Keeping You In Stitches

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A Tica friend asked me to embroidery the days of the week bibs for a baby that will soon be born in the family.  They are nothing fancy, just plain and simple!  Can’t wait till she sees them…..

Another humid day, altho’ the weather forecast said another cool front was moving in with rain….the word cool, here, is so different than cool in the old country! LOL

Took a field trip yesterday to San Jose; we had been told the Christmas lights were a sight to see; nada, saw very few; and we were told there were lots of street vendors, very few of those too.  Altho’, I think you could buy any kind of cell phone on the street you wanted!

However, we did find a WONDERFUL department store called Universal on the pedestrian mall. Wish men had not been with us, because I could have wandered in there for hours; and they had lots and lots of Christmas things on sale!!! Makes me long for a larger house to decorate! LOL

Then we headed to an upscale Mexican restaurant – good food and fun!  It was pretty “dark” to get a good picture; however, you get to guess who ordered this as their dinner! LOL


The hubster forwarded the above link to me and I feel compelled to respond!

I get more knitting done during the NCAA Basketball Tourney and during the NBA playoffs.  Knitting while watching basketball is relaxing to me….it doesn’t mean I’m not watching and unaware of what is going on in the game!  And there’s no disrespect to those playing the game, no matter what the sport is!


Woman can multi-task a lot more than men can…..and if it’s disturbing the players, then they have a concentration problem!

And yes, I will be knitting away during the Olympics.

For heaven sakes, many baseball games now encourage Knit Nights!

If athletes are more involved in watching what is going on in the stands, they are in the wrong profession! Perhaps they would prefer to be in the stands knitting!

Just my 2 cents worth….

Pura Vida…..


Just finished closing the toe of Amanda’s “first” sock with the kitchener stitch. Altho’ the foot of the sock looks large, it’s not when you put the sock on.

I sent her pics of sock yarn that I had and she picked it out. I think it knitted up pretty cool! Just a rib stitch all the way down the leg. Need to get busy on the second sock. I didn’t use one pattern as written, but used a ribbing and leg pattern from one, and then a foot pattern from another.

Off to start the second foot….


Talked to a friend a couple of weeks ago and she said her daughter wanted to know if I would knit her a pair of socks. Well, that is just music to my ears! Since I brought enough yarn with me to open a shop that is no problemo!

Took pictures of some sock yarn I had and emailed them asking her to pick out the yarn. The reply comes back, out of 8 choices, I like 2,3,5,6,7…..So I had the task of picking out the yarn! LOL

It’s an Online brand of supersocke 100 – Flower-Color with aloe vera and jojoba infused in the yarn; should feel nice on her feet, because it feels really nice on my hands working with it….

Have gotten this far with the first sock and hope to be at the heel turn by this evening.

Sure hope she enjoys wearing them because I’ve enjoyed working on them so far!!! There’s a lot to be said for using an easy pattern in old age….attention span just isn’t what it used to be!

Another gorgeous day on our little side of the mountain; birds are singing like crazy! It’s a good day to be in Costa Rica!

Adios for now!

Unbelievable, I know!  I’ve just finished the last 2011 Christmas gift!  But hey, it’s before the end of January….Christmas happened upon me too darn quick with everything going on here with the move, construction, etc.  It won’t be a surprise when she sees it here, but maybe, just maybe, when I give it to her, she’ll act surprised! LOL   So, if you know anyone named Pat that built a cathedral, it’s yours!!!!!

Another gorgeous day in the Central Valley!  Nice breeze blowing and it’s 85 degrees.  Doesn’t get better than this folks.

We love living here and  meeting new friends every day it seems.

Pura Vida….Adios for now!

Made this baby wrap for my niece’s new baby who has yet to be born!  Due date was last Friday.  Now I need to find something to mail it in and get to the P.O.  Also finished these “surfboard/beach bum napkins this morning.  They are much cuter in real life!!

Now I’m exhausted. I guess retirement does that to you….you get so wiped out finished things that you’ve started.  Actually, I love sitting at my machine and doing the embroidery, applique, etc.

Need to find a good place in the Central Valley to shop for sewing notions tho’.  It’s very weird here because they have lots of fabric stores but that’s all they carry.  No patterns, no scissors, no thread, etc.  And until I can figure out where a “notions store” might be, I have to scrounge around and see if I brought “the stuff” with me.




I have more thread than I will ever use in my lifetime!  A few years ago I won $1200 worth of  Floriani thread.  I never did count how many spools it was.  Mark made this thread holder for me and it’s hanging on the door of my sewing room – there are 175 spools of embroidery thread on it.  This doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg!  I think I could fill 5 more of these with ease!  Only, there’s no place to put it! LOL   This seems to be me life story….no place to put something!  Thanks Mark and let’s get busy on some more of these thread holders! LOL

Even tho’ I’ve got a million things to do, I decided I would be a happier person if I sat at my machine and “did something”!  And voila… is true…..I feel like I accomplished something.

I think these are the cutest pillows!  Made from a linen dish towel, add an embroidery design, a travel pillow inside, and ribbons to tie it all together!  I’m going to try and make one for every holiday/season.  And that will make my decorating complete! LOL

$12.99 purse from TJ Maxx – my creative embroidery work….end result…………….PRICELESS! 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!

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