Tuesday, March 06, 2018


Life on the water - Now in FLORIDA

Fueled Up & Ready to GO
You just never know what we'll do or where we'll go next....

Everything - absolutely everything mechanical on the boat was working at the same point in time! We had not only completed Jonesy's list of repairs, but also tackled some new issues (you know, that's life with a boat).

The exterior was looking pretty good so we TOOK OFF and pointed the bow south. Here's a photo of the Niki Wiki sitting at the fuel dock - the last time she was in Georgia. Warmer weather and blue ocean waves of Florida here we come!

The first night of our adventure we stopped and anchored  in the Intra-Coastal Waterway right behind Cumberland Island and the National Seashore. The next morning we dropped the dinghy and blasted over to the island to explore. This was during the government shutdown so there was nobody on the island!! Just us and the wild horses. The beach was littered with shells - mostly sand dollars, clam, and whelk and LOTS of shorebirds. We even saw a pair of large American Oyster Catchers courting in the dunes! This is the first time either of us had seen this species (we had our bird book with us). Eventually we realized that we had walked until we could go no farther knowing that we had to follow our footsteps in the sand back to the dinghy.

The following days, we meandered along the waterway, stopping to anchor overnight and sometimes for a couple of nights if the weather was ugly. We had no plans, no timeline, and no final destination.

There sure was a lot of knitting going on during this time.

First off the needles was a second Black Cat hat in more subdued colors. (Knit Picks Palettte Wool & pattern by Sandra Jager)

Then I switched to another pattern by Sandra and knit up a Red Dragon Beanie. Again, I modified the pattern and added my own fair isle patterning, corrugated ribbing, and striped swirl crown.

As long as I had the bag of yarn with me, and was stuck on the boat, I kept knitting hats while I watched the marshlands and wildlife along the waterway.

So for a week and a half we crawled under bridges, called the draw bridges to request openings and halt the local car traffic, and motored along just about by ourselves. February isn't a popular time on the waterway which is one of the reasons we enjoyed it so much. No jet-skis! Very few sports-fishing speed boats!

Eventually we ended up slipping into a marina (not too gracefully unfortunately) in the Cape Canaveral area. We'll gather our wits for a while, get the car down here, finish up some interior projects and get this boat for sale!

In the meantime, there have been some heavy wool socks appearing on the needles too. Here I mixed worsted weight wool with self striping sock yarn.

Knitting on....

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



Really? Has it been two years since I managed to post anything? Yes. It's true. I could blame it on the hot coastal weather including 3 hurricanes, health (getting old sucks), travels, deaths in the family, boat preparation for selling, non-adventurous living in the USA, and pure laziness and it would all be true. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Black Cat Beanie (design by Sandra Jager)
 Because I'm just so chuffed with finishing this recent knitting project I just had to shout out to the world. Aren't these cats wonderful? They remind me of the siamese cats in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" movie. No, I didn't design this one, Sandra Jager did and it's a free pattern on Ravelry.

I used Knit Picks Palette (100% wool) fingering weight yarn because I still have so many colors in my stash.

Because I have just finished a massive boat beauty enhancement project I felt I deserved some recreation time. Those dang cushions on the salon settee had to be reupholstered and it was much cheaper for me to do it than to send it out. I'm free labor. It was a long, tough job and my fingers ached but they turned out great!
Ribbon Candy Ornament 

Since it is the holiday season, I whipped up another Ribbon Candy Ornament from some Lion Brand Bon-Bons yarns. This little guy is only about 1 1/4" tall. Oh! Notice the beautiful wood work he's sitting upon? Jonesy and I have been working on exterior boat beautification as well. Our son, Brett suggested that we should add a gloss coat to our semi-gloss finish wood and he was right. It looks much better now.

Life cycles sneak up on us. Now, we rely upon our son to make us lists of the projects we need to do to the boat to get her ready for sale. We have been reporting back to him on our progress. Somebody needs to keep us old folks accountable for our time. We do tend to just drift from one day to the next.
Generic mittens for a kid

The mission to supply kids in the orphanages in Kazakhstan continues to absorb my time and yarn stash. Although I've slowed down in the count of pairs of socks, mittens, etc. I'm still churning them out. Those dang other crafty endeavors distracted me. But I'll never abandon knitting or these kids.

As long as my sewing machine was out of the storage unit, I sewed up a couple of my favorite accessories for my knitting friends. This first Double-Pointed Needle Case is a prize for an online Knit-a-long on Facebook. There are two rows of pockets in various sizes for needles and a measuring gauge, and misc. tools of the trade.

Double-pointed Needle Case
Inside pockets
So, that's some recent highlights. We're still living on the boat, but are making plans to trade her in for a land yacht (Motor Home) and travel to Alaska and Canada and wherever we want to go. Home will probably be in southern Oregon. But, plans can change.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to see comments of just "Hi" so I know whose still around.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Beach Wreath for the Holiday Season

Go for a walk on the beach with a friend for a couple of hours and what do you get? A holiday wreath that's what!

The Glynn Visual Arts center had a silent auction for wreaths made by us members. Jonesy helped to hot glue my beach treasures to a recycled serving tray with the center cut out, stuffed with newspapers and wrapped in burlap. We "artistically" glued on the washed shells and driftwood, looped some rope around and tied a big burlap bow.

But wait, there's more...as a bonus I also made 3 ornaments from small pieces of driftwood and shells to go with the wreath. Although it is quite rustic (and very different from the other fancy wreaths) it actually got a few bids and was sold! I hope it wasn't a mercy purchase ;o), but other wreaths didn't get a single bid so I feel quite lucky.

Happy whatever you celebrate this holiday season!

Monday, December 14, 2015



Yep. That's what I just finished making yesterday and mailed today - a crocheted Mermaid Tail Blanket. Here is the usual last-minute photo of a finished project tossed upon a shrub in front of the post office.

This is worked in a GIANT size P crochet hook with 2 strands of bulky weight yarn held together. My arms were waving about madly as I made the large stitches. The yarn is Loops & Threads Country Loom in Oceantide color for the top (cocoon) and Rich Blues for the tail.The blanket opens in the back so that a little girl can stick her feet down inside of the lower tube (which ends at the color change) and then wrap the upper part around her torso. I sure hope Ella likes it!

Besides this big project, I have also finished 2 pairs of men's socks in exchange for learning about mixing glazes and loading a pottery kiln. We are simply trading our knowledge and skills so we both benefit! I do like these types of barters.

I've been volunteering at the Glynn Visual Arts center a few days a week. Whew! I've forgotten what it's like to get up in the morning and go to a job! I pack my lunch, kiss Jonesy good-bye and off I go. So far they have "let" me work in the gift shops making sales, and do some office work.

But despite that drain on my energy, I did manage to crank out a few more pieces of pottery. The little jars of "underglazes" caught my eye so I did a couple of experiments with them.
The striped bowl and dish with the orange dots were my first use of this method of adding some color to a piece of clay. I also made a few bowls and flat center pieces with holes for more pine needle baskets. The actual basketry part has to wait until after I complete some other crafty obligations.

It's been dry and in the 70's and even 80's here in southern coastal Georgia so we've been trying to get out and enjoy it. Today we visited the new Cannon's Point Preserve out on St. Simons Island. We walked among the natural forested area for a few miles simply enjoying the peace and quiet.
This preserve is only open 3 days a week, and even then it may be closed when you arrive like we did Saturday. They were having a managed hunt to rid the area of feral pigs. Oh well, we made plans to return today as this is forecasted to be the last warm and dry day for a while...perhaps for the remainder of the winter!

So, we ventured over to the far other side of the island to see the "Avenue of Oaks". From me working in the gift shop down in the village tourist area which is also a welcome center, I have learned about other things to go-see-do in this area.

These 2 long lines of oak tress were planted in the 1800's on what was once the Retreat Plantation. This whole area was an important agricultural area for sea island cotton and rice. Civil war and other financial calamities ensued so that now it is the entrance to a golf course for the wealthy. But us regular folks still get to enjoy the scenery.

Yes, there are no leaves on the trees as it is winter (so they say). There still is a lot of Spanish moss on the trees which creates a dense shade. Jonesy is standing in what used to be the driveway to the old plantation.

Life is good here in old Georgia.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015



Sometimes it's the little things that get in the way of completing a project isn't it?

I made this "Sushi Serving Set" months ago for my nephew, Jon and his new wife and just mailed it out yesterday. This set consists of a large serving tray on wooden feet, 2 dipping sauce bowls, 2 plates, 2 chopstick rests and 2 pair of chopsticks.

Why? Well the first problem was that one of the pieces came out of the glaze firing process with a very different (milky) look to it. Pottery glazes sometimes have minds of their own. But I really wanted the set to kinda match. So I had to make a new serving tray. This takes a couple of weeks to make, dry, bisque fire, glaze, glaze fire. After that, I decided that the serving tray would be nicer if it had some feet to raise it up off the table. Sawing, sanding, varnishing, glueing = done. Next, I thought it would be nice to add the chopsticks. Guess what? There were no chopsticks in this area to buy - not at Pier 1 and not at the asian store.

So I ordered the Japanese style chopsticks on eBay and they were shipped from China. Yep...all the way from China directly to me. Now, I had to find boxes and packing materials to protect this pottery during it's cross-country trip. This took a couple of weeks of scrounging in the recycling bin here at the marina. Who knew it would be so hard to find a newspaper to crumple? Anyway, the box is finally on its way. I hope this wedding gift arrives safely and the kids enjoy it.

Monday, November 02, 2015


The Land of Cotton and Animal Fibers


As we've traveled about the southern states we've enjoyed the white seas of the cotton fields. Cotton is native to the Americas (Mexico) and India and is still grown quite a bit in the south. Cotton is fiber and we all know that I like anything to do with the fiber arts. So of course I had to get up close and personal with a cotton boll.

Lately we've also noticed that the peanut fields have been plowed/turned/tilled so that the plants are upside down with the peanuts which grow on the roots are out sitting in the sun to dry.

So where were we traveling to and from when we saw all of this? This last road trip camping adventure was up to Asheville, North Carolina to work and play at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF)! Whooo hooooo! Jonesy drove and the boat stayed at the marina.
Rest Stop - Drinking a DANG! soda

On the way north from southern Georgia, we made a quick stop in North Carolina to pick up a unique soda pop that was recommended by a friend. DANG! soda is butterscotch root beer flavored. Yes, you read that right - it tastes like root beer at first, then you get a butterscotch aftertaste that is heavenly. I don't usually drink any type of soda, but DANG! is a winner.

As you can see in the photo I'm wearing a sleeveless shirt because it was still nice and warm in the low country of South Carolina. But just a few hours later we climbed up into the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the temperatures dropped quite a bit. The trees had turned beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow and we constantly pointed out extra colorful specimens to each other. Nope. Never got tired of the colors.

Thursday afternoon I met up with some of my pottery friends from the Glynn Visual Arts center. Hello Joan, Jan and Beverly! See? There are other gals who are interested in both ceramics and fiber. Friday morning dawned and the market was opened! Yippee! I hit the building armed with my purse, coffee, and athletic shoes. There was time to do a quick run through of the many fiber vendors before I started my volunteer duties.
So who did I run into? Another fiberly friend from our Golden Isles Knitting group. Hello Carolyn!

Too soon it was time to report to my station at the Workshop registration table. Now this job was fun, fun, fun! The folks coming into the building were so excited to pick up their badges and locate their classroom area for their classes. I also had the time to read through the well-written SAFF Fair Guide and study the maps so I knew where everything was located on the grounds. I actually could answer questions even though this was the first time that I had attended this event!

My next volunteer job was to work 2 hours in the souvenir area. Whew! That was like a 2-hour aerobics session - no time to read or think here!! Folks were snapping up Tee-shirts, fleece shirts, and other goodies like mad!

I was glad to get back to our campsite and have a nice lay-down for awhile - but wait! There was more shopping to get done - and I was up and off to the marketplace! I didn't buy any yarn or fiber as I have way too much stash already. But I did buy a how to weave Kumihimo Japanese braiding kit and a small wool rug hooking kit. New fiber toys to play with! Thank goodness Carolyn already knows how to do Kumihimo and I know where the Rug Hooking group of my Fiber Guild on St. Simons island meets.

Unlike the knitting and crochet conventions that I've attended in the past, this fair was primarily focused on the animal fiber itself. There were llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits and goats to visit in the barns. One whole building was full of bags of fleece to be judged and sold. Many of the vendors in the marketplace sold the animal fiber in various unspun forms so that the attendees could spin it themselves. There was so much more emphasis on spinning which is a skill that I haven't "got" (yet).

Saturday was another busy day. First I went to my selected class which was a BACKSTRAP WEAVING workshop! I'd bought 2 handmade backstrap weaving sets in Guatemala a couple of years ago and never figured out how to use them. Yippeee! This was my chance. The workshop was called Introduction to Pennsylvania German/Scandinavian Band Weaving and was taught by Nancy Shroyer (owner of Nancy's Knit Knacks, author, and pattern writer). Yes, I learned how to set up my backstrap and how to weave a weft faced weave. No, I won't show you a picture yet. But it was lovely to learn a new fiber skill. Next, I was honored to help judge (knitting and crochet) the Skein and Garment Competition. Can you tell I had a great time at SAFF? Jonesy hung out at the campsite and visited the animals.


I was invited to participate in a little pottery show and sale last week at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. I don't have a lot of inventory yet, but here's a photo of my Mud & Straw table. ALL 5 of my baskets sold as well as several trays and other items! Wow! I'm encouraged! Looks like there will be more Pine Needle basket weaving in my future. Good thing I love to do it.

So here are some photos of a couple more of the Pine Needle and Pottery baskets I've finished and some work in progress. Life is good.

Friday, October 09, 2015


The Petit Le Mans

Terry falls in with the wrong crowd

Many of you don't know this but Jonesy and I met at an Indy car race in 1975. No, I wasn't a car racing fan. I was only there to help my brother-in-law sell programs as a fundraiser for the local JayCees organization.

Jonesy was working on the Vel's Parnelli Jones team for drivers Al Unser and Mario Andretti. After selling the programs to the cars entering the track, I was free to wander around with my too-tall and leggy, model-beautiful friends who I met up with there. Jonesy approached me (I'm shorter than my friends and they were both taller than Jonesy) and the rest is history.

Pine Needle and Pottery Basket #4
So, here we are 40 years later and I'm again with Jonesy at the races. Only this time we took our Dodge Caravan camping set-up and headed to Road Atlanta in upstate Georgia for the Le Petit Le Mans races. And this time, Jonesy got to be a fulltime spectator.

That dang Hurricane Joaquin caused some terribly wet weather where it rained constantly. Actually, we were not bummed as we were well prepared and met some very nice people at the track. Also, thankfully, these types of race cars do run in the rain so Jonesy got to see all the warm-up laps, qualifying laps, and the races. I got to sit under the pop-up tent (which eventually blew down on the last night), watch the dogwood tree leaves change color over the 4 days and knit or weave pine needle baskets.

Well, I did sneak off and wander around the track a bit and it looks like (from the photo above) that I fell in with the wrong crowd again. Once a fence-hanger race groupie, I guess you're always a fence-hanger race groupie. The racing in-crowd calls the girls who hang outside of the fences, fingers in the mesh, making googley eyes at the drivers and mechanics "fence-hangers".

Later, I was lured into working on the race cars again. (Truth: green screen and photoshop for this pic and yes, I did help Jonesy with the race cars in the early days.)

 As we were off having fun at the races, our new forward head (lavatory) sink and fixtures were being shipped to us at the marina. New sink? Well, yes. Seeing as Jonesy had to uninstall (as in rip out) the old sink and fixtures for the hose repair it just made sense to put in fresh new fixtures as long as we had it all apart. They will be much nicer for the next owners and help us to sell the boat. Now, we just ordered some more little plumbing parts plus a new shower nozzle for that project. Once they arrive Jonesy will be able to complete this major retrofit! One repair and an upgrade checked off of our list!

Knitting activities have resumed here on the boat (and of course anywhere else I happen to be). Here's a pic of 3 little pairs of the smallest child sized socks I knit last month. They are all made with yarn that was donated to me to knit for the orphanages in Kazakhstan. Thank you everyone!
Pine Needle and Pottery Basket #2

Life is good.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


One-Skein Wonders for Babies

by Geneve Hoffman Photography, for Storey Publishing
So...how cute is this? I actually gasped when I saw this photo of my knit project for the first time. What an angel!

This is just one of the adorable photos that were created for the 101 knitting patterns in the brand new One-Skein Wonders for Babies book recently released by Storey Publishing. Yes, three of my fresh new designs are included in this compilation of patterns for hand knitters, and yes, I'm so tickled.

Seen here is the Smocked Lace Toddler Hat and Mitten set which is knit in fingering weight yarn and features a unique lacy edging. Also in this book are my Scallops and Ribbing Baby Cap and Socks and Folded Lace Cuff Socks (see photos below).

As soon as I received my author's copy of the book I curled up with it and slowly flipped through the pages. The color photography is beautiful and surreal, especially for those of us who yearn for grandchildren by our way-already-old-enough sons. But I digress.

My local bookstore (Books A Million) already has copies on their shelves so I'm sure they are available
at your local yarn store and Amazon. All of us knitters are sure to have a few (cough, cough) beautiful single skeins of yarn in our stash that are just waiting for the right project. Most of us have enough hand-dyed shawls and accessories for ourselves, but there are always babies being born that need soft warm things too. Babies are the perfect size for one skein projects!

Yep. I'm going to be knitting some of the other designs in this book you can bet on that. These new projects will join the ones that I knit for the publication of this book. Those knit samples? Well, they have been lovingly put to to rest and wait in the hope chest. You know, for that joyful day in the future. There's always hope.

Life is good.

Folded Lace Cuff Socks
Scallops and Ribbing Baby Cap and Socks

Friday, September 11, 2015


Low Country Boil

So, what did you have for your labor Day celebratory feast? We had our first experience with what is called a "Low Country Boil" courtesy of the Brunswick Landing Marina. What is it? Well, it's a big 'ole boiling pot of water with sweet corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage, and shrimp all flavored with hot pepper spice! Yummy!

There was so much food, including the bring-along side dishes, that our big group couldn't finish it all! What? I thought that there was no such thing as leftover shrimp - but I was wrong. I just couldn't squeeze another of those succulent crustaceans into my belly that day.

Jonesy and I contributed a couple of watermelons to the party and there were PLENTY of desserts too. We didn't even recognize a lot of the people there as they were (we heard) local folks who owned boats that were kept in the marina. These are people we don't interact with everyday in the laundry facilities and club house. 


But, there were plenty of friends there too. Yes, Fred from the catamaran Makai is really is as tall as he looks in the photo with Jonesy. We first met Fred (and Cathy) down in French Harbor Roatan, Honduras when we were both anchored there in 2012 - and here we both are in Georgia, USA. We also have two other boats currently hanging out with us in this marina whom we met in Guatemala years ago. It's truly a small group of people who do this cruising lifestyle and we tend to bump into each other often.

So, besides partying dockside, what have we been up to? Well, Jonesy has had the pleasure of overhauling the plumbing hoses to the forward head. It's a boat. Just when you think you have everything working, something has to go wrong.
Because our boat (as most do) uses saltwater to flush the toilet, a hard rock-like buildup grows in the exit hose over the years. You can't see it, you can put acids down the line to delay the buildup, but it will be there. You'll never know how bad it is until just one day no water will flush down.

Surprise! You've got chores!

So no big deal right? Simply remove the hoses and replace them. What could be so hard about that?

Well, often when they build boats, they install things like the hoses before they install the cabinets, sinks, etc. Yep. He had to remove the sink counter and plumbing, the cabinets, the toilet, and some flooring to reach the offending hoses. This took several days of work in the small cramped space.

Thankfully, we are in the USA and there is a West Marine store (you know, that place that sucks all the cash out of boaters' wallets) so we were able to buy the correct hoses ($100). For safety reasons (and only an additional $75) Jonesy replaced the anti-siphon valves as long as he had access to them. These valves prevent seawater from being sucked up the hoses and into the boat.

What was I doing all this time?
Oh, just the usual crafty endeavors including socks for Jonesy (above) and lots of pottery. I've been playing with glazes and combinations of glazes for the pine needle basket bottoms and assorted trays.

Then, of course I've been continuing to work on my reed egg basket a few reeds at a time. It really gives my fingers a workout! Soon, very soon I'll get working on the pine needle baskets. It's just that the clay stuff is too much fun and is very rewarding.

Life is good.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Who would Bury Fiber?

Really. Who in their right mind would bury fiber? Sure, it IS exactly my type of buried treasure, but why would they put an orange stick in the ground to advertise it to all of the knitters? What about moisture damage and bugs? As I stood in the hot North Carolina sun last June I pondered these questions. I even liked the little picture of a fiber knot on the pole. Imagine my disappointment when I was told by Jonesy that the "fiber" that was buried was a fiber-optic cable. It's not nice to fool knitters.

Jonesy mentioned to me today that he read an article about the fashion statement some are making with Eyebrow Slits. Wow - who would have thought that we would be so in style? What? Oh, while we were slowly cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway I noticed that Jonesy had some wild eyebrow hairs that needed trimming. (When you spend many hours every day outside in the bright light with not much to look at you do tend to notice stuff like this). Anyway, I thought it was a good time for me to give his brows a little loving trim.

Nothing much else to do anyway. Of course I was too lazy relaxed to climb down the 5 steps to the boat's interior to fetch the scissors so I simply picked up the fingernail trimmers that were next to me and started the attack.

And yes, it was an attack. Just a few snips in and the boat rocked with an unexpected wake, my hands got a little closer than I planned, and I took off a big slice of brow all the way down to the nub. OOPS! Jonesy said my eyes went as big as saucers!

No worries though. I managed to do a Donald Trump-style comb-over with the remaining long brow hairs and nobody would ever notice (except if the wind caught it). Another cruising lesson learned. Do not use sharp objects on facial hairs while afloat. See? We spent some time trying to figure out how to take a "selfie" with our new I-Pad so you get to see how what a cruiser looks like on the ICW (wind-blown and sunburned). We're smiling because we  are laughing at ourselves and how hard it was to figure out how to do this! There is a learning curve with this I-Pad device. We were out drifting about the seas while all this new fangled technology became available so we struggle as we learn how to use it. No, Apple Corp. it is NOT intuitive.

As part of my recovery exercises for my shoulder injury I attended an all-day class to weave an egg basket. Sure, I had to lie down on the floor a couple of times to stretch so I could continue, but I made great progress! This is my first attempt at weaving with reeds and I absolutely love the process. The beginning was a little tough, but once you get going with the up and down weaving part it's quite relaxing. Where? At the Glynn Visual Arts Center on St. Simons Island.

This is the same place that I took my Glass Fusing classes and where I work on my ceramics. I'm so very lucky to have such a friendly resource close to me.

I'm still hand-building while my shoulder/neck heals and am really enjoying it. I've been making my own bisque stamps to decorate greenware (soft unfired clay) as in this photo of bracelet and pine needle basket pieces.

Several trays have come out of the glaze firing recently. This one shown is one of my favorites. I really don't have a lot of serving dishes on the boat and they are fun to make and decorate.

So, we're still in the marina here in Brunswick Georgia waiting for the cooler weather so we can begin the cosmetic projects for the boat. Of course all of the mechanical devices are working as Jonesy keeps up with those and always has. But the interior woodwork could use some polishing and the small amount of wood trim on the outside of the boat needs sanding and a coat of varnish. We DO MISS our $4 per hour help we had while in the Rio Dulce of Guatemala. But, life is good here in the USA too.


Sunday, August 09, 2015



The quarterly journal of creativity, UPPERCASE Magazine, included this photo and the following blurb from me in Issue #24. Whoo hoooo!

"POTLUCK SOCKS" As a habitual hand-knitted sock designer and knitter, I knit over 50 pairs of warm wool socks each year. Because I knit so many socks, I end up with a plethora of small balls of hand-dyed beauties, solid colours, and self-patterning wool yarns. Other sock knitters know that I also knit for the orphanages in Kazakhstan so they will also donate their own leftover balls to me. What a bonanza for a sock knitter! What do I do with these small balls? Knit Potluck Socks (aka "Monster") socks of
course! I choose colours to contrast with each other or to blend depending on my mood. Then I'll knit a pair of socks (usually matching the two socks, but sometimes totally mixing it up) using stripes, blocks of colour and lots of Fair Isle-type stranded colour work. What fun! In fact, my favourite way to knit socks is using these leftover balls to create unique pairs of socks. Not only are these socks using every bit of the yarn and are thus a frugal endeavour, they also keep a pair of feet warm during the bitter cold winters of Kazakhstan. What could be better?"

If you haven't yet seen an UPPERCASE Magazine and you are interested in the graphic arts, textile design, etc. I highly recommend a subscription. I savor every issue and they earn a spot in my permanent library onboard this boat where space is at a premium.
It's been a long time since I last posted a blog entry. Why? Well, we were enjoying our trip up to Washington D.C. when I suffered a knitting injury. It seems that the elderly human body isn't made to withstand 12 hours of knitting a day and not doing much else.

Unfortunately, I pushed it to the limit - knitting all day as we motored up the Intracoastal Waterway and into the evenings, day after day with no break. We often spent several days on the boat without setting foot on land or swimming (alligators). When I started to get a little stiff, I simply added another pillow behind my neck and kept going. Bad girl.

Then when we stopped in Swansboro, North Carolina, I carried an over-stuffed backpack of groceries the mile back to the boat even though my shoulder and neck got a "zing" and went numb. I trucked on. Bad girl again. Now I had the repetitive strain injury from knitting compounded with a pinched nerve under my collarbone.

So, the last couple of months have been painful. There have been good days and bad days, doctor
visits, drugs, X-rays, and melt-downs and NO KNITTING. Imagine that. But I'm optimistic that I'll get past this - there's just so much knitting, traveling, exploring, basket making, ceramics and other pleasures that need to happen!

Luckily I found that working with clay actually was possible if I didn't work in too many tiny details. I've become a "Studio Member" at the Glynn Visual Arts Center on St. Simons Island which allows me full 24x7 access to the studio. So naturally I spend several days a week playing with mud now. Fun, fun fun!

I've been making more bottoms for weaving/coiling pine needle baskets both for me and my friends, some textured trays, and other do-dads. I tried to throw on the potter's wheel and had some success until my little vase went flying across the room. Oops. I'll try again when my neck is better.

In the meantime....The new KNITTING 2016 Calendar has been released and includes 4 of my designs! This publishing stuff is a long process and by the time a book is released I've totally forgotten about it. So it was a fun surprise to get the big box with my contributor copies (the grand reward is a free copy for each design published). It was also fun to be able to gift my knitting friends here with their own boxes of 100 patterns too!

So, although I've hit a temporary bump, life is still good.

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