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LIKED THE TURTLEBACK? SIMPLE SHRUG TO CROCHET – FREE PATTERN! April 23, 2011

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Now you can download the free pattern from Lion Brand, and crochet this Simple Crochet Shrug. It only takes 4 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun and a size N crochet hook, and before you can say “Wrap it Up”, you’ve got a snuggly cozy shrug to curl up in.

I’ve added updates to my other discussions on the TURTLEBACK JACKETS : EASY SWEATER TO KNIT

HAPPY KNIT’N &  HOOK’N!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One April 22, 2011

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One.

I'm 1 Year old!

Picture within a picture. Subject: The Elusive 1-Year Old.  Has been spotted within the last year, twice.  Known to hang around cookie jars, swing sets, and car seats.  Sometimes can be found on Skype, or sending text messages using only her teeth.  If spotted or caught, please turn in to your local Grandma~ 😀

Preventable mistakes, and what we can learn from others… April 18, 2011

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“Have you helped a friend fix a knitting mistake yet? Or asked someone new at your LYS to help you? Next time you get really frustrated, I challenge you to take a deep breath and keep in mind the fact that when you mess up…
You Gain Resource-Awareness
The more you ask, the more you learn who you can and can’t go to for reliable knitting help. There will often be people delighted to help you – the gems are the ones who will show you where you went wrong and how to fix it yourself. This doesn’t apply to just people, either. Knitting resources of all kinds – books, videos, and websites, need to be explored so you can find what kind of help works for you.
One thing that’s wonderful about being a highly-evolved species is that we can learn from other people’s mistakes as well as our own.”
Liat Gat
Your devoted video knitting teacher

December 26, 2008, I decided to pick my needles back up again with a firm resolve to conquer my long-standing animosity about knitting. I have been a crocheter for over 35 years, and always found excuses to NOT want to learn to knit. One famous old saying I heard was, “you either are a Crocheter, or a Knitter, but usually never both/ You either like one or the other.” I’ve since found that that old adage is so completely NOT TRUE!

So, with debit card in hand and a lot of want-to, I went on eBay and bought a boatload of needles in every size-I hit PAY DIRT, and wound up with like 30 sets for under $20. I was in heaven.

Then I printed up about 20 dishcloth patterns, from Grandma’s Favorite, to more complicated techniques like Diagonal, and cable stitch patterns. Then I set off on my new adventure in knitting. I had a RIOT learning all the basics with the help of a couple instruction booklets my mother bought me back when I was a kiddo.

In Jan of 2009, my Dear Mother-In-Law (DMIL) took me under her wing and began instructing me on the finer points (pun intended) of knitting. She even gifted me some books for my birthday in April.

One day about a week after my birthday, I expressed my interest in knitting socks, in a blog post. I always referred to my DMIL as my instructor, and off the cuff commented that  DMIL had said, “I do not know my limits”. The first thing that came to mind, was, I have no limits other than what I place on myself.

That set off a string of emails in which she told me never to speak of knitting again.  I think she felt that if she was not the Teacher for this one project, that I was rebuffing her teaching in general.

After several attempts to make her understand that I wasn’t dissing her teaching, she finally told me to never speak of it again, and even told her daughter I was writing horrible things about her in my blog.  It became necessary for me to delete every blog that had a mention of “DMIL”, from my posts.

For the next 3 months, I could not knit, it hurt so much to even bring myself to pick up the yarn I had bought with DMIL, to do a project we had planned together. That project still sits in a bag, for another day, and have promised I will get to it.

This week I am approaching another birthday, and I have still not heard from nor spoken with my DMIL, as it seems she has written me off completely. Since that time, my video library of knitting techniques has been my primary visual tools, along with the help of friends in Ravelry. Without those tools and friends, I might not have come this far in my knitting.

I’ve kept those emails as a bitter reminder, and should probably just suck it up and delete them. The hurtful parts still bring me to tears.

On the anniversary of my exile from DMIL’s helpful tutelage, I stand firm in my resolve to move forward.  DMIL may never know what valuable assets she has thrown away as a result of her stubbornness. Nothing can take the place of someone sitting with you sharing the joy of camaraderie and the love of knitting together.

Could I have prevented this mistake from happening, and be further ahead? Probably not, because I speak opening and honestly about how I feel, and if it offends anyone, then it’s probably best not to read my blogs.

We’re never too old to learn. Heck, I got my motorcycle license on Monday, and ACED it, 100%.  The world can EAT MY DUST, ZOOOOOOOM, Bay-bee!!!

Check out Liat’s videos on knitfreedom.com, as well as on YouTube, she’s pretty amazing!!!

Little Golden Books go Haute Couture (via Away with Words) April 12, 2011

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I still love to collect children’s’ books, when I’m not deep in some creepy compilation of Wisconsin weirdness.
I’m currently reading Wisconsin Death Trip, a morbidly fascinating book about turn of the century Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Chock-full of period photographs ranging from group shots of family and friends in front of Uncle Ed and Aunt Catherine’s dusty front porch, to grim reminders of diphtheria, suicide, madness and other maladies of the time, and hundreds of news clippings and blurbs about everyday life in a small corner of the Upper Midwest. Very humbling reading.

I still love to read Stella Luna, one of my favorite children’s books. Or The Polar Express, another beautifully illustrated book. They made a movie out of that one, a work of computer-generated techno-graphic proportions!

And while others are busy looking into the most current Kindle app or e-book, I still love the smell and feel of pages between bindings. Let us never lose that one pass-time that always brings you back to Center.

Little Golden Books go Haute Couture Once upon a time a popular series called Little Golden Books was published and it forever changed the way we look at children’s literature. Many years later, a young prince came to town and forever changed the way we look at those Little Golden Books. You see the prince was not really a prince, he was a talented and creative artist named Ryan Novelline, (perfect name for a book artist).  He saw the treasure in those Little Golden Books and began … Read More

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We Can Have Cake or the College Student gets Graphic April 11, 2011

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Darling Daughter is expanding her talents to include Cake Decorating.

Nat's first attempt at cake decorating, pretty schnazzy!

 

She has been watching her Bakery manager and is quite the apt Pupil. The other day, she brought home two 2-pint containers of Amanda’s butter-cream icing from the bakery. It was as light as home-made, and in fact is a scratch recipe; I was impressed!

I dug out my mom’s old sets of cake decorating tips and cleaned up a few of the more popular tips, boiling them in water. They are, after all, over 50 years old. My mother used these when she worked in her brother’s bakery in Lincoln, California, back in the 40’s.

The Graphic Arts field is just one of the may ways for DD20 to show off her artistic talents, and not just in cake decorating, but cake kit inserts.  Check out the old illustrated inserts in the picture below!

I love retro stuff; I take these out and look at them from time to time, longing to use them as my mom once did.  I was so happy to hear DD20 wanted to learn to decorate cakes at her job, and she was amazed to know us Bakery Girls go back a ways!

I have a picture of mom and some of her Bakery friends, somewhere around here; I’ll have to dig deeper to find where I have it stashed away. I did find some other interesting memorabilia I totally forgot about, whilst on my photo hunt:

Note to self: The Flying Cavarettas, where are they now?

 

The Flying Cavarettas- Polack Bros. Circus 1967

 

 

Good Food, Good Drink, Good Friends, Good Grief April 4, 2011

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We lost a dear friend Sunday morning.

Gloria, Earl, Bud and Shirley


Our former Landlady, Gloria, passed after a nasty fall several weeks ago, breaking her hip for a second time. I believe she was 89.

Her husband is 96 and his son wrote to tell me the sad news yesterday. He said his dad has lost his short-term memory, so this is doubly sad.

I worry that Earl may not be long for the world without his Gloria. With tireless devotion, she took care of her “boys” Earl and his brother, who lives with them.


We lived on the other side of a nice stone double, in a lovely neighborhood in ‘Tosa; of all the places we’ve lived, this was one of our favorite place (besides where we are now), we loved living there. We have many fond memories of summer days spent sitting on the back porch with them. They got a kick out of my letting our Budgie, Spaz, fly freely in there screened-in porch. He would even fly in their house if the back door was open. They got a kick out of him landing on Earl’s shoulder and calling Earl a “Jerk Birrrrrrrrrrrrrd”. Spaz has quite a vocabulary.

Spaz is King Farook of his Gilded Castle

We have many wonderful memories of that time and place, they were a big part of the healing that we both went through during our divorces. I have to say, it was the best place for us, at the time. Earl’s Brandy Manhattans and Old Fashioned’s helped me get through some tough times, too! He loved to get me schockered on one of his yummy drinks, just to hear him laugh at my going on about his drinks-they could knock the socks off a bear, if a bear wore socks. HA HA!

Some of my fondest memories

Gloria: I will miss coming over and working on your computer, after Earl turns it off by unplugging it from the wall, YIKES!

I will miss hearing your laughter from the other side of the wall as we “chat” back and forth on our computers. We use to laugh that we were on opposite sides of the wall, could practically talk through them, could hear each others giggles, and still we chatted on the computers, for fun. Those were some fun times and I always got a kick out of every time you called to have me come over and “fix” something.
I will miss seeing our evenings, sitting on the back porch reading, having a cocktail or listening to rainstorms, or the endless traffic next to our block that never stopped.

Fun with Books

Gloria and Earl practically adopted us, they were like the grandparents we never had. We were so grateful when they welcomed the kids with welcome arms and open hearts and had a blast visiting with them, whenever they were up.

The Gang's All Here

We loved our barbeque grill-outs with you, Gay and Dean. The Jello-Shooters were hilarious fun!

the GrillMeisters

Glo-Girl: You were my Pen-Pal after your computer quit and we could not chat online anymore.

You are so loved, and until me meet again, we will miss you, Glo-Girl

as your last email was signed,

Much love Us

Good Food, Good Drink, Good Friends, Good Grief April 4, 2011

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We lost a dear friend Sunday morning.

Gloria, Earl, Bud and Shirley


Our former Landlady, Gloria, passed after a nasty fall several weeks ago, breaking her hip for a second time. I believe she was 89.

Her husband is 96 and his son wrote to tell me the sad news yesterday. He said his dad has lost his short-term memory, so this is doubly sad.

I worry that Earl may not be long for the world without his Gloria. With tireless devotion, she took care of her “boys” Earl and his brother, who lives with them.


We lived on the other side of a nice stone double, in a lovely neighborhood in ‘Tosa; of all the places we’ve lived, this was one of our favorite place (besides where we are now), we loved living there. We have many fond memories of summer days spent sitting on the back porch with them. They got a kick out of my letting our Budgie, Spaz, fly freely in there screened-in porch. He would even fly in their house if the back door was open. They got a kick out of him landing on Earl’s shoulder and calling Earl a “Jerk Birrrrrrrrrrrrrd”. Spaz has quite a vocabulary.

Spaz is King Farook of his Gilded Castle

We have many wonderful memories of that time and place, they were a big part of the healing that we both went through during our divorces. I have to say, it was the best place for us, at the time. Earl’s Brandy Manhattans and Old Fashioned’s helped me get through some tough times, too! He loved to get me schockered on one of his yummy drinks, just to hear him laugh at my going on about his drinks-they could knock the socks off a bear, if a bear wore socks. HA HA!

Some of my fondest memories

Gloria: I will miss coming over and working on your computer, after Earl turns it off by unplugging it from the wall, YIKES!

I will miss hearing your laughter from the other side of the wall as we “chat” back and forth on our computers. We use to laugh that we were on opposite sides of the wall, could practically talk through them, could hear each others giggles, and still we chatted on the computers, for fun. Those were some fun times and I always got a kick out of every time you called to have me come over and “fix” something.
I will miss seeing our evenings,  sitting on the back porch reading, having a cocktail or listening to rainstorms, or the endless traffic next to our block that never stopped.

Fun with Books

Gloria and Earl practically adopted us, they were like the grandparents we never had. We were so grateful when they welcomed the kids with welcome arms and open hearts and had a blast visiting with them, whenever they were up.

The Gang's All Here

We loved our barbeque grill-outs with you, Gay and Dean. The Jello-Shooters were hilarious fun!

the GrillMeisters

Glo-Girl: You were my Pen-Pal after your computer quit and we could not chat online anymore.

You are so loved, and until me meet again, we will miss you, Glo-Girl

as your last email was signed,

Much love    Us