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Water Lilies Wash Cloth

Folks: My Water Lilies Wash Cloth (can also be used as a dish cloth) pattern is available for sale at LoveKnitting and Ravelry. This pattern has become a favorite among my customers. Enjoy.


A new page

I am thrilled and pleased  that I will be self-publishing my crochet designs for men, henceforward. My patterns will be available on Ravelry and at LoveKnitting  Stay tuned.

Adding to the excitement is the recent and ongoing collaboration with Leading Men Fiber Arts I anxiously await, today, the  shipment of their glorious yarns for the first collaborative project, a hoodie version of my Don’s Day Off Cardigan. Look for the pattern to be available in early November, in time for your Christmas stitching.

In the meantime. check out my collections as Ravelry and LoveKnitting.  Happy Hooking!


The Lavender Pen TOur

The Lavender Pen.. a sign of freedom and equality from George Moscone and Harvey Milk for almost 40 years now. The Lavender Pen Tour – reaching out in song to mend fences and build bridges. Thank you for your support – now and always.

The Lavender Pen Tour


Lavender Pen Tour

As you know, I am a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. In its 40th Season, the Chorus is touring 6 southern states –  Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  States where our LGBTQ brothers and sisters do not enjoy the freedoms and rights that we do in San Francisco.  Our intention is to support and empower LGBT communities in those states and hopefully, to reach across the aisle, changing hearts and minds along the way.

For me, it is a personal goal and milestone to be able to participate in such a historical event that will absolutely make a difference in our world and in the lives of those who hear our music and message of inclusivity and equality.

The cost to each individual singer is $1,750.  This pays for my airfare, hotel and bus transportation across the south.

In order to go though, I need your help.  Please consider supporting me with a donation of any size.  Your generosity will help me go on this amazing adventure.Lavender Pen Tour – The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus


I have no answer

It has taken the better part of my advanced years, but I am finally becoming comfortable in my own skin. I understand and accept my qualities and traits, good and bad. I enjoy my own company and have no fear of spending time alone. I look only to myself for fulfillment and, while I might welcome a long-term relationship in my life, I do not need one. I have learned to make the most of limited means and, under normal circumstances, make ends meet with some to spare. My introverted nature welcomes alone time but I find the time and conviction for volunteer work, taking me out of my shell into more vulnerable situations. Of course, my long association singing in men’s choruses in salvation for me – a creative outlet, for sure, but also another challenge to my introversion.

Taking all of the above into consideration, I still am at a loss as to why I have so few friends. The easy answer is to blame myself, that I must be giving off some unfriendly vibe. For me to initiate social interaction is a major effort, not for lack of desire, but more as demonstrative of my reserved nature so that, when my efforts or rebuffed or ignored, I am at a loss to understand. I have, on occasion, invited others into my home; I have always attempted to be welcoming to new faces in the chorus, I try to be attentive to other more sensitive individuals who may be coping in difficult times. Yet, I am rarely included or invited. Luckily, I have recently found a new baseball buddy and I am grateful. However, this recent development is the exception, rather than the rule. I simply do not belong.

Before I am accused, this is not a passive-aggressive attempt to get attention. This is an honest attempt to solicit feedback, publicly or privately, from those who know me personally, who interact with me on a regular basis, who share space with me in whatever situation. Why do I not belong in your world? What is it about me that prompts you to overlook me in social situations? Is it my appearance, my age, but financial status, my health issues? Or, is the whole package just not appealing?

Some of you are shaking your heads, wondering what the hell am I doing. Do I really expect anyone to give me an honest answer? No, not really. I suppose this endeavor is an exercise in hypothesis. Perhaps putting ideas to words will help me to understand the situation. Or, maybe, it is what it is and I am expecting too much from life. I have no answers.

So, I will crawl back into my safe space to wait and see if anyone reads this, if anyone is brave enough to confront me, if anyone is honest enough to challenge my assertions. But, I don’t expect any responses. This my life and I need to move ahead….alone, as I am accustomed to do.


Beating a Dead Horse

It has become clear that my discovery and acknowledgement of, and my attempts to cope with, my introversion have been less than efficacious in determining a comfortable place on the planet. I had thought that, once I came to terms with this character positioning and others understood why I behaved the way I do, that all would be right in my world.

To be honest, nothing has really changed. Naming something doesn’t always give control. As it is, I am becoming more and more isolated. By allowing myself guiltless moments alone has somehow signaled that I completely disdain social interaction.

Despite occasional awkwardness, I do invite folks into my space….but I am never invited back; let me emphasize NEVER. I have hosted social gatherings in the neighborhood, yet I have not been invited into anyone’s home. There have been an informal dinner, here and there, but no return invitation. If it were not for family and would spend every holiday alone. If I spend time with anyone, it is always with my initiative.

I am trying valiantly to maintain a semblance of healthy sense of worth, but it is difficult when it seems I have become a pariah. I am no longer young and pretty. I am not of great means. I am, essentially, all I have to offer. Apparently, that is not enough. There are times I am thankful my time on this planet is drawing to a close.



There’s still room in both classes. The beginner’s class begins tomorrow. Don’t miss out.

Saturday March 5th, 12th, & 19th 2 – 4:
• Crochet in Three Sessions by the notable Peter Franzi! Class fee: $65. This is an incredible opportunity to learn the foundations and beyond of crochet with designer and instructor, Peter Franzi. Peter has an article which appears in each issue of Interweave Crochet and his designs can be found in major publications. We are fortunate he resides in the Bay Area and is available for local teaching. This special class will be held in three parts. During your first session you will learn at least 6 of the basic stitches including: single, double, triple crochet, chain, and slip stitch. Starting in your second class you will begin learning pattern reading by making a granny square. And, in your final session you will begin making a scarf and will enjoy a “yarn course” in which Peter will teach you the best choices for yarn for garments and other items. If you’ve had crochet on your mind and would like to learn do NOT miss this amazing course! Sign up early to secure your seat!

March 16th, April 13th, & May 11th 6 – 8:
• Top Down in the Round Crochet Sweater with Peter Franzi. Class fee: $65. Materials: you may choose a yarn in fingering, sport or DK weight. Prereq: Swatch with chosen yarn and hook appropriate for yarn. Come in on March 2 at 6 to consult with Peter about choosing a yarn which will allow us time to order your yarn should it be necessary. What a great workshop to expand your crochet skills! For your first session you will be working the yoke to the chest, the second session will be beginning sleeves, and the last session will concentrate on proper finishing of your garment.

BiStitchual Yarns and Notions
2406 San Pablo Avenue
Pinole 94564
(510) 964-7053

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