Thursday, November 26, 2015

Little Miss Sunshine

It took me three months to knit this sweater for my granddaughter Lilly.  I get bored easily while knitting.  The sleeves just about killed me.  Fourteen inches of knitting in the round.  But, I finished and am happy with it.  Lilly is, too!

The pattern is called Little Miss Sunshine by Nichole Reese.  The yarn is Pure Alpaca by Cascade Yarns.  The color is a light green like a blade of grass.  It's called Dune #3013.  I made the sweater in a size 8/10 which fits my five year old granddaughter and she still has room to move around and be a kid in it.  The yarn is soooooooo soft.  100% alpaca.  The only negative I would say is that you have to be careful because the yarn does split a bit.  Not a lot but I did find a few times over the project where it happened.  I purchased the yarn through WEBS store online.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Amazing, Fun Weekend!

I picked up Miss Jassie and Miss Dixie on Friday.  We went to McDonald's for lunch.  The girls played on the gym equipment while I watched and laughed.  Afterward we went to Walmart to get them some clothes and bike helmets.  Bike helmets?  Yes!  The girls were invited to go horseback riding with their cousin, Miss Lilly, on Sunday so we wanted to be prepared.  The girls were SO excited!  All they could talk about Friday and Saturday was horses.  Dixie said, "I dream of horsies, Grandma."  hahaha

I made baked chicken in cream of chicken soup with corn, lima beans and cut up a fresh pumpkin from my garden as another side veggie.  Phil and I enjoyed the pumpkin.  The girls not so much.  First I cut it into sections, scooping the pulp and seeds out.  Then I cut the rind off and steamed the pumpkin.  After it was finished steaming I added salt, pepper and butter.

Saturday I washed clothes all morning and then fed animals before we left to spend the night with Miss Lilly.  We arrived around 4 p.m. and ordered pizza for dinner.  We put the inflatable mattress in the front room for the girls to sleep on.  They played and then we watched The Wizard of Oz (original version) while eating popcorn.  By 9 p.m. everyone was in bed asleep including me.

We had a late breakfast at Eat'n Park.  Their breakfast buffet is good.  Three adults paying for the breakfast buffet got us three free kids meals.  Good deal.

We had to be at the stables by 11:30 to begin learning to brush the horses and clean their hooves.  Then tack lessons followed.  They were in the arena by noon.  You could feel the excitement!

They had such an awesome time.  Aunt Jess invited them back again to ride with Miss Lilly.  Made this Grandma very proud of her girls!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The End of Summer

I can't believe how fast the summer has gone!  It rained here almost the entire month of June.  July and August were beautiful and hot.  Just like I enjoy.  This week has been a bit chilly and I noticed yesterday leaves were dropping from trees.  Usually I don't see much leaf dropping until the middle of September.  Must be the lack of rain here.

That said, I've been canning fruit like crazy.  I picked crabapples from a farm up the road a couple weeks ago.  Last week we picked both apples and pears.  Hubs bought peaches from a farmer's market for me to can.  I think we ate as many as I canned.  Ripe, juicy Chambersburg peaches are delicious!  I ran out of jelly cars and all that was available at the local Tractor Supply were larger jars.  Hubs bought me a 12 pack plus eight half-pint jars.

We've been training dogs every evening at the lake.  It's been great because they love to swim and it's great exercise for them during the heat of summer.  Trixie will be testing for her NAVHDA natural ability test this weekend.  We've had a heck of a time with her because she didn't immediately take to swimming like the other dogs.  She will go in after a duck but throw a retrieving dummy out and she'll just look at it.  Elsa is due to have pups late September.  This will be her third litter.  She'll be five in November.  She's a wonderful girl.  A fantastic mother and great hunter but I'm not sure we will breed her again after this.  We have five younger girls in the kennel that we want to breed in the future.  Always looking to produce a better dog to enhance the breed.

I saw my PCP in July, had my colonoscopy in August (all clear!) and went for blood work this past Monday.  Tuesday the doctor's office called to say my TSH level was high so they called in a scrip for a Thyroid medication.  He said it should help with my feeling fatigued, thinning hair and possibly help me to lose weight.  Really?  Wow!  Good news is I haven't felt myself needing to take an afternoon nap this week!  Yay to that!  HA HA

Not a lot going on other than canning, sewing and dogging.  My parents were in the last weekend in July.  I'll see them again at the family reunion over labor day and then they will be back in October.

As they say around here ... "that's it, Fort Pitt!"

Saturday, July 18, 2015

McCalls Pattern 8787 for Girls

I bought this McCalls halter dress pattern 8787 from an Etsy seller a couple weeks ago.  I've been trying to use up my fabric stash rather than buying more.  My husband thanks me for that.

First I made a dress for Jass in size 14 and then one for Dixie in size 10.  The next day I made one for Lilly in a size 8.  The pattern I bought is a 10-14 but I measured and drafted a smaller size.  Next up is a dress in the same style for Beverly who is between a size 3 and a 4.

The last one made me hungry!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Drops 73-6 by Drops Design

It's almost been a year since I started this summer vest/top.  I bought more yarn last week and thought it best to finish one project before starting something else.  :)   My husband always asks why I don't finish more projects.  It's because I get bored and want to move on to something else.

I finished the front section which was half way done and then started on the back.  Here's how it's looking so far.

It's not perfect.  I have had a very difficult time following the lace pattern only because there are so many notes and references to lace pattern 1 (which was not included on the pattern) so I went with lace pattern 2 and 3.  OY!  I will be happy to have it done and don't think anyone besides me will really notice.

EEK!  After looking at the back compared to the two side pieces I've noticed that the back is not long enough which means I have to rip back and continue in pattern before starting underarm decreases.  Crying many tears here.  Many.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Sewing

I finished up two quick sewing projects this past weekend while Phil was out training dogs.  Today he's out at a NAVHDA field test with one of our puppies.  I have plans to get the sewing machine out again today.  Yesterday I made valance curtains for my daughter in law's home.  I should have taken photos but I didn't.

The first project is for grandson Michael.  Vintage seersucker fabric from the thrift store using a vintage pattern from 1972.  Size 12 months.  I added snap tape to the crotch for easy diaper changing and red buttons at the shoulders.

Next is a sunsuit for our bonus granddaughter Beverly.  Again, thrift store fabric using a vintage Butterick pattern.  Size 4.  Half-inch red heart buttons on the straps.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Peasant Dress for me

I wanted something to wear around the house other than jeans (so constricting) or nightgown (too revealing) so I downloaded and printed out the SisBoom Meghan Peasant Dress on Saturday.  I made the dress on Sunday and wore it that evening.

I used a medium weight linen fabric that I probably bought on ebay although I don't remember.  I made it in a size large but could should have made an XL because it just wasn't roomy enough for my bosom.  The entire pattern including instructions contained over 100 pages in various sizes, three bust choices and multiple sleeve lengths.  The pattern was very well designed and easy to follow.  The only thing I didn't really like was the 1/4 inch seam allowances.  I would definitely make the dress again in a larger, roomier size.

Update, 5-14-2015:  I made another peasant dress for myself; this time in cotton.  I used 1/4 inch elastic and lowered the waist.  I did not put elastic under the bust.  I also went with short sleeves.  I wore it yesterday and it was very comfortable.

My bedroom curtains were not the best backdrop for this dress as the fabric clashes.  The background of the fabric is a baby blue.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thanking God

As part of continued monitoring by my oncologist, today is my six month check up.  

I had blood work done last week and received my lab results on Friday.  Receiving them in advance of the appointment with the doctor helps calm my nerves!  My CEA is still 0.5 which is well below the normal range.  Yipee!  

This September marks eight years since my cancer diagnosis.  How thankful I am to God for allowing me this perfect gift of more time on Earth with family.  Our family has grown in the past eight years.  We now have three granddaughters and a bonus granddaughter plus a grandson.  We are also expecting another grandson in October!  God continues to bless!  I thank Him for all things.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A New Knit

I bought the softest, most beautiful Alpaca yarn from Alpaca Direct.  It's by Cascade Yarns and is called Eco/Pure Alpaca (not sure which because each tag had a different name on it) in the Sphere colorway.

I had selected the V is for Vivi pattern by Big Bad Wool and ordered the yarn for the pattern.  I made the 12 months size for Michael.  I had a few mistakes but nothing so bad as to detract from the overall pattern or loveliness of the yarn.

It took me about three days to knit.

The first photo is true to life.

I was able to find the same yarn online through WEBS ( in a beautiful spring green color and plan to knit up a shrug or bolero for Lilly.  While the yarn was on sale at Alpaca Direct for $14.95 it was further discounted at for $9.95 a skein.  Happy shopper!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Snow

I know.  It's a never ending theme.  Snow.  We live in western PA, an hour east of Pittsburgh, in the Laurel Highlands which is part of the Appalachian Mountains.  It snows here sometimes until May.  Yep.  MAY!

I took these photos this morning.  The first three are looking out my back door.  The last one is looking out my front door towards the road.  You see my F150 4x4 stuck in the driveway?  We had rain for two days.  The driveway was solid ice.  It was no problem driving out yesterday but coming back was a whole other story.  I'm going to give it another try today to see if the snow under the tires makes a difference and gets it unstuck.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, February 27, 2015


On Monday I lost a friend who I had met on the colon cancer alliance support page.  I took to him because he's like my husband; addicted to hunting, fishing and waterfowling.  He had been a survivor for two years and then it came back.

The wife of a friend who I had babysat for as a teenager also has cancer.  She was diagnosed about four years ago and, although she had finished treatment, was not in remission.  Now it's metastasized and she's in severe pain.  She'll be starting back with radiation and possibly chemo soon.

Another very dear friend has stopped treatment because it wasn't working.  She was at home with hospice workers and family but was moved yesterday to the hospital.  She's been fighting a long time.  I met her online in 2009.  She was in remission and I was on chemo.  She has been a spokesperson for colon cancer awareness.  You are immediately drawn to her.  Such a vivacious personality!  I'm not ready to lose her or anyone else.  My heart is crushed.  Make each day count.  Love your loved ones.  Forgive those who have wronged you.  Please #LiveLikeMichelle !

February 28, 2015, Michelle is no longer in pain and suffering.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sewing in 2015

I haven't posted anything since Christmas eve.  I've been sick the past two weeks straight.

My parents were up and we had a lovely time together.  Our sons and their families were over a couple of times.  It was by far the best Christmas we've had in a very long time.

Now that I've been clawing my way back to the land of the living, I've wanted to sew again.  Thursday I made a flannel dress for Dixie and on Friday I made her a set of flannel pajamas.  I've been thinking warmth.  I've just about ran out of flannel from my stash and I did run out of waistband elastic so tomorrow they're on my list of things to go out and buy.

I thought this cowboy fabric was really cute for a dress.  I didn't care that the pj's don't match.  I thought the fabric was fun.

Now I need to locate pajama patterns in Jassie's size.