January 16, 2018

Illuminations 2, my new color work accessory club is finally here!  This club is a redux of my popular Illuminations color work sock club.  The first pattern of this new club is Scheherezade, a colorful mitten with a bold floral back, and delicate tracery on the palm....

January 4, 2018

Here it is 2018 already, and time for new year resolutions.  I have never had much success with resolutions of the type that promise I will change my entire demeanor or form new habits starting now and lasting forever.  For example, "I will do 30 situps every morning b...

December 29, 2017

The next installment of The Armchair Travelers club is out and it's a pretty sock called Aqueduct.  The inspiration for this is, natch, ancient aqueducts from the Roman Empire.  I first saw one of these when I visited Israel earlier this year and it's really cool to se...

December 28, 2017

 I am lucky enough to have a little sister.  When we were kids my little sister often came into my room wanting to hang out with me, but, since I was the big sister, sometimes I viewed her as a pest (and sometimes she was) and sometimes I was less than nice to her.  Lu...

December 2, 2017

The third installment of the Armchair Travelers Club knitting patterns went live tonight.  This little number was inspired by the beautiful beech forests of New Zealand.  I love the way this shawl sits on the shoulders and stays put.  The lace is embellished by beads w...

November 12, 2017

Sometimes life throws hard decisions your way.  Recently our pup Winston tore both of his back CCLs (cranial cruciate ligaments, similar to ACLs in humans).  Unfortunately, this doesn't heal in dogs, once they tear they continue to tear until they are completely torn....

October 31, 2017

 We don't get trick or treaters out here in the country, so Halloween is not much of an event beyond putting pumpkins on our porch.  And, since I don't really need any candy myself, I decided to go a different direction this year and donate blood.  If you've never give...

October 29, 2017

After the crazy cabin experience, we outran a tornado back to Charlotte and dropped off the dog.  Then we got right back on the Airbnb horse and booked ourselves another cabin!  This one was clean, cute and full of charm, and even came with complimentary deer visitors....

October 23, 2017

Every year my sister and I take a sister trip.  It's a tradition we started several years ago after my first husband died.  At first it was a way of coping with grief but we soon realized it was a brilliant idea on it's own merit and it has become a sacred tradition ev...

October 23, 2017

Here is the first new pattern off my needles in years - Ametista (amethyst in Portuguese).  It's been a while since I exercised my knitting chops and I had to remember how to write a pattern.  But, it's kind of like riding a bicycle, you might be shaky at first but it...

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