Monthly Archives: April 2015

Knitting Novice, Part II



My knitting instructor, Linda at Yarn on Youree, suggested that I post an update of my knitting progress.  I think she was worried that my first post painted such a picture of crapsmanship that it might discourage others from trying!  In my previous post (, I showed you my success (or lack thereof) as I attempted to knit a washcloth.  Linda, being the pro that she is, told me that (1) she was proud of how hard that I tried, (2) I had followed the pattern incorrectly, and (3) I would have to start over again so as not to waste the yarn.  Smart woman!.  My next attempt was better, right?  Well, maybe half right.  I did use the pattern correctly, but I still made a few mistakes along the way.  As you can see by the errors I’ve highlighted, they’re not as glaring as they were before.  No gaping holes, fewer zigzag edges.  Progress, huh?!


So I tried again.  This time, I made a smaller washcloth, being bound and determined to rip out are re-do every mistake.  I’m not sure I caught every one, but not bad!


I then got so bold as to try a washcloth with another pattern.  I taught myself two new stitches to create a fancy border.  And while the item didn’t turn into the perfect square that was my intention, it still works fine as a washcloth.


The photo at the top of the page shows the beginnings of a scarf that I’m making for my teenage granddaughter in Salt Lake City, and I plan a matching hat.  Progress?  You bet!


Garden Design Tips



Five years ago, Dan the Man and I had a swimming pool installed in the then-barren backyard.  Yes, our unstated intention was to entice the grandkids over to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, but we’ve probably enjoyed it more than they have.  Because of the expense of the pool, though, we were unprepared for the costs of landscaping.  So I randomly installed pass-along plants and made good use of cheap seeds.  It looked nice, but it still needed more structure and less haphazard-ness.  So I went on a quest to learn about garden design.

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Hand-made Pillows



This is a pretty pillow, if I do say so myself!  As I’ve mentioned before, my son and daughter-in-law are building a house.  Yes, it’s taken a long time.  Yes, we’re frustrated because the contractor has been dragging his feet.  Yes, I’m no longer excited about the mudroom surprise design I’m creating for R and A.  But one thing I’m proud of is the two pillows I’ve sewn for the sit-and-put-on-your-shoes bench.  No crapsmanship here! Read the rest of this entry