Norma's Needle Adventures

This is a journal of my adventures with knitting, crocheting, needlework and fibers. It may also record bits of information about other aspects of my life.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Aprons and Stargazer's Site

Someone on an email list to which I belong asked for links to apron patterns. Her preference was for them to be crocheted. I decided to do what I thought would be a quick search for them on Google. My quick search ended up taking more than an hour to complete. This was because I kept finding interesting sites that might have what I was looking for. What fun!!! :) I limited myself to sites with free patterns with the exception of one site that offers both a freebie and one for sale. Here is what I found: These are links to crocheted aprons : Here is a knitted apron: Lion brand has two crocheted patterns: one free and another for free: I also found a Blog about aprons:

Here is a knitted apron from a link on the Apron blog:

One of the stops along my way was the Stargazer's Site. This time I saw some pages I have either never seen or maybe never paid attention to before. She has a whole page dedicated to Women Only and Other Sites of Interest. Looking down a little on the left is a link titled Homeschool Links.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006


There are times when life doesn't go the way we hope it will. This is one of those times for me. About six weeks ago my nursing license was re-instated. I let it lapse several years ago when I quit working to become a Stay at Home Mom who homeschools. Shortly after it arrived in the mail, my glasses got broken. This is a big issue because it means that driving is very difficult to say the least. I am now in the process of waiting on new ones to arrive. It has been more than two weeks since new ones have been ordered. I am still waiting. This should not be a surprise. It normally takes labs a long time to grind my prescription properly. It was even like this when I lived accross the country shortly after getting married so I know it is not just the labs in this area. Hopefully they will be ready by this weekend. In the meantime, job hunting is limited to online searching. It is a safety issue not only for myself but for others as well. So much for complaining.... I am not the one in charge of this. I know that God knows what is going on and why. If it were up to me, I would have been working for the past several weeks. While I am waiting for my glasses to arrive there is plenty of time to do other things. Most of them are not exciting, but that's all right. Here they are in random order. 1.My family is getting plenty of Mom time. 2.The house is getting a bit of extra attention. 3.Loose ends on a lot of crocheted hats are being woven in. There is someone in my town waiting to recieve them so they can warm heads of children. 4.Dish and wash cloths are being knitted. One is on the needles right now. Most of them will be given away either to family, friends or charities. 5.I owe my very patient mother a pair of slippers. These are long overdue. I know what I will be doing tomorrow. 6.There are scarves to be made for the Orphan Foundation of America. These won't get mailed until January of 2007, but it is not too early to work on them. 7. There are blogs to be updated. 8. There is data on the hard drive to be backed up. 9. Some Library books need to be read so they can go back. The list only mentions a few things to be done. This is Wednesday evening and we have been told my glasses will be ready by Friday. Hopefully they will be.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Few Things

I found an interesting Blog while working online a few days ago. It is called Bittersweet. Take a look at some of the patterns on the Free Patterns page for some real treats. Even my husband enjoyed this. As usual I have been busy adding patterns to Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. It has grown so much and so fast that I am amazed. There is always something new to add. There has even been time to knit this past week. Here are some pictures of what I have made: These are both made using Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth pattern that I have used before. They got done while riding in the van and during family reading time. I used Peaches'n'Cream Emerald Frost for the one on the left. It was in a cone that has been in my stash for a long time. The other one is from some Cancun Cotton made by Columbia Minerva. I got it from a thrift shop a few years ago and have been waiting for some inspiration to use it. The pattern is quite simple but was what I needed this week end.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

My goals for posting here have certainly not been met. I have been spending so much time adding links to Dish and Wash Cloth Mania that even knitting and crocheting have fallen by the way side. That blog has grown more than I thought it would. I even managed to give it a custom header. Doing that made for some interesting learning. I will try to get back to working on some charity projects later today or tommorrow. The priority project is a pile of hats with loose ends waiting to be woven in so they can go to new homes. Then there scarves and more hats to be made for others for the winter.