. Sl st to beginning sc.
Row 2 Ch 2, hdc, dc in same stitch. *Skip next sc. In next sc work sl st, ch 2, hdc dc*. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Free Pattern: On a Roll Cel Phone Case

Note: this little bag can be looped around the wrist and carried and is great for car keys, credit card etc when a small bag is needed.
Materials: size 3 thread steel crochet hook size 4 small amount of fun fur
Finished size: approx 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
Special stitch: Boullion. Yo 10 times. Insert hook into stitch below, yo and draw up a loop. Yo and draw through all stitches on hook. Ch 1 to close.
Foundation Round 1: Ch 15. 3 sc in 1st ch from hook. Working in one loop of each ch, sc in each of the next 12 stitches. 3sc in starting chain. Working down next sixde, sc in each of the next 12 stitches. Join with sl sti in beginning sc. (30 stitches)
Foundation Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join. Sl st to next sc.
Body round 1: Working in back loop only, ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl stitch to join.
Body Round 2-3: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Sl st to join.
Body Round 4: Ch 3, Boullion stitch in same stitch as join and in each stitch around. Sl st to join. (30 bouillion st).
Body Round 5-7: Same as Round 2.
Body Round 8: Repeat Round 4
Body Round 9-11: Repeat Round 2.
Body Round 12: Repeat Round 4.
Body Round 13-15: Repeat Round 2.
Body Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (do not fasten off)
HANDLE Ch 45 and join with sc in 15th stitch away from starting ch of handle. Turn. Work sc around handle chains to beginning side. Sl st to join. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Optional. Join fun fur with sc in any stitch of last row of body. Sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join.
SHORT VERSION: Work for same as above through Body Row 12. Then work Body Round 16 and Handle. This one is the perfect size for my motorola V180 flip phone.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oh baby! (or my little pumpkin) From Lion Brand Yarn just completed during the Daytona 500 (booties to follow)

For those that don't know, I am going to be a grandmother again in about October. My youngest, Dana, announced yesterday that she is pregnant.

When I was pregnant with Dana, I just couldn’t bring myself to tell my mom. And any time that I would work up the nerve, she would be in a really bad mood over something and I would think “this is NOT the time to tell her!” Well, it kept getting further and further along. She would stop by work and I’d go down to see her carrying a stack of files or something and my boss would ask, “did you tell her?”. I had visions of being at the hospital and calling her and telling her I’d had a baby….or even telling her stuff like “I’m babysitting up until the kid graduated college.

I had just been to the dr and he had told me that if I didn’t go into labor by that coming Friday, they were going to induce me. This is Christmas week We are at her house and she asks if I’m “pregnant or what” and I tell her I’m pregnant. “how far along”……”uh, if I don’t pop by Friday, they are going to induce”. “!@)(@#&$! Marsha! We’ve missed yard sale season!”

So there is Dana, out front of her work. She has just said “I’m pregnant” and I’m waiting for her to tell me the “real” news and she burst into tears and said she thought of not telling me but she knew I’d be mad about missing yard sale season.

By popular demand!

My husband is such a great guy! Truly he is! After 15 years of marriage he is willing to prove his undying devotion to me by wearing a fish on his head.

The Dead Fish Hat

How exciting is this?!??! I finished the Dead Fish Hat (link below) for my husband. Hubby hunted out the colors he wanted for his hat and I set about knitting it. This is really my third complete knit project. Despite the fight with the circular needles (I have learned the virtues of hot water) and dropping stitches, and forgetting how the heck to bind off, it is finished. I am ready to move onto my true fascination.....socks.

Finished in January, but needing the ends woven in, this was a little crochet together project. I used simply soft black and an interesting fuzzy ribbony type yarn Bernat Glittalic that I picked up at Big Lots for $1. Pattern located at This is a quick to finish project for when you need a last minute gift, when you need the sense of accomplishment finishing a project brings or when a cold front is moving in fast.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fishy business I haven't posted in the past couple of weeks as I've been working and trying to knit the Dead Fish Hat (previous link).

My first try with working with circular needles was not properly memorialized in photos. Perhaps it is best as it was truly an experience. Imagine trying to wrestle an octopus with your hands tied behind your back and you will be on the way to understanding my first time with two circulars. Well, gee, being new to knit it did not dawn on me that the darn cables should be "relaxed" and here I am with them curled up on themselves! After that nightmare and spending the evening working the cables back and forth with my hands to relax them a bit, my helpful knit mentors (not mentioning names but their initials are Sarah, Pirk and Sherri) told me I should have taken the cables and dunked them in hot water. *blank look* Yes, I am a true babe in the knit woods and never thought of it. Hubby had headed toward the stove to hold the cables over open flame and all I could think of was the cables melting. (these are Clover bamboo's that I'm using)

I forged ahead. A couple of evenings I tossed the dead fish (that will be the death of me, I'm sure) aside as I was dropping stitches and goofing up left and right. I totally messed up kfb and ssk and we won't talk about my case of amnesia when it came to binding off the first half of the tail fin. I'm sitting there looking at it and there is the yarn to the right of my work and my last bind off stitch to the left. Hmmmm. A quick trip to and I'm banging my head on the desk because I forgot the all important "knit the first stitch" part of binding off. So I'm just slipping two stitches on the right needle and then pulling number one over number two and going on SO happy that I'm almost done with fin side one! Ha!

Rip rip rip.

So, at this point I am halfway through fin one. I have a respectable looking kfb going and the ssk is looking good as well. I will NOT forget how to bind off this time!

Monday, January 26, 2009

My 2nd knit project

Here is the pattern for my second completed knit project.
I'm so EXCITED!!! I have often looked at pictures of these round dishcloths and wished that I could make them. Now I can!!!
I may actually get to those long lusted after socks!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Yes, they ARE watching you!

This could be any quiet street in any town. It happens to be across from the main library in Charleston, WV, the city where I work. The Coffee Bean is closed, but you get the feeling someone is watching you.

Let's cross the street and go a little closer. Hmmm. Still not too sure about that being watched feeling.

...what the...?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There in the corner is the culprit! He's been there watching all the time. I can't figure out if he's trapped there in the bricks or if he is creeping out.

Just remember, they ARE there, and they ARE watching.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm so very excited. This is my first dishcloth. The pattern is a basketweave located at

To the untrained eye this is only a simple dishcloth with the ends still needing woven in....but to me it is the start of scarves, shawls, SOCKS (how I adore handknit socks!) and more! Thanks to all my buddies who encouraged me I am happily knitting and purling and about to embark on learning about wonderous things like cable needles and psso and button holes!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Snow business

We had a small storm overnight resulting in a whopping 1 inch of snow on the ground. However, when you are a small dog with short legs, even that can pose a problem. Bill and I had fun watching the "good kids" play.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

1st FO of the year

Going through my patterns the other day with the idea of downsizing my pattern stash and I ran across and AA Christmas Stocking book. So, with Christmas over, I decided to make stockings of all things. Here is my first FO of 2009. Hubby likes this really well so it will be his stocking for next Christmas. Only about 11.5 months left for me to complete mine!


Surprisingly enough I am off to a good start. I return to work tomorrow and have my overtime schedule figured out. Also have plans to take the "learn to knit" dvd to work and use that during lunch until I finally remember how to do this stuff! My friends have so many lovely knit items they have made and I've had enough of wanting to know how to do it. Besides, my crochet madness phase is winding down at the moment. (and I lust for hand knit socks)

I have broken the news to Max that I was not really a permanent stay at home Mommy and must return to work in the morning. I will be off to make the dog food money. Does he not look put out?
So many things are going on in our lives that are positive. Bill will be on official payroll as of January 20, with a raise! (yay! Dog food money!) I have been assigned officially to a unit at work and have avoided being part of the "big move", much to my relief. I also have plans to take a flamework class in May and possibly spinning classes in the fall unless I manage to nail down a family friend that spins.