Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The hat is a very simple pattern but the yarn it is made with is so very soft! It is Bernat Bamboo (who would think that bamboo could be so soft!) It's a bulky yarn and the hat is knit on size 10 needles. CO 60 - knit in the round for 7 - 8 inches, then decrease every other row until there are 5 stitches left.
This is my Baktus Scarf (Ravelry pattern) knit with Noro Kuryon sock yarn. It would seem like a boring pattern - all garter stitch (knit) increasing every fourth row for half the scarf and then decreasing every fourth row for the second half, but the color changes in the Noro yarn made it interesting enough to keep going! I love the scarf - hoping it will block out just a little bit longer.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
And a couple of finished projects - A simple pair of fingeless mitts - one of my project bags has the yarn and patterns for several more of these.
And another Teddy Bear sweater from the Knits for Bears to Wear book. Love this yarn - it's self-patterning Plymouth Encore sock yarn in worsted weight, 300 yards per skein. Think I'll make a little hat to match and some socks if I have enough left.
So, that's how I spent my morning - how did you spend yours?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Another fun project - clothes for bears! My granddaughter is obsessed with "Build-A-Bears" and their accessories. So I'm making her bears some clothes for Christmas. The book is "Knits for Bears to Wear and has some really cute outfits in it, including a mermaid outfit, which I know Tori will love. I'm thinking I need to get my own Build-a-Bear to model the outfits! I still need to sew the buttons on the dress and put the hook and eye closures on the hoodie.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Thank you Linda - what a day brightener this was!
Seems like I haven't been finishing much lately - but here is one FO. The hat pattern is called "Megan's Braids" and it's One Skein Wonders.
It's a darker purple than is showing in the picture and the mittens below that go with it are really purple too, but for some reason they came out blue in the picture. This will be a Christmas gift for one of the little girl's on my list.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It's not too late to join. Just sign up on their Yahoo Group . It's like Christmas morning every time you get a message saying a new file has been uploaded! Some are mysteries, some are not. The first two patterns uploaded on Saturday were for a back scrubber & cloth set, and a crocheted lace shawl - both great patterns.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I mentioned the James Patterson Maximum Ride Series in another post. I've read or listened to the first 4 books - there is one more in the series. These books were written for the teen crowd, but I've enjoyed them very much. Maximum Ride is a 14 year old girl who, along with Fang, Gasman, Iggy, Angel, and Nudge were created in test tubes with a mixture of human and avian DNA. They have wings and they can fly! They escape from the lab, and set about trying to save the world, although it isn't until the 4th book that they find out what they are saving it from.
I recently discovered a new author (for me) - Jeffery Deaver. His books are all page-turners! I've recently read The Bodies Left Behind, The Coffin Dancer, Speaking in Tongues, and just started reading The Vanished Man.
When I'm knitting and when I'm driving, I like to listen to audio books. Greg Isles is another favorite author of mine, (Sleep No More, 24 Hours) and I'm listening to his Third Degree now.
I like to read "Cozies" too. Cat on the Edge a Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseu Murphy, complete with talking cats and shapechangers, Maggie Sefton's yarn shop series, and other knitting and craft related mysteries.
I could go on and on - so many books, so little time! What are you reading?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I did find some projects in the Lionbrand catalog that I'd like to make. Like these felted slippers
And this round crocheted afghan. The patterns are free at http://www.lionbrand.com/ , along with tons of other free patterns.
And since I have finished almost all of my UFOs (unfinished objects) I can start some new projects.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And for a completely different kind of fibery goodness - a Fruit Torte! It's easy and especially delicious when served warm with ice cream. I brought this one to a fun night of Bunco with some old friends and some new. This recipe made more than enough to feed twelve ladies with some left over.
6 Cups flour
1 ½ Cups sugar
4 egg YOLKS
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 lb butter or margarine – melted
2 cans Comstock fruit
1 15/10 cookie sheet
Blend all dry ingredients, then add egg yolks and melted butter.
Use half of mixture for bottom of pan. (smooth down in pan)
(Remainder of mixture for top)
Spread 2 cans of Comstock pie filling over bottom of pan.
(I uses 1 can apples and 1 can blueberries.) One can on each side of pan.
“Crumb” remaining “dry mixture” over top of fruit.
Bake at 375 degree oven for 40-45 mins or until slightly browned.
DO NOT USE WHITES OF EGGS,
THEY WILL NOT ALLOW MIXTURE TO “CRUMB”.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Even though I retired from teaching in June, I couldn't stay away from the first day of school. It wasn't just any first day of school, it was the first day of school in our brand new beautiful, state of the art school! Well, it will be state of the art once everything is working, like the phones and the Internet - but minor details!
My favorite place - the Teacher's Lounge. It is much appreciated after not having one for the past 6 years (every available space was being used for instruction in our old school). The PTC supplied the fruit for the first day of school.
I have already subbed for a half day in Kindergarten (still say it's the hardest job in the world!)
You can see more photos here.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
And the prize.............