Relocation and Starting Fresh (again)

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been following this blog. I started Sandra’s Garden Gate back in a time when a family member who I trusted with my deepest inner thoughts, felt some posts was a bit too candid. Feeling I had been misread, I skulked off to decide which direction to go in next. I needed to “start fresh”, without fear of criticism or unjust retribution from those who would judge me based on one mis-read blog post. ONE POST! It’s been two and a half years, and I’ve finally found the strength to move on, to stop spending precious energies on wasted emotions. My blogs have continued to be a part of me, and I want to continue, if not for my kids (if they are reading any of this), then for myself. It’s all a part of healing, to be able to say what is on one’s mind, fearless to others’ opinions. I will keep this one open, until I find a need for it again. Maybe it will become a dedication page, or a crochet blog. If you are following my blogs, please feel free to join me and bookmark back to my ORIGINAL blog: My Many Twisted Stitches. Please drop me a line over there, to say HI! and let me know you found me and still care~ Have a Beautiful Winter Solstice and a Happy New Year!

For all you Dog Lovers out there,

Merry Christmas, from Igor!


Igor, aka Smiling Boy



Knitting Instructional Video and Gloves that Heal!

Jeanne from Jimmy Beans Wool demonstrates How To Do a Russian Join while Knitting. Jimmy Beans Wool is your LYS… online!

I’m going to use this technique on my Agatha Cardigan pattern I just purchased. It’s one-piece reversible construction looks really exciting. I’m thinking I’ll use Plymouth Encore Tweed, Grey Heather T781. I purchased it from Ben Franklin Crafts a while back, not quite sure what I was going to use it for, but this might work out great for a mid-weight sweater, after I’ve re-calculated the gauge.

Agatha Cardigan
Agatha Cardigan closeup
Agatha Cardigan

DD19 just called to tell me they canceled the get-together at 2 Seasons Bowling Alley, too foggy tonight, making driving hazardous. I’m glad she decided not to go, but now I have these batches of FUDGE I was going to gift. OFUDGE! now I will have to eat it all or see if I can freeze it for later.

I am thinking of trying these gloves for Winter Hands; they sound perfect for moisturizing and protecting from dryness. Check back for reviews.

Peacel, Light and Love~ knit warm and stay happy!

Our Winter Solstice Tree

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude (via Operation Gratitude Blog)

I LOVE JOAN, you gotta see her!
Check out this video: Knitting: A Patriotic Duty – Fox News Video –
‎98-year-old woman knits scarves for troops

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude

by Guest Blogger Karen Francis. Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.  A group of women met on a glorious summer day in Old Town Alexandria, a day that the humidity was down and a cool breeze blew across the Potomac, but the … Read More

via Operation Gratitude Blog