Saturday, March 19, 2016


Hi, all. I just accepted a job in Maryland so I will be moving back very soon. In the meantime, I'm trying to whittle down my yarn stash so that I have less to ship back. This turns into hats and mittens and donations to Jee Jee at ARC. Here are the latest:

Donated items:
-16 hats
-2 knitted hats

-2 pairs of adult mittens

-1 pair of child's mittens

Those of you who are mathematically inclined may have noticed that I donated 21 items above but my total increased by 22. The extra item was a hat that I gave to a woman I met at a knitting group in Columbia, MD. She makes and collects handmade hats for children at a local elementary school. One less cold head.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Second Knee Surgery

Today I had the second knee surgery for the ACL injury from last June. Over the last seven months, physical therapy has been trying to get the range of motion back into my leg. In the last three months, there has been no change. I couldn't straighten the knee all the way or bend it all the way. It hurt to stand (to the point where I would lean on the other leg most of the time) and it hurt to walk, every step.
Today my surgeon went back into the knee and removed scar tissue adhesions that had developed including one called a cyclops lesion. Now, I'm my surgeon's second patient ever to develop one after an ACL reconstruction.

In the meantime, I resigned from job in Texas. I was missing home too much. I'm going to move back to Maryland in the coming weeks.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


So busy. Can't stay long. Today I sent off six more items for ARC, bringing the total number of items donated to 655. And in other news, I just made my 308th loan on

Donated items:
-4 hats
-1 cowl
-1 pair of mittens

Speaking of, I'd like to promote the organization a little. Watch the short video below. If you like it and want to loan on Kiva, use this link to sign up and start loaning to people around the world.


Saturday, September 26, 2015


Things are just now starting to get back to normal. Almost two months ago I had knee surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL. During in initial recovery period, I was able to send out a few things to ARC. Here they are. There will be another shipment soon. Right now, I prefer to send Jee Jee a few things in a smaller box more often over sending a lot of items in a large box a few times a year. And the next box is almost full.

-1 pair of mittens
-1 dog sweater
-1 scrap yarn scarf
-5 knitted (yes, knitted) hats

In addition to sending these items to Jee Jee, I also crocheted a mammoth and a plesiosaur for the silent auction at this year's SVP meeting in Dallas. Hopefully, they'll bring in a lot of money for SVP's educational fund. *fingers crossed*

Monday, June 15, 2015


 I'm finally getting around to writing this up, now that I injured my knee and can really only sit and hobble-walk.

This is actually a post for the second shipment of yarn items to ARC for the year. I missed the post for the first one (took the total to 630) so I'm just going to combine the two into this post.

-16 hats
-1 earwarmer
-3 pairs of mittens
-5 scarves/cowls
-2 knitted hats

Fun fact: The number of child/teen/adult hats and the number of scarves/cowls I've crocheted and donated now equal each other at 142 each.


Sunday, December 7, 2014


I'm going to keep this brief because it is getting late on a Sunday and I still have a lot of things I need to do before work tomorrow.

Here are the latest items I've donated. My total is now to 614 items since 2009.

-9 pairs of mittens
-2 pairs of slippers
-1 pair of booties
-1 bookmark

-1 earwarmer
-6 cowls
-13 crocheted hats
-1 knitted hat (the orange one at the top left)
-4 scarves (including a braided one)
-1 knitted cowl

....for a total of 39 items donated in December 2014.


Monday, September 29, 2014

So now that I have some free time....

....I thought I would write up a post about the crocheted pieces I entered in the Howard County and Maryland State Fairs in August. Here they are with links to the patterns if I can remember them:

Kiwi - 2nd at HoCo Fair, no placing at State
Red Hat - 1st at HoCo Fair, Honorable Mention at State
Scarf - 1st at HoCo Fair, 3rd at State
Purple Hat (my own design; one of these days I'll write up the pattern. I know I have a similar looking pattern already on this blog but it is not the same. This one is double-layered around the brim.) - 3rd at HoCo Fair in Original Design category; I did not enter this at State.

I entered this as a child's pullover. I followed this pattern from Lion Brand. I made the "small" size. However, when I sewed all of the squares together, I did it so tightly that an adult can't wear it. Anyway, it got 1st at HoCo Fair and 2nd at State.

For the shawl, I did what I like to do when I use Purl Essence Rainbow Boucle yarn: crochet two  skeins together. It makes a thicker fabric and gives an interesting striping effect.
Shawl - 1st at HoCo Fair, no placing at State. 
Frog backpack for a child: 1st at HoCo Fair, 1st at State.

This was the first time that I sewed a zipper into anything. I think it turned out alright. I'm still not sure what to do with it. That being said, I have a few friends who just had kids and we are all paleontologists so they might be interested in it.