The Hows of Knots

Not to long ago my sister sent me a message.  She was working on a project making yo-yos and was making lots of knots in the end of the thread.  Her message was:
I have a silly question, do you use one or two hands to tie a knot at the end of thread when when you prepare to sew on a button or hem something or other hand stitching?

I had to think for a second.  Hmm.  Yes.  One handed.  I wrote back:
One.  Mom taught me how to wrap and roll on one finger.”

Judy wrote back:
YES!! That’s what I want to know how to do. I knew she did but I never picked that up.”

Isn’t that funny after years since my mom has passed we still remember things she did.  Even simple things like tying a knot at the end of thread.

I quickly scrambled and try to figure out some way I could show her how to do it.  I was able to take a video for her but I can’t figure out how to load it here…so, I took some pictures.

(Excuse my hands.  Constant washing due to my being an in home childcare provider makes them totally unsoft and unsmooth.)

I always lick my finger first.  Then I wrap the thread on my left finger like this. (I am right handed)

Then I put my thumb on top of the place where the threads cross and the roll the thread off my pointer finger.

Once it’s off, I reposition my fingers above the now twisted part of the string.  Then I squeeze with my left hand just tight enough to prevent the twisted area from sliding my fingers.  At the same time I pull the needle that is my right hand.

…and there you have it.  A knot.
My mom taught me embroidery starting at age 4 and she always started with a knot.  I remember being so proud the day I learned how to tie one.

It was kind of fun reminiscing.  My mom was the best…and an excellent teacher.  So there you have it …step by step pictures to knotting the end of your thread.

Inquiring minds want to know…do you tie knots like this?


The Weekend

I told you we had a busy weekend.  All of the kids were home.  Karl was home for a short trip.  Buck hadn’t been home to see Georgia yet either.  His kids had been sick and we didn’t want to risk people getting sick.

Here’s Lucy meeting her newest cousin Georgia.  She did pretty good with her.

Lucy is pretty bashful.  She doesn’t see us lots and lots so if mom or dad is around, we aren’t her favorite.  That’s all okay.  This is the age she’s at and that will all change as she gets older.  Scotty has given us a stamp of approval and I’m sure she’ll do the same in her own time.

I’m sure others of you with a bigger family can relate.  When all the kids come home it’s hard to get time with the little ones.  Happily they were all here long enough so I could do one of my favorite things ever…read books.
Scotty and Carver both like books so I have a captive audience.

We did a lot of cooking.  Previously we typically went out to eat at least one of the meals or ordered in pizza.  We did MUCH better and cooked almost everything at home this go around.  We did go to the Fireman’s Breakfast at the neighboring town.

One of my goals of the weekend was to get a picture with all of the grandkids….Lucy didn’t really want to be sitting on my lap.  It was the best we could do and I’m okay with that.  It marks the moment and where we all were at.  Here’s the picture…. Continue reading


Ask Jo: Babies and Such

Every now and then blog readers send me a email or leave a comment in the comment section that I need to answer.  When I think other readers might be interested too, I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days…

From Susan the Farm Quilter:
How fun to have grands born so close together!! Congratulations on the grands and that moms and babies are doing well. Will you be able to take care of them both, like you do Carver??

Gannon will start childcare here at my house on March 19th….

it will only be two days a week for about six weeks.  Kalissa is on maternity leave from the hospital but she is also a clinical nursing instructor.  That job starts back up on the 19th but it’s only two days a week.

She’ll go back to her hospital job mid May.  Then Gannon will be here and come on the same days Carver does.

Georgia will be here… Continue reading