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Today was knitting day.  Vera, Mariam, Jean Marie and I……supposedly Mariam was to have the keys to Cristina’s shop, but she didn’t.  Cristina has stopped working for awhile till she has the baby (July 4).

Cristina’s grandmother, Mariam’s mother lives on the corner. So we went to sit on her porch till the keys arrived.  By the time the keys arrived, we were all sitting comfortably around her Grandmother’s table.  Lots of Spanglish spoken, but a lot of laughs too.  Her grandmother wanted us to stay there because she likes having people around.  I feel like part of the family!

One thing Jean Marie and I learned today, I feel the need to share.

If you have knee problems, use chicken pieces (never figured out if it was cooked or raw), enough to go around your knee.  Then cover the chicken with leaves of cabbage.  Use a wrap to keep everything in place.  When you wake up in the morning, there is no more pain in the knee!  Almost wish I had knee pain to give this a try!  So if anyone tries it, please let me know how it works. Going to knitting, is not just about knitting! LOL

A friend is interested in learning to knit socks. I love to knit and was really excited that she wanted to learn too.

Too make sure I didn’t forget any necessities, I emailed a couple knitting friends that live in the states.

These are the two answers I received:

tape measure, small scissors, needle measure doodad, needles to sew ends in

Post its, measuring tape, flask, chocolate, big needle point protectors, page protectors,
high lighter tape

I’ve been looking on one of my favorite knitting websites, Knit Picks. I’ve made a list of items that I think she absolutely needs:

6 inch Harmony Wood Double Pointed Knitting Needle Set

Double Ended Crochet Hook set for picking up dropped stitches

Stitch Markers

View Sizer – this is a needle sizer, measures stitches and rows, and gauges

Heel Foot Cream by SOAK (This is the best stuff)

Sock Knitting Needle Holders – you lay your project down and get distracted and don’t get back
to it right away, and VOILA! – stitches are no longer on your needles…this stops that!

Knitting Needle Point Protectors

Knitting Stitch Holders – various sizes

Bent tip Tapestry Needles for weaving in yarn ends

Highlighter tape – this is great stuff because you can use it over and over, really good help
when following a pattern – helps keep your place

A small spiral notebook to keep notes in of the project you’re working on.

If any other knitters out in Yarn Land can think of a few more items, or accessories, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

All of the above items can be found at – except for one – highlighter tape, which can be found at other websites or even on ebay.

A few other websites I lurk around are and – for you knitters outside of the U.S., these two websites ship Internationally. I love websites that ship Internationally!!!

Pura Vida from Costa Rica for now.

Today was a pedicure day for me. Got my toes painted a beautiful turquoise blue; they are quite fetching!  However, she went up a $1  – so it was $8….may have to find a cheaper place. LOL

On my drive into town I rounded a curve and there had to be at least 25-30 vulchers.  Two of them were in the road with their wings spread tip to tip;  all I could think of was they were going to stop me and I would be Tippi Hedren in the Birds! Then one barely missed the windshield flying by with a hunk of something in it’s mouth! YECH!  So I just crept along figuring they’ll either get out of the way, or be eating on one of their own…hmmm, wonder if they do that?

I don’t know what was going on in town today, but it was next to impossible to find a place to park.  Yep, I drove around the blocks many times, shhh, don’t tell Mark, and going by the church the most beautiful, melodic music was coming out the windows.  It must be time to celebrate something in Costa Rica because I see lots of store windows decorated with Costa Rican flags and in red, white, and blue.

At any rate, I finally found a spot and walked 3 blocks to the post office and lo and behold, “you’ve got mail”.  Was nice to get a card and letter from a friend in the states….made me homesick for my friends, but that’s all I was homesick for!

Then headed to the grocery to get a few things.  We have a dinky, tiny refrigerator and it doesn’t hold much…yep, another reason why there should be no cooking in the house! I did stop in at a couple appliance stores to see what a little bigger one would cost – alas, I had not taken measurements, but did get a good idea.  Yes, I miss the ice maker – you see we’re making ice cubes the old fashioned way, in trays!  And yes, we go through lots of ice cubes! LOL  Also hit the meat market to get quatro chuletas.  (look it up, if you don’t know what that is.)

Headed for home and yep, those dang vulchers were still hanging out…..obviously, something was dead in the vicinity – you could tell by the smell.

Caio for now!



Who knew that you could knit, drink coffee, eat, chat, and exercise all while sitting at Panera’s?

However, this morning “blondie” enlightened us!!!  As we were talking, she explained “oh as we are talking about this, I’m doing my Kegel’s!”  Oh yessiree Bob, she said it at Panera this morning.  Which of course led to other subjects amid all kinds of giggles and laughter!

I love my knitting friends – no subject is taboo and no matter what the subject is, we laugh!!!   One knitting friend even said she took my advice regarding a problem with a pattern she was having…I told her to contact the yarn company; pattern calls for a #4 needle and for her to get the gauge, she had to use a #9;  she got a reply back explaining why she should be using the #4 needle – basically the yarn will grow (it’s bamboo yarn). 

And then dearest Cat pipes up…oh no, you never should take Nancy’s advice – no one else does!  Told her I had two friends that I wish would take my advice but it’s falling on deaf ears. LOL

WOW!  Today was a very informative day at knitting at Panera.

1.  If you knit fast, you won’t run out of yarn!  (ie: in case you think you’re going to run out while working on a project).

2.  Knitting a lace project doesn’t take as much yarn as you think it will because it’s full of lacey holes!


Gotta love the knitters because they know how to have fun and most of all….LAUGH!


My own personal philosophy is:  It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!

I hope your day has been enriched because of the above info!

Am frantically trying to complete a sweater to take on my trip next week.

Joined a new ball of yarn and after knitting 8 rows on a circular knitting around the bottom of the sweater (knitters will understand this); I looked down and realized I had joined the wrong ball, wrong color, and wrong kind of yarn!

Nothng else to do but frog, frog, frog… the time I was done frogging, I was so upset with myself….I didn’t knit any more last night.

Before you ask, no, the colors of yarn were not even close!

To make myself feel better and more adult about the whole situation, everytime I walk past it, I stick out my tongue!

Traveled to Enchanted today for the spring yarn tasting.

If you’ve never been to one, get yourself ASAP to one!  Any yarn shop NOT doing this hasn’t a clue what their customers are missing!!!

We must have “tasted” 30+ yarns this morning (besides a yummy brunch) and came away full.

Most were DK weight and as soft as a baby’s butt!  There was hemp but I was assured I wouldn’t get much if I tried to sell it for smoking.

The new spring yarns are not only luscious to feel but the colors range from pale to vibrant.

The only way to sum it up:  sooooo much yarn,  sooooo many wonderful colors, sooooo much softness,  and soooooo little time to get everything you’d like to knit knitted!!!

Thank you to RoLynn and Ashley for another devine tasting!!!

Last week while heading into the living room to see what “the zoo” was barking about, Oprah was on.  When she became Miss Goodie-Two-Shoes (claiming to give away all the prizes, cars, etc – and we all know it was the sponsors giving the things away), I quit being one of her viewers.  However, this show caught my interest!

It was a guy, sorry I don’t remember his name (another fault of growing older), talking about how to get organized, cleaning up your house, room, etc.  His recommendation was just take 10 minutes a day and do something and before long, you’ll be organized.

Hmmm….that sounded like a possibility in my busy world.  I’m happy to report that so far, I’m only 4 (40 minutes) days behind!

I’ve been working on a cute little hoodie for my cousin’s little boy, Jack.  I left it on the couch buried under a quilt, thinking and probably hoping it would be safe.

Nothing is safe from Derby, the street urchin!  Started to pick it up last night and lo and behold, many of the double pointed needles were now single pointed needles.

I think I’m going to soak every bamboo knitting needle I have in olive juice – that is one thing I’ve found that none of the dogs will eat!

Any other suggestions?  And do not tell me to put the knitting projects up higher – I’m a short woman and don’t like anything above the second shelf in the kitchen cupboards because it requires a step stool to reach them!

WOW!  Sunday afternoon was an exciting couple of hours!  Enchanted Yarn and Fiber had a yarn tasting to celebrate the new arrivals of yarn, books, etc. for fall.

We each received a “goodie bag” of “nests” of yarn of all the new stuff.  Then we were to knit a few rows and critique how we felt about using the yarn, etc.  What fun!!!

I’ve decided I’m a “frog tree yarn” kind of gal.  I loved all the different Frog Tree yarns sampled – so soft and easy to work with.

I understand this will be a yearly event – not only was the yarn good, but the goodies to eat were delicious too!

Lots of people were there and a GREAT time was had by all!!!  If you missed it, you must go next year!

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