Mom’s Azaleas

Photo by Kathy Gottlieb

This photo brings back may memories for me.  My mom took this photo of her azalea’s in front of her house.  Many a picture has been taken in front of this colorful bush, such as me and my sisters, us with our friends, and trying to get out dogs to pose and sit nicely in front of the bush so we could take their photo, too, which was quite a daunting task getting the pooches to cooperate.

I’ll have to take a look in my old photo bin at home to see if what I have of people and pets in front of the azaleas.

The window you see is where Patrick used to sit and watch the world go by, along with barking at the world at it went by.


I know this isn’t a knitting or crafting-related post, but I rather enjoy strolling down memory lane and thinking about past springs, pets, and blooms.  I encourage you to reflect about simple memories, too.


CSTS Central PA Event!

Calling all Firefly/Serenity fans!

Make sure to check out the Can’t Stop the Serenity Central PA event page to get your tickets for showing of Serenity at Lititz’s Penn Cinemas!  This a charity event for Equality Now, director Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, and two local ones:  The Lancaster Dutchland Derby Rollers and Girls on the Run.  Come on out and support some great causes?

Can’t make it or live out of area?  Check the ticket purchase site by clicking the tab at the top of the home page and you can still make a donation.

This is why I’m knitting Ma Cobb hats right now.  They are door prizes!  There is an after party at Fiorentino’s  an the Lancaster Airport, right across the street from the theater, where there will be said raffles, door prizes, and giveaways.

Hope to see you there!

Paint Your Pet

My Aunt Ellen treated me to a “Paint Your Pet” class at Art and a Bottle in Lititz, PA.  Part of the proceeds from the class go towards the non-profit, KPETS (a therapy pet organization) she works for.  The class was packed and sold out.

I decided to paint Patrick, my last dog.  Patrick was a field-bred English springer spaniel, and was a great dog.  He was energetic, strong-willed, and tons of fun.  He lived to be twelve.

So, after some careful instruction from the teachers and helpers at the art studio, I started painting.  The process I had to use the paint the picture was different than most, as he was black and white.  Still, I got the idea after a while, and began to layer on colors.

Three hours later, I had the finished product.


Here’s the photo I used for reference.

patrick jenn dixon

How do you think I did?

Time for some thrilling heroics.

So, I’m a huge fan for Firefly and Serenity.  Did the hat give it away?

I’m knitting Ma Cobb hats, the illustrious knitter and mother of Jayne Cobb, one of the characters in said show and movie. Here’s the pattern I’m using.  If you’re not Ravelry, look here.

I couldn’t quite get the exact colors, but I think I did well otherwise.  I’m knitting these hats for friends, and myself and Sam down the line.

I’m a part of the Susquehanna Valley Brigade of PA Browncoats Facebook group, and we are a bunch of Browncoats who love Firefly and Serenity.  Just to let you know, we are having a screening of Serenity on July 9, 2016 at Penn Cinema in Lititz, PA for Can’t Stop the Serenity, an event for Joss Wheadon’s, the director of both, favorite charity, Equality Now.  If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there!  If you aren’t, find an event in your area and GO.

You’ll be hearing more about this as July gets closer.  I’ll be knitting more hats to give away at the event, too.



“Wrap Up” of Season 2

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project finished Season 2 on April 8, 2016 with scarf bombings in both Reservoir Park in Lancaster, PA and at the Columbia Presbyterian Church in Columbia, PA.  We had a great year!!!

Angelia Reed, our fearless and enterprising leader, and I, along her mother and daughter, scarf bombed those places.  Angelia broadcasted both bombings on Periscope as I filmed it.  We love it if you watch them on Katch here below.

Erin Negley of LNP has a been a great cheerleader for the project, too.  She is a staff writer for our local newspaper, and wrote an awesome article detailing the second season.  I encourage you to read it, watch the videos, and there’s even a great pie chart of statistics.

Until next fall, come visit us the East Side Market in Musser Park in Lancaster, PA, starting Sunday, May 17, 2016.

Oh, and this is really important……there’s a store open for fundraising for the project. Like t-shirts and/or tote bags? We’ve got you covered.

So, here’s to looking forward to Season 3!

3 Stash Diving Lessons Learned

I need to face it; I have a large yarn stash.  I think all knitters do, really.

Lately, for inspiration, I’ve diving through my stash to get ideas.  It’s been a good exercise to find things that I had initially forgot about, really.  I tend to grab yarn from same bin right beside my spot on the couch.  Going through my yarn stash has forced me to take inventory of what I actually do have.

Here three things I’ve learned about my stash collecting habits from the past few days.

  1.  I have a lot of yellow yarn.  And I’m not even a fan of the color yellow.  I mean, I like it, but it’s not my first choice in color selection.  No matter how I obtained it, I don’t tend to use it often, so I have a lot of it.  Yellow everywhere!  I’m starting to use it now for chemo hats, as it a bright and cheery color and some people do like it.
  2. I have a lot of mystery weight yarn.  A lot of what I have doesn’t have labels on it.  That means I’m going to have to get my inch measuring tool out and figure it out.  Or, I can just knit a scarf on whatever the heck needles I want with it.  There.  Problem solved.
  3.  I have a lot of cool odds and ends of yarn.  I think this another concept other knitters can relate to when it comes to their stash.  We tend to keep pretty bits of a ball of yarn that we can’t bear not to use.  But, what will we use it for?  I have small balls of chunky wool yarn that I want to integrate into a project, but I’m still figuring out how.  I’ll think of something.

That’s what I’ve learned from diving though my stash of yarn.  It’s been a pretty interesting learning experience.  I’ve used up quite a bit of weird stuff already, and it been fun, actually.  Duh!  I need to keep doing this.


Last Scarf Bombing of the Season!

It’s time for the last scarf bombing of the season with The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project!  As you can see from the gaudy graphic at the top, we will be broadcasting the tonight’s scarf bombing live on Periscope (downloadable for iOS and Android).  Just follow the details, but we will have the night’s events available on Katch, too, through the same user.

We will be scarf bombing Reservoir Park in Lancaster, PA.  It’s actually be pretty cold here in PA during the past few days, and we’re even supposed to get SNOW tomorrow.  It may be April, but people still need to be warm during this crazy weather.

I encourage you to hop into Periscope and see what we’re all about.