"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


New Bracelet in Progress

I've been wanting to make a particular bracelet ever since I saw the pattern. I started it yesterday. This morning when I got up the sun was shining through the window onto it. It looked so sparkly I took a picture.

The sparkly doesn't show very well. I wonder how one gets that to show better? I will have to look into that. Anyway, you can see what I'm doing. It will be a bangle cuff bracelet when it's done. Dark purple glass pearls will be involved.

I have been working on the first sleeve of the Navy Textured pullover. I'm about a third of the way done with it. Considering how little time I've spent knitting the last 2 days, that is pretty darn good. I'm getting excited about finishing the whole thing. It's been awhile since I've made an adult sweater.

There are so many things I want to get done. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself for a bit and be able to do them all at once. I want to finish my book, make a web site for selling my jewelry, make some tutorials for specific beading techniques, as well as knitting. Make gobs more beaded jewelry, finish the 3 counted cross stitch projects I've got on hold, and finish my Alice Starmore sweater. Oh yes, and there's the quilting I'd like to get into, spinning, and I'd also like to set up one of my knitting machines and start using it again. I love machine knitting. I'm missing it.
Findings & Finishings: A Beadwork How-To Book (Beadwork How-To series)
Sigh. So many crafts. So little time.

Did I mention a new bead store is opening up near me soon? In fact, it's opening up in Rathdrum, literally within 3 miles of my house. I don't know whether to be excited, or fearful. I think my bank account is probably scared. I've been wondering who on earth would do such a thing? Rathdrum is a pretty small town. There is a famous beader who lives in Rathdrum. I'm hoping it's her. That would be great.

Today it is sunny and beautiful. I am planning to strip the finish off a head board and foot board set for my bed so I can refinish them. They're made of solid knotty pine which will match the rest of my bedroom furniture perfectly. In all the years we've been married, I've not had one on the bed. My friend Judy had one she needed to get rid of. She sold it to me for cheap cheap. It's been years and years since I've done this kind of project. I sure hope I can remember how.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. It will be very nice to be able to buy beads without going clear into Spokane! Do you know the name of the store yet?

  2. Hi Laurie,
    No, I don't. I just know it's opening in the former bakery down by Granny's Pantry Restaurant (that's the word I've heard anyway). I know it's true and not a rumor because everyone I know in town is talking about it-with excitement. I need to drive over there and see what the sign in the window says.

    (There are days when I just love small town life. LOL!)