You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Has Sprung

The color green always reminds me of Spring and this year I welcome the season change more than ever. We've just endured our 4th Nor'easter in as many weeks and I am done with "Old Man Winter" but enough complaining  for now. I'm happy to report I have completed last week's  assignment for Frankie Brown's Knit Along; Square #11.  Frankie's Knitted Stuff. It's called Honey Comb.  I've committed to using up my "mile high"stash pile for this project and it is starting to show. It shouldn't surprise anyone that it is sewing all these squares together that is proving to be a challenge for me; the "queen of putting things off" and I'm already falling behind. While I didn't set out to use  green I'm glad I did.  This soft, light green color reminds me of new seasons, new life and hope. This yarn is probably a leftover from one of the million baby items my 90 year old mom has made over the years and am thrilled to add it to my blanket.   She recently lost her ability to knit so I inherited her stash.  

Thanks Mom, it's exactly what
 need. 😊



Oh, and I
I couldn't resist re-posting this little leprechaun

(Hat and Beard crocheted by 

"Yours Truly")

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snow Day

Calm before the storm!
Here we are again in the North East enduring yet another "Nor'easter." The wind is howling and the tides are high. In the last month we've had more than our share of wild weather; the lights are flickering and my fingers are crossed. 
We are luckier than some. We are safe and warm; we can wait it out.  Being forced inside gives "license" to do whatever I want....(or not want) to
do.  I'd be lying if I said I was disappointed. Today I will Finally Finish this week's assignment for the Ravelry group Frankies' Blankie .  I joined this lively group to help me  hone my knitting skills while using the plethora of "stash" that I have acquired.  Each week Frankie Brown, our Group Leader, assigns a new knitted square pattern. At the end we will have knit 50 squares and sewn them together for a wonderful and unique blanket. The group's lively members are quick to encourage and support each other's efforts while offering sound advice and praise. I certainly am not a master knitter but have managed to keep up. 

Today, hopefully
 I will Finally Finish Square
  #10 "Dotted Ladder"

Peace and Love

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Walk Of Shame

Here I am ...I'm back.  

 My excuses are many but I'll spare you the drama and the details and get right to it,  the object of this blog. While I've certainly neglected recording my progress I never abandoned my goals of  Finally Finishing every project I've ever started and left undone. So allow me my "Walk of Shame" and then without further adieu let's move on.  
        Ages ago I came upon a darling pattern for a  crocheted coin purse that I wanted to make my sisters for our annual  Family Christmas Swap. I bought the "kiss clasp" hardware and more  cotton yarn giving me enough now "to sink a ship."  I managed to use some of it for washcloths and some for baby hats, but of course I never got around to making the purses for those special ladies in my life.   Finally I did make one (with many others to come I hope) It was for a group swap I took part in with Ravelry This little swap seemed to be the perfect gift for my partner. 

If you get the hankering to make one too, click the link below. 
Be sure  to scroll down on blog for this particular one.

I used 

from Lyndieloop's Blog

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You Are My Sunshine

As I sort through the "stash" of yarn I've acquired I'm struck by how many skeins of 100% cotton I have on hand.  I shouldn't be. I know how every skein got there and why!  Dishcloths.  If you have ever used a handmade, cotton dishcloth whether it was knitted or crocheted you would know what I mean and never want to use anything else.  Luckily I haven't had to; my mother and grandmother have seen to that. These little  gems clean like none other and they last forever. They wash and dry beautifully and actually get better with time. 
 After my grandmother passed away and my mother was no longer able to knit I began the task of replenishing my supply myself. Every Time I saw a new color of cotton I'd grab it. But let's face it , one can only use so many dishcloths, so I began making and giving them  as gifts until I grew tired of that too.  So the question became WHAT NOW?  
How do I FINALLY FINISH using up the cotton stash? 

 Baby Sun Hats, that's how. 

Thanks to the creative genius of Pinterest I discovered the best sunhat pattern ever by designer 
"KerryJayneDesigns" from Bournemouth England 
and I am hooked, and really, there is nothing cuter if you ask me. I've given them as gifts and they were well received. 

 Let's welcome summer and protect those precious little faces too!

You'll never know dear how much I love you, so please don't take my sunshine 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lost and Found

Those close to me know that I retired from my job to help my daughter and her family re-locate back to her hometown. I am now babysitting most week days and it is a thrill to be part of my grand-children's lives. That said, I am also EXHAUSTED and most days "way behind  the 8 ball" as they say. As a result, the ghost of PROCRASTINATION has sneaked back in and haunts me day and night. I can't say I haven't been working on my projects I have. I just haven't gotten around to posting my progress.
 ALAS, I try again. On the hook this day is a baby blanket that I began probably 15 to 20 years ago.
  I left it because either:
   1.   I didn't buy enough yarn to begin with.
     2.   I used some of it for something else,               (Probably didn't finish that either)
      3.  Lost it. 

The yarn is a variegated pastel that I bought with a newborn in mind; I just can't tell you which one.
     Then "Low and Behold" a few weeks ago while perusing my favorite second hand store what do think I found? 
Not 1, not 2, but 3 skeins of the much needed yarn to finish my project. 

The pattern is a simple shell stitch so it should work up quickly. With no babies on the way (that I know of anyway) this blanket will be sent to one of the many deserving organizations that need it.

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crocheting Memories

If anyone had told me when I retired 18 months ago that I would be "busier" not working than I was when I was working, I am sure I would have disagreed.  I would have been wrong. Such is life. I am busier but in a much different way now, but busy "non the less". It has always been my desire to replicate the sweet crocheted dresses my grandmother made for me and my sisters. I wish now that I had asked her about her creations; I was young then and uninterested.  I have searched through vintage patterns and have come close.  Recently I discovered a pattern on Etsy that I loved by olgascrochetfrenzy. 
Original design by Olgascrochetfrenzy
It's not exactly like the one my sister wore 60 years ago but close. 
Crocheting, for me, always brings back memories of my grandmother and so together, in a way,  we were able to "finally finish" another project.
 I don't know yet who will be the recipient of this little treasure but I do know it will be given with the love and joy I felt while making it it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rock On!

 Like most kids, my grandsons have a fasination with  rocks. At ages 5 and 3 years old they love to pick them up, collect them and of course throw them too. Fortunately for them they not only live in a town that offers many opportunities for these activities but also boasts "rock" as part of its name. Yes, you can find rocks of all shapes and sizes here. From the boulderous natural coastline to the smooth popplestones that frame our beaches;  there are no shortages of rocks here.  It is popplestones however that take center stage today. My grandsons collected and painted these beautiful smooth stones for their dad for Father's Day.  The older one practiced his handwriting and  then proudly presented  these "Vegetable Markers" to their Dad!


Of course their works of art were received with  the heartfelt  OOHs  and AHHHs that they deserved. They are now on display  in the family vegetable garden.