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Baby It’s Cold And Let’s Catch Up!!

Well it’s been a hot minute since I posted. However I am not letting the grass grow under my feet over here! Haha!

I finished two hats….

Custom order #1.
Custom order #2.

I finished this cowl and am working on a tutorial for it.

The yarn for the cowl is a lovely cotton from Made In America Yarns. One of their lines called Florafil. It’s so light and fluffy for a bulky cotton! Love it.

The Be “Squared “ CAL is gaining speed! We have 11 squares under our belt now!

And here’s a sneak peak at my first go at designing a shawl!

It should be going out to testers soon! So exciting!!

Stay warm everyone! Spring is coming 😊

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Silly Duke!

It’s cloudy and misty again today in Texas. Duke and I traipsed off on our walk anyway. He found himself in a predicament! Caught in the netting off the hay bales! He is so silly sometimes 😂🤣😂

Help Mom it’s got me!
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New Start!

I managed to get a commissioned item last week! (Thanks to my daughter.) ❤️

Trying to get this hat done quickly, as it is a birthday surprise. However I am filming this as a tutorial, so be on the lookout for a video soon!

Have a great week everyone ❤️

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Patreon Launch!

After lots and lots of preparation, I have finally launched my own Patreon platform!

For as little as $1 a month you can become a patron; where you will get connected to

some really great posts, videos, tutorials, chats, and giveaways. These are things that

will not be seen on my regular YouTube channel, but will be PATRON only benefits!

Here is an intro video that will help explain what it’s all about.

I cannot wait to share with you some of the great things I will be doing. This is a great opportunity to connect with

you on a more one on one level!

Again here is the link to the Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/creator-home

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Fibromyalgia and a new way of eating.

So recently on a trip to Colorado to help my Dad, I got sick. I am always tired and have limited energy. Of course I know that being in my mid fifties is totally part of that!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia shortly after I returned to work, after my oldest daughter was born. Now there was not a lot of research back then. Mostly we were all told it was in our head.

Dad had a procedure on a Friday and I was in the emergency room by that Saturday. Of course because it all started with high fever, tightness in my chest and uncontrollable shakes, I was a Covid risk. I was given a thorough work over with chest X-ray and c t scan and blood work and the dreaded stick up my nose to my brain. Thankfully negative !

Some of the blood work though got me thinking it’s time to lose some weight gained after quitting smoking, and being home after retiring from the beauty shop.

I met a lady in Joann’s who had a sweet little service dog with her. We stroke up a conversation about how one obtains a service dog and what qualifies. She mentioned fibromyalgia. Well, I thought I knew quite a bit about it. However there has been a great deal more research done. There is now a test which is quite expensive. Dolores, the lady in Joann’s, mentioned a book. I ordered it from Amazon and it was waiting for me when I got home.

WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT (TM): FIBROMYALGIA: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease https://smile.amazon.com/dp/153871325X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wuUPFb793B1RG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

That’s the book.

I have started the protocol set out by this doctor. It has been a difficult week, with severe headaches and nausea and vomiting. I believe the worst was from coming off of caffeine and sugar. I am feeling better today and am getting the hang of how to cook differently.

Spinach and feta omelette with avocado and strawberries.
Beef stroganoff and salad with creamy homemade dressing.

I am struggling to get in enough water. And have to remember to eat several times a day to satisfy my blood sugar. But I have already lost 8 pounds! So not a bad start 🙂

I will have more about my journey. And I welcome any others who are fibro-warriors to leave me a comment and let me know what works for you!

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Reconstructing Patterns

So I had a great visit with the neighbor while visiting my Dad here in Colorado. She is so good to him by always sending over treats and cooked meals.

I know she is a crafter but this is the first time we have gotten to sit and work on something.

She has a blanket her grandmother made all the kids for their weddings. She is wanting to make one for her daughter as well. Of course, it is a vintage pattern.

So we got started with her reading the stitches she saw in the finished piece, and me trying to reproduce it.

Turns out we did a really good job! She found the closet pattern to it online and is now making some as well!

The closet pattern we could find is a Vintage Rose Afghan by McCalls circa 1978 or so.

I plan to do one of these as well, when my wip pile and Christmas projects are done!

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Be “Squared” CAL

Approx. 74 ounces of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn H or 5mm size crochet hook

Approx. finished size is 59′ x 75′ Gauge: 25 Stitches = 7 inches in Single Crochet

You choose your colors! This can be a totally scrappy project, and would be so fun that way!

Here are the written instructions for the first two squares of the CAL. Please check back often for more details! I hop you enjoy this CAL and

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

Square One: Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through both hoops on the hook.

Chain 26 loosely, Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook, and all the way across. Ch 1 and Turn.

Single Crochet all the way across each row, doing a chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Work until piece measures, 7 inches by 7 inches.

Here you can continue with the same color or change to a different color, or use the color you will be joining with, it’s your choice!

***This is a finishing row and will be repeated on every square.

Be sure the right side of the work is facing you.

3 single crochet in corner, 25 single crochet across side ,3 single crochet in corner, repeat around square, with a total of 112 single crochet around.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Square Two: Half Double Crochet: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops on the hook.

Chain 27 loosely, Half Double Crochet in 3rd chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 2 and turn.

Half Double Crochet in each half double crochet across.

Repeat this row until piece measures 7 inches by 7 inches.

Add Finishing Row as you did on the first square.

YAY! See you for the next square!

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Secret Knitting and Dyslexia

I have started my secret knitting projects for Christmas. Yes I should I should have started sooner, but….

It took me a bit to find and get the yarn for them with the slower mail chain and less people in working in the warehouses. I am using bulky weight acrylic for these, to make them easy to care for.

This is also a slower process for me because I struggle with reading and understanding the patterns. I have had dyslexia my whole life. I don’t worry about it or talk about it much. It’s just something I have compensated for in my own ways.

When I was little my mom read with me every night no matter what. She was relentless! She and my Daddy moved once when I was younger so I could go to a school with a new reading program. It was a self motivated system with a type of phonics. I loved being able to pick the next story!

Now I have to read the pattern aloud to my husband who, even though he doesn’t know “the lingo” is very patient, he will look at me and say “ that’s not what it says “. That’s usually where it will stick and I can go on with the project

I will post more pictures of my secret knitting after Christmas 🎄

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Domestic Violence Month

This month I am doing my best to raise awareness and any donations I can for a cause that has affected

my life, the lives of my family members, and so many friends and family. I know this month is Breast Cancer

Awareness month also, and my family has also been affected by that disease. However, I am choosing to

put my efforts toward helping those who help the ones who need help to ; leave a bad situation, get back on their

feet, have children, or maybe just need a shoulder or a listening ear. I am leaving my video where I talk about the

facility I am supporting. And you may reach them directly HERE. Thank you for reading and or watching.