It’s a Crying Shame

How quickly so many can recall the oddities of another and even claim the person ‘obviously needed help’ without the mentioning of what was done to help this person. Because, nothing was done. Not one…not one soul has come forth to say, “I tried to help”, “I extended friendship”. No. Now, everyone ridicules this person with various descriptions. There’s no way, by what they’re saying about this person now, that their thoughts and feelings weren’t picked up on…only making the possibility of acceptance that much further away. I’d be embarassed to admit that I could see something was wrong or that someone needed help and although the opportunity was well within my grasp I did nothing. “A tight-knit community” my ass!

It takes some people more time and different ways to relate…baby steps. Maybe if we didn’t rush others to keep up we’d all be better off. What’s the rush anyway?

Number 28

December 14, 2012, without a doubt, will be remembered as a tragic day not just for Sandy Hook Elementary, or Newtown, CT, or the U.S. but, for humanity. There have been way too many incidents such as the one that took place that day such as in Scotland, two, back-to-back in china and many others. That day, 28, not just 27, lives were lost. For every single person that died in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012, there were family members left with a void. There is grieving throughout the world for the innocent lives taken that day. I weep for them all. I weep for their families for I know how it feels to lose a loved one so violently…to agonize over how their last moments were spent and the fear they had to have experienced. I didn’t know any of them yet my heart aches for them all including Adam Lanza and his family.

Though his age categorizes him as an adult, the sheltered life he lived proves otherwise. So, he played games…it was also part of his tech class…creating and developing virtual software (or some other equally technical description). He was able to interact and role play…just as many others do. Cowboys and indians, princess and knight in shining armor are interactive, role playing games. I see him as a lost boy and her as a lost mother…a situation that could happen to any parent/child relationship. So, she went to a controlled inviroment to shoot weapons with her son. Who knows, maybe the guns were locked up and had a secure mechanism on them. Even a child knows how to find keys to something they want. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out. I don’t see him as the evil monster the media want us to believe him to have been but merely a boy. I am speculating here but could he possibly be one that desired to feel normal, to feel loved and wanted but received distant and obligatory commentary with those around him and found the inclusion and understanding among friends in the virtual world. I can only imagine but feel like they were both hurting inside to be so close yet unable to communicate with each other.

His family can’t openly mourn his death nor that of his mother. They have got to be hurting and in need of love and support. They lost two members of their family and were left with nothing but questions as to why and how it came to this.

I will try my best to not just hear what others are saying but really listen to what they are telling me.

Help For Those Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

I have found a few more resources/links to people and places that are trying to connect people desiring to help with people in need.

Hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters,blankets, love and encouragement are all needed at this time. I’ve read where a considerable number will be without power up to, and some even beyond, Thanksgiving.

You can help too by donating and/or passing on the information.

ETA: Another collection point for those wishing to send warm items for those impacted by Sandy is:
Senator Dean Skelos
55 front Street
Rockville Centre, N.Y. 11570

Little Toasty Toes 2

Following general pattern for Little Toasty Toes. Notes are at bottom of pattern page for these (referred to as “off white ones”).

Little Toasty Toes

It was pointed out to me that if I make slippers for anyone I’d better be sure and make at least two extra pair in a size to fit two girls who are both two years old. I tried making a pocketbook slipper in their size. It fit but needs some altering for the instep area. In the mean time, I decided to whip something up for them that I thought they may like. They did, especially after they were felted. I didn’t take a picture of them after felting but will request one from my daughters so I can share. These will fit a size 7, quite loosely but not dangling loose before felting. They become more snug but, still roomy, after felting.

Here they are before felting,

Toasty Toes Mary Jane Slippers

Materials List
4, U.S. size 9 dpns (double pointed needles)
Less than 50 grams of chunky yarn
(The variegated ones were made with Plymouth Galway Chunky Paint (bulky weight), (see below for other options)
1 marker
Darning needle

2- ⅝”buttons
(or, 2 complete snap closures or, velcro closures)


Cast on 3 sts

(You will be working in the round so be sure stitches are not twisted and connect stitches by continuing on with the work and not turning)

Round 1

Place marker to indicate end/beginning of row. You will need to slip marker after last stitch and before working first stitch of the next round while working in the round.

k1fb onto a dpn (this will be needle 1), k1fb onto another dpn (needle 2), k1fb onto a third dpn (needle 3) -(6 sts total-2 on each needle)

Round 2

k1fb in each st around – (12 sts total-4 on each needle)

Round 3

needle 1 – k1, k1fb in next 2 sts, k1.

needle 2 – k1, k1fb in next 2 sts, k1.

needle 3 – k1, k1fb in next 2 sts, k1.

(18 sts total-6 on each needle)

Round 4

needle 1 – k1, k1fb, k2, k1fb, k1

needle 2 – k1, k1fb, k2, k1fb, k1

needle 3 – k1, k1fb, k2, k1fb, k1

(24 sts total-8 on each needle)

Round 5-12

work all 3 needles in k1, p1 ribbing. (24 sts total)

Round 13

needle 1- k2 (the first of which will remain while the 2nd one will be used when binding off 6 sts), bind 6 sts. Place last st onto needle 2 to be worked with the others and the first st from needle 1 can be placed onto the end of needle 3. You will no longer need the marker. Work all remaining sts, including the already worked 1st st from needle one that was placed on the end of needle three (I didn’t notice any quirky issues from that stitch having the additional work) in k1, p1 ribbing following set pattern of previous rounds. At this time, the stitches may be worked straight on just two needles. (18 sts total)

Row 14 -28

Work in k1, p1 (or p1, k1-doesn’t matter as long as the ribbing pattern has been established and your row count is accurate) ribbing following pattern set by previous rounds. (18 sts total)

Row 29

(The inside of the slipper should be facing you as you begin this row)

Purl across

Row 30

(this is actually only going to be a half row)

k 9 sts. Leave remaining 9 sts unworked. Leaving a long (10-12 inches) tail, cut yarn.

Thread end of yarn that is attached to slipper through darning needle. Fold the piece in half so that the two needles and the stitches line up and the right sides are together. Seam the two halves of the back of slipper together using the Kitchener stitch (helpful video tutorial on the Kitchener stitch).


(the strap length will vary depending on the pudginess of the intended wearer’s foot.)

Decide where you’d like the strap to be.

With outside of shoe facing you, pick up 5 sts.

slip 1st st of each row.

Work in k1, p1 ribbing (take care to p1,k1 on alternate rows).

Work in ribbing until strap reaches just beyond top edge of opposite side of slipper if wanting to use a button closure.(Feel free to use your favorite buttonhole method)

knit or purl first st, bo 3 sts, knit or purl last st. Turn.

knit or purl first stitch, cast on 3 stitches, knit or purl last stitch. Work 1-2 more rows. Bind off.

If using snaps or velcro closures, measure to midway on the opposite side of slipper and bind off

(the off-white ones were made with Fisherman’s yarn( aran weight), ( it being a lighter weight yarn than is the chunky, adjustments were made by making increases to 12 sts per dpn and, 12 rounds of k1 p1 rib pattern) -both the Plymouth and the Fisherman’s are 100% wool- if felting is desired, choose 100% wool yarn that is NOT superwash)


While there are many patterns for Mary Jane-type slippers available, the pattern for these slippers was created by me. I do believe I have included all details. Please, don’t hesitate to let me know if you find something amok.

Pocketbook Slippers

Up until about a week ago, I thought pocketbook slippers were so named because they could be easily tucked into a pocketbook. When I finally seen them in their flattened state I realized maybe they were so named because they look like mini pocketbooks. Regardless of how they got their name, they are incredibly easy to make and will make an ideal donation project for the homeless shelters and rest homes.
Although these don’t have them yet, I think I will add the puffy paint dots to the bottoms of these as I’d done with my sister’s slippers. My sister loved her’s by the way.
The pattern for the slippers and the pattern for the daisies came from . and

You Can Help!

If there are any knitters or crocheters among those that visit this blog, would you consider donating to this cause, Even one hat would be greatly appreciated. Locate the center for your state at the site above.

Warm Feet

      My sister has been dealing with cancer since January. She’s gone through chemotherapy and a surgery and is now facing another round of chemotherapy treatments. While going through her first round of treatments, she experienced, among many things, exceptionally cold fingers and toes as well as overall chills. I made her a quick oversized sweater and a pair of slippers to help keep her warm. When I found out she had to go through another round, I got started on some more slippers/socks.  This time, I put gripper dots (puffy paint) on the soles to keep her from slipping when she wore them.

     The black ones were knitted using bulky acrylic yarn and a pattern I made up as I went (I will try to get it written down but it is pretty basic I think…figure 8 cast on, increasing to comfortable foot size and working back to heel area and working in a heel(without gusset). So, there’s absolutely no stitching involved) and added leaves and, a wool flower from the Blooming Rose pattern by Veronica O’neill which I think will felt nicely when washed. The socks were made with 100% wool (an aran weight and a sock weight strand held together). My daughter said they remind her of “Zebra gum” (Fruit Stripe gum). I used the Chunky Knit Slipper Socks pattern provided by Cynthia Miller on Both, the pattern for the Blooming Rose and the Chunky Knit Slipper socks were free patterns and I am ever so grateful for the generosity of those contributors.

If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Then a video paints a thousand times a thousand words. Multiply that number by the number of times needed to watch it in order to gather enough information and what you’ll have is a bridge across a language barrier to an incredibly adorable child’s sweater.
A generous member of YouTube shared how she made a sweater. She has other video tutorials as well. The ones I clicked on were in a language other than English. Below is the video from which I made the latest sweater. I don’t know if it is exactly the same but it is close enough for me.

Child's Sweater Tutorial
Here is my version of her sweater.

That Would Make Me a Royal Seamstress, Right?

There are 2 two year old little girls. I’m sure there are way more than that but right now I am just referring to the 2. Both love dressy dresses and shiney shoes and sparkly necklaces and bangles and purses that hang just so when worn at the crook of the elbow. These two beautiful girls are the daughters of my very own two beautiful daughters.
While picking up a few necessities last week I ventured into the toy department of the local discount store. I was thinking to pick up a small something for each of my four grandkids. I began by looking for something for the girls. I could spend hours, and usually do, shopping and looking through girly stuff. I thought how much fun they could have if they had some dress up items…a collection of things they could mix and match and get creative. The selection was…non-existent. I take that back. There were items there for dress up but they all had a character on it! Maybe it is just me but I don’t want them to be dressed up in something to play a princess depicting another princess. THEY are the princess…Princess R and Princess M not Princess Snow White-Stuck-On-My-Dress.
A tea set would’ve been nice. What happened to the perfectly-sized safe for kids tea sets? What is that contained in the Mrs. Potts-looking container? I do admit I find the container to be cute but the contents is less than desirable. The cups were distorted in shape and too small. Any child would miss pouring ‘tea’ into those cups. Again, maybe it’s just me but I think a tea set should be food safe and usable.
Bothered by the fact that I was unable to find something for the girls, I sought out something for the boys. That didn’t take long at all. I just don’t get into boy toys. I was out of that department.
I headed for the fabric department. It was there I found the makings of the dresses for the 2 princesses, purple, white,black, and red, satin and velvet, tulle and lace and ribbons (not all on one dress of course). I am now searching for the ideal tea set.

This is one of the dresses so far. I used a ribbed tank undershirt to build on. It stretches enough to go over their head and the ribs allow it to resume its snug fit. This feature will also allow them to be worn for a longer period of time before they outgrow them.