Gold Medal Knitter!

Every other year there are either summer or winter Olympics. This year we had the winter games in Sochi, Russia. During the Olympics there are also the lesser-known, but more-exciting  Ravellenics games (OK – maybe more exciting is not true, whatever!). The goal is to get knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning projects completed in the the Olympics timeframe. So this year February 7th through the 23rd knitting needles all across the world were clicking away.

I joined Team West Hollywood SnB  and entered in 3 categories:

1. Event Hands

Project: “Look Ma, no fingers!”
Pattern: Fingerless gloves, written up by Ellen
Category: Mitten Moguls (Any items for your hands: mittens or gloves, with and without fingers.)


2. Event Hat

Project: “Going Big!”
Pattern: Slouchy hat, Cordova
Category: Hat Halfpipe (Any hats and headgear: berets, tams, skullcaps, slouchy hats, headbands, etc.)


3. Event WIP

Project: “February Mystery”
Pattern: Baby cardigan (Puerperium Cardigan)
Category: WIPs dancing (Any project that was started before the Games that is finished during these Games qualifies .)


Looks much better on the model:



Best of all, thanks to our awesome team leader Laurie Ann, I was able to take home Ravellenic Gold! 2 medals! Yeah! I don’t care what they say – it IS all about taking home those medals!!!!


Mood School Student!

Last Saturday, Lisa (veteran Mood-school graduate), Sarah, and I took a one-day class at Mood: “Sewing 101: The Basics of Sewing By Machine”

It was a fairly basic class and our project was an envelope purse with a button. There were some very interesting tidbits of information (Yes! I’m talking to you Gütermann thread spools – I know your little secret!), something brand-new I’ve never done before (automatic button hole – awesome!), and mostly a lot of fun and good times with Lisa and Sarah!

If you ever have a chance to take a class at Mood – go for it. It’s just fun being there. I love the store, even though there is a lot of snootiness going on. Still fun!












She did it again!

Remember my friend Deb who made the amazing Kaffe Fawcett blanket? She unpacked the sewing machine again!

A few weeks ago she mentioned that she was planning on making a wallhanging based on a photograph  for a friend’s birthday. Plus the friend is just starting to sew, so she was also going to make her a pin cushion to inspire her. So I’m thinking that the wallhanging is going to be amazing, though I have no clue how she was going to recreate that picture. And a pincushion – nice thought.

Today I saw Deb – the wallhanging is still in the works (looks amazing so far), but the pincushion is done. And it blew my mind! I’m not sure what I expected, but I whatever it was – I should have known better. This is Deb we are talking about! Well, here are some pics of the pincushion. I hope it inspires the recipient, not intimidates her! It’s pretty awesome!

(Please note that the flowers on the side are handmade from plain ribbon and then attached. Pincushion is about 7 inches in diameter.)





My new BFF

A few days ago (December 31st) I lamented over how I only had one post last year because I didn’t try out any new things to write about. Well – HELLO NEW YEAR! January 6th and I already experimented. And it’s all because of my new best friend ever, Miss Julie Taboulie.

OK – maybe this is one-sided and she doesn’t consider me her best friend. Or know me all too well. Or know me at all. Very likely she doesn’t know I exist, BUT I see her on TV all the time now and that makes her my new best friend, right???

Anyways, “Cooking with Julie Taboulie” is a fairly new show I recently discovered on “Create TV” (one of the PBS stations). As the title states, it’s a cooking show; specifically Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. I don’t usually care much for cooking shows – or for cooking – but I really enjoy watching her. And I want to try things. According to my friend Julie it’s quite simple.

Last Sunday I watched the “Street Food Stars” episode, dashed over  to the local Middle Eastern store, and then went to work to make some Kaftas!


  • Couldn’t get mint, so I skipped that.
  • Don’t like lamb, so I ground up some spicy Italian sausages and used those as the meat base.
  • Didn’t have skewers, so I just skipped them.


  • Came out really well and was delicious.
  • Definitely a “keeper” recipe.

Lessons learned:

  • Well – my friend Julie made all of the food in during the show in less than 1/2 hour. Took me a bit longer – more like 1 & 1/2 hours. Who would have thought!!!

The masterpieces:

1) Caramelized veggies:


2) Tahini sauce:


3) The meat:


The Kafta:


Sooooo gooood!

Thank you Julie!!!

2013 – What happened?

I got an email from WordPress today – “Your Annual Report from Your 2013 in blogging”.  They put together “a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2013”. Well that’s nice!

For the sake of complete transparency and full disclosure, here is my report:    “In 2013, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 16 posts. There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13 MB.”

WOW!!! That’s pretty sad. Since the aim of this blog is to report on my various adventures into the crafting world, does that mean I didn’t do anything this year? Not entirely. I usually only write about new things I try out, but not stuff that I already know how to do (knitting, crocheting, etc.). So I guess I didn’t venture much into unknown territory in 2013, but here are some of the things I did actually make:

1) Big Items

Crochet Blanket
Completed Level 1 TKGA Knitting Master’s
Skully sweater


2) Medium Items

AG Doll sweater
Market bag
Sock monkey
Crochet flower bag
Ohio State scarf
Another scarf
Market Backpack


3) Small items

Cat toy
Ice pack cozy 1,2
Squares for my 200 crochet blocks blanket
Swiffer Sweeper cover
Ice pack cozy 3
Squares for yarnbombing of the Art museum
Soap pockets


4) Headgear

Steeler’s hat
Copycat hat
Brioche hat
Entrelac headband
Crochet hat


5) Charity Chemo Hats

Mostly made for Knots of Love.


6) Washcloths

Washcloths, Potholders, Scrubbies


7) Sewing

This section is pathetic!!! I can’t believe I made only 3 bags in the entire year. OK – did some mending, but that’s about it. And I had such good intentions, great inspiration, and sooo sooo many plans!  ULTIMATE SADNESS!!!!!


I guess that’s it for 2013. I still have 1 chemo hat on the needles, and 1 more that needs the ends sewn in, so there will be 2 more hats finished before midnight tonight. It’s not bad. It’s not great. At least I did something. Hopefully next year I get to try out more new stuff again – not like there aren’t any ideas available on Pinterest!!! And more sewing! DEFINITELY MORE SEWING IN 2014.

With that,




What is it with people taking scissors to their knitting???

First there was Jill, cutting that gorgeous dress into pieces! OK – in her defense, that was somewhat planned. I guess scissors are just simply the nature of steeking.

BUUUUT now comes Bridget the sock whiz! She is one of my knitting buddies from work. Tuesday’s lunchtime = knitting group (yes, I know – totally awesome to have a knitting group at work). Bridget had made this gorgeous pair of socks in the Senta pattern, but felt that one of the socks was just simply too big. Unravelling was too much work. Her solution: I’ll just cut off the tip and reknit it shorter! And she did.

If I had done this:
a)  I would never have dared doing this.
b) I would have lost some stitches somewhere.
c) Not in a million years would I have known where in the pattern I was.
d) I would never have dared doing this.

Well, it worked – see for yourself.
Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to take scissors to your knitting! (YEAH RIGHT!!!!)





And then they fit…


Huh!!!!! It’s MAGIC!!!!!!

Michele and I started a KAL (Knit-A-Long – whoever came up with that acronym? It’s like the worst on the planet. Ever!). The pattern is the Noro Striped Scarf, but since we both don’t much care for Noro yarn, we are doing it in Fake Noro, hence the Fnoro KAL. Somebody suggested the F in Fnoro doesn’t really stand for “Fake” but some other 4-letter word. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe yes.

When we compared scarves after a couple of weeks we were surprised by two things:

We both cast on 39. Michele use size 7 needles, I used 8s. Mine is much leaner.😐
(We love them equally. No child left behind!)

This really blew our minds. We both used Red Heart Boutique in Spectrum as color 1. Michele chose RHB Abstract (orange-yellow-redish) as color 2, I chose a simple Caron Sheepish black as color 2.

The spectrum looks like 2 completely different colors on our scarves. On Michele’s it looks greyish. On mine it looks pink-blueish. IT’S MAGIC!!!!! True, real-life magic!!! Happening right here in Los Angeles.

(OK – one might say it’s not magic but a simple middle-school “Colors in Context” lesson. One might also say there are no unicorns! Or vampires!)




(YUP! French for FINISHED!)

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