I am a retired critical care nurse and it is likely that 30 years of adrenal rushes have pushed me slightly over the edge of normal. I actually think I came through that chaos in fairly good shape. However, the looks I sometimes get from the greyt spouse and my family say, ‘maybe not so’. Anyway, I am retired now and lovin’ every minute of it.

I have been knitting for about 14 years and before that I watched my mother knit since I was in grade school. She taught me how to crochet and knit, but I just did not have the interest in those days. I have dabbled in other hobbies: cross-stitch, needlepoint, beading, origami, stained glass, cooking up soaps, lotions and lip balms along the way.

A co-worker encouraged me to try knitting. After much coaxing and against my better judgement I decided to give it a try. When I walked into the LYS, my eyes almost popped out and my thought was, “This is not my mother’s kind of knitting”! Talk about eye candy! !

I now knit from morning until I go to bed at night. I sit on my front porch and knit. I knit in the car. I resent anything that takes me away from my knitting time such as housework and shopping. I have been told by more than one family member that it may appear rude to knit when I have company. Really, how can that be rude? After all, I can knit and talk at the same time.

I am also very fond of greyhounds. Vinny, occasionally finds himself a subject of my blogs, along with the greyt spouse, our four kids and the grandkids.

Really, all I really want to do is knit. However, I occasionally get a bug to try a new challenge.  I think I will start making up some lotions and lip balms and see if I can interest my neighbors in trying some.  I have also designed my first knitted pattern and thinking about doing a few more. The name of the pattern is ERIN’s BUNNY and can be found on Ravelry, com.

I have been thinking about selling some of my items. I would name my shop ‘one ear up creations’.  It refers to a minor problem  of my greyhound, Vinny.  He only perks one ear up. Ear-rectile dysfunction is common with the greyhound community and there is no cure. Please, do not misunderstand me, I am not making fun of his little problem. I think he is quite charming.  Actually, the subject of a greyhound’s ears would make an interesting blog.

Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday.

I have dressed up for Halloween for the past 4 or 5 years and sit on our front step. I have fun teasing the kids and parents tell me that I am one of their favorites houses to visit. This year there will be a new outside decoration.

THE PUPPYPACA SHAWL! The light brown yarn was spun from a golden retriever mix. Jake, to be precise. Jake has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge, but before he left, I started saving his fur. One of my friends is also a spinner and Marilyn was willing to take on the task of turning Jake’s fur into yarn for me.  The yarn is half Jake and half alpaca, thus the name, Puppypaca.  (Quite clever, don’t you think?) The green was from my stash, a Jaggerspun Zephyr, using two strands to knit. Jake was a dog that would return hugs. If I hugged him on one side, he would wrap his head around me. Change sides and he would turn and to hug me again. So every time I wear this shawl, I feel I am being hugged by my sweet Jake.

I hope you enjoy following my blogs.

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