Friday, October 9, 2015

Short Video Peek of Knit and Crochet Now!

Check out this little video of Knit and Crochet Now!

Can you believe what the camera caught me doing?! Get quick looks at Deborah Norville, Robyn Chachula, Rohn Strong, Kristin Nicholas and MORE!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Family Photo Time

I'm so excited! After a year of thinking about getting new family photos, we finally did it! Our talented neighbor, professional photographer, Erin Becker did the honors. She's at

I was thrilled when Tom suggested I go get Charlie for a photo too. Minnie won't tolerate being held. Crazy Cat.

Chief and Chickee, 12 and 14.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Summer Projects

The projects for the summer issue of Crochet! Are in the house! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

I'm 168th!

I have a theory that being below average at a task is somewhat stressful because you want to be better but are struggling. Being better than average at a task can me stressful because there is pressure to "stay there" or fear of losing it since you are "known" for being above average.

When it comes to running, I am wonderfully average.

There is no real pressure to perform except the pressure I put on myself to get better and stronger. There is no way I could compete with the top runners so I applaud them in awe of their talents.

I'm securely in the middle of the pack.

On the Air Force Half Marathon this weekend (13.1 miles), out of the 415 women aged 40-44, I came in 168th.  LOL  There's just no sense in comparing myself to 25 year olds...  (Comparison is the thief of joy).   I'll take it!  Whoo Hoo!  I'm 168th! 

Here is my step-sister Amber, who flew up from Florida for race weekend and me with our friend Roger after we all finished the Air Force Half Marathon. Amber is definitely not average (well above!).  This is my second official Half Marathon race and I have another one scheduled next month.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

2 Medal Weekend

Don't forget when you spend hours crocheting, getting up and moving is important too. Stepping down from my soap box. ;) 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Nothing to See Here

I don't always destroy the tissues... But when I do, I act like it wasn't me.

Friday, September 4, 2015


My friend Kim found this gorgeous flower in Houston, TX. Makes me think about designing a motif afghan... 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Food: Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

I've got nothing for you today, so I'll give you a recipe I have been playing around with. Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. Below is what I have so far. Any foodies have any suggestions to make it better? I would put actual sun-dried tomatoes in there but if they come from a jar and have the texture of like tough raisins, I wouldn't like that.

(my attempt at what I had at the North Market in Columbus at TNNA)

Half a box of cooked Penne Pasta (drain and set aside)
In a skillet...
1 tbsp of flour
1 tbsp of butter

1 pea sized squirt of tube garlic
½ tube of sundried tomato paste

4-5 leaves of fresh basil, minced
Milk (1/4 cup?)

4 tbsp of cream cheese.

Cook the butter and flour together, stir in garlic, milk, turn to low, put in cream cheese and tomato paste and stir until smooth. Add more milk if necessary. Stir in drained pasta and basil.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Crochet on the Go!

It's that time of year when crochet is on my lap at most of the kids sporting events! Where do you take your crochet?


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crochet Inspired

Speaking of crochet on tv... Wouldn't this be awesome in crochet? (Is it crochet? I can't tell)...
A little Bruges Lace at the neckline... Little beading... This is from the tv show Reign on the CW.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Crochet on TV

Don't judge... but I happened to catch a glimpse of Bachelor in Paradise on ABC when I saw THIS:

A beach cover up/tunic type item on the left with fringe that totally could be tiny hairpin lace. AND a boat-neck pullover that is very reminiscent of pineapples. (Does that have odd long tassels too?)  Both in ecru.  I think the garment/stylists for the show like the beachy-trendy crochet-inspired looks!

Friday, August 28, 2015

YouTube and Crochet!

Now that I have a teenager and a soon-to-be teenager, it has come to my attention that I am completely unaware of the impact of YouTube on the world. When it comes to crochet, tell me what I'm missing!  Who is your favorite YouTube crochet video producer/personality?  Why do you turn to YouTube for guidance? Do you go to YouTube before you turn to a book? Are you YouTube unaware like me?

Enlighten me!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fauxchet Bag

I bring you the fauxchet items because they can easily be made in actual crochet with much prettier results (in my opinion!)

I found this fauxchet bag in a Target store. Be inspired!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Sale at Annie's TODAY

Just a quick post. Annie's is having a 40% off sale of crochet books today. Lots and lots of crochet books including back issues of magazines. 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches... it's there. Marvelous Crochet Motifs (which includes how to make partial and half motifs) is on sale already, I don't know if it can be discounted with the sale as well.


Over the years, I have become an expert de-tangler. One of the upsides of having a huge yarn stash though, is that if I get too annoyed at a tangle, I just cut it out. Some yarns are precious and some I have enough abundance that I don't waste the time.

What is the longest amount of time you have ever spent detangling yarn? How long do you work with it before you cut-bait?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Drop Join Motif

Here's a join as you go (jaygo) technique that I don't usually use, but I like the braided look that results. I call it "Drop Join" because you drop the hook from the loop, insert the hook into the space on the adjoining motif, put the loop back on the hook and proceed as if nothing happened. You are not joining with a slip stitch this time.

What's your favorite way to join motifs?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sneak Peek!

The Annie's Craft Festival is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.

I can't wait!

Come back tomorrow when I describe a joining technique that I don't normally use.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Chickee made her high school volleyball team! We are thrilled that her hard work was rewarded. Go Bobcats! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015