Showing posts from November, 2005

Holiday News in November 2005

Contrary to popular belief, I do know how to knit as well.

The problems are when I knit, it is limited by my carpal tunnel syndromepain, or my neuropathy, take your pick, grrrr! It is not fun. When one or the other takes over, then I can actually knit in spurts and by timing myself. There is no way around it.

I was trying to teach my friend Scott how to knit. Grannyguy wanted to learn how to knit, and I tried to teach him with the help of a webcam. I think we laughed more than he learned. He was a great student and I had him make the first cast on stitch at least once. I was only able to show him two times. We laughed too much and had to stop.

I learned to knit in 1988 when I got sick and needed to stay in bed for a month or so. I would have gone crazy. I am a Taurus with a Leo rising and a Gemini moon, and that Gemini needs to be occupied, well the Taurus does not like the idea of just doing nothing either. I decided to teach myself how to knit. That was o…

ThanksGiving is, was, and went Here!

Welcome to the Holidays! Hi everyone, The holidays have been a little rough this year, with the passing of my friend Scott, but here in his honor I am doing what I do best, living life to the fullest. LOL.
I have set up my table for the holidays all hand made, watch out Martha Stewart. I have also set up my tree, isn't it gorgeous, I used all my stuffed animals for decorations.
Do you recognize anyone? This year I dediced that I was going to keep the xmas decorations boxes, even the tree box upstairs. I wrapped them as if they were gifts, you can see Eeyore sitting on top of the xmas tree box. So I did this on Thanksgiving day, and I even had time to bake a Pumkin Cheesecake
which was delicious, the crust is made out of ground almonds. It is a success. I actually made two, one for home.

Remember the black N silver pot holders , well they were for my friends Javier and Bob. We had thanksgiving dinner at their beautiful home. He wants more pot holders, because they match their kitchen …

Holiday Hats

I hope that you enjoy this Holiday Season, no matter what holiday you celebrate. I have plenty of things to do. I have been very busy with my new group at

So here is one of my hats, a festivities hat. I loved making this hat and as a matter of fact I gave it to my massage therapist. She can wear it properly and she looks very sharp in it.These are two other hats that I have worked on and they feel wonderful.Believe me if these pictures do not give you the holiday spirit, I don't know what will. LOL. This hat on the left I found that it needed to have a lining. I put a felted lining. The reason behind the felted lining is that the stitch is too wide or big I guess, and the cold air gets through it. I hand stitched the felted cap, and once the liner was in place, the hat became very cozy. You have seen my mane of hair , LOL. The Santa's helper hat is very soft, made with chenille yarn and some kind of fake fur or eyelash yarn. I had problems w…

In Memoriam Scott Hooper 1966-2005

Scott Hooper was born 11-11-1966 and went to spirit 11-2005. As of this moment I don't know the exact time or day of his death, but Scott Hooper has gone home. It was confirmed by an acquaintance of ours today. Last nite Scott came to me in a dream to tell me he has passed away. I was disturbed by the dream and woke up. When I woke up I found Scott sitting at the side of my bed smiling at me, he then vanished. From my life experience when anyone has come to me in a dream to tell me they have passed away, has always been true.

I met him about 3 months ago through the internet, you know one of those crochet groups. He proceeded to invite me to join his Crochet website. He coached me in my blog, in my writting. In the brief time that Scott came into my life he stirred emotions, he stirred creativity, he gave me his unconditional friendship. Can you believe it in a short time we had a fight. I learned from him so much, he learned from me as well. He will not be forgotten. I wish I had …

Silver N Black Pot Holders

I am very excited. The fact that I am getting many projects finished is a wonderful experience of accomplishment.

As of now I have finished the black N silver pot-holders for my friend Javier, a week ahead of schedule, Woohoo!!! The Pot Holder on the left is in Tunisian Crochet and the one on the right is sc and dc alternated for twenty five rows.

The Potholder on the left has a 3 strands, but only two at a time are used throughout the pot holder, I alternated the use of two strands of the specialty yarn along side the black acrylic yarn. The edging is done with the three strands held together. One of the strands has a look like it has glitter in it.

Well I will keep you posted on more of my projects, I am actually working on a single cabled knitted holiday scarf, I will have a progress picture next week, so far I have just started it.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my table, next week I will present you with one of my culinary specialties, Pumkin Cheesecake, a la Low Carb. I am…

Holiday Placemats Pair

Here is a view of the placemats just finished. I am so critical of my work, but when I am looking at them so close; then when I see them on a picture, I see how Kool they look. I am still working on other stuff which is not that hard to do. I just was so excited to have this done in time for the holidays. If you want the pattern, let me know, I can email it to you.

My hands have been pain free thanks to the rotating of the time of doing these fun projects.

I believe that I mentioned the fact that I was getting myself very deep into Tunisian Crochet Stitch, the following pot holder companion is in such stitch. This one that I just finished is in a row of sc, dc, alternating for 25 rows, the edging is a simple crochet edging with 3 sc in each corner.As you can tell I am working on my presentation as well LOL. The texture of the material is very nice and the look is exactly what I was hoping to achieve. Function, form and visually pleasing items. Given the fact that it is acrylic caution h…

Of Reds and Greens and in betweens!!!

I don't know where the idea of the colors, green and red , for the holiday season came from, but it's all around us. I personally like the colors and they are very festive indeed. If we add white to the colors and music we will have Mexican or Italian party colors, both with lots of delicious treats for the holidays. Before we get to the holidays, I get so many ideas and so little time. I know it is not uniquely my situation, I believe it is a conspiracy from the 10 worlds of yarn and needles. Here on the top you will see a pair of my Holiday Pot Holders. They are made in Tunisian Stitch Crochet using th yarn by Sugar N Cream.
I am also working on placemats. They are very clever. They look like a gift, here is one finished, and I am working on the other one, which is in greens, with a red ribbon. I made them mostly acrylic; I can hear Martha Stewart in my voice intonation, LOL. I thought that making them mostly acrylic, they will be stain resistant. We shall see is my premise w…

Santa's Little Helper

Well here you have it, I am Santa's little helper doing one of the things he does best, working with needles, in this case crochetting some pot holders and some placemats, going around and around, never getting dizzy.

In my spare time, when I am away from Santa, I cook. This pizza I made from scratch, well , almost from scratch, I bought a whole grain pizza dough, added some cooked lamb, diced tomatoes, olive oil, extra fiber . garlic, ground flaxseeds, sliced shiitake mushrooms and shredded cheddar cheese , red peepers, sliced black olives and some onions. I enjoy eating in my house a lot, specially freshly made foods. Fresh cheese cakes, sourdough bread, almond cookies, I know somewhere on the Internet Martha stewart listens cautiously and attentively.

This is part of my successful pizza cooking. I cover the extended dough with a light spread of olive oil. Sometimes I use pesto, and let me tell you it is delicious. Secondly my other secret for pizza is that I cooked the dough befo…

The Holidays, I remember now!

Welcome to the season to have fun, as a puertorrican you learn to have as many paid holidays as you can, and have as much fun as you can. It's about celebrating diversity, eating and drinking in all honesty. LOL.

There were times that I remember when the idea of the Holiday Season would have given me a stomachache, a headache , depression or simply a reason to be miserable, let us say many years ago. As a child my life was full of material objects and very little affection. My Yaya, the nickname for my maternal grandmother, was the only person who was physically affectionate with me. She played with my toys and me, even when she did not know what they were, she was there with me and I remember.

The only time I remember my father playing with me, I must have been around four years old and had a little construction set made of wood. That was the one and only time and it ended up with him hitting me, for whatever reasons.

The Holiday season, no matter what holiday you celebrate, may be …

Hooked on Crochet Magazine Oct 05 Issue

I was looking at the "Hooked On Crochet" Magazine for October 05. There are lots of interesting projects for the making. Autumn Roses Doilly looks very interesting. I am not sure if I will try to work on it at this time. The Lace coasters, now that's another story, they look like a quick project that you can do in no time, I have some terry style cloth cotton yarn that I may use for that. The pattern is made with size # 10 cotton, I have plenty of that as well. I get it at a Record Store, Discolandia, 2964 24TH St San Francisco, CA 94110-4132 (415) 826-9446, in the Mission District, of San Francisco, where Sylvia, the owner, has all kinds of assorted threads for crochetting.

The Sunflower Sachet pattern is nice as well. Fill it up with some homemade poppouri and watch out Martha Stewart.

There are plenty of patterns for everyone, I like the Kid's Carryall Tote bag, is very clever and will definitely make any kid smile. The sweet Tulips hat is also another nice and eas…

Double Crochet a perception in talking!

Do you know what a double crochet stitch is? I could not explain it to you, but I could show you what it is and how to make one. When I was in the ARMY I spoke enough English to get me by, but not enough to make jokes. When I made my first joke in English I knew then I was startting to learn the language. There were many people laughing at me, and many people who took the time to teach me. I did not let that bring me down.

Lately I get tired of speaking a foreing language, it becomes more dificult to be able to express the thoughts that come from my head through my brain, to be spontaneously translated into another language through my vocal cords. Nevertheless everyday I engage in the language ritual, some days are better than others. The first thing that happens when you speak a second language is that people have to be very direct with you. I need to give feedback to people and get it as well. Why? you may ask. It is by experience that sometimes people had thought they said something…

Hatshepsut At De Young Museum

Welcome to the Hatshepsut Queen To Pharaoh Exhibit at the De Young Museum. As you can see I am your host through this little tour.

Today being the First Tuesday of each month, the museum is free, you only pay for any special exhibitions like this one.

As you can see I am wearing one of my hats. It was rumored that the Prince of Wales was around. I put on my best smile and was ready to meet him. We never saw the prince, I did not think he was worried about missing the free Tuesday thing you know.

As the tour went along we went to the basement of the museum where the exhibition was taking place.

Me and some of my friends were ready to make a line and go and see the exhibit. Let me tell you, there were a lot of people. The museum has been closed for many years being reconstructed and made earthquake-safe, whatever that means. So here we are at the beginning of the exhibit. There were an impressive amount of artifacts, of course not as many as the Cairo Museum, but enough to give you a taste…