Where has the time gone?

This month marks our 20th anniversary. No idea where the time has gone; we both seriously still feel like we’re 29. Such a landmark event required a little more hoopla than the standard flowers-dinner scenario. Having never been there before, we decided to take a trip up the Oregon coast for a whole week. We…

Did you really just say that?

I had been attempting to discuss fall football with a friend at work around the water cooler (aka the water dispenser in the fridge door). I do this occasionally, so that folks don’t think I’m as big a freak as I truly am. Please note, this friend is aware of my great affection for the…

Dyed in the Wool Sisters

There’s only one thing that makes crafting more fun, and that’s family. When I flew home for my birthday – whose number will remain undisclosed – I arrived armed with KnitPicks Bare yarn, what I thought at the time of purchase to be a large number of Kool-Aid packets of various colors, and copious notes…

Shhh!…aun the Sheep

Now that I have finally gotten the thing in the mail to the intended birthday girl (three weeks late) I can talk about it, not just post vague pictures on Instagram that she can’t see. I give you… Shaun the Sheep. It’s a small thing, for notions, makeup, cell phone, whatever. Her choice. I think…

…Skies are Blue

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and don’t have a Facebook account), you are aware that yesterday our U.S. Supreme Court agreed that any human person could marry any other human person. Hard to believe we had to have an argument to decide that, but that’s an entry for another day. As a blogger…

The past three days have been, for lack of a more elegant word, crap. Hubby and I have no children, so the four-legged, furry ones we take into our home are that to us. And when we lose them, there are just no words or actions that make that ache any better. Family and friends have…

Knitting Object Lesson

As a youth leader, object lessons were critical tools to giving a talk to middle school students – they gave a concrete, physical example of an abstract idea that may be hard to explain. And middle schoolers are nothing if not concrete thinkers. Having prepared and given so many of those talks over the years, I guess…

The Shoe’s on the Other Foot

I have a tabletop hand loom that I bought from my high school art teacher (Miss Zola, if you’re out there, you’re the bomb), and I honestly haven’t touched it in probably 20 years. I’ve made a few placemats, but that’s about it. Still, I’ve hauled the thing across this great country of ours, through…

Marky Mark and the Stitchy Bunch

Last week, I felt like doing something “knitty” without actually picking up my needles, so I decided to make some stitch markers. They are so easy, everyone should do them. Go ahead, put down whatever it is you’re doing and go make some. You’ll be glad you did. All you need are some basic supplies, less…

Iced, Iced, Baby

My chunky sweater is finished just in time to welcome Spring.

Happy, happy

Today is International Day of Happiness. Go make someone happy. And here’s a little theme music to get you going.

Why so tense?

One of the loveliest parts of starting a new project is winding up the yarn. All that potential in the palm of my hand is a little intoxicating. My cakes usually end up a bit raggedy after I’ve been knitting with them for a bit, though, and the yarn tends to be a little twisty…