Monday, June 01, 2015

A Knitting Cruise Boston to Quebec, Canada

It was a Craft Cruises event! Always a first class organization, Melissa and her staff do a terrific job. Every detail is taken care of no matter how many times you ask, Melissa or her staff patiently answer.

Boston to Quebec

Arrival in Boston

I took the red eye and not a direct flight. I think I'm too old for red eye flights. Arrived really exhausted and asked if Uber was allowed in the airport, I was told NO. This was a lie but ok. So I took a cab, a filthy torn seat cab. I felt like my clothes would tear from the worn out dirty seats this cab had.

They don't like Uber! Check out the sticker on the cabbies window. The fare was $47 dollars and if I took Uber it would have been half that. No wonder the cabbies do not like Uber.

Got to my hotel, and realized that there was a yarn store near by so I headed there. After having a bite to eat I found a friendly face at the yarn store! Welcomed me and made me feel at home. The neighborhood was charming.

The Stitch House in Dorchester in the Polish Triangle
 (Happening Hoods: The Polish

As if I needed a reminder! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Millinery Techniques for Knitters: Felted Fedora Class.

I'll be teaching a class in making this cute Fedora Hat at the Knitting Tree L.A. on March 22nd, 2015 and April 11th, 2015 9am to 11am.

The Knitting Tree, LA | 6285 Bristol Pkwy | Culver City, CA 90230 | (310) 395-3880 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I'm back to almost "Normal"

I can almost walk normal, sort of but definitely on the road to recovery. Yes I can drive any time anywhere I want to. One forgets how precious this simple privilege is, I took it for granted but no longer. It has been a learning experience for me, this is the first time I've broken anything and literally could not walk!

Side note is that I discovered Uber, it's an app on your smart phone. Very clever and worked like a charm. It really depends what area you are requesting a car. On the West Side of Los Angeles there are cars available day and night. The most I've had to wait is 3 to 4 minutes. A whole lot better than taxi cabs. And certainly cheaper.

The price between a Taxi cab and Uber can be half. You do have to sign up and link your PayPal account but money never exchanges. You do not tip and you don't have to worry about having the exact change. You are able to request an estimate on how much it will cost and when you request a car it is there in minutes. Both the driver and the passenger get star ratings and you are able to pick a different driver if you don't like the one you got.

When you request a car you are sent a picture and make & model & the driver with their ratings. If you don't like the car or the driver or the ratings, simply cancel and request again. So far every driver and car I've had has been very satisfactory. Actually better than many cabs I've taken. The cars have to be 3 years old maximum, so you sit in a fairly new car. The driver handles the traffic and you sit back and relax.

I still have a slight limp and minor pain but definitely much much better. Thank you to all my friends who helped me I am very blessed to have good friends. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

An event that changed my life!

October 23, 1956

This is the 58th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is the event that changed our lives, my mother and father and we became Political Refugees. We had to flee our home and homeland.

War is ugly no matter where or when it happens! The memories are still vivid and dark!

This is the apartment we lived in the address was Lenin Korut 101. Before the Communist renamed the boulevard it was called Terész Körut and again after the cummunists regime fell it is again called Teresz Korut as it is today. Located about a block away from the "Nyugati" (West) Train Station. Click Here for a Map of Budapest.

We lived on the first floor apartment #10. The tree was right in front of our windows. This is one of the main "round" streets in Budapest so during the revolution there was a lot of "action" right in front of our building. This is a picture I took about a year ago when I was visiting.

During the revolution this was our view of the tree.... yes including the dead body hanging by his feet....Now that I'm writing this it sounds so horribly ghoulish but at the time we were numb to all of the horrors.

This is what the street looked like, the building on the left is our building. The debris on the ground included human body parts, sometimes the tanks ran people over....

Here are some more images from 1956 what we left....

This is a magazine that Life Magazine issued as an extra addition and sold for .50 cents and the proceeds went towards helping the Hungarian Refugees. I found a copy at an old magazine store on Main Street in Santa Monica. A couple of years ago I paid $50 dollars for it but to me it is one of my treasured posessions.


PestCentric a Blog about Budapest in English

Hungarian Dictionary

The Terror House Museum
This one is in Hungarian about the Revolution

Friday, August 15, 2014

Then this Happened!

I fell and could not get up! Rushing around with two bags of groceries in each hand, not watching where I was going carefully, it happened. I tripped at my back door and went down with my right foot twisted under me! OUCH!

Talk about seeing stars! I immediately knew that I hurt something bad. Got my husband to rush to help me as I was laying on the ground. He came running and it kind of freaked him out too. I asked him to please get some ice! Ladies believe it or not he asked where we kept ice? That's a frazzled husband for you.

Sure enough after x-rays it turns out that I broke my ankle and my 5th metatarsal bone. As you see in the pictures my whole foot turned black and blue. Then I got this lovely boot. Recovery time is estimated 4 months. Which will take us into November.

The good news is I have plenty of time to knit. Here are the projects I have finished. 

I will post the details and patterns in a future blog post. 

The good news is I have plenty of time to knit. Here are the projects I have finished. 

I will post the details and patterns in a future blog post. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's been a while but here I am blogging again.

So many changes, new hobbies and new way of eating. I want to share this recipe for a Paleo Cauliflower Soup. I just made this up with what I had on hand and my limited understanding of the Paleo way of cooking.

1/4 pound of ground beef
4 strips of bacon (oven cooked)
1/2 medium size organic sweet onion, chopped fine
Coconut oil or Olive Oil
1 head of Cauliflower cut to small pieces
2 carrots, grated
4 T almond meal 
Sea Salt to taste
water or organic chicken stock
chopped parsley
dash of hot paprika

In coconut oil Brown chopped onions with half of the grated carrots to almost burned 
add ground beef pinching dime size pieces, 
add chopped bacon, stir and sear
add salt and a dash of hot paprika
add the almond meal stir well (in place of a roux) for about a minute 
add 1/4 of the cauliflower stirring well for another minute
add all the cauliflower and the remaining of the carrots
4 cups of water 

Bring to a good boil, do not over cook. 


My new hobby is making Jewelry. I've been taking Metalsmithing classes and boy is it rough on the manicure. I'm just taking a little rest from knitting, although I still always have a project or two and knit a row or two just because I love knitting. I should have said new hobbies in the plural because I've also been doing some millinery hat making. I LOVE making hats!

I will post pictures and links to this new and exciting adventure I'm on. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Skipping right over Fall and we are in the middle of Winter

Although judging from our weather here in Southern California winter has not showed up yet. The Swing Vest kick that I'm on right now have been perfect for our climate. Keeps me warm yet not too warm, I've come to the conclusion that vests are my favorite garments to wear.

A friend of mine asked me how many of these swing vests have I made and it stopped me to count. I confess I've made several. It all started with the "Wingspan Vest" made out of Noro Silk Garden yarn. This piece was a great success, feels nice and an easy wear.

And if and when it gets cold enough I wear this shawl that I made years ago and so happens to match.

Too warm so next came "Rusty Wings" made of sock yarn.

When I was teaching at Newtons Yarn Country I fell in love with their Nevada yarn. It's a wonderful rayon and drapes really beautifully. I named this one "Birds of a Feather".


Then when I got this wonderful wool in Estonia I made the "Vera Vest", decided to add a collar and this one I think is my favorite. I love wearing it.

And then there is this one that I kind of updated with my leftover felting.

And on the needles soon to be finished (I hope). The working name is "Squiggly" for obvious reasons. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Summer flew by I'm ready for some cool weather.

The name of the yarn is in Estonian and I'm afraid I can't pronounce the word, there are too many dots .... The yarn is wool with long color changes, very similar to the Danish, Kauni. These are my colors, I just look better with strong colors and most of all it puts a smile on my face. The fit is good and it feels like an "old sweater". 

By that I mean it's comfy and I love wearing it. Lots of short rows loose fit "swing vest". The knit went pretty fast because I was anxious to get it done to be able to wear it. The collar is added after the body is finished, I used the same yarn and felted it just for a little texture. Let me know how you like it, I've written the pattern/recipe and now I'm going to make another one to fine tune the written directions. 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Budapest continued.

The view from my room.

And across the street the Fovam market place.

My iPad only speaks and writes in Hungarian.
I'm not sure how this is happening but it is. 
I guess it knows where I am, but how does it know that I speak Hungarian?

Check out Rick Steves video that he made at this great market place.