the final count down

i thought for sure i’d post something about all the knitty gifts i made this year but… life happens.  ha!

i’ve decided to torture recipients by taking the picture with the item and blogging about it after the holiday.  i think that sounds much more fun.

i have some really sweet pics to share but first, BUSINESS!

for some crazy, unknown, and quite frankly, infuriating reason, some emails are being lost to spam folders.  if you have sent me a message and never received a response, i am SO SORRY! i’m not really sure how to fix the issue right now, but i knew immediately after finding a few that i needed to take action.  i started a ravelry group called PBK LOVE for anyone knitting one of my patterns so that you can post questions, comments, jokes, what ever… and it won’t be lost to the evil internet.  i’m hoping this will be a great way for me to communicate with you & you can communicate with others.

 here’s the link to the group

now, for the fun stuff.

the real santa


mae’s beautiful art

the boy

new designs are flowing now

like i said, new designs FLOWING

mae has become a very good teacher

i’m going to take some good, wholesome time off to lap up these last days before the holiday.  i’ll be back after the whirlwind for some post-holiday musings.  please have a truly blessed week xo



a productive week.  i only had daycare kids one day leaving lots of time to get crackin’ on stuff for the artisian fair (in two weeks!!!).  i’ve been tooling around with a simple sewn bonnet pattern and i think i’ve finally got it.  the pattern takes about 15” x 11” of fabric and maybe 15 - 20 minutes to complete.  cake.

i’ve made plenty of time for the short row sweater, too.  i have the right back done and started the front yesterday.  there is a lot and i mean a lot of shuffling stitches around at this point so if you’re making this sweater, make sure to have plenty of scrap yarn and a yarn needle on hand.  i was in a rush and ran out the door with it and when i took a break at work and picked it up,  i ended up having to make a yarn needle out of a paperclip.  fail.  

things here are shifting.  the season i guess.  i’ve been cleaning and clearing and ripping the foul carpet off the stairs and getting ready to settle in.  i’ve also been craving cleansing teas.  weird?  on friday i was feeling that yucky i’m-totally-about-to-get-sick-right-now feeling so i ran across the street to the health food store and took a shot of wheat grass and ordered a ginger-aid.  i love the fresh juice bar.  mmmm.  i felt considerably better within an hour.  i did the same saturday afternoon.  i’ve also been taking my holy basil tonic and i’d love to say i’m noticing a bit more relief in my shoulders than i am, but… not yet.  they are a bit looser feeling and i can actually hold mae for a little while, but they’re really just awful.  if any one out there has found a good remedy for lupus pain, i’m all ears!  right now i’m really just using propolis and holy basil.  

hubs was having trouble breathing and found out he’s been having mini panic attacks.  he’s on meds right now and hating it.  he sweats it out… like me and ibuprofen… and he says it gives him the shakes.  but, for now, he’ll stay with it.  he’s been sleeping for the first time for years and he can actually just sit with the girls and watch a movie or play.  he’s not nearly as anxious.  so far, it’s good.  i’m an anti-meds kinda chick, but if this at least teaches him to be calm and let his mind rest, it’s a step in the right direction. 

now it’s time for me to get into that mode.  tea time.  short row sweater time. xo