quilts, treadle sewing machines, crochet, watercolor, dogs, & other fun stuff

Always Playing Catch-Up!

Gosh, I knew it had been a while since my last blog post, but I didn’t realize it had been that long!   For more than a year, now, Donald’s been sole owner of his web-design business, and I’ve been pitching in where I could, originally with small, sporadic jobs.  I’ve been depositing checks, mailing invoices (before […]

You’re Weird, Amazon…

Um, I think Amazon might be a little… confused. I was looking at bobbins– you know, those things that you use in a sewing (or quilting) machine that provides the bottom thread?  They come in a few variations, but those metal spools on the left of the photo below are a typical example. Well, I […]

Bad Puppy!

Luna broke out of “her room” (i.e. the dining room, which we’ve temporarily stripped of most furniture and sectioned off from the rest of the house) last night and had herself a good ol’ time.  It’s not the first time this has happened, but it’s the first time it’s happened that Trixie didn’t let us […]

How Very Neat!

I’m one of those people who don’t have a smart phone.  My cell phone is a no-frills, mostly-for-emergencies affair– but I still think this is such a really neat and fun idea. Someone on Ravelry posted a photo of a knitted QR code (one of those weird-looking, pixelated squares of black and white dots that […]

McCall’s Christmas Make-it Ideas

I ought to be dusting the living room, sorting through accumulated “stuff” on kitchen and dining room surfaces, or cleaning the bathrooms.  Therefore, I naturally set about figuring out how to work our new(ish) scanner.  (I’m such a great housekeeper!) Quite some time ago, I was given (among a bunch of other things) an old […]

Figured It Out

I think I’ve figured out why I just couldn’t get the hang of basic knitting that first time I tried.  As it turns out, the instructional video I found on YouTube just wasn’t that good: But as they say, I wasn’t making mistakes; I was making experiences.  ;o)

Crochet vs. Knit (A Mockumentary)

I saw this video on Sarah London’s blog this morning and thought it was worth saving here on my own blog. As a post-knitting-boom crocheter who doesn’t know how to knit (and probably won’t try to learn for quite some time, simply because I’d rather use the time crocheting at an intermediate level than starting […]


I never realized until this morning how cool– how “down” we crocheters truly are.  As I browsed patterns online, my husband came up behind me, glanced at the screen, and noticed all the “YO”s (abbreviation for “yarn over”) scattered across the page. He’s right.   There’s an awful lot of yo-ing going on in crochet patterns.  […]

Crochet Your Way to a Romance

So I’ve been up since the middle of the night, thanks to some back pain, and I found myself in front of the computer, trying to take my mind off the discomfort.  What better time to browse some free crochet patterns, right?  (I’ve found so many things I’d like to try!  If I ever do […]