Monday, April 02, 2018


On March 23, 1968, Bill and I were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Minto, North Dakota.
Yes, 50 years ago. We didn't even know each other that long but I guess it was one of those love at first sight things.

Funny how a lot of newlyweds need big fancy cakes.  Like our wedding, it was just small but tasted so good.   Cholcate with buttercream icing.

We had a beautiful church to get married in.  Too bad it's not in color.  Along the sides of the church are beautiful stained glass windows.  You can also see just how few people we invited to our wedding.  Bill's family weren't going to attend since they all lived in Pennsylvania and since my parents were covering the cost of everything I didn't want them to spend much money.

 The brides' maids all wore yellow dresses.  We all got together and picked out a pattern and material.  I think it cost each one about $11.00.   Each one carried a single red rose, some greens, and long ribbon.  Again I've been in quite a few weddings and it sure can end up costing a lot of money.  I knew none of the gals could afford to spend much and they looked great.

Fifty years later other than being a little rounder, a litter grayer here we are still happy.  We had a family dinner at a local restaurant.  Besides our daughter and son in law, son, and daughter in law, my sister and, brother in law, grandson and, his girlfriend and one cousin and, his wife. Our daughter did the decorating.  We had such a good time!

In this picture is daughter Dawn, Bill, me, and son David.  I look like a munchkin.  Standing next to David always makes me feel that way.  We love our two children an couldn't be prouder of them.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


I'm starting with some WIPs.  I've been working on the Blue Birch shawl designed by Chrissy Graham.  I'm knitting the blue section in Knit Picks Preciosa Fingering Tonal Blue Skies.  There is a lace section with I'll knit in the same yarn only while.  So far I'm loving it.  If you haven't seen any of Chrissy patterns check them out on Raverly  Snappystitches

No, I haven't finished my socks yet but I have finished up the fleegle heel and going up the leg. 

Amazing I've warping my small loom with white, light blue and dark blue Jagerspun wool yarn.  I'm planning to do a demonstration this spring.  I haven't sat at a loom in a year.  I just don't have the energy to weave and seen to be doing a whole lot more spinning and weaving lately.

I bought three new books.  The first two I bought used on Amazon.  I love buying used books and so far I haven't had a problem with any of them.  Lovely shawls in this book. 

I've wanted to design some of my own scarves, cowls, and shawls so these next two are great for that.

This one I did pay full price for but I'm so glad I did.  The stitches are written for both flat and round which will be great for something like socks and cowls.

My Christmas purchase was an Instant Pot.  I bought it at Walmart on sale.  Actually a pretty good sale.  So far I've used it four times and everything turned out pretty good.

Please note I'm not advertising for Amazon, the books I'm read or the Instant Pot company.  Just things I bought and like.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


I  finished my Brookdale shawl in the fall.  The designer is Chrissy Graham who is one of my favorite designers and I'm knitting another one of her designs shawls right now. 
Her website is Snappy Stitches Podcast.

I knit this shawl with Cascade Wool (bulky weight 478 yds and size 10 1/2 size knitting needles.  Because of the weight of the yarn and size of the needles, it worked up quickly and is very warm.

I bought this much and yarn from Biscotte Yarn.  The kit came with the mug, more than enough yarn to knit the insert and direction to do it. 

Yes another pair of socks.  These were knit top down.

Toe up with a fleegle heel.  The yarn is from Knit Picks.

Can't help it I have to finish with a picture of my great-granddaughter.  They came to visit on Christmas Eve.  She was the center of attention.  Wonder what she'll do when her baby bother will be born in June.  We're all so excite about the new addition to the family but which they lived closer.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


My dear daughter in law gave me her Canon Rebel camera.  I'm still learning how to use it but here are a few pictures I took with it. 

This shawl design is the Grocery Girls knit with wool.  I love the pattern and it worked up quickly.

I found this glass pumpkin at Home Goods.  I love that store and my pumpkin.

Sunset over the valley where I live in rural Pennsylvania outside Millersburg.

I made some headbands with my Addi knitting machine for a Breast Cancer walk.

Just a picture of one of our birch trees. 

Thursday, August 03, 2017


Honestly can you believe this is August?  I sure can't.  We didn't do to much.  One thing we did do was go to Muncy, Pa for an International Scout Show.  After being lost on the way, a trip which should have taken us 1 1/2 hours turned into 3 and getting lost again on the way home I said never again.  But we did go to a car show in Hegins, Pa which for us is just down the road.  This is a photo of our son David with his first place trophy in his division.  He's so proud.  Hopefully he'll be able to show his new Scout next year.  It's still in the process of being restored.   I can't wait for him to get it.

I knit two pairs of socks last month.  These are my summer shorties knit with Knit Picks Felici.  They fit perfect and my photos don't do the colors justice.

The are my tribute to Canada's 150 Anniversary.  The socks are knit with a yarn from the Canadian yarn dyer Allison Barnes, Edmonton, Alberta in her Nation's Pride colorway.  Lovely yarn but I think I should have used either solid white or red to cuffs, heels and toes.  Oh, well I already half way done with I thought about it so I didn't want to rip them back.

We have three Rose of Sharon bushes in a very light pink from a dear friend.

And three dark Rose of Sharon from my in-laws garden.  All six are on either side of an storage shed  in our back yard.

My daughter Dawn agreed to model my shawl by Madeleine Windsor in her Patronus design.  It has a lovely drape.  I knit it with figure weight yarn from my stash.

My last project for the month was this knit insert for my coffee mug knit with Biscotte Yarns.  The whole knit was sold on there website.  A little pricey but I like it.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Crazy busy around here but I did some things done.  Socks knit from Miss Babs.  I'm not sure what the color is but I call them bubble gum socks.

Nina Philips had a mystery knit along.  What fun!  She's an amazing designer.  This the first shawl I knit in DK weight yarn.  I knit it in Barnette Yarn and highly recommend it.

Our fiber group, Fiber and Friends had our first show at the Millersburg Art Gallary in Millersburg.  I warp my loom and it sat in the window of the gallary.  Now I just need to finish weaving the fabric off.

My new Country Craftsman spinning wheel.  I had a bit of a problem dealing with the tension at first but now that I've gotten used to it I love it.  I only wish the bobbins were bigger.  But when I think about it those wheel always had smaller bobbins.  I guess I'm just used of the larger ones.

Speaking of larger bobbins I've been spinning a merino and silk blend.  The colors are much softer in person I don't know why it shows up so dark.

I bought a project bag from Fringe (love it) and used it to store my demin socks while I was knitting them.

Finally I have just off the needles my shortie summer socks.  I love the colors and fit.

Friday, December 23, 2016


This came in the mail yesterday.  Three skeins of Susan B Anderson's Barrett yarn for a KAL the Knitting Expat is hosting starting on January 1st, 2017.  The yarn is wonderful

Did I need this great gnone?   No but I just fell in love and couldn't help myself from buy him.  I hope you can get a good look at all the beautiful hand work done on his hat.  Elke Isenberg created him.  She's an amazing artist.