Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't worry I have more....

Etimo Hooks, that is. You can find them at

Monarch Migration Time...

camera shy Monarch
Originally uploaded by nandersonsphotos
Each fall the Monarch butterflies make their way through our area as they migrate back to their homes. Here you see one filling up on Lantana nectar. I've been waiting to prune my Lantana because of this migration as they have come to expect a home-grown meal at my house.

My Lantana shrub is taller than lie. It's been growing there for about 5 years & it gets full, hot southern sun. There may be entire colonies of unknown creatures living under there & the leaves make me itch so I am not looking forward to this adventure in gardening. But I want to build an arbor this year & the Lantana has to be moved. Shoot, maybe more butterflies will come & I can put this off a while longer.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Van Ness Scarf CAL...

I'm participating in the 1st CAL in the CrochetUncut group on Ravelry. We are doing the Van Ness scarf & I am loving it! I'm doing mine in Melody by Jojoland & am using an H hook for a lacy effect. Here it is halfway done. This is a wonderful waiting room project as it is easy to remember the pattern but it looks so intricate. I'm going to love wearing this!
CrochetUncut is an online crochet magazine with free patterns, articles & product reviews. Darlisa, the editor does a wonderful job editing & publishing the magazine each season & has some wonderful ideas for future specialty issues. Check it out!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Will Crochet For Food...

Crab Au Gratin...I need to work on my food photography skills but believe me it was delicious!

Seriously!! My friend asked me to crochet a baby blanket & not knowing what to charge as I don't usually make too many items to sell, unless it's for a couple of charities I support, I was non-committal as to the fee & was suggesting that she make a donation to a charity, since I love to crochet & was already working out a pattern anyway. Well, she came up with a barter or gift of sorts, for my labor.

We live in the Gulf Coast region & she & her husband are avid fishermen. She offered me CRAB...cleaned & picked & ready to cook. Good Lord did she want the blanket done in cashmere or something?? I'm not worthy....WOW! I got the better end of this deal, I'll tell ya'. So tonight we're having Crab Au Gratin in all of it's fat & creamy glory. This stuff was sleeping in the Gulf not too long ago! YUM,YUM!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pilfered Merchandise & a New Job Title....

Etimo set in gold, comes with all you see in this tweedy case with a bit of silver thread running through it, very tasteful...oh & we've got individual hooks as well.

In the interest of product testing, (yea right), I have "pilfered" some of the merchandise, as Mr. Witty claims. Well, Mr. Witty consider me the Product Testing Engineer for the Etimo hooks. I mean we can't sell them if we haven't tried them out in a controlled, scientific environment, right? Hey am I getting paid for this?

Eh hem, well I'll tell you, the hooks are everything the rave reviews have claimed & more! I love them! But don't just take my word for it, perhaps we can have a little contest here, (shhhh, I'm thinking). Please check back for more about the hooks & the contest.

P.S. have you noticed the extra large size label on these? Believe me, I did!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Etimo Hooks Shipment is HERE!!!!

My Etimo Hooks are here!!! YAY!!!!!WooooooooHoooooooooo!! I've been reading about these hard-to-find hooks and now I have a BUNCH of them; sets & individual!! I'll be listing them for sale ASAP!! They just now got here. So for now check out Gwendolyn;

Gwendolyn doll pattern by Carolyn Christmas at Isn't she a cutie? Have I mentioned that Carolyn's patterns are well written & user-friendly? And if you ever get into a snag on one of her patterns she always emails you with helpful advice, in a timely manner. Great customer service!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I Made Some Yarn & Got a "New" Sewing Machine!!

My friend Jennifer over at Desert Garden Farms sent me a wonderful surprise package with home-grown fiber & a drop spindle!! Here' s my first attempt at spinning. Now Madame Poulet has a neck warmer knitted from this handspun yarn.

I've been treasure hunting a lot lately, searching for sweaters to unravel for yarn & for other goodies. I saw this machine at a yard sale & couldn't help myself. It is beautiful & heavy & clean & the motor sounds good & the light still works. I was going to possibly re-sell it but I think I'm going to keep it. I love sewing on well-maintained, heavy old sewing machines.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Banana Pups...Have You Ever Seen Them?

This UGO* is actually a banana "flower?" . See the little baby bananas? They won't ripen as it will get cool & that will be the end of them. After the banana tree flowers & bears fruit, it will die, only to be replaced by little banana plants that emerge from the root ball. I'm thinking that they take about 3 years to mature to this stage.

Banana trees are fun to grow. I used to have them in our Atlanta area garden & they thrived. I had to dig them up in October & store them in a cool dark basement, (like bulbs), but it was worth it.

I saw a gardening show on HGTV where the homeowner grew her banana tree in a gigantic pot in a huge pond. Her home was in Canada no less. She just had to remove the tree & store it before the cold weather set in. So yes, you too can have a banana tree of your very own.

*unidentified growing object

Ghostly Bay

ghostly Bay
Originally uploaded by nandersonsphotos

People are already putting out their Halloween decorations in my neighborhood. Not wanting to be left behind, here's my contribution to all things Halloween. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Actually, we were out on the bay one night in early September & saw a 'gator. SO naturally I did like people tend to do...I started taking it's picture. Don't you see it?? Seriously, there WAS a 'gator, I swear. And no, I wasn't enjoying an adult beverage at the time. Oh well, this picture turned out kind of ghostly so I thought I'd save it for October.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Channeling My Inner June Cleaver or Check Out the Nov/Dec Crochet Today!

THIS has got to be my favorite issue to date!! Love the colors, love the retro kitschy look & the patterns geared mostly towards Christmas and/or holidays. The cover is brilliant with the retro white tree & the Donna Reed-esque model on the front. LOVE IT! Yea, I know, I'm of that generation so it brings back happy memories of childhood & yada yada but I think modern young women & men will enjoy this issue as well. It's fun & colorful & quite frankly!

There are too many gorgeous patterns to list them all but I especially adore the wonderful, zero- calorie gingerbread house by the appropriately named Carolyn Christmas of Gourmet Crochet. I have several of her patterns & they are wonderful & well written. Very user-friendly, even for a novice. Another point about the gingerbread house that appeals to me is no bugs!! I live in the south, so do lots & lots of bugs. But none of them will be attracted to this house, which has always bothered me when thinking about leaving a cookie & candy house sitting out on the table. Plus, I have a dog.

As for fashions...where do I start? They are done in winter white which is creamy, luscious & wonderful for deep south cool weather wear...(goes with the lightweight fabrics we wear most of the year). I must queue the capelet swing cardi & the icicles pullover, which has an adorable diagonal stitch & the snowfall cowl & the snowflake earrings.

Then there are the ornaments...I'm going to need a second Christmas tree!! Naturally, I'm not going to be able to make everything that I've queued from this issue because I've queued the ENTIRE issue.

Can you tell that I really, really love this issue?? ;)