Thursday, November 27, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving!
Sharing my blessings with you today...
This is the guy I love to the moon and back...
I am extremely thankful he loved the 7th grade girl
 in the blue glasses all those years ago.
Our son and his family...
I am  thankful they live as close as they do
 and we get to see them often.
Our daughter and her husband,
I am thankful they blessed our family this year with this wee one...
We live too far apart but cell phones and the internet keep them close.
My mother lives here in an assisted living center.
We are blessed to have her here.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
~Author Unknown

Monday, November 24, 2014

Landscape knitting

This local landscape picture I snapped yesterday...
...reminded me of a knitting project I'm working on.
I like knitting the landscape. 
It was a beautiful day to be out snapping a few blog pictures.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

3 Years? Really?

I have been working on this scarf off and on for three years.
Yes, really!
The Mini Mania Scarf by Sarah Core
I love the colors and texture of it.
One row would take me an hour to knit.
Made with sock yarn,
this scarf uses the eponymous fabric stitch, or linen stitch.
 It looks like woven linen fabric.
Oh ya, tons of them if you look really hard.
I was really embarrassed to find myself selling our handmade items
 this last weekend wearing a store-bought scarf and tote.
Hard to preach handmade in that situation. ;)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amish Apple Fritters

It was the perfect day here...
cold and snowy...
to try a new pattern.
Sweater Slipper Boots
Are you like me and hate throwing away a favorite sweater?
Even if it is too small and a bit outdated?
I'll be making a few more of these!
When I finished sewing slippers it was coffee time.
Amish Apple Fritters
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk
1 1/2 cups apples, pared and diced
1. Sift dry ingredients together.
Beat egg and add milk. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth.
2. Pare and dice apples. Add apples to batter and blend well.
3. Drop by spoonful's and fry in hot fat in heavy skillet. Fry until golden brown on both sides.
4. Roll in sugar and cinnamon to serve.


Monday, November 17, 2014

I hear the train coming...

When we travel up north to daughter knit and pearl's
we begin seeing train tracks 40 miles north of here
and follow them pretty much the rest of the way.
I'm infatuated with the idea of train travel.
It would mean a lot of knitting and reading for me.
And I would definitely need a carpet bag.
Hmm...I wonder if I could make one?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To Market...

to market,

to sell a fat pig!
I will be at market this Saturday
to sell all my wares
in Rock Lake ND.
If you're in the vicinity we would love it if you
would stop in and say Hello.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shoes Part II

Okay this cobbler is hanging up her apron.
If you are the Christmas Grinch
and you don't like a little Christmas before Thanksgiving
you need to stop here, shut your eyes
and fast forward to the end of this post.
Snowmen...good for all winter right?
This last pair is NOT for sale!
They are for the newest little diva in our family.
They are sure to keep her toesies cozy this winter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Made in the USA

I am looking forward to be attending a show with
daughter knit and pearl this weekend.
We are taking the wee one along.
She will be a model for our shop...
What do children charge for that kind of work
these days?
These little cloth shoes are always a hit on our table.
Handmade gifts are the best
don't you agree?
And made right here in the good ol' USA.

Friday, November 7, 2014

telling secrets...

A few things you may or may not know about me...
I love to knit baby things!
(Well that is certainly NOT a secret is it?)
my granddaughters!
cooking Thanksgiving...
historical movies and books...
Christmas music...
homemade soup...
winter and snow...
scented candles...

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Is there anything sweeter than a pair of baby booties?
Well ya!
Two pairs of baby booties.
I love recycling produce containers for my projects.
And adding a sweet label.
All tied up with a scrap of fabric.
Sometimes it's all about the packaging.

Monday, November 3, 2014

the sweat shop

Bags, bags and more bags...
Of course,
I'm calling this one a knitting bag.
I purchased several of these stamped panels
 awhile back with absolutely no project in mind.
Using them as pockets on my bags came to me last week...
and boy was I excited about the idea.
And I always love creating tote bags
with upholstery fabrics.
When I see an old carpet bag in a historical movie...
like on the series Hell On Wheels last week...
I know I will be stitching one up soon.
I love the colors in this one.
I'm calling this large tote
the newspaper bag.
It definitely has a masculine look
with dad's wool coat, denim, corduroy and flannel
all used in it.
It is lined with a newspaper print.
This is what was "going on" in the
Dakota Maid sweat shop last week.
This week I am knitting baby booties
 for our Dakota Kid shop
as we received several special orders for them.