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I'm an artist/illustrator, fiction writer, folk harper, amateur guitarist and fanatical knitter. My nine pound Chihuahua/Poodle, Rosa, tells me what to do and when, like when to sit on the couch and knit so she can snooze in my lap. I have recently opened a store on Zazzle which includes some knitting-related items. Find them at:
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Big Changes

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:34pm 2 Comments

Well, here it is, 2012, and life is changing in some Big Ways at my house. First of all, that three years to DH's retirement was cut down to--no years. His employer is doing some "downsizing," and offered early retirement packages. With a choice of retiring, moving back to Washington, DC, or possibly getting laid off, retirement was certainly the best option. Not to mention, we've been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to Get Out of Dodge and run away to our retirement property, which we…


Monkeying Around

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 9:48am 6 Comments

I finally got around to making the friend Marvin the Monkey has been asking for. Meet Matilda:

Marvin is thrilled--he's in love! And I'm in love with this yarn, Cascade's "Fixation." It's a sock yarn, 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. It feels like cotton, but stretches like wool. I'm now about…



Posted on July 16, 2011 at 3:37pm 6 Comments

Serenity finally had her Maiden Voyage last week. We went to Silver City, New Mexico, about a two-hour drive away, and stayed at the KOA there for our home base. We wanted to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings:

(That's DH walking away in the middle of the photo), and hike the Catwalk National Scenic Trail (I…


Learning to Spin

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 10:22am 9 Comments

Okay, I promised to tell you all how I came to be a spinner. I was reminded by a Spinning Daily post on the subject, and I don't have Nermal Duty today, so I'll see if I can fit this in. I was horrified to realize that these events happened more than thirty years ago!

My parents had a neighbor, a retired man named Mr. Hudson, who had a little "hobby farm" around the corner from them. He had grown up on a sheep ranch in Texas, and had acquired a pair of sheep for his little farm. I had…


Racing toward Retirement -- sort of

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:16am 28 Comments

[[Note: This being my first blog post, I hope I'm not breaking any rules. Please let me know if I am, and I'll fix it!]]


DH is the one racing, or trying to. We want to move to our ten acres of sagebrush in Nevada and get started setting up our Retirement Ranch. But right now, it's at long two days' drive from home, and there hasn't been time to make the trek more than once this year, partly because I'm providing full-time daycare for Nermal the World's Cutest Grandbaby. He's…


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At 12:31am on May 19, 2011, Janice Aitkens said…

I had one in the 70s well i say i a knitting machine then i ordered it from a catalogue & i set it up & it looked like a spuknic & i needed a washing machine more so it went back lol

I then got one in the 80s my 2nd DH got it for me out of his redunance money & would come with me for lessons & once i mastered that he & i was both working by then so i went for a better one & i love it i had 3 at one time but then i didn't do so much & we was moving to where we are & there not the room so i sold them all i do miss not having one i think had eBay been around then i would have kept them as i design a lovely baby's sleeping bag which would turn in to a dressing gown/house coat as they grew i still would love to have one but hey space is the biggest downside to it but i did do a lot of stuff on them i even have a photo on canvas which was done in 1988 of us as a family & my DD is wearing a dress i knitted her so i can see it all the time lol

My dad use to say that machine knitted is not a art like hand knitting & yes hand is more portable but if it wasn't for learning to machine knit i would never have mastered doing sweaters as i could never pick up & do the necks i had to always get my mum to do them lol

Hugs Janice

At 10:03am on May 18, 2011, PickleSue said…

Well, after your comment about not having as many friends as Cheryl, I had to see if I could bring your numbers up!  Lol.  But I think Cheryl will always win on that account.  :)  So glad to hear about the blog idea- I'd love to read about your spinning beginnings.  :)  Glad I could inspire you.  heehee.  You let me do my good deed for the day without even trying! 

-Peggy aka Pickles

At 9:05am on May 18, 2011, Janice Aitkens said…

Thanks for accepting me as your friend, & for the kind comments on my work no the Toddlers Aran would be from a pattern i used to do my own designs when i did knitting on a knitting machine but am not any good at it when it hand knitting, but i don't have any knitting machines anymore

Hugs Janice

At 10:13pm on September 23, 2009, cherylbwaters said…
Glad to be of help!
At 12:23am on September 23, 2009, cherylbwaters said…
Deb, I found this for the Marks & Kattens. Thought you might be interested.
At 2:47pm on September 17, 2009, cherylbwaters said…
Deb, thanks so much for checking that out because it really suits my great niece's personality. I'll see if I can find it.
At 9:12am on September 2, 2009, wendy said…
We must be on the same wave length! I too have been working on my own sock monkey pattern. My SIL asked me the other day if I was going to try to make monkeys to sell, when I told her I was making one for her newest grandbaby due it Feb. Not sure if I want to do them to sell, but I haven't ruled it out either. I have lots of ideas for clothing too. That is funny that you have been thinking of doing a book as well. My monkey junkie and I have talked for years about writing children's books, and this was one we talked about quite a bit this summer. She is the artist in the family and I am the story teller. I can see what you mean about your book needing to be more "adult" oriented since Mimi's entrance. She is hilarious!

I still have to look at the sock monkey group. It sounds interesting, and maybe it would be a huge time saver for you as well. I just need a great big blob of time to myself so I can properly look at everything I want to. Seems as if I skip all over the place looking here and there, but not enough in depth. Let me know what you think.

I am so looking forward to seeing pics of the World's Cutest Grandbaby and Supermonkey. Your daughter has no idea what is in store for her as far as the monkey collection goes. I knew my DD had tons of monkeys, but absolutely no idea just how many until Mr. Foster arrived in her world. She has much more monkey 'stuff' than just stuffed monkeys! And to think it all started with her 4 year old cousin, when he gave her the cutest little stuffed monkey with a rattle inside! Take care - Wendy
At 8:39am on September 2, 2009, wendy said…
You're welcome! Have you looked at Kim's blog? I did a few months ago, and it is very funny. Just the type of thing I was thinking of doing. I have actually been contemplating writing a small book of Mr. K Foster's many adventures. I don't really know how to get started, but I have about a million ideas swarming around in my head. There is hardly any room in there for the important things I should be doing (for one thing - my sister's and I are trying to get my mom's house ready to be sold. After 40 wonderful years of living in it, there is a lot to be done.) I'll bet you are excited about the baby! I don't blame you!! My oldest is turning 21 this month, how did she get so old so fast. Seems like it was just the other day that we brought her home. I hope your grandson arrives while you are there, and that you can get some pictures of him with his new supermonkey! Be sure to post pics if you do. Such an exciting time for you. I wish you much joy and happiness! :o) Wendy
At 10:59pm on September 1, 2009, wendy said…
Hi Deb,
I am forwarding a comment that Kim Payne left for me the other day about the sock monkey for soldiers charity idea you had. I just copy and pasted it here for you to see. I am thinking of setting up a blog for myself, but it will not be anytime soon. Too many pressing obligations to tend to first, but thought you would like to have this info. Hope it helps!! - Wendy

At 5:37pm on August 30, 2009, Kim Payne said… It sounds like a wonderful cause. You might want to look at this site and see if you would like to join with them since it looks like they've already got the details worked out on getting monkeys to soldiers. As far as the blog. All I did was go to, sign up, watch a tutorial, and go for it! I'm still learning as I go. My blog says it started in 2007 but that's the first thing I learned - you can fake the dates. My friends and I started making sock monkeys in 2007 so I started at the beginning and filled in the pictures and dates until I was current. You pretty much pick out a template, fill out the information and you're ready to upload your photos and captions. I'm really a beginner but if I can answer any questions I'd be happy to. I work full time and don't want too large a commitment but if it just involved receiving emailed photos to add to a blog I might be willing to help out on that end. My co-workers and I are sock monkey nuts. They're all over the office. Let me know what's happening.
At 1:44pm on August 31, 2009, Kate Godfrey said…
Yup. Monkeys are definitely fun! Here's to us both catching a lucky break on the writing side.

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