Keeping You In Stitches


Keeping You In Stitches is written by Nancy Van Patten.

I am retired and living in Costa Rica. I always have some kind of stitch work going and my yarn stash is epic. (Yes, I moved it ALL to Costa Rica with my four dogs and one husband and my Smart car.)

UPDATE: One dog has since died and we sold Ms. Smartie.

I have a Babylock Ellisimo embroidery machine and an external hard drive full of patterns – that I can never find because I”m not a very good “filer” and the cataloging software is too complicated.


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our school chess team is looking for someone to make our team chess shirts. we already have the design made. all we need is for someone to put it on the shirts. please respond with any response. Thank you.

Ty Huffman

Who do you knit for? I knit baby blankets and booties when grandchildren came along, then a larger blanket when granddaughter asked for one. Then, for two years, I crocheted baby blankets for Project Linus on the 12-hour, monthly drives to visit my mother-in-law, before she passed.

I knit for people that are friends, etc.

Hi Nancy!

I like your playful style of writing. I especially like your ability to share the cultural differences that you witness living in Costa Rica. 🙂 I also love and appreciate the culture here in Costa Rica having just completed the first book in the guide book series Becoming an Expat!™ It focuses on how to move, live, work, and retire in Costa Rica which seems to resonate with your blog. It has something in it for everyone: families, retirees, college students, etc. I worked as a Paramedic in San Diego & Kansas City for over 10 years, hurt my back on the job and now instead of saving lives I save quality of lives through teaching them how to follow my path to the pura vida! Tico times recently completed an article about it here:

I’d be honored if you would consider writing a piece about my new release. The kindle and nook editions are available, the color paperback edition is still processing. I hope that it will be available in the next week. Read more and watch the book trailer at I would be happy to provide you with a free pdf of the book for your review.

I’d also love to interview you for the next edition in late 2014. I’d love to hear about your experiences in Atenas. I live in Playa Bejuco, between Jaco and Manuel Antonio. (If I would have found this blog in time I would have included it in my “cool stuff and resources” section. Next edition…

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Shannon Enete
Owner, Enete Enterprises, LLC
Skype: Shannonenete
619-618-0224 (US)

Sure, I’d be happy to read it.

Dear Nancy,

My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
We quite enjoy your blog about living in Costa Rica, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

Best regards,

Coming to CR this week. Can we find Singer or Kenmore sewing machines there? We’ll be in Heredia…


Dear Nancy

Hello, I represent Adobe Rent a Car the second largest car rental company in the country, specialized in Villas – Condos Car Rentals.our 2 agents to quote your customers. You don´t need to do anything, but refer your clients. We would like to present you our special product and rates. How can I contact you directly?

Dear Nancy

On behalf of the editorial team at Women Travel Latin America, I’m contacting you about our 2017 WTLA Writing Competition.

We saw your blog and enjoyed your stories and sense of humour, and wondered if you might want to enter a piece into the competition. It’s free to enter and the top prize winner will receive US$100. The 30 top entries will be included in the Alone Together anthology.

We are passionate about empowering women to travel to Latin America. We want to see more women shake off any fears they may have, pack their bags, and explore new areas or revisit the ones that changed their lives in the past.

We are looking for engaging, thought-provoking entries that explore the theme of women traveling in Latin America, whether alone or together.
Share your stories with us; your unexpected triumphs, your moments of laughter or tears, the risks you took, the people you met, and the invisible barriers you broke along the way. Please join us in our goal of showing others that we can, indeed, travel alone – together.

– Emma
Editor at Women Travel Latin America

Find out how to enter the 2017 Women Travel Latin America writing competition on our website.

We would love to hear from you!

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