Sunday, April 28, 2013


I've also made these since last year. Siobhan promptly claimed the one she's modeling. The two bottom ones might look the same but they aren't. I really was into the shawl making for awhile.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


One of the things I've finally done is learn to knit socks! These have all been knit in the last couple of months. The first and last pairs are Walk Away yarn from Hobby Lobby, the 2nd pair is Patons Kroy stripes and the third is JoAnns sock yarn. I'm currently working on my 5th pair with yarn I got fron Knit Picks.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Big Changes

I've been thinking about blogging again for awhile. I considered starting a new blog, but then figured what the hell, I already have one!

  John and I are finally getting ready to move after being here at his moms for the last seven years. After a lot of discussion, paperwork and going through a lot of other shit Irene has finally gone into assisted living and we are finally almost on our own. This really was the best thing for everyone. She wasn't happy here anymore, even though it's her house. I think with the depression over the separation with her oldest daughter and grand kids, the other 2 daughters living so far away and her ill health she was just kind of giving up. John and I couldn't really care for her anymore, she wouldn't listen to him even when it came to her health and we didn't feel we could be responsible. Assisted living seemed like the best thing, and she is doing more now. She seems to have made a few friends and is actually interested in some of the things that are going on. So as hard as the decision was, it seems to have been the right move.

    So it's a whole new ballgame for John and I, and it's pretty exciting. Sio is pretty much staying with her boyfriend all the time and they are making plans to move in together in the next month or so. And John and I are also looking for a place to live. We want to stay in the general area if we can. He already is driving 25 miles to work and he really doesn't want to drive much further if we can avoid it. I'd like to live on the edge of the western burbs, we can definitely find a place out there that is affordable, but the distance is just too far. At least we don't have to be out of here right away so I have time to look.

  I have lots of needlework to post pics of, I have made some pretty nice things in the last few months including knitting 4 pairs of socks. I'll start playing catch up with those pics in the next day or so.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This and That

We had some really nasty weather last night! The tornado siren went off and that rarely happens here in Addison. We used to get them going off all the time when the kids were young and we lived in Romeoville. It was a bit scary, but it all blew through pretty fast. Other than a couple small branches down, we didn't have any damage. Some places got hit much harder though and are still without power. John just called me from work and told me that the power line over the car exploded while he was sitting in it eating his lunch. North was hit pretty bad, so maybe there was an overload from power being spread too thin, or maybe the power line was weak from last night, I don't know. Whatever, the power has been cut from his work so he'll probably be home early.
I have been washing wool all morning, trying to get as much done as I could before more rain came. There ended up being a couple of showers and I had to bring it all in again, but it looks like it's over now. I am still combing Nfld wool, and then spinning as I go. With the lanolin content of this wool it should make some nice semi-waterproof mittens. I'm hoping to get at least 2 pairs, maybe even 3. They will make excellent Christmas presents.
Still haven't taken any pics to post, but maybe I will later today.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Back From Hiatus

I have been out of the blogging sphere for so long I don't know where to start. I have closed the Etsy store. Irene has been sick, and there is just too much dampness in the basement for me to spend a lot of time down here. The mold and mildew really affects my allergies, so I have been confined to the upstairs more. We have had such a damp spring and early summer that even though there haven't been huge amounts of water coming in, there always seems to be a treickle here and a trickle there, and the damp mustiness is too much to deal with. On the upside, though, I discovered the dampness was not good for the loom, so I brought it and my wheel upstairs. I warped the loom with cotton rug warp and then wove a nice rag rug with all blue rags. I got some cotton thread in a blue green color and a cream and am going to warp for a table runner sometime in the next couple of weeks. I think I'm going to weave checks, it will look nice and is easy. I have tons of pics of crocheted and knitted items to post, I made a pair of mittens from handspun that I really like, also several shawls and hats. I've made 5 pairs of mittens since I posted last. I am currently working on a pair of socks (my first!) and a spinning project using the 12 oz or so of Nfld wool I had left. I just got 6 lbs of fleece I was going to start washing tomorrow, but it's supposed to rain again and keep raining off and on for the next 5 days.

On the fishing front, John and I have both landed some nice bass this year. I caught an 18 inch in Westmore woods during spawn. Suprised the hell out of me, I didn't realize there was anything that big in there. John caught his at Bass Lake about a week or so ago. Chris has only caught a nice crappie and small bass so far. We're going to Shelbyville the 8-11th of July. It will be Chris, Sio John and I, so a nice family trip. Hopefully the rain will be gone and it won't be too hot.

I didn't put in a garden this year, but my herbs from last year came back. The sage is enormous, I planted it 2 years ago, and I need to dig it up and divide it. The flowers are pretty and it makes a nice decorative plant, I might put some in the front of the house. My St Johns wort came back and it has to be 2 feet tall. It is getting small yellow flowers. The golden oregano I planted last year is doing really well too. I have been using it in different Italian recipes. And my lavender is flowering and almost ready to be harvested. I want to let some of it go to seed so I can plant more next year. I got a few ripe mulberries yesterday, just a handful, but in a week or so the should be ready to be picked. I checked the raspberries and they are tiny and very green still. I'm looking forward to raspberry jam so I hope they end up being nice. It's hard to say with the weather being so weird this year.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pictures! Yay! Cooking and a Shirt to Skirt Makeover!

So I made a chicken pot pie that John thought was very tasty.And it was pretty too, because of the little leaf cutouts from the presses Melissa sent me. I'll be pulling these out again for Thanksgiving.

Then there is this cute shirt to skirt that I made today. The inspiration came from this skirt I saw in Vogue. I love front button skirts, I've owned a few over the years; there is a denim one in my closet right now. This one is by designer Michael Kors,is made of wool and is $1,395.00

I was in Evanston yesterday and the day before, and while shopping with Carla, I came across this Perry Ellis shirt. It was $4, a bit more than I usually pay, but I really liked the feel of the cotton,and the print.

I was originally thinking of a cotton tunic, but when I saw the skirt pic this morning, I knew I was going to try and work it out.I think it turned out nice. I might switch out the buttons for something lighter in color and prettier.

I call it Michael Kors meets Perry Ellis. I still have scraps of the shirt left and I might trim a t-shirt to match. Or perhaps a bikini top with a cream hemp linen jacket. We'll see.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Camera Problems

Well I am having camera problems again. John thinks it's the card; it says it needs to be reformatted when I take it out of the camera and put it in the card reader. So I can't post the pictures of my finished shawl or the cute black skirt I made. At least I can post a few random pics from New York though. I am so glad that I took these off the camera before the card went bad!

weird little house around the corner from Melissa and Nikki's building.

This is the Washington Mews by Washington Square park. I thought this street looked very European. I spent a lot of time wandering around the side streets near the park one day.

Just a cool building.

This is the White Horse Tavern. Supposedly Dylan Thomas' ghost is still hanging around, although I didn't see it anywhere outside. I didn't go inside as it was overpriced, plus I was told the food isn't very good.

This is the view from the apartment. I like the pink building; I forget what it's called.

On a walk with the girls.

Washington Square park

Nikki took this nice picture of all of us.

Mom and Sio on the subway.