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Good evening!

I wanted to take a minute and forward something that I saw tonight on FB. It is a profound example of how a cerebrovascular accident or stroke can maim or even kill someone you love or are close to. Strokes do not know age, ethnicity, gender, or who someone loves.. Read this post from FB, and then please copy/paste the story into your compose e-mail program, and send it to every person that you know!

Please read this and then forward to people you know. With every 10 shares, hopefully one person’s life and their quality of life after a stroke will be saved and/or prevented entirely!



Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. 


Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A

(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is

‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?

Moira’s Legwarmers

Moira's Legwarmers

I made these for my niece, Katie.

Katie is 4 years old, and she started ballet this year. She loves dancing, and my brother tells me that she puts his socks on to dance around the house when he gets home. She puts her ballet shoes on to do this as well, and I hope that she will love the leg warmers when I give them to her this Christmas. Once I take an actual photo of the set that I recently completed, I will post another picture here on my blog. The picture above is from the actual pattern that I linked to in this post. I just love the butterfly stitch pattern!  It really looks nice when it is knitted up.


What simple things do you do each day to make your own day? I am curious to see how folks respond to Martine’s question.


Has anyone seen the latest edition of the Knit Simple Holiday 2012 magazine? I actually have 2 copies of it because I bought one in my LYS after I saw 1 of the patterns that I just had to make, and then I purchased a subscription to the magazine and I got another copy of it. I was hoping to get the subscription started in January of 2013. I will probably give the 2nd copy away or sell it to someone.

Anyway.. this magazine has to be one of the best holiday magazines for knitting projects that I have seen in the last 2 years since I started knitting. I say that because out of all of the holiday magazines that I buy each year, along with all of the magazines that I subscribe to on a yearly basis, MOST of them might, if I push it really hard, have ONE pattern in it that I want to either learn how to do or want to make for someone.

This magazine has about 7 or 8 projects (maybe more!) that I can see myself making for several different people in the next year. Of course, I couldn’t make them all before Christmas, but I can see myself making several of the projects for people throughout the next year. Some of them are quite complicated, I think. I say that because there are several stitch patterns that I don’t know how to do yet, which would mean a challenge for me.. and that is probably why I am attracted to them, because of the challenge. 

Here is the link to the pictures of the patterns on Ravelry:

I am including 3 of the 7 or 8 projects that I just love in the pictures below. 









There are several more than I just love as well, like the patterns numbered 1, Cable pullover, #4 Cabled scarf, #13 Arm warmers, #16 Girl’s dress coat, #31 textured pillows, #36 Men’s textured cardigan, #38 Notion bags, #40 Lace mitts, and #45 Sleeveless top.

I just haven’t ever seen a magazine that had this many patterns in it that I could see myself attempting no matter how difficult! Have you seen one this chock full of projects that you just love? If so, please tell me what magazine it is s!o that I can go take a good look as well! Hope you enjoy the magazine as much as I have already and as much as I will enjoy casting on for some of these projects in the next year or so!




Yay! There will be a new KAL for this shawl that I will post about as soon as I know about it in the next few weeks!

Since today I am writing about shawls.. LOL.. Check these out!

Next year is the year of shawls for me. I will be making shawls for people that I love and care about. I decided this about a month ago, and I am now combing Ravelry to see what patterns I have purchased. I think that I have enough to do some really gorgeous shawls justice.

I love Dee’s designs on Ravelry, like this one:

I think I will make this one for my mom, in midnight blue or white.

I love that one so much, I just had to add it to my library. I looked at it, dreamt about it, and decided after many trips to gaze lovingly at it that I must have the pattern.

This Rose Trellis Shawl here:

I am going to make for my MIL so that it will be ready when she visits next September. Her favorite color is purple, and I have some beautiful handpainted lace yarn from Tanis Fiber Arts just waiting for my needles. I even purchased Signature circular needles to do these shawls!

Are you familiar with Tanis Fiber Arts? She is out of Canada, and she makes some gorgeous yarn!

Have you heard about Signature needles? They have stiletto tips, middy tips, and blunt tips. All of the Signature needles that I have were made with the stiletto tips. They are PURRFECT for doing the stitches involved with lace knitting.

Check them out here:

Anyway, I want to take the pattern below and increase it across to make a shawl for a friend of mine:

Lastly, this one is just gorgeous!

I hope one or more of these make you go OMG! I have to make that!:)


She has a lot of really good ideas for quick Christmas presents!

She has LINKS! to the Ravelry patterns! Woo Hoo!

What kind of craft books do you have and how often do you refer to them while you are knitting?

For Sale, Brand New! Crocheting on the Edge, Nicki Epstein.

I am selling a brand new book today. I haven’t even cracked open the book because I don’t crochet.

I am asking $27 plus shipping. Please PM me with your interest and Paypal e-mail address. I will accept money orders as well.

Crocheting On the Edge: The Essential Collection of More Than 200 Decorative Borders By Nicky Epstein

Ribs & bobbles * ruffles * flora * fringes * points & scallops

Nicky Epstein, today’s foremost knitting designer, now gives crocheters the tools for adding fantastic embellishments to their projects. An addition to Nicky’s fabulously successful Knitting On, Over and Beyond the Edge series, Crocheting on the Edge provides approximately 200 edgings and seven fabulous projects, including a blanket, a jacket, a shoulderette, and a poncho. 

Detailed instructions, gorgeous photographs, and stitch charts for every edging ensure that everyone will be able to crochet on the edge!

Hardcover • 200 pages

Crocheting on the Edge Cover

My current project, part 2


Okay, so I have knitted up 1 hank of the Oceanic Mix on size 13 needles. It is very airy, quite nice openwork if I must say so myself. When you hold the worked piece up to light, you can see flecks of green, blue, yellow, and black in it. The yarn really is quite beautiful.

See picture here from 



The picture may come across as a bit dark, and while the turquoise base can be dark, this yarn doesn’t look that way when it is worked up.

My dilemma is this. I want to add another colorway to this work because of the green and yellow in the flecks of the base colorway that I mentioned above. My mom, who is an artist of sorts, told me yesterday that the 2 colors don’t play nice with each other. Granted, she was in a state of medication haze because she recently had surgery. Perhaps she wasn’t thinking or seeing very clearly. So, I come to ya’ll to give me your feedback on this. Look at the 2 swatches below:


What do you think about the two being put together in this type of openwork shawl or wrap?  I don’t want to use a whole hank in 1 spot that would effect a striping pattern. I was thinking about picking up stitches around the edge or just the top and bottom edges of it when I am done, and perhaps doing some sort of stitch pattern that is done on a smaller size needle but still a needle size or 2 up from the size 8 that the label calls for. What I don’t know is if going down 3 sizes from what I am using now will cause the shawl/wrap to pucker or not. I think that the 2 colors work great together if the green is used in such a way so that the turquoise is not overpowered or something.

I am not even sure if what I am thinking about is even doable.. Any thoughts? I would greatly appreciate any feedback you might be able to offer. Thanks so much!  

Oh yes, by the way.. I wanted to take a moment and mention that there is a great knitting and crocheting forum that I participate in called Knitting Paradise. You can find it here: 

This forum is really cool in that there are all kinds of knitter’s from all levels here. You can do so many things there, from getting your questions answered to posting your work to talking about things that are on your mind to selling your stash should you find the need to so that. I hope to see you there!  


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