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29.12.11

Keeping Christmas

Around the house at Christmastime...
Zach, Ben, and Scott got together and did some
Dutch oven baking.  One creation was delicious.
Lemon Blueberry Cobbler made with fresh blueberries
...and a dash of Jack Daniels "sauce." 
This was a gift from a friend last year and
has a place on Grandma's dresser in the
dining room for the winter months.
This little doll tops the small tree on the kitchen counter top.
She was made by Joanne.  :^)
This little fellow might be the only snow
we see this winter!
Jim likes to wear this hat.
Chocolate chip Heath Bar toffee cookies...
...and Brown Sugar Cut-Outs (bears, trees, and puppy dogs).
The puppy dogs were cut with Grandma B's cookie cutter.
This is about all the snow that showed up before Christmas. 
The Boy Scout side of the tree. 
Jim picked out the nicest little tree.
It brought back memories of Germany.
I love the tree-top angel.
I thought the key chain made a nice ornament.
It is a photo of Ben.

20.12.11

I heart felt!

Here is a project I finished in under 30 minutes--a Heartfelt Ring, by Tiny Owl Knits.  It was fun to knit and then felt.  I will wear it tonight while I teach.  My finger will be nice and warm.

This is a warm fuzzy!

12.12.11

December

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?  --Dr. Seuss
I agree Dr. Seuss!
I took my mother to see Santa.
When he asked her what she wanted she said, "Everything!"
I made the doorknob decoration in Girl Scouts.
Decorations for the tree.
It is getting late and I am just now catching up.  We have a little tree this year.  Jim cut down a small one and it looks just like the ones we used to get in Germany.  I still have to find the candles and put them in the holders.  NO we don't light them...they're just for show.  It's breakfast for supper tonight--pancakes!
I finished another baby sweater and now they are ready to be sent.
Sweater for a little boy.

5.12.11

It's snow wonder...

Last week the squirrels were busy gathering acorns and even whole apples!  I was not quick enough to capture a photo of a large squirrel climbing the pine tree with an apple bigger than his head, but I managed to see him sitting up in the tree enjoying a snack.  Today MiniD and Jojo just could not resist going outside to make snow angels.  I want the snow to get a bit deeper before I make one.
You have to look closely to find Mr. Squirrel.
MiniD and Jojo making snow angels. 
Two little angels.
Knitting...I am making progress on Eala Bhan.  I made it past row 21 and once I am on the second chart, the knitting will be smoother.  A baby cardigan is in progress.  I bought another skein of the Bernat Mosaic.  The color-way will be nice for  a boy.
Ben is presenting and defending his senior thesis tomorrow.  Naturally he is a bit nervous, but he will survive this busy week filled with classes, more papers, swim practices, student government, and leading study sessions...and I think I am busy?  He will be home in two weeks, which makes us very happy.  This last year of college is speeding along.
Time to get back to work re-organizing my office.

2.12.11

SCORE!

I was reading a blog the other day and noticed a familiar project.  It was from a 1978 issue of McCall's Super-Book of Knitting and Crochet.  I remember the project and felt the need to seek out the magazine.  I lucked out and found one with a day left on EBay, and won the bid.  It is on its way.  The postage is almost as much as the magazine, but considering how much magazines cost these days--it was a bargain.
I even remember the model's name--Sunny Griffin...
Is this a cool tunic or what???
Last night we had (BSA) Round Table.  My Dutch oven offering was Pumpkin Delight.  It was very good and popular.  The Cub Scouters were wandering in after word got around there was something good at the Boy Scout breakout.  It was cold yesterday, and I just ran outside about every 20 minutes to check and turn the oven.  Sock Monkey wanted to join me and he made a snow angel.  Not much help, but entertaining!  I was wearing quite the getup--short-overalls, tights, knee socks, hiking boots (untied), hat, and an over sized fleece top.  The neighbors probably think I am from another planet when I go outside.  
Preparing coals in a chimney.
Coals are placed below and on the lid to heat the oven.
My very attractive outfit.  You can see my slippers inside.
A Sock Monkey snow angel. 
Mmmm...this smelled so good and was yummy!

25.11.11

Ho ho ho, I'm looking at snow!

The holiday season has started and it is the countdown to Christmas.  I finished a fingerless mitt for the shop.  I did only one so they could put it on display for the open house last weekend.  It was good to catch up with friends and I took a bit of time to knit a couple of rows of the Eala Bhan.  This afternoon (Sunday) Jim and I will go over to Mom's and decorate her tree.  We put up some decorations yesterday and found that she needs new lights--we had plenty here and they are the really bright ones, so her tree really sparkles!
I have a few small projects to finish and get in the mail, and then it will be time to work on Christmas cards.
I stepped outside to take a photo of the snow.
Jim brought these home from work.
The marshmallow had chocolate in the middle.
The packaging is very cute.
Baby vest 2.  
Über pom pom
It's a cute hat--I made the smallest size.
Today I made a shop sample (in under two hours, even with the gigantic pom pom) using some oddments of super-bulky yarn.  I went a bit overboard with the pom pom maker.  I thought it was a bit much, but Kathy liked it and she had me secure a button on the inside to stabilize the pom pom.  It looks cute on the shelf at the shop.  After finishing the baby sweater, I made three crowns for the older sisters.  Very cute in bright colors.  I do not have much pink in the stash.  Last week I whipped up another baby sweater.  This one is plain, and was a quick and fun project to knit.
Eala Bhan is coming along at a slow pace.  Right now I am on row 19 (again) and hope to make it past row 21, which is where I mucked it up last time.

21.11.11

Baby-baby-baby oh baby!

No, no, not the Justin Bieber song...I needed a quick project for a couple of new babies. I found this pattern while browsing the free patterns online. It takes less than 200 yards of yarn. It is a quick knit and fun to knit, which is important.
Baby vest front
Baby vest back
It turns out that the couple had a little girl (which now makes 4) and the little sweater will go in the mail this week.  I am making another vest from a different pattern.  Photos will follow soon.

18.11.11

UFOs hovering about the house

My hands certainly get a work out.  We are back to painting the Advent banner as of Friday.  It is so close to being finished!  I took some photos.  It is large and we do not have much room to move around.
I finally got through the first couple of rows of the Eala Bhan and now I am working Chart A.  The Nepali Hat had the strangest fit, so I hand-felted it and manipulated the heck out of it before blocking it on my wooden form.  It will have a cloche-like appearance rather than making me look like a conehead and I call it the Kathmandu Cloche.  I have to dig through the project bags to find x_OTangledO_x, aka the Sakori Vest.  I think it has aged enough and it is time to add the edgings.  I know where the XO Vest is, but for some reason it will age a bit longer.  Of course, I received my Kauni solid yarn in the mail this week and now the New Box of Crayons, aka the Paintbox Scarf is calling to me.
We finished the Advent banner this week.  Today (Thursday) after Morning Break, we glued the edges of the canvas down.  This one will be up the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and I cannot wait to see it.  Lynne's design is amazing and it was a joy to work on this piece.

You can see our small work space.  
Speckled eggs in the lower right corner.
The yellow will be touched with gold,
so when the light hits it, it will glow.
The golden thread runs through the painting.
I like this area of the painting.
The drawing is Lynne's design and we
worked from it.
 My Kathmandu Cloche.  
The yarn for New Box of Crayons
Eala Bahn in progress on size TWO needles!

6.11.11

New Hat

I finally finished the Nepali hat for the shop.  It really was not difficult to make, but for some reason I was having a brain block.  Once the lightbulb turned on, it was a breeze.  This sample is sized for a child.  It is a neat design with the built-in earflaps--a stash dive is in order for this afternoon!
This is the side view with the "earflaps."
We went on a drive to Stillwater and across the river into Wisconsin.  Jim was mapping out a bike ride.  We came across a little cheese house and bought a sampling of cheese.  After we finished the back road tour, we stopped in Stillwater.  I found a great skirt for $10 at Bronze, we stopped in the yarn shop (lots of goodies, but I resisted), and then had coffee and something sweet at the Bikery at the top of the hill.
A wonderfully creepy house across the river.

3.11.11

Tying up loose ends

Road Trip Beret
Well, I don't tie knots, I weave in ends! It is time to get some of those WIPs finished. I started the Eala Bhan in class last night. Using 3mm needles and fingering weight yarn will make this a marathon endeavor. I think it will be a lovely sweater, though. I was going to top. off the Road Trip Beret with a little I-cord bump, but I did not like the look, so it will just have the stitches pulled tightly as in the pattern. The Halloween decorations are down and I went to Target and found a couple of decorations on sale--a cute door decoration and a felt table runner that looks good on the hutch.
The pom pom finishes off the hat!
I finished the Road Trip Beret.  It needed a little pompom on top and I like the color run back to the brown.  It's cold enough to wear it today.  Now to finish the shop sample hat.  I did not like making it, but the color and design show off the yarn nicely.  Next for the shop will be some scrappy toys.
The Eala Bhan swatch is coming along, although I have to drop a needle size already.  The 3mm is too big.  I am hoping that a 2,5mm will do the trick. 

31.10.11


When witches go riding,
And black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers,
'Tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

19.10.11

Autumn

I cannot believe it is now mid-October!  We had a brief color change with the trees this year.  Looking at my photos, I would never think that all those lovely trees would be bare or dried up.  I managed to gather some leaves for pressing, which I later dipped in wax and gave to my Mom.  She loved it.  I put them on her table so she can look at them while she has her coffee.  She used to do that when she was a little girl, and I still cannot resist picking up pretty leaves.
Being secretary of the troop has really kept me hopping.   I made templates for the weekly announcements, the monthly parent meeting minutes, and sign-in sheet.  The weekly announcements went out on meeting night after the meeting!  Huzzah!
Knitting is progressing.  The blue vest is resting after surgery (steek-cutting) and the red vest is ready to work the fronts, as the back is almost finished.  I am making a hat as a shop sample--not sure I am crazy about the pattern, but I chose a bright greenish-yellow for the main color.  The variegated yarn is in pink, purple, orange...originally I found some purple that was perfect, but it was difficult to see the rib pattern.  The new color combination will be better.  It is a child's hat, so more color is better!
I've been going through the yarn stash and reorganizing.  Painting on the Advent banner at church has made me miss creating art other than the fiber sort.  We are so close to finishing the banner.  I must remember to take my camera when we work next time.
The felted hat is a recent shop sample I made.  I quickly
designed a hat band for it.  The pattern will follow, soon! 
Kathy gave me a bit of one of the Alpaca fleeces to
spin.  I carded and drop-spindled it. It is so soft and
spinning was smooth and easy.

Here are some photos from our brief Autumn color




I love the contrast of the bright leaves and dark trees.
It was warm, so the sprinklers were going.
Eevee takes a break under the treeless tree house.
I have apples from Kathy (from the shop) to use and also Ben has requested some Hudson Bay Bread.  Today and tomorrow will be baking days.