Archive for September, 2008


Reality Check

My Friends:

These words do not come easily. It has become apparent to me that I must make drastic sacrifices in my life if I am to survive financially. Despite my best efforts, pattern sales have not been good,  payment for classes and goods have not been forthcoming in a timely manner, and, still, the bills pour in. My 3rd appeal for disability is still hanging in the air.  It has come to the point where, after only the barest of necessities have been sustained, there is simply nothing left.

Barring a miraculous inflow of funds in the next few days, I will be forced to suspend my telephone land line, my cell phone and my internet connection. My website will remain online, but I will not have ready access to it.  In the meantime, I will be reconsidering my current living situation. With any luck, this situation is extremely temporary, though I am not hopeful, at this point.

I have always tried to include a bit of myself in my posting, but I never imagined having to share with you such intimate details of my life.  Still, you have supported me all along the way.  I didn’t want to disappear without explanation.  I thank you all for your kind words and encouragement for my work. I will keep working, as I am able. I will find a way to let you know when there is news of my life.




I'm back!

First of all, I want to take this time to thank all of you who sent well wishes, good thoughts and positive energy my way in regards to my recent medical issues. I am happy to report that everything is where it should be and is in working order (as much as a 58-year-old body can be in working order!). I have been on pins and needles for the past 2 weeks awaiting test results. Mercifully, I can now get on with my life and finish some projects.

Still on my hooks are the Basket Weave Vest, the women’s top in that interesting stitch pattern I shared with you a few weeks ago and, most recently, another women’s top done in some fabulous yarn I was able to acquire through happy circumstance.

A few weeks ago, while attending a local S&B, I met a woman, Nancy Roberts, who owns a yarn dyeing and machine knitting business, Machine Knitting to Dye for. She cleverly has devised a procedure whereby she machine knits undyed yarn into long swatches of fabric, then dyes the fabric. The effect is a colorway with longer incidences of each color than one usually finds in an ombre or variegated yarn. She mentioned to me, the only crocheter in the group, that she had always wondered how her yarn would look in a crocheted design. I, of course, volunteered to alleviate her wonder. To make a long story short, I was invited to her studio to choose my yarn and my colors that very week. I found a lushious silk/wool blend in lace weight which took my breath away. I poured over her color sample books until I stopped on a gorgeous colorway of golds and browns. This yarn is so pretty. Take a look for yourself.

The image really doesn’t adequately capture the subtlety of color changes in the fabric. I am stitching a double strand of this lace weight yarn with a D hook. This may take a while to complete, but I think it may well be worth the wait.


I am in the process of a complete redesign of my web site. This will take some time :-)In the meantime, all patterns are half price until the end of the year. The paypal code has been modified to reflect the reduced prices. While I still plan to make the 2007-2008 patterns available, they will be archived to make room for lots of new goodies.
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Top 40 Things You Would Never Hear a Redneck Say

Top 40 Things You Would Never Hear a Redneck Say. Not Ever. No matter how
much they’ve had to drink. No matter how far from the South they’ve wandered. Not never. Not nohow.

40. Oh I just couldn’t. Hell, she’s only sixteen.
39. I’ll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex.
38. Duct tape won’t fix that.
37. Lisa Marie was lucky to catch Michael.
36. Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken.
35. We don’t keep firearms in this house.
34. Has anybody seen the sideburns trimmer?
33. You can’t feed that to the dog.
32. I thought Graceland was tacky.
31. No kids in the back of the pickup. It’s just not safe.
30. Wrasslin’s fake.
29. Honey, did you mail that donation to Greenpeace?
28. We’re vegetarians.
27. Do you think my gut is too big?
26. I’ll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy.
25. Honey, we don’t need another dog.
24. Who’s Richard Petty?
23. Give me the small bag of pork rinds.
22. Too many deer heads detract from the decor.
21. Spittin’ is such a nasty habit.
20. I just couldn’t find a thing at Wal-Mart today.
19. Trim the fat off that steak.
18. Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.
17. The tires on that truck are too big.
16. I’ll have the arugula and radicchio salad.
15. I’ve got it all on the C drive.
14. Unsweetened tea tastes better.
13. Would you like your fish poached or broiled?
12. My fiancee, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany’s.
11. I’ve got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.
10. Little Debbie snack cakes have too many fat grams.
9. Checkmate.
8. She’s too old to be wearing a bikini.
7. Does the salad bar have bean sprouts?
6. Hey, here’s an episode of “Hee Haw” that we haven’t seen.
5. I don’t have a favorite college team.
4. Be sure to bring my salad dressing on the side.
3. I believe you cooked those green beans too long.
2. Those shorts ought to be a little longer, Darla.
1. Nope, no more for me. I’m drivin’ tonight.

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