Sunday, December 6, 2009

3/4 Sleeve DROPS Sweater

Started this sweater for my Mom for Christmas. I am using Simply Soft yarn in white as she said she wanted a white sweater. I am using a size 6 crochet needle
Here is the pattern.

Crochet is not what I usually do for clothing but I thought I would try this pattern.
More photos to come...

Granny Square Baby Blanket

Here is the baby blanket that goes with the sweater set posted below. Both yarns are Bernat Baby.

Lace chevron socks

Raglan baby sweater and hat

I made this sweater for a friend of my sisters. It matches the blanket I crochet earlier for her.
The baby is due any time now. I hope it fits ;^)


I made mini socks in all the house colors so I would be ready when I knew my swap partners house color.

My partner was a Gryffindor .

I also sent a two sided owl ornament , mini sweater in her house colors and a snowman ornament. A Christmas tree to put it all under ;^)

I will knit up another sock to replace the one I sent out so I will be ready for the next swap.

I am waiting to receive mine and will post when I do.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and will be a busy day so I thought I would wish all a happy one. What am I thankful for. My wonderful family,friends and that my health is doing good for now.

Now comes the countdown for Christmas knitting. I have 2 pair of socks going and an adult sweater 3/4 of the way done. I also have a baby shower this weekend and need to knit a sweater set for that. Thank god for the 5 hour baby sweater pattern!!

I just did a holiday exchange over on Knit & Chat. My buddy was Dympna. I made her a crochet scarf. Pattern here.

and a Ballon bag that I tweeked a bit.

Here are mine.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Creative Home Arts Club


Whatever you do , stay away from this club.

They get you in with the promise of letting you test craft products that you get to keep for free .

.....................................................NOT !!!!!..........................................

I received their offer for only $12.00 , which I agreed to pay. It had a send no money now. When my bill came it was for $24.00 for two years. I paid this . They stated that when payment was received that I would get a Cocoa Lovers Collection and a FREE $100.00 grocery coupon . I did not receive these. I checked out their web site and found out that you may or may not be picked to try a craft product and that if you are picked that you need to wait 6 to 9 months then cannot be picked again for 1 year.

Last week I received a book to review and buy if I wanted to keep it. It also stated that if I review 4 more books and buy them, then I would be picked to get a free craft product. They try to get you to buy these books that are not all that good. You can get the same info on the web for free. I am not into book clubs.

I do not mind reviewing products but I do not want to buy them.

Today I received a bill for another $24.00 for dues...........DUES FOR WHAT.........I already paid this . I didn't realize that it was monthly as it was not stated anywhere.

If I pay this I will receive my cocoa lovers collection and my grocery coupon.Also a welcome kit that I was suppose to receive before.

The free gift I did receive was a 4 1/2 by 6 inch gift bag.

There is a whole web search on how this is a SCAM.

I called and was told that they would change my membership to the magazine only.

By the way , this club also has a lifetime membership that they bill you for and do not let you know.

Check this out.
What did I learn from this ....Nothing is free..... EVER.

Jim's Socks

I made my husband Jim socks to keep his feet warm this winter. I try to make him a few pairs each winter.

I used Sensations Sock Yarn in the colorway Bamboo & Ewe. I bought this yarn at Joann Fabrics in Portland. This yarn is great for men's socks as it is a bigger skein. My only problem with this yarn is the color, its not mt favorite.

Baby Blanket #2

This is a second baby blanket I made with left over yarn.

Scarf Knitting

...................Here are a few scarves I did for mindless knitting and to use up stash...............


Raglan sweaters


This is my nephew Jafar modeling his sweater.

My Grandson Jack modeling his sweater.

They are both soooo handsome.

Health update

I went to the doctor's on October 4th to get the results from my second scan. The first scan found some abnormalities in my pancreas but we were dealing with the cancer first, thats how I ended up with a second scan.
The findings were; scars on my pancreas; a polyp on my gallbladder and a cyst on my liver that may or may not be anything. The doctor said he will be watching me. I have blood tests before he sees me again. I go back in March.
Only time will tell. Until then knit on.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Feel Good Hats

Here are a couple of Feel Good hats for Land's End Feel Good Charity.
Pattern by Vickie Howell can be downloaded here:

Grey one in Noro. I hate this yarn as its so stiff and feels like nails when you rub it. Will soften it up with some fabric softener before sending. You would think for the $10.00 I paid for it ,it would be of better quality.

The purple one is made from Debbie Mumm. This made a really thick hat. It will keep someone very warm.

Both hats are for adults.

Next... off to knit some more on my husband's brown socks and start Christmas knitting. I need to make my grandkids hat and mittens/gloves. :^)

Knitting hats& mittens

Made Bella a couple of hat and mittens sets. Pink is her favorite color.
Next , some charity knitting.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bella's Sweater

I started Bella's sweater September 8th and finished last night.

Bella is my grandson's soon to be stepsister.

I hope she likes it. I hear pink is her favorite color.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Charity Knitting and Vickie Howell

Vickie Howell has joined forces with Land's End for the charity Warming Families.
Warming Families is a Alan Osmond project that knits clothing to the homeless.
Vickie has a downloadable hat pattern at the bottom of the posted Land's End page.

If you don't have a local chapter of Warming Families in your area but would still like to participate, please feel welcome to use your own yarn and send finished hats to Lands' End, and they'll get them to where they're needed most. Mail to:
Lands' End
Michele Casper
5 Lands' End Lane
Dodgeville, WI 53595

You can join Warming Families here:

So knit a hat and keep someone warm. :^)


Friday, September 4, 2009

Cancer Update

No chemo for now. They are sending me for a CT scan on the 15th of my pancreas for abnormalities found on the scan they did when they found the colon cancer. No need to worry as the doctor said he did not see cancer there,its just to follow up on what they found.I am still infected so he opened the wound some more to drain. He said it was looking good. I go back to see him in a month,then blood work in 6 months. Colonscopy in one year.

Have a wonderful long weekend !!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Knits

Over the last few weeks I have been doing alot of small knitted items . I made a crochet baby afghan and sweater to match. I have no picture as the person they were for took them before I could get a picture. I have made a few dishcloths, finished a pair of socks I started a few months ago (as car knitting ) and a sweater for my grandson Jack. I am now working on a sweater for my nephew Jafar with the left over yarn from Jack's sweater. All came from my stash.

I still need to finish my Trout Stream Sock and sew the Lenox Afghan together. (I might crochet it instead.)
Next will start The 8-Color afghan from Lionbrand and cast on another pair of socks.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Trout Stream Sock Test Knit

I test knitted a sock for Cindy Guggemos of Baxterknits called Trout Stream Socks.

Cindy's pattern is not public yet but if you keep checking her blog she will let you know when it is.

This was a fun knit. I used Knit Picks Risata in the color Grass on size 1 double point needles.

Not in Nodes

The doctor called today to let me know that it was stage III colon cancer and that I DID NOT have it in my lymph nodes. :^)
I do have to see an oncologist. We will set the appointment when I see my surgeon in September.
I feel better each day but get tired quickly. The doctor said this is normal and will be for awhile.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Home from Hospital

I came home from the hospital on Thursday and am only now feeling well enough to post.
The surgery went well , 12 inches of bowel removed. I have 3 incisions as it was done through the scope. My 4 inch belly button incision became infected. Outside of being tired , I feel good.
Tomorrow I get the pathology report to see if it is in my lymph nodes.
Started a crochet baby blanket but not really feeling like doing anything but resting.
Will post more later


Friday, July 31, 2009

Day before surgery

This is the day before surgery. No food , clear liquids, including the prep drink,yuck.
I feel great one minute then nervous the next.
I have all the panels to the Lenox Afghan finished. Will spend the day sewing it together. Then I need to start sock 2 of the pattern I test knitted. Cannot show as the pattern is not public as yet.
Will take some dishcloth yarn with me to the hospital, maybe socks but will have to be a simple pattern, not sure how with it I will be.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I had pre-ops yesterday. Chest x-ray , EKG, and blood.
Last day of work today so I can get the house in order before surgery.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Surgery Date

I have a surgery date of Saturday, August 1.
I cannot wait. Trying to keep busy so my mind does not wander.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Need Surgery

Saw the surgeon today. I have Stage III colon cancer with no other organs involved, which is a good thing. He will remove 12 inches of colon , then 6 months of chemo. Surgery will be in the next week or two. All I can do is take it one day at a time.

I cannot stress the fact that everyone should get a colonoscopy.

Will post updates when I know

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Ok, this has been a bad week.
I went this past Monday, for a routine ( or so I though) colonoscopy because I turn 51 this year .
I came home from work yesterday to find both the Gastro doctor and my family doctor had called wanting me to get in touch as soon as possible. I called my family doctor first. He gave me the news.
I have colon cancer.
I have to go have a scan to see if its anywhere else before surgery to have it removed.
The doctor thinks its in its early stages. Hope, hope !!
First I cried , then I thought its there and all I can do is take it a day at a time.
Everyone should have a colonoscopy at 45. If you need one please follow through.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Lenox Square Throw

It has rained most of the month of June . It has been a cool ,damp month . I thought what better to knit in this weather but a blanket. I set my search over at Lionbrand and came up with the Lenox Square Throw.

This is a great pattern for 2 reasons.
1. It is done in strips , making it great if it ever gets warmer.
2. Uses size 13 needles for a quick knit.
I am using Vanna's Choice, 2 strands held together, in the Linen colorway.
This will be a Christmas gift for my daughter Nicole. It will look great on her red sofa.

I started this morning and have 2 cables done so far. Hope to finish this strip tonight.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jafar turns one

Happy birthday Jafar !!
Elmo cake before and after.
He really enjoys cake.

My first granddaughter

My first granddaughter was born in March.

Her name is Roxy and she is so beautiful. We are so lucky she is healthy as she had a collapsed lung when she was born and needed a chest tube. She is home now and doing well.

Computer fixed

I have been out of commission due to computer problems. I am so glad to have it back, I have missed posting .

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Columns Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel and Dishcloth

ere is my Charms homework for the Ravelry group.
I did Columns Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel and Dishcloth. This pattern comes from Cathy @

Columns Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel and Dishcloth

Monday, January 5, 2009

Multidirectional Scarf

Started a multidirectional scarf today. Would like to do this one again with self-striping yarn.

I am using Vanna's Choice in Purple Print. Not enough purple in it though for my liking.

I might use this one for the Knit & Chat scarf exchange.
Here it is up close.


Luna Lovegood Scarf Finished

I finished my Luna Lovegood Scarf last night and turned in my homework today.

This was a quick crochet. I might do another for my daughter.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Luna Lovegood scarf

Happy New Year !!!
I hope to blog more often this year.

Yesterday I started My Luna Lovegood Scarf. It is my homework for the Defense Against the Dark Arts class over on the Ravelry group Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup .

Today I am halfway done . I hope to be finished by tomorrow. Then I can turn in my homework.
The pattern is by Pinkleo. Posted on her blog here,
Enjoy !! Its an easy crochet pattern.