Thursday, December 20, 2007
One more day of work before the winter break. I really can't wait. I woke up this morning chanting "please be Friday. Please be Friday!"
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This past year, knitting has been my relaxation, and I have frogged nearly as much as I have knit without a second thought. Now that work and school are in order, I need to re-focus my knitting energy into some bigger unfinished projects.
1. Christmas knitting is nearly done. I just need to finish:
Sly's Scarf and mittens
Felted Clogs for Sly and my dad (they are camo)
Sweet Mary Janes for my Secret Santa at work
A shawl my aunt Kim commissioned
2. I have a sweater that I really must finish seaming. It has been laying around half seamed for 6 or 7 months.
3. I need socks. I know this sounds strange because I really love making socks, but this year I have made very few pairs. I seriously need to learn a good method for darning socks as well. I plan to make 5 pairs of socks during my break from work.
We are having a major snow event. For us, that means about 10 inches of snow on the ground and lake effect coming down like gangbusters. I can't see the house across the street. So, I will finish up my last charity hat for the Angle Tree project at work (I have already given a box of about 8 hats), make some tea, and watch the snow fly.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Pattern: Three Tams
Yarn: Noro Kuryon and Galway
Needles: size 7 circs
Love the pattern, but I do like stranded colorwork. It is fast and easy, so it is a good last minuet gift. I will be doing another for my "secret Santa" at work. And one for myself! The lovely model is my niece Jessica.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
School (work) is great. Our schools test scores are in, and we have done very well (which is great for me since my job is all about that test).
School (school) was starting to get me down. Without going into a lot of deadly dull details, I was about ready to transfer to a new school. But, it seems that they have gotten their act together, and I am on the fast track to my license now! Woo HOO!
Just in case you all think I haven't been knitting, here are some WIP photos to prove I have been a busy bee.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
FIVE THINGS FOUND IN MY ROOM
Several pairs of Birks
FIVE THINGS I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO
Fly fish (don't ask)
Go to the UK
Get paid what I am worth
See all the plays of Shakespeare performed live (I have see about 12 with several repeats)
FOUND IN MY BAG
Tide pen (I LOVE that thing)
FOUND IN MY WALLET
I don't use a wallet. I have a change purse and an important card holder.
I AM CURRENTLY INTO
Knitting for Christmas
Sleep would be nice
I don't tag people. Do it if you want to.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Look for a real post soon. I just wanted all of you to know I was still here.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Yarn: Rio De La Plata Yarns Wool Multi
Needles: size 11
I made this because I found a yummy yarn on sale. The orange and black yarn matches the school colors for LPHS. All the schools in the district like to support the high school football team by wearing Slicer colors. So, in addition to Halloween in about a week, I really could use a shot of orange and black to my wardrobe.
I am not adding fringe, as I am not the fringe type. I am pleased with the final poncho, and I think I should get some use out of it. I have never been a fan of ponchos, I don't think they are flattering to a big girl like me, but the bias cut of this isn't half bad.
Friday, October 19, 2007
So, I am starting to write out my recipes. I wanted to start with soup because I love soup, and one of my favorites is Corn Chowder. It is warm and comforting; the perfect dinner on a winter evening. Best part, it doesn't take long to cook, and it is made with ingredients we all have on hand. While this soup has meat, you can make it vegetarian and it is still warm and comforting.
4 slices thick cut bacon (totally optional. The butter can stand as the fat, or you can substitute olive oil for a healthier vegetarian version)
2 pats butter (optional, but why wouldn't you want butter with potatoes and corn?)
1 medium onion diced
2 stalks celery diced
2 carrots diced
3 good sized potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons flour or corn starch
1 or 2 cans of cream corn (2 cans corn is best, but I can't fit two cans in my smaller pot, so I often use one can when the big pot is dirty)
2 quarts milk (to help with the cost of milk, I use powdered milk. You can also use soy milk)
1 package of kielbasa type sausage cut into bite sized chunks (lite and turkey sausage is fine. The sausage is optional, but it does make a nice one pot meal when added)
1 half pint of cream (again, optional, but oh so yummy, and you won't be the least bit sorry)
1 pound package of frozen whole kernel corn (thanks Kayt)
2 teaspoons dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon in soup pot until crisp. Remove bacon and save for garnish. Sautee onion in rendered bacon fat and butter. Add celery and continue to sautee. Add carrots and dill. At this point, you will want to add salt and pepper. The salt will help the veggies release moisture, but you don't want to add more then a good pinch at this point. The bacon and the sausage have lots of salt.
Sprinkle the veggies with the flour to cook out the raw flour taste. Add potatoes and cream corn and mix everything well. Slowly add the milk, stirring to deglaze the soup pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minuets.
Add the sausage and turn up the heat to bring soup up to a boil. Add the cream.
You will want to taste the soup at this point to check for salt. Add frozen corn, and remove from heat.
Serve in bowls and garnish with left over bacon. A nice crusty, chewy bread is the perfect side for this soup.
Please let me know if you try this soup and what you think!
Happy Knitting and eating!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Pattern: Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch n Bitch
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Angora Cotton
Needles: size 7 16 inch circs
Just a quickie gift that I made for someone at work whose wife just had a baby. I love making these hats for gifts. Quick, simple, practical, and appreciated. I also like to do them out of *nice* yarn to make it special.
I am busy finishing up many WIPs. The Very Warm hat is nearly done, and I am felting those darn clogs as I type.
I haven't been on any trips. Work is keeping me busy. This is a dull post.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I don't have a lot to say about this collection of photos. I just thought I would share my knitting ADD. Lots of basic socks that don't really have patterns, an EPS sweater for Sly, the first part of A Very Warm Hat, and some felted clogs.
There was a red sock, and now a blue sock!
Patterns: All improvised, basic (oatmeal) socks
Yarns: Red-Smart, Pink-Socatta, Blue-Opal
Needles: Pink 2, Red, 2, Blue 1
Like the Dr. Seuss rhyme? I don't really have much to say about these socks. All my readers must know buy now that I knit socks just because I can. I do love making them, but I also make a lot of them. These have been keeping my hands busy during passing period.
Pattern: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino
These have actually been in this state of un-done-ness for a couple of weeks. I needed some thing warm and cuddly to knit while watch Ice Road Truckers.
Pattern: Very Warm Hat Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Blue-Philosophers Wool, white-Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand
Needles: I think a size 8
I just love the idea of this hat. It is going to be a great warm hat. I don't know if I'll keep it or give it away yet, but I will need to make several others I am sure.
Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Denim Style
Needles: 10 1/2
I have yet to knit a sweater for Sly. He is a big man, so it is nearly impossible to find patterns in his size. This sweater is a 64 inch chest. In addition, he tends to be very warm, and I am sure he would HATE a wool sweater. The cotton acrylic blend seemed like a good choice for him, and he liked the look to the Saddle Shoulder sweater, so I am giving it a go.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sly and I went to the Harvest Festival at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore. It was a totally beautiful day to spend down on the farm.
Sly really thought this 1917 steam powered tractor was cool. I think he is right.
My family raised pigs when I was younger. I have a soft spot for the ugly, ill mannered mammals. Isn't he cute?
Geese. I have nothing special to say about geese. I just like the picture.
Lastly, some wooly goodness to share. A soft, fuzzy sweater, I mean sheep! There was a sheep shearing demonstration, but I missed it.
I stuffed myself full of Autumn's bounty: roasted sweet corn (they dipped the whole freakin' ear in melted butter! YUM), the best apple ever (for those of you who don't know about honey crisp apples, run out and buy some NOW), apple brown Betty, Swedish potato sausage, and apple fritters. All very tasty!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I really wanted to post these pictures from my last trip sooner. However, I caught a bad cold this week, and I just wasn't up to blogging.
Sly and I had a nice time. We really didn't do much, but we relaxed and enjoyed our trip very much. One thing I wish I had taken a picture of was our pizza picnic in the park. Yes, we ordered a pizza and ate it in a very cute little park. The park had the sweetest log cabin. We were able to look in the windows and see that it was fully furnished, but not open to the public at that time.
Buddy got to go this time. He loved his trip. As you can see, he was very worn out. I had to vacuum the RV the next morning to get all the yellow fur out of the carpet.
There will be a ginormous knitting update this week. I have lots of stuff to share.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Ravelry is great. If you haven't heard, Ravelry is an online knitter's notebook/journal all in one. Members can connect with other yarny goddesses and see what is popular in the knitting world. I love it. As a total geek and obsessive kniter, Ravelry is heaven for me. It is so easy to browse patterns. No more wondering what is out there to knit! I also love seeing what other people have done with patterns I am interested in making.
So, if you are on Ravelry, look me up! I am mollyknits over there.
I am going out of town for the holiday weekend. Buddy should be thrilled, he gets to go with us this time. My plan is to make Campfire Socks out of a discontinued Knitpicks Memories yarn called S'MORS! How perfect is that?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I have been selecting the students who I think will get the most out of tutoring before the test starts at the end of September. It is great to work with small groups of students and offer them strategies that they can use to get higher scores. I also started a "Homework Help" program. Any student who sees me for tutoring can come to me during homeroom to get help finishing his homework. I am looking forward to this program!
If you have lived under a rock and don't know about the "No Child Left Behind" act, schools are required to test each student every year. If a student does not pass the test, the school must provide extra help to that student (my job). In addition, a schools over all test scores must get higher each year.
So, I am a busy girl at the moment, but I am happy to be back at work.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I have wanted to post pictures of what I got from my sock pal for a while, but Sly likes to hide the battery charger from me. Now that my camera has properly charged batteries, I can share.
The socks came all the way from Colon Germany, and they fit perfectly. As you can see, they are in my favorite colors, black and purple! Notice the Harry Potter goodness.
I also really loved the mini sock and sweater she sent. These will be on my Christmas tree this year. Aren't they sweet? The sweater is a real sweater. If I could find someone small enough, it could be worn. The sock is a fully 3D sock as well. I need to figure out the mini knitting. What a great way to use up scrap sock yarn.
School starts tomorrow, so I'll be back at work. I am running low on yarn money now. Not that I'll be buying yarn. I still have the yarn diet to think about.
Friday, August 17, 2007
In no particular order
Suz totally rocks! She is a shy, sweet girl in person, but her blog rocks! She had found a voice on the Internet. She openly shares her views, passions, and sweet spirit with so many people on the Internet and touched many lives.
Jools rocks! Not only because she gave me a Nice Matters Award, but because she is my oldest Internet pal. We may go many weeks or months without talking, but like all good friends, we always manage to pick up where we left off.
I have to tag nice people too, but I think it is only fair that I tag people for one thing at a time! :)
Last, but never least
Punkin rocks! Pumpkin pies are my favorite, but Punkin is a faithful commenter on my blog. It is nice to know that people are actually reading my rambling thoughts on knitting and life. I don't think I have ever said "thank you" for all the comments, so thank you Punkin; YOU ROCK!
Okay, all you Rockin' Girl Bloggers, slap that button on your blogs and tag five Rockin' Girl Bloggers to spread the love. You all rock, you all are awesome, and I am glad to know you.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am off to mail the socks with a few extra goodies because I took so long.
EDIT What kind of town has a post card with a 25 year old picture of the hospital on it? Seriously, I bought a post card from my home town to send with the socks (as is tradition), and the ONLY post card I could find with ANYTHING from the town on it was a photo of the hospital. SHEESH
Friday, August 10, 2007
The ferry ride over to the island was really fun. It was a hydro jet, so there was a giant rooster tail of water coming out of the back of the boat. Yes, I am knitting in the photo.
Fort Mackinac is a state park with lots of cool historical re-enactments and exhibits. There are too many cool things to show ALL the photos we took, so I am just going to post the kniterly fun. I did want to share this photo of a young shopkeeper knitting to past the time. I actually showed her how to purl while we were there. Sly thought that was so strange.
Mackinac is the kind of place where there is a beautiful vista around every corner. I won't bore my dear readers with ALL the views (I am sure Sly to get a photo of them all), but I thought I would share a few really pretty vistas.
A word of warning to all of you with a sweet tooth, the economy on Mackinac is driven by FUDGE! The main shopping district has 17 fudge shops (all claiming to be number 1 and the original Mackinac fudge), and it seems that fudge is the number on souvenir from the island.
I have knitting to report on, but this is a long post. I do want to thank my Sockapalooza pal for the lovely socks. I will have a big post about Sockapalooza in a day or two. The fudge as slowed me down.
Monday, August 06, 2007
You see, I spent most of the actual day of our anniversary standing in line with my nephew to buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Sly was not feeling well, so we didn't spend any time together.
We have a romantic RV trip planned way up in Michigan at Mackinaw. The campground is really nice, and we have a site right on the shore of Lake Heron. I promise to post lovely pictures when I return.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Yarn: Purple: Galway Highland Heather Green: Manos Del Uruguay
Needles: Knitpicks options size 7
Here is a close up of the yolk pattern. I used the Manos for a couple of reasons. First, due to the cost, I don't use Manos much at all. Second, since the yolk pattern is a simple one, I thought it would highlight a great vergated yarn well. Third, I adore the impact the slubby green yarn makes in an otherwise traditional sweater.
I haven't blocked the sweater yet, so there is some major puckering just below the yolk.
Yarn: Philosopher's Wool
While I was at Stitch n Bitch Wednesday night, I finished Cozy. Don't look at the ends I haven't woven in yet!The stitch pattern on this wrap is really lovely, but the pictures on Knitty do not do it justice.
Thank you to Jenifer from Piddleloop for all the great photos.
Off to finish the Sockapolza 4 socks!