loose ends

there is this poncho

that i have been wanting to make for years.

i think it was actually 6 or 7 years ago that i bought the pattern.

then i had trouble finding yarn that i liked.

discovering knit picks comfy bulky,

so soft (and machine washable),

i knew i’d found the one.

diving in, expecting to breeze through,

i suddenly and unexpectedly hit a roadblock head on.

ironically i don’t even remember what the roadblock was (or is)

yet once hit, all progress stopped on a dime.

with motivation lost,

i hung it in it’s designated bag

on my hook of ‘projects in process’

and there it hung for way too long.

it has taken my ravelry friend, wordcobbler,

to get me re-motivated.

start your engines,

wave the checkered flag

and we’re off.

with a finish line

(literally a date to ‘finish’ at)

squarely in our sights, and each other

to check in and keep things in forward motion.

better grab your unfinished business and join us or you’ll wind up eating our dust,

or tripping on our yarn ends as the case may be…

‘lost’ taken from 3:8 in philippians.


so, i have recently frogged a project and given up on the idea of another.

i plan to come back to these, or something like these, at a later date.

but, not just now.

most of the ‘owls’ that my friends were knitting are done.

and they’re fantastic!

i had all these ideas of changing the cables and adjusting the shaping…

so many ideas that i talked myself right out of it.


my friend c, decided only to shorten the sleeves

wise since she will be able to wear it through the spring and into the summer now.

she decided this, however, after knitting some of the first long sleeve (cuff up).

quick, before she could unravel it, i took it promising to reuse it.

i wan’t sure how at the time,

but my kids saw it and immediately knew what it would be.

so i ripped a little,

decreased a little  here and then a little there…

and now, ta-da! the resulting finished project is this:

okay, i know.

a nest for a toy owl

isn’t spectacular really at all.

it’s not a full sweater or anything.

but i do feel an odd sense of accomplishment none-the-less.

(and my kids really like putting him ‘to bed’ in it)

it’s also a pretty cute hat for the little guy.

don’t ‘cha think?


‘ideas’ taken from 17:20 of acts.

testing 1, 2, 3

karla fitch has adorable crochet patterns.

i really had a blast making her fairy hideaway,

and when i told my kids i’d made the amigurumi piggie holiday ornament as a gift

they all but begged me not to give her away. 

actually they did beg me,

then they compromised saying it was ‘ok’

as long as i made 3 more (1 for each of them).


started test knitting her newest design, a log cabin carrier for little creatures, with partial skeins of  Knit Picks yarn yesterday.  i think i’ll name mine ‘shelter’.  i’ve just finished the part that requires 2 old cd’s (finally a use for those aol promo cd’s i got in the mail and have been saving for so long).  it’s really clever and it totally works to add the strength this toy needs.

photos coming soon … maybe tomorrow. 

now if i can just keep my youngest from figuring out what i’m doing (i hope i can by putting it all together at night while she sleeps), it can be a gift for her ‘just around the corner’ birthday.  shh…


and big thanks go out to karla for letting me play with her newest idea.

i’m having such fun. 


‘shelter’ is taken from 27:5 of the psalms


 knit pick‘s comfy bulky honestly is comfy (and cozy, and cuddly… i could keep going but i’ll spare you).  really nice and machine wash’n’dry.  this yarn makes the mama in me smile.

i just reknit ‘loved’ in this yarn.  different colors and different yarn give it a different feel.  good different, yet different none the less.  change is not my easiest thing by far, but good change is worth letting the earth tremor just a tad under my feet for.

the sink princess ...


... strikes again.

my youngest, who is currently loving washing her hands every chance she gets, agreed to be photographed.  although i could only get her to stay still enough to be unfuzzy with her elbow deep in soap and water in the bathroom sink.  good enough.

‘loved’ is taken from 4:1 of philippians