All tied up in stitches

Walk with me as I journey my way through life using the crafts of knitting and crocheting as tools to help me make my way.

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Location: Bellingham, Washington, United States

I'm like a butterfly emerging from it's cocoon, trying to find who I am in the midst of a total life change. At times its exciting. At times challenging. At times a little scary. But something I know I have to go through in order to fly.


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Monday, August 28, 2006

I've MOVED!!!

Due to circumstances beyond my control my blog has moved. :( You can now find me at: Be sure to follow the link and bookmark the new site. This one will soon be inaccessable to me. Can't wait to see you there!

Monday, August 21, 2006


I created this bag with two special ladies in mind, both named Lori. One is my sister-in-law. She is a very strong lady who is fighting even now with a medical condition that has put her in the hospital. We covet your prayers for her in that soon the doctors will find what is ailing her and they will be able to address it. The second Lori is the mother of my step-daughters. I thank God for her every day in that she has raised 2 very special young ladies. We live far from them and Lori has done a great job with Sabrina and Jackie.

I am hoping to try to do some needle felting on this bag since I just felted up (that picture isn't up here yet). This is the first time I've used Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn and although I didn't use the correct sized needles, I LOVE the yarn. The bag has a little 'fuzzy' appearance, but not so bad that I would do anything to it. I plan to leave it just the way it is. It's so SOFT yet so sturdy. I will use this yarn again in the future.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

John C Campbell Folk School

You've got to check this place out if you're already thinking about a vacation for next year or in the fall. What a neat place to learn something new! Be sure to check out the knitting classes offeredJust click here to be taken way to another place and time :)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I limit myself to yarn shopping once a month :) And this month I thought I would share what I got (if you click on the picture, you can see better the beautiful colors). In looking at all the yarns, it looks like I'm in a purple fog. But I really am not.:) I choose these colors because I want to capture what I see as I drive on some of the back streets of Bellingham. I've fallen in love with all the different colors and types of wildflowers that seem to line the streets I travel most frequently. The colors in the yarns are the colors I see wherever I go. I love them and want to make some things that remind me of this time of the year. Here in Bellingham the summers are so mild and pleasant (especially for a lady going through a "BIG CHANGE" in her life, if you know what I mean). Any way, I have an idea for a bag, if it works, I'll let you all know. It will be a felted one... it has to be with all this wool :)LOL

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Finished Brea

I know, I know... another bag :)LOL I honestly thought this bag would take me days... but obviously it didn't. I thought you all might enjoy seeing how it turned out.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Last night we got word that my dear sister-in-law is extremely ill and was admitted to the hospital. I had just started working on a new bag, but found it too hard to concentrate, yet, knitting gives me something to do that is constructive when I'm under stress. I didn't want to create while I prayed for Lori. I wanted someone else to guide me through the creative process. So, digging through all my free patterns I found this one. I thought it would be challenging enough to keep me busy, and to be honest with you I thought it would take days to complete. But as you see, it's mid-afternoon here and the front is done. It wasn't near as complicated as I had thought and the directions were very well written. You can find this pattern here on the Berroco site. Be sure to check back to see the bag once it's completed. And please remember LORI in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


This bag was made with my niece, Emily, in mind. She is a very sweet girl with such a kind and gentle spirit. She is a published author at the age of 10! Her story even made the front cover of their local newspaper. I wanted to somehow make a bag that had yellow in it, since that is her favorite color. You have to look really close (click on the picture to see a larger version), but the verigated yarn that runs through the denim does have yellow, light green, white, and soft blue. This is a crocheted pattern, so for those of you requesting that I make something for you. Here it is :)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Help in designing patterns...

A few of you have asked for copies of a form I used in designing bags, so, I thought it would be nice to share. It's really not that big of a deal, but you're more to use it if it helps :) The link is to the left under "pattern form".

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Patterns are NOW available

Just to let everyone know, 6 of my patterns are NOW available for a donation. All proceeds will go to the following ministries: Billy Graham, Operation Blessings, The USO, St. Jude's Children's Medical Research Center, and Hour of Power. The only monies that will be kept is the $.43 it costs to use Paypal. You can find the patterns at the Schaefer Design Studio. Thank you all for your support. Remember Luke 6:38. :)


Well, Jackie is finished. I was right about making the back using a double strands. It does make the bag more sturdy. I am pleased with how it turned out, but it is a little bigger than I thought it would be. It's a great size for books and things you need to take to work or a ballgame. :)

Friday, August 11, 2006


I just can't wait to show you what I'm working on now. This is a bag for my step-daughter Jackie. She's always been a joy. She is always so happy. When I asked her what colors were her favorite she said "black and pink". A few days ago I was in Joann's and I saw this wonderful yarn by Patons. The name of it is Twister. As soon as I came around the corner of the row, I saw it and BAMB!!! that had to be some how made into Jackie's bag. I thought about felting, but decided not to because I couldn't find a matching pink wool. But I did find a perfect match in a worsted weight. When I sat down to start this bag, I just let my imagination run. I wanted something really young looking, but still something that would say "I'm growing up" (Jackie is a preteen) So, I thought about this design... based on a quilt design, making the center square out of the Twister. I also wanted to add some embelishments, so I played around with the flower until I came up with the ones on the bag. I also bought a few hot pink heart buttons that I also want to put somewhere on the bag. When The front was done, I thought "what about the back?". I decided that I wanted to use 2 strands so that there would be some body or strength to the bag. The front is knitted with size 11 needles (which are a little big for the worsted), so it's not too sturdy. But as I work the back I'm finding it to be strong. I think it will be just fine when I sew the sides up. You'll have to come back and see it when it's done.

Where do they come from?

I've been asked by a few people where do the ideas for your bags come from. And I would have to say that I am inspired when I see a certain color or feel a certain texture. I also 'see' a bag when I'm thinking of a certain person. I can't explain it more than that. Once I get a picture in my mind, I work out the math... size, # of stitches, type of yarn, and the over all design of stitches. Then I make a drawing in my journal and I just go from there. I've almost come to the end of my first knitting journal and I was a little upset about that because I love the size of this book. It's just right for tucking in my bag so that I have it if I'm 'inspired' while out. BUT, when I went to get another one at the Dollar store... NO MORE! I was sad and thought what to do now? I've got to be able to record these things, or I will surely forget. Then yesterday I stopped in a different Dollar Store and as soon as I saw this one, I had to have it... how appropriate! There's a purse on the cover :)LOL It must have been sent from above ;)

Thursday, August 10, 2006


I'd like to introduce the first backpack that I've designed. The bag is named Jeana, after my wonderful sister-in-law. She's a great preschool teacher who works with special needs children. I have to admire her for getting her education, having a family and raising her own children, and is now back in the classroom. I thought of her when I was knitting this bag because, being a teacher, I know all the stuff she must carry with her to school. This bag is big enough to hold a lot. It's 12" wide x 14"tall x 3" deep. It is a felted bag. I used double stands of Patons Classic Merino Wool. I also incorporated a 'furry' fun yarn. Eyelets were made around the top to make it easier for a cord to be pulled through. I did put store bought, cotton cords in the bag. I need to get the metal closures for the ends of the tie which closes the bag.

I have 5 more bags to design and this collection will be done. I'm half way finished with my next design which is one that started out to be for my preteen step-daughter, but the more I work on it the more I want one :)LOL. Be sure to check back soon!

Monday, August 07, 2006


This is my latest bag that I designed. I'm naming it after my sister who is always giving to others. I wanted to do something with cables and create a bag that was unusually shaped. I also wanted to incorporate a grab handle as well as a strap. The short strap makes it fit snuggly beneath the arm. I will be offering this pattern through Schaefer Design Studio. Be sure to check it out.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Dedicated to the one I love...

Hope you enjoy this Hawaiian love song that is for my hubby :)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

This is it!

Well, after a lot of praying and talking with my best friend, my hubby, I decided to do something so radical that I'm sure I will get plenty of emails. I've decided to go through with offering my designs on the internet. They will be downloadable in pdf files. And they will be bought by making a donation, not a traditional purchase. You can read more about it all at The Schaefer Design Studio. I am starting with 3 of my favorite designs and hope to add at least 1 every 6 weeks. PLEASE read why I'm doing this. It's important to me. I hope you will join with me in "give and it will be given unto you".
I also want those of you who have written to me about designing some crocheted bags, I do plan to do that in the near future, so be sure to bookmark the site :)

They say blue is the color...

How important are colors when you knit? I find myself trying to think outside the box when it comes to patterns that I'm going to follow. I love to mix and match colors and I read somewhere that women see blues better than men, where they see reds better than women. It has to do with rods and cones in our eyes. Well, I saw this test on the net and just had to take it and share...
You Are Periwinkle

You're very intuitive and sensitive. You often know other people better than they know themselves.
You're also quite optimistic, and you think well of yourself and others. You know your dreams will come true.