Working Hands...Creative Hands

Monday, August 5, 2013

Time Off…


How to successfully take a vacation without leaving home:

  • Go somewhere different every day
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Bring a sack lunch
  • Relax – A LOT!!
  • Spend money…but not too much…
  • Bring a small child
  • Run, play, laugh, giggle, take naps
  • Do the things you like to do

If there are beautiful things all around you, yet you never take the time to observe…what then is their purpose if it was not for your enjoyment?


Thursday, July 11, 2013


I recently had the opportunity to knit a cardigan called “The Old Man & The Sea”, designed by Mel of Single Handed Knits.  Which you can purchase from her website  here or from Ravelry, here.

A group of us participated in a RAL/KAL, where we read “The Old man & The Sea”, which was the inspiration for the cardigan. I have a copy of Hemmingway’s book in both digital and audio format, which made it very easy for me to listen to the book on my commute to and from work. I must have listened to it at least a dozen times. The book begins to feel like an old friend after about three or four times through. What treasures there are to be found!!

As I was reading and knitting I tried to jot down any little tidbits that the yarn and the word chose to reveal to me. Some profound only to me, but still here they are:

My little notebook is red with the word “Parallels” printed simply in white on the front cover. How appropriate!

The yarn I chose, Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in club color Posy, reminded me of the beautiful sunsets we get to see on our Pacific coast.

One of the skeins was darker and richer, so I chose to save it for the top portion of the cardi since this would emulate the darker skies as you look up at the sunset.

Tuna, Marlin, Dolphin, Shark, Heavy Rope, Gnarled Hands, An Old Man at the End of His Life, His Rope, His Strength, How He Copes With and Endures His Age, Both in Strengths and in Weakness.

What I enjoyed most about knitting this garment is the way Mel, the designer, encourages you to think, to expand, to create, and to allow your work to ‘happen’.

The natural progression to this process is to continue on and learn and grow…through Manolin and now Makai

May I be worthy of the journey…



Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Sometimes it is hard to comprehend how quickly time passes and how much things change. While things have been left behind but not forgotten, others have been renewed. 

I am simply making an effort to enjoy what God has given me and to praise Him for blessings bestowed. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wow It’s the Middle of May!!

May is flying past without hardly a pause to say hello. I cannot believe it is already the middle of the month. While I have been busy trying to adjust to my new job my projects have been piling up. I’m glad it’s Friday!!

I do have some pictures to post…I remembered to take a few.

First, some Chimney Sweep blocks in Civil War fabrics for a swap:


Next a second Quilt for Kids quilt:


Oh and some Silly Cars for swap with Sindy of FatCats. I plan to make “City Street” quilts for my grandsons when I get my new cars:


And last, some fabrics I’ve pulled for Cath’s Raggedy BOM:


Now I’m actually hoping to get to do some more quilting. We will see if I can manage my time well enough to do that!! LOL

Be blessed!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I haven’t forgotten…

I know it has been several days since I posted last. I have a good excuse…really!! I just started a new job and between working longer hours and battling the exhaustion that comes with learning a new thing, I am trying to reorganize my life and figure out where things fit.

One of those things I am trying to fit in is that trip to the post office!! I have 3 little packages all ready to be sent to their new owners, they just need postage. I have not forgotten! But they may not get into the mail until Saturday.

I hope everyone is having a truly blessed week so far!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trying to Contact...

Tracy of Fiber Babble, I hope you're out there!! I've been trying to reach you. Please send me an email.

Have a great day!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Little Surprise!!

The other day in this post, I wrote some instructions for my 4-to-9 block. I had one name picked out but wasn’t sure which layout I preferred for that name. Gene left a comment saying that he really liked the first layout best because of its symmetry. Tracy said the second block was her favorite and that it looked like little people hugging each other. So true, I had not even noticed it!!

So here they are -

Sliding Number Puzzle



Quilt Fulla Hugs!


Now that these two patterns are OFFICIALLY named I want to thank both Gene and Tracy for helping with the process. But I cannot leave out Pat! Thank you Pat for being the first to comment on the original post and for sending Gene over to have a look.

Now if the three of you would please, please, please send me your snail-mail addies, I would like to send a little gift out to each of you!!

Be blessed!!