Believe it or not, I did actually straighten up some this week but you can’t tell! I am tired of the clutter and I need to get it sorted before Mom comes to visit in January – it will drive her nuts to have to work surrounded by my mess. Maybe I can just clean up this side of the room and let her work here!!

But no, i think I need to get my desk cleaned up too!

I got everything packed in two suitcases … I almost forgot Mom’s labels and her kits but I remembered in time and I think I have everything I’m supposed to bring with me. I even managed to make dinner – I think of it as an adult Mac and Cheese and Keith had 3 helpings so it must have been good. 

I didn’t sleep at all last night so I slept very late this morning … I have to get up at 4am for my flight and I don’t know how much luck I’m going to have sleeping so I’ll knit on my blanket a while and then at least try to rest a little. 

Happy Birthday!

Two of my favorite people have birthdays today …. Happy Birthday to Mom 

And Happy 1st Birthday to Mo!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to celebrate with either of them today but I’ll see Mom tomorrow and Mo will be here to visit me at Christmas so I’ll see her soon. Love them both SOOO much!

Another KitKat hat

I think this one might be more Mo’s size than Rae’s … hard to say without trying it on them. It’s a free pattern from Ravelry but I cast on fewer stitches and knit it to a shorter length. 

Are you a perfectionist? In knitting I don’t think I could be even if I wanted to. I know enough to get by but I dropped a stitch when I was binding off and while I managed to pick it back up, you can see, if you look closely, where I didn’t do it quite right but it’s good enough for a child’s hat that will be worn for a season ….


I’m still just puttering but I’m working my way through my lists slowly. I’ll pack for my trip tomorrow but I’ve been gathering all the stuff I need to take to Mom’s. It will take an extra suitcase because I haven’t been there in a few months. I felt well enough to crawl around and trim her quilt so it’s ready for me to take back to her. I have a little more floor space here than she does so I try to trim her quilts before sending them back … and I’m just nice like that anyway!

I’m taking a break now and working on another knitted hat. I love the colors of the Caron Cupcakes but because it’s acrylic it seems to work up at a larger gauge even though it’s the same weight. I’m a little afraid the hats for Rae might be too big so I’ll make a couple extra ones. 


This one has been done a while but I wanted to have Keith hold it up so I could get a photo of the full quilt. Unfortunately, he was very busy before he went out of town and we never got the photo taken. I decided I’d just hang it upside down so the stars would be visible and now I can get it washed and shipped off to the recipient. 

There are brief instructions on my website – Patriotic Rail Fence – and if you don’t like Ohio stars, you can use another star block. I’ve done it with sawtooth stars and friendship stars.

Everything but sewing

The last few days I’ve been doing everything but spending my time sewing … still doing a lot of napping – my cold is improving but it’s not even close to being gone. Quality time is being spent with Finn while I knit or read. We spent 3 hours on the porch last night (I had a new book by a favorite author) and tonight we’ve been upstairs knitting another hat. 

I’ve manage to get a couple walks in … 3 miles today, 2.5 miles yesterday. Loads of laundry done, unpacking done, some organization in the sewing room done. My walk this evening was to our little village which is all decorated for Christmas. 

I printed photos for ornaments 

I even ironed some money for Christmas cards and since I’m not motivated to go to the bank for nice new money, pressing the wrinkled money from my wallet works just as well!