Sunday, December 2, 2012


One year ago my mother-in-law Thelma passed from this world leaving us all the wonderful memories of her love and accomplishments.  Recently Ron's sister brought us the crewel embroidery picture I had stitched for Thelma more than 40 years ago.
I first made it as a pillow cover but she never wanted to use the pillow because it was too special to her and it might get torn up, dirty or worn out.  So, it stayed wrapped up in a drawer to be unwrapped on occasion and admired.  After it was tucked away for several years, Ron and I slipped it out and took it home with us.  I disassembled the pillow and had the top framed.  We gifted it to Thelma again.  She promptly asked Ron to hang it in a place where she could look at it every day.  For the rest of her life the embroidery picture hung where she could see it.

Butterflies and flowers always made her smile and feel good so that determined my choice of the picture to stitch.  I had to learn some new stitches and enjoyed every minute of the crewel embroider.  I only wish I could stitch as well now.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Shawl

I seldom knit a "mystery" pattern which is usually published in segments over several weeks.  The mystery is to know what it will look like at the end although you know you are knitting a scarf, a hat, a shawl, etc.  I decided to try a  project by Goddess Knits called a Fall Mystery Shawl knit with all clues or pattern segments issued in September.  It produced a lacy beaded shawl that was both fun to knit and challenging.  I didn't finish it until mid-October but did get it off the needles and today took some photos at the Tyler Rose Garden.  Sad to say, the beads don't show at all in the photos.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tyler Art Walk

We wandered around the Tyler, TX Art Walk, a newly revived edition of it.  Evidently it has been a few years since it was done and it is slow getting artists to participate.  It took place in downtown Tyler in the park across from the Smith County Courthouse.

When we arrived there was a group of kids rap dancing on a stage near the center of the park and a few booths in the shade at one side of the square.  Other booths and displays were in front of stores or inside buildings.  The first display I saw was the Eastside Fiber Artists' area.  I asked permission to snap some photos to share.  Permission was granted along with an invitation to join the group and to attend an upcoming workshop.  Here is a sampling of what was displayed.

Colorful pieced kimono jackets
Pieced wall hanging with interesting stitches
Colorful hand-stitched dolls and spool knitted baskets
Pieced wall hanging quilt with ribbon stitched in

Sunflower and sea scene mini-quilts
Close up of the sunflowers
Another of the artists was in a "hardware" instead of "software" mode.  The blacksmith with an electric furnace was turning out all sorts of iron hooks, brackets and dinner bells.

There were paintings, sketchings, ceramics along with many musicians to entertain.  My favorite was the singer who performed "Mack the Knife" in classic Bobby Darin style.  We didn't stay long enough to see the finish of the wooden sculpture being assembled.  The artist was nailing together pieces of 2x4's and other scraps in a sort of skyscraper look.  He said that he would spray paint it all one color and it would be "cool."

I have finished Clue 3 of the Fall Mystery Shawl.  Interesting lace patterns are developing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FMS Clue 2

While based in Atoka, OK for the last week we have spent most of our time visiting area courthouses, libraries and cemeteries.  Yep, back to the genealogy addiction, digging up dead relatives is fun and challenging.  When not researching, I have been updating the info in The Master Genealogist software and figuring out what else could be found based on what I already had found.  I have been missing my file cabinet full of bits of paper notes and charts that I had accumulated over the 20+ years of researching. 

I finally managed to squeeze in the time to finish Clue 2 of the Fall Mystery Shawl and have a few rows knit on Clue 3.  I am liking the way it is turning out.

Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 Fall Mystery Shawl Clue 1

"I let my mind wander
And what did it do?
It just kept right on goin'
Until it got back to you
I let my mind wander

Can't trust it one minute
It's worse than a child
Disobeys without conscience
It's drivin' me wild
When I let my mind wander"

I Let My Mind Wander by Willie Nelson

Letting your mind wander is a fatal mistake when knitting on lace.  Thank goodness I had earlier had presence of mind to put in a "lifeline" so only had a few rows to tink.  Tink is knit spelled backwards and to tink is to undo the knitting stitch by stitch.  Think about how you get a runner in you hose.  Same thing with a dropped stitch in knitting. 

As it was, I got it all back on track and have finished the first clue or set of instructions.

The yarn is Ella Rae Lace Merino and the beads are transparent silver-lined glass.

The second clue will be out on Saturday so I am ready!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Scarf Swap Pretties

The Lonestar State Knitters Yahoo Group held a Dog Days of Summer Scarf Swap.  Members who signed up knit a scarf to send to the swap partner.  Who would be sending your gift scarf to you was a mystery, known only to the organizer.  I received my scarf yesterday.  It was knit in a wonderfully soft silk and bamboo yarn and is a lovely teal blue.  It also uses two of my favorite stitches, cables and lace. 

Caroline M from Austin also gifted me with a pair of embroidery sissors.  They are just right to fit into my newest project bag.  Sure wish the weather would cool so I could wear the scarf.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Yarn Browsing

I saw a post on Ravelry for a yarn giveaway to promote a new Etsy shop.  The colors of the sock yarns were outstanding!  Of course I want to win yarn but I also have bookmarked this shop for yarn purchases.

eggbird designs

Sunday, August 12, 2012

That Wouldn't Be Cricket

A simple phrase but was totally foreign to a late-thirties woman when Ron spoke those words.  She had asked a question and that was Ron's response.  After a pause she commented that she didn't know Cricket.

So, where did the phrase originate and what does it mean?  It actually began with the popular British game of Cricket, a game for gentlemen where fair play would be expected.   When a foul was committed it was "not cricket'.  So, for today's generation, it means uncool and just wrong. 

Another sort of cricket is chirping away around and under our RV.  Several times we've hunted for the little critter in the house only to realize that it is outside and no amount of searching will discover it.

Now, back to tending to my knitting.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Birthday Yarn

Well, yarn bought on my birthday mini-yarn crawl.  I really didn't have but one yarn and pattern match in mind but the other two yarns just had to come home with me!  The one I wanted for a particular pattern didn't work with that pattern after all.  At least, I didn't like the way it looked.  Gee, out of the thousands of available patterns, do you think I'll find one for the yarn?

The Juniper Moon Farm lace yarn Findley is merino and silk.  It is a wonderfully squooshy yarn that will be lovely to knit with.

The Berrocco Comfort worsted weight is just for fun yarn in nylon and acrylic.  It may become a scarf and hat. 

The Babe yarn in nylon and acrylic didn't work with the pattern, it overwhelmed it, so I'll be searching out the right pattern to suit.

I also bought beads at Hobby Lobby for a mystery shawl but they are hard to photograph.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Birthday Yarn Fun

Not everything about adding another birthday milestone is negative.  Our friends Sylvia and Larry from Spring, TX arrived on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my birthday with us.  Sylvia gifted me a cute, handy size project bag.  Of course for my birthday on Thursday we had to go yarn shopping to fill it with the right stuff!

First we visited RosePath Weaving in the country between Tyler and Lindale.  Sylvia found a beautiful yarn to buy but I didn't see exactly the right ones for me. 

Then we headed to Longview (almost an hour drive) to eat at Dudley's Cajun Cafe where I indulged in a catfish po'boy, Sylvia had the catfish lunch with onion rings, Larry and Ron each had a crawfish pie plate.  We all stuffed ourselves!  Then waddled our way into Stitches 'n Stuff to pet some more yarn.  I had been in before so was somewhat prepared for the quantities of yarn.  Sylvia spent the first 15 minutes on overload just trying to grasp what was there and where to start looking!  That was what I had done the first time I visited.
If the quantites in the store don't overwhelm you, they invite you to visit their storeroom closet.

This is the shopping bag that I filled.  I think Sylvia had even more than I did when we left almost two hours after arriving.



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

East Texas Heat

We haven't spent summers in quite this much heat and humidity since we left Austin.  Even so, we are still enjoying the Tyler and Longview area.  Surprisingly enough some of the crepe myrtles still have blooms.
I've been knitting on secret projects so haven't been posting photos yet.  I do have one finished project to show, a toddler's football.  He can't do damage to anyone or anything with this one.

There is one work in progress that I'm still undecided on how to finish.  The pattern is written for a beaded lace Christmas ball ornament.  We don't have Christmas trees in our RV so I'm trying to think of some other decoration on which to apply the lace.  If I make the ornament, I'll need to knit five more rows, then bind off and sew the ends.  If I knit for something longer, I'll need to knit more repeats.  I'm being wishy-washy, afterall Christmas is still some time away!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Corrected title:  Hair Yesterday, Gone Today

Almost two years of growing out my hair was interesting and a challenge to see what I could do with the mop.  But I discovered that my hair was disclipine challenged with a strong will and a tendency to wild and unruly behavior.  It became a fight to see who or what would win in the battle to stay out of my face and look neat when I left the house.  So, I pulled rank and headed for a beauty salon.  The sissors determined the winner of the battle.

Back to the "wash'n wear" styles that are so practical for my lifestyle. 

Now I can get back to knitting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Finally Finished

Two years of on and off boring knitting is finally finished!  Of course the wool & cotton blend yarn is too heavy and warm for Albuquerque summers.  It fits the way I wanted it to, a fitted sweatshirt, and will be cozy in winter weather.

Another project off the needles and being worn is the Rustic Potato Chip Scarf.  I wore it for a meet up with my sister in Truth or Consequences.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Socks Done!

One more finished project in 2012.  These are the Ripple Effect socks that began last year as the August Mystery socks.  Got one knit in August, then it waited on the mate.  They are knit with Patons Stretch Socks in Taffy colorway.  I prefer the French name "Bonbon Caramel".  I will be wearing them to the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade tonight.

Holding jeans at highwater level to show the legs.

Lacy heels, even.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Knitting in 2012

Wow, I had not realized that I hadn't posted anything since New Year's.  Lazy me.  I have been knitting, though, along with having fun in the Dickinson-Galveston area.  Got to have a January meetup with Carrie K and Billie Rae at Park Avenue Yarns in League City.  Great yarn shop and a wonderful place to sit & knit. 

In February Billie Rae, Mary Kay and I met at a Galveston coffee shop for knitting fun.  You just can't beat the laid-back resort feel of Galveston.  Relaxing visiting, knitting and good coffee make for a great afternoon.

Pat, Billie Rae and Mary Kay in Galveston

At the Mardi Gras parades I was so glad I had knit Beverly's Earwarmer.  I used LionBrand Woolease and love the soft feel.

Here are a few more photos of finished projects in 2012.
Patriotic Coasters

Podster Mitts

Fiesta Coasters

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

Time for new beginnings of creating the very best life for the rest of our days.  I really can't give any better wishes than the ones presented on this greeting card so have borrowed it to share.
New Year's Wishes
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastroenterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the I.R.S.
May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.
May New Year's Eve find you seated around the table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends. May you find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.
May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, may the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you have been watching, and may your check book and your budget balance - and include generous amounts for charity.
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings and cherished friends.
And may we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God's love in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.