Friday, May 04, 2018


Nudes and Jellyfish - Oh My!

Jonesy on Playa Linda Cape Canaveral National Seashore
One of the great benefits of hanging around Central Florida is the beaches. We took a little adventure to Playa Linda on Cape Canaveral to frolick in the sun and waves.

Because we are older than the hills, we qualify for the National Parks Senior pass. Thus, entry into the Cape Canaveral National Seashore is FREE for us. Just for fun, we decided to drive down to the very last little parking lot on this barrier island. We passed 12 different parking lots, all set up with sanitary facilities and boardwalks over the dunes to the beach. Families were coming and going hauling their kids and massive amounts of beach gear.
We drove a few more miles, eventually getting to the end of the road and the last lot, #13. Whoa! There were a lot more cars here than in the previous 12 lots! Why?
Portuguese Man-o-War Jellyfish

We soon found out what made this end-of-the-line remote spot so popular. Nude people. Yep, naked men (mostly) and a few women enjoying their day in the sun! Everyone was quite spread out along the shore with lots of "personal space" between the couples and the singles. We just minded our own business and walked a couple of miles. As you can see in the photo above, Jonesy kept his clothes on. I behaved myself (but it was great having sunglasses on so I could allow myself a sideways glance now and then).

I searched the wet sand for "interesting" bits to make into centers for my coiled pine needle baskets and jewelry creations. Now this purple blob was interesting...and scary! It's a Portuguese Man-o-War jellyfish which has a nasty sting! Such a pretty color - and such a painful sting. This one has been washed ashore and I assume it is dead. My finger is shown in the photo for scale - and even this was too close for comfort.

At first I thought that the white pieces in this photo were plastic trash. But when I looked closer I realized that they were the leathery egg shell remains from baby sea turtles! Loggerhead turtles nest along these shores and apparently this is a nest that has completed the cycle. Hopefully the little hatchlings made it to the safety of the water beyond.

On to knitting...

The black wool sweater for the teen in Kazakhstan has been finished and mailed to the executive director of the Motherless Child Foundation. Whew! Deadlines make me so nervous, but this one got checked off the list a full week early. The delivery trip is scheduled for mid-May. We will all get to see photos of the kids displaying or even wearing their new clothes! What a lift!

The weather has been wonderful these past few weeks - in the high 70's and low 80's with cooling at night. Consistent breezes make it so we've had the boat all opened up for the fresh air. Also, I've been able to cook and bake because the breezes whisk away the heat from the stove. I do love to cook (and eat), but I don't like doing the dishes.

Some days the magic boat fairy does the dishes! It's the same creature who makes coffee every morning so that it's ready when I get up!

Thanks Jonesy. Life is good.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


And the knit goes on

Busy, busy bees we've been. Although we do spend a lot of hours just chilling in the sea breezes, we do actually get things done and have some fun too.

We managed to move all of our camping gear and other treasures from our large storage unit in Georgia down to one in Florida. This took 2 long car trips and a couple of hundred dollars in clear storage boxes, but we did it! Our much smaller unit in Florida is organized and has no dead, mummified marsh rats in it like the Georgia unit had. Yuck!

One of the hurricanes washed away the rat traps and the facility failed to set up new ones. Of course, the marshes were flooded at the time so all the rats scurried to find new nesting places in safe high grounds. Storage units were hard hit. Disgusting.

The good part about the long drive was I got to get a lot of knitting done. I've designed another wool worsted weight Gansey style sweater for one of the kids leaving (aging out) the orphanage in Kazakhstan. He requested the color black - as did many of the teens.
Scottish Kep (Fair Isle stranded knitting)
I can only work on this in the daytime as I simply can't see what I'm doing at night even with an Ott Light. Size 38-40"

Also for the kids in Kazakhstan, I've been playing around with my many balls of yarn and knitting up traditional Scottish "Keps" (hats). The brim is doubled (folded back on itself) for extra warmth. These hats I made are shorter than the traditional pattern and I omitted the tassel. I don't think that the kids would appreciate a floppy long hat and a wriggling tassel. It's a lot of fun to play with color combinations.
I'm not quite traditional when it comes to the colors. Another good thing about clearing out the storage unit was that I found even MORE of this same wool yarn. Whooo hoooo....more hats to come.

Of course there have also been socks falling off the needles too. There are always socks on a few sets of double point needles. Two pairs of plain socks knit from yarns donated to me to work sock for the kids were finished. These projects live in my purse and go everywhere with me. I can get a few rounds in while doing errands. A lot more rounds were accomplished waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles to correct our Florida Drivers Licenses (see? I told you we were having fun).

For more entertaining sock knitting I finished up a pair of "monster socks" that I had started at the hotel when we were holed-up for Hurricane Irma. These socks use up my small balls of leftover yarns - waste not, want not. And another pair was worked with 2 coordinating 1/2 balls.

During the storage unit move, I discovered my giant stash of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn. As a rest period from the black sweater knitting, I knit this "Baable Hat". I just love sheep and I hope the kids in Kaz will find this amusing and warm.

So what was Jonesy doing while I was so busy knitting? Well, he cleaned the BBQ on the stern of the boat and discovered it needed replacement parts (rust). When the parts came in, he made it whole again and has been grilling some of our dinners outside.

He's also been doing all the routine maintenance on the boat to keep her in top shape.

Jonesy also took me out to the auto races at Sebring for the 12 hour race. Actually, I wasn't planning to go but at the last minute he asked if I would go and keep him company. So off we went. It is a beautiful track here in Florida but the
crowds were boisterous for most of the 4 days we camped there and the cars were LOUD. I wore earplugs both day and night.

In February I taught 20 lovely folks from Tybee Island how to coil Pine Needle Baskets. Each student was provided a baggie with a wood centerpiece and all the tools needed. Jonesy had drilled all the holes in 24 bases for me.

Then the victims students could choose a hank of #3 cotton thread and a bunch of pine needles.  We managed to have quite a few ladies end up with some nice baskets started. They scarfed up the remaining needles and thread to take home and finish their projects. I sure hope that some of them will get the same pleasure as I do making these works of art.

AND...I've been sewing again. I've joined the American Sewing Guild and attend a group every week. My first project was some cushions for the boat. Now I've cut up some fabric and an old shirt of Jonesy's to make myself some lightweight sleeveless tops.

Jonesy took this photo today of me wearing a top that I made from a men's shirt that I bought for 50 cents in Guatemala.

I was asked on a Facebook group how I cut my tops from old shirts so I shared this photo. Jonesy LOVED this shirt, but the collar was too frayed to wear with pride. So now it is mine.

That's all for now....

Life is good.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018


Life on the water - Now in FLORIDA

Fueled Up & Ready to GO
You just never know what we'll do or where we'll go next....

Everything - absolutely everything mechanical on the boat was working at the same point in time! We had not only completed Jonesy's list of repairs, but also tackled some new issues (you know, that's life with a boat).

The exterior was looking pretty good so we TOOK OFF and pointed the bow south. Here's a photo of the Niki Wiki sitting at the fuel dock - the last time she was in Georgia. Warmer weather and blue ocean waves of Florida here we come!

The first night of our adventure we stopped and anchored  in the Intra-Coastal Waterway right behind Cumberland Island and the National Seashore. The next morning we dropped the dinghy and blasted over to the island to explore. This was during the government shutdown so there was nobody on the island!! Just us and the wild horses. The beach was littered with shells - mostly sand dollars, clam, and whelk and LOTS of shorebirds. We even saw a pair of large American Oyster Catchers courting in the dunes! This is the first time either of us had seen this species (we had our bird book with us). Eventually we realized that we had walked until we could go no farther knowing that we had to follow our footsteps in the sand back to the dinghy.

The following days, we meandered along the waterway, stopping to anchor overnight and sometimes for a couple of nights if the weather was ugly. We had no plans, no timeline, and no final destination.

There sure was a lot of knitting going on during this time.

First off the needles was a second Black Cat hat in more subdued colors. (Knit Picks Palettte Wool & pattern by Sandra Jager)

Then I switched to another pattern by Sandra and knit up a Red Dragon Beanie. Again, I modified the pattern and added my own fair isle patterning, corrugated ribbing, and striped swirl crown.

As long as I had the bag of yarn with me, and was stuck on the boat, I kept knitting hats while I watched the marshlands and wildlife along the waterway.

So for a week and a half we crawled under bridges, called the draw bridges to request openings and halt the local car traffic, and motored along just about by ourselves. February isn't a popular time on the waterway which is one of the reasons we enjoyed it so much. No jet-skis! Very few sports-fishing speed boats!

Eventually we ended up slipping into a marina (not too gracefully unfortunately) in the Cape Canaveral area. We'll gather our wits for a while, get the car down here, finish up some interior projects and get this boat for sale!

In the meantime, there have been some heavy wool socks appearing on the needles too. Here I mixed worsted weight wool with self striping sock yarn.

Knitting on....

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



Really? Has it been two years since I managed to post anything? Yes. It's true. I could blame it on the hot coastal weather including 3 hurricanes, health (getting old sucks), travels, deaths in the family, boat preparation for selling, non-adventurous living in the USA, and pure laziness and it would all be true. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Black Cat Beanie (design by Sandra Jager)
 Because I'm just so chuffed with finishing this recent knitting project I just had to shout out to the world. Aren't these cats wonderful? They remind me of the siamese cats in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" movie. No, I didn't design this one, Sandra Jager did and it's a free pattern on Ravelry.

I used Knit Picks Palette (100% wool) fingering weight yarn because I still have so many colors in my stash.

Because I have just finished a massive boat beauty enhancement project I felt I deserved some recreation time. Those dang cushions on the salon settee had to be reupholstered and it was much cheaper for me to do it than to send it out. I'm free labor. It was a long, tough job and my fingers ached but they turned out great!
Ribbon Candy Ornament 

Since it is the holiday season, I whipped up another Ribbon Candy Ornament from some Lion Brand Bon-Bons yarns. This little guy is only about 1 1/4" tall. Oh! Notice the beautiful wood work he's sitting upon? Jonesy and I have been working on exterior boat beautification as well. Our son, Brett suggested that we should add a gloss coat to our semi-gloss finish wood and he was right. It looks much better now.

Life cycles sneak up on us. Now, we rely upon our son to make us lists of the projects we need to do to the boat to get her ready for sale. We have been reporting back to him on our progress. Somebody needs to keep us old folks accountable for our time. We do tend to just drift from one day to the next.
Generic mittens for a kid

The mission to supply kids in the orphanages in Kazakhstan continues to absorb my time and yarn stash. Although I've slowed down in the count of pairs of socks, mittens, etc. I'm still churning them out. Those dang other crafty endeavors distracted me. But I'll never abandon knitting or these kids.

As long as my sewing machine was out of the storage unit, I sewed up a couple of my favorite accessories for my knitting friends. This first Double-Pointed Needle Case is a prize for an online Knit-a-long on Facebook. There are two rows of pockets in various sizes for needles and a measuring gauge, and misc. tools of the trade.

Double-pointed Needle Case
Inside pockets
So, that's some recent highlights. We're still living on the boat, but are making plans to trade her in for a land yacht (Motor Home) and travel to Alaska and Canada and wherever we want to go. Home will probably be in southern Oregon. But, plans can change.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to see comments of just "Hi" so I know whose still around.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Beach Wreath for the Holiday Season

Go for a walk on the beach with a friend for a couple of hours and what do you get? A holiday wreath that's what!

The Glynn Visual Arts center had a silent auction for wreaths made by us members. Jonesy helped to hot glue my beach treasures to a recycled serving tray with the center cut out, stuffed with newspapers and wrapped in burlap. We "artistically" glued on the washed shells and driftwood, looped some rope around and tied a big burlap bow.

But wait, there's a bonus I also made 3 ornaments from small pieces of driftwood and shells to go with the wreath. Although it is quite rustic (and very different from the other fancy wreaths) it actually got a few bids and was sold! I hope it wasn't a mercy purchase ;o), but other wreaths didn't get a single bid so I feel quite lucky.

Happy whatever you celebrate this holiday season!

Monday, December 14, 2015



Yep. That's what I just finished making yesterday and mailed today - a crocheted Mermaid Tail Blanket. Here is the usual last-minute photo of a finished project tossed upon a shrub in front of the post office.

This is worked in a GIANT size P crochet hook with 2 strands of bulky weight yarn held together. My arms were waving about madly as I made the large stitches. The yarn is Loops & Threads Country Loom in Oceantide color for the top (cocoon) and Rich Blues for the tail.The blanket opens in the back so that a little girl can stick her feet down inside of the lower tube (which ends at the color change) and then wrap the upper part around her torso. I sure hope Ella likes it!

Besides this big project, I have also finished 2 pairs of men's socks in exchange for learning about mixing glazes and loading a pottery kiln. We are simply trading our knowledge and skills so we both benefit! I do like these types of barters.

I've been volunteering at the Glynn Visual Arts center a few days a week. Whew! I've forgotten what it's like to get up in the morning and go to a job! I pack my lunch, kiss Jonesy good-bye and off I go. So far they have "let" me work in the gift shops making sales, and do some office work.

But despite that drain on my energy, I did manage to crank out a few more pieces of pottery. The little jars of "underglazes" caught my eye so I did a couple of experiments with them.
The striped bowl and dish with the orange dots were my first use of this method of adding some color to a piece of clay. I also made a few bowls and flat center pieces with holes for more pine needle baskets. The actual basketry part has to wait until after I complete some other crafty obligations.

It's been dry and in the 70's and even 80's here in southern coastal Georgia so we've been trying to get out and enjoy it. Today we visited the new Cannon's Point Preserve out on St. Simons Island. We walked among the natural forested area for a few miles simply enjoying the peace and quiet.
This preserve is only open 3 days a week, and even then it may be closed when you arrive like we did Saturday. They were having a managed hunt to rid the area of feral pigs. Oh well, we made plans to return today as this is forecasted to be the last warm and dry day for a while...perhaps for the remainder of the winter!

So, we ventured over to the far other side of the island to see the "Avenue of Oaks". From me working in the gift shop down in the village tourist area which is also a welcome center, I have learned about other things to go-see-do in this area.

These 2 long lines of oak tress were planted in the 1800's on what was once the Retreat Plantation. This whole area was an important agricultural area for sea island cotton and rice. Civil war and other financial calamities ensued so that now it is the entrance to a golf course for the wealthy. But us regular folks still get to enjoy the scenery.

Yes, there are no leaves on the trees as it is winter (so they say). There still is a lot of Spanish moss on the trees which creates a dense shade. Jonesy is standing in what used to be the driveway to the old plantation.

Life is good here in old Georgia.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015



Sometimes it's the little things that get in the way of completing a project isn't it?

I made this "Sushi Serving Set" months ago for my nephew, Jon and his new wife and just mailed it out yesterday. This set consists of a large serving tray on wooden feet, 2 dipping sauce bowls, 2 plates, 2 chopstick rests and 2 pair of chopsticks.

Why? Well the first problem was that one of the pieces came out of the glaze firing process with a very different (milky) look to it. Pottery glazes sometimes have minds of their own. But I really wanted the set to kinda match. So I had to make a new serving tray. This takes a couple of weeks to make, dry, bisque fire, glaze, glaze fire. After that, I decided that the serving tray would be nicer if it had some feet to raise it up off the table. Sawing, sanding, varnishing, glueing = done. Next, I thought it would be nice to add the chopsticks. Guess what? There were no chopsticks in this area to buy - not at Pier 1 and not at the asian store.

So I ordered the Japanese style chopsticks on eBay and they were shipped from China. Yep...all the way from China directly to me. Now, I had to find boxes and packing materials to protect this pottery during it's cross-country trip. This took a couple of weeks of scrounging in the recycling bin here at the marina. Who knew it would be so hard to find a newspaper to crumple? Anyway, the box is finally on its way. I hope this wedding gift arrives safely and the kids enjoy it.

Monday, November 02, 2015


The Land of Cotton and Animal Fibers


As we've traveled about the southern states we've enjoyed the white seas of the cotton fields. Cotton is native to the Americas (Mexico) and India and is still grown quite a bit in the south. Cotton is fiber and we all know that I like anything to do with the fiber arts. So of course I had to get up close and personal with a cotton boll.

Lately we've also noticed that the peanut fields have been plowed/turned/tilled so that the plants are upside down with the peanuts which grow on the roots are out sitting in the sun to dry.

So where were we traveling to and from when we saw all of this? This last road trip camping adventure was up to Asheville, North Carolina to work and play at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF)! Whooo hooooo! Jonesy drove and the boat stayed at the marina.
Rest Stop - Drinking a DANG! soda

On the way north from southern Georgia, we made a quick stop in North Carolina to pick up a unique soda pop that was recommended by a friend. DANG! soda is butterscotch root beer flavored. Yes, you read that right - it tastes like root beer at first, then you get a butterscotch aftertaste that is heavenly. I don't usually drink any type of soda, but DANG! is a winner.

As you can see in the photo I'm wearing a sleeveless shirt because it was still nice and warm in the low country of South Carolina. But just a few hours later we climbed up into the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the temperatures dropped quite a bit. The trees had turned beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow and we constantly pointed out extra colorful specimens to each other. Nope. Never got tired of the colors.

Thursday afternoon I met up with some of my pottery friends from the Glynn Visual Arts center. Hello Joan, Jan and Beverly! See? There are other gals who are interested in both ceramics and fiber. Friday morning dawned and the market was opened! Yippee! I hit the building armed with my purse, coffee, and athletic shoes. There was time to do a quick run through of the many fiber vendors before I started my volunteer duties.
So who did I run into? Another fiberly friend from our Golden Isles Knitting group. Hello Carolyn!

Too soon it was time to report to my station at the Workshop registration table. Now this job was fun, fun, fun! The folks coming into the building were so excited to pick up their badges and locate their classroom area for their classes. I also had the time to read through the well-written SAFF Fair Guide and study the maps so I knew where everything was located on the grounds. I actually could answer questions even though this was the first time that I had attended this event!

My next volunteer job was to work 2 hours in the souvenir area. Whew! That was like a 2-hour aerobics session - no time to read or think here!! Folks were snapping up Tee-shirts, fleece shirts, and other goodies like mad!

I was glad to get back to our campsite and have a nice lay-down for awhile - but wait! There was more shopping to get done - and I was up and off to the marketplace! I didn't buy any yarn or fiber as I have way too much stash already. But I did buy a how to weave Kumihimo Japanese braiding kit and a small wool rug hooking kit. New fiber toys to play with! Thank goodness Carolyn already knows how to do Kumihimo and I know where the Rug Hooking group of my Fiber Guild on St. Simons island meets.

Unlike the knitting and crochet conventions that I've attended in the past, this fair was primarily focused on the animal fiber itself. There were llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits and goats to visit in the barns. One whole building was full of bags of fleece to be judged and sold. Many of the vendors in the marketplace sold the animal fiber in various unspun forms so that the attendees could spin it themselves. There was so much more emphasis on spinning which is a skill that I haven't "got" (yet).

Saturday was another busy day. First I went to my selected class which was a BACKSTRAP WEAVING workshop! I'd bought 2 handmade backstrap weaving sets in Guatemala a couple of years ago and never figured out how to use them. Yippeee! This was my chance. The workshop was called Introduction to Pennsylvania German/Scandinavian Band Weaving and was taught by Nancy Shroyer (owner of Nancy's Knit Knacks, author, and pattern writer). Yes, I learned how to set up my backstrap and how to weave a weft faced weave. No, I won't show you a picture yet. But it was lovely to learn a new fiber skill. Next, I was honored to help judge (knitting and crochet) the Skein and Garment Competition. Can you tell I had a great time at SAFF? Jonesy hung out at the campsite and visited the animals.


I was invited to participate in a little pottery show and sale last week at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. I don't have a lot of inventory yet, but here's a photo of my Mud & Straw table. ALL 5 of my baskets sold as well as several trays and other items! Wow! I'm encouraged! Looks like there will be more Pine Needle basket weaving in my future. Good thing I love to do it.

So here are some photos of a couple more of the Pine Needle and Pottery baskets I've finished and some work in progress. Life is good.

Friday, October 09, 2015


The Petit Le Mans

Terry falls in with the wrong crowd

Many of you don't know this but Jonesy and I met at an Indy car race in 1975. No, I wasn't a car racing fan. I was only there to help my brother-in-law sell programs as a fundraiser for the local JayCees organization.

Jonesy was working on the Vel's Parnelli Jones team for drivers Al Unser and Mario Andretti. After selling the programs to the cars entering the track, I was free to wander around with my too-tall and leggy, model-beautiful friends who I met up with there. Jonesy approached me (I'm shorter than my friends and they were both taller than Jonesy) and the rest is history.

Pine Needle and Pottery Basket #4
So, here we are 40 years later and I'm again with Jonesy at the races. Only this time we took our Dodge Caravan camping set-up and headed to Road Atlanta in upstate Georgia for the Le Petit Le Mans races. And this time, Jonesy got to be a fulltime spectator.

That dang Hurricane Joaquin caused some terribly wet weather where it rained constantly. Actually, we were not bummed as we were well prepared and met some very nice people at the track. Also, thankfully, these types of race cars do run in the rain so Jonesy got to see all the warm-up laps, qualifying laps, and the races. I got to sit under the pop-up tent (which eventually blew down on the last night), watch the dogwood tree leaves change color over the 4 days and knit or weave pine needle baskets.

Well, I did sneak off and wander around the track a bit and it looks like (from the photo above) that I fell in with the wrong crowd again. Once a fence-hanger race groupie, I guess you're always a fence-hanger race groupie. The racing in-crowd calls the girls who hang outside of the fences, fingers in the mesh, making googley eyes at the drivers and mechanics "fence-hangers".

Later, I was lured into working on the race cars again. (Truth: green screen and photoshop for this pic and yes, I did help Jonesy with the race cars in the early days.)

 As we were off having fun at the races, our new forward head (lavatory) sink and fixtures were being shipped to us at the marina. New sink? Well, yes. Seeing as Jonesy had to uninstall (as in rip out) the old sink and fixtures for the hose repair it just made sense to put in fresh new fixtures as long as we had it all apart. They will be much nicer for the next owners and help us to sell the boat. Now, we just ordered some more little plumbing parts plus a new shower nozzle for that project. Once they arrive Jonesy will be able to complete this major retrofit! One repair and an upgrade checked off of our list!

Knitting activities have resumed here on the boat (and of course anywhere else I happen to be). Here's a pic of 3 little pairs of the smallest child sized socks I knit last month. They are all made with yarn that was donated to me to knit for the orphanages in Kazakhstan. Thank you everyone!
Pine Needle and Pottery Basket #2

Life is good.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


One-Skein Wonders for Babies

by Geneve Hoffman Photography, for Storey Publishing cute is this? I actually gasped when I saw this photo of my knit project for the first time. What an angel!

This is just one of the adorable photos that were created for the 101 knitting patterns in the brand new One-Skein Wonders for Babies book recently released by Storey Publishing. Yes, three of my fresh new designs are included in this compilation of patterns for hand knitters, and yes, I'm so tickled.

Seen here is the Smocked Lace Toddler Hat and Mitten set which is knit in fingering weight yarn and features a unique lacy edging. Also in this book are my Scallops and Ribbing Baby Cap and Socks and Folded Lace Cuff Socks (see photos below).

As soon as I received my author's copy of the book I curled up with it and slowly flipped through the pages. The color photography is beautiful and surreal, especially for those of us who yearn for grandchildren by our way-already-old-enough sons. But I digress.

My local bookstore (Books A Million) already has copies on their shelves so I'm sure they are available
at your local yarn store and Amazon. All of us knitters are sure to have a few (cough, cough) beautiful single skeins of yarn in our stash that are just waiting for the right project. Most of us have enough hand-dyed shawls and accessories for ourselves, but there are always babies being born that need soft warm things too. Babies are the perfect size for one skein projects!

Yep. I'm going to be knitting some of the other designs in this book you can bet on that. These new projects will join the ones that I knit for the publication of this book. Those knit samples? Well, they have been lovingly put to to rest and wait in the hope chest. You know, for that joyful day in the future. There's always hope.

Life is good.

Folded Lace Cuff Socks
Scallops and Ribbing Baby Cap and Socks

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