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Two Shows This Weekend!! October 29, 2018

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I know this is just crazy, but I am in TWO shows this weekend.  First is the Stock & Stuffers in Fullerton.  Here’s the flyer:

S&S Oct18

Then, you can catch me LIVE at the Yorba Linda Women’s Club Show here:

Yorba Linda WC 2018 Fall Fair

You know I have been busy, so come by and see what I have up to!


Claremont Village Venture Show This Saturday, 9am to 5pm October 23, 2018

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The HUGE Claremont Village Venture is this Saturday, 9am to 5pm.  I will be in the same space as last year, #552 on First Street.  It is a very large event, so if you haven’t been at this one, please join us.

Here’s a link that provides information about the show.  See you there!




Lakewood Lollipop Show This Saturday October 16, 2018

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I will be in Space #6 in the inside Activity Room.  Since this is the first show of my season, I will be bringing all my new items.  So, that means that all the best new styles and colors are available now.  Here’s the flyer, sorry, there was no electronic version, but I took a picture of it for posting.

Lakewood 2018


Multi-Colored Beetles Live In Harmony September 28, 2018

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We have a Targua tree on our property in the mountains of Costa Rica. Such wonderful colors of all the critters there! Here’s a picture of a group of beetles that just love this tree, and look, all colors are living together in harmony…..a lesson for us all. Teals, iridescents, greens, yellows, heck, polka dots! It’s a Love-In!!

different colors living together

2018 Holiday Craft Shows September 25, 2018

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Here is when and where I will be this Holiday season.

Date                  Venue                               City                           Space/Room

Oct 20               Lakewood Lollipop       Lakewood                #6 Act Rm

Oct 27               Village Venture              Claremont               #552

Oct 31-Nov 4    Stock & Stuffers             Fullerton                 TBD

Nov 3-4             Yorba Linda Fall Faire   Yorba Linda           #602

Nov 10-11         St. Jerome’s Faire            Culver City             Activity Rm

Nov 17-18        Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild  Torrance          TBD

Nov 24-Dec22  Stock & Stuffers Christmas  Fullerton           TBD

Dec 9                 Torrance Annual Boutique  Torrance           Space A


As you can see, several haven’t sent me final booth space assignments, so I will update here on my blog as we move forward through the season.  Here is my NEW ornament for this year – the Mini Mitten, and I have lots of colors.

Mini Mitten Ornament

Also, I have knit some corsages which would be great on your lapel, hat, purse or as a special package ornament.  These are finished with felt and a pin-back, so can be used many places as a festive touch.  You can even play with the petals to get a deep 3-D effect.


Come and see all the new garments I have done – my new Waterfall Bolero design is a hit, and you know I will still be showing my Dragontail Shawls. Come early for your best color choice.

Won Best Of Show – LA County Fair 2018 September 22, 2018

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I am so happy to announce this. Photos taken through the glass cases at the LA County Fair yesterday, so they are not the greatest, but I was extremely happy to see all three of the pieces I submitted in the Machine Knitting category win a Blue Ribbon, plus a Judges Merit Award for the Plaid Jacket and the Best of Show for my Arachne’s Web top. The people who set up the displays try to group colors together in each case, so that is why the Plaid Jacket seems to have grown a red shag collar. Never mind though, it’s all good to me. It is so much fun to go to the DIY Studio to see all the best from fiber artists in this large metropolis.

Monarch in Costa Rica September 9, 2018

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It was a nice Pool Day today. It finally got up to a “Get In” temperature, 84 degrees going to 85. So I took a walk around the house and spied a nice Monarch butterfly. Just as at my house in Hawthorne, CA, I have lots of milkweed planted which is what the Monarchs eat and lay their eggs on. We had lots of caterpillars and chrysalises (or is it chrysali?) around the veranda. I am watching them for the grand reveal.

Monarch In Costa Rica

Yarn Shopping In Costa Rica September 3, 2018

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For anyone interested in yarn shopping in Costa Rica while on vacation here, there is something you should know.  Most of the local shops are in little tiny stores called Pasamanerias (Spanish for Trimmings).  You wont be finding anything exclusive as the Costa Ricans don’t produce yarn, so they must import it.  All imports get a hefty 70% tariff added to the price, so its really expensive to buy some cheap acrylic (although it is imported from France).  The normal resident can’t afford these crazy prices.  For example, three Bernat Pops, one small ball of acrylic and two Susan Bates Circular needles ended up being about $52 USD, which for some Ticos is a whole weeks pay.  But if you are not daunted yet. there are a couple of these Pasamanerias in the center of downtown Cartago, Costa Rica.  Its enough of a close proximity between the stores so you can park and walk to both.  The first store had lots of trimmings, but only two sets of Boye Size 35 needles.  Can’t imagine how long those have been on their hook.  They also had lots of coned crochet thread in all kinds of colors, variegated and solids. I didn’t get any photos of that shop, maybe next time.
Here are a couple of pictures below of the other shop I visited.  The first picture is of their store front.  It shows ribbons, threads, yarn looms, Bernat Pop!, and various other treats.  This will give you a clue of what you will find inside the shop (picture #2).  A lot of people were in there and I had to take a number in order to get served (like the fabric cutting line at JoAnn’s). There are all manner of things hanging, inside cases, on the walls, just everywhere.  Oh, and not one of these stores takes credit cards, efectivo solamente (cash only).  There is a great amount of crochet supplies, and little to no knitting supplies.  I bought two of their 4 circular needles, so 2 are still left for you. Compared to what else they had in the shop, an avid knitter would go home sad. The people were in there grabbing up ribbons and other trims in Red, Whte and Blue, their national colors, because their Dia de Independencia is mid-September and everyone is decking out in those colors.  Lots of ribbon hair bows!!
If you are a truly motivated and obsessed fiber artist, there is always a store in Santa Ana (quite a drive from my mountain home).  It is the only bonifide yarn store left in Costa Rica.  I can’t give you the address because Costa Rica has no addresses – yes, in the entire country, no address, no yellow pages.  You must rely on locals who might know where stores are.  I had bought some delicious yarn from a chain of stores that held space in the big malls that cater to tourists, but I can’t find any now and I must suppose that they all closed.  Those stores had some beautiful yarn from Spain (Katia brand).
My recommendation is that you bring all your own project supplies with you on vacation and enjoy the beautiful scenery while knitting or crocheting away at your heart’s content.

Lovely Evening Tonight and New Items For My Upcoming Holiday Shows August 23, 2018

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Just a lovely evening here in Costa Rica. The sky is all golds and salmons. There’s our Gallinazo Trees on the left just to provide a little contrast. Such is a little piece of paradise!

gallinazo tree at sunset

And here are my new items for the upcoming Holiday shows this year: Mini-Poinsettia Corsages and a Mini-Mitten ornament for the tree.

Mitten and Corsage

Yes, hand knit on size 2 or 4 needles with lace weight yarn.  So darling.  I have the pin backs at home in the States, so will have to finish the corsages there.  The new ornament I am makinge for this year is the little mitten which goes onto a Christmas card.  I am knitting away by hand in the great room overlooking the pool with those.  BUT, I do have my Brother Eleganza 260, making new Dragontail Shawls and Waterfall Boleros.  And I am also doing some sewing too.  It’s a fantasy land of crafting for me down here – so peaceful and calm.

Another New Paid Pattern In Works July 2, 2018

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I am working on this new machine knit pattern with ribbon trim.  Here is the Small Size.

Fringe Benefits

So this week, I will be doing a Medium, Large and an X-Large so that there will be a span of sizes for busts measuring from 30″ to 50″.  It features an asymmetrical collar for fringing and two sleeve lengths. Busy week!!!