KNITTING CHALLANGE 2018, cont., . . .

Today is a perfect day to curl up in my favorite knitting chair and spend the day doing my favorite activity, knitting and a bit of blogging.


Not sure how much snow we will get, but the temperature has dropped from 17 degrees two hours ago to 11. Hot cocoa, anyone?

I think today I will be working on two WIPs,

The first is  ‘Drijfhout’ by Isabell Kraemer. My BKB (best knitting budding) made this and I was very envious, just had to have my own. The yarn is Berroco Cosma, alpaca/wool/silk blend. It is so soft and yummy to knit with and will be perfect to wear on a day like today. Knitted top down sleeves are knitted using a contiguous set-in-sleeve method developed by Susie Myers. So far it is fitting perfectly.

The second WIP is a sleeveless pullover top knitted sideways and is appropriately called ‘Side to Side Pullover for Women’ by Knitting Pure & Simple. Pattern was purchased from Patternfish. Yarn is Good Earth Adorn, a cotton/linen blend from Fibra Natura. Hopefully, I will have this finished in a couple of weeks as the Greyt Spouse and I will be visiting in Phoenix. Pattern notes for both can be found on Ravelry and I am Frazzldknitter.

I left you in a bit of suspense last time and promised to not make you wait too long to find out what happens with the ‘Ujo’ top.

I listened to what my friends were saying about the fuchsia color and continued knitting. Most of the time my knitting friends are helpful. I knew in my gut that to continue knitting was probably a mistake, but when do I ever listen to my gut instinct!

I finished the top and tried it on. I am a person who does not shy away from bright or bold colors. However, one look in the mirror I told myself, ‘shoulda listened to your gut!’

I did not take a pic of me wearing the top. I was just too frustrated. I had spent about two weeks of hardly knitting anything else and now I have something that I doubted I would wear much.

Thinking about my options:

  1. Keep it and maybe wear it once  a year.

  2. Give it away.

  3. Frog the WHOLE thing.

  4. Or take on a challenge! I am gaining a new confidence about my knitting.

Warning, you are about to get yourself into a very prickly situation!

I am not one to back down from a challenge, or should I say certain challenges. So, . . I picked up my left-handed scissors and checked to see how sharp they are.  ‘Gingher’s and still sharp after being used for 40 plus years.


As I am contemplating what I am about to do, I take a very close look at my scissors and realize that although they were made for a left-handed person, they were obviously made by a right-handed person!

I cannot read the engraved brand name unless I hold the scissors in my right hand!


LOL, I can’t believe I never notice this before. Silly right-handed people just do not understand the world of a lefty.

Okay, back to the Ujo. I make my first cut. My heart is racing, I start to perspire, and no it is not a hot flash this time! There is no going back now, so I continue to cut. A very surreal experience. I don’t believe that I am really doing this, it must be a dream. (I did not take pics of the destruction, just too emotional.)

I rip out the top section with the offending color. I want to reuse the beautiful sprinkled gray Western Sky Yarn. I make sure I have about one-half inch extra on the bottom half.


I pick up the stitches on the bottom half where I want to rejoin. I found it easier to do this on the wrong side where the purl bumps were. This I set aside after carefully removing the extra rows.


That done, I now start reknitting the top.


I am liking this much better and feel as though I may wear it this time. I think all my colors will blend perfectly now.

I am happily knitting along and start thinking about how to join the top to the bottom. I could do a three-needle join and would prefer this technique, although it will be a bit bulky. But talking to my fellow knitting friends, they suggest the Kitchener join would be more appropriate. My stomach twists into knots. I have only attempted this technique once before. To the untrained knitting eye it looked okay, but to my higher standards, not happy at all. And I did listen to these friends once before, right?

Oh well, I still have plenty of time to think!

TO BE CONTINUED! . . . . . . . . .

‘What! What is she doing? She is not going to tell us the end again!’

’How can she just walk away!’

’She just made my day! I’ll be in a grizzly all day now. Let me at her!’

’You! Look at me! I am so angry my eyes are turning red. You know how hard it is to get red-eye out!’

A Senior Moment and KNITTING CHALLENGE 2018!

I am sitting here reviewing last blog and getting ready to type a new one.  Actually, I did that a several weeks ago! Now, I am revising and rewriting.

Not sure what I did. I thought I had finished the last blog.  Must have been a senior moment. Hoping that I do not have too many of them this coming year. I think it is best to just leave it unfinished and move on to more current stuff.

Almost two years ago, I started knitting with a group of ladies on Wednesdays at my favorite yarn shop. I am very glad I did this. I made new friends and have increased my knitting skills tremendously.  I have learned a greyt deal about different yarns and how to use them. I have  become better at mixing colors and trying new techniques and projects that without this group of ladies I would never imagined that I would be able to do. I credit this group, along with my BKB (best knitting buddy) for the success of most of my projects. (Notice, I said ‘most’)

My last blog and shared a scarf and  a knitted top that I completed after just a couple of weeks into the new year.

883072d2-7f3d-4a2d-8da1-31fd89a647a4.jpegThe green Twisted Tunic was a combination of a couple different patterns, along with my own creativity.  It turned out so well and boosted my confidence to knit more tops.  I now have three tops on my needles, yarn for another along with a brioche shawl, and other assorted WIPs.

Earlier this year I jumped on the ‘Find Your Fade’ bandwagon. Hours were spent finding the right colors and yarns, and conversing with my BKB and other knitting buddies.

This was as far as I got. It then was put into hibernation, along with all WIPs, as I became lost in the forest with my bunny obsession.

While knitting the Twisted Tunic, I started rethinking the Fade and  came to the conclusion that I was not real lying into finding my fade in the context of a shawl. I thought it might be fun to make a top using the fade colors.

So, my search on Ravelry began.  I decided on an Anke Strick pattern called, Ujo. It met my requirements for tunic length, simple lines, easy to knit and using fingering yarns.  I think it would be fun to play with different colors and striping to create a fade or blending of colors.


I frogged the ‘Fade’ shawl and started thinking how I wanted to put my colors together. Some colors were removed and others added.

I had an idea of what I wanted, but also decided to make it up as I went along. After all,  I had  gained a new confidence with my knitting skills. I think, ‘I’m good, I can do this.’


Okay, not looking bad so far. The color in this photo is a bit off, the the pink really brings out the pink in the grey Western Sky Yarn.


Okaaay, I have knitted a lot now. I even finished the sleeves, something that is usually not done until the garment is almost finished. (And if I was smart, I would have waited and not finished the sleeves so early!)

I’m not sure that I am liking the bright pink and share my doubts with my friends on Wednesday Knit Group. (Remember how I praised these ladies earlier?) No one shared my doubts, they ALL thought it was looking greyt and the colors blended well.

So, I continued knittting, . . .


The following week I go back to the Wednesday Knit Group, and again express doubts about a bright fuchsia color across my chest. I event try it on. I am still the only one with doubts. So, I think, ‘okay, it is just me and I continue to complete the top, including the inner pockets. I do like the color contrast to the inside of the pockets, and I how the other colors blended.


It is finally complete, I try it on and, . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . TO BE CONTINUED!

Find out what happens next! I promise to not keep you in suspense too long.

“Oh for Emu’s sake! Can you believe she just left us in suspense?I want to know what happened next!”
OH, FOR EMU’S SAKE! Can you believe she left us in suspense, just like that!”


Wow, where did 2017 go. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have an answer.

However, It does seem that I spent the of last six months of 2017 obsessed with bunnies.  Sometime in June I took a wrong turn and got sucked into the vortex of stuffies, bunnies, designing and writing patterns.

So, to get the new year off on a good start, . . .

I will not ramble on about the exciting things of the past few months. It would take pages and really, it would only be of interest to me.

Wow, that is kind of a relief, right! ! ! Not only for you, but me as well.

So, HAPPY NEW YEAR!, and all the well wishes that go along with it. How did your celebrate New Years Eve and have you done anything exciting so far?

I did bring the New Year doing one of my favorite things, knitting!!!


Besides knitting in the New Year, I discovered the secret to being  awake at the stroke of midnight. Celebrate with friends early, only one or two glasses of champagne, then go to bed by 9:00 P.M., and get a good two hour nap!

Now, you ask, what I have done so far this year, . . . Well, I’ve been knitting, of course. And it is something other then bunnies and pandas.

This incredibly soft cowl is made with Blue Sky Metalico. It is 50% baby alpaca and 50% silk. The pattern is Ombre by Cynthia Parker. It was by far the softest thing I have knitted. The yarn has been sitting in my stash for several months waiting patiently for me. This scarf became a birthday gift for my daughter-in-law.

Here’s a question. What to do with limited skeins of chunky Misti Alpaca (7 to be exact) that is taking up a large space in my  stash?

My Twisted Tunic has a center panel of twisted cable or knitting (or purling) through the back loop.    I got my gauge and general sizing from another pattern using chunky yarn called Blanche, by Berroco. I  then added the seed stitch and lace bottom. To make my twisted cable center I used the cable border from Danila Danio’s Sanna Shawl. I knitted the tunic in the round until I reached the armholes, then worked back and forth, increasing the sides to create a the  sleeves and a seed stitch border. I then did a few short rows at the shoulder and finished with a row of lace followed by a seed stitch border and a three-needle bind-off at the shoulders.

Next on my needles is the Marfa Shawl by Annie Haas. The greyt spouse surprised me this year with the pattern as a stocking stuffer. How thoughtful of him to visit my LYS and pick out goods for my stocking. There is nothing else I would have like better. There were also a few other surprises from my LYS that I will share with you later this year.

So, with my first chance to go knit with my friends at my LYS, I picked out yarn to start the shawl. I am using Madelinetosh Merino Light. The brioche stitch has proven to quite the challenge. Thinking back I probably should have practiced before working with my yarn. I would share the number of times I have ripped and restarted the brioche section, but I have lost count! In an effort for perfection it seems I have only jinxed myself into making some little mistake with each restart. So, I think it is time to set it aside for a few days.

Several days later, I have restarted the brioche,


A Crafty Room

Although most of my time has been spent working on ERIN’s BUNNY, I have been able to work in a few other projects.

Recently, I acquired an extra bedroom that I have been busily turning into my craft room. Gone is the double-size bunk bed. My oversized chair has found a space in my bedroom. The chest of drawers remains, it is greyt for storing yarn! The closest also makes greyt yarn storage, business supply and office area. (I know you keep hearing the word business from me and one day I will stop procrastinating and surprise everyone with my mini shop of crafts).

So, instead of the double-size bunk bed, there is now a queen-size futon!

img_2607Greyt color! It is not only comfortable to sit and knit, but I slept on it for a few hours and it passed the test. So now the room can also be a guest room!

The chair I have added is just awesome. I love it! Take a look,. . .

img_2613img_2764-4Cool, huh! And yes it is authentic 1970’s. You have to be jealous, right? This chair lived in the basement of my in-laws long before the greyt spouse and I ever met. And for the past 8 or 9 years has been in my basement. Finally, I was able to bring it out of the darkness. I think it goes perfect with the futon. The little side table is also compliments of my in-laws, circa 1970’s. I sent a hint to the greyt spouse that a lava lamp would be the perfect holiday gift and accent for the table.

The adorable quilted dog hanging was made for me by a co-worker several years ago for my fiftieth birthday. I love this hanging and am so glad it has a permanent home. I never tire of looking at it and it always makes me smile.

img_2766Oops, I got side-tracked. So, what is on my needle? How about a knitted flower bed above the closest of my craft room. Not quite finished, but should be soon.

img_2763The grass has a fusible interface on the back and is held up by a couple of very small nails. To limit the amount of nail holes I am using those little plastic 3M hooks to attach the flowers. The ruffle type flowers are from the book “itty-bitty hats” by Susan B. Anderson. The pattern is felted flower child. As you can see, I did not felt the flowers. They are knitted using different weight yarns and the stems are crocheted. The five and six-point flowers is from ‘a flower petal pattern’ from ‘Miss Crafty Fingers”. I found this pattern on Ravelry, but it appears Miss Crafty Fingers is also a blogger.

img_2760-1img_2761-1The rug in front of the chest-of-drawers is recently off my needles. It is crocheted using the now defunct ribbon yarns. You remember them. They looked like a fat ribbon that you either knitted or crocheted then opened up for a very trendy, ruffle scarf! My LYS has shelves of this yarn that is even hard to move at a sale price. However, I think the rug is a greyt and fun idea!

The greyt spouse found the tropical appliqué in Panama. Due to some recent re-decorating our greyt room this “molas” as it is called in Panama lost it’s proud spot. However, what better home could it have then in my craft room.

br />img_2758img_2762The ceiling fan/light pulls are also a product of my craftiness. (I really should make some extras to put in my ‘not-yet-functioning-store)!

So, what do you think of my crafty, craft room!

My 1st knitted pattern

You may remember that I have been teasing you over the past months with pictures of a knitted bunny that I have been designing. Well, my design is finished and I have published the pattern. ERIN’s BUNNY is a free download on

ERIN’s BUNNY, v. 1.2 test 2


Designing this bunny and creating a written pattern was quite the challenge. I will spare you the details of sleepless nights, numerous frogging, pattern rewrites and frustrations. Instead, I would like to brag.


There are many ways to make the bunny unique. You can add frills, flowers, bows and tie the ears up for a girl. You can keep it simple for a boy. Charms can be added around the neck to personalize it. You can use different weight yarns, including sock yarn for a mini size and attach a swivel hook so it can be used as a zipper pull for backpack, purse.

I am proud of this cuddly bunny. I devoted months to designing and writing. I have sold several to friends and have orders for the holidays.

I named the pattern for my daughter, Erin, and designed it around memories of her childhood.


Erin lives in a group home in Laramie, WY.  She has several special needs. However, she is full of smiles, has a greyt sense of humor, and is always ready to give you her special bone-crushing hug. Erin has always been fascinated with things that are floppy and will spend hours shaking it. Thus, ERIN’s BUNNY is very floppy.

Next item  on my list of to do’s, . . .  a floppy panda bear that will be named ERIN’s PANDA. The pattern should be available around the first of the new year.




Things are changing. The trees seem to be turning early this year. We just had our first snow! Politics, . . I am not even going to go there!!!! And my blog site is changing.

In the next few weeks I will be making changes. So, if things look incomplete or or do not make sense, you would be correct.

For some reason, these changes are difficult for me. One problem is that I should be making these changes on the website vs. the app. I have never had any computer classes. As a nurse I did use a computer quite a bit. I was very adept at ordering x-rays and diets, charting meds and when my patient “appears to sleep” (only an older nurse will understand that comment!

So back to computer vs. iPad apps. Don’t you think they should function the same? Well, I am finding out computer people do not think so.

I will continue to blog about my addiction to knitting and love of greyhounds.  Occasionally, I will talk about other interests, such as family, or things happening.

The main changes I want to make is in the menu and to add my on-line store.

So, while you are waiting for my store to open for business, here are a few items to tease you.

Okay, so much for teasing you. It seems I have done something so my photos only download in text form.

See you soon, I hope.

A Trip to Lake Powell

Vacations have been few and far apart for the greyt spouse and I over the past several years.  I was fortunate to go to Hawaii earlier this year with the greyt son and his greyt family and friends. I posted pics in a previous blog. 

In July the greyt spouse and I drove to to Lake Powell to visit friends. We went through Moab driving along Highway 128 off of I-70. It is a two lane road, but the views were awesome.

This archway is pretty cool. I took the pic along the roadside,  so I am a distance from it. It is hard to appreciate the size until you look closely and notice there are people standing below the arch.

The greyt spouse.

The rock formations just pop up from the ground. And the color palette is beautiful.

From Moab we took 191 to 160 to travel down to Page, Arizona. I’m thinking this is a total of a 10-12 hour drive on mostly 2 lane highway, and desert views will be rather boring. I was so wrong. The spectacular scenery really cut into my planned knitting time!

 The entire drive was very beautiful. Just out of nowhere we would see these huge mounds of rock with such unique formations!

And the drive was over before we new it. 

So, our greyt friends, Dave and Sherry, have this little boat on Lake Powell. Just kidding, it is not little.  

The next 5 pics are from a cruise boat tour. I am just amazed at the lines, colors and shapes.

Unfortunately, the weather, although hot, was a bit windy creating choppy waters. So we did not get a personal tour of the lake on Dave and Sherry’s boat. However, it had been about two years since we last seen our friends, so we have plenty of time to visit and catch up.

The windy days did give us an opportunity to drive to the Grand Canyon for a day with our greyt friends. The views were beautiful and I just do not have the words to describe this natural wonder.

Back to Lake Powell and a camp out on the boat. We spent our last night on Lake Powell sleeping on Gemini. Dave and Sherry very graciously offered their stateroom to us. However, the greyt spouse and I thought it would be more fun and memorable to sleep under the stars. And it was. I purposely woke up several times just to admire the quiet and the expanse of stars. I woke early to take pics of the sunrise.

We left our friends, giving lots of hugs and well-wishes and plans to return soon. As we were heading home, I realized that I did not take any pics of out greyt friends. Silly me, my camera was always pointed at the surrounding scenery, hoping to achieve that one greyt pic.

First stop on the road home, Four Corner. A place where the corners of the states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet. It is a very popular tourist destination and a chance for me to find my last souvenirs. There are hand crafted items by Native Americans and the booths are arranged so there is one in each state. Wow, there is no other place where you can shop and buy souvenirs from four different states at just one stop!

“X” literally marks the spot. Or is it a plus (+). 

Back on the road with more spectacular rock sprouting.

We spent the night in Alamosa, Colorado. The next morning we traveled to the Great Sand Dunes.

Did I say ‘sand dunes’, in Colorado? Yes I did. Now explain to me how there are sand dunes in the middle of the United States. The Great Sand Dunes are the tallest on the North American continent and are located in the Sanger de Cristo Mountains.  Formed over thousands of years from sand deposited by mountain streams and reverse storm winds. The sand is constantly being recycled through freezing weather, melting snow, the mountain streams and of course the wind.   A very awesome site. 

I enlarged this greyt pic for our home. Not sure where it’s final resting place will be.


Now this couple had the right idea. Lounging under an umbrella while the grandkids sand skied on the dunes.
Yes, you can rent sand boards, rub the bottoms with wax and ski down the dunes.

I think next year we should plan a trip with the greyt grandkids. What a greyt beach vacation! And then we can visit the alligator farm. Yes, there is an alligator farm in the middle of Colorado. 
The trip was fun and refreshing. However, it is greyt to be home where the scenery is a rich green with a variety of trees, colorful flowers. And a short walk around our neighbor with greyt views of the Rocky Mountains!!

On MyNeedles 

What’s on my needles? Not a lot lately, lol. On second thought, let me rephrase. I have several projects started; one sock with no mate, 1 summer top, 2 winter tops (one of which will probably be frogged), a hitchhiker, another scarf, a temperature blanket, a Find Your Fade (which may just fade completely away). All these projects are sitting  in a recently reorganized knitting niche. 

But not all my needles are sitting idol,..

Recently  I talked about these cute floppy bunnies I have been making. Yes, this is where my needles have been clicking away this whole summer. I have been very busy knitting these floppy bunnies. Not sure how many I have made, but it is a lot.

So after many late nights, early mornings and totally sleepless nights, I am close to the finish line. I have written and rewritten the pattern at least a dozen times, 

and this is the final result!

Even before my final version, I managed to sell a few. That has been  very encouraging! The owner of my LYS has agreed to sell some of the bunnies on consignment and will work with me to sell the pattern. Wow!

Okay, speaking of pattern, I had no idea how much work is involved in creating a pattern that is easy to read, makes sense to others and hopefully spark the interest of the public. I think I am very close to a printable version! My BKB (best knitting buddy) is helping me proof the pattern. Not only is she helping proof, but she has these fabulous ideas for design and layout that will create a knockout pattern.

Once ERIN’s BUNNY is launched, I hope to create a series of floppies called ERIN’s FLOPPIES. In fact, there is a new one coming soon.   I named the series after my daughter, Erin.  Erin has special needs and I spoke about her in a previous blog called, ERIN’s FLOPPIES.  

Making  these bunnies have made me think about launching a small shop. I could sell some of my stitch markers, . . 

Maybe a few earrings and zipper pulls, . . .

Did I mention that I used to make homemade lotions and lip balms? !

Huh! What should  I call  a shop of this nature? I do like greyhounds. How can I fit my love of greyhounds into a small craft shop.

STAY TUNED,  and happy blogging, knitting and just enjoying what is left of summer.

Hawaii, part II

Oahu is 44 miles long and 30 miles across, 597 sq. mi. The continental US is 3.797 million sq. mi., 2800 miles across and 1582 vertical miles. 

It only takes 2-1/2 hours to drive the shoreline of Oahu. Every bit of the drive is filled with very blue skies, blue and turquoise water.  Trees and foliage are very different from what I have seen before.  I grew up in Nebraska and and have lived in Wyoming and Colorado. I have traveled, but the scenery on Oahu is like entering a different world. 

A different look from the Rocky Mountains!?

This plant is normally a house plant where I live, in Hawaii, it is a TREE!

An early morning walk gave me a chance to take some fun pics.

Chickens run wild on the island and help keep the bug population down.


Close friends of my son’s family joined us for our trip, Kat, Adam and their son, Max, who celebrated his first birthday while here.

Seriously mummy! I was fine without the vest. So you think l will float now? Let’s hope I do it belly up!
Who would have thought that eating shrimp from a food truck could taste so good and be safe to eat!!!

The original food truck.

We brought our own master chef along for the trip. Adam served up humongous hamburgers, steaks,  marlin, ono and ahi. The  shrimp were the the biggest, fattest I have every eaten. The Ahi was served over a bed of fresh greens and a reduction of, . . . . awesome something!?!

Roadside fruit stands with fresh coconut water. I learned that when the coconut is still green, the liquid is water. After the coconut ripens, it becomes coconut milk.

A forest fire on a tropical island? Yes, they do happen.  This was just south of the beach where we were staying. We even saw a helicopter dropping buckets of water. It took about 24 hours to put it out.

Final destination before the airport, Waikiki Beach, a greyt view of Diamond Head and, …

a stop at the famous Dukes and their signature lava flow drink.

After eleven days of beach, surf, sand and sun, it is time to return to reality. A very long ‘red-eye’ flight home and a suitcase packed with souvenirs, memories, and a little sand!


I have been very busy lately. Travel, weeding flower beds, gardening. It seems that I have not been knitting or posting, but have actually done a lot of knitting. But my knitting is all the same project. 

I discovered an adoreable pattern for a softie and have made several for my grandkids. Friends have started to ask if I would make one for them. The pattern I have been using is copyrighted and has a disclaimer that the designer does not want the pattern used to make profit on knitted items. That is somewhat limiting. Yes, I have made several, gifted them and they have been happily received. 

So this started me thinking about copyrights. What I have discovered is that it may or may not be legal to make a profit from knitted items with this disclaimer. I’m thinking that if the designer feels so strongly about her patterns, maybe it is time for me to design my own pattern.

Part of June and most of July I have been busy writing this pattern and revising it.

With each revision it becomes cuter. 

While busy clicking away on my needles, the gears of my mind turned with all these greyt ideas. Maybe I can publish this pattern. What about a copyright. What if I make different sizes.

How about a mini bunny!

How about adding a hook to this mini. It can now be attached to a backpack or used for a zipper pull. Or maybe attached to a belt loop on jeans or shorts.

I am almost done with my revisions. I still have a few kinks to work out, but I could not resist sharing with you and getting your thoughts and ideas.

I am still checking out copyrights and thinking about publishing. I am also thinking about designing other animals.

Oh, by the way, I have named it ‘ERIN’S FLOPPY’, in honor of my youngest daughter.  Erin was born with a severe learning disability, mild cerebral palsy and autism. As a toddler and child she loved anything floppy, socks, sleeves on a shirt, you name it. She would spend hours shaking these items and it was hard to find toys that were floppy. As she has grown up, she has never lost her interest in floppies. 

Here’s to you sweet Erin.