Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I had a surprise from my sister today! She sent homemade goodies from her kitchen: yummy strawberry jam and her own special blend of grape jelly using scuppernong and muscadine grapes grown on her property......and apple ring cucumber pickles! I am thinking I need to learn how to make the apple ring cucumber pickles. They are cinnamon-y and sweet and tart and crunchy.....a really neat surprise for the tastebuds!

And also, she sent me these fantastic bamboo knitting needles! My fingers started twitching the minute I touched them, so smooth and warm and very pretty. The grain of the wood is soooo nice! I had to cast on right away! I had some chunky blue wool, and I tried a simple basket weave pattern.

If it continues going this well, I might make a second square, and construct a purse and line it with some of my quilting fabric! (Sew many ideas, sew little time!!)

Thank you Jackie!! I love them!


Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you like the knitting needles - and the homemade goodies, too! I hate that I did not get them sent in time for Christmas, but hope they remind ya'll that you are loved!! Talk to you soon, from the Charcoal Lambie

Yvette said...

WOW! You are so talented! Quilting, carpentry, restoring and now knitting.

Do you think you can change the oil in my car and rotate the tires? LOL!

Joy said...

Um, actually, yes!

But my sister can adjust the timing chain on her car! And do a tune up. I'm limited to the occasional tire change/rotation and oil change.....

Teehee! My dad taught us all the boy stuff and he also helped teach the girl stuff.....he knits, crochets, sews, quilts and does all the other guy stuff too......

However, I have not changed oil in quite a few years, because disposing of it in a way that doesn't harm the planet....its just more trouble than its worth....Jiffy Lube takes care of it all for less than $20.00.....I figure its worth four or five fat quarters not to deal with it!

I'm running on at the mouth....I'll shut up now!! :)