Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blocking Swatches for the MHK Program

A short how to on blocking swatches.

Those of you who attended the 2011 OYW to the Master's Day at either the Minnesota or North Carolina TKGA shows will recognize the swatches.

Acrylic swatches don't block well:

Problems with tops bottoms and selvedges:


This doesn't work. It scallops the edges and leaves pin holes.

Correctly done:

Sometimes you attract helpers.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Cleaning

I've been reorganizing my knitting books.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Green Thing

It seems our Grandmothers were actually ahead of their time.

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
The woman apologized to him and explained,
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.
The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right; that generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles,
soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed
and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the "green thing" back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs,
because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building.
They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine
every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the "green thing" in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers
because they didn't have the throw-away kind.
They dried clothes on a line,
not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -
wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the "green thing" back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house -
not a TV in every room.
And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief,
not a screen the size of the state of Montana .
In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because
they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail,
they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it,
not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline
just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power.
They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club
to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the "green thing" back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty
instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time
they had a drink of water.
They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen,
and they replaced the razor blades in a razor
instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus
and kids rode their bikes to school or walked
instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
They had one electrical outlet in a room,
not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And they didn't need a computerized gadget
to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space
in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were just because they didn't have the "green thing" back then?


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011


My latest pattern. A second triangle shawl but this one isn't quite triangular!
And it's free. Another free pattern!!

Download a pdf of sagittaria

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

giardino--the pattern

I've finally got the pattern written and ready for any one who wants to make the shawl.
It's FREE!! yea!! All you need to do is download the pdf.

download now

Friday, January 28, 2011


Done, the first of probably many triangle shawls!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I've got a whole row coming in of these little yellow guys! And a flock of robins was seen in the pasture.


Hmmm looks like the black hole.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Pinning a MHK swatch for blocking.
This is a level 2 blended twisted sts swatch.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


When it absolutely positively must be filled out in triplicate.....old technology to the rescue.



Friday, January 14, 2011