Nine row repeats

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This is after nine row repeats, so 144 rows. I like how this picture shows off the leaf pattern. I also like how it’s finally gotten to the point where I can kinda tell what comes next by looking at the row before.  My knitting friends call this “reading my knitting”.

Good thing I like to read.

Knitting is a mystery

Can someone explain to me why I can take this easy little chart

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out of a cuff down sock pattern, drop it into a toe up sock pattern, use another pattern for various bits with relative ease. Btw, I’m not good at socks.

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And yet a simple shawl with this easy little chart (Fall Leaves Shawl, Spin Off Magazine)

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with no other modifications has taken me down a three year trail of painful woe, frustration, and heartache?

Even though I’ve just finished the 7th 16 row repeat, I don’t dare say it’s going well. But I can safely say that I like how it looks.

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Can’t I?

Dear Keeper of the Knitting Mysteries, may I?

Happy Hatchday, Joshie

It used to be all fun and games


Turning 18 isn’t all you thought it would be?


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Maybe next year will be better.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful son. I love and miss you.

And again

Why yes, yes I am fixing something on that damn shawl again.

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It’s a really good thing I love my mother or I would have made a bonfire, tossed the thing in, and danced around it.

Who needs a truck – part 2

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Seriously, it always makes me giggle when we do this.

Who gets Startitis 5 days before Christmas?

Why does Startitis have to strike just a few days before Christmas when I already have a pile of crafting to get finished and I’m flat on my back with the worst series of sinus headaches I’ve ever had in my life?


Opal Schafpate Yarn: Orange, Black, Gray, 5841


But seriously, who could resist these colors?   Not me.

These are Regia Fluoromania in Neon Rainbow that I ordered from Amazon and Opal Shafpate in orange/black/gray that I got from Dizzy Sheep.

While in Texas

We found interesting ways to watch paint dry.


We had a lovely Thanksgiving, except for the part where Chynna was sick.And the part where I was sick the next day.


We played video games.


We photographed the dog


and the nephews

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and decorated cookies

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and gave my sister’s cat somewhere to sit.

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It was a good trip.

Who needs a truck?

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When you have a convertible?

Happy Birthday Danica

Last I looked, I had this.


How did this happen?



Today we celebrate my gorgeous little girl’s 25th birthday. Right about now, 25 years ago, I was just barely recovering from 36 hours of labor. I had no idea what is meant to be responsible for a little human being, I just knew that the little thing I was holding in my arms was infinitely precious and I couldn’t imagine loving anything more. Smart, funny, determined, talented, and beautiful are just a few of the words I could use to describe what an amazing woman she has become. There are many more that exist beyond my poor writing skills.

Happy Birthday, baby girl.

The other one

And here is the other one.

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I’m all ready for Halloween kitchen decorating.

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I somehow managed to not pull out my tubs of Halloween decorations. I blame my complete lack of willingness to go down into the basement. I should probably turn in my Halloween Club card.