Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Where has the summer gone? While other school districts have returned to school, my district (along with other) won’t see students until after Labor Day. However, all teachers report tomorrow August 29th. After working in the school all summer (yes this means that I didn’t have the summer free to relax) teaching summer school and working on the School Improvement Plan I’ve only had a few days to relax and have fun.
Last Thursday a group of fellow overworked knitters decided to meet up for a bit of eating, drinking, and knitting. Being the City Knitters that we are we met at the Fountain Bistro located in Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. I had the time to relax and enjoy my knitting crew. We had such a good time that we decided to meet next Thursday at another location. I can’t wait.

My Flared Smoke Ring


A few other Smoke Rings

Other Projects

Food and Drink

Monday, August 22, 2011

Girlfriends Road Trip

It happens (not often) that the chance presents itself for me to get away with the girlfriends. I call this a road trip but actually only myself a one other girlfriend (my BFF) hit the road. Two girlfriends flew, and three more took the bus (wimps). We are all teachers. I’m a special education teacher and the other six are art teachers. Don’t ask me how I seem to travel and hang out with art teachers other than they are a crazy fun group. 
Hot Springs Arkansas was our destination. We all stayed in the SunBay Resorts a two bedroom two bath timeshare. My road partner and I had a villa to ourselves. We both had our own bedroom and bath. The other five girlfriends decided to stay together in another villa. Lovely. When we were not walking around bath house row and visiting shops the art teachers made art and I knit. It was very relaxing.
We toured. Went to a crystal mine (an art teacher thing) and dug for crystals. I lasted for about 30 minutes and I was done. I sat in the car and read a knitting magazine.  I was talked into going to the spa at the historical Arlington Hotel. Having to be naked and bathed by someone was a bit creepy but in the end it was fun and relaxing. They put you in a hot mineral bath to soak for about twenty minutes and drink hot mineral water which comes from the hot spring located below the hotel. After the soak I was scrubbed by a very nice woman. I was then taken out to the cooling tables where they wrapped my entire body in cold towels. I was wrapped from head to toe. After my body cooled down I took a quick shower and went for my massage. It was my first full body massage and it was so wonderful and relaxing.  
Warning the rest of this post in picture heavy but beautiful.
Arlington Hotel

The Arlington has cooling tanks so that guests can have hot and cold mineral water.

Bath house soak tub. I took this picture at the Fordyce bath house. I didn't thisk that it was right to take a picture of one in use.

Hot Springs National Park
See the steam coming off of the open springs.

Did you know that the springs are hot on one side of the street and cold on the other? Interesting.
Mountain Valley Spring Water Store.
This horse is made of Mountain Valley water bottles.

Grand Promenade Views

Fountain at Hot Springs National Park Adminastritive Building

I wouldn't drink from here.

Free water for everyone. We filled up gallon jugs of hot mineral water.

Bath Houses
A few of these bath houses are still open but sadly most are empty of have been repurposed. The Buckstaff nad Quapaw (public bath) are still functioning bath houses. The Ozark is an art gallery, the Fordyce is bath house museum and the Superior, Hale, Maurice, and Lamark are closed. Bath houses that are not open are kept up by the city to keep the historical beauty.

Hey where is the knitting? Well right here. While the art teachers made art pieces, I made knitted art.

 One complete sock.

Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns
Weight: Fingering
Content: 100% merino Wool
Color: Steelers

I look froward to visiting next year.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Finally, summer school is over and I can relax (somewhat). Last year my sister and nephew moved to Westlake, Ohio. Even though we both drive back and forth visiting, I always drive back home the same day (she’s only two hours away from Detroit), so, last weekend I went up for the weekend. I didn’t make the trip alone. Our mother, my daughter, and my three grandsons went also.

Besides a ton of shopping, she took us to “The Christmas Story” house in Cleveland, OH. That movie has been my absolute favorite ever since it came out. 
This house is tiny compared to the way it looked in the movie.
We met actor Ian Petrella who played Randy. That’s me in the red top, my sister on the left, and my daughter and little Yum Yum.

The major award.

My daughter wearing Flick’s hat.
Me holding the Red Ryder BB Gun.

 Between the shopping, touring, and visiting, I did get a bit of knitting in. This is the Sweet Bon Bon Baby Blanket that I found on Ravelry. The yarn details are on the Raverly page.

My goal is to complete this before Wednesday because I’ll be starting this.

 See you next blogging.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Hello. It's definitely been a while since my last blog post. I've had a very busy two years but with work, family, and knitting, it's better late than never.

One reason that I haven't been blogging is that I went back to school to work on my second masters in education. The large amount of reading, papers, and group assignments was insane but well worth it.

Another reason that I haven't blogged for a while is that I get a new position at my school that requires about three times the work as my previous assignment. I love teaching and I think that with my new position, I can help more children.
Over this time I have completed many knitted projects. The one that I want to share with you today was for my new grandson.
I knitted my new sweetie Elizabeth Zimmerman's baby Suprise Jacket in Cherrytree Hills supersock merino. I also knit my first pair of scoks for him and a little hat.

I also knit two blankets. The first a personalized blanket by Erika Knight in Jeannee Worstered by Plymouth Yarns.
The second blanket was the Jared Flood Tweed Baby Blanket in Butterfly Cotton. (Still his favorite.)

He’s a year old now.
These are just some of the projects that I have been working on. I plan on getting you up to date on what I been doing over that past two years.