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.


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

  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.