The Toy Society

Here's the wee-little baby bear that I made today for The Toy Society . Wonderful pattern! He's knit in one piece which is then folded in half and seamed. Really! I am so not kidding. Some diagonal stitches across the top corners form the little ears. A few finishing touches for the face, add a bow and he's ready to be found by a child. This is made with Plymouth Encore Sock DK weight yarn and size 6 needles. The pattern is "Bear Pair Teddy Bears" at There's also a crochet pattern available.

For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  ~ Proverbs 2:6


Wordless Wednesday


Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!  - Philippians 2:5-8


Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Make certain that you exclude spoilers! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here are mine from Trouble In Bloom, a cozy mystery by Heather Webber:
"Thou, Nina Colette Ceceri Quinn, shall never, ever, resort to a bad comb-over if thou should happen to go bald....Right up there with never wearing dark socks--or any socks for that matter--with sandals and never letting hair on my upper lip grow to the point where someone thinks I have a moustache."
What are YOU reading?
. . . until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.   ~Ephesians 4:13


Plymouth In Progress

Block One of the mitered ghan for DGS#5 is now complete and ready to grow! I've been sketching ways to place these mitered squares to achieve the look I'm imagining. I'm not even going to attempt to describe it! The darker striped blocks are actually two different colors. The top left block is medium blue rather than navy. The lower left block is a gorgeous blue-green. I think DGS#5 will love the stripy-ness of this ghan. It will certainly be a visual challenge!! The yarny goodness is Plymouth Encore in the cream color. The rest is Cascade 220. We all know just how satisfying it is to work with these yarns, don't we? My size 8 needles and I love them!
I give you the bunched up wedding ghan! There's a lot going on there--not easy to see the stems and buds along the bottom edge and the horizontal row of leaves with the seed stitch. This is for DGS#1 and his bride-to-be. Since the wedding is a little over a year away, I'm not in a rush to complete it. Its a combo of "Nature in Natural" from Lion Brand and the "Entwined Trees" by Nicky Epstein. Once again, we have the ever-faithful Plymouth Encore yarn.

A candy corn ghan from stash is my mindless knitting project since I'm making it up as I knit with--What, children? Why yes, it IS Plymouth Encore. Despite what you may be thinking here, I am in no way affiliated with that company--just have lots and lots of their yummy yarn! Random stripes and a combination of seed, stockinette, and garter stitches make up this baby blanket that will be donated to the Nurse-Family Partnership in NE Colorado.

As I sit at my computer knitting, reading or listening to a book, I look up to watch the finches at the feeder. The tiny goldfinches make me smile as I enjoy the splash of cheery yellow. Doncha just love nature?! I do!

Happy knitting!

The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11


Cozy Mystery Challenge Book #1

Hooked on Murder (A Crochet Mystery, Book 1) Hooked on Murder by Betty Hechtman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First in the crochet mystery series, HOOKED ON MURDER, by Betty Hechtman introduces us to Molly Pink and her world. The cutesy name of the lead character did not bode well, however the story and characters evolved pleasantly to move the story along. All in all, I enjoyed this group of characters meeting in a book store, crocheting a group project for charity, and living with the loss of friends as the plot thickened! A satisfying read, HOOKED ON MURDER includes a simple crochet pattern and recipe at the end of the story.
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This book is the first completed for the Cozy Mystery Challenge and introduced me to the author.

So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.  ~ Hebrews 2:1


Toy Society Drops

Here are a couple of toys I crocheted for The  Silly Square is waiting in --oddly enough--the waiting room of East Morgan County Hospital. I pray that he will cheer and comfort some one who will enjoy him.

Rectangle 2 was dropped at a playground in Brush, Colorado. Another crocheted item, the pattern is available at .

There is hope for DGS #5, who has been eager for me to make his afghan. He's seven years old and has been so sweet with his hints and hopes. His big brother received the world map ghan a few years ago, so it's well past time for his ghan to be complete! This is the pile of Cascade 220 that will be striped silly with a cream color yarn to make the mitered square ghan from Mason Dixon Knits with my own twist, of course.
The quirkiness of that ghan seems to fit this DGS' silly personality. :)
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.   - Luke 9:23-24


Purple Power!

The Rocks won their opening game yesterday. Here's looking forward to a good season! DH and I will be at the Rockies/Mets game at Coors Field on the 15th. We're looking forward to ROCKIN' the ROCKIES!  
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.


Trudy Hopedale

Trudy Hopedale: A Novel Trudy Hopedale: A Novel by Jeffrey Frank

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jeffrey Frank employs the ballot-counting debacle of the 2000 election as a back drop for the coming change in DC and its ripple effects among the D-list social set. Events swirl around wanna-be socialite Trudy Hopedale, a party-giving friend seeker among the influential people. Irony is so heavily slathered on this story that it is...well, ironic. There's some humor, some recognizable stereotypes, and enough bits of history that kept me reading, finally reaching the final page.

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Dogs on Thursday

Lailah loves toys and always has one with her, usually her kitten. Whether its rubbery toys like her pork chop, assorted balls, or her Kong, she loves carrying them around and bounding after them when one is thrown for her.

Her favorite type of toy is a stuffed toy like her panda.

She tosses it in the air and chases after it. She shakes it mercilessly while Panda maintains his pleasant demeanor throughout.

Nuzzling and cuddling, Lailah finds every sort of play and fun with her many toys. She loves to play fetch with her stuffed toys, so we toss her kitten or other stuffed item for her to chase. She doesn't seem to enjoy playing fetch with a ball, but is very happy when the suffed kitten goes flying through the air for her retrievel. 
This is all great fun for DH and me as she entertains us with her playfulness and her enjoyment of TOYS!

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?" The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."  ~~Matthew 21:10,11