My life is unmanageable

I’ve been trying to write all morning, and I have accomplished quite a bit. I’ve thrown several posts away. Meaning posts in progress. I’ve taken a shower and dressed. I’ve done about an hour of research. Sum total of my visible accomplishments? I’ve taken a shower.

Lake Okabena Sunset, Minnesota
Lake Okabena Sunset, Minnesota (Photo credit: M H Ryle)

It seems that every time I turned around, the distractions out weighed the actual work. I’m tempted to take my laptop, growing feeble in it’s old age, my knitting, and run. The reason I’m tempted to do this?

There’s a war movie playing in the next room. The dogs desperately want Mama attention, and my stress level has been steadily rising for the last hour. It seems that my brain just can’t focus today. Or can it?

I’m thinking that maybe I am focusing on the wrong things today. I write this post, with the full knowledge that I have so much to do. And yet, I am not enjoying the process of writing at this time. I’d much rather spend time outside, enjoying one of the last truly nice fall days.

Sunrise over Okabena Lake
Sunrise over Okabena Lake (Photo credit: juliaschrenkler)

I’d rather be outside, knitting.

So, rather than do some mega-intelligent work here. That’s what I am going to do this morning. I’m going to pack up, laptop, podcasting equipment, writing materials, and throw them in the stroller. I’m going to go take a walk, find a nice spot in the park, and get back to work.

I’m thinking one of the shelter houses by the lake would be a good place. Either that, or heading out to the library, and looking up some things for the book.

KsFishermen2009_lg (Photo credit: M H Ryle)

I’m going to play hooky from the lists, and go be a hooker today. Hey, there’s a couple of meetings today, and I’m thinking of going out and enjoying them as well.






So, I am going to be irresponsible, and I’m going to go have a bit of fun for the rest of my day!

Louise Ann Benjamin

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Little Purse

Crocheted Purse:

Hook Size ‘E’3.5 mm Crochet lite hook

Yes, I am using a very small hook for the yarn. I want the rows to be tight.

Yarn: Red Heart Worsted weight  “Monet

Chain 21

Row 1: 20 sc at the end of the row, do 20 sc in the starting chain again. Connect with a slst.

Row 2: 40 sc in the round, connect with a slst

Row 3: 40 sc, connect with a  slst

Row 4: front post single crochet, 40 stitches

Row 5: Ch 2, PM (Place Marker) Do 39 front post double crochets, connect with a slst

Repeat Row5 for depth you want of the Purse… I went for the size of my Droid 4 phone

Do one row of front post single crochet

For the flap:

Turn at the end of the last row,

1: Slip stitch 20 stitches through the back loop only

Be sure to count your slip stitches every row, or you might have to use language unbecoming a crocheter.

When the flap is over 1.2 way down the side of the purse:

slip stitch 8, ch 4 (skip 4 stitches), slip stitch 8

slip stitch 5 more rows through the back loop

Weave in your ends and stitch on a button of your choice.

If you want to add a strap, you can easily either knit or crochet an i-cord strap and attach it.

Afghan square number 1 Warning uses ambidextrous crochet techniques



If you want to follow along with my “wedding afghan pattern” here is the first square.

Yarn: Red Heart Worsted Weight Acrylic-A: lavender, B:light grey, and C: orchid 4 skeins each

Hook: Boye’s K/101/2-6.50MM
Coffee: Decaf Caramel Truffle blend
Distractions: 3 dogs, 3 cats and the radio
Special Stitches…

The chainless foundation….

Tunisian double crochet: Chain 3, in 2nd stitch from hook, yo draw up a loop, in stitch from row below, yo pick up a loop, yo draw through 2 loops, yo draw through 2 loops. In horizontal bar, yo draw up a loop, in the row below yo draw up a loop… Repeat across the row…

Left Hand crochet as well as right handed crochet. The rows which use the left handed version of crochet will be marked LH otherwise RH marks the right handed rows

You will be using two strands of yarn through out the project, either AB, AC or BC for colors vary them as you wish.

With AC

Row 1:RH 10 double crochets with the chainless foundation technique

Row 2: RH Chain 3, 9 double crochet

Row 3: RH Tunisian double crochet

Row 4 : LH Tunisian double crochet

Row 5: RH double crochet 10 stitches

Row 6: RH double crochet 10 Stitches

Have a good cuppa coffee, and make 10 more of these. ;o)

Louise Benjamin
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My hands are sore

I’ve probably knit for 18 hours in the last 48. My hands are pretty sore, but miraculously, my shoulders and back are not.

I went to youtube yesterday, and browsed some of the videos on the yarn harlot, and I found a couple that show how she knits.

The change is amazing!

A little hand stiffness, compared to being in so much pain I have to lay down… Holy smokes!

It’s called “Irish cottage knitting”.

I hope you try it… It really helps!


where to find the clues to Anna Makarovna socks

Main Street, Worthington - 1895
Main Street, Worthington – 1895 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all,

This post is pretty link heavy, but I hope that this helps.

I’ve included quite a few links, but this is where I went to learn how to do Anna Makarovna socks.

Louise Benjamin

Worthington, MN