Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Lucet tool for cord making

Oh my .... my lucet tool is awesome.
My cord is awful!

Much practice needed.

Video I used for technique:


Monday, January 16, 2023

Onsie to Pair of Slippers


Froze Toes Slippers, pattern by Kristin McDonnell.  Uses (left over) blanket yarn by BERNAT.
A pair!

Currently, deciding which WIP to get out of the knitting bag.

Bernat Blanket yarn.
10928 - Deep Fuschia

-------------------- Note:  nope, didn't add non-skid pieces to the slippers.   A very good idea.   These, I use as I am putting my feet up to knit or view television. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Sunday, January 08, 2023


Going on a hunt for supplies .... I realized that there are a few onsies in my knitting projects.    These need to be PAIRS.

 Mosaic knitting.   Project bags.  This was a LNS class & I had enough left overs to create a 2nd bag.   One finished, and one WIP.   (IMO:  It is a GREAT way to use up bits of yarns, multiple colors.)    Pattern is by Cindy Walker 'Mosaic Bag'

 This was a LNS project.   Knit mittens in a day with bulky yarn.   Only, it took me longer to get just ONE and I didn't start the 2nd one (yet).   Class/Pattern called "All Day Mitten"

 Froze Toes Slippers, pattern by Kristin McDonnell.  Uses (left over) blanket yarn by BERNAT.   I did put the 2nd slipper on knitting needles.  These need to be done and put to use this winter.

 This is another LNS class.  It is a toe-up sock class that I struggled with.   Yet, my 2nd sock is nearly there.   Another good project to finish up this winter.

I hope any of you reading this post, with ONE of two -- or projects 50% complete -- can get back into the groove and enjoy finishing!!! 


Wednesday, January 04, 2023

VanGogh in America

 Yesterday, DH + I visited Detroit, Michigan.  The weather was rain (not snow and ice), so we viewed the

While there were MANY beautiful works, the Starry Night (Starry Night over the Rhone), 1888 on loan from Paris (Musee d'Orsay) was a favourite.

And, at the exhibit entrance, we were gifted a wonderful program:
 This guide had photos and information re. 28 of the works on view.  There was a $50 catalog available in the gift store, but this program guide was appreciated!

Per the webpage:    "See Van Gogh in Detroit with the exhibition Van Gogh in America, which celebrates the Detroit Institute of Art’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his Self-Portrait (1887). 

On the 100th anniversary of its acquisition, experience 74 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discover the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist, in an exhibition only at the DIA."

 Before our entry time, we visited the Vincent pop-up on the 2nd floor.  Cozy Cafe for wine and sandwich.   In the hallway, DH spotted Sea Boots by Andrew Wyeth.

 Look at this -- Self portraits of Andy Warhol, by Andy Warhol.

The small exhibit, right off the main Diego Rivera court was VanGogh's Artistic Roots.  
(12 paintings).  Really nice exhibit.

 Going to Pasture by Anton Mauve.

 Still life with Sunflower by Piet Mondrian.   

We enjoyed visiting and wandering the galleries.



Sunday, January 01, 2023

5K: 2023 Resolution Run

 Cannot resist the rabbit!

 DH & I.

Foggy, 45 degrees!  

So nice to be off the treadmill & outdoors.  The fitness center is ok for severe weather and late night cardio workouts.    I'm so lucky to have DH accompany me to these races.


Saturday, December 31, 2022

2022 Books

 YOUR 2022 BOOKS    

I didn't finish Hannah Rothschild's The Improbability of Love.   I have a couple more with bookmarks!!!   

  • Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Girls, At Play by Celeste Ng
  • The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail
  • Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin
  • Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas
  • Johanna by Claire Cooperstein
  • The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
  • The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman

Monday, December 26, 2022

Gather around ...

Part of our family, Christmas Day.
left DD & BF; DH & I middle; youngest DS & GF on right.

We had quite the Feast!!

Fingers crossed, will see middle son this coming week-end if he is feeling better.


Friday, December 23, 2022

Christmas Wreath Zwirn Knöpfe

Pattern by Karen Smock.

I went thru my stash (this wasn't a kit from Karen) and came up with:
DMC perle coton #5, color 319 (green)
Royale, Size 10, Classic Crochet Thread, Color 0210 (Antique White)
Darice strung glass pearls, 4mm, Burgundy
Scrap of Ribbon


Monday, December 05, 2022

Holiday Cheer ( Chicago, IL )

Starbuck's Reserve, Chicago

Macy's tree, Walnut Room

Macy's window (knitting)

Christkindle market, Daley Plaza



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