Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I've MOVED my BLOG ....

I moved my blog to 
a new name and site:


I had several days of issues with Blogger and no professional to turn to. 
I have been on blogger and loved it for 12 years as Irisheyes.
I feared the blog was gone. 
I couldnt post, couldnt leave comments for you and I became acutely aware of how much you all mean to me. 

My dear son was up with me late into the night from Mexico trying to help me.  That alone was so sweet, it was a silver lining. 
I had no idea what I"D done to get shut down. 
I kept getting a URL not found whenever I tried to use blogger, or go to your blogspot blogs.  I spent all day yesterday with computer folk to try to get it back. 

This morning, after 3 days of angst, I'm can get on blogger again, but I think its too late. 
I've made the move to Wordpress and alerted everyone I could. 
So Join me there folks!  

Some of you found me like KayT and I almost cried at her comment. 
I was worried I'd lose the lurkers, because I get the sense there are a few who just don't feel comfortable with comments but we still connect. 

Thank you for being the caring group I found 14 years ago in cyberspace.  Let's head over to the new site. 
I'd love you to join me there. 
Kathy b

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Saturday Clocks Back

Turning back time here.  These fingerless were made years ago. . I didn't like the look when they were finished.  Turns out I love them now.  I thought they were like the abominable snowman's fuzzy coat.  

I swear they are from 2004.  They machine wash and dry.  They are crochet edged in angora.  

I'm knitting fingerless now in an angora bunny blend.  I'm suddenly all about fingerless again.  Useful for keyboards and driving and all those good things.  Haha: I'm designing a simple pattern and calling it :Wringing My Hands fingerless for the Cubs last game win! 

We have our shelter Gala tonight.  It's been a big chuck of time and energy.  I hope we are very successful in fundraising.  I'm nervous. 
Isn't that silly?   
All of your volunteer comments were enlightening to me.  I'm thinking them all through.  

Happy Turn Back the clocks night!  Welcome darkness, you have your strong points too!

Friday, November 04, 2016

Allison's Vitamin D Sweater FInish

*Vitamin D pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier pattern on Ravelry.

*Allison knit it In Madelinetosh Merino Light in Silver Fox colorway.  She used size 3s and 4s needles .  

*I'm a proud braggin momma.  My girl knits way better than me!  I'm thrilled we share a love of knitting. So thrilled. 

*We also share a love of  AMY BETH the Fat Squirrel. She makes us laugh and she is a great knitter and natural story teller/teacher.  

*Best part is that Allison loves this sweater.  She has knit some wonderful sweaters that she has not particularly liked in the end. 
Congrats my Girl.  Enjoy this one!

Thursday, November 03, 2016


 What Joy!  
Thanks to each and everyone of you who sent the good luck.
I am hoarse. 
I am happy. 
It is just a game, but it felt like so much more than that. 
It felt like family , because we all texted each other throughout the entire post season each and every game. 

Thank you all (Ruth Ann from Michigan too!)
some of you texted me after WE Won. 
Some of you emailed me. 
I appreciate each loving gesture. 

It feels so darn good. 
And it felt so awful in the 8th ....
the ups 
the downs
the hopes,
I have to say I was trying to cheerlead the family in the 9th and 10th. 
I kept saying the rain delay was for regrouping!
And it was. 
I kept saying, WE CAN DO THIS.
We have come back in extra innings before..
I'm not entirely sure I believed myself, but someone had to hope. 

I managed to knit on angora fingerless to the tenth. 
Then I just had to put it down. 

There is joy in Mudville.....
let's rewrite the poem.

As Bill Murray said, We are loveable losers, lets be loveable winners .  I believe there was no shenanigans in Chicago last night.
Pure happy celebrations. 

Thank you all. 
(Cleveland and Ohioans Your day will come. 
I know I know I really know your pain. 
We all do. 
And Someday you'll go all the way!)

We no longer bleed Cubbie blue. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A Very Big Irisheyes Day!

 Today is my incredible son's birthday! 
He was born on the Day of the Dead and if you've read irisheyes for any length you know, he loves Mexico.
(and he is there for his birthday for the second time in his life.)

Happy Birthday Zach. !
I can't control outcomes, but oh gosh I try!
I know what I wish for this very special Birthday..
we text with Zach and  Allison during all the Cub games!

During this WORLD Series, I have managed to knit a pair of Fingerless.   The yellow yarn was a gift from Kim at Handeye for the Hunks and Chicks contest.  Whoever donated it to Kim Thanks!
I added the pumpkin buttons. 
You like?

I dropped 4 stitches( only ) on Sunday nights game during the 4th inning. 
It is more of a recipe than a pattern:
Sock yarn
cast on 64 on double points
knit 2 purl 2 around for your cuff
Stockinette until thumb placement
Buttonhole for thumb
More Stockinette
1 by 1 rib for knuckle part.
Add buttons of your choice.  

on a funny side note. Zach was at Monte Alban yesterday and sent me this photo .
I immediately notice he got his ear pierced!  I texted him right away, excited for him.
He corrected me. 
He did not pierce his ear!
It is a coincidential placement of a tourist down below!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Here I go Asking you questions again. .....please advise!

 *Al's Alfajor Hat in Spud & Chloe Yarn.

*We bought the yarn in the Outer Banks 15 months ago.
It marinated just perfectly don't you think?

*I've been marinating some thoughts in my mind lately.
Winter is coming and I have to embrace the cloudy days.
Help!  How do you handle the cloudy dreary days?

*Our big fundraising Gala is Saturday for the shelter. 
I've been in charge of the cork pull.
Translation: Get Wine bottle donations of 30 to 50 dollar value.
You pay 20 bucks, pull a cork with a number on it and get that bottle of wine.  
We have almost 50 bottles for this year, so that's a thousand for the shelter right there. 
Last year they sold out in 7 minutes. 
I have to say people have been very generous donating the wine.

This is one small part of the big Gala. 
I feel that being on the Board of Directors is a big donation of time and energy, but I think we are making good changes. 
I think fundraising is a big part of being on a Board. 

I do think I'll transition to volunteering in my own new neighborhood in some way next year. 
As much as I love the shelter, its a 90 minute drive to complete my term and responsibilities there.  
I guess I didnt' imagine the house would sell so quickly etc when I was ask to run for the board in April. 

What are your thoughts?
So many of my bloggy pals volunteer in one way or another. 
I do think it very important to give back. 
Have you learned from your volunteer experiences?

Monday, October 31, 2016


photo take from WGN TV website (For non Cub fans these kids are former  announcer Harry Carey )

*Tricks!  Many tricks last night at the Cubs World Series game. 
Did you see the catcher Ross catch and drop a foul pop up only to have Rizzo catch it before it hit the ground?
(Of course I did.  Thanks for all the good karma, bloggy pals. Last night was just so crazy for Cub fans......We are still in this!)

*Are you planning to have a Halloween Candy today?

 (No but I'm stopping at the apple orchard and I may buy a cookie for my TREAT or a carmel apple) 
*Would you knit an accessory for your pumpkin.  No judgement I promise!
(Um No. But these are adorable)
 Did you carve a pumpkin?
(You see I did!  I cleaned up the vomit like a good nurse and my pumpkin just smiled thereafter.  Fireman and I will enjoy the pumpkins more tonight.  I love a lit jackolantern even if we dont get a single country trick or treater!) 

 * I finished my third Pekpeka Seventh Hat.  The big blue one is for me!  Knit with Zara.  How many hats to you have to wear this winter? 
(I think I have 4 hats and 3 headbands and one beloved Babushka) 
*Did you knit during the World Series game last night?
( I actually did!  I only dropped 4 stitches during the 4th inning rally.  The poor cats. Fireman and I go from nailbiting silence to cannot help ourselves screams of joy with every Cub hit and run) 

*Do you have a knit plan for the week? 
(Yes!  I picked up my fingerless in process and plan to finish them.
I may dress them up with cool buttons because they are plain yellow right now ) 

*Just for Halloween.....Have you ever made that bundt cake with leftover Milky Way bars?
(It has been years but yes!  I remember it being very good with a cup of coffee. Just search the web on google or duckduckduckgo my favorite new search engine)

*Did you ever have to admit to eating something unhealthy to a doctor or nurse?  
(Yup.  I hate two reeses cups the night I went into labor with Zach on Nov. 1. I had to say the last thing i ate and when.  Ugh: Two reeses' cups before I decided I was in labor)

*What frightens you more ? Dropped stitches or yarn chicken?
(Depends.  Yarn chicken is probably the worst!) 

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