Time to Play Catch up!

Hi Friends, I’t’s been real busy around here!

After one hurricane and then a second ; we sprung for that all-important generator!

Thank God we haven’t needed it yet! We made it thru with no flooding except a little water under the tool shed and an 8ft. peice of roof-liner came down. Jim got that back up easily.    Afterwards, he took advantage of sunny days and painted some shutters, rails and entry doors. we are still a bit slow on the last of the paint detailing, but it is so minor that we barely notice.

After all that hard work on this home, we are settling in. Since winter is finally bringing it’s chill, I have been knitting for my relatives.   I’m really into making gloves. Most people seem to avoid them. But I’ve learned a few tricks to have them come out nicely.

If you scroll back to previous posts, you will see some. Since the plain gloves- I’m using the same Vintage  70’s Patton Yarn book; but now I’m working out different yarn weights and needle sizes.  Plus, I’m trying out a different stitch on the back of each one.

(See  February posts for basic men’s glove pattern ) You can adjust sizes and style easily!

Since I don’t want to be one who just shows off what I made, and offers no substance- I will be returning to this topic with some hopefully useful information.

On top of that, I made my Mom and us both new yard flags, finished a few alteration projects for her, and made Mom a custom crossed-back apron from a hand made cut-out lace curtain panel. It was a white panel with buttonhole stitch cut-work. The photos above show the apron as a work in progress.
Then you see the card, some of her cookies, and a vanilla chocolate chip cake I made.

In her appreciation, she reciprocated the love by sending me a hand picked set of cookie cutters! In the box were 2 Wilton’s decorating books, some icing piping tools, bags and even cello bags to put the finished cookies in. These will be the kind with the hard Royal icing and piped decor. She even wrote out her recipe for gingerbread cookies and her own signature Almond Honey cookies. (I can’t post the recipe without permission) I’m not ecpecting her to give it to me!

So, the rest of this week will be  spent making cookies and knitting in the evening.

I still need to get decent photos of the latest gloves-   but I just wanted to give an update.

So, I’m taking a poll- What are your main interests?

  1. Baking 
  2. Knitting
  3. Sewing tips
  4. Mixed topics  – please elaborate

Thank You, 


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Karen L. King-Gonzales

Hi! I'm a retired Bridal Designer, and am now spending my time getting back to pleasure crafts! My husband and I are still newlyweds, nearing our 3rd anniversary on October 2. I was single 33 years! We moved across the country from Phoenix Arizona, to Lumberton N. Carolina. The slower lifestyle agrees with us! Both empty-nesters, Jim and I are finishing the work on the 1950's bungalow style cottage. Fortunately, this home has a huge addition.... adding about 40% to the original size. Having to quit the sewing trade due to a disability, I spend my time on projects for home, family, and pleasure- as I feel able. Jim, now a Pastor/Judeo Christian Rabbi; is retired from the tile trade, and currently joins his friend in local ministry. This includes a bible study twice a week at a local prison. Join us as I document the journey in our changing lives!

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