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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring at last

Started sowing seeds for the vegetables. Sprouting in some flats already. Daffodils are blooming. Tulips and the lillies are coming up. Planted some new lillies and a pink peony. My son turned over two thirds of garden so far.
We decided to put the vegetable garden back in. 4 raised beds , each 4 feet square. Lots of room for lots of vegetables. Glad I kept all my canning equipment and jars. Need to get rubber rings for great-grandma's jars. Also need to get lids for the mason jars. Wide mouth and regular size.

Made 3 dozen sneaker booties for babies and toddlers. Made a pair of slippers for a 6-12 month old. Started a cardigan in ocean colors. Plan on putting fish buttons on it. Glad to be knitting instead of crocheting. Hands need a rest.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Today is gray and gloomy. A few days into Spring. Snow expected tonight into tomorrow. Welcome to New England.

Bought my seeds and starter soil over the weekend. We have decided to put the raised beds back in the yard. We eat a lot of veggies and I have all my jars and canning equipment and the dehydrator. May as well bring them out of retirement.

My daffodils are coming up fast! The cranesbill geraniums are back. See signs of life emerging all over the flower gardens.

Even got some houseplants in hanging baskets!

Finished a dozen pair of newborn hi-tops for sale and now working on size 1 hi-tops. Will make size 6 month ones too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Celebrated our Wedding Anniversary yesterday. 31 years. Come July it will be 34 years we have been together. I guess that's a long time to be with someone nowaday. It was the norm for our grandparents and parents. Not so much any more. Instead of working things out they get a quickie divorce. Marriage is not a 50-50 thing. At times it may be 60-40 or even 80-20! But a relationship needs to constantly change in order for both partners to have equal time in the limelight. You need to be there for each other, through good times and bad times. Pick each other up when you fall. Love each other even when arguing.

Been making newborn hi-top sneakers

working on a spring green pair now. I love the bumper toes on them!

I have knitting guild tonight. Looking forward to it. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Is it Spring yet?

Weather report says it will get to 50 degrees today. The snow is melting away. I see green grass. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can sit on my deck and knit. I am tired of being inside.

Went to Maine to visit my sister for a few days. It was nice.

Knit night tonight. I wonder who will show up.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another snow day!

Why is it that the one night a week I plan on going to knitting group it either rains or snows.
looking out the back door as more snow falls.
looking through the screendoor
I am tired of snow!! Time for flip-flop weather to arrive!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

new store

Last night I opened a Nilmpurg Forest Designs store on Facebook. Please check it out. I will be adding new items weekly.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another snow day/ free pattern

Woke to yet another snowy day. Now it is freezing rain coming down coating the snow. The State is effectively shut down. Schools are closed. Have not heard or seen a plow on my hill yet.  

I think a free pattern may perk things up a bit-- Child's Earflap Hat

Approxiamately 100 yards worsted weight yarn= number 4 weight Small amount contrast color

size H hook

Make a magic loop and work ch2, 11 dc in loop. Tighten and join with sl st, ch2. NOTE ch2 does not count as a stitch.

2 dc in same sp as ch2, 2dc in each st around, 22 dc. join and ch2

2 dc in same space,* dc in next st, 2 dc in next st,rpt from* around. join and ch2

2dc in same sp as ch2,* dc in next 2, 2dc in next st, rpt from* around. join,ch2

2dc in same st, *dc in next 10 st then 2dc in next st, rpt from* join ch2

2dcin same st*dc in 11 then 2dc in next.rpt from * join ch2

2dc in same st *,  dc in 12,2dc in next.rpt from* join ch2

2dc in same st,*dc in 12, 2 dc in next st. rpt from* join, ch2Now work even until 14 rows from beginning. End off. Join earflap color in any st and work 10 sc,turn dec work 6 sc dec (8sc)

Work one row even. Next row-dec work 4sc dec (6sc)

Work one row even. Continue in this manner until 1 st remains. End off. Fold hat in half with more towards the front. Make second flap to match first one. With contrast color work 1 round sc .

Cut 8 pieces of yarn about 30 inches long. Cut in half. Take one of the halves and use a hook to pull through point of earflap. When loop pulled through is long enough pull yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Do same to other flap. Fold hat in half so earflaps are together and trim fringe evenly. Sew in yarn end inside hat. 

You may make pieces to turn hat into any animal you wish. Enjoy and have fun being creative!