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Baseball Blanket, a new pattern

In Blankets, My Knitting Designs, Phillies on April 4, 2012 at 6:00 am

With Phillies baseball season officially starting tomorrow, it gives me great pleasure to release a baseball knitting project.

A blanket for the baseball enthusiast!

It is an easy and fun project to work on while watching your favorite baseball team. The blanket is knit entirely in garter stitch so you can keep your eye on the ball. Three sections are knit separately and then seamed together to form the shape of a baseball. Shaping is created through simple yarnover increases, k2tog and ssk decreases, cast on rows and bind off rows. The yarnovers also serve as a visual guide of where to put the baseball stitching.

Knit one to take to the game today!

Price: $5.00 USD

This blanket would fit perfectly in a baseball themed nursery too!

I originally designed and knit this blanket because I needed my firstborn child to have a baseball blanket. Dan and I are huge Phillies fans. Of course, our daughter would be a Phillies fan too. Already, she shows great enthusiasm for the game.

Go Phillies!

More information about the pattern can be found here or on Ravelry.

Thank you to Nihart Photography for the beautiful pictures. More of her work can be seen at

Booty from Pottstown Knit Out

In Knitting, Phillies on January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Saturday’s snow storm only managed to delay the start of the Pottstown Knit Out by 2 hours.

I arrived minutes before my class started, giving the organizers a bit of a scare. But, I couldn’t resist taking Elly out in the snow. Once outside, I noticed my 91-year-old neighbor’s walkway had not been shoveled. Refusing to let her do it herself, I took my helpers over to clear her sidewalk and driveway.

I will no longer roll my eyes when Dan informs me he really wants to buy a snow blower. Shoveling snow is hard work! I fully support his decision now.

Back to my story of the Knit Out …. My class went great. All attendees agreed that charts finally made sense. It gave me such a great feeling.

Knowing I barely have time to knit these days, I did not buy any of the gorgeous yarns seen. Instead I bought me a new knitting bag.

Isn’t it wonderful? It’s handmade by Ruth Raisner. Get your Phillies bag here.

Go Phillies!

Baseball Season Starts Friday

In Phillies on March 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

It’s not a minute too soon.

Dan and I are giddy about this season. Our pitching rotation is the best in the league. If we can get our bats clicking on all cylinders, we’ll be unstoppable.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to frame another newspaper?

The one featured here was saved for years by Dan’s grandmother, tucked away in a drawer, and rescued by my FIL. He gifted it to us because he knew that I have a small collection of Phillie memorabilia hanging downstairs in our rec room along with bits and pieces tucked away inside our scrapbook.

Just to remind all my dear friends and family that they should watch the Phillies games and root for our boys, I made them each a baseball card.

Let’s go Phillies!

Home Sweet Home

In Phillies, Vacation on April 14, 2009 at 11:26 am

I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog yesterday announcing my arrival back home. Harry, the voice of the Phillies, passed away hours before our game against the Nationals. I can’t believe he’s gone. The season never really started for me until his voice came over the TV broadcast or radio.

Harry was unlike any other announced I’ve ever listened to. You could tell how much he loved the game; he had the excitement of a little kid at Christmas every single time. I’m thrilled that he was with us last year as the Phillies finally won the World Series.

On a happier note, London was fantastic. The weather was warm and sunny; we didn’t see rain until the final 2 days of our stay. The football game was fun to watch. The architecture was amazing to look at. Half of my pictures are of the pretty buildings. Hanging out with my friends and family was wonderful; I’m so glad we were lucky enough to travel with people dear to us.

Of course, we really went for the beer and the food. So how was it?
The British cask ales, or as they would say – “real ales”, were as delicious as I had imagined they would be. Though I only had the “fry” (full English breakfast) once, I became a fan instantly. I was surprised to learn that the English could make sausages and bacon that rivaled the tasty reputation of the Germans. I can remember only one meal that I was disappointed with; the rumors about English food being bland and boring are exaggerated.  Their meat pies and lamb kabobs were downright delicious.

A few cons about London:
The London Bridge is ugly. I’m sorry, but it is.
The dryers don’t dry the clothes. We did a lot of air drying whilst in London.
There are no dead bolts on the inside of the doors, requiring a key to lock the door no matter which side you are on.
The toilets in our rented flat had to be hand-pumped, which took some getting used to.
People were nice and cordial, but rarely would they sit and chat up a stranger. I can’t tell you how many people I said Hi to and tried to strike up a conversation with, but was rebuked. Around my small town, I tend to have the opposite problem: sometimes I can’t get the neighbors to shut up and leave me alone. So, it was amusing.

Pictures taken by myself and Dan can be found in my Picasa gallery:

London 2009

As forewarned, we didn’t do the traditional “sight seeing”, only hitting two landmarks: The Tower of London and the Windsor Castle. On the other hand, we managed to hit A LOT of pubs. We had the terrible habit of waking up in the morning, deciding that we didn’t want to do what we had planned the night before, and going straight to a pub instead. The locals informed us that we were starting to think like Brits.

Stitch n Pitch with Yarn

In Phillies, stash on March 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I received my invitation.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be hosting this year’s Stitch n Pitch on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:05 pm.

I love my Phillies and I love knitting, so it’s a no-brainer for me. I’ll be there with bells on.

Also recieved from my wonderful mailman was lovely packages of yarn. He’s so good to me.

Yarn for Twin #2’s Baby Surprise Jacket
Yarn Love’s Marianne Dashwood in sport weight

I purchased the same yarn as for Twin #1 except in a different colorway. This is called Warm Tulips, a mix of reds, oranges and yellows. It’s so warm and bright; I can’t wait to cast on. I am trying to be very strict with myself and not cast on until the day we leave for London. It’s supposed to be my plane project; You know, the project that will keep me from losing my mind while stuck on a plane for 7 hours. If I start now, I might finish it en route and that would be very bad. My patience level for sitting still with nothing to do is about 5 minutes.

The green yarn was a surprise from a lovely woman I have been corresponding with over the past few months. We met in Ravelry’s Love of Letters. She hand spun the yarn and then dyed it with Kool-aide. I hope to pair it with the yellow merino wool sitting behind it. I can see a spring short-sleeved sweater (or fall, depending on how long it takes me to knit it).

Baseball has Started

In Phillies, Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Though I hovered over my spring bulbs today coaxing them to grow faster, I don’t have to wait for baseball anymore.

Spring Training has begun. My boys are back!

To celebrate the occassion, my cousin bought me a new Phillies shirt designed by Thom Lessner. I just love it.

Originally uploaded by freakin pizza

World Series Parade

In Phillies on November 4, 2008 at 8:54 am

I was there!

The Phillies have only won a World Series Championship once before in 1980. Though I was alive in 1980, I wasn’t in Pennsylvania at the time nor do I recall much from that year. It was 28 years ago. Whose to say where I’ll be in another 28 years. As far as I was concerned, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t tell Dan that. Poor guy had to work.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.

Painted Men


2 men climbing the street sign

End of the parade – People filed in behind the line of police and Phillie staff

To see the rest of the pictures, peak into my Picasa album.

World Series Parade 2008


Don’t forget to vote today!

After voting, we’ll be heading into the city to get Stoned. Tria, a wine, beer, and cheese cafe, is hosting an event featuring beer brewed by Stone Brewery. (Get it? Stone Brewery. Get Stoned. I thought it was a cute play on words).

My Phillies Won!

In Phillies on October 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm

The Phillies are 2008 World Series Champions!

I am still on cloud 9.

We had the game on Fox, so we could watch the game live. Plus, we had the radio on 1210 am so we could hear Harry Kalas, our long time broadcaster, call the play-by-play. Harry has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember. When I hear his voice in Spring, I know the Phillies season has started. We have other broadcasters, but Harry is the best. He always sounds excited when our boys do well as if it’s the first baseball game he’s seen.

Afterwords, we opened our front door to see if anybody else was celebrating. Boy, were they! Fireworks were going off. You could hear people yelling ‘Go Phillies’ followed by cheers. Even Jake barked to add to the mayhem.

I’ll be sporting my new Philly gear next week. We just had to have t-shirts that said ‘2008 World Series Champions’. People might just have to pry the memorabilia from my dead, cold hands 50 years from now.

Please stop by Tracie’s blog to check out the Phillies logo she posted on her sidebar. Her and her Rays are such good losers.

PS for the knitters: The pictures of the cowl are going to be delayed a bit. I took several pictures yesterday, but they all came out blurry. I am no good at standing still.

Phillies Fever and some Knitting

In jake, Knitting, Phillies on October 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Despite the miserable, wet and windy weather, the town is abuzz about the Phillies and the World Series. Dan and I have Phillies gear to wear about town and support our team. And now, Jake does too.

From Jake

I had ordered the new collar before the World Series started, but only received it yesterday. Presumably, I wasn’t the only dog owner who wanted to deck their best friend out in Phillies gear. Dan surmised that Game 5 was suspended and then delayed just so Jake could get his collar in time to help support our boys.
I smile everytime I see him in his new collar.

From Jake

During the World Series games, I have been getting some knitting done. For the first time in a long time, I am knitting something I didn’t design.

It is Kelly’s Rievaulx Cowl. If you click on the previous link, you’ll be able to read how Kelly was inspired to create this design plus you’ll be able to obtain the free pattern. Ravelry users can click here.

I chose to knit Kelly’s cowl for two reasons: (1) I needed an easy knitting project to keep my hands busy during the World Series games and (2) I wanted to support an up and coming knitting designer. Hopefully, this design will be the first of many designs to come from Kelly.

I made just one change to the pattern; I opted to double the length of the ribbing in Kelly’s Rolls and Ribs version. It’s cold in Pennsylvania this time of year.

Finished pictures coming soon.

Baseball and Jo’s Brooch

In Fun, Phillies, Sewing on October 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Before I go on about baseball and brooches, I want to thank everyone for their kind and generous comments about my tree skirt. It really meant a lot to me. I’m thrilled that you like it. Dan had said the same thing, but he’s biased and can’t be trusted.

Speaking of not being able to trust Dan, last night he told me he felt in his gut that the Phils would win the National League playoff series. This is the same man who informs me at the beginning of each season which is his favorite player on the Phils. At the start of the next season, that player is no longer on the roster. It’s happened 3 years in a row. Patty (Pat Burrell) is his new favorite and wouldn’t you know Patty is a free agent at the end of this year. So, don’t you see? Dan jinxes the players. I won’t have him jinxing our playoff hopes. I just won’t.

We did win last night. Hamels pitched a great game. Lidge had us all on pins and needles in the 9th inning, but managed to pull out the win. Score: 3 to 1.

I don’t have any pictures of the game last night, because we weren’t there. We watched the game from home with Jake bouncing between us every time we cheered.

I do have pictures of the game we went to see on Saturday, Sept 27th though.

Dan and I traveled into New York to catch a Mets game.

Allow me to set the stage:

It was the 2nd to last game of the regular season.
The Mets were 2 games behind my Phillies for the NL East Division Championship.
If the Mets lost their game, the Phillies would clinch the title.

The Mets were playing the Marlins. Guess which team I was rooting for.

Rats. I don’t have my baseball cap on in this photo. Well, take my word for it; I wasn’t rooting for the Mets.

By the 8th inning, I found it hard to not root for the Mets. No, I didn’t want them to win the title. I wasn’t feeling that generous. Yet, I was just amazed by the performance put on by the Met’s ace, best starting pitcher in their line-up. Johan Santana was on fire! He pitched a shut-out game on a 3-day rest (typically a pitcher gets a 5-day rest for you non-baseball fans). It was just a splendid and awe-inspiring performance by a very talented baseball player. As Dan said, “It was a privilege to be able to watch a game like that in person”.

Of course, later that day, the Phills won their game, clinching the title anyway.
The next day, the Mets lost their game and with it their hopes to sneak into the playoffs on the Wild Card.

I normally don’t write that much about baseball on my blog, but these next few days I may have a hard time shutting up about it. We’re in the playoffs, baby!

Just so I don’t alienate the non-baseball fans, allow me to show off what I did with Jo’s brooches, Jo of Blissed Out – that is.

I quickly sewed up some tie-backs for the dining room curtains and pinned the brooch on it. I think it adds a bit of whimsy to the otherwise formal curtains. Since Jo only sent me the one brooch in my contest winnings, I snagged the last brooch from her Etsy store for the other tie-back.


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