Archive for April, 2013

I learned of Sally’s passing yesterday…I remember Sally with such warm thoughts. I haven’t  seen her since Skein Lane store front closed…but so often before that. She was a regular at our knitting workshops and events. I so enjoyed reading about Sally’s life….while we often know a lot about people whose paths we cross…I realize that there is always so much more to know.

I so enjoyed knowing Sally!

Sally Belshe

  • “May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with…”
    – American Heart Association

Sally Ann Belshe Resident of Moraga Sally passed away peacefully on March 23 from complications of heart disease. She was born in 1943 to Clarence and Trudy Hamberlin of El Cerrito, California. A woman of many talents, Sally began her career as an elementary school teacher in Richmond after finishing her BA in Education from San Francisco State University in 1965. She was crowned “Miss San Francisco” in 1962. She owned and operated a successful business, “Stained Glass by Sally” for many years before beginning a career as a nurse. She earned her RN degree in 1986 followed by a MS in Cardiovascular Nursing in 1991 with a 4.0 GPA from UCSF. Sally was an educator, an artist, a nurse, a model, an avid golfer, a cherished Mother, and true friend to all who met her. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Bob, her brother James Hamberlin, children Michael, Marie Cottman (Don), Robert Jr. (Randi), and Diana McDonald (Kerry), and nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, William Hamberlin, and her parents. Throughout her life, Sally was passionate about education, health, and the well-being of others. After nursing for several years, she continued work as a nurse educator with a focus on patient outcomes and quality health care. In retirement, Sally enjoyed golf and art, and she was a prolific painter, knitter, and jewelry maker. Her family, friends, and doctors have long been inspired by her strength, positive spirit, and keen sense of humor. She will be dearly missed. Friends are invited to a Memorial Celebration at 2:30 pm on April 17th at Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito (7901 Cutting Blvd). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Heart Association or to the John Muir Hospital Foundation.

Published in Contra Costa Times on April 13, 2013

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Two posts in one day….what is the world coming to?

Want to share the photos of the lovely knit sweater coat that my sister Betty and I saw yesterday. We had just come from seeing Jersey Boys at the Curran Theatre and we were wining and dining at Lefty O’Doul’s on Geary Street. As a woman walked by our table we couldn’t help but notice her sweater coat. We had a chance to talk with her and snap a photo.

“No”, she says…..”I didn’t make it. My grandmother was from Czechoslovakia…she was a great knitter and crocheter…and she was a great cook. I learned to cook but didn’t learn to knit!”

This young woman was most generous and let me snap a couple of shots to share with you before she rejoined her friends/family for the evening performance of the Jersey Boys.

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Susanne and her gift of love - Moderne Blanket for her son and wife!

Susanne and her gift of love – Moderne Blanket for her son and wife!

As some of us approach the end of our projects we find ourselves singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall. This all started with Susanne’s Moderne Adult Afghan.  This has been an ongoing project for a little more than a year….she has knit many other things and then comes back to afghan when she needs a “garter stitch fix. ” She is on the last stretch of 99 rows ….I think last report was that she had 49 more rows to go.


The O’Dolan Wrap design by MaggiKnits

Now I am nearing the end of a recently started project and find myself humming the refrain of 99 bottles….. My project is another MaggiKnit’s caplet/stole (the kit can be ordered through Skein Lane Studio). It is made up of 8 pieces that are sewn together and then “topped” with a collar. I am one quarter the way through the 8th piece…..I am thinking it will be on the assembly table soon for the joy of seaming. Debbie has also embarked on this project….and she is on her 4th piece. News flash….Debbie just told me has more done and will share tonight when we join to click our needles and tell tales!

I am having way too much fun with my iPad….what a great tool. I now store my working pattern in iBook…and can easily access my pattern at any time. What I love the best is that I can “blow the pattern up” and get right to the detail.

As with most patterns that I knit….I make change and make it more uniquely “mine”. In this case….lovely as though the  tartan might be it’s just a bit too busy for me….so mine will striped….might add some embroidery. The finally unveiling for our (Susanne, Debbie, and mine) projects will be posted soon.

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Have to share this post from Kimberly of Daily Craftini….the work that she shared “Extreme Paper Quilling” is stunning.

Craftini: My Daily Cocktail of Yarn, Beads and Paper

This was in my inbox this morning, my daily message from a blog I follow called “Honestly, WTF.” It’s a mixed bag of fashion, art and jewelry how-to’s (guess why I subscribe). It features the paper quilling of Yulia Brodskaya. You know what paper quilling is – organizing long strips of 1/4-inch thick paper into picture. Take a look at this woman’s stuff. Then run off to Michael’s and buy a package of quilling paper, or tear up some construction paper. How long do you think it takes to attain this level of skill? She must have eyeballs that see in pixels . . . .

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Baked Oatmeal

This is the baked oatmeal dish mentioned in yesterday’s post….it has become one of my “staples”. Enjoy!

Baked Oatmeal

 from The Simply Gourmet Diabetes Cookbook

Makes 8 servings

“For oatmeal fans who want more protein in their breakfast, adding milk and egg white does the trick, making it somewhat like bread pudding. Since baked oatmeal keeps for several days in the refrigerator, you can make a batch on the weekend and reheat it during the week when you want a quick breakfast.”  Carolyn’s comment: it’s great!

Vegetable oil cooking spray

2 ¼ cps quick oats or 2 ¾ cps old fashioned rolled oats

½ cp firmly packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp sale (optional)

3 1/3 cps skim milk

4 egg whites, slightly beaten, or ½ cp egg substitute

1 TBS vegetable oil

1 TBS vanilla

Syrup or yogurt optional


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.

  1. In large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. In medium bowl, combine milk, egg whites, oil, and vanilla; mix well. Add to dry ingredients; mix until well blended.
  2. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 55 to 60 minutes or until center is set and firm to the touch. Cool slightly before serving. Top with sugar-free syrup or yogurt, if desired. Store, covered , in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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No...it wasn't cold...this photo was taken last year!

No…it wasn’t cold…this photo was taken last year!

We have much to celebrate (besides our love of knitting)  in our knitting groups….it seems that we had several celebrations since Stitches. While some of us were  dining out on the Friday night at Stitches we treated three of our gang for their birthdays – Karen K, Patricia and Sheri. Great food and drinks….and, of course, conversation.

March brought more birthdays to shout out about…..Cameron treated the Friday morning group to an afternoon bowling party. Oh what fun….and what interesting bowling scores for many of us.

The most recent was just last Saturday when we  celebrated Katie’s (of the Saturday group) birthday. Food is always part of our celebrations….there was pineapple, strawberries, homemade macaroons, and my now “infamous” baked oatmeal. I discovered this recipe in a health cookbook a few years back and have served it several times. Imagine my pleasure when Shari S. said her husband enjoys it so much that it is the breakfast dish that he brings to a bi-monthly business breakfast meeting when it is his turn. This dish has become a staple at breakfast/brunch gatherings. The recipe is forthcoming…watch for next post!

Look what Diane made for Katie!

Birthday CardBack of the card




And all the while we keep on knitting….check out Maurie’s latest hat!

Her latest hat...more details to follow!

Her latest hat…more details to follow!

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