Posted by: tgonzales | February 20, 2012

February 18-19, 2012 Weekend, a New Lantern Moon Hook, Almost Maine with Rosina, and a Few More Can & Jar Jackets

My weekend started off with a trip to Material Girls to drop off some of my jar and can cozies. I think they will make a great crochet addition in place of the hats, now that the weather is going to be too warm to think about hats.  Anyway, I think my jar jackets and can coats with little potted plants in them will be a great little get well, happy Tuesday, happy birthday, just because gifts that will be easy for people to buy and especially easy for me to make. Ha! Ha! 🙂

Then I decided to stop in at my local yarn shop “Twist” for some much needed yarn and friend therapy. I first found some Kertzer’s Down-to-Earth cotton yarn that had to come home with me. I don’t think that I can ever have enough of this type of cotton yarn lying around my house, if you know what I mean. Then I’m not sure what made me look at the Lantern Moon hooks, but this Featherlight hook caught my eye. I thought to myself I already have all the sizes of Lantern Moon hooks and I do love them, but if there is one thing about the Lantern Moon hooks it’s the weightlessness of each one of them. Compared to the aluminum hooks there’s no comparison. They are so light and easy on your hands and thumbs. Well, I decided to treat myself to this new Featherlight size I hook made of plantation grown wood. (whatever that means?) Anyway, sweet Susan rang up my purchases and as she picked up the Featherlight hook she asked if I had one of these and I told her “no”. And then she said in her sweet English accent, “Oh, because I was going to ask how you found them?” And I answered in my sweet Kansas accent, “Oh, I found them right over there on that rack with the rest of the hooks.” It seems like she looked at me above her reading glasses with a little question mark on her face. And thankfully dear Diane came to Susan’s rescue and explained to me that sweet Susan actually meant that she wanted to know how I like the hook; if I had actually used one. Of course I was very embarrassed but the Twist clerks are so very kind and we had a good laugh over my misunderstanding. I love spending time at Twist and I always wished that I had more time to spend there. But I needed to get home and get ready to go to the Northwest High School production of Almost Maine and try out my new Featherlight hook. First off I love my new Featherlight Lantern Moon hook and yes it’s very, very lightweight and easy on my thumb and hand. I highly recommend the Featherlight.

I had a great time spending time with my dear friend Rosina and seeing all the drama kids again. The actors did a wonderful job and so did the Professional Cooking students who prepared the meal. I love seeing the actors perform but at the same time it makes me very lonesome for my Joshua, because I miss him so much.

Saturday I worked most of the day, but did get to break away to enjoy lunch with Rosina. We ate at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Wow, do they every give you a lot of fries, no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t consume one whole small order of fries between the two of us. Thank you so much, Rosina for taking me away from work for just a little while.

After work I was able to finish up another can coat before heading off to bed.

Sunday consisted of laundry & ironing. This was one of the pieces that I had in the ironing pile. I can’t imagine who would want to pull the threads in a piece of fabric to make holes so that they could turn around and fill in the hole with a buttonhole stitch and place these holes just the right amount of spaces to make a

design like a flower,

a cross,

some streamers, and

arrows. Oh-my- gosh does anyone out there still do this type of work and does anyone know what it’s called?

I even had time to make another jar jacket and I think this one will be perfect for my hairdresser to maybe put her brushes, combs, or pens in.

I also had a chance to make my meatloaf and man was it good, along with a baked sweet potato, corn, and some risotto.

Oh, and I also slipped in a nap. Aside from working on Saturday, I had a wonderful one. So how was your weekend?


  1. I missed seeing you at Twist. I taught a class there in the morning, ate lunch with Kor at a barbecue joint then back and purchased more Lantern Moon hooks to finish out my collection, ha! Don’t think I noticed feather weight ones. I love them cause they remind mevof Susan Bates hooks.
    I just love your can cozies, what a great idea, to take them into replace the hats for the warmer season.
    Found a fun Netflck series, “Downton Abbey”m check it out.
    I fnally finished the black shawl for my trip. It needs the fuzzies removed and I will probably block it as well, but bringing it for show and share.
    Thanks for all the inspiration today!!!

    • Oh Susie,

      I was at Twist on Friday and you were there on Saturday, and I’m not sure why you didn’t see those cute little tags hanging on the Lantern Moon Featherlight hook. Thanks for liking my can cozies and no I haven’t checked out the Downtown Abbey series on Netflix yet. But now that you mentioned it I will. 🙂

      It was great seeing you at guild yesterday and loved your little black shawl. I know you will have a wonderful time on your cruise.

      Love you,

  2. I have always heard you talking about Material Girls sewing shop and now that I’ve been there I can understand why you like it so much. It is really an awesome shop. Someday I will get Amber to take me to the Twist yarn shop. Love the tablecloth. Not only would it be a pain to make it would be a pain to iron. I have a battenberg lace one but I usually send it to the cleaners to be pressed. I have gotten a little lazy in my older years. I’m gonna have some tests on my heart today so my day is filled and then I have a meeting tonite and I can’t miss watching The Bachelor (guess I will have to tape it). Sometime today I have to get my laundry done. The list just goes on. Have a good day and don’t forget I love you. sue

    • Sue,

      I’m so glad that you were able to finally go to Material Girls Quilt Shop. The ladies in there are so very friendly and helpful, but also know when to let you browse. 🙂

      I love hearing all about what’s going on with you and I hope everything is ok with your heart, please keep me informed.

      Love you too,

  3. I think your can cozies will make a wonderful thing to have. I bet they will fly out the doors of the shops you have them in.Great idea to do a bunch now instead of hats.

    Hugs XX

    • Hi Barbara,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and for liking my can cozies. 🙂 I hope everything is going well with you and Leroy?

      Love & Hugs,

  4. Love those jars.. I keep THINKING I’m gonna get around to those!… But I DID get around to making that vegetable soup that you shared the recipe for. I had a friend over for dinner one night, and she LOVED it too! Made a huge pot, and between us all, around here this week, it’s gone already! Delicious!.. So thank you again! ~tina

    • Oh Tina,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and I do love that you tried my recipe for vegetable beef soup. I do love to cook when I have the time.


  5. I believe it’s called Hardanger or Hardanger Embroidery.
    It’s beautiful stuff, but I’ve never tried it. My mom still has some work from my grandmother or great-grandmother. Gorgeous AND a family legacy. =)

    • Oh Mindy,

      What a treasure for you to have one of your grandmother’s works of art. The piece that I have must have been made by someones grandmother but it wasn’t mine. I snatched it up at a thrift store and could hardly wait until I got it home to starch it and iron it up. I love it.
      Thanks for sharing your story.


  6. mahahahahaha! I love the picture of you napping. Oh, father. Gotta love ‘im. My weekend has been quite busy, working and going here and there. I want one of those hooks! Love you, hope your President’s Day is going well. :]

    • Hi My Little Chacho Aaron!

      I’m so glad you stopped by to read and comment and I hope you had a wonderful President’s Day too. We’ll see about the hook.

      Love you; the End!

  7. Hi – Sounds like a lot of fun, good food and a nap too. That’s awesome.
    Since you were wondering (and thanks for asking!) “Plantation grown” for the Lantern Moon Featherlight hooks refers to the fact that the wood comes from forests or farms that are certified for ecological health, sustainable harvest levels, and social responsibility. The ecological health includes protecting the wildlife, water, air and soil. By never cutting more than what will grow back, they ensure sustainable harvest levels.
    I actually run into the hardanger work (Actually pronounced more like Hardonger according the Norwegian ladies I know). It was taught by the French throughout Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) during that colonial period and some folks are still doing it! Absolutely lovely stuff.

    • Hi Joel,

      Thank you so much for the information; I love knowing the history of the hooks that I use and the Hardanger craft. Thank you so much for stopping by to read my little blog and comment.


  8. Love all your posts, but this one was special for some reason. First was the stiching on the piece that you were ironing. Could that be tatting? Next the dinner looked fantastic, then you looked so precious under your beautiful afghan. I do love reading your blog.

    • Hi Jayne,

      Thank you so much for liking what I write and talk about. The technique used on the cloth is called Hardanger and I just love it. Thanks again for stopping by to comment. I hope Rocky and Daisy are doing well?


  9. “Jar Jackets” / “Can Coats” …. LOVE IT!!

    I got a good laugh too … out of how you “found” the Lantern Moon Featherweight hooks. tee-hee!

    Maybe the hole-making technique (Hardanger) is how the phrase “holey moley” originated. ha-ha-ha!!

    That’s a great meal … just a tad piece of your meatloaf plus plenty of veggies.

    Such a sweet photo you HAPPILY posed for …. resting underneath your Dahlia Throw. Nice edging. How many buttons did you use on the throw?

    I am way behind in reading my blogs cuz I had a ball yesterday, MOVING around the house. The cortisone shot in my knee joint has worked wonders!! Sure hope it lasts a long time. I still have a teeny bit of pain cuz of the torn miniscus.. but I am not in need of using my purrty cane. And boy can I walk quickly thru the house now! 🙂

    P.S. I finally finished doing all that laundry Cynthia brought here. Nice to have my laundry room back. ha-ha!

    • Hi Kat,

      I’m so glad that you’re back and I’m glad that you are walking around so well. Thank you so much for liking all of the things that I do and I’m glad I made you laugh. I love you my friend and hope that the shot lasts a very long time.


      • Tamara!
        Heart Hugs to you!!!
        ~ Kat ~

  10. i almost wish i hadn’t read this blog — now i HAVE to try a can coat myself, and i’ve already got too many things on the go! your work is so gorgeous!

    • Jill,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and I’m so glad that I have inspired you to make a can coat. I love to recycle things when I can. Thanks for liking my work.


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