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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

My newest decoration. 


It looks painted – but it is actually a vinyl sticker that I got at Hobby Lobby.  I have been wanting one for ages!  I have a neighbor who’s an Uppercase Living demonstrator and sells similar expressions.  I’ve ordered a couple of things, but nothing this big and bold!  I love it!

If you haven’t heard of  Uppercase Living, you need to check out their website.  Really cool stuff.  Vinyl lettering that sticks on your wall – looks like it’s painted on, but peals off when you change decor. 


Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Here’s my latest knitting project: 


Done just in time for Christmas!
The purple one is for Allison and the blue one is for Carter. 

Check out this link for the pattern:  Prehistoric Pals Dinosaur

Craft Show Update

Saturday, November 15th, 2008


7 ponchos
one Rock Star bag
4 girls purses
8 felted bowls
55 pair of beaded socks





2 ponchos
3 girls purses
1 felted bowl
7 pair of beaded socks


Hummm.  It’s a good thing Jim still has his day job! 

I had an offer from our Gymboree Play & Music to bring my ponchos there to sell.  I’m thinking that or might be a more lucrative path to follow.  But first, I am going to enjoy an evening without knitting!  (I’m shocked that I just said that!)

Halloween Decorations

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Nana got these cute Halloween stickers/decals for us!  They are completely removable and reposition-able.  I put them on our laundry room door and the pantry door.  Too cute! 

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Thanks Nana!

Rock Star Bag

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Here’s my latest knitting creation…

Pattern designed by Kelly Deal of the BREEDERS.
Actual size is about 8″ X 10″.

This was a lot of fun to make.  You knit it with non-superwashed wool – then throw it in the washing machine on hot and it shrinks to obtains a “felted” look.  Way cool to see a large floppy thing go in to the washing machine and a cute fuzzy bag come out!  The design is done with a “duplicate stitch” – which is, basically, stitching over your knitting to create a design.  A lot like cross-stitching or embroidery.  Fun!

I am also furiously working on more ponchos – I am planning on trying to sell the ponchos and maybe some other stuff at a craft show in 4 weeks!  I’m nervous about it… but I think they will sell!


Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I knitted a sweater for Allison!  A complete sweater!  And it only took me about a week and a half!  I said before… I am knitting like crazy!  Next on the knitting list – a matching sweater for Carter.


I was told, once, that I always have a disclaimer in which I point out the flaws in whatever I have done…  So I am going to refrain from doing that here and instead just be thrilled with my accomplishment.  I’ve only been knitting since August!  Considering that, this sweater is darn near perfect!

If you are so inclined, you can find the sweater instructions here.

Crochet Patterns

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Browsing around on the net today I found some great crochet patterns for really useful things!  How about a reusable Swiffer cover?  Or a Swiffer duster cover?  Too cool!  Click over to Gerkin’s Bucket Patterns and take a look!

Knitting and Crocheting

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

I am Amy Jo Maruschak and I am addicted to knitting and crocheting.

Aunt Cathy is to blame.  She pointed me to the Poncho pattern and now I am unstoppable!

Everyone can expect knitted or crocheted gifts for Christmas this year.  😉

I am having a lot of fun!  Below are a couple of the projects that I completed this week.  Next on my agenda – learn how to purl.  So far I have mastered knitting but I haven’t purled a stitch!

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Enough blogging!  I have to go knit!


Friday, August 22nd, 2008

While she was here, Aunt Cathy influenced me to start knitting a poncho for Allison.  Allison and I picked out the pink yarn together – because pink is her favorite color.  Take look at the picture – what a cute little girl!  I had just finished the poncho and Allison wanted to wear it, despite the 100+ degree weather.  I think it will be great for our Arizona winters!!