Feb 29

Feb 25

While we did get snow last night and the wind is pretty wicked this morning, we lucked out and have less than an inch of the white stuff and it’s supposed to be back up into the 50’s by Saturday, so it won’t last long.  I can deal with this.

I am so sorry I have been so quiet on all of the social media sites.  It has been rather difficult at work lately, my mood has not been all that great, and I’ve been fighting deadlines and headaches (the real kind) for a couple of weeks now.  I think I just need a day at home, some sunshine and some fiber therapy.  With all luck, I hope to have one of these days on Saturday.  I hope to spend a good part of the afternoon that day with the skirting table and several fleeces, skirting and monkey-grooming them and getting them ready to wash.  And, maybe, just maybe, I’ll see a robin that day.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Other than that, the only creative thing going on is a pair of socks and a couple of doll skirts.  I do intend to record a podcast on Sunday, so I’ll show them off to you then.

I just hope that silly groundhog is right his year.  I can use an early spring.

Feb 10

Okay, this might be more important to me than it is to you, but I am super excited right now.  I stepped on the scales this morning and weighed 153.  I think I was in my late 30s the last time I weighed this little (relatively speaking).  One more pound and I will have lost 20 pounds since my birthday in late July.

I posted this picture to Facebook yesterday:


At the beginning of December, this handknit sweater was snug on me.  Now it fits very nicely with positive ease.  And the best thing is that I have figured out an eating plan where I am not hungry.  I have three meals and two snacks and it is working!

The next update, though, is the most important one of all.  If you have seen my podcast or follow me on Ravelry, then you have seen this:


Well, let me show you who it was made for!


Everyone is healthy and happy and everything.


This is my brother (my little brother, mind you) holding his first grandchild.  Doesn’t the look on his face say it all?  Kim said there were many tears of joy shed over this wee girly.


And my dad holding his first great-grandchild.  Oh, I do wish Mom and Lori were here for this day even more than for the weddings of my two oldest nieces.  Mom would be going nuts over this baby.  And Lori becoming a grandmother would be so much fun.

Sara Kaye looks like both my brother and my mom around the eyes.  Maybe, just maybe, a little bit of Mom is there after all.

Feb 7

Feb 4

I remember doing it.  I remember putting my Hiya-Hiya interchangeable set into  something (a box, a bag?) and taking it upstairs to my studio.  I remember thinking at the time, “I am going to regret taking these out of my bedroom when I need some different needles.”  And you know what?  I was right!

I finished the two main projects I was working on (Harris Tweed socks out of the Brenda and Heather Yarns colorway Napoleon and the Drops baby sweater out of Drops 100% alpaca yarn) and wanted to start something new.  I could have started Scott’s coif (aka Warm All Winter by Cat Bordhi), or I could have started the Martinmas Shawl with a couple skeins of my hand spun yarn, or I could have started the Basic Norwegian Star hat for Jon, all of which I really want to do.  I had the patterns printed out, the yarn, but I could not find my Hiya-Hiya interchangeable needles, which means I had no needles for any of these projects.

So, what I did start (and for which I found the needles because they were in my sock knitting notions bag) was this:



Susan B Anderson’s knitted dolls.  I have the kit for Morgan, the doll on the right.  So, I started her last night while Scott and I watched some YouTube videos on Medieval clothing styles and fighting techniques (Scott got to pick last night).

I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret part of Benita.  I love dolls.  I love miniatures.  I love tiny little things, and I have been looking forward to knitting this wee dolly since she came in the mail sometime last fall (late summer?).  So, maybe this is God’s way of letting me know that it okay to take time off from knitting for others and make something for me just for the pure joy of knitting it.  I’m okay with that.

Feb 2