Thursday, July 12, 2012


I'm so EXCITED, I just made my 50th SALE on etsy!!!

For now this is something that I just do on the side, but one day... my dream is to devote all my time to growing and developing Knitti Gritti into a household name... that actually sounds nice.. the House Of Knitti Gritti.. hmmm... ;~)

My idea to have lower priced, in stock items seems to really be popular.. but the designer in me craves the stimulation that the custom designs that started Knitti Gritti in the first place. Soo.. as a compromise, I've branched out a teensy bit and have begun to make more custom-looking items, like this one:

Hand Knit Natural Hair Accessories Headband: Silky Gypsy Style Hair Band & Neck Scarf (Pink Purple Gold)
I hope you all will like the direction Knitti Gritti is going in.. but only time and (YOU!) will tell! :~)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Doing Unto Others... It Isn't Just For the Holidays.

Today I tallied up my KG earnings and sent my semi annual tithe out to The Shade Tree, which as many of you know, is the local charitable organization I contribute to. They provide safe shelter &  services for homeless and abused women and children, victims of domestic violence, victims of street violence or gang violence, victims of elder abuse, the physically and mentally disabled, female veterans, the working poor and homeless youth.  

I posted a blurb about it on FB, just to get the word out to others, than I got to thinking? "What MORE can I do??" I often  say a simple prayer to be inspired to help others, who maybe will pay it forward. Each One, Reach One, right?

So anyway, I'm looking through the Shade Tree's website, and there's a link of their URGENT needs. Whats on the top of the list you ask? Deodorant. Girls Underwear. Toothpaste. Things we run to the local Wal Mart to get without even thinking about it. 

In wanting to do more, I'm reaching out to all of you out there in Cyber Land. I KNOW times are tough all around, but... How's the saying go? But For The GRACE of the LORD, Go I? 

That's how I feel every time I even think about the awful situations that must have driven these women and their children out of their homes and (thankfully) into this shelter, and others like it in each of our towns and neighborhoods.

This is their Website: 

And here are some testimonials I found on it from people they've helped:

During our last fiscal year we sheltered 3,512 individuals. That includes:
  • 897 children
  • 56 veterans
  • 139 pregnant women
  • 996 domestic violence survivors
Stories of Healing…
“My first day at The Shade Tree I couldn’t stop crying.  I couldn’t believe I was there, that my life had come to this.  Less than a year later, I moved into my new apartment.  I cried that day too, at the look on my son’s face when he saw his room for the first time.”
-Peggy, Former client of The Shade Tree

When I came to the shelter I was what they refer to as a ‘victim of elder abuse’.  My own children had been exploiting my Social   Security check, and barely left me with enough for food and housing.  After 10 days in the Transitional Shelter Program, I was placed in an assisted living facility, which provided meals, my own living space, and wonderful new friends.”
-Susan, age 87

As a single mom with a 13-year old daughter, I didn’t have much choice about leaving my abusive husband.  I went to The Shade Tree in the hope of finding a fresh start and brighter future. Thanks to the Job Development  Program I quickly found a new job.  Through the Victim Services Center I received education and support. With the help from the Children’s Activity Center, I grew closer to my ‘little girl’. Soon I was promoted and able to afford an apartment.  We moved out of the shelter with $2,000 in a saving account.”
-Amy, age 52

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My son wants to start knitting

So, as many of you all may already know, I have an ADORABLE little boy. He's 7 1/2 years old, loves soccer, video games (he says "Mommy, I'm a total gamer," with a straight face), swimming... and now knitting. 

I actually tried to divert his interest for a while, tried to redirect him to more "masculine things" (we live in an all woman household - even the dogs are female - so I try to encourage as many "boyish things" as I can... to try and balance things out). 2 years later.. he still wants to learn how to knit.. soo.. I showed him, and he's in the living room right now, making a blanket, Lord love him.

I figure he'll take to it and become an amazing designer, and be totally fulfilled in pursuing his dreams... or he'll have picked up a new skill, try it out for a while, and eventually get bored, like kids usually do after they finally get that new toy they'd begged for and harassed you over.. lol We'll just have to wait and see. Whichever way it goes, I'll hopefully have a new blanket... or at least maybe a pot holder ;~D

I'll try and get a pic for you all to see.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Guess who's back.. Back again lol

It's been a looong and crazy 6 months, but my personal life has settled down enough for me to be able to focus again on one of my true loves - knitting :)

I'm back in my lil workshop (really, I actually have one - you should see all the yarn in my garage!) and knitting away like a happy little.. what knits? Hmm... Happy little spider maybe? They weave technically, but I digress (I just got off of a 10 hour shift at work, and I'm known to ramble on the best of days) 


I've gone in  bit of a different direction this summer; Less costly, in stock items - I'm on a Gypsy Scarf kick right now - with the option for my custom pieces too. Here's a Gypsy scarf style available for purchase in stock:  

And another:

There's more stuff too, of course. My main concern of course is finding cute ways to wear my hair with out having to do too much styling (who has the time???) 

I love to coordinate my outfits with pops of color and texture, and of course, I KNOW I'm not the only one out here who feels that way. The main issue being of course, that it's hard to find things that are unique enough for me to want to wear them. I HATE doing just the "same ol' thing", U know?

If you feel like I do, and I'm sure plenty of you do, stop by the shop, see if anything catches your eye, and if not, just drop me a line. A custom order is always more fun anyway... ;~)

K, gotta go beddy bye now see ya'll next time

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Healthy Living During The Holidays - Turkey & Cabbage soup recipe

So like everyone nowadays, I do what I can to stay fit and trim... I do a little exercise. Well, I'll be honest here, my exercise usually consists of walking my son to and from the bus stop 3x a week, but still - that's 1/2 a mile each way!! So if you add it all up - that's 2 miles a day, 6 miles of walking a week! I'm just saying. I try to eat right. The only thing is, I have this SEROUS sweet tooth. And the fact that my beautiful lady love decided to buy THREE sweet potato pies for thanksgiving did not help. Granted, I'm not the only one who lives here, we have 2 kids at home still. BUT - my work schedule allows me to have 3 days off each week. Alone. Just me and those sweet creamy pies.... *sigh*

SO - I put a few pounds on.. lol Not anything ridiculous, but enough for me to put my foot down (at myself) and say "LOOK HERE DAMMIT!" that's enough!" I got my attention pretty quickly once I started cussin *wide eyed* 

So now, no cakes and pies - Klump Fest '11 is officially over. Which is of course a good thing, because I still gotta eat right? I love to eat and in these cozy Winter months, I LOVE to cook! Soo.. using some of my leftover turkey drumsticks and thighs that I froze after Thanksgiving, I am making a DELICIOUS Cabbage and Turkey soup (my own recipe) in my crockpot right now!! Yummy!


1 crockpot

2 Roasted Turkey Drumsticks
1/2 pack of Smoked Turkey Bacon, cooked
1 head of cabbage (quartered)
3 large carrots (sliced)
1/4 cup Sofrito (SEE THIS RECIPE)
1 Red onion (chopped)
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups water

Add all ingredients into your crock pot, set for 8 hours, and enjoy!!!

To enhance the natural flavors, about 20 minutes prior to serving, add:

1 tbsp natural sugar or Stevia
Sea Salt (To taste)
Crushed Red Pepper (To taste)

This makes a great leftover too - just freeze the rest, and pull out on a cold evening!!

A Puerto Rican Turkey Recipe from Me To YOU!

Hi Everyone! Happy Holidays!! How are you all doing? It's been a minute, right? *smile*

I hope everyone of you and all of your loved ones are having a blessed holiday season :) I LOVE the holidays - this is truly the BEST time of year. How have you all been preparing for it? This is what I've been doing:

1. Usually, we buy a fried turkey for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately (or fortunately, as it turns out), that fell through at the last minute this year. So I finally (after six years of us being together) got the chance to prove my (substantial) skills with the big bird! My dad gave me this recipe YEARS ago when I was a teenager, and visiting him at his place in the Bronx. It was so flavorful and JUICY! If you want to jazz up your next turkey, OR try it out first on a roast chicken, here's the recipe:


1 turkey (we bought a free range bird from Whole Foods for like $20)
Sea Salt (to soak and clean your bird beforehand - sea salt bring out all the impurities really well)

A Food Processor or blender
Sandwich sized freezer bags
2 Turkey sized oven bags
1 large bowl

1 1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup water
4 large green Bell Peppers (chopped in 1 inch sections)
3 large Red Onions (chopped in 1 inch sections)
3 Bunches of Cilantro, chopped
1 lemon, halved and seeds removed
3 large tablespoons of minced garlic
Season Salt (I prefer Lawry's)

Okay, we're going to make 2 things here, the 1st is a marinade/sauce that your bird will soak in, and the other is the vegetable stuffing that will also sit in the bird overnight.

the sauce is called SOFRITO - it's a Puerto Rican sauce that is used in EVERYTHING we cook, from beans to soups to well... Turkey! lol

My Sofrito Recipe

In your food processor, blend 1/2 cup Olive oil, 2 bunches of Cilantro, 3 green bell peppers, 2 red onions, & 2 tablespoons of the minced garlic. Add about 1/2 cup of the water to loosen the consistency if it gets too thick(if you need to, add more). Once it is well blended, squeeze the juice from 1 of the lemon halves into the mixture and blend again (this will preserve the pretty, bright green color, kinda like the color of this text). Voila! You have a lot of sofrito there, so set aside 2 cups of the sofrito, and then portion it off into servings in those sandwich bags for freezing! (try about 1/2 cup per bag)

Vegetable Stuffing

In a large bowl, mix the remaining peppers, onions, garlic & cilantro with 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1 cup of sofrito, squeeze the juice from the other lemon half over it, and mix again, sprinkle with some sea salt to taste. Set aside.


 Okay, here's the best part! Place your bird inside one of the oven bags, Take the other cup of Sofrito that you had set aside, and Rub that bird down! This is going to marinate overnight, so definitely apply the sauce liberally! Get under the skin, inside, everywhere! Then get your bowl of vegetable stuffing, and pack it tightly inside your turkey. These veggies are going to marinate right inside of your turkey, adding to the flavor and juiciness (MAN I'm Getting hungry here!!), so make sure you stuff as much as you can!

Now pour a little more of the olive oil, about 1/4 cup over the turkey, rub it down with the marinade some moe, sprinkle it with some Lawry's (my preference), close up the bag and tie the end closed. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. 

The next day, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, get out the unused oven bag, and follow the directions on the box - it will tell you how long to cook your bird based on its size! ENJOY!!!!

I LOVE sharing recipes, so let me know how it turns out when you try it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Customer Pics!

Hi Everyone! How are you all doing? Today is my 2nd out of 3 days off (I work four 10 hour days and have 3 off), and am in the midst of many mini projects... I think I'm a little A.D.D.ish today, because I can't seem to commit to any one thing... do you ever get those days where you FEEL really busy as you're mentally running through the list of all the things you have to do, but in actuality, you really aren't DOING any of them?? That's me today. For example:

  • I am in the "PROCESS" (in theory) of moving. Cleaning, sorting, etc. What I've actually accomplished today: I bought a new Dyson vacuum on QVC (5 easy pays!!) Got some cleaning done (Who else HATES bathrooms??), and am going to tackle laundry tomorrow
  • In order to develop my line of in stock, ready to ship Head Wraps, I need SPEED (The average Wrap takes about 3 days of serious knitting to make) I bought a knitting loom to make the process go faster... unfortunately, I have to teach myself how to use it first! It's a process... gave myself about 1 hour of practice time today.
  • I JUST (like 5 minutes ago) received the materials for my latest Bohemian Head Wrap order , so I need to get started on it - it's gonna be GORGEOUS! But then again... aren't they ALL? ;~D 

Okay, Off to work I go... Oh  by the way, here are some 
Knitti Gritti Bohemian Head Wrap Customer Pics:

And a Customer Video Review ! Can you feel the love??? *grin*