Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I have retired from the workplace. Now I will have so much more time to work on knitting, cross stitch, quilting. I can hardly wait to get my spinning wheel and really have the time to learn to spin. There are so many things that I want to put my hands to. I have two quilts to finish for my daughters that have been handed down from my grandmother, great-grandmother and my uncle. I also have two quilts ready to quilt that I have made for grandson and my daughter. So many, many things. Hopefully, I will get my Etsy shop Somerset Stitchery on the move now.

Friday, October 18, 2013

This was my first attempt at double knitting.  I decided to try a tiger strip and pays on a lap robe to be knitted for a charity auction.  Once

Once I completed the lap robe, i decided to try some fingerless gloves incorporating some of the same design elements in them.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Finished Stole

I completed the stole finally.  I blocked it over this weekend.  At this point I decided that I need to get some lace blocking wires

But after much repinning and smoothing I was satisfied and let it lay on the table under the ceiling fan to dry.  Here are pics of it on a dress form.  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

singin bells stole

I have been working on this project for a friend of mine.  She will be getting married soon.  I have made it from my stash of lace weight Missouri wool.  I found the pattern on the internet it is by Patusha.  The ends of the stole resemble wedding bells.  But my friend says they remind her of a cup that is used in Jewish ceremonies which at this time I cannot remember the name.  This should make it an even more memorable gift once it is completed.  I will be posting more pics once it is completed  and once I find out for sure the name of the cup she feels is represented in this pattern.

I truly hope that the stitches I have placed in this stole hold her happiness together.  Helps to contain their love for each other.  I want to see her happy as she should be.  No stress, only smiles from now on.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

it is over

A very dear person has passed from my life.  He came into it a little bundle of joy.  We as a family had had a terrible year.  We had lost so many family members in a such a short time.  Although we all knew that they were actually in a better place than being her suffering the end of their lives.  I knew they were because I had seen them where they had gone.  I knew they were at peace, but you know that doesn't take away the loneliness or the feeling of being cheated out of precious time lost.

Chris's journey to the end began about a year ago when he was found to have stage 4 cancer.  The surgery to remove the cancer was performed.  The doctors were hoping to be able to give him few years.  But alas that was not meant to be.  The  last leg of the journey began in May.  I remember visiting him in his hospital room.  He was so sick and there was truly nothing left to do but to wait for the disease to finally win.  When i walked into his room i could feel his spirit wanting to leave but he kept holding on.  I truly don't know what he felt he still needed to do.  Other than to spend as much time as possible with his loved ones.

But now in the wake of all that has happened, his family is trying to put itself back together.  How do you tell a mother or father that things will be okay?  to just give it time.  How do you mend the broken heart of a wife, daughter & son.  I know I have been in their position.  I have been through miscarriage, the deathes of loved ones.  So many times.  All the things that people try to say to make you feel better sometimes just makes it worse.  I suppose you just have to wait for the anger to dissipate and the person to heal.  To see his loved ones so much in shock and devastation is terrible.  Hopefully the shock, anger and disbelief will soon pass.  I keep hoping for something to put an end to this merry go round for all of them.

How do you help them?  Perhaps the best is to just listen not respond in anger when their venting makes absolutely no sense.  Not to try to help them figure out how to handle a situation.  just let them talk until they realize that they are walking down the wrong path.  I do not want to see any more heart   wrenching scenes.  I want to see them find their way back to each other and learn to lean on each other again.  To face the world as a team and hold onto to each.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

outside work to do today

We just had rain storms come through Friday and was raining yesterday.  So today will probably be out getting my roses back up on trellis.  The shepherd hook that I sank into the ground behind did not work.  I think that I will have to search for a large trellis or connect them to the porch somehow to get them to stand up. 

shawl and sundress finished

This is the little sundress I just completed and it will soon be on Etsy.  This is made from an acrylic and will be easy care.

I will be taking pictures to add my shop hopefully today. 

This is a lightweight, spring shawlette that is also made from acrylic.  It is machine washable but will need to be laid flat to dry to make the points on the edging.  It is also another sample of the Haruni Shawl.

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