Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. (Just keep in mind that i didnt move my blog to wordpress untill this last fall…. not too shabby)

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Sew… a Needle Pulling Thread

sew 1If you didn’t know already, I love making presents for people. Unfortunately, I frequently railroad my creativity by forgetting to think outside the fiber box (well, the box in general… this post is specific to the fiber box… which if there is a such thing, I would like one for my birthday *laughs*)

I knit presents. I crochet presents. But this year, I was reminded that I could SEW presents.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in My Projects


Spreading Holiday Cheer at Every Stop

On the elevator.

Each year I have to say that I’m impressed at the decorating that my employer does. Keep in mind I’m not a big holiday/Commercial Christmas/decorate to the max kinda person – it takes a bit for me to raise an eyebrow at. And every year, my employer does that. This year, they have extended their outside decorations on the east side of the building across the west side (we take up 2 city blocks, I do believe). It’s really tastefully done, which is a nice step away from some of the more gaudy displays. Read the rest of this entry »


I made the list…

santa ornamentI finally made the list and this is the explanation. Read the rest of this entry »


In Other Household Hobby News…

I’m fairly certain my youngest, Squirt, does not read my blog. Granted, I hope that one day she (and the others) will come here to read my words.

That aside – I’m sure I have shown a few small little moments on Instagram with the woodworking that is going on in my home. Oh… don’t worry – its not me ;) Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 23, 2014 in Not Fiber Related


A Christmas Story: Boots and Tiger

My dad always thought I’d be a veterinarian. I love animals – all animals of all kinds. I was known to save everything possible and try to take in all animals in need. He made a joke once when I was in college that I couldn’t be trusted in a fish store because even with a fish, I’d bring home the one with one eye, swam sideways and stuttered.

I did run a betta rescue for a long time. But that’s a different story.

I had so many pets – some standard and others not-so-much. The story of Boots and Tiger is pretty simple (one of the more simple rescue stories I have, actually). Read the rest of this entry »


A Christmas Story: Mikey

When I was around 11 or 12, the holidays rolled around as they always did – this year the tree was in question…. again. When you think about it though – the tree really isn’t a necessity for anything holiday related so if you have to find 25$ somewhere, just don’t buy the tree. So – we were again faced without having a tree.

But we can take a few steps back in this story and make the note that my mother loves blue spruce trees and she always wanted one. Our house was “in town” but at a dead end… probably 50 feet from being in the country… until they built the nursing home in the 2 or so acres behind our house, we had a lot of woods on 2 sides of our house. Several acres behind us (enough to go deer hunting) and hundreds of acres to the West of us – that’s the land that we cut the cedar tree down on… and that land, the land West, did not belong to us.

But in all of those woods – there were lots of maple trees, oak trees, … lots of trees, but very very very few evergreen type trees. And, most especially, no blue spruce trees. Read the rest of this entry »


A Christmas Story: Sledding with Wolfgang

I was 12 or so when I brought Wolfgang home…. Wolfgang Amadeus Homer to be exact. He was a malamute cross dog: 75% malamute, 25% Alaskan Timberwolf. My parents didn’t condone having this type of mix breed in the house but he was faced with euthanasia because someone else decided they didn’t want such a large, “strange” dog in their house.

Wolfgang had some strange habits – and that is saying it mildly. I could write so many posts about that dog. He was pretty funny and quirky and smart. Read the rest of this entry »


Making of the Hat

hat makingI’m working on a hat. Big surprise, eh? And… its somewhat of a silly hat – even less of a big surprise. *chuckles*

I haven’t really paid attention to my knitting/crochet habits or what type of styles and designs I migrate towards but one thing I do know, is that for some odd reason I really like to make hats (and socks – but we aren’t talking socks today). And of all the hats I have made, there is strong evidence to support that I like to knit silly hats. Read the rest of this entry »


Excitement Much?

I really do try to not post more than once a day – its a “thing.” But today, I just can’t contain my excitement.

As you all know, I recently put a pattern on Ravelry – it is one of two “for sale” patterns although I did run a free giveaway the first 48 hours it was live. It is the Traditional Stocking Pattern (link is to Ravelry).

So, if watching the downloads skyrocket during the free give away time wasn’t exciting enough, this morning went out to look at other popular patterns and OMGooses – I was on PAGE 1 of the popular patterns. Oh, and Page 1 without having to do any filters at all… just click and BOOM – there I am.

I am so terribly excited. I even took a picture to remember this day because it will be very unlikely it will happen again *laughs*

So… sorry for the two posts today, but I really did want to share the excitement right now… I’m sitting in a chair and am just about ready to explode and I knew, just knew, that my fellow iYarny folks would totally get it.

Enjoy your day!

note: I marked it with a yellow star just because I could *laughs*