Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cobblestone Pullover and Quincy hat by Jared Flood

I have finally finished the sweater I was working on for my Son. Now all I have to do is get it into the mail.

My husband tells me that I may have missed the deadline for on time arrival for his Holiday on the 25th. I made a new cap for him also out of the same booklet. Just don't look at me... :)

It's a moebious that has the top filled in, also by Jared Flood. I have a childs head size even if it does contain a college degree, lol, so it looks huge on me. Hopefully, it'll fit my full size grown man Son. :)

The New Shed

Well, he finally got it finished and it really looks good inside too. We still have to attached those seam covers were the wall meets the roof, but it even has locks although the door has glass windows in it. Hey, the door and lock sets were free, lol. Now we'll need a step since I'm so short, but it looks good. :-D

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Rainy Comfy Sunday

I made this for something to do with my hands just before we moved and literally two days after also. It is my first attempt at a raglan sweater without a pattern because it was started in my Doctor's office. It's in Lion Brand Yarn and Junky to boot so it doesn't look good on my "curvy" self, since I quit smoking, so it's going into the box of things to my tiny daughter, whom ANYTHING looks good on. She's so petite it will look like one of those big "meant to be droopy" sweaters.

My faithful companion, always. Wa-Allah, how I love that Dog!
I was sitting in the vacant spot to the left of the dog and knitting project, watching football.

This is from the armpits down and the cuff up of the project that I listed last. The one for my Son, Jacques.

I am very much trying to finish it before Christmas so I can get it off to him, but he is so forgiving when I can't meet a deadlines like that.

Footnote: I MADE IT!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Latest Project

This is the sweater I'm working my fingers off on at the time. The DANG thing is very simple, but on smaller needles and I just moved!
I'm in a slightly lower income bracket that my beloved Jared Flood, the creator, so I'm using Lion Brand Yarn, Fishermen's Wood with natural oils. Mine is in Maple Tweed and really soft.
I too have a "thing for wool" It's kind of amazing that I do because while I was active duty as part of the uniform, on the flight line, in the winter, a wool sweater was required. I scratched myself until I left bruises some nights because it was so course. I have since fallen in love with a much more refined version of it!
If you frequent this site you may notice that most of my project are for my Son. I have a beautiful Daughter with a husband and children. She use to be a recipiant of my crafts, but alas has decided that she would rather have store bought items. To be fair, she did suffer through a few ill fitting garments before I got good at my craft.
She wore some really nice stuff that I sewed for her but she was much younger and didn't appreciate them. The last item I made for her was a Crocheted shrug. It was really pretty and the softest yarn, Caron, a shade of pink she loves, but the sleeves were a couple inches too long, as I was in TN at the time and she was at home. She dosen't even know where it is now :s
Oh well, more sweaters for my Son. His first sweater took me a year to make! Probably because I made it of washable wool and that stuff is expensive! I also designed it myself. The sleeves were too long on it too, but it was on purpose because he use to stick his thumbs through the cuffs of all of his sweaters (cut wholes) so I put them in, instead of him "putting" them in. lol
He said when he got the package he opened it and put it on and left it on all winter with the Cordiroy coat I'd made and already sent. That was lined with quilting I made to keep him warm. I couldn't afford to go buy a coat for him and he really needed one so I went to Wal-Mart and bought the material off of the dicount material shelf, $20 compared to $100. He LOVED IT! It was his first year at college and it snowed up there! He said all of his friends wanted me to make one for them. I used the "Matrix" costume coat pattern. Wh0 knew?
Ok, enough rambling, gotta get back to putting the crafting room in some semblence of order so I can clean the living room. I pulled all of the boxes that were cramed into my crafting room when we moved in and put them in the living room so I could set up the Craft Room, :-D .


Over the last year or so all of our TVs have died or simply quit functioning.

My 32" died and we were going to have it fixed, but it was the tube, then the Digital thing became a reality so we just used the one in the bedroom that I inheritaed from my Dad.

Then that one died too, (volumbe and picture). My daughter let us barrow the small one she had stored in one of our bedrooms but the color went way out there after we moved so I did the only thing available to a person in my position and income bracket. I went to Aarons and got another. I paid off my 32" and it worked for years before it died so I didn't see a reason not to.

I can hear all of you out there saying "Do you know how much interest they charge!" Yest actually, I do, my Mother taught me to read the small print NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES, so I'm not unfortunately surprised in the long run. The point is that I neede one and had run out of back-ups and I could afford it, for the time being.

That thing didn't look nearly that big in the show room. We're not sure yet if we're going to go smaller or just keep it.

Hey, I can see every detain without my glasses! lol

That's my Hunny setting it up. Luckily we an abundance of young techies in case we needed help, but it worked out that we can still do it ourselves, for now :-D

THE DECK - Continued

I was surprised at how easily Robert transported and re-assembled the deck. I got to help with taking it apart because I was the only one there. ;P

Micheal didn't stand around with a girl attacged to him the whole time. lol.

Here Robert is "spacing" the boards so they have space to expand and contract with the changing weather.

Sam is on the deck finishing up with his row of screws to attach the deck boards to the frame boards. His drill died in the middle. Robert elected to use the riser w/steps from the steps that were attached to the back door when we arrived. He'll be redoing them as monies allow :) The other man is the nephew, Micheal's, father, Darryl.

The affore mentioned relatives with their respective lady friends.


We Brough It With Us-Hamdullila!
These are the parts laying all about, obviously.
The young people are my Husbands nephew and son and respective girlfriends.
This made such a BIG difference in the house.


Moving Day!

What a mess, lol. Well it doesn't look like much but it is really beautiful.

Ten acres in the middle of nowhere is a wonderful thing.
Rody thinks so too. He acts like a puppy even though we are getting a little silver.
The house in the bacground is the nearest neighbor and they were friendly a few years back when we bought the place, but haven't said word one since we arrived. They probably feel like we have invaded. I would too, I guess. Word is they tried to buy the propery b4 we did. I am sorry about that, but very happy for ourselves. (insert big grin here)

I've got some of my Florida plants at the window for light and they will probably winter in the house so I don't loose them. We have arrived at the begining of winter. I really missed Fall, living in Fl. The colors are as vivid as I remembered them being.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Brooklyn Tweed's new Book!!!

I'm honored to say that I will be a proud owner of of the !st book this young man has published. You can see what I mean by clicking the blogger link on my page. It will take you to a wonderland of creative genius.

I have never been dedicated to a specific artist before, but everything this young man creates is just wonderful! I am in awe almost every time he posts something new. I am 47, soon to be 48. I just started knitting in 06, just before my father died in March. I taught myself with library time and a simple DVD.
I am as enamored with all things wool myself, as he is, but I hope one day to attain this young man's level of talent only after many years of serious study. By study, I mean, actually doing the knitting, not his years of study to get a degree in his craft.

I'm so happy he's a young man, this means that I'll probably die before he is 9/10's of the way through with his career. This translates to my never (as long as I live and am capable of doing so) running out of beautiful new challenges to tackle.

My favorite Author wass Ann McCaffrey and she started publishing in the year I was born (1961). I did not discover her until I was Active Duty and in the Air Force, in my early 20's. Now she has turned the reins over to her son, Donald, I believe. He is quite good and his style is very similar to his Mother's so it was an easy transition, but there was a moment of panic when I realized she was going to "retire".

When I find a something/one that is so good, I am dedicated and stick with it. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!

Now you can see why I am so glad that Jared is a young man. Probably my son's age or a little younger. (27 or so)

I look forward to many years of bliss in his talented mind's work.

Monday, June 29, 2009


I couldn't get Marcus into the picture, but we had a great time. ( this underline funtion won't quite, making me crazy, never had this problem b4)

The Action in this was so good that Marcus actually got motion sickness a little. Cute.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Little Blessings

I was
blessed to see these on Chenoah's facebook page. I'm so happy that she is vigilant with the camera, these are just so beautiful. There is a whole sequence of them that I hope to add to my photos on facebook. They are just great of Jacques, my son, in case you don't know who these people are. Also my grandson Jude and Chenoah, my son's other half. Really great pics that they both took, it looks like. LOL

Time with TJ

After the weekend with Marcus I had TJ, that would be Tiylor Jacob, on Tuesday. He wasn't in a great mood that night so I waited till Friday evening and got one of the little doll baby.

He didn't let me get the really good one of the big smile, but there will be other days, Inshallah.

He grows so fast it makes me VERY aware of time passing. Allah, let me live a while longer to see them all make it through college, at the least, please. :-D

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Weekend with Marcus

The Saturday of June 6th weekend. We had so much fun. Robert took us to the CiCi's Pizza on Friday and the we went to Wal-Mard and didn't even crash until after midnight!! Then we had a good breakfast and hung out at the house until we could go see the movie. We wanted to see Transformers, but it's not out yet. So we saw A Nit at The Museum, #2. It was really funny and we both had a good time. We both also ate plenty of sugar and pop corn. Then we came home and had hotdogs and baked beans. We were FULL! As you can see, it was a full day. We don't get to see each other a lot so we cram a lot in all at the same time. :-D

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Secret

This is two strands of each , blue and gray Patons Classic Wool, of medium weight.  I used Noni pattern #114. The small one.

Well the felting is done, now all I need to do is get it lined.  A fairly easy process, but the time to do it is the trick.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shhhhh, it's a secret

've almost finished a project that I said I'd do for a dear young lady.  With life being the way that it is, stuff happens daily and you don't finish things that you really want to.  

Now I've only to felt and line it and it'll be here for all to see.  I'm chomping at the bit to finish.

My recent projects

This is a project I started while I was in Tn. helping my step-Mom.  More accurately, I started on it in my head and didn't get to actually start on it until I'd been home for a while.

It's a really big Granny Square without the "gaps" and it's a rectangle, not a square. I did a few "swatches" while in Tn. trying to make rectangles because squares have to be really big to actually cover you up if you are an adult and our beds are rectangles not squares. I don't like how the gaps catch little fingers and toes, not to mention my own.  :P

Here is a close up of the detail.  I love these things because you can use a lot of the yarns that you don't have enough of  to finish any one project.  

Because of the many colors, you can put them in quite a few different rooms with completely different color schemes and they still work, better in some than others.

Four Wheeler Modifications

As promised, the afore mentioned  modification is quite obvious when compared to the previous picture.  

You can also see how much smaller mine is.  hehehe.

Four Wheeler Snorkle

In this picture the snorkel is still black (forward left).    As of Friday, the 15th, the snorkel was redone and painted red.  The whole thing really looks great!  Robert did a very nice job.  

We went four wheeling on Friday after I discovered I wasn't baby sitting after all.  The young and crazy crowd hadn't invaded the area yet, so we had a lot of fun. They were on their way in as we were leaving.

This was taken on my first ride and I had a scarf on my head to keep the dust off of me. I kept losing hats.  As it turns out I don't lose them any more.  The problem was they were bumping into Robert's shoulder or back :P

Since I'm not riding behind him any more, I am able to keep them on.  The real trick now is to get the ones that are small enough to stay on.  It seems that I have a "child" size head.  I need to buy them in the children's dept. or get the ones with Velcro.  

I wear long sleeves and gloves now to keep the mud from staining my nails and skin, it also happily conforms pretty closely to the Islamic dress code.  Everybody is happy.  Robert thinks it's strange to wear long sleeves in the heat so I just tell him that they protect my arms from being scraped :-D  I also tried wearing a pair of lace up boots that I have, but had to revert to my good 'ol western boots because the first time the mud got into my shoes and my toenails and skin were discolored, who would have thought!!!!  

Anyway, I'll put a better pic up shortly to display the "pretty" work Robert did to my four wheeler.  For those of you who have no clue why a person would need a snorkel on their four wheeler, myself included, they allow the bike to continue to "breath" while primarily submerged in MUCKY/MUDDY water.  

It is really a lot of fun.  You'll discover an aspect of yourself you may not have know exsisted. For example, in myself, I discovered a very competitive person that I wasn't aware of, but not to the point of stupidity.  Keeping up with my husband can be a challenge, but I have a (very) slight advantage, my bike is smaller.  :-P  I fit between trees that slow him down and that enables me to catch up.  lol.   

Thank fully I am an observant rider too.  I learned while riding with my husband that down shifting is a wonderful thing, and saves on brakes, AND is much faster than using the brakes! Don't get carried away and down shift too low, it will have the same effect as if you down shifted in a car to a too low gear, ya follow?

Anyway, enough carring on for today.  My sewing machines are down until Monday, when I get to pick them up from repair.  I only have the serger, and I'm not accomplished enough to get a lot of things done with it yet, so I get to do fun stuff like this today.  Not that sewing isn't fun, to me!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What a Month!!

My Anniversary Gift!!

The anniversary isn't until July, our fifteenth, but the opportunity and the money happened at the same time, so there she is.

Made in 1997, a Yamaha, TimberWolf, 250. Look how bright the red still is. It's amazing. Robert had to order a few odd parts so I should be able to ride this coming weekend.

They came in today and he installed them right away and, of course test drove it while I was caring for this little doll. Maybe I'll get to go for a ride tomorrow.

It's been sitting in the pole barn right out back, but thanks to my daughter, I've been blissfully distracted with her two youngest.

The one on the four wheeler is Nicholas, he's 2 yrs. old and the "babe in arms" is Tiylor Jacob or TJ as they're calling him.

I'm so blessed, they are both great kids. Nicholi, as we often call him, is learning to speak pretty fast. My understanding is that he's been exposed to "baby talk" until now. This child is advancing by leaps and bounds. It's fun to watch.

Little TJ is just the biggest flirt. He'll be pigging out and when nearly done, after burping, he'll give you this little smile and then laugh outright. Such a joy. He'll be three months old on the 5th of May. This little man definitely has opinions too. LOL

They both have very good appetites. That is a good sign that they'll, hopefully, not be picky eaters. Yes, I'm crossing my fingers. :-D

Thursday, March 26, 2009

My visit to Tn 2009

Well, it has been an interesting time here in Hendersonville, Tn. This time around we got to see snow. We, being, Roddy, my dog and I.

I didn't fall the first step I took out of the door this time either, because I'd already found the "de-icing" stuff behind the side door, so I took care of that right away :-D

Mom doesn't look real great to most observers, but to us she looks a lot better that she has in a long while. She's up and dressed and doing house work and everything. Not overdoing it, but just getting things done little by little.

I hope, iA, to be going home on the first of April. I am greatly looking forward to doing so because I plan to go home by way of NC, so that I can visit my Son and his Lady and get to see my grandson Jude, that I have not actually laid eyes on yet. He's five months old already.

Now I know how my Mother felt when I was all over the world with Jacques and Erica. She missed so much of Jacques' growing up because we lived in NM, TN, and then Germany.

My space wasn't up and running then, but she wasn't real computer sauvy anyway. Instant messaging would have been much less expensive than calling from Germany at $60 for an hour of conversation. LOL

Here are some pics of Roddy enjoying the snow and our "room" at the house.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Newest Arrival


Tiylor was born on February the 5th at 5:55pm and was 19.5" long and weighed 6.4 oz.
What a blissful day!!!!
Gotta go for now, using a friends computer, our connection is down for now.
Love to all, Kathleen.