Saturday, December 26, 2009
I am eating yummy cookies my Sister made for me - chocolate chip, oatmeal and peanut butter. I bought the Caramel Macchiato kit from Starbucks, all is right with my little world!! Munching and sipping away.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Oh and here are some yummy recipes I am thinking about trying also.
Butterscotch Lace Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp molasses, if desired
3 tbsp flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Add sugar to butter; pour over rolled oats. Let stand at room temperature overnight so oats absorb butter.
Heat oven to 375 degrees (quick mod.)
Mix remaining ingredients into oats.
Drop level teaspoonfuls of dough 2" apart on heavily greased baking sheet.
Bake only 12 cookies on a sheet.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until brown around edges.
Allow to remain on sheet a few minutes until firm, then immediately remove with spatula to cooling rack.
Makes 6 dozen cookies
NOTE: Do not make these cookies in hot, humid weather, as cookies absorb moisture from air and become limp.
tsp = teaspoon
tbsp = tablespoon
Caramel Refrigerator Cookies
1/2 shortening (part butter or margarine)
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla thoroughly.
Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
Stir flour, soda, and salt together; stir in.
Form in roll 2 1/2" across.
Wrap in waxed paper. Chill until firm.
Heat oven to 400 degrees (mod. hot).
Cut in 1/8" slices. Place slices a little apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate melted (4 oz)
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Mix oil, chocolate, and granulated sugar.
Blend in one egg at a time untill well mixed. Add vanilla.
Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture.
Chill several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350 degrees (Mod.)
Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into confectioners' sugar.
Roll in sugar; shape into balls.
Place about 2" apart on greased baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake!
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Monday, December 14, 2009
a free pattern on Ravelry
I have discovered a nifty little pattern that knits up very quickly. I love Karbella Aurora 8 yarn specifically for its stitch definition, so this pattern is prompting me to do some more stash busting. I chose two colors at random.
This is the original recipe. The wine colored yarn is extremely hard to photograph.
This one I am knitting in all garter stitch and textured stitches.
This third one is Argosy Cashmere Silk yarn I have been holding on to for awhile. I decided to move it from my "collection" to real life.
I cast all of these on Saturday. The last two I have completed 3 sections. The first one I have completed 6 sections (the photo is of the first 3 sections only). I will finish the wine colored one tonight, and possibly the blue one as well. Amazing.
Friday, December 11, 2009
What caused this fiasco more than anything else is the fact that the 337 stitch version needs to be knit on a longer cable than the original version. I just logged off of Knit Picks - I ordered both a 40" and a 47" 3.25 mm harmony needle. I love knitting shawls and I always need to knit the largest version. I have enjoyed this pattern so much I plan to knit a Stockinette version. I will need the longer cable for sure!!!!
So that's my tale of woe. I look forward to getting back to this project - as soon as my new needle arrives!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I think I'll do a little Henry VIII tonight for a change of texture and color. My project area looks a little wierd with only two tote bags there now. The finished objects: 2 pairs of socks, 2 scarves and a converted cowl are all tucked away. I have to block the scarves this weekend. The left over yarn has been added to the stash basket. I am not casting on anything else until the Multnomah is finished. I will most likely pick H8 back up when the shawl is finished. Getting some UFOs chalked up was just the boost I needed to get my knitting MoJo back. Finishing the 52 Pair Plunge was a major accomplishment too!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I belonged to the Socks That Rock Rockin' Sock Club and the Wollmeise Sock Club, I did not add all of the yarn to my Ravelry Stash. Here they are - in order from left to right: STR Dragon Dance, STR Goody Goody, STR Muddy Autumn Rainbow, Wollmeise Okzident, Saami and Jultomte.
I added another 56 row repeat to my North Star Qiviut Scarf from the Arctic Lace Book.
I am about to turn the heel on my second STR Lapis Sock.
I am actually now working on the foot of the STR Gingerbread Dude 2nd sock.
I finished the Black Dimple Shale Scarf. I also finished the Tiger Eye neck warmer in Sundara Violet Over Black. The pictures came out horrible, I will take more pictures after I block the Tiger Eye scarf.
I fell down and bought the Addi Click set from The Loopy Ewe. They are awesome, I love BLUE cables.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Feather & Fan Atomic #6 - I have mixed reviews on this one, I think it may end up being a Christmas prezzie for someone.
Lapis Sock - as usual I love all of the colors in this Blue Moon Fiber Arts colorway. I would buy solids in all of them - just gorgeous. I turned the heel and finished the gusset decreases last night. Then I put the sock away and started turning the heel on the Gingerbread Dude sock. I finished that one too late for photos.
I am starting to miss my sweaters. I signed up for the 2010 Ravelympics Starmore team, but if I finish the sweaters I have three other kits to choose from for the Olympics: the Leo Scarf, Seaweed Wrap and Lismore. I think I am going to work on H8 tonight for about 5 rows. I am on the neck decreases on Glenesk. I want to finish that off this weekend and "cut" the armhole steeks to start the sleeves. Not sure I have the nerve yet. We will see.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It's so wonderful to have socks on the needles again. They seem to be going super fast too. I am already turning the heel on the Lapis sock.
I ran into two problems with the Eyelet Cowl. The circumference was too small and the eyelets were too large for maximum warmth. I would only want a cowl for warmth and the holes were so large that a lot of air would undoubtedly get in. I frogged it. The yarn is wonderful though and I love the way it knits up. I am going to knit a feather and fan scarf instead. Depending on the length I end up with I might run a seam at the half way point to make a hood.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
1. Socks - Gingerbread Dude colorway STR Medium weight
2. Socks - Lapis colorway STR Medium weight
3. Multnomah Shawl designed by Kate Flagg at http://helloknitty.net - Lenore STR Light/Fingering Weight
4. The Eyelet Cowl in Vogue Knitting Holiday 2009 ed.; Pages 58, 95 - Atomic #6 Luscious Single Silk (LSS)
I needed a break from Henry 8, I want a transportable project for the Thanksgiving week. It should be quiet at work and then there is the 4 day weekend. I needed some instant gratification projects, although the projects list on my sidebar looks ridiculously long now - whew.
I have received the following DVD collections to keep me company, now and during my recovery from surgery the first two weeks of December.
Rome - the complete series
Millennium - the complete series
Ironside - Season 1
Bones - Season 4
Dead Zone - Final Season
Pretender - Season 4
I have pre-ordered:
Tudors Season 3
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
Angels & Demons
Lost Seasons 4 & 5
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My poor sister, she is still off work with her broken foot. Have I mentioned how many people I know who keep falling down and hurting themselves? Mom - wrist, Sister - foot, friend Peggy - wrist & shoulder, friend Alma - arm, friend Alison - clavicle and other vital parts. I am being very careful these days!!!!
It has gotten wet and chilly, I feel like doing some Christmas shopping. Baby Aragon stopped by for a visit last Friday. He is beyond precious. OMG, he still has that new baby smell and he is soft and warm and OMG, don't you just love miniature people? As an added bonus his Daddy made Flan for Mom, delicioso. It is the best flan I have ever had, so carmelly. YUM!!!
I have been wearing my socks and sweaters, however I have decided to give two of my handmade sweaters to charity. One is the crocheted pullover in that beautiful multi blue yarn, just too hot. I am also getting rid of the grey nightmare Makes Tracks Cardigan, I remember burning the pattern? Someone will get some use out of them no doubt.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I had gone through all of the cardigans in Tudor Roses, and the Katherine of Aragon was the style I had chosen for the H8 Cardigan. Maybe after I finish the sweater I will knit it again as a cardigan in a different yarn. As if I don't have enough projects in my queue ;-}
I finally took pictures of my socks and wash cloth, I still have to post them. I cast on the swatch for H8 and got through row 6 of 37 rows. I am listening to a kind of depressing audiobook while I get the charts entered into excel, and knit the swatch. All the good guys keep getting killed.
Once my swatch is blocked and measured I will begin watching the Tudors Season I as I knit H8. I am really looking forward to it.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The second thing I was going to do was take the directions for both sweaters and replace the numbers from Glenesk with the numbers from Henry VIII and see how far off the pattern charts fall. I have not looked at Henry VIII yet - wouldn't it be lovely if you cast on the same number of stitches, decreased at the same spots, started the armhole steeks in the same row? ? ? I am still winding yarn into balls. I will swatch this weekend, I am hoping the yarn knits smoothly with my new acrylic Knit Pick Zephyr needles. I love them.
I really wanted to finish Glenesk before starting Henry VIII (H8) so I could see how it all works. I have way too much left to knit, I want to be a part of the H8 KAL so I am going to have to cast on this weekend. Hmmm, just thinking, I also have the Lismore Kit, which is a cardigan too. I can look at those directions and see if they are basically the same as the Glenesk cardigan. If Virtual Yarn handles neckline decreases the same on both their patterns, then surely it would work with H8 - right ??!!?? Then all I would have to do is see where the chart patterns would fall on either side of the steeks.
Samurai Sudoku is taking up a ridiculous amount of my time. I am hooked. I even solved two "Evil" ones. Check them out if you dare, the archives will provide you with puzzles from each level. www.Samurai-Sudoku.com Samurai sudoku puzzles consist of five overlapping sudoku grids. The standard sudoku rules apply to each 9 x 9 grid. Place digits from 1 to 9 in each empty cell. Every row, every column, and every 3 x 3 box should contain one of each digit.
I have got to get some pictures of my finished objects posted. My Ravelry projects list just looks silly with balls of yarns, or sock cuffs on finished projects instead of a pair of completed socks. Heavy sigh, so much to do, so little time.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
My paperback copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting arrived.
Not so exciting. Off to knit . . .ciao.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I also ordered "almost" all of the new palette colors . These yarns are beautiful! I have some ideas in the back of my mind about creating a tapestry. We will see. I have one more Sipalu pattern to knit, then I will restock any of the palette colors from the two sampler kits that I may be running out of. I will have almost every colorway then. Once I have them all in hand, I will start designing my master piece. I also ordered 20 balls of the silver palette to knit another feather and fan wrap, this one for myself.
I have 5 more rows to knit on the body of the Glenesk before I delve into the armhole steeks and edge stitches. I don't really get that next step, but I will put a shout out to the folks on Ravelry if I get really stuck.
eta: I completely forgot to post - I finished the Wollmeise Candle Flame Scarf and it is truly lovely ;} cheers!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I have not been on Ravelry forums in weeks, I have only been updating my projects. I am totally slacking on photos - again. So time consuming to take them, edit them, post them, yawn, and so on and so on. I need to be knitting. I have just a few more days of lollygagging on socks and such before I return to my Glenesk Cardigan. The plan is to finish it before starting Henry VII in September. That means being monogamous in August.
I think that just about catches me up, cheers.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I need to finish the last 16 rows of the body of the Glenesk Cardigan so I can start the armholes. I don't want to take all of the colors with me to Minnesota, but it would be the perfect project for that trip. Hmmm, I will have to give that some thought.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Yarns From Germany:
Wollmeise True Love
Wollmeise Blue Bell
Crazy Zauberball U-Boat
Crazy Zauberball Tropical Fish
Yarn From Alaska:
Qiviuk in Natural
Yarn Spun in Taiwan:
Panda Silk in Butterscotch
Yarn Form Peru:
Swish Worsted Allspice
Swish Bulky Adobo
Merino Style Fedora
Swish DK Grain Heather
Lang Yarns Circular Sock Needles
Signature Arts Spiral Tipped Needles
Kollage Circular Square Needles