"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Feels Like Summer

The last few days it really has warmed up outside. It’s like one day summer will get here pretty soon, and the next day BAM summer’s here. And we do have humidity up here, so it’s been muggy as heck. Now I’m sure you are really interested in an Idaho weather report? LOL……….well maybe not.

On the knitting front it has been really really interesting. With the help of a new acquaintance on Ravelry, I have learned a lot of new things. With her help I even started a test knit of my latest pattern “Lil Arfin Annie” and it’s been great fun. Have already had some great suggestions and found a typo/mistake and that’s what I was looking for. I don’t know why you can go over something a gazillion times, and the error is right there, but you totally space it. When I was out walking this morning I’m thinking about a certain row, and doing math in my head just doesn’t happen. So I’m wishing I had pencil and paper while I’m walking. Amazing what you can think of when you are walking. Anyway…………….Been making corrections and enjoying the group bjfromnv-designs so if you want to come check it out, come on over. The price is right.

Also wanted to share a pic of a butterfly I took a few days ago, it was so stunning I ran in the house and grabbed my camera, but try as I might I couldn’t get it to turn it’s back and spread it’s wings. I discover that it’s a Tiger Swallowtail, great name huh?tricky

So anyway I thought you might enjoy the picture………….I’ve been knitting teddy bears, and right now I’m working on the 3rd one. I enjoy making my patterns, but  I do like to try others also. I just found a free one on Ravelry called The Parlor Cat. It’s a great pattern and I was very surprised to see a link to a youtube of mine about W&T in the round. Imagine my surprise. Anyway, check out this pattern. I will post a pic after I make one. I think this pic of Arfin Annie is cute!


So keep cool, and remember to always have fun! Winking smile

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope you all have a safe week-end. The weather here in Idaho is just beautiful. I think I have made my final change to Lil Arfin Annie, I’m not dreaming about it and I’m beginning to think that’s a miracle. Anyway, it is done. I am hoping it will be a popular addition to my other patterns.

I just wanted to drop in and say “HOWDY” have fun……………


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What’s up with you?

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Some of the most beautiful clouds going on outside. This has been the craziest spring weather. From wind and rain in the morning to to sunny and hot in the afternoon! But it is what it is. One of my husbands favorite sayings………………

Had a lovely walk with Stella this morning…………and would you believe I didn’t get barked at once? Now that’s a red letter day. While I was up on the ditch road I saw a mother duck and at least 10 baby ducklings swimming in the canal. So as she was trying to herd them ahead of us, Stella and I put it in high gear and passed them, then Mama decided to turn them around and head the other way. I would have liked to stop and admire them, but Mom was not in the mood! lol

Well I finally finished another pattern yesterday. And it’s hard to believe but it’s been a couple of years since I have done one. I was given the name first and then I made the pattern. Her name is:

LIl Arfin Annie


I took a gazillion pictures, but when I was trying to put them up on Ravelry I could not get them to show all of her, just parts, like the picture was too big? Anyway I came up with this shot and I think it works pretty well? I have been looking at a couple of my other patterns and I think they could use a little updating? Sounds good?

Anyway, just wanted to drop in and show you “Annie”. I hope you are having a great day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How R U?

Well it’s been quite a while and for some strange reason I feel like making a little entry here. I want to show you a couple of things I made. And oh, by the way, I have a great grandson! How exciting is that? He was born March 27, 2015. 7lbs. 9 oz. Hayden Alexander Williams.


hayden closeup

I wish him a happy life. I hope all his dreams come true. Hayden boy

hayden and friend

He looks pretty small compared to the pup I made for him. I hope he has a lot of fun with it!!


And this is sweet Skylar…………..she is a beautiful girl. My great-grand-daughter. Hayden’s cousin. I think she loves her rabbit!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Can you say “POGONIP”?

Just got through walking with Stella and it’s a beautiful pogonip morning. The man just got back from town and said the roads are a little slippery. Fog + pogonip= ICE

Just dropping in to post a pic of the blanket and sweater that I made for Hayden Alexander. The package will get shipped manana. I will make a couple of toys for him, but I still have time for that. Need to finish the sweater before I start anything else. Them is da rules!!


I also wanted to post this pic I saw on facebook that a friend of mine posted! I think it’s wonderful. Have a great day, and remember…………….have fun.


And P.S. Happy BD to my Mama! Happy 92!! We having pizza today….she loves it.

Monday, January 5, 2015

What’s Happening with you?

Gee, it’s really hard to believe that it’s 2015 already. The month of December is a bit of a haze. I started making home made gifts a few years ago and much as I love to do it. The old gray mare “ain’t what she used to be”! Then throw in the fact I have a great gran coming in Feb. so I decided I needed to make a blanket and a sweater for him. Hayden Alexander, now isn’t that a powerful name? Hayden I wish you a life filled with love and joy!

Now on the knitting front, I did get everything made on time for Xmas. But I am wanting to make something for myself. Now I’m not a twiggy and I am built straight up and down, so finding a sweater that is the least bit flattering can be a real challenge.


Seems like I spent 2 weeks looking a patterns. And it seems like if I find something I like, I know darn well it’s not going to look good on me. I also prefer seamless patterns. I have never been very good at seaming, and I think if they are sloppy they will stand out like ugly mistakes. So to those of you who are good at seaming I applaud you.

I am working on a pattern I found on Ravelry called “Cassis”. I think it’s kind of an interesting pattern and one which will be very easy to modify. I am at the stage where I need to try it on, the only problem is I will need to put the entire sweater on waste yarn in order to do this! Grrrrrrrr


Anyway, I guess I am checking in with myself. There have been a lot of changes in my life this past year, and it has really shown in my knitting. I just haven’t had the time, and I really miss it! So let’s hope that I can get some regular knitting in from now on. Everyone and everything is fine here…………..Stella is going to be 3 years old pretty soon. I will include a couple pictures of her in her snowsuit and snow shoes. She really enjoys them, so nice to see her out in the snow and not having problems with ice. I hope you are all well. Remember…………….have fun!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Okay…….where was I?


Alright, are you impressed two blogs in two days? Unheard of………Life does get in the way sometimes, and I have to admit I can’t seem to see any kind of pattern as to when I tend to blog. But with summer coming on strong now, which is my favorite time of the year. I will be surprised if you see much blogging from me.

Memorial day is coming up this week-end. I sometimes wonder about some of our American holidays, some are kind of………….well what can I say?


Anything for a 3 days week-end, but back in the day everyone worked, now it seems like everyone is on the dole………………….? Just my opinion, and that’s the way I see it. Instead of the ugly American, I’m sure we are now referred to as the lazy American. No Joke!

Enough of that………I want to show you my latest projects!


This is Veronica, named after the baby that these gifts were made for. Part of the reason I love making the toys, is the fact that they can be made absolutely any color your heart desires. I need to look up the pattern link for this blanket, it is knitted and you use double strand yarn, so it grows fast and it’s very soft!

It’s called Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho…………..here is the link on Ravelry, it’s a free pattern.

For more information, see: http://www.purlbee.com/chevron-baby-blanket/

Well I’m gonna hang it up for now, hope you had a great day. Thursday is mow day for us, I usually mow for about 3 hours, but our place looks so pretty when I get done, it’s really worth it! Take care…………….be good.