CARO488's SparkPeople Blog CARO488's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community finished my mini-shawl <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's made from tofutsies - a yarn that is part chitin - a fiber made from shrimp and crab shells <BR> <BR> Elm Leaf pattern from Ravelry Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:58:49 EST knitting fate I finished a pair for me - using Tofutsies Power Stripes. <BR> The tofutsies is partly made from chitin from shrimp and crab shells! <BR> also partly soysilk! <BR> My guild, Fiber Folks of SW MO, had a challenge where you had to (randomly, blindly) pick 3 crayons, and then complete a project (knit, woven, spun, whatever) using those 3 colors. When I picked my crayons, these socks were in my hands, on my needles at the time. Fate? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:02:21 EST baby quilts rom a kit from Merrily We Quilt Along <BR> <BR> As I am sure my nephews/nieces-in-law don't read my blog, these are gifts for my new grand-nephews. The tree needs more quilting in those wide spaces. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did stitch-in-the-ditch on all seams, outlined the pale stars with satin stitch in blue, and meandered in the larger word spaces. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:53:08 EST Bridget Our little Min Pin, Bridget, passed away early Sept 16. We loved her a lot and she loved us. I think she had a good life in the 12 years she was with us. She was diabetic, and had to have insulin shots with her meals twice a day, for many years. She became blind with cataracts, and that made her timid about stairs, and about jumping off the bed. We nearly lost her last summer - the vet thought she wouldn't make it through the night, but she rallied. Finally, her kidneys failed. <img src="htt... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:42:03 EST The second thing Zoe ever sewed <img src=""> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:44:31 EST My granddaughter is piecing patterns I have been teaching my granddaughter Zoe to sew. As you can see, she is doing super well. <BR> Her first piecing: <img src=""> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:07:56 EST button complaint <img src="">I have sewn a couple of blouses recently, with unspectacular results. Also, I was watching for a sale of my favorite shirt - CJ Banks never-iron, and that time rolled around. I also had free shipping, and an extra 15%off. <BR> <BR> I ordered five shirts and a jacket - all for nearly Wal-Mart prices. I rarely buy clothes, but last time I ordered online, it was from CJ Banks, and I was quite pleased. The clothes were good quali... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:59:35 EST twister May 2014 Another binding that I'm really proud of - <BR> <BR> 14 by 16 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:10:08 EST "monkey" scraps A friend who looked at a picture of this thought it looked like monkeys' faces. I had put together the center of this, then stopped, because I thought I had no more butterfly fabric - then, of course, I found some -four small pieces - just enough for borders. I have about 2" by 20" left now. <BR> Then, sitting right beside my machine was some navy blue twill. I bought it in the remnant bin at the quilt shop to use for soldiers' quilts, but it just wasn't the same 'hand' as regular quilting fa... Mon, 19 May 2014 17:42:36 EST Spring Beauties -iris n pansies Spring Beauties -iris n pansies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 18 May 2014 17:52:47 EST goslings at Capps Creek There are at least 7 (maybe 8) geese families at Jolly Mill Park. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 17:47:13 EST red,white,blue,and gold <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My first quilt for Patriotic QUilters of Pierce City <BR> <BR> Patriotic Quilts of Pierce City <BR> Please help us make quilts for our soldiers! <BR> If you have some red, white, blue, or gold quilting fabric, make us a nine-patch block <BR> 12 ½” – to end up at 12” finished <BR> (each piece will start at 4 ½”) <BR> One block at a time! <BR> &#65532; &#65532; <BR> National Guard members of our 276th E... Sun, 18 May 2014 16:48:55 EST suddenly spring suddenly - seems like overnight - we have blossoms on the serviceberry trees, and tulips in the yard. The daffodils are almost gone - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:16:07 EST how to tell if your fabrics have enough contrast <img src=""> <BR> edited to add: Now these are all sewn together! Luckily, after I sewed the first two blocks together, I noticed that some blocks are turned the wrong way. See how the dark (green)squares in the front all march to the upper left? And the ones in the back rows march off to the right? Yeah, that's wrong. <BR> Now it's all sewn correctly, and green goes up to the left, while all the orange marches up to the right. <BR> <BR... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:10:11 EST Celtic Solstice update Last night I finished the last of the Celtic Solstice blocks - and used up all my fabric - had to piece together blue scraps to get the last 5 triangles - have about 12" (square) of orange left, and had to get more greens and creamy background - The pieces for the border are done, too, so just have to get them into one piece and decide on the plain borders - since I don't have anywhere near enough of the background fabrics I used. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:59:25 EST daycare handprints My daughter worked at this daycare for 15 years. When she moved out of state, she asked all her current and previous "kids" to come and paint their handprints. They also put their names and ages on it. I quilted around each one. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was finished before Christmas; I thought I had blogged it, but can't find the post... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:20:43 EST Christmas Infinity quilted in the ditch, bound, and done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> finished on St.Pat's - I may have to change the name - on a queen sized bed Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:15:03 EST Sleet and snow on Sunday: daffodils on Tuesday Sleet and snow on Sunday: daffodils on Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this picture - love the curve of the road, the rise of the hill, the bare trees, the single pop of Spring mid the brown and black- testimony to rebirth Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:09:57 EST pink scraps <img src=""> <BR> I made a table topper for my daughter - about 15 by 20 " - finished it in one evening and one morning. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:36:30 EST Celtic Solstice coming along <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:17:33 EST Celtic Solstice Every year, Bonnie Hunter ( does a mystery. I thought I wouldn't like a mystery, but I love all her quilts. Last year I followed her mystery, Easy Street - and really loved it. The top is long done, and I haven't decided if I will quilt it myself or send it to a longarmer. So this year I was excited to do another Bonnie mystery - Celtic Solstice. Her colors were darker blues, but I used a bright turquoise. I am loving the process, not sure I love the colors... about 50% done <i... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:16:18 EST Celtic Solstice I have been working on Bonnie Hunter's mystery. I have about 30% done on parts 1-4. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:30:21 EST time for PT <img src=""> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:59:07 EST Zac's quilt finally finished <img src=""> from Day n Night by Eleanor Burns <BR> <BR> All the kids n grands were here for Thanksgiving, and my daughter planned a picture - taken by Jerry <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:18:08 EST watercolor lessons <img src="">I have wanted to learn watercolor painting for years. Now, our local library is sponsoring lessons. This is about the fifth or sixth lesson, but I had to miss a couple. Our instructor, Alexander Murphy, is a talented young artist in his own right. This lesson was about grayscale and value. We all did really well - amazing ourselves. <img src=""> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:17:12 EST wreath class at the library <img src=""> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:10:43 EST George I had a cat who would purr so loud you could hear her over three rooms. She was very fluffy, loved the grandkids, and even played with Legos. We named her George because of the cartoon. We had her for 2 or 3 years. She just never came home one day. We live in the country - foxes, raccoons, coyotes, probably bobcats, and a friend nearby has a photo of a big cat (panther, mountain lion, whatever) at the bottom of his hunting stand (insert irony). So anything could have got her. Our other cat ha... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:36:04 EST twister wreath <img src=""> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:01:42 EST mitts mailed today four pr mittens, one pr small adult sox, two pr baby sox mailed today to Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. It's already cold up there. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:51:32 EST My Favorite Writing Quotes All totally stolen from Yarn-A-Go-Go by Rachael Herron <BR> At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you. GOETHE <BR> <BR> Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. GLORIA STEINEM <BR> Write about it by day, and dream about it by night. E.B. WHITE <BR> I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one he ll of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. E. B. WHITE <BR> <BR> I fi... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:47:48 EST cataract surgery Had my right eye operated on today- I am watching TV without glasses. I have worn glasses since I was 12 ( I am now on Medicare). And I can read the words on the screen! <BR> <BR> My right eye is now better than my left. I will still have to wear glasses for that reason, and my left cataract is not nearly ready for surgery yet... <BR> <BR> I have been nearsighted all my life. But now it seems my distance vision may be better... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:12:36 EST So, I've been sewing - and I started a new job <img src=""> <BR> about 16 1/2" wide at the top x 12" tall x 4" deep <BR> Bought the pattern and fabric in Panama CIty. <BR> Love it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> about 17" by 18" - I have wanted to try a twister pattern for a while.. bought this template from an online friend who got it from Primitive Gatherings. <BR> - turned out to be quite small. - not the smallest- there is a teeny ti... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:32:44 EST My favorite dogs <img src="">We traveled to Florida to see our newest grandson, and took these two with us. They traveled extremely well, with no accidents of any kind. They seemed to love FL. These pictures were taken by Jer, I think from IN the pool. In the top picture, you can see where Bridget's leg was shaved for her IV. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, that's another whole story. About two we... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:30:40 EST Visiting my gorgeous grandson in FL <img src=""> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:17:08 EST needle roll?? <BR> Finally finished this - about 5"square <BR> <BR> The pattern was for a needle roll, but I think I will sew it into a pincusion - square, rather than rolling so that the stitches can be seen. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:34:04 EST dishcloths <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew I had a skein of Sugar n Cream cotton, and while searching for sock yarn, I found another. Turns out a skein will make 2.25 dishcloths the size I like -about 6" square. So I gathered all my scraps, and made bunches. I like the scrappy ones too. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:24:36 EST Cheyenne River mittens <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started knitting mittnz for the Cheyenne River Reservation annual blitz. I had recently seen my old trusty handwritten mitten pattern, but then lost it again (senility much?) So I looked at some patterns on Ravelry. None of them were for the gauge of my yarn and size of my hands. I wanted mittens with a long cuff and a gusset, not afterthought thumbs. So I figured out my own pattern, making them the size to fit ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:38:10 EST hot water My water heater broke over the weekend. There is nothing more invigorating than a stone-cold hair wash. I had a job interview yesterday, but the new water heater won't be installed until this afternoon (hopefully) (Don't jinx anything!) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:19:06 EST deer ornament <img src=""> <BR> another recent finish. I truly don't know why I stop ALL my projects half (or more) done. <BR> This was clearly not a large or complex project--- <BR> <BR> Strangely enough, I ALWAYS finish pairs of socks - even the kitchenering and weaving in ends, but quilts, embroidery, sewing clothes, knit sweaters, cross stitch - I get the project to a recognizable point, and then - Whoosh! the mojo mo-goes! <BR> <BR> But it's f... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:11:13 EST shophop blocks got two kit packages for blocks at the local-- <BR> didn't have enough of the dark gold - had to add from stash <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:38:07 EST walking with Pug <img src=""> <BR> My dog loves to walk - handsome devil, isn't he? <BR> OK, his head really does look like it is too small for his body. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And this picture looks like the head was added with cut-n-paste!! <BR> Poor dog! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:28:06 EST McKenna Ryan bought a kit in Hardy AR this summer <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> over 230 pieces traced, ironed to adhesive, cut, placed, and soon to be sewn Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:18:04 EST Daycare Hands My daughter made herself a wonderful going-away present. I'm quilting it, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This requires me to vacuum, mop, get up and down on the floor, and sweat a lot. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:14:50 EST Jolly Mill Park Lovely day for a walk <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never know what strange things you will find... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:02:24 EST Dyson Hepa filter I used to buy $50 vacuums, and replace them every year or two. Then I wanted a Dyson - and found one at BigLots, for great price (MORE than $50, though). It has advertising that proclaims, "permanent Hepa filter." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I LOVE the Dyson - great for pet hair and the millions of tiny bugs attracted to our window at night because of the light. They are small enough to get through the screen, then die there in the crevice be... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:00:04 EST sortie of F-22s It is hard as heck getting a picture of jets taking off <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> F22 over F15 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:13:56 EST first trip to the beach <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mexico Beach, Panama City FL Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:06:05 EST meeting my new grandson <img src=""> <BR> Jacob Alex Dean, 6 weeks old <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:03:34 EST Traveling with kids Eight hours in a car with an eight year old and a ten year old, two days in a row is.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, fun! <BR> Traveling to Florida to meet our son's new son, and taking our daughter's kids with us(their <img src="">Mom n Dad had to work.)-- <BR> <BR> Mammoth Spring AR, where an entire huge river just appears out of the ground... <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:36:50 EST red orange browns more socks for Cheyenne River <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am using up the ends of yarn left after making myself a pair. 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