A Lovely Thank You Surprise

Totally astounded, I opened a thank you package from the Knitorious Mrs. B to whom I had sent gift packages for SP11. This is the first time I've received a thank you package from the partner whom I gifted.

Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness, Mrs. B! The Spice Cake candle is burning now and each item will be put to good use!!

He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2


Dogs on Thursday: Life With Lailah

Lailah is now six months old. She often has this quizzical expression as she encounters so many new experiences. She is one peppy princess. Always into my yarn, knocking over bottles of Diet Coke, dragging things around the house. Energetic in the extreme!!

Lailah peeking to see if she's in trouble maybe?
Me: "Lailah, what have you done NOW?"
She enjoyed celebrating DGD's birthday by playing with the helium balloons. Those things were incredibly unpoppable!! (yes--new word!)

Since she couldn't manage to sink her teeth into the balloon, she decided to drag it around by the ribbon -- which was not easy---or by the knot in the balloon. Clever girl, she is!

So, this morning, DH brings her home from the vet where she had spent the night after having surgery to spay her yesterday. She got home around 10 AM after having a pain pill, so naturally I expected her to do this all day. You know pain, discomfort, anesthetic wearing off, pain pill. Doesn't that equal sleep? Lots of sleep? Nope! She was zipping around as usual--dragging pillows off the sofa, trying to get to Max's collar, distributing my yarn through the entry way, banging into things with her undeserved halo. You know, the usual. These cute sleepy pictures were taken at 9PM ! She was hustling all day!

I'm calling her "Sister Mary Lailah" now.


Hot D Ghan

The Hot D ghan is a simple repetitive pattern. I settled on using four strands of the yarns I have. I do wish I had used a larger needle than the 19s for a looser look.

The combination of stockinette, garter, and dropped stitches make a warm, attractive ghan. More info about this ghan is in a previous post.
We had a grand Thanksgiving. Hope you did too.

Lailah welcomed two-year-old DG#7 who chose to wear his Spiderman costume for Thanksgiving.

He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5



Sincere thanks to a fellow Raveler who made this beautiful assortment of stitch markers as a RAK. She enclosed a packet of knitting notes, as well. Thanks SO much!!

You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth.
2 Kings 19:15



My November partner truly gifted me expressing the theme of thankfulness and inspiration. I look forward to getting into the three books with themes of friendship and caring. Also included are a thong bookmark (very pretty), angels--glass and two small cards, a small Victorian calendar, green apple and strawberry candy swirls, and surprises for my doggies Max and Lailah!! They are bouncing around with joy! Just look at the dog cookies in the plastic bag. Wonder if she made those? The Boxer magnet is precious! And, the best for last....will you look at those glittery collars for Christmas??! I love those! The doggies will be sporting those all through December. I love the Pilgrim woman and added her to a Fall wreath arrangement on our dining room table. My deepest thanks for all the thought she put into these gifts.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3


Holey, Wholly Scarf

Its nice to have a Christmas gift completed! This scarf was made with red Plymouth Encore. Since I had only one ball of yarn, the scarf is not of the long, wind-it-around a few times variety. It is just right to wear tucked in or hanging out of a coat. I know my dear friend will be thrilled since knitting is a complete mystery to her. The YOs make it holey and it is wholly complete!
Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. --Dale Evans Rogers


The Yarns -- They Have Gathered

Here we have a basket with twists, mohair, metallic, tweed, alpaca, boucle, bulky, worsted, chunky, and size 19 circs. Know why? With four or five yarns held together, I am making the "Hot D#@*" afghan. This will include some knitting, purling, and dropping stitches. It seems that this baby only takes several hours to complete --- we'll see. This is my mindless knitting for when I am tired of the Argosy pattern. I must say that the Argosy is a fun pattern. The pattern for the afghan along with info about the origin of the name can be found here:
The Argosy scarf is at
Happy knitting!

Saw this at and decided to do it too! The things I have done are in Bold Print.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
HatKnitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks or other small tubular items
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Fulling/feltingKnitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting for preemies
COFreeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Hair accessories
Knitting in public
Knitting with buffalo yarn
Knitting with pygora
Dying with food dye/drink mixes
Dying with chemical dyes (acid, etc)
Oh-my-garsh!! Just lookit that list!! Is it obvious that I have been knitting for decades??! I still enjoy it, probably even more than when I first started in high school!

"Be excellent at what is good! Be innocent of evil!"
---Bob Fitts


Of Yarn and Books

As a very satisfied customer, I must sing praises of . Every time I order from them, I am amazed by their fast-fast-fast service! This Noro Silk Garden Lite is now being knitted in the Argosy pattern on for my MIL's Christmas gift. This is a fun and fast pattern. You might want to give it a try!

If you're interested in the Book and Book Mark Exchange (BABE), check the web site at This is a terrific monthly swap of a book and bookmark loosely centered on a theme. I received this package from Canada yesterday for the October exchange. The Evanovich book went to DH while I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through the crochet book. I did spot a thing or two that I hope to make. I'm having a birthday party for my DGD who is turning four next week, so the candies will be perfect to add to the treat bags.

Hope you have a marvelous weekend!


Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?...Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Philippians 2:1-2



Max enjoys sleeping in the sun on the deck.

... but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?
I definitely am a footprinter in books I plan to keep. Notes, symbols, and other reactions fill my books, particularly for phraseology that I especially enjoy as well as new vocabulary. My Bible has many, many notes, dates, underlining, and markings that help to guide my reading and study.
What about you? Do you write in your books?
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Revelation 3:20


B4 minus 1

The B4 bag B4 felting
The pattern is by Trish Bloom from Once In A Bloomoon Creations and include
B1 = baubles (Otherwise known as a version of the popcorn stitch.)
B2 = bumps
B3 = beads
B4 = buttons
These are not necessarily in the correct order as described by the designer. I used three of the four Bs, so my bag is a B4 - 1 bag.

B-hold the torturing that the B4 bag endured B4 B-coming the B4-1 bag that it is. I used Noro Kureyon and size 11 needles. Here's the thing: I am so excited about getting this into the mail to surprise my B-leagured sister, who lives across the country, that I forgot to take a B-after pic to display the gloriously finished bag!

Surprise #1 actually was how loooong it took me to dig around in my mother's button jar to find buttons that looked absolutely perfect on this bag---what with the colors and all. Imagine the buttons sewn in the dark purple to light purple band. On one side of the bag is a medium size orangeish button in the center with smaller orange-ish buttons on either side about an inch and a half from the center button. On the flip side of the bag is the same configuration with a brownish & gold button in the center and smaller gold buttons on each side. The buttons are circa the '50s - '60s, add a nice finish, and are special beyond description because they belonged to Mother.

I then affixed a magnetic snap closure that is not used in the original pattern. I like to put them on tote bags to avoid the inevitable dumping-out-of-the-contents when the bag is set down.
Surprise #2 was that having finished the finishing, I efficiently wrapped the bag in golden yellow tissue paper, slapped a Fallish sticker on it, slipped it into a plastic bag-like envelope, wrote a note on a card and added that to the contents, taped the heck out of it, printed an address label to kiss the front of the package, and added the return address label. There!

Now, to post it finished in Ravelry and on my blog. There! No pic of the artfully finished bag. Just the torture shot with plastic bag guts spewing forth. (The plastic bag is holding cans to further torture the wet, felted fabric.)

Trust me, it is one fabulous B4 -1 with just the right buttons on it!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8



Hey!! I'm ready to go! Somebody?!

Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger?
More? Less?Why?
Since retiring, I have more time for pleasure reading. I am doing much more knitting and reading and enjoy the leisure time. However, I must confess that I do not keep up with professional journals now.

How would you characterize your reading at this point in your life?

To Moo: About those beautiful peppers in yesterday's post, DH uses my Nonna's recipe to make Pickled Peppers. A quick and easy recipe:

2 quarts cold water
2 quarts white vinegar
1 cup kosher salt

Stir until salt is dissolved.

Tightly pack the peppers into the jars.

When using banana peppers or Hungarian wax peppers, pack the whole pepper into the jars.

Add 2 cloves garlic and 1 Tablespoon olive oil into each jar.

Add vinegar solution to cover the peppers.

Allow two weeks before eating. Do not refrigerate. Then,

Happy eating with love from my dear mother and my bella Nonna!

Door Sign: Let those who are coming in first.


Saturday Sky

Please send holiday cheer to a wounded soldier or to several by sending Christmas cards to

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

The original info is posted at


By his divine power,
God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
2 Peter 1:3


Books and Dogs on Thursday

Max and Lailah celebrated Halloween by playing with this cute skeleton rope toy that a swap pal sent. All three seemed to enjoy it equally--crazy skeleton!

"What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping?"
I really-really don't! I don't watch that genre of movies, TV, or read horror books. I don't finding it entertaining....I'll just pass those books on to someone who DOES enjoy them!
How about you? Do you read horror stories?
Favorite quote from current book:
"Nixon never lost the ability to look into the camera and make the truth wince."