"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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Yeah…………it didn’t snow today!


Spent a few hours working on this blog, and decided since I am watching tennis at 3am in the morning, partly because I love tennis, and another because it’s been really hard to sleep the last couple of weeks, I would drop in again and see what’s going on.

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The other picture just shows the front of the house which looks no so bad, so I thought you might like looking at this side? If I showed you the back it might frighten you, so we will leave it here. When you are trying sleep and any strange noise wakes you up because you think it might be the sound of your roof collapsing? Well, let’s just put it this way, It’s Not Fun! I hope you never have to experience this. Anyway, who needs sleep?


I saw the other picture of “Dino” and I just had to take a picture yesterday and show you his snow hat and cape. What do you think? This was taken about 2pm and we have what they call a inversion going on, so we don’t get much sunshine,which I am missing big time. Hope you all are keeping warm. No snow predicted for over a week! YEE-HAW! Hope you are enjoying the Australian Open Tennis Tournament as much as I am. It will all work out…………….be happy.  p.s and to my beloved daughter I wish you a Happy Birthday. I love you more than words could ever say, be happy, and always be yourself.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is winter over yet?


The last couple of months have really been something else. Translated means: not so good. No need to go into details, but as a result. It is with much difficulty that I can pick up my needles and do what I love.


Now mother nature has stepped in and we have had a winter that has turned into a nightmare. The Treasure Valley has not seen this much snow in over 30 years! So much damage, too much to mention. I will mention the fact that our only grocery store was put out of business last week. Roof damage…………..meaning it caved in.


I took a couple of pictures yesterday. So I will post one here to keep a record of the winter of 2016-2017. Take care of yourselves.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Open Live Writer


Just been one of those days…………I’m back again. I decided to go ahead and get the anniversary update for windows 10 and I was very happy after quite a long download that it fired up and worked! Only one problem…………I tried using “Live Writer” and it wanted to do an update, which I allowed…………..well from there on nothing but probs. So I downloaded OPEN LIVE WRITER…….and they seem to work together??? Don’t ask me…but the original would not recognize my password. What a pain…..this is the link if you have the same problem http://openlivewriter.org/


Has it been that long since we last talked???


Well I guess time does fly. I haven’t been here in a while and I have spent a couple of hours working on links. The worst is over and I think I have everything working again. Why the links stopped working I have no idea.

How’s your summer going? It’s been a hot one here that’s for sure. I have two new patterns that I need to add and I hope you enjoy them.

I have been watching the Olympics and had a wonderful time taking in all the tennis. I promise I will be back to talk about that manana! Still my favorite word. Anyway……………………


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Holidays…………



This is Stella……………..one lovely little girl………………full of love and affection.

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……………