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Happy Valentine’s Day Or Single Awareness Day…..

February 14, 2010

I was shocked this morning to see the weather gal showing some place that was receiving some pretty good snow….then it clicked…this is a LOCAL station and I got up to look out the window.   Snow, again!   It didn’t last very long but now all the grass is covered in a blanket of white.  

This week I finished the Marsan Watch Cap for my son.   It was an easy knit but I have to wonder if I’ll ever knit a knit stitch the correct way again.   lol   Why?   The watch cap is knitted in a twisted rib stitch.   All the knit stitches are knitted through the back loop.   I’m also knitting a neck gaiter to match in the same pattern.  

As you can see the neck gaiter is only a couple of inches along.   I think it will be nice and toasty warm though.  

There were no yarn acquisitions this week.   Yay!   I did however, get two new knitting books,  Norwegian Handknits and Mostly Mittens.   I also picked up another pop up hamper for the yarn stash.  I’m hoping that will be enough to contain the stash. 

Today is the perfect soup day.   I’m trying a new recipe:  Cabbage Roll Soup.   It smells pretty good…..a whole head of cabbage, 1 bl of ground beef, one onion, some garlic, Worchestershire, white vinegar, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown rice …..and some Allspice….

Here’s hoping you have a Valentine to curl up with (two legged or four legged variety whichever you prefer) and lots of knitting to keep you happy!

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Malabrigo Mmmmmmm

December 21, 2008

 

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I saw this scarf on another blog.   The blogger knitted it in Malabrigo worsted weight in a cream color.  It looked so classy.   I knew I had two skeins of this Malabrigo American Beauty in my stash.   It was so fun to go stash diving!   Anyway, I started this last night.   I entertained the notion of having it finished by Christmas day but then reality set in.   I have two more work days, Christmas shopping to complete, a house to clean, brandied cranberries to cook, pies to bake and a ham, so how much time does that leave for knitting??  Not much.   My mother loves red and she is in that stage of her life where she is always cold.   This in and of itself is unreal!   My mother has always been hot natured with a bead of sweat above her lip .   (This is mostly when she’s been running in circles working, cleaning etc.)   Anyway, I bought her some long undies so she can layer under her clothing.   I thought this scarf would keep her warm and if I can find some red gloves that would be perfect!

Back to the knitting, I love this pattern.   It was published in the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave magazine.   I just happened to have it.   Once you get past the ribbing, its a simple 4 line repeat.   You can memorize it in 4 rows, it is that easy.   The scarf is called The Elfin Scarf and it is 42 inches long which the blogger called  a muffler.   What is the difference between a scarf and a muffler?   Is it length?   If anyone knows please tell us in the comment section.  

This Malabrigo is truly soft.   No one exaggerated when they said that.  It is easy to split with your needles so that is one drawback but I just pay attention to make sure I don’t.   I love this color.   It isn’t a true blue red and isn’t primary bright.   It has a subtle fade to it that does remind me of a flower.  

Just for the record, this is some yarn I bought while on our trip to Colorado and I got it at the Colorful Yarn shop in Littleton.   It is a a small shop in a business office building that is cram packed with all types of gorgeous yarns.   Very well worth a stop if you are in that area.   I don’t recall the exact nature of the Oklahoma connection but the mother of the owner was working the day we were in and there is an Oklahoma connection.   We ran into several shop owners with Oklahoma connections that trip.   lol 

Ok, time to get busy and Lexi is pawing at me wanting me to play.   Hope everyone is staying warm!

Time slips by……

January 13, 2007

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I could have sworn I posted Gourmet Yarn Knit-In pics but I checked my blog and I was wrong.  Here are a few.  New camera, I do not know why the two group shots have such a different tone.  I snapped them within seconds of each other.  Weird.  The middle pic is of Margaret getting her DUE REWARD!!!  Problem Child for the month of January.   We turned the tables on her and before she could close her mouth it was a done deal.  Such a deserving person.  🙂

If you’ve never attended a Knit-In at GY, you need to.  We have such a great time.  There were some new faces as there are each time.  It’s gotten so large Margaret is often trying to find extra chairs.  I keep telling her it’s time to elbow the business next door out of their space.  We need it!  lol  Many of you MIGHT remember Emily.  She hasn’t been seen at a knit-in since hmmmmm last summer???  Some excuses like vacation, work, anniversaries ….things such as that.  She did a DRIVE-BY Saturday.  She dropped in long enough to sit and visit a few minutes then out the door she went.  It was very nice seeing her even if for only a few minutes.  

I think this last knit-in had a slow cooker theme.  I think I counted 5.  We have some GREAT food at our knit-ins.  I really love that people take the time to cook something.  Of course, the fact that Margaret gives away gift certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place might have something to do with it.  Anyway, it works!! 

I’m very tickled to say I won first place for my Potatoes Supreme.  I’ve had several people ask me for the recipe and so I decided to post it here.  This recipe was given to me by a Tulsa friend years ago.  It states to bake it in an oven.  Out of necessity I cooked it in a slow cooker for a holiday dinner at my old job, and that is what I recommend.  I made it and baked it in the oven the first time I made it.  It was dry and not all that tasty.  I thought what a waste of time.  So when I was asked to make a potato dish for a holiday dinner I tried the slow cooker.  WOW!!  It makes all the difference in the world.  I’ve never in my life been asked for a recipe as much as I have been asked for this one.  I haven’t made it in 2 years since I retired.  The new job never has dinners like a potluck so I’ve had no need.  Anyway, here goes.

Potatoes Supreme

6 large baking potatoes

1 pint of sour cream

1 stick melted butter

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

green onions, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Cook the potatoes whole, unpeeled, in a pot of water until almost done.  Cool enough to handle and then peel.  Run potatoes thru a food processor to grate.  Add grated potatoes to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Place the mixture in a slow cooker and cover.  Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.  Very simple and easy to make.  I sometimes cook the potatoes a night ahead.  Sometimes I get as far as putting the mixture in the slow cooker and then refrigerate overnight.  Take out and cook the next day.  It sure is a crowd pleaser!!  Enjoy!!

Well, Lexi and I are still in our jammies.  I considered going in this morning but decided to wait one hour and I’m glad I did.  Talked to my boss at 9:15 and he said it wasn’t bad but was coming down worse.  I stayed home.  The car is in the garage.  I finished my homemade noodles and they are drying.  The turkey drumettes are in the pot with onions, carrots and celery making some stock for turkey noodle soup.  Mmmmm, doesn’t that sound good?  I’ve not made it from scratch before so we’ll see how it goes.

I ran up to Gourmet Yarn on Wednesday knowing  this weekend would be no-driving weather.  I got a couple of skeins of Cascade 220 Tweed for a cabled scarf I’m going to make.  I’ve had to start over two times now.  The reason?  Something about me trying to read charts and not realizing the rule changes every other row.  Geeez!!  Anyway, I think I’m on the right track now.  We’ll see.  This is probably the most intricate pattern I’ve attempted so far.  Well, I dunno…socks are still pretty intimidating.  lol  

I’m also working on a rolled brim hat out the leftover Miss Priss from the Red Scarf Project 2007.  I’m on the decreases now.  Should finish it over this weekend.  

I hope everyone is using good sense and staying in where it’s warm and safe.  While we may know how to drive on ice, there are many others who don’t exercise the caution we do.  Those are the ones who kill.  Stay safe!!  Hope your electricity stays on!!!   

 

img_0096.JPGLexi says this is sleeping weather!

The Weather Outside Is Frightful…..

November 30, 2006

Now if I could only figure out how to get these pictures smaller but not thumbnail size. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

Ok, top pic is Banana Nut Bread…I had a bunch of bananas that had seen their better day. Since I’m not rushing to get out on the icy roads I decided to bake some bread. The next picture is a new recipe for me. I actually found it on Allrecipes.com. Well, I found two recipes and blended them to make it my own. lol Ok, I am my mother’s daughter. lol Note that soup is cooking in my new super duper lid-locking crock pot!! Those of you who laughed when I walked into Gourmet Yarn’s Knit-in with my old crock pot wrapped in towels in the laundry basket….this is the answer. I was afraid the liquid in the crock pot would slop over the side during the ride from Norman to OKC, hence the towels and laundry basket. THEN I saw the lid locking crock pot on some advertisement and I knew I had to get it. Walmart….$30.

On the knitting front, I’m still plugging away on the Irish Hiking Scarf. I’m now at 50 inches rapidly heading to 70 inches which is the length I want.

For those of you who know how to drive in this snow and ice….there are crazies out there who do NOT know how to drive on the snow and ice and THAT is who may run into you. Be safe and stay inside and KNIT!

Now let’s see if this post will look ok and the pictures will be within “range”.

Banana Nut BreadBeef Barley SoupI’m staying in bed!