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Pain in the Eye

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Monday I woke from a dream about the otolinos. Tuesday I woke with a compulsion to tidy the linen closet (and did, at least partially). Today I woke with serious eye pain. Too much staring at the computer? Watching TV in bed while knitting in the evenings? The serum I’m reviewing? I went to the […]

Tudor Roses

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

I’ve long admired Alice Starmore’s Tudor Roses. I will probably never knit anything from it, so I haven’t seriously thought of buying it in the past, but they recently brought out a new, much cheaper version, so I snapped it up. The patterns are not, I think, really about knitting and wearing. There are lots […]


Monday, August 7th, 2017

My husband’s alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. He hits snooze a couple of times before he gets up and then a second alarm begins at 5:00 a.m. Neither of us knows how to cancel that 5:00 alarm, so I am awakened at least three times before my alarm goes off at 6:00. We have […]


Sunday, August 6th, 2017

I’m working on the Debby Bliss matinee coat in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, colorway Duck’s Egg. Above you can see a coconut macaroon with mini chocolate chips from Ghirardelli. I love the stitch pattern. I’ve had to frog back to fix an error several times now, but I think I’ve mastered it at this point. […]

Floral Wreath

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

This wreath is going to be a mobile over the Baby’s bed. Yesterday #1 son came over with his kids for the day. #1 daughter came down and we had scalloped potatoes and salad and homemade rolls for lunch. We had our meeting and then the children stayed overnight. We had pizza and movies, played […]

Baby Shower

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Good ol’ Boy’s mama and her posse held a baby shower for #1 daughter. There were some handmade gifts, and lots, lots, LOTS of baby gear and baby clothes. Embroidered rabbit and blanket was one of my favorites. The food hadn’t arrived yet, but the table was pretty anyway, and the pink smocked dress […]

Texarkana Road Trip

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Who goes on a road trip to Texarkana? We did. It was a beautiful drive through the National Forest, with one real town¬† in the middle of it. Here’s the town: Mena. Here’s the train station, perhaps the most exciting building in town. You’ve now seen both sides. Across the street from the train station […]

SWAP 2017: Colors

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

I haven’t made a full SWAP in years and probably won’t accomplish one in 2017, either. But I enjoy planning them and I am taking another PSD today, so I thought I’d plan one just for fun. The new style SWAP has 12 pieces: Core 4 (jacket, skirt, pants, top) Inner column 2 (top, skirt) […]

Wardrobe and Weight Loss

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Last time I published a picture of my closet, it was full of drab,¬† swampy colors. They were hanging neatly, but the overall look was sober. That picture is shown below. The picture above shows my current wardrobe, mostly in pretty, soft colors, not as neatly arranged. I now wear size 10 jeans and size […]

Froggy Evening

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Yes, I frogged the sleeve. Then I watched Father Brown all evening and reknitted the sleeve.   Check out the pretty wee buttons: I will take a PSD (Personal Sewing Day) tomorrow and on Sunday as well, sewing up some pieces of my SWAP and enjoying a hermit-like weekend before moving into weeks with even […]

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