Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Travelers Pocket # 3

Don't know yet if I am loving this or hating this. I am hoping once the technique becomes more fluid I will at least like it. I am working on the last of the 3 patterns. Absolutely abhorred the 2nd pattern, had to frogg it 3 times, for I kept working a stitch out of place. Find after working 4 rows of 3rd pattern it is going much smoother.
Not liking the way the bottom is flaring out, I started this on 1 #4/16" circ, but I now see that I was probably pulling the fibre too much, am glad I switched to 2 circs. Blocking after completed will hopefully rid the wonkiness. You will find me tangled up in 4 skeins of yarn, 2 needles and a clipboard till this is mastered.

Monday, March 24, 2008


We had snow 12"-24" deep the evening of Good Friday.
This child came prepared.
Until you noticed she was sporting New Shoes!
p.s. she will be returning to DSW to pick up a pair in 7.5 for her favorite aunt!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Travelers Pocket #2

I believe I must call this Stranding Work and not Fair Isle for I was informed that Fair Isle is only worked with 2 colors. Anyway, this completes the 1st of 3 patterns on this pocket bag. Pattern 2 adds a additional color. The work has begun to flow a little easier, but I still need to concentrate on the pattern more so I do not have to backtrack. (yes I have had to take out a few rows now and then for the pattern gets off a stitch.)

This is how the back of the work looks, I am supposed to weave every other stitch, but at this time can only weave with my left hand working yarn, so in some areas the is more stranding visable.
The Pattern being worked is "A Travelers Pocket" from Piecework Magazine summer 2004.

Monday, March 17, 2008

First Fair Isle Project

I have been wanting to try colorwork, stranding, Fair Isle or whatever you want to call it, for awhile now.

So, I am taking a class at "Red Purl" with Amy the owner, whom I have decided could be a kindred spirit. The class is fun and very laid back, which I appreciate. Past knitting classes have made me "overheat" when learning something new, but not at Red Purl. Love the shoppe, loved the class.

Now on to my ability to do colorwork. Let me put it right out there, I will conquer this, but I am so not left handed and I will have to work at correcting my tension when picking up with my left hand. Amy says it will come with time, but so far I do not like the look of this sloppy knitting, but do like the colors. Completed this project will be a small pocketbook, with 3 different colorway patterns. OH MY!

Will also be working this week on some felted Easter Eggs, (never too early, always too late), when my left hand just wants to give up and get back to just holding the needle.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Like Rabbits!

What they say is true! To one girl bunny, add one boy bunny.
you will eventually have additions to your Bunnies Brood.....




And Kurt...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Maybe if you ate it with in your wonderful wraps you have been making. Yum....I'm just saying.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Busy Weekend, New Recipes, New Knitting Project

Saturday Morning Breakfast Orange Pecan Scones
or should I say Brunch, for we got around to having these about 11a. It is our only day off, and the only day in the week we spend together, not work related, so it is always a lazy type of day.
This was a new Scone recipe I tried at Dan's urging. I was very reluctant to try it, for I love the Scones I have made for years. Dan wanted to try these for they are made like puff pastry and baked individually. He wanted them more like bakery scones. I have to admit they were wonderful, but different. They looked so pretty I had to share.
Speaking of sharing, this dog, promptly ate a scone off of Dan's plate when he left it on the table to get more coffee. After 11 years of no people food the spell is broken. They must have been some mighty good scones! Notice her morose face, she is being severly reprimanded.
Saturday Night - Homemade Pizza
sorry no photo, we ate them that quickly, plus the kitchen was mess! Another new recipe and another success. Please check out the 101 Cookbook blog (in my favorites), that is where I obtained the recipe. Well worth making! An added plus, the recipe makes enough dough we have 4 more servings in the freezer!!. It bakes up as a thin chewy crust, pizza 1: tomato, mushroom, red pepper, cheese. Pizza 2: olive oil base, spinach, red pepper, mushroom,feta (my favorite)
Yum! That's all I have to say.
Saturday - on and off

Dan's brother Greg called last week and wanted to know if I could knit him a hat. He wanted it, his words, like a Jewish hat but a little bigger. This is what I came up with, in the requested Rockford School Colors. It took me 7.23 hours (Dan made me keep track) and he is billing Greg $300.00. I keep trying to tell him, we don't knit because it is cheaper, we knit, because we love to create, and it keeps us sane when we have to live with scone stealing dogs, and people who do "math".
Whew! That was my weekend!
As requested the scone recipe can be found here:
login required for this website so.....access, sign up, search for blueberry scones . Enjoy

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bunnie No. 2 "Frederick"

These are fun and should I say rather addictive? 2 tries on the Top Hat, my best critic, Dan advised that the 1st attempt was too short and rather girly. I'm fairly pleased with the 2nd attempt.

I keep leaving off a mouth, for I have not been happy with any attempts. Sometimes less is more, correct? Thoughts, comments, directions, critiques, all are welcome!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Easter Basket Felted

Easter Basket moving towards completion. A perfect home for Liesle and her friends.


Oh, these are so fun to make! The first bunny will be completed once she is stuffed.

Isn't she sweet.
I have named her "Leisl" for she is a teenage bunny, you know 16 going on 17.

Easter always reminds me of the Sound of Music for some odd reason, so all the bunnies will be named after the Von Tropp Family Singers.