Easy On the Sherbet

Does this not look like someone became violently ill after eating a variety of sherbets? Just asking.

This is the Crocheted Log Cabin Baby Blanket from Crystal Palace using the recommended yarn. Now, about this Kiddo yarn. It has a luscious hand---perfect for baby. The colors are...well...EXHUBERANT! It is so-so for knitting/crocheting because of all the fluffies that obscure stitches. BUT...and it is a BIG one, after being knitted or crocheted into fabric, it looks like something Max dragged in! I mean, really, no kiddo-ing here. It's matted and somewhat used looking! There are wonderfully soft baby yarns that are much prettier. So, once I use all of this Kiddo, it will be adios, Kiddito!


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
--William Butler Yeats



Unless by Carol Shields arrived today along with two book marks and assorted gifties. I appreciate Debb for the fun items that she sent. If you're interested in this monthly Book and Bookmark Exchange (BABE), check at


I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.---Charles DeSecondet


Following the Herd

As you can see, here's a pic of our refrigerator door covered in grandchildren. Would I jump off a bridge just 'cause everyone else is doing it? Gee, Mom,


C'mon over and bring the kids. ---God


Got yarn?

See the chaotic state of the world ghan? See the many miles of ocean? With 54 remaining rows of blue heather ocean to go, you guessed it----not enough yarn to finish!! I considered a blob of burgundy or sage green in the northern reaches of the Pacific. But...well....nah. That would amount to adding another continent.

When I ordered one more skein using the same color number, I received the gorgeous purples. Kaleidoscope Yarns has fantastic service! So, I reordered a blue heather with a different color number that looks like a match. Even if it's a little off, it will definitely look better than a blob of burgundy or sage!

In the meantime, I could work on this basket of squares given to me to put together for a charity ghan.

Then, there's the basket with the Moderne Log Cabin for charity.

OOOoooo!! Look at the Lantern Moon crochet hook that arrived from Yarnmarket While I have jillions of crochet hooks, this beauty is my first wooden one. It's beckoning me to...

start a new project with Crystal Palace Kiddo yarn. This will be a blanket for one of my nurses whom I visit every other Monday. She is 39 and carrying her first child, a boy. She and her husband are over the moon with joy! So, what with the new hook, the baby soon to be born (Well, not that soon, but anyway....), and my yearning to start Crochet Kiddo Baby Blanket--I say its time for a new project tonight!! The pattern is free with yarn here:
Scroll down a little to see the pattern in color with blues and pinks.
Getting ready to pick up my new crochet hook......and go!

Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises. ---Elizabeth Zimmerman


Dear Lord

Dear Lord, We turn to you at this time of shock, horror, and deep sorrow. We pray for your blessings of comfort, strength, and love for anyone touched by this horrific act at Virginia Tech and, most especially for the victims, their families and loved ones. Pour your grace on the Virginia Tech family, dear Lord. We lift up the family and friends of the person who committed this heinous act so that they may turn to you, Lord, for comfort at this frightening time. In the name of Jesus, we pray.



It's a Yarnival!

Celebrate YARNIVAL!!

My post about knitting accessories is featured in this month's YARNIVAL along with many interesting posts on a variety of blogs. Take a peek at this link:



Book/Bookmark Questionnaire

My hobbies: knitting, being online, reading, crocheting

My favorite books: Chocolat, A Year by the Sea, The Secret Life of Bees

I do not enjoy fantasy, romance, and sci-fi.

My favorite genres: fiction, non-fiction--particularly memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies

Books I want to read: The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, Little Pink Slips by Sally Koslow, The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson

My favorite colors: I like most colors except orange/coral shades

My favorite pet: My wonderful Boxer, Max

My favorite scents: natural scents, nothing flowery

Other info: My husband and I have three adult children and seven grandchildren.


Click on this link if you'd like more info about joining this ongoing swap of a book and bookmark with other readers.




Yesterday I went to this yarn shop in Greeley and snapped a pic through the window of my car. Oh, yes, I did get out of my car and was happy to see this sign on the door:

So in I went and stayed there for.....well, a while... doing the usual...enjoying the yarn, looking at patterns, books, and accessories.

And, this is what I left with. Two balls of navy Plymouth Encore. This is worthy of note because I went to the LYS to get two balls of navy Plymouth Encore and in an awesome display of self-control, that is exactly what I bought. Nothing more. Thank you. Thank you. I am nearing the end of the final panel of the World Map Afghan and, after a great deal of pondering, have decided to crochet the edging in navy around the entire ghan to finish it. The huge tassels on each point look elegant in the picture with the pattern, but my family and I find tassels to be an enormous nuisance when the ghan is actually in use. I stopped tasseling long ago and haven't looked back since.

My mindless knitting project is askew because I suddenly decided to plop it down and snap a pic while in the middle of picking up stitches. I semi-follow directions on projects like this, so here is a version of a Mason Dixon pattern that I am making for charity. I am using odds and ends of worsted weight yarns. That black-appearing bit is actually a burgundy/maroon shade.
I came across this gorgeous gallery at and thought you might enjoy looking at the enchanting designs there.


Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.


Super Secret Pal!

Lookit all the sock yarn I received from my SP10!! How about the cheery towel? I'm lovin' it! And, I truly appreciate the magazines! My Pal is paying attention because I don't typically get knitting mags, so these are very special to me! Sincere thanks to my pal for this generous and perfectly-perfect package!

There are two kinds of people: those who finish what they start, and so on...


KTC Exchange

An exchange package arrived today from my partner in Knit the Classics. Each partner sent the first book of a series along with other gifts and here are mine! Isn't it fun to receive exchange boxes?! The yarn is beautiful Reynolds Gypsy cotton in shades of teal. I've lit the tea scented candle and especially like the crocheted book mark. I haven't read Stephen King, so I'll see what this book holds! Many thanks to my KTC pal for sending such a variety of items!

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.--- Joseph Louis Lagrange


Ten Books

Check at to learn about listing your Top Ten books to be added to the count for "Ten Books You Cannot Live Without".

Here's my list for now. I'm sure it will be ever changing in some respects.

  1. The Holy BibleSecret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  2. A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
  3. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
  4. Encore Provence by Peter Mayle
  5. Swan Place by Augusta Trobaugh
  6. Georgetown Ladies Social Club by David Heyman
  7. Belonging by Nancy Thayer
  8. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
  9. Passion of Reverend Nash by Rachael Basch
Click in to the above site to add your list! There should be some great suggestions in reading everyone's lists!
Open a book! Fall in!