Books, Books and more Books

The Craft room. This room will be the death of me. It has all the potential in the world to be my everything room. It has great built ins, great light and great closet storage. With one consistent problem. I have too much stuff!

Surprisingly, its not too much yarn. don’t get me wrong, I have a VERY healthy stash. My problem is; I have sooooooo many books. I donated easily half my books when I moved from Michigan to New Mexico and did the same thing again when I moved to Virginia from New Mexico. I’m sure I was Librarian in a previous life. How else can I explain it. I do read a lot. And in truth I prefer real books to the electronic counterpart, especially knitting books. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a kindle, which I totally love. I use it every day. My kindle is the paperwhite version. It is lightweight and easy to slip into my purse or even the pocket on my hoodie. I have read tons of books on the kindle, both via the Library and Amazon. This is a great way to read those books you read only once, maybe a few like the Harry Potter’s that you read over and over, but are huge and heavy,

So why is it that I have all these paper versions that take up space? Yet I know I will pick up and take home 42 new books at the resale shop or next garage sale I swing into. I mean,  what if I don’t and the books sit on the shelf forever gathering dust, until they actually turn into dust? Or worse, what if someone just dumps them into the garbage? Truly, it doesn’t really matter if I literally found 7 copies of To Kill A Mockingbird when I unpacked. Never mind that there are 3 copies of Where the Red Fern Grows or 4 copies of Pride and Prejudice. And, I won’t tell you I have more than a reasonable amount of Knitting Rules by Stephanie Peral-McPhee [even though I gave 2 copies of that exact book to friends when I moved]. These are books you absolutely have to have read. If you haven’t go, I mean right now, go and buy yourself a copy. Or come get one of mine. Bring it back though. I might need it.

But seriously, with great books like  the These Wonderful People I found at an estate sale last year, can you blame me…..This book was gifted to someone on October 5th, 1945. October 5th!!! That just happens to be my oldest friend Colette’s birthday. There are stories from Helen Keller and Thomas Edison, to name a few. I had to have it. I HAVE TO HAVE IT!

And now I’ve gone off on tangent. Long story, short… too late. I really need to donate some of these books to make room to unpack the rest of these boxes. I see myself working in this room. Like actually working IN THIS room. Not working on making this room workable. Seriously, Look at some of the other people in this book that I have to have. —————>

In keeping with this effort I have been searching for a couple new cabinets. I really wanted to get the non-knitting books out of the craft room and  into other areas of the house. This meant I would need a cabinet large enough to Style with decor items as well as some books and maybe yarn. Only my hand spun yarn, not yarn from the stash. I also want a cabinet just for knitting books. I already have a great lawyers cabinet I picked up second hand for a steal three or four years ago.

And I found them, two perfect cabinets. I saw the first one on Facebook Market place. It was listed there by Sweet Caroline’s. This is a really cute shop that has a large variety of things from furniture to jewelry. Much of it is restyled or handmade.

Here it is all set in it’s place in my living room

I put this in the place I previously had the lawyers cabinet. It is lower and wider. It has about the same shelving area, however with this being lower, I was able to place the temple rubbing from Thailand we have from Chuck’s mom above it. It’s one of my favorite pictures and it’s lived in a variety of spots in our homes. It is the perfect cabinet. It has the original finish, with original glass, and it’s solid. I love the wood detailing in the doors, reminiscent of our large windows. Overall, it is exactly what I wanted but didn’t know it.

The other cabinet I picked up was also from Sweet Caroline’s. It has been repainted with white chalk paint making it seem light and airy. I really like the wire in the doors because that makes it more casual. It is just the right size to house my knitting books. If I never get another one that is! Anyway, it’s also perfect.

Then there’s my beloved lawyers cabinet. I’ve mentioned once or twice. I moved this to my bedroom. Creating a sweet, little reading nook. I found the chair for 10 bucks! What a steal. But back to books. I put an assortment of books I’ve collected over the years. There a random sewing book, a collection of the classics and well as all the Charles Dickens stories. Incase you need some light reading.

I imagine having a library sometimes. The kind with wall to wall, ceiling to floor shelving. The kind that requires a library ladder.  Probably because one of my most favorite places is the Detroit Public library’s main branch. When I was in high school I would skip school to go there. Wander the halls to see what might inspire me. There was so much to stimulate my mind. Not just the books (and there plenty of those), but the walls,  the ceilings, even the air.If you haven’t gone I highly recommend you do. Watch this video and I promise you’ll add it to your must go places. Be sure to go to the DIA, too. Might I suggest you join the Detroit Friends of the Library. It’s a good cause to support, we need to keep places like this alive.

I also spent a fair amount of time at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) which is right across the street from there.  I have print of Diego Rivera’s mural, Detroit Industry, that is in the central courtyard with in the museum. This is worth the price of admission alone. Really, it tells the story of Detroit so well, be sure to take the tour so you don’t miss a thing.

Any way, I didn’t mean to veer off into Detroit. I feel more like I have a handle on my craft room today. I have 3 of the 4 upper cabinets emptied and ready for the YARN. I will empty every box in that room this weekend.  That’s my goal anyway. I am getting there, and so far no one has died. I think I can get in some knitting this weekend to!

and……..Happy knitting.



It’s no secret that I love knitting more than just about anything else. I’m pretty fortunate to have a great LYS right here in Williamsburg. Flying Needles to feed my love. I really like the Wednesday knit-ins from 5-7pm. There’s a pleasant group of ladies that attend. I enjoy hearing about their lives, plus they’ve given me some great tips on other local places. Like the Carrot Tree restaurant. We’ve gone there a few times and will continue to. The last time we went we brought home a carrot cake that was delicious, it was moist and had lots of cream cheese frosting.

Now that we have begun too really settle into our new home I’m on a mission to refocus my knitting life. I am still working on my Find Your Fade KAL, I’m now well into the fourth color. I really need to get back into my all but forgotten socks, I dug thru all the -as of yet- unpacked boxes of yarn to find the specific skein of Wollmeise “We’re Different” blackish color I have been dreaming of. I’m going to use this to work the heels and toes on those socks.

I’m doing the Smooth Operator Heel by Susan B Anderson

Last night I cast on a scarf that I want to knit with yarn I purchased at my LYS last Wednesday. The pattern is Magic Stripe Hot Pad or Scarf by Sarah H Baldwin.  It’s a four row repeat that has a few unique things. I have some tips to help remember the pattern, identify which row your on and how to fix mistakes. I’m hoping to teach this as a class coming up at the shop this spring. It’s a really cool striped scarf that has horizontal stripes on one side and vertical on the other. It will mystify everyone that sees it and make other knitters want to knit one!

you really want two skeins that don’t match or have any common colors for the most impact

Entrelac is one of my favorite knitting techniques. I plan to teach an Entrelac class using this really cute headband pattern from It’s easy to memorize and once you have that “ah-ha” moment it can be really fast and fun. Especially if you use a self striping yarn like Noro. As a bonus, eveytime I use Noro I think of my dear friend, Raquel. She absolutely hates Noro as much as I love it. It was always fun to “discuss” the wonder of such a great yarn with her. I miss her………

this picture is taken directly from and the pattern Quant

Happy Knitting.


One of my favorite things about this new house is the feelings it gives me. All warm and cozy, lots of natural light and good bones. It feels historic, and in fact, some of the neighbors call it the colonial house. I didn’t think of it in terms of colonial, being surrounded by Colonial Williamsburg there are so many authentic colonial homes and this one was built in 1962 not 1762. I do like the idea of it being colonial though. It is half a century plus in age so why not. I decided to go with colors for the exterior that would be reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg colors. In a Patriotic way. Red, White and Blue!

The house is a yellowish color with a red front door and white trim. The paint is very weathered and has definitely seen better days.  Also, there are beautiful exterior trim  around the windows and door that currently are the same yellow color, they blend in. In my opinion these are intended as a statement of class or elegance. I will have them painted in the same Pure White [all colors are Sherwin Williams] that all the trim will be. The siding is going to be Colonial White, which is more cream than white so it will have a nice contrast. I’m going with Real Red for the front door.

This is before the door surround and door are repainted.

This after everything is painted. I took the picture further away so you can see the. blue ceiling.

We have Bill Jowers, the Virgina Painting company, doing the work. They also painted the entire interior. They have done a great job on all of it! They are very good at their job, time efficient and they clean up when they are all done. Can you believe they painted every inch of our 2700 square feet house in under a week and the exterior in two days!?! I’m searching for the perfect carriage lights and larger brass house numbers. I also have wreaths to hang on the windows and am hunting for the perfect front door swag.

Note in the picture below; The siding has already been repainted the Colonial White, you can see the difference of the yellow still around the window on the right, Bill put a bit of white on the window to the left to check the coverage. See the demarcation line on the soffit where it has been repainted vs old paint?

work in progress, look at that sky!

We have shutters on some of the windows, some not. When we moved in we saw there were extra shutters behind the shed,  enough to go with all the windows on the back of the house and as a surprise for the shed. Four of the front windows have shutters brackets but the shutters are unfortunately long gone. I couldn’t take them from the back to put on the front windows as the front windows are much larger. It’s not in the budget right now to have real woods ones made to match, so for now we will just paint the ones we do have. And they will be painted Honorable Blue.

Isn’t it cute. I will give more info on the history if the shed at a later date.

We have some damaged wood siding on the shed. This needs to be repaired. We will also be adding windows to the chicken coop and a new front and side door. The shed painting will happen later in the month. But it is significantly cuter already with the new arbor and rehung shutters. My mom planted a climbing rose on the left side of the arbor which will be so lovely once out grows up on that arbor.

The other thing I’m excited about the paint is the BLUE ceiling! This is the same color of all my interior ceilings, Moonmist. I’ve read that blue ceiling on the porch will help keep bugs at bay, but it will also make the crown moldings really pop, and yes there are crown moldings outside too!

I love this house!

And if you need some painting done give Bill a call 804-815-1458.

Making a home

This moving stuff is so much, not so fun, work.  Luckily Stevie came just a few days after we moved in and really made a huge dent in the unpacking.

Then my mom and her friend, Judy, were here last week. They completely unpacked Hanna’s boxes. That was a really big help. Since Hanna is away at school her room will be the acting as the guest room. My mom also worked in the yard quite a bit. She really misses having a large yard, I’m happy to accommodate her love of gardening. She prepped some garden areas, put out lots of garden decor and planted some roses. She was happy and I was happy!

I’m the indoor cat to my mom’s outdoor cat.

I love decorating, moving things around and editing what we have to work in new ways. I have an eclectic style, a bit farmhouse, a bit traditional and now a bit New Mexican. We don’t typically buy new furniture or big investment types of purchases. I like to change things around so garage or resale purchases are better for the budget and frankly my style. We have many family pieces, like the tv that my grandma dragged from someone’s trash to her house, she gutted out the tv parts leaving the shell of the case. She then refinished it, adding glass doors and a glass shelf. I use it to house the various crystal we have, also, mostly hand me downs.  I love this sort of stuff. Historical pieces, well, my history anyway.

This is the TV cabinet my Grandma repurposed

I want our house to be…..timeless, not trendy. You won’t find a sign that says “Farmhouse” or drop cloth curtains hanging from our windows or anything like that. Not trendy, rather, updated and comfortable.

After mom and Judy left I went in and added the little touches to Hanna’s room that make a place special. She wanted to incorporate cacti into the design and I found these cute cacti lights at Pier One so I tucked those under the edge of the upper cabinets. Super cute if you ask me.

Hanna chose a pretty Emerald green but I went with the lightest color on the card, Breaktime, to give a spa like feel. Before she left  for school Hanna picked out some throw pillows and accent pieces to go in her room. plus we purchased the chair and nightstands I previously talked about on my blog. I purchased new all white linens to keep with the spa/hotel vibe I wanted. I’m going to add several pictures of her room for you. What do you think? I love how it turned out.

Hanna loves it, too. And we are ready for guests! Whose coming next? YOU?

I’m hoping to squeeze in some knitting this weekend. I really should get in my craft room and finish unpacking there. I have way too many books. Not to mention I haven’t even opened the boxes labeled yarn or crafts yet, I won’t say it out loud but it’s a hot mess in there. Look at the picture with your eyes closed please.

Real life ahead————–>

Happy knitting.



Yarn Tasting

A couple of weeks ago I signed up to go to my LYS, the Flying Needles, yarn tasting event. Kim Dyes Yarn was the featured Indie Dyer. I new this would be a fun easy going evening and I new I would be ready for a break after almost two full weeks of moving work. My boys kept asking me when the wine tasting I was going to was. Too funny.

Kim Dyes Yarns offers a large array of colors, weights and fiber choices. There was a cute berry basket filled with 5 different yarns, they were wrapped around cute little wooden tags, a nice typed up sheet giving the yarn details and there even was a piece of chocolate. Kim was charming and sweet. Her enthusiasm about the yarn bases was contagious. She has chosen a really great selection of yarns to dye. She has named all her bases after different foods. How fitting since delicious is a word I often use to describe yarn.

Kim has a great eye for color and has so many beautiful colorways she invented. Some are themed around music and tv shows. There’s a  nice sprinkling of tonals to blend in with some of the louder color combos.

One clear favorite among the group was her sparkle yarn. This is different than many sparkle yarns I’ve encountered. The sparkle is a single strand that is plied among the other fibers rather than bits and pieces blended in.  She called this one Sugarcookies. It is 92/8% Superwash Merino/Lurex. It is a very round, bouncy yarn that is super soft and……. well it’s delicious.

Kim debuted a new yarn at the shop as well. Angel Food; it is a luxurious worsted MCN blend of 80/10/10 Merino/Cashmere/Nylon. This one. too, was a favorite. I myself would love to use this to knit the Central Park Hoodie.

I, of course, had to buy myself some yarn. You know, since I don’t have any yarn to knit…. I picked up a skein of Sourdough Sock. I felt this was the perfect type since my husband is quite good at making sourdough bread. I chose the color way Dark Forest Bright Sky. It is so “me” colors.

I also really needed the Flan Fingering single ply yarn in the color way Murky Pond. This is a 70/30 superwash Merino/silk. I just fell in love with this yarn. and the color.

To round out my purchases I managed to snag one of the few Thrummed Mitten kits. The yarn is Granola Bar Aran which is a tweed in the color way Robin. The fiber is a beautiful rainbow of bright colors.  I can’t wait to get started on this.

It was such a pleasant evening. I’m really glad that I took the night off and joined in the fun. I very much miss my friends and the camaraderie of knitters.


Happy Knitting xoxo

Two is Better than One

I decided [since I had started my Find your Fade with a different color than I had planned] I may as well knit another shawl. The color order I had chosen can be found here. The  other shawl will be the same colors just in a different order.  This will be interesting.  I will have an excellent example of how colors can blend as well as a second shawl that can be a gift.

  1. Tosh Merino Light, Plaid Blanket
  2. Black Elephant, Acheron
  3. Malabrigo Mechita, 5 Aniversario
  4. Black Elephant, Sunflowers
  5. Dragonfly Fibers Pixie, Middle Earth
  6. Tosh Merino Light, Coquette Deux 341
  7. Malabrigo Mechita, 866 Arco Iris



I think I need to purchase only two, maybe three, additional skeins to do this. Which means I will use most of my yarn up. Always a win. I’m pretty sure I will need a second skein of Dragonfly’s Middle Earth and Madeline Tosh merino light in Coquette Deux. Everything else should be ok.  Maybe.  I’m going to concentrate on completing one and then I will weigh the leftovers and math to see where I’m at.


I’ve decided to put my traveling socks on hold. I’m using Wolmeise. I am making Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. The heel is Susan B Anderson’s Smooth Operator Heel, so that my swirl will be maintained throughout the socks. I want to make the heels and toes with a blackish Wollmeise skein I have. Unfortunately that skein is in storage. Hence the on hold. I really like the way the yarn is knitting up and I totally can picture the black heels and toes as icing on the cake.

We have the moving truck delivering all of our stuff in less than a week. I doubt I’ll have much time to knit but I will be able to find that black skein of yarn!

Happy Knitting.

Hanna’s Guest room

For the time being Hanna’s room will act as our guest room. Hanna is away at school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She has chosen some really great things to go in her room. The color she is working around is a emerald green. The room has built in cabinets on two walls. because of this, even though it is a larger room, it feels small. It needs to be as bright and airy as possible.

I think I will paint the room a very pale version of the green she likes. She chose some pillows and a throw blanket that are white with silver sparkle.  Great for reflecting light. I will pick up a white duvet to keep it light and easy to wash. She’s always cold so we need plenty of layers for her.

I’m keeping my eye out for the perfect green sheets and hopefully some matching she

shear curtains.



Hanna found some perfect green pillows and these

sequenced ones on Etsy.




Also on Amazon a pretty throw in green.






There is a desk as part of the built ins and Hanna spotted a clear plastic chair at World Market that will suit the desk nicely. She will be using this to do her make up so a good light up mirror will also need to be added. The desk is in front of the window so there will be natural light during the day.





Chuck found some great night stands join Amazon other day. Hanna is a big reader andt

hese will give her a place for books with out

cluttering up the tops.  The even have the hint of green on the sides.

With our oldest daughter, Stevie, coming as soon as we move in to help unpack I want to get this area set up for her top stay in. And as we get closer to Easter we have all kinds of people coming to visit including Chuck’s sister Jane and her family.


Paint It

When we purchased the new house I knew we would be painting some of the rooms. I really like the chalk board walls in the mud room. I am excited about having a constant rotation of decor in there, I even purchased a book for inspiration. The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie Mckeehan. I’m sure that will also be a fun place for Max and Hanna to doodle. I also like the red dining room and the green in the kitchen. The builtins and moldings throughout the house are white and that will stay the same. I also think I may leave the Master bedroom for now since it’s a neutral color.

As for the rest of the house I’m looking for some new colors. I picked up about 50 paint swatches at Lowes to start plotting the colors I wanted. Then I went back and picked up some more. And then did it again. But then when I saw the Sherwin Williams store it hit me. I quickly pulled in the parking lot, I ran in and made an inquiry. Can I get an entire paint color wheel? The answer was a YES. So I  made one of the most simple yet exciting purchases of my adult life. I now have my very own paint chart color wheel!!!! It is life changing.


I’ve spent many hours looking through all the colors.

I need a Jade green for Hanna’s room. A blue for Max’s room, and of course, Tim wants orange.

I plan to change all the ceilings so the crown moldings and beams throughout the house really pop. I’m thinking outside the box on this one.

I also want a neutral color for the foyer, hallway, living room and family room. We had just painted our entire house in New Mexico the perfect neutral cream. I think I want the exact same color. That was a Dunn and Edwards paint which is a southwest brand. I went to their website and order the swatch card in the color we used so I would have it for a reference. The color is Floating Feather. Doesn’t that name evoke peace and relaxation? I picked up the swatch yesterday in the mail. I compared it to the Sherwin and Williams colors I was thinking of. To my surprise I was way off in my color memory. Maybe because the apartment were staying in is so dark or it could be just that the ceilings in our New Mexico house were so tall, or the flooring there being on the darker side that through me off. I was looking at much lighter colors.

C13A25E9-AE25-432C-B85D-B55AEC5B52C3 2I know that Floating Feather matches our biggest piece of furniture. The sectional sofa that will be going into the living room. But I’m feeling torn. Floating Feather is more beige than I had in mind. However, the new house does have great natural light from large windows. And It would ground the rooms better than the Reliable White for example. Plus, there is a tremedance about of moldings that will be all white, including one of the fire places. Wait. I think I just talked myself into Floating Feather….

I just need to compare the colors to the brick fireplaces. I also want to compare my white choices with what already is there. If I can get a similar white I won’t have to paint absolutely every built-in and all the moldings. Only the ones showing wear. That will really save both money and time.

I can’t wait to get out my chalks and get to work!

Tonight I’m going to the Flying Needles Knit In. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone is doing on their Find your Fade. I’m not has far along as I would’ve liked. I’m about to start the second lace section, it would be easier to knit and chat in the garter section. It’ll be fine though.

I hope you find time in your day to knit or do something you enjoy.




Knit on

I am super excited to be partaking in the Find Your Fade KAL with the Flying Needles Yarn shop. Unfortunately the weather was bad the night of the cast on party so it was canceled. I cast on at home as did others or they cast on at the shop on other days, posting to social media via Instagram, #flying needles2018KAL or Facebook.

I tried to find a moment or two each day to add a few rows. I started knitting on my color 2 four days into the project. As I was knitting along on Color 2, Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light in the color Plaid Blanket, it hit me. I’m using Color 1 as color 2. [Insert image of me hanging my head head in shame here] I mislabeled them when I put the yarn labels together in order 1-7.

You can see I did it almost from the beginning, before I even took my official photos for my Ravelry project page. I guess I had a brain fart. I new what the swatch order was so I cannot explain it. Today I will be starting over, in the correct order.

Just for the official record the color order is as follows;

  1. Black Elephant, Acheron
  2. Tosh Merino Light, Plaid Blanket
  3. Malabrigo Mechita, 866 Arco Iris
  4. Tosh Merino Light, Coquette Deux 341
  5. Malabrigo Mechita, 5 Aniversario
  6. Dragonfly Fibers Pixie, Middle Earth
  7. Black Elephant, Sunflowers

At least this way I get fun extra knitting on this project. Really get my money’s worth out of the yarn by knitting it twice. Get the chance to start the KAL again! Just trying to get enthusiastic about restarting…..

Happy Knitting.

The Journey Begins

Today I moved my blog to WordPress from Blogger. I’m trying really hard to update things here regularly as I really want to share my love of knitting with you. I also want to keep track of the new things in my life. The year of 2018 is bringing so many different things. We moved from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Williamsburg, Virginia at the beginning of December in 2017. I’m really excited to live in a place that has such a rich history in the birth of our country! I’m looking forward to learning through the living history at Colonial Williamsburg and exploring Jamestown and Yorktown.

I’m currently reading the Lacemaker By Laura Frantz. It is set in Williamsburg, Virginia during the American Revolution. The Main character, Lady Elizabeth “Liberty” Lawson is charming, resilient and determined. As her world unravels around her Liberty sets her mind to fining a way to be independent using her creativity to make it on her own in a time when woman had little options. She uses her skill as a lace maker to set herself up in the folly behind the tavern Raleigh taking in lace orders and mending. [Raleigh is a real life tavern that saw many important meetings with General George Washington, Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Probably the walls hold all the secrets that went into the development of Declaration of Independence.] As the story progresses you find Liberty putting herself right in the middle of the danger and proving her name is just the beginning of who she is and what she stands for. This book is exactly what a new Virginian needs, I find I’m searching the history books to learn more about the names and places mentioned.

So here I go.

I’m on my way.

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton