Sunday, November 1, 2009

October 31st

I made scarf and hat sets for the three grand-daughters. I also made several burp cloths and little wash cloths for baby-to-be Liam. Of course add that to the several papooses and car seat size blankies I have made him so far. Working on several afghans right now, not sure what I will do with them once they are finished. I am so pleased to have knitting and crochet as an outlet and stress reliever. It makes me happy!

October is over and what an interesting month it turned out to be. Keely had an absolute blast on the last day of the month (Halloween) to have her Papa rake up a big pile of leaves for her to play in and then to top of the day he took her Trick or Treating (mommy had to work, boo hoo) She was the prettiest Dorothy ever and loved it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Children's Mercy

After having such a fortunate life I have found another way to give back some of the blessings I have received. Last night I finished orientation to volunteer at Children's Mercy South. I am so excited that I am on pins and needles waiting to hear from who will be my supervisor. I will be working once a week as a Child Life inpatient volunteer. I have also found a good outlet for my knitting/crochet compulsion. They will take any blankies/blankets/afghans I wish to donate. I have a bazillion hats done that I plan on taking down to the police department and asking if they want to have to distribute to anyone they might come across who is in need. Have finished 3 hat and scarf sets for the grand-daughters, but haven't the pictures on this computer so will post some pictures later.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Will the cicadas ever leave my head????

During 4th of July weekend my 6'2" 19 yr old nephew kicked me in the head, specifically my right ear underwater in our pool. The result of that was a perforated eardrum. Never having had the pleasure of this experience I had absolutely no idea how uncomfortable this injury can be. The hole in my eardrum was in no big hurry to heal up so it has been a drawn out process. Right now I am left with cicadas buzzing in my head 24/7. I can tell you there is nothing more annoying than that type of sound that will not go away EVER!!!! The doctors keep assuring me it will get better, but I confess to having my doubts. So far the little beasts continue to party on in my head. As a result I have been knitting and crocheting like a madwoman to distract myself. I continue to make cloths for the kitchen and I don't think I will ever use a sponge or dishcloth again after making my own with cotton yarn. They are with out a doubt the best ever. We are off to Denver next week to be with my mom for the 1st anniversary of my dad's passing and spend a couple of days with friends up in the mountains as well. As a thank you for our friends I made some wine bottle bags which we will fill with some nice bottles of wine. I also made baby-to-be Liam a car seat cozy and a beanie. Krissy has informed me that I need to remember he is a boy sooooo I made the cozy with camo yarn. It turned out adorable as did the hat (I used the camo yarn on that as well). Finally, my companion when I am sitting in my favorite chair knitting is Romeo, our gay blade Italian Greyhound. I love that little grey boy, he warms my heart and is a constant reminder of what it means to be unconditionally loved.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Had an amazing time participating in the 2009 Susan Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer awareness. Krissy, Julianna, Jeff and I did the 3 mile walk along with 26,000 other souls. It was so cool to see so many people out in support of this disease. I walked in celebration of my mother-in-law who is a survivor. The weather was wonderful, a bit warm and a bit of a breeze. The route wound around downtown KC, around the Sprint Center, thru the Power and Light district ending up in front of Union Station. I absolutely loved it. My plan it to try and get the rest of my family to join in next year!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby to be Liam

Krissy and Jeff have decided on a name for soon to arrive baby boy Belzeski: Liam Ryan. So I now have a name for all the fun stuff I get to make for the little man. I thought for sure Krissy would notice that this is not even remotely girly but alas her comment when I showed this bib to her was that it looked like a rainbow! So I, in true Grandmotherly fashion, ignored her and forced her to sing my crafty praises. I think I shall next make a bib with camo yarn. You can't get too much more "boy" than that.

Oh to be young and free from inhibitions............Julianna and Keely had so much fun yesterday playing in the hose on a warm Sunday afternoon!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Little girl purses

I saw a pattern for a little purse for a little girl that I thought would be really cool to make for my grand-daughters (of which I have 3) and viola, the picture is the result. I changed the pattern to suit my needs and couldn't stop until I had made one for each one of them. I was like a woman possessed. Made all 3 of them in 2 days. 2 are knitted and one is crochet. I like them both equally and they were fun to make. Today is Julianna's 2nd birthday so I will be seeing all of them at her party. I can't wait to give them to the girls. I am hard at work making things for a baby boy now as well. Krissy is having a boy due in November. She is really excited and it will be our 2nd grandson. Zack will be 15 when he is born so it will have been 15 years since we had a baby boy to spoil. It's been a challenge to get away from thinking pink and purple!!! We were at Target last week and I told Krissy I just had to get something for the little guy. I gravitated towards a cream colored onesie with a bear on it and she said MOM, what is wrong with the obvious boy ones right next to it with dinosaurs and trucks on them??? They were blue. I sheepishly told her that I have been thinking girl for many years and she needed to give me time to adjust my habits, lol. Of course I got the dinosaurs.........and we had a good laugh! Good thing is that boys stuff is way cooler than when Zack was a baby so it will be lots of fun.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I am still making cloths like mad. I did the cloths for the Monthly Dishcloths KAL, made 3 cloths and a drying square for my friend Jackie in Texas, several squares from a crochet group that I think i will put together into perhaps a shawl of some sort (10 in), and a shawl for my sister Vickie from a pattern out of a booklet for baby blankets. She picked the yarn and colors when they were visiting in July. I also made a pot holder from a pattern I bought in Independence, MO at a yarn shop I visited. It turned out great and I have enough yarn to make another one to match it!! I have actually started using the cloths in the kitchen and i absolutely LOVE them. More later..................

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

I need to get used to this blogging thing. It's not like I don't have anything to say, lol. I have been knitting cloths like a madwoman. Some day I will have to actually do something with them! The flag cloths are an example of what happens when I forget to read directions backwards!!! As you can see by the first one I knitted as I read and the flag came out backwards!!! Rather than frog it I decided to do another one. It made me laugh when I realized it wasn't going to work.

It's Father's Day and for the first time I can't call my dad and wish him Happy Father's Day. This last year has brought so many firsts for me. I sure do miss him. Hugs to you Dad, I love you.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 16, 2009

It's a beautiful, but cool day here.  I am currently working on a baby blanket for my youngest daughter who is just starting her 2nd trimester.  This will be her second child.  She suffered a miscarriage last December so she is being extra careful.  She is a Jazzercise instructor but is taking off for the pregnancy.  I love making baby blankets so this is right up my alley.  She picked the pattern and colors.  Yellow and white, so it will work for boy or girl.  When I get more along I plan on posting pictures.  We spent a wonderful 4 days with old friends in Las Vegas last week so needless to say no needle work for me!!  I have made 2 cloths, finished 1 and am working on the above mentioned blanket.  Also have a crochet skirt going for my 3 1/2 yr old grand-daughter.  I am still amazed at how much knitting or crocheting can calm my day.  It is the best medicine I have found so far to help me get through a very stressful time in my life.   I absolute join the ranks of those who I have heard speak of how de-stressing needlework is!   The cloth here is from the monthly dishcloths group I belong to on Yahoo.  I knitted it straight up left-handed without reading the directions backwards.  Lucky for me it worked out.  

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Finished 2 more cloths in the last 2 weeks.  I didn't have much time to get any knitting or crochet in due to an awesome trip to Las Vegas to see some old friends.  Was like a mini-reunion.  We had an absolute blast catching up and having fun.  I had my laptop with me so I was able to show off a bit of my love of creating something with yarn.  I have been learning Tunisian Crochet and find it fascinating and fun to do.  Knitting and crochet is keeping me sane in a very stressful time in my life.  Things seems to go wrong in mass and I find peace creating something, whether it is to give away or to keep for myself.  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

More rambling

Here is my Jan contribution to the monthly dishcloths 2009 Challenge.  I now realize that the skate is probably backwards, but who cares.  I went back and looked at some of my work and decided that as long as it looked nice it didn't matter if it was facing the wrong way.  The people from the left handed knitting group on Yahoo "On the Other Hand"  responded so awesomely to my rant regarding left handed knitting that I am having a whole new enjoyment in the craft.  The monthly cloths I am going to try to knit the pattern backwards and see how it goes.  At the least it should be interesting to see what I wind up with.  My oldest daughter has requested I make her a lapghan.  I have made one for just about everyone else, so it's her turn.  Just trying to decide whether to knit it or tunisian crochet it.  Decisions, decisions.  It's a dreary day here in KC, so it's a good day to knit or perhaps play some World of Warcraft (my other hobby).  It's a good thing my hubby edged the lawn yesterday morning because it is sure wet now!!  At least we don't have 2 feet of snow like my mom has in Denver!  

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Left-handed knitting

Once I joined Ravelry and discovered the many other knitting/crochet groups to be found there and through Yahoo groups I realize that I had been happily, ignorantly knitting lefty (reading patterns left to right, knitting left to right).  I had never attempted anything too technical, the hardest being a simple top-down knit bulky sweater.  I also knitted a tank top once, results fine.  I learn about Ravelry and join up.  I then became hooked on knitting dishcloths.  There are many groups out in cyberspace that can allow you to indulge yourself to your hearts content.  I joined one called Monthly Dishcloths.  I thought that it would be fun to make them, a great way to try new stitiches and by the end of the year I would have a wonderful pile of cloths to do as I pleased with.  January went great, did 2 cloths with no problem.  Then along came February.  That is when I was hit square in the face with the realization that knitting, along with most everything else in society is/was created for right-handed people!  The process of this knit- along is such that you get the pattern in increments over 5 or 6 days.  By the last day you have the completed square.  Easy enough.....  I am blissfully working along not paying much attention, just knitting the directions as I get them.  Finally the last day arrives, I knit it and then I actually look at - study - my square.  Imagine my surprise to realize that something is drastically wrong.  I know that I knitted the pattern word for word, I am good at that, lol.  The pattern was on a pair of lips with the words KISS ME on a knit background.  I know that you are probably laughing by now at what my results turned out to be.  The lips were lovely and so were my words KISS ME, but..............they were lovely on the BACK side of the square and backwards!!  I was horrified!  I redid the square, with the same results.  By now I am wondering if I had lost my mind.  I had joined a group on Yahoo that was located in the suburb where I live.  I posted on that group about whether there was a group that actually met and was invited to join them at the weekly get together at a nearby Starbucks (one of my other favorite things to do).  All was good, they profess to welcome any level of knitters and will help anyone who needs it, etc.  My first visit there I take my lovely lips with the backwards knitted words for suggestions on how to correct this little problem.  It was met with a good chuckle, expected and no problems there.  But then a couple of the ladies there decided to tell me that the only way I would be able to fix my problem was to A:  learn how to continental knit and B: learn how to do it right-handed!!!  Being the new person there I just smiled and nodded.  Inside, I wanted to bop her over the head and suggest she learn how to knit left-handed.  Another one suggested that I read the pattern backwards from right to left.  This seemed more to my liking.  I tried it and with one minor glitch (which I never quite figured out) it worked out.  The next week I went back with my correct square, lots of oohs and oohs and nice works, etc.  BUT, they were still trying to convince me that I needed to, if I wanted to ever be able to knit CORRECTLY, learn how to knit right-handed!  I am 54 years old (on the outside maybe, but inside I am still 30), been left-handed from birth.  Was never made to use my right hand and I have never wanted nor had any inclination to change what nature made.  My left hand has always worked great for me and served me well.  I eat with it, without spilling food (just like a righty), I write with it, and you can read my writing (just like a righty),  I used to play tennis and racquetball with it, both fairly well (just like a righty), I paint with it (just like a righty),  when I ride my horse I can even hold my crop snugly in my left hand (just like a righty),  I use a right-handed mouse with it (how about that righty world!), I am a master of the remote control with it (just like a righty is, learned that from my lefty husband!),  I successfully navigated right-handed desks in school (and I do not write with a bent wrist over top of the written words), I even mastered using a right-handed butter knife!!!  So imagine how it felt after 54 years of success as a left-handed person in a right-handed world being told that if I wanted to do something right, I would have to change!  I actually taught myself how to continental knit right-handed, did an entire cloth that way and hated every stitch.  It was abnormal, awkward, uncomfortable and totally unnatural.  I showed it to the group, they oohed and ahhhed and said wasn't it wonderful that I could do it right.  Now I could be a successful knitter, according to them.  Just needed practice.  I went home pondering all of the above.  I got mad.  I thought who are they to tell me that if I wanted to do something right I had to do it their way.  At that moment I realized that what I was looking for would not be found in that group.  No one there would understand the challenge of trying to figure out how to adapt a pattern to work for a left-handed person.  Why would they, it was not nor ever would be an issue for them.  The simple answer for them was to do it the way they do, problem solved.  For me, that was a big fat NO.  I love being left-handed.  I know that I will figure out how do get done what I want to get done without having to change my entire life just to satisfy some ignorant people.  I know that I live in a right-handed world and that's ok with me.  What's not ok is for someone to tell me that in order to be successful I have to change/adapt to their way of doing things.  I know that some changes are necessary, but not changing my entire way of doing things.  I have found ways to adapt so far, and I will continue finding ways to adapt.  I am not the only left-handed knitter in the world.  Some have re-learned the right-handed way, but most have learned how to adjust so it works for them.  Those are the people who can help me figure out what I need to do to achieve the desired result without changing who I am.  I knit very nicely, if I do say so myself!!!  Every single person I have given a knitted or crochet gift to has loved it.  Not one person has ever noticed that it was knit by a left or right handed person.  I knit because I enjoy doing it, I find it relaxing and it gives me something to do when watching tv or dvd's with my husband.  I get great pleasure with the finished products.  I love giving something to someone that I made myself.  It's unique, it's personal.  For a brief space in time I allowed someone to jarr that happiness with their idea that since I didn't do it the standard way, I would never be successful.  Fortunately, I came back to my senses quickly, dropped out of the group and am blissfully knitting away from left to right.  I joined a left-handed knitting group online where I have found some awesome suggestions on how to adapt patterns should the need arise.  The internet has become my best friend when it comes to answers to problems I might run into.  Someone has already faced that problem and sought help, the answers are out there if I just look.  To the ladies in that neighborhood group:  your loss is the value I could have brought to the group, the different perspective, not to mention that I am a really nice, fun person to be around.