Friday, December 27, 2013

My Granny Stripe

This is my progress on my Granny Stripe. When it is done it will cover my queen size bed, this started out as a sampler afghan but honestly I got tired of making all the squares and sewing them together. Then I stumbled upon this and I knew what I needed to do with my yarn. This has been a UFO for a bit as I worked on deadline knitting but I sure was glad to pull it out of the basket and start it up again. I am about half way done now and I can't wait to complete it. This will be my first ever handmade item of this size. I've never made myself a crocheted or knitted afghan for my bed.

Next up I'd like to do some Hudson Bay blankets as throws for some family members.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the TeaMouse House

 Merry Christmas from the TeaMouse House!
Here is a few photos from our 2013 Christmas. I've enjoyed this Advent so much and preparing a space for Jesus in my life. I did a lot of baking and sent it away to family as gifts. Doing these simple things really make me feel like I'm focusing on the proper reason to celebrate. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy & Healthy 2014!
My tree and the faux fireplace

Homemade Christmas Cards

My yarn ball wreath - every knitter needs one

One of my Snowmen

A gorgeous Shooting Star Hydrangea

Even the kitchen has some decorating - oops the pumpkins were still out!

A birthday gift from my Mom - 44 years and I finally got my doll house and it's all ready for Christmas

Homemade cocoa for our nieces and nephews



In honor of my 'fishermen' I couldn't resist another snowman ornament

The front of my dollhouse

My ornament from our family ornament exchange, love this Christmas Timmies cup


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Candy Cane Horses

I saw these last year on Hakucho's blog and I didn't need any then but this year I wanted to make some to sell at my craft sale, all proceeds to Typhoon Haiyan relief. My friend bought the whole lot, all 13. These here are new ones for our Social Justice committee so sell next week after Mass to raise money for Missions and Christmas Hampers. I plan to make more to use instead of bows on my nieces and nephews Christmas gifts.These are so cute and easy to knit! The pattern can be found on Ravelry and is only $2.00.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Deadline Knitting - Love it or Hate it?

I had a few items up on Etsy, but it wasn't going anywhere so I decided to close the store and try this sale. After that I think I just have to knit for the love of it. I am feeling a bit of deadline  pressure to knit more things and it does take some of the joy out of it.

I have discovered the cowl -and where has it been all my life. It's the perfect winter accessory, you have a warm scarf and if the weather is really cool you slip it up and you keep your ears warm, all without messing your hair - perfect! So I've knit up a few of those for the sale along with ruffled scarves and I'm now doing a diagonal baby blanket in Lionbrand Homespun - holiday collection and I quite like how that is going. I had a lot of dishcloths and tea cozies. I may not have the most stock, but I'll sure try to make my table pretty. Thankfully my DH who makes soap whipped up a batch so I have that to offer as well.

After I get this sale over I have to focus on any Christmas projects that are coming up. I have a few Mrs. Claus jobs ahead of me so I won't be able to rest too much until I get those tackled.

I've really been off the computer a lot so blogging has fallen by the wayside, I'm undergoing physio for some nerve issues in my right forearm so I try to stay off the computer at home when I can to help with this as I can't put the needles down just yet.

Question, how do you handle knitting deadlines, whether for holiday knitting or other reasons? Does it leave you frazzled or does it help you to get your projects done quicker?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rose Red Beret

I've been knitting dishcloths almost non-stop for week's now and as much as I love knitting them I needed a break. Digging through my stash I discovered some Cascade 220 that I had purchased for some tea cozies which I am also bored with making at the moment. When I saw the Ruby I knew I wanted to knit a beret. The question was which one. I always fall into that 'that pattern is too difficult' and 'I'll just find an easy one, it's ok if it's not as fancy'. This is what I was doing all afternoon yesterday. I kept coming back to Rose Red by Ysolda Teague. My sister has knit it at least four times and I love the look of it, but it's one of those patterns that looks like you need a degree in knitting to accomplish. I had a copy of Laurel by Jared Flood but I kept thinking of the Red Rose and it was certainly fitting since I had a nice Ruby red to knit it with.

My sis told me it was well within my skill level. Trusting her on this I went and ordered the pattern. I was so excited. I got the pattern and I immediately loved the line by line instruction. The *gulp* moment came when I realized you start from the top and work your way down. I've worked with dpn's before, heck I have knit three Christmas stockings with them and finished a few berets, but I have never done a top down one that started on dpn's. I brooded a bit.

After supper I got my yarn, dug out my needles and my pattern and just decided to jump in. The first attempt was bad, mostly because I forgot how to divide the stitches among the needles, it had been over a year since I worked on them. I frogged the first one and quickly had a look on what I did wrong. I cast on again and it looked much better, I will admit though starting with 6 stitches on dpn's is a bit of an acrobatic trick. My arms were cramping but it wasn't long before I had enough stitches on each dpn that it was a breeze. The other bonus is when I knit off the dpn's to the circular needle there was no gap there and I always have trouble when I start on circular needles in the round to not have a space there, no matter what I do.

So I'm happily knitting and enjoying the process. I've got a skein of white that I want to knit this in as well. If both of these go well I'll try Laurel which was also had me convinced I couldn't do it.

I have to let go of this 'I can't' thinking. I think I need to do more dpn knitting.

The Red Rose and Laurel pattern are available at Ravelry.

***Update October 26, 2013

I finished the beret without issues, next time I'll use a lighter yarn but overall I am happy with it and it looks lovely.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Striped Beach Towel Dishcloth Trio

 These cloths were so fun to make. I love the hot pink/green and purple. This is just perfect for summer knitting.

This inspired me to do a similar version, tomorrow I will have a photo of that completed cloth. To me it kind of reminds me of a grown up J cloth.

I'm going to let you decide what the name of the pattern will be, the winner will win the cloth, the first one made!

There will be bonus entries for Tweeting the contest, make sure to visit tomorrow for all the details.




Sunday, June 09, 2013

More Yarn

I'm really enjoying my summer time hobby of dishcloth knitting. I was looking for a nice bright yellow to add to the the pink/green cloth set I'm knitting. There was none to be found. I grabbed a ball of Hot Purple instead.

I didn't come home with just that as they had the balls on 4/$5 so I found some other colour combinations I wanted to try and grabbed 2 of each. I think I used pretty good restraint!

Let the knitting commence!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

My DD recently moved out on her own - she has five other roomies. Today I'm going to see her new place and I decided to take a little treat, I found this recipe on a friend's blog some years ago. Her blog is no longer operational, or else I'd link to it.

These are so delicious and just like the Pepperidge Farm kind, but actually better because they are fresh made and much more economical to make.

I didn't bake a lot before because there were only the three of us at home and I didn't need all that extra junk in the house. It's nice to have a reason to bake and know that I can just drop whatever we won't eat off somewhere.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Crisco shortening, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate

Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in macadamia nuts and white chocolate.
  6. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Yields: 4 dozen cookies

Friday, June 07, 2013

Summer Knitting

 I love summer knitting, it's generally when I build up my stash of dishcloths. I always find a need to have extra cloths on hand. They make a perfect last minute quick gift. Sometimes I bundle them up with a bar of my DH's homemade soap, or I give them as part of our churches Christmas Hamper project tied up with ribbon to a bottle of dishsoap.

There are so many great ideas for gifting these, I love that you can use them in the bath or in the kitchen. I like to bring a touch of fun to the everyday so I do use fancy cloths like this to wash dishes. I do make a select few that are designated for the bath and they are my 'spa cloths'.

So when the summer heats up and I don't want to be sitting under a big project these come out. Best part, they are portable and I can take them with me anywhere and get some knitting time in or 'me time'.

There is nothing better than sitting on the back deck sipping on an iced tea,listening to the birds chirp and working on a pretty cloth like this.

The striped cloth is Beach Towel Striped Cloth from Lily Sugar and Cream. As soon as I got the email with the new pattern I cast one on. They are really easy and I love the effect. I did change how many I CO as I don't like a cloth that is 10 x 10, these work out to 8.5 x 8.5, which is about as large as I like to go. I'm going to pick up some bright yellow and have a colorful trio to put on Etsy and maybe one for a gift. The other cloths are the 'Not your average cloth' and I love their simplicity and modern look. Knit a bit smaller, they come in at 7.5 x 7.5 but it's still a great size for either the kitchen or bath. I love these cloths as spa cloths and when I knit them for me that's what I use them for.

Tucked away I have a sweater to finish and I'm still working on a crocheted afghan for my room, but for now dishcloth season has arrived and I couldn't be happier. I'll have lot's of fun trying out new patterns, thinking of some of my own and having a great time with my needles and string.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Lazy Sunday

 The pups and I decided to spend the morning on the deck while DH was at work. It was a chilly morning to start, I'm not sure when we'll get really warm weather, but this suited us just fine. By the end of the day I ended up with a bit of a sunburn - I guess it's time to admit that I just need it anytime I'm in the sun.

I spent the morning knitting. I finished my key lime cloth and started and finished the bright green cloth. These cloths are so easy and quick to knit and end up at a nice average 7 x 7 inch cloth that is a perfect size for a washcloth or even a dishcloth as I don't like a large cloth that expands too much for dishes.

Piper met Harley on Friday and they loved each other. Both the same mix of breeds they loved to finally have a dog that they could puppy play with. We made a play date to meet up at the local dog park in the afternoon.

Even Oliver finally got to meet Harley and she actually has pretty good dog manners and gave him his appropriate space.
 
 

 Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tea Cozies - why using good wool makes a far superior cozy

 Awhile back I stumbled upon a pleated tea cozy pattern. It reminded me of my Granny. I knew I had to make one. The pattern was free from Paton's. The yarn recommended was their classic wool. I had a few balls of Cascade 220 is 100% Peruvian Highland wool. The beauty of the Cascade is that it doesn't feel all scratchy like wool of the old days, it also comes in a stunning array of colours. There is literally a colour for everyone. It's my go-to wool if I need a good worsted weight yarn.

The main reason for using wool to knit a teapot cozy is the insulating factor. Wool is a natural fiber and it will keep things warm longer. It is why you may remember the scratchy woolen winter articles your mom would make you wear(well you may not, depending on your age) but the fact of the matter is that it will keep you warmer. Hands down wool will provide maximum insulation over acrylic which is a synthetic fiber. The other benefit of this pattern is the yarn is carried behind which creates the pleats and on the inside air pockets. This combined with the wool make it extremely insulating.

Also, a quality yarn like this will be something that will last and last for year's to come. Yes, it's a little more fussy in that you can't just pop it in the machine to wash/dry, but cleaning it isn't really a huge task either. I simply put mine into the kitchen sink in tepid water with some wool safe liquid soap like Soak and I let it sit for a bit, these detergents do not need rinsing. After it has sat for a bit I drain the sink, gently squeeze some water out and then I roll it into a dry towel to get some more water out. Simply lay on a towel and shape it back into its shape and let it air dry. It's really not a big task, especially for something so small like a cozy.
I have made many of these cozies since I first stumbled upon this pattern. I was commissioned to knit 5 for a local tea shoppe and I made this lovely purple/grey combo for a friend upon request based on her kitchen colours. This is most likely not something she'd find in any store. I adorned it with some crocheted purple flowers in the coordinating yarn. So simple, yet so beautiful.

The one pictured at the top, which I have named 'Splash' I had for sale, but as I was knitting it, I began to really love the colours(which by the way do not even remotely go with my kitchen) - that's the fun part, you can have a tea cozy for different occasions or to match your kitchen scheme. I decided this was a fun tea cozy just to have for the Spring. When Spring was taking forever to arrive I finally decided to pull it from sale and use it in my kitchen, I'm sure glad I did. It really cheered up my tea time when Spring was taking f o r e v er!!

I do tend to name all of my cozies, I base the name on the colour of yarn's used. I adorn each cozy with crocheted flowers of different styles using coordinating yarn. This makes each cozy truly unique. I've yet to knit the exact same one.

So I knit cozies, quite a few actually. I guess I'm slightly addicted to it. Honestly it's probably one of the few patterns that I'd make over and over again. Not only are they so pretty they are very functional and as any good tea drinker can attest a good tea cozy is essential for tea time!

I currently have five tea cozies for sale at my Etsy shoppe and I can do special request orders for different colours if you desire a different colour to suit your kitchen. My colours are based on my tea cozy theme of 'English Gardenparty Tea Cozies', a tea cozy to brighten up tea time.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A taste of Italy

For our anniversary dinner this year we tried out a new restaurant. Normally we've gone out for a nice steak dinner with all the trimmings. I knew of Fortuna, but we just hadn't gotten around to going there. Once I saw their menu, I knew it had to try it.

We were seated at a lovely table by the window, unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to eat on the patio(next time). We started our meal with Sangria and our appetizers were Bufala Caprese and Bruschetta, and then of course a basket of breads was brought to our table to be enjoyed with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar....so so good!

My DH decided to try lamb for the first time, he roasted lamb served on creamy polenta with grilled zucchini. He loved it! I tried it, but I don't think lamb is for me but the polenta(oh my)! I decided to order the Gnocchi al Funghi(Gnocchi in a creamy porcini mushroom sauce). When the plate first arrived I was thinking wow what a small portion, but oh boy does that fill you up quickly! It was also pure heaven! The gnocchi are fresh made and they were so fluffy and the sauce was perfect. I was so full in fact that we had to wait to consider dessert.

For dessert my DH had the Tirimasu and I had the Pannacotta and we each had a Cafe Mocha that was served with a piece of Biscotti. The desserts were both very good, I think next time I'll try the Tirimasu.



This has us thinking of different meals we can make at home. Today I'm making Creamy Polenta served with Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies. I plan on making some Ricotta Dumplings next.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I refuse to blend into the wallpaper any longer



I see myself in black. I don't want to stand out - I'm not a size 2. If I could fade into the wallpaper that would be the ideal.

I have to get past that and enjoy being me for all of my wonderful and quirky ways. A good way to know what goes on in my introverted head is a comment I made a few year's back. We were at a birthday supper and they had a catered meal. One of the ladies was going back for second's and my comment to her was 'Shy people don't have seconds'. Oh we may want them, we may be drooling over that second piece of delectable chicken or another taste of a lovely brownie, but we sit at our chair like someone had glued us there and you'd pretty much have to drag us to that table. At the time she said that would make a great book title. I think there is some truth there. There are a lot of things about introverts that might surprise you.

We want to be the one with the bright clothes, the fancy new pair of glasses. That person is in us just fighting to get out. Once in awhile we let it out, we are brave. We test the waters to see how it feels.

Oh to be bold and confident and just be who you want to be, never worrying about what someone else thinks. Honestly I'm 43 this year and it's just time to stop and be me, what am I waiting for.

One day I was all dressed up on my way to get my nails done and I was being brave that day I had a similar hair accessory, but it was with a barette back. A stranger walked by and commented 'you look really good today'. Honestly, that has never, ever happened to me. I think there was something there I needed to hear and I need to listen to that.

Here I am with my hair all fancied up. I crocheted a red rose and attached it to a simple headband, I feel a little self-conscious but I'm going to just have to deal with it. The toes are the wonderful new product that you 'must' try it is OPI Sand and it goes on toes so nice! I put a base coat and then two coats of 'The Impossible' and it looks fabulous. I need to get some more of these in some wild colours.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Waves

I recently re-started this afghan, after trying to do a knitted sampler that just seemed to have hit a point where I knew it wasn't going to get finished.

In my other post I mentioned about how I discovered this pattern. I am really enjoying it but I did discover that I will need to get about another 10 balls of yarn. I've just added the third colour a nice teal blue/green.

I was trying to think of a name for this project when all of a sudden 'waves' came to me. It came to me for a few different reasons. Last year we moved our bedroom to the master bedroom that we had given our daughter when we first bought our house. It's a small bi-level home and we had thought it best if we take the basement bedroom. For five years that was our room and then we decided last summer to move up. It took some time getting the room ready as we had left it in a teen's hands for 5 years. I wanted a calming space, a space where I could go to and just relax. Thus our cottage themed room started to fall into place. We painted the walls a nice light green. I'm still considering it a work in progress because there are things I still want to switch out or add, but this waves blanket definitely suits the theme of the room.

An ocean has waves of every size. Sometimes the waves are gentle and calming and other times the waves are from a tsunami and they are destructive and dangerous. It's all about how you ride those waves, the gentle and the dangerous. Outside forces are at you all the time, some are good and try to build up your marriage and others are destructive and try to wash the good away. After twenty-four years we've had our share of gentle and some not so gentle waves, when a bad wave comes our way we cling to each other until it passes. This has made us stronger than ever. These waves have helped form our relationship and even the harmful waves have helped in ways we couldn't have expected them to. Going through them together and coming out not just unscathed but more united than ever is a blessing indeed and one I am thankful for each and every day.

So this will be named Waves it really seems to fit our story. I look forward to sleeping under the waves for many years to come.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thursday 13 - Happy Anniversary


1. When I won tickets to the Contiki Night at the Keg, I almost didn't go. My friend Jane and I were struggling to decide if we should go or not. We weighed our options and thought at least if we went to the Keg we'd probably get a nice steak dinner. I remember dressing for the night in my brown mini skirt and leopard print top and doing my bleached blonde hair perfectly so not one strand was out of place. Off we went to our ‘girl's night'! Once we got there, we were extremely disappointed when we realized the whole evening was put on by Contiki to sell travel packages. As we sat through their videos of their different vacation packages we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that we'd soon be treated to a splendid dinner. Then dinner was served and weren't we shocked to see nothing but buns and cold cuts to make our own sandwiches! By this point we were feeling a little bummed out about our choices for the evening.
2. As we sat drinking our cokes and grumbling about the audacity of winning tickets to a promotional event we met up with Mr. Cool(as I'll call him) the cheesy Program Director of the radio station. Now we didn't know Mr. Cool was trying to get some underage loving but thankfully two of the other DJ's noticed us and came over to save us from Mr. Cool's evil clutches. Who rescued us you ask? Well a nice DJ that we both knew from various radio functions(I won a lot of stuff back then - movies, records etc.) and accompanying him was a young guy I had never met. He was all spiffed up in a blue sweater with a dress shirt underneath and dress pants - very preppie I thought to myself. Although I almost did a double take when my eyes moved downward and saw his high top runners!
3. Yes that was our saving grace that evening. We managed to escape Mr. Cool's Evil Clutches and I ended up meeting a very nice looking guy! He seemed ever so nice but he was a bit shy like me. I knew very strongly that I couldn't leave that restaurant without getting his number or him having mine. I have never felt such a powerful pull - so I very courageously bravely got my friend to ask him for his number. We swapped phone numbers and he told me he was off to work the night shift at the radio station.
4. I tossed my Midnight Oil record into the trash - I had never heard of this band before and I thought the night was a total bust. We stood outside on that cold February evening waiting for our ride (as we so graciously declined the cutie pie's invitation for a ride home).
5. When I got home I told my mom all about meeting this super cute guy and how he had saved us from this Mr. Cool. You see Mr. DJ and Cutie Pie told us all about Mr. Cool and why they felt the need to rush over to save us! Turns out Mr. Cool was infamous at the station for coming into the station late at night with some really young girls on his arms as he showed off where he worked. He was transported right out of the 70's with his shirt unbuttoned showing off his carpet covered chest and his flashy jewelry gleaming as he tried to weave some Mr. Cool magic. These guys needn't have worried about my friend and I, but I'm glad they came over. The evening went from dull to fantastic in just a few minutes.
6. I quickly ran to the local 7-11 to get a nice cold Big Gulp and when I returned my mom was standing at the door looking all ‘mortified'. The problem, well it seems that while I was off getting my caffeine fix Cutie Pie had called and she was annoyed that I wasn't there to answer the call. I guess she was in a huge rush to marry me off or something - sheesh I was only 18 after all!
7. I went upstairs to my bedroom and took up all the courage I had to call into the radio station and talk to Cutie Pie. In no time at all we were talking like old friends. We talked that night through his entire shift. I think at some points I was hallucinating as he swears I was talking about ‘pink elephants' but I'm sure he must have been wrong.
8. It wasn't long before we went on our first actual date. My mom saw him as she calls it ‘bouncing' up the steps with a smile from ear to ear carrying a golden box. In the box were 2 dozen long stemmed red roses. They were the most beautiful roses I had ever seen( I still have the petals from them as they dried up ever so perfectly). We were off to see the movie Good Morning Vietnam at the Capital Theatre.
9. The movie was great and after we went to a local burger place where I refused to actually eat a burger in front of this new Cutie Pie! It was going to take some time before I could actually eat in front of him! He ordered himself a huge burger, fries and a coke and I meekly selected an order of fries and a coke. I remember sipping that coke ever so I could prevent any burps from escaping.
10. Mr. Cutie Pie had to work after our date so he was dropping me off at a local club where I was to meet up with my mom. Off we went on our local freeway to the club. Everything was going fine we were cruising alone in his Ford Comet with the AM radio playing some tunes and all of a sudden we were doing a 360o in the middle of the intersection on the freeway. As we sat there spinning and spinning almost not realizing what happened Mr. Cutie Pie went all quiet. We got through the spin out without incident, thankfully there were no other cars around. He dropped me off and I just felt like he didn't have a good time. What had gone wrong?
11. When I got home that night I quickly called him up at the station. I had to know if he still liked me. He was so mortified that he had almost killed me that he didn't know what to do. He was quiet because he was certain I would want nothing to do with him. Boy was he wrong!
12. We dated all through the summer, visiting the local fair and having a ton of fun. Later that summer Mr. Cutie Pie landed a different DJ job in a small town. What to do? Well we were convinced we'd be getting married anyway so I'd go along too and we'd plan our wedding from there. We didn't do things the usual way. We were young and a bit stupid and thought why not have a baby - and we did. All of a sudden the parent's had no problem in planning a wedding. We didn't even mind(not really) that they chose the date, the menu well basically everything except the colors and my dress - we knew that we were in love and all that mattered was getting married. It didn't matter where or when or who came or who didn't. We didn't even really mind those looks and the comments we'd hear ever so quietly behind our backs about how this would never last.
13. We were married the following spring on May 26, 1989 on a beautiful summer day! Our colors were red and white. Mr. Cutie Pie looked so handsome in his white tux with red cummerbund and bowtie! Miss. Cutie Pie was all fancied up in a princess style wedding dress! And in an evening ceremony we said our ‘I Do's' with a small gathering of family and friends! I have never looked back, never wondered ‘what if'! I married my soul mate that day, my best friend and to you Mr. Cutie Pie I say Happy Anniversary Babe! I love you more now than I ever thought possible, with each day that passes I love you more and more. You were truly my saving grace that day 19 years ago on a cold February evening way back in ‘1988'. Together we have created a beautiful family with two wonderful children! I look forward to growing older with you and having the time when it is just ‘us' at home and to traveling and just ‘being' with you! I love you Mr. Cutie Pie.
Love,
Mrs. Cutie Pie


Happy Anniversary!!!

22 Years and still going strong!

Today it is 24 years and going strong. I knew the day I met you that you were the one. I have the most thoughtful husband a girl could ask for, every morning he brings me tea in bed, after all this time we are still head over heels in love and we hate being apart, in fact we work together and after 12 years of that we still love it, I remember those quiet glances I overheard the whispers 'this will never last' 'they're just kids'. It is true, we were and yet here we are all these years later still in love and in fact more in love than ever. I can't wait to dance with you on our 59th anniversary!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crochet Bug

I had a request from the local Catholic school to crochet some roses, they were going to use them during May to teach the smaller children about the rosary.

I jumped in and made 3 sets of red roses. I was then on a rose binge. I made roses of every color. What I discovered was they made great barrettes. My DD loved them, she loves the pinup look and they suit it great.

Just recently I saw a post for this granny strip afghan. I was in love! I had currently had a blanket sitting as a UFO for two years. I started it for an anniversary blanket for my DH and I and it hasn't progressed very far. I was attempting a version of the sampler afghan. All the sewing of squares just put me off, so there it sat. Thankfully I had way, way overestimated on how much yarn I'd need.

After I saw that blanket, I was so excited to get started. I'd love one in the new Billow, but for now I had yarn to use up - it's literally taking over my storage bins. After I got home I counted the balls, checked the yardage and I'm sure there is plenty and I don't even have to rip out the earlier work. I think those earlier squares will be turned into toss cushions and a chair pad cover.

The plan with this new afghan is exactly like how she did hers, although I won't have equal stripes of colours as some colours I have 3 balls left and some 2, I still think it will work out great. I started it Tuesday evening, I chained 240 and began with the turquoise. I thought the first row of sc into the chain would never end! Thankfully once you get into the pattern it really isn't that bad. The best part, it fits my bed with a bit of hang over, yay! I will keep you posted as time goes on of its progress.

First here is a picture of the yarn that I'm using to create my version of the Granny Strip Afghan. Below is a slide show of my recent ventures back into crochet. The pink scrubbie is a pattern I worked up one morning when I wanted a round little scrubbie. I haven't written down exactly how I did it, but I will next time.




Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Over the Bridge

For Mother's Day/Father's Day this year my DH and I decided to get a together gift a new camera. We have wanted a good camera for quite awhile. After doing a bit of reading we decided that we wanted a Canon Rebel. A great anniversary sale was on this month so we took advantage of it and got the Canon Rebelt3i.

We went on a walk to try out the camera, the challenge was curves. This bridge was my first choice. I'm looking forward to learning more about photography and maybe getting the odd great photo.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Classic Bran Muffins

Whenever I visited at my Granny's house she either offered me a bran muffin or a rhubarb muffin. She always had some made and stored away in the freezer. I always loved them! I know some people don't like bran muffins but if you try these you might change your mind. These are very moist and so tasty. The key ingredient here is the buttermilk.

Whenever I make/eat these it reminds me of my dear sweet Granny. She always said she wasn't a great cook but her food couldn't be beat. I don't think I ever disliked anything she made, it was all so good. I wish I had more of her recipes to treasure.


Classic Bran Muffins


These are a very moist bran muffin - you won't even need butter!

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375F

Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand.

Combine vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla - add to bran mixture.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to first mixture, mix until just blended.

Add raisins

Bake 15 - 20 minutes

Makes 12 Muffins

Sunday, January 27, 2013

T.V.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

I'm probably one of a growing few who have opted for other options over the traditional cable t.v. services. We do have Netflix and that is growing more all the time with it's variety but I am also starting to use some of the savings from reducing my cable bill by about $100/month on purchasing series that I like to watch and will re-watch. I was looking to pick up a dvd that for some reason isn't offered on Netflix or cineplex online store, it's Four Weddings and a Funeral. I haven't seen it in ages but I really love it. So today I ordered that for $5 and I picked up a delightful BBC series called Larkrise to Candleford, a true gem based on trilogy written by Flora Thompson. The first episode I watched, I was hooked. Now that being said, I am also in love with Downton Abbey and Miss Marple. If you like those kinds of shows, you will definitely love this series. I lucked out and it was 46% off when I went to order it. I'm going to definitely treasure this for many years.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Belated Christmas

Sure Christmas is long past, but I wanted to post this earlier but I somehow misplaced my camera USB  cord and had to order another.

Something you may see only in Saskatchewan. In the summer they plant flowers in it and at Christmas it is decked out in Christmas lights. This is the only grasshopper I like. I'm terrified of the real deal and living on the prairies really is hard during the summer months when they are all over the place.

Grasshopper Sculpture - Taken Dec 24/12

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My first Knit of 2013

I've decided this is it, this is the year that I don't let fear keep me from knitting what I want to. I had this yarn since early last year. I was going to knit this shawl for Spring 2012. The yarn sat there, I thought about it but I kept thinking that maybe I should try a different pattern. I don't know why, I just had it in my head that it was complicated and I should opt for an easier pattern. I've done oodles of the Boneyard Shawl, it's turning into my go-to prayer shawl pattern. I love the flow of it, and that it is so easy to switch it up with different colours. This is good for a prayer shawl, the ease of the knit allows for quiet prayer time. Then something in me pushed to go for it and try the pattern. I read it over and saw all the 'short rows'. Up until now I've dreaded the short rows. I thought it was something extremely complicated. Sure I had done them in various patterns, but this pattern they play a very prominent role.

I'm so glad I did it. This gives me even more confidence and as long as I can continue to not over think and just take each pattern step-by-step I can try all sorts of things that have up until this point intimidated me. I've always wanted to knit socks - why wait any longer! After I get this shawl completed I'm going to try my first pair. I have knit 3 Christmas Stockings so I have a basic understanding of the steps. After that, who knows. I just know that I want to have a year of knitting on things I want, not necessarily all for me, but I will no longer knit on things that don't make me happy. Knitting shouldn't be a chore, I love it so much and I'd hate to ever dread it. So this is the 'me' year, a year where I push past my self created limitations and try things that I've always wanted to and find out what other projects make fall in love with the art of knitting all over again.



This Striped Study is knit with Madeline Tosh Sock in Antler and Isadora.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No more Hair Colour!!!

Sadly after my third application the reaction got worse. This time it felt like my scalp was on fire at the back by my neck. It feels like a chemical burn! Is this even worth it to not be grey at 43? It worries me how quickly the reaction worsens. I now have a very sore, very itchy head. It is about half way up the back and my whole neck is itchy!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fun Mail

Today I got my participation price for participating in Nancy's coloring contest in December. I had a lot of fun coloring and in fact it is still on my fridge! I was surprised to find this waiting for me in yesterday's mail. As soon as I saw the recipient the lights went off and I remembered that I was getting something from the contest, how sweet!

Isn't this just the nicest participation prize! I've attempted socks once, and I lost. I did however successfully make three Christmas stockings, so some part of me understands the concept. I just have to get used to doing it with sock yarn and smaller needles. I've already discovered the pattern that I'm going to try for my first pair using the Cascade Fixation. It is Cascade Fixation Ankle socks. I rarely wear socks that go up my calves so I thought this was a good starting place for me and the pattern seems to be very easy to read. You can find it on Ravery for free.