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Days of Wine and Greek Oregano July 31, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in California Dreamin', Dog House, Healthy Living, Wander Wisconsin.
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Today was probably the most perfect day we’ve had all summer.

Woke up at 7:30am and lay there thinking about our morning walk  we’d be taking shortly,  and finally drug myself out of bed at 8:24 to begin the routine: get dressed, wet and pick out hair, put the coffee pot on and then downstairs to grab a plastic bag and paper towel, feed Miss Pepper because she won’t shut up unless her food bowl is adequately filled. Put shoes on, go back upstairs to retrieve cell phone, (because you never know, I could fall and break a leg and would have to send Igor back to get help, and he would probably stop to play with every dog in the neighborhood on his way back to get help. Or worse, he’d go home and con dad into a Biscotti and not bother to tell him where I might be laying in a heap….)

Phone in pocket, I throw on my flannel, mainly to hide the bag which will be hanging from my belt loop. I can also flail it about to fend off the pesky deer flies we usually encounter along our journey.

On the road by 9am, we head up the hill, where the sun has yet to crest over the trees-it’s  a cool walk and we don’t work up a sweat, even on the uphill side. Coming back, we can pick up the pace on the downhill, and the coffee pot is really sounding like a good idea when we get back!

There are a few new people in the neighborhood, and we always get a smile from the ones who haven’t met Igor yet. Most recognize his breed, and only yesterday, I had one person ask what breed is he? To which I replied, “he’s a Standard Poodle, and not the French kind-he’s GERMAN!” They have to repeat his name a few times, while chuckling. “Igor…EEeeeeeee-Gor!” hehehee!

I received a pail full of Greek Oregano from the neighbors next door-they were cleaning around their beds, and asked if I’d like to have some for our gardens, which I gladly said YES to. So this afternoon, after I got all our orders packed and my work caught up, I headed outside with a hearty TGIF!!

I dug in and began cleaning out a bunch of  Purple Coneflowers from around my tomato and pepper planters, so they could get more sunlight. The resulting pile of flowers was so beautiful, I gathered them up and put them in a pile in the next-door neighbors’ yard, where they would surely find them before going in for the day. Sure enough, after I went in I got a lovely email from her, exclaiming how she loved the flowers almost more than chocolate, and they brightened her day!

DH made me a new hair toy today! He’s got a bunch of walnut scraps his dad brought over, and we’ve been getting requests for double prong shawl pins, so he’s been working on a few ideas. He handed me the prototype, and I was instantly in love with the primitive design and color~ the mineral oil really brought the wood alive~

I like things simple, no foo-foo for me-me ~

Walnut Hair Fork

Walnut Hair Fork

I think we’re going to Stan’s Lumber tomorrow to get a new mailbox post, YIPPY SKIPPY! Owait, I better hold off on the Yippy until we actually HAVE the post-then I can get real excited when we are closer to having our mailbox back up and repaired 🙂

I read a news article from back home, in the SacBee today, which made YAHOO news:

Sacramentan buys old vinyl 45s, finds out they were his mom’s

What were the chances of that happening???

At the end of a beautiful day, I am thinking I will sleep good tonight, for a change. And be up early tomorrow to take DD to work at 9am. Our morning walk will happen when we return, if it’s  not raining…



Blair Stitch Project | Mommy Socks July 29, 2009

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I started my second pair of socks~ I had some  Bernat Baby Jacquards Berries and Cream yarn left over from Baby Rhonda’s assorted booties and hatties I made for her last April. Preemie knits take absolutely no yarn to make and I have nearly a whole ball left.

The pattern is easy, and was taken from a 1950 World Editions Magazine, Knit ‘n’ Purl (cover missing) Men’s Cable Socks, page 27. I’m going to gift them to my oldest daughter, so she can have matching “Mommy Socks” like her baby girl’s!

Blair Stitch Socks

Blair Stitch Socks

Blair Stitch Project

Blair Stitch Project -I see Spooky Socks

I have been itching to learn cable knit, so that when I’m ready, I can make this sweater:

Long Textured Cardigan-Mary Maxim

Long Textured Cardigan Item Nos. 4819, 4820

I’m tempted to get the kit (Starlett yarn and pattern)-at only $29.99 + $9.95 S & H, that’s a great deal for a long knit cardigan.

I’m also eyeballing this pattern:

Cabled Hoodie Item No. 4803

Cabled Hoodie Item Nos. 4803, 4804


back to meh socks, going to have to bone up on cable twist, right, left, upside-down, every-which-way-but-loose techiques!

Teh To-Do List keeps getting longer, and lonnnnger and lonnnnnnnnnnger!


KDTV Eunny Jang Knits July 26, 2009

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I have been fascinated by the knitting techniques of  Interweave KDTV’s Eunny Jang, and wanted to learn more-she made it look so effortless!

I watched several videos and was mesmerized as I watched her fingers fly. Then something clicked like a light switch turned on.  She is incredibly fast, but oddly, that didn’t bother me like some of the videos I had seen. So, I picked up a pair of knitting needles, a ball of scrap yarn, and sat down to try and attempt her technique.

The first hurdle I had to overcome was the most obvious: I’m a Lefty. But as I picked up my yarn, and mimicked her method of wrapping and knitting, the most incredible thing happened. It felt RIGHT! For the first time since I have picked my knitting back up after 30+ years, the stitches fell into place without a hitch.

I kept going, until I had a length of knitting, and was surprised to find that I had not dropped a single stitch, not once. The whole technique flowed together and the stitches were easily executed, like never before. Now when I read about the benefits of knitting on the tips, this is exactly what that refers to. Also, I find that I am only knitting from the wrists, not using my whole arm to “throw the yarn”, and causing less fatigue, much easier.

I highly recommend that anyone starting out watch her videos on InterweaveVideos. The following video is a demo of Jogless stripes and can be viewed by clicking this YouTube linke: http://www.youtube.com/user/InterweaveVideos#play/uploads/8/GshD9_qlUfE

It may not be the right technique for everyone; we all have our own individual style. But for me, this works!

I’m heading upstairs to work on my second pair of socks, and already I can see how much faster this pair will go! Pics and updates to follow 🙂


New Video Link : Cable Knit Stitch July 24, 2009

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As a subscribed member of Knitting Daily, I have been enjoying the wealth of informative tips, tricks and video instructions, to help me along with my newfound love of knitting.

The next video is an excellent visual aid for learning cable stitch (left or right, front or back)

Knitting a Basic CAble -KDTV with Eunny Jang

Join Knitting Daily Today! for all of the Interweave Videos. tips, tricks and invaluable resourses to make your projects a success!

Have fun!


I’ll call this one, “WEIRD WEDNESDAY”… July 22, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in The Stuff of Dreams.
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Posted 7/22/2009 at 10:48 PM

had the most freaky dream in the wee hours of the morning.
all started when I realized I wasn’t getting to sleep anytime soon,  between Route 66, the TV show  (1:30am) and just before The Naked City.

Tossed and turned until almost 5am. Just when I thought I was going off to LaLa Land, there was an ear-piercing clap of THUNDER, which woke me out of my slumber – I swear it was right outside the window.
DH was in the kitchen shutting windows when it happened, and swore he saw more than heard the lightning actually emerge from the ground and light up the whole back woods with a “CLAP” that was 10000x’s louder than anything he’d heard before.

By the time I got back from shutting down all computers in our office, I detected the pungent odor of burnt ozone. I have only smelled that one other time in my life, when I was nearly knocked off my feet by an overhead thunderbolt, back in my 20’s. I remember feeling the hairs on my neck rise, right before that happened, and the sound of the air coming alive and a crackling like bacon sizzling. I was thankful it wasn’t me sizzling that day.

After peeling Spaz, our ‘Keet, off the side of his cage, and placing him back on his perch, I went back to try to get to sleep again. No problem this time, I drifted right off. Within an hour, I woke myself up hyperventilating about the most horrific dream I had involving our Spoo, Igor and a rogue black bear that wandered into my dreams….scared the bloody crap out of me, and I could not get back to sleep again
Finally at 7:30am I gave up and got ready for our early-morning walk. Igor was about as ready as I was, NOT!

I hate when I have such vivid dreams, especially when they involve family, and can have potential to come true…..

Tomorrow, I think I’ll go out back and see if I can find the point of origin of that lightning bolt. Maybe I’ll get a cool rock in the deal.

Ohey, I was surprised my hair hadn’t turned totally white during the night~

Sweet Dreams….

Pineapple Book Mark – REVISED July 20, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in A Stitch in Time | Patterns.
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This pattern is a spin-off of the Pineapple Curtain Pull/Fan Pull:

Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull
Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull
Rose Curtain/Fan Pull
Rose Curtain/Fan Pull

I  have omitted the plastic ring, to make it book-friendly.

*Note: Until I figure out how to add a pdf or doc file, click the image below to open it up in a separate post so you can copy and print it. 🙂

Pineapple Book Mark or Fan Pull


Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton, #10 (1 ball)
1 inch plastic ring (Boye Brand) you can purchase these from Chappy at her eBay store here:
Steel crochet hook size 9

Rnd 1: *for bookmark no ring: Ch 10, join to form ring.
Rnd 1: work over ring as follows:

Row 1:  Sc 30 closely over ring, *To make cord for bookmark string: (midpoint of circle), make an 8-10 inch chain to length, sc in 6th ch from hook, ** (skip 6 ch, sc in 6th ch), repeat from ** until you get to the end of your chain, sc in beginning sc, then resume sc over ring for the other half , covering closely, sl st to join.

Row 2:  Ch 5, 2 dc in same space as sl st, ch 2, 2 dc (shell made), ch 3, skip 6 sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next st (shell made), ch 5, turn.

Row 3:  Shell in ch-2 space of shell (shell over shell), ch 3, 15 trb in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell over shell (herein referred to as S.o.S), ch 5, turn.

Row 4:  S.o.S, ch 3, 1 trb, ch 1, 1trb in each of 15 trb, ch 3, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 5:  S.o.S., ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 13 times, ch 3, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 6: S.o.S, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 14 times, ch 3, S.o. S, ch 5, turn.

Continue in this manner until 1 loop remains, ch5, turn.

Last Row: S.o.S, ch 3, sc in loop, ch 3, 2 dc in sp of next shell, ch 1, sc in sp of last complete shell made, ch 1, 2 dc in same shell were last 2 dc were made, ch 5, turn, 1 sc in joining sc (between last 2 shells). Fasten off.

Check out Ravelry for more exciting ideas and projects I’ve completed!


Purple Coneflower Doily and more moments in crochet history… July 17, 2009

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I finished another doily a few days ago; I have been busy with other things and just now getting caught up on posting.

I’m enjoying all the different variations I’m imagining with each one,  and letting my gardening creativity unleashed! (Do you see new possibilities in this latest picture?) Oyes, the rose color is on my list now 😉

Pattern from: South Maid Special Doilies for Special Times Book 364 Page 13

Purple Coneflower Doily

Purple Coneflower Doily

An old tablecloth can be very inspiring in the most unexpected way!

This is the same pattern I used to make the Black-eyed Susan Doily.

Black-eyed Susan Doily, Coaster set Floral Medley

I also received a copy of the Table Topics Book No. 123, the Spool Cotton Company 1938, for my Star Wheel Tablecloth, (page 14) and can work on this ongoing project at my leisure, until I get it to the size I want.


OHey! I got my new set of 3 cable needles today too! I am going to start practicing on the cable stitch and then work up a pair of socks when I get going.

Happy Hooking!


Christmas Floral Round, 17 years late(r) July 9, 2009

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I finally finished the Christmas Floral Round, 17 years in the making! It wasn’t hard at all, just loooong overdue!

I started this as a gift for a dear friend (*name withheld to protect the surprise) in 1994.  Life-changing events happened, I moved, then found this in a bag, pattern and all! I even found the receipt tucked inside the  ball! 😀

Oxi-clean is GREAT, it came out perfectly white, age spots disappeared, Billy Mayes would be proud!

It was a bit overcast outside on the morning I took this; I’ll update with a better pic soon!

Christmas Floral Round

Christmas Floral Round

I worked up two other projects real quick in the past couple weeks, why I haven’t been in here as much lately~

This is another gift for another Life Sis, and again, name withheld in case she’s reading 🙂

Black-eyed Susan Doily, Coaster set

Black-eyed Susan Doily, Coaster set

Christmas Floral Round by Margaret Rost
pattern: Leisure Arts #2208, Floral Doilies

I’ve made a coaster to go with another set (gift) and naming it the Purple Coneflower Set:

Purple Coneflower, Blackeyed Susan Floral Coasters

Purple Coneflower, Blackeyed Susan Floral Coasters

Doily pattern: Leisure Arts #? Special doilies for special times

coaster pattern: Leisure Arts #2395, Thread Coasters to Crochet

These coasters take about 2 hours to make, a quick project while enjoying a cup of tea.