2019 Recap

2019 was a shit show and awesome all at once. I grew and changed. I set boundaries. I gained new friends and learned a lot. I cleaned out the clutter, people and things. I knit and created through everything. My life is in no way perfect, but it is a bunch better. More good things are on their way!

Not a bad sampling of things I’ve done.

Happy New Year’s Eve y’all!

Blogaversary – 15 years

Well, that went fast and seems like forever ago. There hasn’t been a year that a haven’t blogged, but it has been sparse the past few. I don’t even know that woman that started blogging 15 years ago.

Cross stitch, knitting, spinning, weaving, life, happiness, sadness, just getting by. It’s almost all here. We aren’t talking about the past year yet, but I’m sure I will.

Today, I’ll be at Homestead Heritage weaving wash cloths and hand towels. I’m going to say to celebrate the blog, but honestly, I forgot until it popped up on my reminders last week. This is just a break for me from all the life stress. It is such a calming and joyful place.

I want to do a little give away to celebrate 15 years. I’ll do this post and 4 more. I know there will be a Stitched by JessaLu bag and maybe something else depending upon the response.

  • Comment on a post get an entry
  • Make any donation to my Bike MS, get an entry. Any donation. Fifty cents? You’re in. $5? Yep!
  • Share any (or all) of the anniversary posts get an extra entry (just let me know where)

So, happy 15 years to me and happy Tuesday y’all!

Weaving Rabbit Hole

Thanks to salpal for her post that got me here. She just bought her first rigid heddle and I remembered my poor, neglected loom. I mentioned I was going to get her out and finish the scarf I have warped.

Ha! I ended up going down a different weaving rabbit hole. As I was pulling out my hardware to put my loom stand together, I found a bag of weaving. Yes, a random bag of woven projects.

This year for my birthday, my husband sent me away to Homestead Heritage. I’m lucky enough to live within driving distance and have spent a lot of time there. I’ve taken basket weaving and rigid heddle classes and I swear I’m going to do cheese making and pottery. Sometime.

I cheated and spent the first day doing their weaving extravaganza. They prewarp the looms and you just come in and weave the day away. I completed a cotton dish towel and a bamboo scarf. When I say completed, I mean I wove it, they cut it off, and then I forgot they existed. Oops.

Day two of the trip, I did a pine needle basket class. And came home with a bag of supplies to do more. (Of course I haven’t actually made another, but I have the supplies!)

It was a nice couple of days away. While I enjoyed using two different types of looms, I learned I don’t want to do all the prep work to weave on them. I’ll definitely be going back for the next extravaganza and keep plugging away with my rigid heddle at home.

Happy Monday y’all!

Weekend Getaway

After watching my mom and I have fun taking classes, Nacogdoches finally gave in and decided to try rigid heddle weaving. ( I may be enabling encouraging friends lately – hi Mo and D!) Even though I’ve taken the beginner’s class, she wanted me to tag along. 

We stayed at the Post Oak RV park in the cutest little cabin. There are tiny houses for rent in the area and I may do that next time. I finished my last  Spunky Club weaving while there, so I am back on track. (details here


Nacogdoches got me that pair of socks in the upper left corner. How true they are.  That bit of pink in the bottom corner is a gift from the lovely Maureen.  Socks, hankies to spin and a project bag. I also recently received a pen from Cheryl that her husband made. That thing is ah-mazeing! If I can get a link to his stuff, I will share it here. He makes some beautiful wood projects. 

Happy Monday y’all! I’m off to L.A. For the week. What do you have planned?

My, we are getting old.

I was going to pose this Saturday, but life.

Our JessaLu has been blogging for 12 years now and if you go over there and comment, you have a chance to win one of her fabulous bags. Mention me and I get a bonus entry. 50 comments and she adds another prize to the pool.
I started this blog about 6 months before her, but there are a bunch of us from the “Class of  2005” that are still around. Some of us post a bunch, and some of us aren’t that consistent (because FB and Twitter and Ravelry or life). 

I’d like to make a better effort to blog again because I would like a slower pace. Everything on FB and Twitter is instantaneous. I’ve shut off my phone notifications for both and have been making an effort to step away a little. I noticed I was reposting a ton of memes instead of quality posts. I really enjoy those “memories” that pop up every day and I’d like to see my life instead of something meaningless. 

I’m totally not doing a “new year, new me” post. I’ve just noticed things in my life that I would like to change. 


Like getting this weaving going. This will be the first project on Mama Cass. (Someone reminded me that I need to name my lovelies)

Happy Monday y’all!

Hai! Happy New Year?

Or should I say Happy Random Tuesday in January? I’m being held hostage by the promise of someone coming to fix the air conditioning. Because it might get to 80F this week. Homie don’t sleep hot. 

It is that time of year again. What used to be Cookie Made Me Do It has become Cow Made Me Do It.


So the Holy Mother of All Crankiness is making me clear out some of my WIPs and she made me cast on a sweater. In Noro. I must have committed some huge sin.*


I might, might, do a post of everything I finhed last year, but don’t hold your breath. What are you working on today.

Happy Tuesday y’all! 

* I’m actually enjoying knitting with some bigger yarn and the sin may be blaming her. However, she drug me into mittens years ago and will never live it down.