"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, September 30, 2010

Down-sizing?…… Gee I hope not. Keep on Knitting!

Just a quick note. Needed to go to town yesterday. Decided I needed to get some decent hiking socks. My feet are really still not fully recovered from the last over 4 hour trek. Of course I’m not going to quit walking while I wait for everybody to get happy?! That might take awhile. Anyway, I’m off to get some hiking socks, got a couple pairs of Smartwool. Both medium thickness, not the same, I think they will workImage1 fine. We have a little something coming up Saturday, so now I don’t know whether to wear my boots or nikes? When in doubt, boots. Soooo anyway, had fun looking at all the different socks, the store was called the “Outdoorsman,” first time I had been in there. I didn’t look at everything, but it seemed to have a good supply of everything you might need. If you like camouflage, this is your store! Kind of reminds me of the leopard and animal print that was so popular a few years ago. He’s pretty cute huh?

So any way I am digressing. After I found the socks, I decided since I was in town I better mosey on over to Joann’s, I mean they might have something I need? You know how it goes, I just love looking at the colors, and thinking about what I could make out of it. I also want to get started on my next design, but I need to make another sample first. I am proud to report, the ordered project is 99% finished. Just a couple of little finishing touches should dImage2o it.I had not been in Joann’s in a few weeks, but the first thing I was noticing was that that the yarn seemed to have been moved around. While I’m thinking about it, I need to go check their on line store, so I will be able to answer a question that you might have. Okay, so I’m noticing there’s not as much yarn. And the first thing I realize, there entire stock of RedHeart is gone! I like RedHeart a lot, It’s a good rugged yarn. So I find that rather depressing, because I really do enjoy seeing all the dif ferent yarns in person, you can touch it, feel it, and of course see the colors. Color charts don’t work for me. Back in the dark ages they had color charts with actual pieces of the yarn attached. Now that worked. Okay, I checked on Joann’s web site, they are still carrying RedHeart. But I am disappointed that they felt it was necessary to take it out of this particularOwl-Knittingmm store. p.s. 10/4/2010 called the store they reassured me they were not discontinuing RedHeart? Hmmmmm
Fortunately we have a little dime store that is so amazing, you never know what you will find there. And I am happy to say they carry a huge assortment of RedHeart, so I am lucky indeed. Of course if your not a knitter, I’m sure you could give a hoot! Oh well, talk at ya later. Give a Hoot, Keep on Knitting!

Monday, September 27, 2010

History of knitting & Ravelry

Knitting, as defined by Wiktionary, is "Combining a piece of thread with two needles into a piece of fabric." The word is derived from knot, thought to originate from the Image1 Dutch verb knutten, which is similar to the Old English cnyttan, to knot ts origins lie in the basic human need for clothing for protection against the elements. More recently, knitting has become less a necessary skill and more a hobby.

One of the earliest known examples of knitting was finely decorated cotton socks found in Egypt in the end of the first millennium AD. Hand-knitting has gone into and out of fashion many times in the last two centuries, and at the turn of the 21st century it is enjoying a revival. According to the industry group Craft Yarn Council of America, the number of Image2 women knitters in the United States age 25–35 increased 150% in the two years between 2002 and 2004. The latest incarnation is less about the "make-do and mend" attitude of the 1940s and early 50s and more about making a statement about individuality as well as developing an innate sense of community.

Additionally, many contemporary knitters have an interest in blogging about their knitting, patterns, and techniques, or joining a virtual community focused on knitting, such as Ravelry.

I guess we all know what a great site Ravelry is,Image3 but it really seems to be growing in popularity. I think its just fantastic, I hope knitting, crocheting and all types of handwork stays around for many years to come. I think that top picture is just wonderful, I can remember  as a child how the ladies would set around and do there various needlework projects. And how I couldn’t wait to learn how to knit and crochet, I just feel so lucky to have such a fantastic hobby. It has brought me many hours of pure enjoyment! I found this picture also. Isn’t she a hoot? Marvelous! Take care. Talk at ya later! Keep those needles clicking.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday night poker party!

Howdy! Worked almost all afternoon, trying to redo the videos. It was getting pretty funny at one point. It’s harder than you think, I actually went through my whole routine and turned to turn the camera off to discover the battery had died and it was already off. Would probably be a little easier if I was a little more familiar with the camera. But pshaw………….why let that bother me? No fear, ignorance is truly bliss.DSCF2685

I have to tell you a little story, I am an only child, and I never had a problem finding ways to entertain myself. So when I got this camera, and I was trying to figure out how I was going to set everything up, it made me remember way back when how I used to pretend to be a cook on a television show, so I would set everything up on the kitchen table and talk to the wall, and pretend that was my audience. I don’t know how my Mother kept from laughing out loud, because if she did I never heard her. She usually was in the living room when I was doing my “Cooking Show.” I do remember that if I dropped anything she never came running in to see what happened. She just always said, “If you made a mess, please clean it up!” You know that’s one thing about being an only child that truly sucked, because I couldn’t blame it on anybody else!

DSCF2686 When my children were still at home and anything got broken, spilled, disappeared, etc. We had a ghost that did it. Kind of interesting how that ghost left when the kids did?

Anyway, I had a ball playing with my new toy, and I can see where making more videos to assist with some of my patterns. would be a really good idea. (Good excuse) I really did not realize how gabby I can get, and then I was trying to hurry up, and your tongue doesn’t work right, or your hand drops a stitch. Pretty funny all in all. If someone would have told me I would be doing what I did today, I would have told them to stay right there, the men in white jackets will be right here to pick you up!

Have fun………..you deserve it!

These are a couple of more pics I took Thursday. The one here on the bottom was a really interesting thing, It was built of concrete on three sides open on the highest back side. Built out in the middle of no where? Some sort of metal object that was still there was attached to the bottom and seemed to be able to reach across the road and would have been able to reach the water which is right there. You just can’t see it. It would be interesting if we can find out just what it was used for? Later………………

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hiking down the rail-trail & New Videos Added to YouTube!

And I have to say what a beautiful piece of country we hiked into, absolutely gorgeous. I did take a few pictures, but I discovered my batteries were getting low, so even after flipping the batteries over the camera was not acting normally.  We saw a lot of wild life the first being three does, we interrupted their breakfast. They turned around a couple of times as they were climbing a very steep mountain, really gave you the perspective watching them climb and get smaller as they went. The weather could not have been more perfect. It was a bit nippy starting off, but by mid day I would say it was just about 75. The only problem I had was with my boots, they were not the most comfortable.
Lots of water, could actually hear it moving in places. Other than two ranches we passed when we first started out, there was no more sign of humans. If you like the outdoors, you would have really enjoyed this hike. A few horses and some cattle were spotted, they took a little interest in us, but not much. On the way back I happened to look down on the waters edge there was a large rock with two water otters. They slid into the water and at first they swam away from us, but in only a few minutes they were swimming back towards us. We also noticed that the smaller otter was riding piggy back on the larger. So we figured it must be mother and babe. One of them followed us for a little while. So nice to see them in their own environment, really wonderful. I think seeing them was really the high light of our hike.
Well on the knitting front, I didn’t get much done yesterday, the last 30 minutes or so of the hike, my feet were really hurting. Looking at the water, I think we both wanted to go down and take our boots off and dip the pinkies. But then we would have to put our boots back on! So onward we went, I really had a blast. But I guarantee I will be wearing a pair of boots that fit, and that will be better intended for this type of terrain. It says here in fine print. Glad to report not much soreness today, and there are no blisters to report. The little toes on both feet are both swollen because of the boots, but I can live with that.DSCF2683 My partner didn’t seem to have any boot problems, I think her feet might have been getting a little tired also. See the sign? Made out of old rail road spikes. How clever is that? Thanks for a wonderful day girl! Your the best.
Did work on the project last nite, should have that finished this evening with any luck. And ta da……………..I am proud to announce I did make a couple of “how to”videos today. September 24, 2010
How to knit: 3 needle cast on with double pointed needles

 How to: pick up stitches in middle of project

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Well Good Night!

Where have you been? Time really does fly sometimes, not enough minutes in the days when you’ve got so many things going on. Let’s see I need to put a pictureIMG002 in right about here some where. A little bird told me that a blog is boring indeed without any pictures. I thank that little bird, hope all is well with you. I have so many irons in the fire right now, so many things I want and need to get done. If I think about it too much, …………….well we won’t even go there will we? I think you can see that this is a garden. Just kind of wanted to show you what kind of country we live in here. The weather has been just so beautiful. I’m not fond of winter, I know it’s a necessary thing. But. I really could do with out it, when I lived in Ca. I lived in Grover Beach and the weather was actually boring. I love warm weather, I guess I could easily turn into a snowbird?

Well on the news front, I got the camcorder today, and I played with it some, and I think it’s going to be perfect for what I need it for. Of course I had to walk around talking IMG003 like I’m sort of newscaster, my dog thought I was pretty amusing anyway, especially when I realized I didn’t even have the camera turned on! Pretty darn cool. Still working on models, and I need to get a project that I promised a year ago. Now that’s pretty bad. I really don’t know where the time has gone. This is a shot of the side of the back of the house. Looking out that way you usually have some moo moo’s looking back at you. Those steps were built for going up on the roof. Just the usual brik a brac that a man likes having set around. But when your gardening……

So it’s almost 10 pm, got a hot date tomorrow morning early. More Rails to Trails, so I’ve got to get my stuff together. Thought about my hiking boots, but I IMG004 don’t think they are going to work. So I guess it will be me and the Nike’s maybe the rocks won’t be so bad where we are going tomorrow. But I will have the camera and will take some pics to show you what it looks like. It will all be new to me also. This shot is looking towards the hi-way. This is not the desert. I think the thing that really struck me when we first moved here was the fact that everything grew whether you watered it or not. Now in Nevada it don’t work that way! I mean, the weeds! But let me tell you, even an old desert rat like me, starts getting used to the green, and it really grows on ya! Pun intended. I gotta go gather up my stuff before it gets too late. I’m going to try and make my first video manana. Wish me luck. I will post it to the tutorial section if I am successful. Good-night….p.s. if you look on this last picture you will see an orange colored dinosaur up towards the right. See it?

Friday, September 17, 2010

What’s up?


Just a quickie. Started an elephant last nite, ordered some yarn to make a sample. Got the house cleaned yesterday, so I can play today! Not sure what that will mean exactly, but I will think of something interesting. Already back from a lovely walk. Just a little nippy this morning, but there’s lots of blue sky and sunshine.

Thought about putting eyes on the elephant, but he’s going to be for a 2 month old strapping boy, so I think we will forget the eyes, but I think I will embroider them and see how that looks. Using some yarn, that I have had earmarkedfree_clip_art_yarn_crafts_woolbasket for this project.  I mean I hadn’t picked up a needle in a couple of days and was having withdrawal  symptoms. Still have my new pattern floating around in my head, almost finished. So I will have fun putting that to work. I guess some people make drawings, etc. But I like to do it all mentally. Anyway.

Still haven’t got the camera yet, so I am still planning on getting that project done. I am really looking forward to doing that. I think the videos should be really helpful, the old saying, “a pictures worth a thousand words?” Well I’m hoping the videos will make the entire process of picking up stitches very easy to understand and make abaskat2 it less daunting a project. The only thing that I remember thinking the first time I picked up stitches, was the fact that my dp (double pointed) needles were way too long. That’s why I really do recommend getting the 7inch needles in wood. The first video will be showing why wooden needles are so much better for certain things! So before I get too long winded, I’ll say ta ta for now. Have a super day…………dwoeful

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cos I said I would :(

Good evening to me…………….well did you ever have one of those days? You know what I mean, everything is just not quite right. Everything seems to be just a little off kilter, and there ain’t a dam thing you can do about it. Well that’s the way its gone for me today. I could go into detail, but suffice to say the people I live with aren’t real happy with me?  After living in the desert for so many years, I just can’t help but admire a lush growth of any kind. So if you’re wondering why I took this picture, that’s why. :)

DSCF2672 I’ve got my days and nites so screwed up, I really think I need to make an effort to do something about that. Because mentally and physically, I don’t think its good for a person. It says here in fine print. I’ve worked all my life, so the one thing about not working that I really enjoy, is the fact that I can stay up just as late as I want and I don’t have to worry about getting up or going to work late, or going to work exhausted from lack of sleep. I’ve always felt that you always catch up on lost sleep, but the more I think about that, that’s pretty stupid.

Funny how you can develop such bad habits, and you really don’t realize what you are doing? So if you’re in the habit of not getting enough sleep and staying up too many hours…………….Knock it off! It’s really not healthy. I also received an e-mail the other day, and I think I am going to post it here.

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:
2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs
  1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

Please pass this to the people you care about.......

Now isn’t that interesting? Kind of makes sense? The glass of water before the bath? That’s kind of strange, and do they mean bath or is a shower the same thing? Kind of questioning that a little bit. But what the heck, I think we all are guilty of not drinking enough water. So I thought I would just kind of give you something to think about. And one more note, being dehydrated can give you some Alzheimer like symptoms. Bet you didn’t know that did ya? So if your acting a little goofy, maybe you should drink a glass of water?

DSCF2669 Anyway………… Gee isn’t that some gorgeous country? It really is so pretty up here. The more I think about it, it really does remind me of the valley that I grew up in. Funny how you always seem to desire the same kind of environment that you grew up in. Of course, if you moved around constantly that wouldn’t be the case, would it? I am constantly fascinated by what makes us act the way that we do. Also how childhood traumas can affect a person to the end of their days.

I was watching tennis a tennis match on television a few years ago, and John McEnroe was the announcer. He made the statement, “we all have fear, it’s how we decide to handle it that makes the difference.” I have never forgotten that, and I think its so true.DSCF2673 I think we tend to think that when we are going through a crisis or a tough situation, that we are the only ones having problems. That no one else has ever felt exactly the same way or gone through what you have. Wrong! You aren’t alone kiddo, we are all struggling through, nobody said it would be easy. And guess what, it’s not. So if life starts to get you down, just hitch them pants up, bolster up your courage and go for it. We really don’t have any other choice, so make the most out of it. And if you happen to have a little fun, and enjoyment, and laughter along the way. Good on you. Later……………..p.s. that’s a hawk feather in my hat.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weiser River Rail Trail

Greetings! Been a few, but I’ve always got a good excuse, want to hear it? Naw………..let’s not bother, you know sometimes life gets in the way.And since we don’t get to hang out here for very long, its a really good idea to take advantage of every minute and every second! Okay, lecture over….:)

Took a little jaunt down the ole “Weiser River Rail Trail” We decided to walk out two hours and turn around and walk back, four hour walk. We were cracking up, because we have been talking about doing this for the last couple of years, so I said we better do it now before were 70 and 80 and bemoaning the fact that were too old to go ………. Could have not asked for better weather, it actually looked like it was thinking about rain. But the clouds cleared and it was just gorgeous. DSCF2668 And because we were walking along an old rail trail, it was ROCKY! Not big rocky, but after awhile, I wishing for an old cow trail or something. Something smooth anyway.  Picky, picky! Just can’t tell you how much I enjoy being outside, and if you’ve got a great friend walking next to you, I mean how can it get any better than that?You gotta stop and smell those roses, they are so sweet! And we  came prepared by golly, I was packing my ever ready walking stick, pepper spray, camera, plastic bag(if it rained),cell phone, and 6 pieces of Werther’s hard candy.DSCF2671 And my bud had a couple bottles of water, cell phone, & toilet paper. Now that’s what you call prepared. LOL…………her cell phone rang just as we had reached our turning around spot, and thinking it was probably her daughter, she answered it and it turned out to be her boss,  so she got paid for walking! How kewl is that? All I will say, is she’s just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, as you can see for yourself.  I guess I should have taken some pictures of the rocks cause it sure doesn’t look very rocky there does it? Oh well, I’ve got old feet, what can I tell you? Someone has suggested that perhaps, boots would have been a good idea. Well gosh, that does make sense. :) p.s. great idea you know who……………….. On the way back we noticed they were cutting a cornfield, so we counted how many rows they cut at one time. I know you are just dying to know……………8 :)

Well on the ever present knitting front, I am still waiting for the camera to arrive, I have everything set up and ready to roll, and I will be a YouTube star? Oh my, that’s a real scary thought. But I’m really serious about promoting “Knitting in circles”, and I’m going to do everything I can to  teach this technique and get it out there. The mystery needs to be banished. I had to send off some sample projects today, so  when I got in the car to go to the post office, I  realized I had not left the place other than to walk since we got back from Nevada! Talk about a home body. And since someone else does all the shopping, he makes it possible. How spoiled is that? And did you tennis fans enjoy the US OPEN? I thought it was awesome. Kim Clisters, received a check for 2.7 million dollars.  Well, I’ll be back manana, and  I will share the rest of the pics , there’s even  one of me. And you know what? It looks just like me………………..have fun!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You got rain?

Howdy do, just dropping in to let you know we are still kickin them tators out here in Idahoooooooooooooo. Just got back from walking, it was so dark when the alarm went off, I thought it was broken. Nope just dark and cloudy and threatening to rain. Actually very nice weather for a walk. One of those mornings when your walking along chatting with your walking partner and you realize how quiet it is. Calm and quiet. I just love being outside, it’s really good for a person. You know we weren’t meant to be inside buildings all the time? Really, take my word.
Not too much going on here at the hacienda, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Been doing a lot of knitting, working on patterns, staying up too late. It’s really strange how time flies when your having fun. Of course, I’ve been watching the US OPEN Tennis Tournament in New York, not too many surprises so far. Going pretty much the way I expected. I realize that maybe tennis is not the most popular sport on the planet. But if you know much about it, you know what a wonderful sport it is. I played tennis in school, and I can’t tell you how much I loved and hated it. Tennis is not a team sport, you are on your own. And like a lot of things in life, you get out what you put in. I have always been athletic and competitive. Really wish I had been a little taller. If they would have had long distance running back in the day, that would have been my sport. But tennis worked well for me, so it’s something I have followed and enjoyed watching all my life.
101 Ways to Annoy People
1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
4. Talk about knitting 24/7
5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.

Take care, have  a super day! You really do deserve it. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gonna Keep on Truckin’

Well its been a few. We got back from Nevada Monday, and did we have a great time. Of course I didn’t take any long pants, so when the weather changed to cold and windy, I looked like a real native with my blanket at the Pow-wow. People kept talking about the weather was supposed to turn cold and I just ignored it. But let me tell you, it turned windy & cold. The one great thing about it, the dancers were able to wear theirIMG021 leather outfits and be comfortable. I don’t know if you are familiar with the word Pow-Wow. The word powwow originates from the Algonkian word pau wau. It refers to a gathering that includes singing, dancing, and socializing. The powwow event is also a way to remember heritage, culture, and traditions amongst Aboriginal People. The powwow is practiced across North America.
This was our 18th annual powwow, I really can’t believe it’s been that many years. Seems like just the other day that we had our first. Our powwow is held in IMG024 Yerington, Nevada. Wovoka, was a local native leader and our powwow is held in his honor. I really look forward to going every year. And since I have moved to Idaho, I really can’t wait to go. It’s so nice to see family and friends. And of course the dancing and the drums, they are just good for the soul. Okay, enough about that. But I should say if you ever get a chance to go to a powwow, go, you will enjoy yourself. Promise  :)
Well I just have to say how happy a stranger has made me, but we are not strangers anymore. It’s really amazing how someone you don’t even know can take time out of their lives to reach out and tell you to buck up. Things happen for a reason, I have always believed that with all my being. So you can’t do anything about yesterday, you only have the present. And on that note, I want to show you my latest wabbit.Muffy
What? You don’t think she looks like a wabbit? LOL……….well, I think your right. Kind of bearish? I need to tip her head up so you can see her smile. Wait a second.20100902_9
I think you can see the smile now, just a little bit. I don’t want them to be scary looking. It’s bad enough for a child to be sick in a hospital, you don’t want someone coming in with a scary looking critter. I have named this critter ‘Sandy." Well I’m going to leave it at that. I am a big tennis fan, and with the US OPEN Tennis Tournament this week in New York,  I have a really great excuse to set in front of that TV and knit, knit, knit! Have a great day……you really do deserve it!  Thanks so very much Sandy!