Cotton Yarn Project Beginning

In the past several years my stash of 100% cotton yarn has become huge. One of my goals for this year is to use as much of it as possible.  In order to accomplish this is I am going to try and make at least one project a week using this yarn.  I do more if time allows.  I will  not to buy any more cotton yarn unless it is absolutely necessary to finish a project.

As part of this project I am also going to make an effort to use at least one dishcloth or other pattern a week that I have never used before. There will be fun because there are so many to choose from.  I have also decided to  include links to the pattern sources when pictures are posted.

I will do my best to post here at least once a week.

Here are the dishcloths I have made so far this year.

The first four dishcloths are made from the   Hole-less ( Reverse Miter Cloth pattern available on Ravelry.

The All Washed Up Cloth pattern is also available from Ravelry.

The pattern for Classic and Pinks is available from Craftsy Bordered Biased Knitted Dishcloth I had a problem making the end corner look as neat as the designer did. The next time I make it I will try using a smaller needle.

Wonderfully Textured is made from the Wash Cloth Knitting Pattern


WordCamp St. Louis 2014

I attended  2014 WordCamp St. Louis 2014 yesterday. It was fun and very educational. I chose to stay for only two classes because most of them were aimed at those with much more knowledge than I have at this time.  Some of the information I learned  included :how to connect with local WordPress users ; about the resources available on WordPress,org and  about other online resources for learning some of the information I want to learn. I also  met some delightfully amazing  people. It was time well spent. :)


Prolonged Absence

I realized today that I have not posted here in almost two years. I will be  working on changing that in the upcoming days and weeks.

For the past few weeks I have making slippers for the Pink Slipper Project using two of my favorite  crochet slipper patterns:

  1. Posy Toes Crocheted Slippers  is my favorite pattern to use for making crocheted ladies slippers. It is easy to adjust the length of the slipper by adding or subtracting rows, My favorite aspect of this pattern is the option to make a slipper to fit a wider foot. You can see some of the slippers I have made using this pattern here .
  2. Toddler Slippers is the pattern I prefer to use for making crocheted toddler slippers. Some of the slippers I have made using it can be seen here . Unfortunately these pictures do not do justice to the colors of the yarn or to the pattern.

I will be posting more current pictures in the couple of weeks.

Pattern Correction

It was brought to my attention in the past day or two that there was an error in the Melinda  Cloth pattern on Row 2.  The error has been corrected.

Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Obsessed With Reading

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the  2012 E-Book Challenge.  At that time I decided my goal was to read 100 E-Books by the end of the year.  Since then, I have been reading almost every possible moment of the day.  I cannot read enough. There are so many books to be read and so little to read them. Where shall I begin? There are books about baseball. There are history books. There are books about words and language. There are books about science and medicine. There are books about nursing and psychology. There are biographies.  There fiction books. Some are action and adventure. Some are mysteries. Some are romance novels. There are books about the fiber arts such as knitting and crocheting….The list is long and the time is limited.

I hope you have a good book to read today and all days!





2012 E-Book Challenge

I have decided to sign up for the 2012 E-Book Challenge hosted by Workaday Reads

My goal is to read 100 Books-Server. I will list them by month in the tabs on the Menu above.

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.


  1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
  2. CD – 10 ebooks
  3. DVD – 25 ebooks
  4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
  5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
  6. Server – 100 ebooks
  7. Human brain – 150 ebooks


My Latest Project

My latest project has been consuming almost of my free time for past few weeks.  I am the person behind Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. I realized one day when looking at the site that it had a lot of dead links. I knew it had been neglected for a few months, but had no idea how desperately it needed my attention.  I was so ashamed of it that at one point I considered making it private until there was time to make the necessary changes.  Since that was not the best decision, my next choice was to jump in and work on it as hard as I do any other major project in life.

In the past two and half weeks all of the dead links have been removed. New links are being added everyday. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I anticipate because of my habit of cross referencing patterns . For example, a round, lacy crocheted cloth will be added to each page where it fits. My motivation is to make it easier and more efficient to use the site.


End of Slump

The knitting and crochet slump has finally ended! A slipper that had been on my needles for the past few months came off this past Saturday. Another pair has been started using yarn from my stash.

I will get some pictures taken and posted in the next couple of days. They would be taken today but it is a cloudy overcast day that makes photography difficult.


Not Writing

I realized today that I have not written here in months. Life has been typically busy.

I have been in a major knitting and crocheting slump for the past few months. I am not sure what has caused it, but will try to start a new project in the next day or two.

Fall is Here

Fall is my favorite time of year. I come alive  and become energized.

Fall means:

  1. Chilly mornings and evenings
  2. Rain
  3. Getting out warm blankets, some of them handmade
  4. Flannel sheets on beds
  5. Enjoying my favorite hot beverage
  6. Jackets
  7. Reading a good book
  8. First frost of the season
  9. Driving without air conditioning
  10. Walks on leaf covered walkways
  11. The Baseball World Series
  12. Knitting and Crocheting
  13. Using the furnace occasionally
  14. Making some of our favorite foods:
    • Pumpkin Pie
    • Oatmeal
    • Pizza