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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

What's Important

There are some things that, when they hit, teach us quickly just what's most important. Lots of things like this happen to folks every day - a car accident, a health scare.

I had something teach me a lot about what's vital to my comfort and sanity this weekend: I got the flu. Yup. One of those lucky ones who took the flu shot (as I always do) and got the strain that is making folks sick all over and wasn't included in the vaccine makeup.

I was totally miserable. It's be a very long time since I've been that sick (and frankly, I'm just beginning to get back to "normal" as I went back to work today, but the brain, and the stamina aren't close to 50% yet).

And I learned that when I'm that sick my creature comforts come down to just a few things:

1. My recliner. My Sweetie bought this for me last year when I was facing the shoulder replacement surgery, and it's mostly my sleeping spot, still. But there was absolutely NO way I was sleeping anywhere else while I was this sick.

2. My Chiger blanket. (and yes, the two tricksters shown in the photo, too, because they become my best nurses when I'm sick)

3. I live in my fleece pjs. (No photos of these, nope.)

4. My very favorite socks.

Other than these four things, being able to surf at will, text and chat with my Sweetheart, and check email at work - even if I can't make sense of most of the stuff - oy, what the flu does to your ability to THINK! - I have to say that my iPhone was a godsend, too.

But let me say something more about those socks. I made them after I saw THIS PAGE in the Twist Collective premier issue back in 2008. I adored those socks, I was a Jane Brocket fan, extraordinare....I loved those nails (back in that day I could actually paint mine and have them look decent). I have coveted the colorway of Regia sock yarn ever since, hunted and haunted stashes hoping to find a couple more skeins, thinking that eventually these favorite socks of mine would shred, and no amount of the good teaching I got from Merike Saarniit at Sock Summit 09 in how to darn my socks, would make them wearable again...Anyway, a few months ago, I managed to snag a skein. Just one. Not enough for a pair, but I figured if push came to shove with the remnants from the original pair, I could make anklets.

Then the other week, I was busy scouring stashes on Ravelry again, and discovered - two! TWO SKEINS! Oh I immediately sent out a request, yes, they were available. I sent payment and then waited. And got sick. And missed work. When I got back today, I opened the door to my office and was stunned to see what appeared to be the contents of a UPS truck in my very small space! (Yes, it's Christmas, doncha know...)

It took awhile to weed thru the boxes and parcels. But I finally opened up an envelope with two skeins of Florence inside. I brought them home and went to add them to stash, pulling the single skein from some months ago out to set with them. And what did I see? Do you believe this?

Your eyes aren't deceiving you - that's 3 skeins from the SAME DYELOT.

What are the chances?

Oh these are going someplace safe for sure...maybe even the safe deposit box! Because I learned this weekend that when you're sick nothing but the best, most comfortable socks and pjs and blanket will do. These skeins are golden.

Monday, December 01, 2014

A SALE? Yes, In Time for Cyber Monday!

Yup. You heard right. A sale. Back in the summer, I celebrated my 10th anniversary making bags! I said then that there would be a sale, but time got away from me, and now here it is, Cyber Monday! So what better time to launch a sale? None I can think

Thru December 19, beginning now (12:01am) any ready made item in my etsy shop will be 20% off when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY10.

Remember, NO custom orders are included in this sale, but if you'd like a custom Nana Sadie Rose bag, by all means, buy that (without the coupon code) and we'll create a bag just for you.

And over the next few days, I'll be adding more items as I can. There's quite a lot in the shop now, but keep checking back, too, okay? And Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Recipe I Came Up With Myself!!

My Sweetie and I (and especially his son) like spicy food. A couple of years ago I made the feast for everyone and devised this cranberry sauce on the fly. Of course it never got written down. So this year I decided to try it again, and I think it turned out nicely. Try it and let me know what you think? I'm pinning it to Pinterest, too.

1 can Ocean Spray cranberry relish

2-3 clementines, peeled and sectioned then diced

1/2 tsp cumin

6-12 slices jalapeno (jarred) minced (use your judgement as to how hot you'd like this)

Mix all together and refrigerate overnight (adjust seasonings the next day, more cumin? More jalapeno?)

Friday, November 07, 2014

New Bag! (And a Bit of Knitting-related Content, too)

First, the knitting content. I managed to spend last Saturday at our annual charity knitting event, NoSoKnit, with my friend Annette (and about 98 other ladies). The entrance fee is one knitted item for charity - and they provide us with the yarn to use at the prior year's event. So I had two skeins of Vanna's Choice in Dusty Blue and knew that I could just barely spend time knitting a hat.

So I knit two:

I used the leftovers from another two skeins of Vanna's Choice to embellish both hats.

But most important of the things I've been doing, is the creation of this new bag, Knana's Knot Bag with pockets:

Gotta tell you the fabric for this is OOP (out of print).

There's none of the interior fabric left either.


At present you can do a custom order in my etsy shop, but hopefully there will be more of them all ready-made and up on the shop site very soon...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

This week (Yes, I'm participating!) is: 10 Things You Would Save If Your House Was On Fire. For the purpose of this exercise we are assuming that all of your family and pets are safe, we are just focusing on the stuff. Mine are in no particular order...

1. Sewing machine (aka "Bernie")

2. Yarn & needle stash

3. Photos of family and friends

4. Cell phone (it has my life in it!)

5. My great-grandmother's cradle (made by my great-grandfather for their first child - my grandmother).

6. My Chiger blanket - an acrylic throw from (GASP!) Walmart that is patterned with both tiger stripes and cheetah spots. It is my favorite, keeps me warm no matter what else is happening, and is soft soft soft! I do know that there was at least one at my Walmart recently, because My Sweetheart bought one. Whether there are more? I can't say.

7. The jewelry My Sweetheart has given me. Because, yes, it's irreplaceable.

8. My computer. It's brand new and just finally paid for!

9. My Nook and Kindle (or if, by the time the fire happens, I've managed to save enough and buy that iPad Mini? Then that.

10. My grandmother's cut-work tablecloth. As irreplaceable as #s 5 and 7...

(and just so you know? when push comes to shove? the yarn stash would stay behind, because it's such fun replacing that! and I can prove a lot of it on the insurance coverage, it's on Ravelry - well, most of it is...)

Monday, October 20, 2014

This Is A Hard Post to Write

I've been blogging now for 10+ years, gravitating to it after being involved in Yahoo groups, specifically the one known as Knitting Chicks. The (mostly) women I've met online have become close friends, some of them I've met, and others I haven't - either at Sock Summit '09 or at various fiber festivals in my region. All those years ago, I met a woman known by the moniker "Plain Jane" of Plain Jane Knits Up a Storm". We hit it off, participated in KALs together, started other Yahoo groups (like Knit Red for Women's Heart Disease) and moved on over to Ravelry and then Facebook together.

I never got a chance to meet Jane, but we always said we would...

And then the other day, I wandered over to her Facebook page to wish her a belated Happy Birthday (life having gotten in the way of me being a considerate friend once again). And there I learned with shock and deep sadness that Jane passed away in September, suddenly, from cardiac arrest.

I'd like to ask you to join me in something. Jane was mostly a charity knitter in her later years, having knit and crocheted so much for her family that they really didn't need much anymore. She knit for two groups: the homeless (hats) and those in nursing homes (lapghans).

I'd like to honor Jane by knitting something red (since she died of heart disease) for one of those two groups. I've already got my Vanna's Choice cranberry red ready to go.

Farewell, Jane. I will miss you.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Hi! Remember Me!

I'm still here...and I'm knitting...a pair of black socks, for symphony!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We're Back!

And as usual, we had a blast seeing old friends and customers and making new ones while we were at it!

This year, my Big Sis had a conflict (and a bit of an issue with her foot, too), that kept her from joining us, so my Dear Niece came along to round out the threesome we need to do the size show that National Capital Cat Show is. We really MISSED Big Sis, tho,' as much as we enjoyed having Dear Niece. She was good at using her GPS to find vegan food, too! Thank goodness, as it made life a lot simpler for me.

That photo showcases something really special - do you see the stand of little bags on the left? My sweetie found this neat "tree" only about 4 inches wide, and like a ladder at a Sears store that was closing it's doors. I wondered what on earth I would use it for, but was grateful. Then suddenly, it occurred to me that the Kaias and Little Bit Wristlets would hang nicely if I could find hooks for that purpose. And I did! I loved the display - it resembles, somewhat, a Christmas tree, don't you think?

We're back but I have to tell you that Nana Sadie Rose's plate is suddenly getting awfully full. I've been invited (and we're not 100% sure at this point, but we're considering it seriously) to the CFA World Championship Cat Show in Oak, PA in November. If we do this, it's really a one-shot deal, as they move about the country from year to year. This show is huge, with people from all over the world (hence the title, eh?). It's a really good opportunity, but I'm taking some time to consider it, and hoping my Dear Sis-in-Law will be able to help. We'll let you know a bit later on.

Funds have been sent out for two shows in the spring, too. I won't put them up yet on that ticker up there (oops! need to fix that one!) but as soon as I'm able to share the news, I will.

And now it's time to make up those orders from last weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Still Here!

I'll share some eye-candy, okay?

I'll be back, bur there are only 2 weeks now before the National Capital Cat Show, so you know I'm busy! The sale I mentioned? To celebrate 10 years in business? It will happen - AFTER the cat show! Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Countdown Begins!

If you can't tell it by that ticker up there, I've got 6 weeks till the National Capital Cat Show, and I'm starting to feel a little bit stressed. Still, I don't want anyone to think I'm not putting everything I can into this event. That still means it will be less than years past, and I'm trying to adapt to that mentally. My shoulder just won't let me do what my mind wants to do, so we'll see what happens, knowing that if it's not in the shop at the moment the show begins, you KNOW you can always place an order, right?

So with that said, here are a few of the cuties that will be in the shop on September 6, beginning with a few of the Little Bit Wristlets:

And because I have a new granddaughter, we had to have a new bag, doncha know? Well, we named it after her, and that nickname is - Cori! Here she is, a neat little cross-body bag with not just one, but TWO zippers! And you believe it? I'm getting adventurous now that I've made it to my tenth year (WHAT?) in business! Yup. TEN years! (more on that in a bit...)

For the moment, Cori is only available by custom order, because I'm trying to stock up for the show, but believe me, she'll be available in the etsy shop, soon enough.

So tell me what you think of this little addition to the Nana Sadie Rose line, won't you?

And stay tuned, because with 10 years in business, you just might see a special little sale coming up!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

LOVE This! (The New Knitty Is Up)

Dreaming of Ankhesenamun. I'd change the colors, but it's just gorgeous! (I can't wear those orangey tones)

Oh, and I'm 1/2 way there on his birthday socks (they were due to him mid-March, so I'm woefully late on this gift). He loves it:

please forgive the backdrop of that photo, we met last night at the mid-point between us so I could deliver this week's CSA share. I told him he had to try on the sock...and it ended up being in the car! Oh, yes, and the pattern is sJazz Strings from Knitspot, but I am knitting it toe-up.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

Okay, this week's I might be able to do...let's see, okay? Ten Favorite Summer Beverages:

1. Ice water (yes - tops the list!)

2. Iced Tea - my version: 2 Earl Gray teabags and 1 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger teabag - made hot and iced down plenty - without sugar. Who on earth ever thought of ruining tea with sugar? Oh, yeah, those in the Southern portion of the country. Hmm...I live in the southern part of the country and cannot abide "SWEETTEA."

3. McDonald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. It's not often I succumb, but I adore it. Had it the first time after the Duracho in 2012, and it literally saved my sanity as I went 6 days with no power in 100 degree heat.

So now, let's get serious about this, okay?

4. Abuelo's Sangria Swirl: I usually only get the normal size, not the grande, but there have been those days when only the largest will do - and someone else is the Designated Driver.

5. I also have had (at a wine festival) a most amazing Blackberry Peach Wine sangria. We have the bottles to make it, and will when the time is right.

6. ANY Sangria (as long as it's red wine)

7. Newcastle Brown Ale

8. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar (ale)

9. Molsun Golden Ale

10. And from my distant past, when I actually drank liquor? A Tangueray and Tonic, with a lime wedge. (I make very good ones, was once a bartender!)

What do you know? Two weeks in a row!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Gearing Up - Oh, Yes, And A SALE!

The race is on to create enough stock for the National Capital Cat Show. This year, I'll have the added restriction (self-imposed) of only working when my shoulder isn't stressed, which will definitely make a difference in the amount of product I can create - but we're going to do the best we can to have lots of kitty-related bags and accessories for Nana Sadie Rose's great Cat Show customers!

Upon completing an order this weekend, I managed to create these lovelies:

And then I was able to finally upload the e-reader stock to the Etsy Shop with the sale prices (50% OFF!) ready for your perusal. Please help support Nana Sadie Rose as she gears back up from a year off for shoulder replacement surgery and recovery?

And I do so hope to see you at the Dulles Expo Center in September!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

Yup, this one I knew I could do and had the time to put it together (there are some weeks, where there simply isn't a lot of time to be on Blogger...)

This week's topic is 10 musicians you've seen in concert. Well, I can tell you that my list is longer. And yet, I stopped at just a couple extra, because I was having trouble with names! Google is great, but again, time is an issue. So here we go:

1. Neil Diamond - my FIRST live concert with a popular singer, I was about 13-14? I'll never forget when he had all the lights dim and asked everyone to take a flash photo at the count of 3 - wow is that amazing in the dark!

Now the rest of these are in no particular order date wise, but I've got them grouped by genre, beginning with Folk/Rock:

2. Judy Collins

3. Michael McDonald (with the RSO)


4. Wynona Judd (with the RSO)


5. Bernadette Peters (with the RSO)


6. Keiko Matsui (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)

7. Dave Koz (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)

8. Poncho Sanchez (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)

9. George Benson (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)

10. Chris Botti (with the NSO)


11. Joshua Bell (with the NSO)

12. Midori Goto (with the NSO)

13. James Galway (with the RSO)

I am, and have been for years, a subscriber to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra series (see RSO notes). I'm proud of our orchestra having been affiliated with it (vicariously) since childhood when my father, sister, and brother-in-law played with it, thru my "motherhood" years when my daughter was in the Youth Orchestra. It's become a full-fledged professional orchestra, and the quality has vastly improved after 60 years as they moved away from being a community orchestra.

NSO is for National Symphony Orchestra and my brother-in-law spent his entire career as a first violinist there. Whenever we went to DC to visit, we went to a concert. I've seen some of the best classical musicians there are in concert there. And then last year, My Sweetheart and I went to see Chris Botti in concert with them. That was a concert to remember for a lifetime, he is simply a brilliant jazz musician.

And of course, My Sweetheart loves jazz, as do I. One of our first "away from home" dates was to go to the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont. They do an really stellar job of bringing in some of the best talent there is. We had a blast over the two days we attended, and I'm hoping the lineup for this summer's event will be good enough that we'll want to go back. What fun it is.

There is simply nothing better than live music, regardless of the genre. And this was a fun romp down memory lane for me, so I'm glad I had the time to do this Ten on Tuesday blog entry!

I honor the place in you, which is of love, truth, light, and peace.
When you are centered in that place in you, and I am centered in that place in me,
we are one.

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