If you're looking for a description of the professional me, please head on over to my career bio. If you're interested in who I am outside of work, you've come to the right place. Kick back and relax, and let me tell you about myself...

I was born May 28, 1956 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Richmond, Virginia to Native American parents and I'm a member of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe. My grandfather was a chief, my uncle was a chief, my father served as acting chief for several years and the honor is currently held by my cousin, Kenny. The older I get, the more I realize how important my heritage is and how much it has shaped my life and value system. Having two older brothers who struggled through reservation life during the 40's and 50's has taught me a great deal about cultural tolerance and the real value of opportunity.

Both of my parents are deceased and I miss them daily. When I bought my first car, my father wouldn't let me drive it until I learned how to change the oil and change a tire. My mother taught me how to sew and how to inflict self-induced guilt when I don't do my best:

If a task is once begun,
Never leave it 'til it's done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.
-- Author unknown, but oft repeated by Mom...

I started taking piano lessons when I was 6 and graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 1979. I still play piano and guitar when it suits me. My father always said "I can't play a piano, but I play a mean radio."

At the age of 40, I married my one and only husband in 1997. The best thing about our relationship is that I married my best friend and we're still best friends. The scariest thing is that I'm completely convinced we share a brain. More than anything else we do together, we laugh. It's nice to know you can still play when you've reached the era of black-balloon birthdays. I've never had a face lift, I don't dye my hair and I'm perfectly happy with the way I look.

The rest of the story remains to be written, because...

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
-- John Lennon

May 222016


This is Brother's version of the classic Rose Trellis stitch pattern. It's not quite identical to the original. The motif at the center of the X's uses one-stitch transfers instead of multi-stitch transfers.

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This pattern is not suitable for punchcard machines as it's a 20-stitch repeat, but the download includes a DAK file that should work on electronic machines with transfer-only lace carriages (i.e., Brother). It will not work on a Silver Reed, Studio or Singer. Click on the image to the left for a larger view.

Get the file...

May 222016

There's an MKAL in progress on Ravelry where some of us are trying to knit the Ultra PimaRose Trellis Shawl Vest from Cascade Yarns.

Ultra Pima
Rose Trellis Shawl Vest

There's a hand-written chart available from Tonyanelson's notebook, but it's a little hard to read... so I managed to duplicate the chart in Intertwined Pattern Studio. Click on the image below for a larger view.


A few explanations are in order...

The pattern is a multiple of 20 stitches plus 2. Each repeat is 20 stitches, but the repeat does *not* apply to the same set of stitches in every row. I've colored the two center repeats yellow and green so you can see where they start and end. If you compare rows 1 and 3, you'll see that the first repeat on row one starts with the 2nd stitch, but it starts with the 3rd stitch on row 3.

You'll see some stitches colored pink on the right and left. These are stitches that are added to the beginning or end of the row... i.e., before the first repeat or after the last repeat.

Lastly, you'll see some stitches colored blue on the left. These are stitches that disrupt the pattern repeat. For example, look at row 21. The pattern repeat ends with k3tog. That's impossible when you only have 2 stitches remaining. So the yo k3tog at the end of the pattern repeat has been replaced by k2.


The stitch key is shown to the left. Click on the image for a larger view.

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The DAK file is also available for DesignaKnit users who want to do their own tweaks.

May 142016

Yes, I know... it's not authentic without the duck and the smoked sausage. So call it chicken and beans if you must... it's just as satisfying to eat for 20% of the effort.