About Me

I'm a forty something mother of two girls ages 17 and 11. I enjoy knitting and figuring skating. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 7 and I'm still "figuring out knitting!"

Monday, May 25, 2009


Lately I have been doing a lot of reading. DD #2 likes to spend time at our local library and that means that mom gets to take her. I really don't mind at all. I remember a lot of childhood times when I could spend hours in a library. I was and am a reader and know that a love of books can take you anywhere. My most recent reads are quick and remarkably different genres. The first was Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich and the second was Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. I read them in one sitting each.

Twelve Sharp . . .I have read all of the Stephanie Plum Series up to twelve and am trying to pace myself so that I don't have to wait to buy the latest two which aren't in my library. I have one more to read before I'm caught up and it's likely that if I sit down with it, I won't stop. I am picking the day to read it. Maybe on Saturday next week. My Birthday is that weekend and maybe I can get away with it. These books make me laugh hysterically! I love the banter that is always going on between the main characters and the heroine is wonderful. Spunky and Tough are the best words to describe her. Oh and there's the romantic twist in this series that I find wonderful too.

Blossom Street. . . Ms. Macomber has done it again! I love the characters in this series of novels. They are strong people who are kind. Reading about their lives makes you want to be a better person. Her real life scenarios are wonderfully written. The strength of these characters is different than in the Stephanie Plum series but strength the same.

I would recommend these books to anyone who wants a pleasurable summer read.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Week 3 Progress Circle Shrug

I am still up to date on the KAL for Stefanie Japel's Textured Circle Shrug. I have been able to keep up with the posts each Thursday and still get my two other projects worked on two. With the Memorial Day holiday coming I hope to make quite a bit of progress on all my WIP.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My First KAL . . . That I Think I Might Finish

Circle Shrug Yoke
Originally uploaded by karyn_settles
I decided to join a KAL. I tried one before but I never seemed to be able to keep up and decided that the sweater, Lionbrand's Cable Luxe Tunic, must have been too much for me at the time. I am slowly finishing the Sweater though. This next one is going much better. I was able to join the Lionbrand Yarn, Textured Circle Shrug, Knit A Long and keep up. Stefanie Japel, one of my favorite designers is moderating / hosting and I am so excited. Her designs are elegant, yet very easy to wear and make. The design chosen for the KAL is her Textured Circle Shrug from the Book GlamKnits. Lionbrand has offered the pattern for free for a short time so you don't have to buy the book. Stefanie is blogging weekly at Lionbrand with lots of great tips and hints for making things go smoothly. It is like having the designer sitting next to you helping you with knitting the design. It's great! I'm looking forward to having a wonderful sweater and making a few online friends on the Ravelry group for the KAL.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cinco De Mayo

DD #1 had a Cinco De Mayo celebration at her school as part of a HS volleyball game. She and her friends made some great shirts to root the mens volleyball team to victory over their arch rival school. They even had sombreros! It was so fun to see them have such a good time.