Category Archives: Hobbies

Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day!

For my present to Kalonji, I knitted the Dr. Who scarf and I completed it just in time for the holiday. The scarf is ridiculously long; it took me more than 100 hours to knit – but I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it!  If you know anything about Dr. Who, this scarf was worn by the 4th Doctor. This is my Christmas and Anniversary present to Kalonji.  🙂

And, at home today we are having a quiet day. Kaleya has opened her presents – one of which is a digital camera so watch out for photos from her later on!

The Family that Knits Together

Knitting & crocheting extravaganza in our house this past weekend.  Since starting the Dr. Who scarf, the kids have all expressed interest in learning.  So, learn they did!

Miles has started a scarf. It will be red, black and green and the stripe pattern is based on the Dr. Who scarf.  It won’t be nearly as long though.  I’ll share pics once he get’s more done.

I learned how to knit on a loom and taught Kaleya & Q.  They are jointly working on a scarf and doing a great job! Jihad has done a few rows here and there, and plans to start his own scarf after they do theirs.  Looks like I have to make a trip to Michael’s to pick up another loom sometime. 🙂




And, I taught myself how to make crocheted granny squares!


I’m hooked. I want to make a bedspread now for our bed.  It will be a huge one too – king sized! I’m thinking a bunch of individual squares like this one – but with a different color scheme.

Meanwhile, I continued working on Kalonji’s Dr. Who scarf and have now made it 2/3 of the way through. I’m on Row 744 of 1042; that’s about 70% through – only about 300 more rows to go. Whoo-hoo!


I am enjoying working on his scarf so much, I decided to make another one – for me. Kinda funny since he’s the Dr. Who fan.  But, mine will not have the original coloring – instead, I’m going vibrant! And, I’m crocheting it instead of knitting it.  I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn and my colors are Iris, Off White, Limelight, Sunshine, Dark Country Blue, Grey Heather and Red.


Since I am crocheting the scarf, I’m having to figure out how many rows to do, and it seems that with my gauge, I can get away with cutting the knit row county by 4.  And, the yarn I am using is finer than the yarn for Kalonji’s scarf, so mine won’t be as heavy.  Furthermore, I reduced my scarf’s width to 8 inches.  I think I am going to love it when it’s done! Here is my first progress pic at about 11% complete.



My Return to Knitting – Dr. Who Scarf

In the past few months, Kalonji has become a huge Dr. Who fan.  And, he’s turned Kaleya into one too! It’s so cute.  Last night, he took her out on a daddy + daughter date to go see the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.”

Then, this morning, Kalonji sends me a picture of the scarf worn by the 4th Doctor and told me he wanted one.  To which I replied – “I’ll make it for you!”

4th Doctor figurine

And, make it for him I will. I’m actually quite excited – I haven’t knit in about 12 years so it will be fun to return to it.  This will by my Christmas and Anniversary present to Kalonji.

A funny thing though is that when I showed the picture of the scarf to Kaleya, she recognized it – and, when I asked who from the show wore it, she replied “The 4th Doctor.”  Wow! Not just any Doctor – she knew it was the 4th one.  #smh

It may take me forever and a day, but I am going to enjoy doing this while doing my binge TV watching.  Tonight we went to Michael’s and I picked up the yarn for it. The pattern was easy enough to find and as colorful as it it, there are only 7 colors used in it – not too bad.  The colors as you see in the picture is not quite true to what they are in person, and the colors I’ve chosen are not quite “true” to the original – but it’s close enough for Kalonji.

I took the time to figure out my gauge and everything, so the final product will be about 12 inches wide and 12 feet long.  Vanna White’s Vanna’s Choice yarn by LionBrand (mostly- there is one exception). I am using size 6 needles (14 inch long) and the scarf will be 50 stitches wide.

Looks like most of my genealogy projects will have to go on hiatus in the month of December.  🙂

Dance of the Butterflies – 1st Project Update

Over the past several weeks I have been experiencing the urge to cross-stitch again.  This past weekend, I finally acted on it.  Of course I did not choose the logical route and pick back up some of my multitude of Works in Progress — oh now– that’s too boring.

Instead, I decided to go to Barnes & Noble, browse their cross-stitch magazines, and see if anything appealed to me.  Leave it up to my favorite stitching magazine, Cross Stitch Gold, to delight.  It was the first magazine I picked up and lo and behold, what was on the cover?  A geisha!

In case you didn’t know, I love geishas.  This design is called Dance of the Butterflies and is created by Lesley Teare.  The stitch count is 140w x 166h and the finished design size will be 10 x 12 inches.  I was originally going for something smaller, but I could not pass this up.  Too much geisha love in my heart. 🙂

So.. after working it over the weekend, here is my 1st progress picture.

Instead of black fabric, I elected to do mine on Tea colored fabric. I am not a fan of stitching on black and I wanted something other than white.  The Monaco is one of my 2nd-favorite fabric to stitch on (Lugana is first choice) , but it was all Hobby Lobby had in stock.

I’ll try to remember to post another update in a month. The plan is to work on this only for awhile, at least until I feel I am back in the swing of it. Of course, I’ll have to fit it in between my genealogy time, but this is such a great pasttime when watching television. Show of choice this weekend was the BBC Poirot series. I am a fan of the Hercule Poirot stories and have never seen them.  Season 1 is free on-demand for Amazon Prime members and I took full advantage of that!



Embroidery Work of Every Description

Oh my! Found this in the Internet Archive tonight and had to post.  Do I love the title of this book or what? This book, Embroidery Work of Every Description,  is a mail order catalog from Yokohama, Japan published in 1910.  Click on the image to see the whole catalog.