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planning and testing

I just figured out how to publish blog posts from my phone …. Fingers crossed! 

If this works, expect to hear more from me. Here’s a few pictures from our June meet-up. 

The last photo is Becky and the scarf from mystery yarn club 2016. The yarn is from Zombie yarns …. LORNA dyes again. Isn’t it lovely !

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the new digs

well, the website has officially moved for the first time since 2002!!! A little bit of culture shock here. The online shopping is currently offline. My beautiful welcome/landing page isn’t working properly. And I have to focus on pictures and images more . . . . stick with us!!

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Merry Christmas

Finally, all the surgeries for the grandkids are done. The flu had come and gone. I had a few hours to hit the stores last night. Let me tell you how much you can buy at Walmart, Rural King and Kroger. I have not knit a stitch in weeks and I’m feeling it!! Please tell me you are gifting knitting for Christmas?? Can you upload pictures in the comments? I don’t even remember how this blog thing works!!


Grandkids grow so fast! What a blessing they are. Thinking of all my knitters though, missing you, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Ultimate Knitting Club soon to be launched

Do you own an Ultimate Knitting Machine, lk-150 or other mid/bulky hobby machine? Scoot on over to and sign up for the launch.

First up will be a series of basics by me, Lea-Ann, introducing techniques I use all the time. The pattern/class will be available for purchase on Ravelry, but the club members will receive an email with a coupon code so it’ll be free!! See? It pays to sign up!

First project: quick to knit fingerless mitts.
Yarn I’m using: rimu DK
Techniques: choosing yarn, calculating gauge, latch tool cast on, converting ribbing, fixing mistakes, latch tool bind off, mattress stitch, sewing in ends.

Woohoo! End result? Warm hands!!

Sign up now!

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Who am I?

If I’m not a journaler. I’ve tried over the years and basically I only journal during life changing emotional times, no day-to-day or funny stuff. But I have funny things happen through the day, usually grandchild related.

If I’m not a photographer. But I take oodles of pictures. They sit in shoe boxes or on various devices around the house. But I have tons of pictures and inspiration of knitted projects.

How can I be a blogger? Do i need to be excellent at writing and photographing to tell the world wide web something? What if I just want to share scenes of life with Lea-Ann. Would it be interesting, educational, entertaining? …. [Stay tuned]

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How important are they? Family, work, friends ….

As I transition from retail to online, I find myself thinking of relationships developed over the years.

Family, of course. Being back in the home after twelve years, i’m remembering I just can’t drop what I’m doing with family and work. Nor can i drop what I’m working on to be with family. Discipline and setting hours are key. There will be exceptions, of course.

Work friends — and when your work is also you’re hobby — those friends are doubly important. How to maintain and build  those relationships when it’s no longer easy to be available regularly.  Clubs I used to frequent monthly are no longer. Hanging out at school events, not an option. Hmmmm.


This picture of Tom was taken in the car on the way to our store closing sale. He absolutely *loves* giving a deal and just look at that twinkle in his eye. What a great day we had visiting with everyone. Makes me wonder how I’m going to do without the store to go to, but then I remember the retail hours, deciding what to do when the weather is bad, and all the stress…. And I look forward to finding the next way to build those relationships I desperately need.

What about you? How do you strike a balance in relationships? How do you maintain contact and build friendships? What works? What doesn’t?