Finished It!

...a place to share my fiber projects, even the ones I actually finish.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I haven't posted in awhile because I got turned on to decorating using Feng Shui by DJ Candice at "The Magikal Edge" on

Sooooo, I'll post some pictures when I have parts of the house done.

Right now the "Clutter Queen" is very, very busy, well, cleaning up clutter. Dare I say most of it is junk mail. How in the world does it even make it into the house?

I've identified the Living Room as the element Metal and the Northwest corner of the living room as Travel and Friends (Helpful People). The computer is there, although it might not be recommended, because the one and only phone jack is there. And, hey, I do travel all around the world on it! Even the world comes to me by the look of my Cluster Map. Would it kill you to leave a comment?! Tee hee.

The North corner is Career and it is also the entry to the house. That seems fortuitous. I will be painting the front door a shade of navy blue. Candice directed me to place a wind chime there. I'll be placing business cards for Blue Flax Studio there and some examples of my handmade things.

The Northeast corner is Knowledge and Cultivation. What a great place for the bookshelves, pushed together, and a desk to make a library!

The last corner of the living room is a personal altar. It is near the center of the house. I picked up some ideas here:

Make Your Own Altar

I brought in two extra pieces of furniture wondering how in the world I would fit them in to my mini-multi-purpose metal, white, gray, black and dark blue living room. I moved the furniture around and around then decided to concentrate on the Fung Shui functions of each corner. Voila! More furniture and the space seems more spacious than before. I think I've got it! After all the grunting that is when I decided to do an online Arrange-a-Room. :(!

Payday is tomorrow. I'll buy a color printer cartridge and then post the Arrange-a-Room printout. You probably know the site, but just in case, no, here's the linkie:

BHG Arrange-a-Room

Friday, October 5, 2007

Ideas from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick

This beautiful book is at our Needles library.

Uses four balls of Moonlight Mohair for the hat and the scarf.

Friday, September 21, 2007

What the Heck Is That?

This is looking down the back stairs of my place. I've always thought a personal altar would be nice. A sort of private place to read and meditate. So this is going to be it.

I finished giving it a good cleaning. Next comes the masking tape and then I'm going to paint the walls and doors aubergine and then...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

the FOXXY Collection

Since I was a teen I loved to fool around with designing my own clothes. I always thought it would be fun to do more. So, now that I'm retired, I checked out a great book on fashion illustration, deciding to try my hand at it. Here are some of my designs inspired by a incredibly cool DJ from the UK, Dee van de Staat, aka FOXXY. These designs are dedicated to every woman, any age, any size, just always foxxy!

See, I'm not so good at faces. This poor creature is going to need a reworking.

Inspired by DJ Foxxy with "Breakfast with Foxxy" formerly on

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Still Browsing Blogs

Found this free poncho pattern at the Yarn Harlot website. I thought it would be neat to own. Yikes! How many projects is that sitting at the end of the runway? Zoom, zoom.

A Very Harlot Poncho

Knitting the pink boucle scarf now for "Pinks and Jeans" - the collection for the teens and teen newbies.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


It always stresses me out to go to the doctor. So my blood pressure is always elevated. This time I took my knitting. VOILA! My blood pressure was 124/80!

Well, back to work.

PS: I totally give up trying to get a good, sharp photo. Believe me, I am trying!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I Love eBay!

I love the escrow company because my property taxes and my supplemental property taxes are PAID!

I love my doctor because my blood pressure was where it should be and my liver is improving.

I love me because I have lost 25 pounds and my cholesterol is good.

I'm resting now from all this "love" news but I'll be posting big time tomorrow!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Something's Happening Here!

I've been dragging all of my old work clothes out and trying to figure out how to make them into a funky 60-something resort/retirement wardrobe. This is my first clue that the season is a changing. Of course, it is still 109F during the day but the nights are a bit cooler and it stays cooler longer in the morning.

I've been knitting and knitting the red boucle scarf. What pretty yarn it is. Will post a photo soon. It is for the Route 66 Collection and a few other scarves are already done. I think it will also look smashing in the Foxxy Collection. More on that later!

There are two great stores here in our little desert village on the Colorado River - a quilt store and a bead store. I'm anxious for it to really cool down so I can start taking classes again. Nothing much happens here until October.

Hurry, hurry October.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

20 More Days...

until I can apply for membership to the Knitting Blogs Web Ring. :)!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

This Is the Drill!


New yarn arrives. Drop everything else and knit. Whoops. I guess this is crochet.

From Interweave Knits, Spring 2005, designed by Donna Druchunas.

I'm knitting/crocheting a rug for in front of the love seat. I wanted to use colors that would pair off with the rag rug wall hanging across the room. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarns in the new colors were just perfect (I guess a little pricey but who cares!). With my social security budget I buy a bit of everything each and every payday. So two balls of the color Stone arrived Tuesday.

Finished Part 1. Crocheted double strands of Cotton-Ease with a K hook. Knitting with 10.5 needles. Waiting to order B, C, D.

When I started working with this delicious yarn I knew I wanted more, more, more. It looks wonderful with my new Lee shorts also in Stone. I knew I just had to have the perfect shell. Something understated and classic. This is it. I thought I would add only a little purl triangle to accent the front neck. Or maybe a little open work. Shall I do it in every yummy color?

The Edward Designed by Cher Underwood Forsberg at MAGKnits

Too many projects at one time, you think?

Monday, September 3, 2007

Homespun Baroque is So Pretty...

I just have to use it for this sweater designed by Kristi Porter.

Sonnet, Knitty, Fall, 2003

My fave, garter stitch and knit side to side.


Before I Return to My Stash...

Monkey Socks

I see these socks everywhere. Sooooooo, I just have to knit them too.

Here's the original from Knitty designed by Cookie A.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

I am so ready. Whoops. Even have my Nasonex. Happy knitting!

Monthly Horoscope
For the month of September 2007

This New Moon, your ruler, Mars, is in Gemini encouraging stimulating conversation and the ability to see both sides of the question. Be aware that you can seek an argument just for its own sake to stimulate others to think rather than accept concepts and judgments without understanding their impact.
On the Eclipse, your ruler is part of a Grand Square with the Lights and Jupiter! And you thought you were multi-tasking before??? Segments of processes can be completed with this Full Moon - but the sense of completion that one anticipates will be absent.

Friday, August 31, 2007

WIPs are, well, progressing!

Red Heart Plush, French Blue
Lion Brand Moonlight Mohair, Purple Mountains

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Gone, But Not Forgotten!

Saving Kool-Aid Socks!

I dyed this acrylic/wool dk yarn awhile ago with Kool-Aid just to see how the dyed patterns would knit up. Well, I acccomplished that, I guess. But the socks were just a tad too small to be comfortable. Nevertheless I wore them to work one day. Yes, just the one with the another dyed sock on the other foot. I was desperate to share. An unexpected rain, no wait, deluge happened on the way home. Bus driver wouldn't stop at the curb but instead stopped in the middle of the street. Waded through a huge puddle of first-rain-of-the-season-road-grime in my newly knitted socks.

So here we are a few years later deciding to unravel Sock A and try again. Wish me luck.

Here's the pic for the archives in case this just doesn't work out.

Sock A

Here's a big list of sock patterns by weight of yarn.
Socks by Weight

Decisions, decisions!

Zigzag Cuff Socks
Diana's String Doodle Socks
Mother-in-Law's Socks
Toe Up Leaf Lace Socks
Blueberry Waffle Socks

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This is Reality!

This is what the table in my studio/orchid farm/bedroom actually looks like most of the time. I'd show you the rest but I simply must get organized first!