Saturday, July 21, 2012

Destash continues, I hope

I recently posted more photos from knitting I've done this spring and summer.  It's too hot to be knitting prayer shawls, but I have been knitting dishcloths and little purple hats for Cook Children's in Fort Worth.  The hats are to be reminders for new parents about The Period of Purple Crying:

Besides participating in the Destash Challenge from, I am trying to use up material from my stash.  I will post photos of those projects soon.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Home Again

We (my friend Bonnie and I) just completed a 3 week (4/18/12 to 5/8/12) trip out West. We started in Texas, and drove west to San Diego (via Albuquerque and Grand Canyon), then north to Portland, OR, then east (through Idaho and Montana) to Yellowstone National Park. Snow prevented us from driving directly from Yellowstone to Teton National Park, so we spent the night in Jackson WY. After viewing the majesty of the Tetons, we went to Pocatello ID, then Salt Lake City, then home by way of Colorado. It was a great trip and we are planning the next one for 2013! Photos will be posted soon. Thanks to all my email and FB friends who allowed me to post photos of our trip.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Destash Challenge Update

Finished another prayer shawl. But I bought more yarn (on sale) at Tuesday Morning. Now I really have enough for 2012! Thanks to 2 completed prayer shawls this year, I am still on the positive side.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Destash Challenge Update

I finished the prayer shawl last night. I used a Boucle yarn (2 strands) and it is wonderfully soft. (photo below) I started on a new shawl in a new (to me) pattern: Row 1 knit, Row 2 & 4, purl, and Row 3 K2to, yo. Happy to report that, despite recent purchases of yarn for prayer shawls, I am now in the "positive" on the destash challenge, meaning I have used more yarn than I have purchased. Now if I could only say that for my material stash!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Destash Challenge

I joined the Destash Challenge at

So far, I have completed 4 dishcloths and have vowed not to buy any more cotton yarn until I have used up my current supply. Photos are posted under Knit/ Crochet.

I did purchase more yarn . . . that sort of goes against the whole idea of the challenge. I rationalized it because [1] Yarn was on sale at Michael's at 3 / $10, instead of the normal $5 -6 per skein and [2] the yarn is designated for a particular project (Prayer Shawls). I now have enough yarn that I probably won't need to buy any more this year (at least that's my plan).

I am also planning to make some more Fishy Hats. I made one for my grandson and now am planning to make some for the Bazaar and maybe also for Cook Children's Hospital. That is a good use of left over yarn.

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year's Resolution

Last Wednesday, 1/25/2012, I joined the Stitchers at Cook Children's Medical Center. I stitched "procedure pillows" which are small (8x11 inch) pillows of brightly colored material. The children get to pick their favorite and stuff it themselves. I was happy to have sewn about 20 of them and, thus, met my goal for the day: to leave with less material than I arrived with. Oh happy day!

Then, on the way home, I stopped to visit a woman who was a caregiver to one of my hospice patients. She was in the process of going through the couple's belongings and grouping what would go home with her, what would go to the garage sale and what would be thrown away. When she found out I was a sewer, I came home with 3 more tubs of material. Hmmm. So much for the plan of the day. I did go through all the material and sort it by color (lights in one tub, darks in another). I went through the tubs of material in the garage and put together a box of material for the women who make neck pillows for the servicemen and servicewomen who come through DFW airport.

The next day, I took my box of material to my Curves in Hurst, only to find out that the women are no longer making neck pillows. One of my fellow Curves members rescued me from taking the box of material home. She said she would take it to her church, as there are women there who quilt. Thank you quilting ladies!

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Year's Resolution

My New Year's resolution is to use up some of the yarn and material I keep stashing away. To that goal, I have joined the 2012 Destash Challenge at
I hope this will keep me on track to USE more material and yarn than I BUY or acquire through donations. I am already behind for the year, but hope to make amends for the material I recently acquired.