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Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog



Hi old and new blogger friends.  We are here today to tell a little about ourselves and increase are readership and followes.  This is being hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  You can read all about it HERE and go check out all the participants.



My name is Linda and I am 64 years old.  I have been married to the love of my life for 21 years.  We have 10 cats - Mr. D, Morris, Miss Murphy, Moon Dragon, Midnite, Mocha, Sparky, Snowflake, Smeegol and Sassy.  We also have 2 not so small miniature Schnauzers - Max and Rocky.  We live in California in the sierra foothills.  I am a 19 year breast cancer survivor.

I taught myself to knit in the mid 60's in high school.  I made a small ripple blanket and never wove in the ends so it sorta had fringe on one side.  I made a sweater and a couple vests.  I got married in 1970 and taught myself to do needlepoint.  I have done several pieces. I also do latch hook rugs and I love to put jigsaw puzzles together.  In 1972 I taught myself to crochet.  I have made over 300 items including baby clothes, toys but 75% afghans/blankets.  I bought a book called Lacy Granny Squares and it became my favorite square to crochet.  I have made over 3,000 of these squares.  (that is Morris in the pic)

First needlepoint piece.


In the mid 80's my than LNS owner finally convinced me to try counted cross stitch.  I had always resisted saying I couldn't see those little tiny holes.  lol    Still today I remember stitching the first piece.   Again I am self taught.  I found the center got started but for the life of me I could not poke the needle in the hole from the back to the front.  I finally had to turn the fabric back and forth as I stitched.  About half way through I could do it without having to turn the fabric.  1500 kits and 1000 charts later you might say I am obsessed.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my blog and become a follower.

Thanks for looking.   Linda

31 comments:

SoCal Debbie said...

What a great introduction, Linda! I hope to see more of your crochet mixed in with cross stitch! I'd love to see pics of all your pets!

Margaret said...

Fantastic! I love knowing more about you!

homeschooljewelrymom said...

Great post! It's so nice to know more about you. I hope more people discover your wonderful blog :-)

Busy Lizzie said...

nice to meet you Linda

butterfly said...

Lovely post Linda, nice getting to know more about you, xxx

Christine said...

Great post. The lacy blanket is beautiful, and I love that you have a cat called Smeagol

Jan Gartlan said...

Lovely to read more about you :)

Adrienne said...

I've been following you for ages and never knew about your Mini Schnauzers! I knew I liked you for a reason! ;)

Melody said...

Hi Linda, I'm one of Vicki's helpers in the GYB party. Welcome to this fabulous event and I hope heaps of people pop by to say hello. I must say I love your blog as I adore my furbabies too. Hugs from Melody in Melbourne

robindefender said...

Ha! Someone with more cats than me (I only have 6)! Thanks for sharing about your start in cross stitching. I'd forgotten how challenging it was at first to find that hole on the backside. :)

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Always love your blog, learning more about you. I also have 1 cat, Leo, a calico, 12 years old.
Isn't it fun to think back when we started stitching and how far we have come.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Linda,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you and your furry friends. You are very talented! I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

tangled_web said...

Lovely to know more about you :-)

EvalinaMaria said...

Now I know a little more about you! I hope you're enjoining this party as much as I do.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I have a mini schnauzer named Kye and a min pin named Rocky. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Claudette497 said...

It's nice to learn more about you! I love the crochet!

Sarah in Stitches said...

It was great reading more about you, Linda! Thank you for sharing :D

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

My goodness, you have a whole lot of stitching going on. I only do small projects now. And like to do things with only one color. And no backstitching. :) And you got a lot of feline friends, too. Wow! I've been with my husband 21 years. We have one cat and that's more than enough for him. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Kaisievic said...

Hey, I know that crocheted blanket - Furio and my favourite although not getting much use in our summer heatwave - lol! Thanks for sharing so more about yourself. Love you, Kaye

Lynn said...

Very cool introduction!!! I've learned so much abt you!!! And with all those kitties I should be seeing more of them!

WhoMom said...

Nice to meet you Linda! Self taught is always impressive. Recently tried to learn to crochet a baby hat from you tube, but didn't win. Knitting them instead. I love cross stitch and dont' do it enough. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne said...

Great introduction, it's nice to know something more about you.

Shebafudge said...

Lovely to find out more about more about you Linda. Several things that I never knew. xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wow, ten cats! Do they fight over your lap?

I smiled at 1500 kits and 1000 charts, is that just the starts for the UCJC?

Catherine said...

Fun reading more about you!!

Lorraine said...

Hi Linda. Visiting from the GYB event. Your stitching is beautiful. What can I say, you are a fellow cat lover!

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, I didn't realize you had that many cats, lucky you!

But isn't it a wonderful obsession, keep them coming!

Peg said...

Gosh I thought I was bad enough with eight 4 legged munchkins but I think you pip me to the post lol. That's some beautiful stitching there missis. 19 yrs wow brilliant! I'm not at the stage were I can celebrate the victory but I'm staying on the positive side and taking it one day at a time.

Take care
Peg x

Beauty Bonnet said...

Very lovely stitching.. I've been following your Bothy stitches! 1000, that's a lost of projects! I'm not sure how blogger works anymore, but I will sign up for "following".

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you and your cats! Lovely stitching.

macmillanmarie said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful hobby with us - you have many talents. It is so nice to get to know you on the hop.