Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Just a bit left to do on the second front. Then the front miters and some serious blocking!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
There is some kind of argument, and Stephanie says she has the perfect solution. Goes into the other room, and returns with a bizarre contraption. Bob pulls one end open, pulls out the knitting, and there is a wad of paper in the middle with the answer to the argument. Turns out all the knitting is socks. And I explain that the only time I wear store bought socks is for exercise. Stephanie gives me a big lecture of the health benefits of wool socks, etc, etc. and I agree to wear hand knit footies as my work out socks. (Yeah, like that's really gonna happen!)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
And now I have to move out of this area a bit!
4. Crayola Factory
Philadelphia where I would take them to:
5. Liberty Bell
6. Independence Hall
7. And the Federal Mint - or whatever the "correct" name is!
8. The Ben Franklin Museum - a very kid friendly place, but interesting to adults also
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
No Roll Sugar Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup confectioner's sugar
4.5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Optional: sprinkles of choice
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets (I use my baking stone).
2. Cream butter, margarine, and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
4. It has survived more than 24 hours. Musta been the fact that I hadn't had any in quite so long.
5. It's my sister's birthday on Sat. While I have thought about the need/desire to get a card for her for several weeks, I have not stepped foot into a store that sells cards. Not sure how this plan is going to work.
6. The "Ten on Tues" was harder than it should have been - or that I thought it would be. I should probably start on next week's theme today.
7. We (foolishly) accepted the word of the miter gauge on the saw. It was off by 1 degree. One degree on each of two sides x six pieces = no way in hell is this going to work. Had to throw out 500 pieces that were off by that one degree.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1. Definately warmer weather.
2. Spring flowers - what's not to love there!
3. Birds. I love to hear their singing.
4. Letting in the sun warmed spring air through the open window.
5. Green grass. Which would mean less mud.
6. Being warm outside for a walk.
7. Berries. Although I saw fresh strawberries and rhubarb in the grocery store today.
8. Apple blossoms.
9. The neighbor's magnolia tree in bloom.
10. Gardenias. And camellias. Some of the most wonderful flowering shrubs.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
2. I like numbering things.
3. But when I make an actual list, I don't usually number the items on the list.
4. Go figure.
5. I made rice pudding today.
6. I wanted to make it yesterday. But then I found out just how desperately I needed to go to the store. I had rice (which is amazing since I don't remember the last time I ate rice). And I found a rice pudding recipe that didn't need eggs. Which I didn't have. But come to find out, I didn't have enough milk either.
7. Rice pudding warm from the oven is very good.
8. So good, I've had three bowls today! Granted, they were small custard cups, but still. Three.
9. I have 2.5 miters left to go on the back of this cape. I'm really liking how the colors are playing off each other. I'm very glad I chose to go with four colors.
10. I got my copy of Patons Street Smart booklet (with the Must Have Cardigan pattern) this week. I'm really wanting to order yarn for this.
11. But I got yarn this past week for another Clapotis. Full size this time. I ordered four skeins, but I'm thinking about ordering a fifth. The pattern breaks down into fifths: 1/5 for the set-up and increase section, 3/5 for the straight section, 1/5 for the decrease section. I wouldn't need to count repeats of anything. Finish the first skein? Time to knit the straight section. One skein left? Time to decrease. Sounds very mindless for an absolutely dead simple (but to me very pretty) pattern.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
I looked up from the footstool and really liked my mitten still life.
I didn't even bother cleaning up the area. I like the little teaser shot inside the mitten!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tanja was my swap partner. She lives in sunny CA, and sent some spring goodness my way. I didn't take a picture of the box prior to unwrapping, but everything was wrapped in glorious purple tissue paper. And I do love me some purple.
Tanja included a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day dishsoap. While it doesn't say it's organic, it is all natural (I read the ingredients!), a tin of Green & Black's organic hot chocolate, a bar of Plantlife Lavender soap and a bar of California Bay Laurel soap. Plus hair mask (really come in handy since I just had my hair colored), face mask, salt scrub, and the ever popular dishcloths. She forgot to take a picture of this one, but I don't think the butterfly shows up very well.
But in real life, it is easy to spot the butterfly. And check out that yummy yarn in the back. She included two skeins of Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre - one in maroon and one in a spring green. I'm not sure what I'm going to make with this yarn, but it is very soft.
I don't think I've left anything out. Tanja, it is a fantastic swap package and I thank you for everything!
Everything was wrapped in lovely spring colored tissue paper. And look at all those goodies! Emma sent (not only the wonderful mittens), but yarn and a pattern for another pair. Knit Picks Merino Style in bare and coal with a pattern for Herringbone Mittens with Poms, more Knit Picks Bare and kool-aid. She included her "recipe" to dye the yarn to make stripes, a bar of Leslie's Garden soap in "Herb Walk," a large tin of Trader Joe's Sipping Chocolate, and the coolest looking journal (on the lower right).
Oh, and the mittens. The yarn is also Knit Picks in their Wool of the Andes. The yarn is soft and feels good on my hands. And the mittens fit wonderfully. Which is good since there isn't a lot you can do to size stranded color patterns.
Emma, that was a fantastic swap package you sent! I'll be keeping my eye on the swap blog to see what goodies your pal sends to you. And I'm truly sorry you don't yet have a blog of your own. Just a hint though: it's really easy to start and I'm having fun with mine!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Even when I had absolutely no money for yarn, I always managed to have at least a current skein of sock yarn. I have several pairs of socks knit from leftover yarns. I've been able to get a pair of socks out of left overs from two pairs - which makes for some interesting socks but is pretty cool.
And I had a sock. It used to look like this:
I really like this pattern. My Sockapalooza 3 (I think) pal sent me a pair of socks knit in this pattern. I liked them so much, I bought the pattern and one of my scrap yarn pairs of socks is knit in this pattern. That's most of a foot. It now looks like this:I have no idea what pattern the yarn is going to become. But I have those two socks books that I haven't ever knit a sock from yet, so the options are wide open! Any suggestions?
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This package was well and truly worth the wait. I have vertigo today (which is why I wasn't going to post). So the package couldn't have come on a better day to make me feel better. This is a shot of all the goodies still wrapped:Ms. M spent a bit of time wrapping each item in cheerful tissue paper. But the goodies inside the tissue! I sure hope you hit a really good sale - I do feel truly spoiled.
Wrapped in all their glory were three tins of cocoa mix. The gift bags in the bag each are a package of "snowman soup:" cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, candy cane, and a "mix-in" for the cocoa - one is crushed candycane and the other crushed heath bars! Dark choco covered espresso beans, a bar of chocolate, three (!) kinds of cookie treats. And I truly love cookies. A wonderful mug (I had wanted to send a mug to my pal. But she is overseas and I was afraid of the breakage.) Sheep stitch markers, my "blah buster buddy" and yarn.