"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

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trick or Treat???

Well it won’t be long til all the goblins will be out and the kids will be gathering their yearly Halloween candies. Seems like summer was slow coming this year and has departed too soon. Being a summer type person, I think I lament the same thing every year. When I was still living in Calif. I didn’t think about it that much. I thought about it a little more after we moved to Nevada. But now that I am in Idaho, I really think about it a lot.

Once winter hits here, you are more or less stuck. No long trips anywhere.  Unless you like driving with chains and snow tires? If you do, well excuse me! I never really could understand why the “snow birds” left every winter and came back. But now I totally understand.  But I keep reminding myself that there will be no wood burning for heat this year, and the thought of that cheers me up. And it’s also the time of year I start thinking about xmas presents, what to make? A couple of years ago I think I got carried away with all the knitting and crocheting for presents. I got it into my head that I wanted to make an afghan for each of my grandchildren, and 8 afghans later, not mentioning the other things I made.  Won’t do that again… :)

idaho sunrise

Took this shot the other morning, amazing how the colors can be so beautiful! Sometimes natures beauty is just too beautiful for words. The older I get, seems like I notice and appreciate the most common and simple things? I just love being outside, and as I was walking today watching the last of the water run through the irrigation ditch, life just keeps moving on season after season.

All the changes I have seen in my 66 years. And I can’t help but wonder if mankind is ever going to get it? Seems like we aren’t really moving forward. I won’t speak too much politically, but our government is so fouled up. They are like a bunch of children who would rather fight and argue, rather than get anything done. Seems that in our country we don’t want to be bothered. If it interferes with out soap opera’s, we get pissed.

Back in the day, no one was on any kind of welfare. People were proud, and thought it was shameful to take charity. Well let me tell you, the times have changed. Seems that the attitude is everyone wants something for nothing. Let me tell you people, it won’t work! You can’t sit on your fat ass and think this country is going to continue to thrive. And building fences won’t keep anyone out! Sorry for the small rant…………….

fox tee

On the knitting front, I have been doing a lot of extra work for and upcoming project. But I think I am getting a little burned out. Been working on a new design, but I keep making changes. So I have put that down for now. But I have made my pooch 3 new sweaters! I gave him a short hair cut for winter. His fur gets matted real easily, so instead of letting him grow for the winter………….thus we need tee shirts to keep warm. And then when he goes outside, I put another sweater on him. If humans can wear layers, lol…….so can dogs!

I am not some kind of freaky dog owner, I simply take care of the needs of my pet. Foxy is getting long in the tooth, just like me! And I can still hear, but he can’t, and let me tell you having a deaf dog can be the pitts! Thank goodness he knows some hand signals. So before I close I will take him out and take a shot of one of his tee shirts………………:) He’s a schnauzer, believe it or not. With this haircut I think he looks a little like a greyhound. Anyway this is a free pattern called, Dog Sweater, Linda’s version. Very simple to make, I ended up making an extra one that I gave to a neighbors Chihuahua. So it’s a really good idea to measure your pet and go  from there. I’m in the mood to make myself a sweater, of course I want a sweater that makes me look skinny………….gee I haven’t found that pattern yet. But I’m gonna keep looking…………Ravelry here I come! Have fun…

foxy tee2