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Wow… tried out this reblogging feature for the first time and didn’t get the whole post in this blog post… so what to do?   Also, tried to reblog a second time to my other blog and it’s not working at all.

I guess first order of business is to go and read up on this feature to see exactly what it’s supposed to do and what it’s for because the first few lines won’t do.

Colors of the Dragon

Not Eww.  Ewe.  Get it?  I just love it~!  I don’t know what else to say.  All About Ewe is a yarn, no, FiBER shop that just opened up in Clark, NJ.  I just love, love, LOVE this store.  Yeah, I’m biased, but that’s only because I happen to know the owner.  Still, I’ve heard other people say that they feel very comfortable when they are there.  People whom I don’t know and also people I know that don’t know Lisa.  

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the yarn… duh!  No, but really, you do.  Second is that it’s bright and cheerful, decorated with, well, sheep.  If you did happen to not notice the yarn, the sheep speckled throughout the store will definitely give you the hint:  WooL.  Another bright store that I’m thinking about is very large and spacious and after you find…

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Hippies Creations

Angel backgroundThis was my tree last year.

I name this post for the subject of my post. Her name is Petra and has a son, Lennon, who is loveable, kind, gentle, loving, and just the best son ever…. except when his ammonia levels skyrocket. When this happens, he becomes very aggressive, disoriented, incoherent and has been described as appearing to be a bit crazy. In other words, he becomes a totally different child. Normal ammonia levels are 50-60. I do believe I read that Lennon’s had gotten as high as in the 300’s. Lennon is of preschool age. He has already had two liver transplants. Lennon has Urea Cycle Disorder.  Please check out the link for this genetic disease.  Can you imagine this happening to your child? I am sitting here doing just that. I cannot imagine myself living through, and witnessing what my friend has witnessed happening to her son. All I can think of is that I have a hard time when my preschooler gets a cut, let alone going through life saving surgery and the gory details that go along with it… just to NOT get graphic about it. Just to think of their little perfect bodies enduring what seems impossible… becomes a reality. It’s a hard reality for mothers to come to grips with; and at the same time, no one should have to experience.

I’m not writing Petra’s whole story here, but if you’re interested, you can find it here. The reason for my writing is that I want to get her story out. She is not asking for donations; but as it happens, she does have an Etsy shop, HERE. She does wonderful work with beads and pyrography, or, wood burning.

I don’t make it a practice to advertise for other people, but I was moved to, today. I figure, “Hey, it’s the Holiday season and maybe someone is out there shopping around for gifts.” A part of me felt powerless until I thought of writing about her. After being paired with Petra in a beading swap, we corresponded ourselves into a friendship that has survived a few long spells of not corresponding. She made me a beautiful bracelet that rests so pretty on my wrist. It doesn’t happen often, that I will just love something that wasn’t made by me. She seems to know what I like.


Fall 2007

Hi everybody. Well, it’s finally starting to look like fall. Sorry, about not posting all summer, but I needed a break. This is my first time back. I’m really happy about fall, my favorite time of year. Summer is nice, but if I’m not at the beach, it reeks. Oh, I do love to garden and I do love summer activities. What kills me is the heat and/or humidity. Ah, I can finally put that behind me and start thinking about reinstalling my hot chocolate recipe of the week. I’ve already had some this year and introduced my little one it. Now all he wants is hot chocolate… that’s my boy!

I have been busy and will be forthcoming on what I’ve been doing this summer, knitwise, and will be posting some of my WIP’s and FO’s. See, I’ve learned new language while I was away. WIP: “Work In Progress” and FO: “Finished Object”. I do most of my learning at Ravelry. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added their button to the blogroll and sidebar, though the sidebar one links to my flickr site. At present, I’m trying to figure out how to have the button, itself, link to Ravelry; but so far it’s a no go. If you click on it, you will be transported to my flickr page. In the mean time, have you gotten your invitation yet? I know that I said that I was not going to talk about it, but it’s been going on too long now. Jess and Casey have been doing really great work over there getting the site working. It’s totally amazing, but again, I refrain from the details for the benefit of those who are still waiting to get on. Of course, if you wish that I would expand on the site, I certainly will… but you’ve got to let me know; and the easiest way to do that is to leave a comment.

My brother’s wife gave birth to a daughter September 19, 2007. Katelyn Theresa, 5 lbs. 7 oz. WOW!

Ever since I found out about the pregnancy, I was furiously crocheting a blanket for her. Then I found out they have a froggie theme and had plenty of time to modify the blanket to include a knitted center square with a froggie on it.Crocheted/Knitted blanket The center panel was DK’d to get a front side on both sides to compliment the crocheted squares. I am so happy that I chose this green, too. It’s more froggie than baby green, ya know? I am also very happy that I finished it time for the shower. I can really get into granny square blankets. My grandmother used to make them and I have one blanket from her that was made with scrap yarn. My uncle is going to give me a blue one she made years ago, and I even remember her making it. I remember the loving way she laid the squares out on the bed, arranging them in just the way.
Green Jacket/Hat/Bootie Set We visited Katelyn about a month ago and I rushed to complete a crocheted jacket, hat, and bootie set, made with left over yarn from the blanket. I even made the buttons, myself. I don’t have a picture yet of her wearing it. I love Caron Simply Soft yarn, so soft! Erin, my SIL , loved the outfit, so that made all the work and “rush, rush” of it, all worth it.

Well, I’ve got to get going, so will leave you with these few glimpses of what I’ve been doing.

Hope ya’ll come back now, hear?


Bittersweet just wrote a great article on chocolate. Those of you who are vegetarians, specifically vegans might be interested in her site called Bittersweet. She crochets great little animals, food, and even a plate of tofu. She is really creative in her own right, and deserves a read. Her article is called: Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal.

New Yarn/Crafting Blog

clover Hi everyone. HAPPY Belated ST. PATRICK’S DAY!……I just wanted to put it out there that I’ve started a new blog dedicated to crafts; but mostly for my knitting/crochet stuff. It’s called ~DragonKnits~. It’s not my original name, but I decided to add stuff about my other love, chocolate and hot chocolate.

I am still playing around with the theme and header, so there is nothing really there yet by way of content, but I do have a modified version of this blog’s Bio page and a bit more about myself to start my posts off.

I think I must have been delirious to start another blog, but I’ve been thinking about doing it for awhile now. My knitting stuff here is sprinkled all through this blog and forces people who are interested in that to search through everything to find what they are looking for. Also, I find that I am collecting a lot of information for crafts; so now I’d like to keep it all in one, easily accessible place.

This is an addition, not a substitution, so I’ll continue to write here, as a matter of fact, this blog will probably still get more posts after everything settles down.

Tomorrow is the day that I am making our traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner. We turn Irish this weekend! Big Drake worked today and will tomorrow (Sunday) as well; but tonight was busy for him so, tomorrow it will be unrushed. The cake I made for our Why Catholic meeting, which was canceled due to weather, was given to the priests as our parish rectory. I just could not have homemade cake and chocolates (green) in the house as I’d be the one eating most of it… so out it went.

UPDATE ON KITTENS: They are still alive and the mother is still with them as I was afraid that I might have scared her away when I took pictures today of her babies.

Whenever I need to look for Little Drake’s sippy cup, I feel as if I am transported into a Where’s Waldo picture. They have nothing on this kid who quite purposefully composes each room into a framed WW picture, riddled with toys, our stuff, and bits and pieces of paper, plastic and, well, whatever. At least Waldo has that red/white striped hat that helps ya find him. The sippy cup is green and blends in too well with plastic toys strewn all over. I just had to leave the scene as is so that BD could see that LD was not sick at all today… or if he was, he was in rare form.

UPDATE:  Just wanted to let you know that I’ve disabled the Comments section of this post because lately I’ve been getting WAY too many spam comments.  Nobody legitimate has commented in a while, so I figure it’s safe.  If you are the rare bird that desires to comment, please do so on another post or email me privately.~ June 12, 2007

Crocheted Headband Pattern

Here is a quickie pattern for a cute crocheted headband. Got it from the Lion Brand Site. This link should be the actual pattern as the other link was not to the actual page of the pattern.

Braided Head Band



One Headband Strip = 1 in. [2.5 cm] wide. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

With 2 strands of yarn held together, chain 36.

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook and in each remaining chain across. Fasten off.

Place 3 Strips on top of one another and sew together at one end. Braid Strips, and then sew together at other end. Weave in ends. Cut ribbon length in half, sew one half to each end of Headband.

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