Friday, May 27, 2011


Okay. I know. I have neglected you, my blog site! I am sorry, but life just seems to get in the way sometimes! I haven't even been on Facebook until a couple of days ago! Here is an update. Currently I have sold one of my creations on Ebay, although I under sold it by mistake, I decided to go ahead and accept the purchase. The reason being is that I want my work to get out into the public.

Right now I am making myself a pair of socks which has been fun. While garage sales a couple of weeks ago I bought a jewlery kit with beads, so now I can knit/crochet beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I can then sell these for a low price. I have found Ebay to be easier to sell stuff than Etsy as I think it reaches a larger market, and I can sell other stuff as well.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Closing of The Gifted Purl and visit to Lorna's Laces

I was kind of sad when Mollie closed The Gifted Purl even though I knew she was having problems physically and was unable to keep up the shop. I have however started classes at Kathleen's house and in many ways this is a much better situation. Kathleen is truly a master knitter and teaches knitting at a local school through the park district and the Thursday night class at her home is flourishing. Right now I am in the process of learning to make socks, which is vey difficult! The other positive thing is that I can now buy yarn from other sources without feeling guilty! Kathleen was invited to bring her students to a tour of Lorna's Laces, an independant yarn manufacturer in Ravenswood, IL just outside of Chicago by a group from Jean Ann's (sp?) in Barrington, sow we all met up at the Caribou Coffee on Rte. 59 yesterday and went on the tour. It was so much fun! The owner of Lorna's (not Lorna) showed us the different types of yarn they make and then demonstrated how they hand dye the yarn. We did not get to see how it is spun, which was a little disappointing. Afterwards we all purchased some discounted seconds yarn. We then went to lunch at Chicago Pizza just about two blocks away and had a good lunch. Then after lunch we headed over to One Knit Shop and checked out what they had. It is a tiny store and they sell expensive yarns. I bought an Elizabeth Zimmerman book and some needles. At church last night, Pastor Bill Hybels spoke again about the importance of tithing and giving the best you have to God, which reminded me that I have to start working on my budget again. My goal is to get my side business going and 10% of all profit is to go to the church's community center. I have anther order for a scarf and told Karen (from work) that the total cost would be $22, $11 for the yarn and $11 profit, so $1 goes to church. I'm also selling stuff on Ebay of which 10% goes to Willow.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 Blizzard!

We have about 2 ft. of snow at this point (10:30 am), on Wed. 2/2/11. Needless to say, I am stuck at home! This will allow me some time to catch up on reading, knitting, and cleaning the house, and maybe doing my taxes. I have been reading Nora Murphy's ``Knitting the Threads of Time Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft''. She is a very eloquent writer, knitting in her personal life experiences with the history of knitting. It is truly a lovely read! Since I have finished projects, I may start the next ones: socks and a sweater vest for myself! I am also in the process of decluttering my condo and have placed items for sale on ebay under my other Username: fightingirishlass. Check it out!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just finished!

I finished two of these projects yesterday: the neck warmer and the yarn necklace. The mittens were left over from a Christmas order. I am keeping the neck warmer and have placed the other two items along with the mobius scarf up for sale at Kuna's Hair Salon in Schaumburg, IL! I sure hope they sell!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mobieus Scarf and Christmas orders

I am so glad to have internet access again! I have been so busy having had three orders for hats, mittens and scarves! In fact, I still have to redo a pair of mittens as they were too small for the recipient. I also just completed a mobieus scarf which I have posted for sale on I completed a mobieus as well as a hat for a coworker for Christmas as I had drawn her name and she wanted a hat and scarf. I will try to keep thisblog updated as possible. I am also knitting myself some socks. The Gifted Purl is closing this week and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I am planning on taking classes with Kathleen at her house. She's planning on starting in February.

Friday, November 19, 2010


My  new website is:

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I have started the Christmas orders ( I have three for hats, mittens and scarves for two toddlers and a teenager -all girls). I decided to start with the toddlers' hats, and am almost half way through the first one. I really have to be diligent in order to finish these by the deadline!

At work we do a Secret Santa thing, where we write down things we want/need that are under $10 along with our name. I drew a coworker who wants a hat, mittens, scarf or socks, but I am not sure if I will be able to make these items by our Christmas dinner on 12/16/10 (not sure of exact date).  May have to buy her something.

I have a friend who is going to help me promote my business/website after Thanksgiving so hopefully I will soon be able to start posting stuff for sale.

I am almost finished with my scarf! Have just a wee bit more to do on it!