Showing posts with label Yarn Along. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yarn Along. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yarn Along

~Joining Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along~

I'm still working on this Christmas Stocking, and I'm still enjoying it.  Maybe it's the constant rain and strangely chilly weather which reminds me of Christmas or maybe it's the fact that Ben has finally quit asking if it will be done tomorrow? tonight? when? now? ever? So I've gotten to settle in and just enjoy the process.
I do know this is a 'yarn along' and technically I should be knitting or crocheting something, but my sit down and craft time has been taken up with this project. I do have a knitting project I'm hoping to begin, but not before this is finished.  I'm really happy I started this and am looking forward to working on each one, no matter how long it takes me.

I'm reading, rather listening to Melanie Shankle's books via Audible and I'm loving and laughing the whole way through.  We are the same age and I also grew up in Texas so I get all of what she is sharing.  The funny thing too is that she had her daughter one year to the day before I had my daughter -  it somehow makes me enjoy her more because our daughters are the same age (kinda) and I get what she shares in that regard too.  I can't recommend her books enough, but I do suggest you listen to them if you can because the way she shares, in her own voice, is the best!



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yarn Along

I have completed baby sweaters but whenever I attempt larger sweaters, I lose my focus or get into trouble because I don't understand the pattern directions.  I am determined to stay the course this time and despite any mistakes, keep knitting!  
This is the Guernsey sweater from Family Knits by Debbie Bliss.

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I'm also about to rebegin Leila's book The Little Oratory  along with my St. Gregory's Pocket for Texoma to North Texas.  I've never led an online book discussion, so I think this will be fun and I hope it is less about my leading it and more about us all getting into a great discussion about the book.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cheesy Potato Soup & Cables

Cheesy, Potato Soup - It is the embodiment of comfort food.  
My boys have asked for this for birthday meals, Pete requests it in advance of coming home so that I'll have all the ingredients on hand, it has been delivered countless times to a new Mother, it is one of my 'go-to' meals when I want everything to turn out right with little chance of failure.  Anyone could make this and it be warm, satisfying and delicious - even if you think you can't cook.  You CAN make this, it has several steps but the results are never disappointing. Tonight I will serve this with a spinach, grapefruit and avocado salad in a Champagne dressing. Yes, it is absolutely MY way to spoil all the Little Men in my life (plus my Little Lady). *recipe at end of post*
I picked up my Debbie Bliss Cotton Knits for All Seasons and without too much thought I chose a pattern.  I chose the Zipped Jacket with Hood mostly because I had the right yarn, enough of that yarn, and the correct needles.  I somehow missed that first word 'ZIPPED' and failed to really read the pattern that had any mention of cables.  The photo in the book is so dark, I didn't see them.
So I began.  When I reached this abbreviation, C4F - I had to look it up because I had no idea what it meant.  I think my heart stopped a second when I realized I was fully immersed in a sweater with cables, CABLES.  I'm a novice knitter, cables scare me and I steer clear.  I mean WAY clear.
*Deep breath* 
I decided to try it, I had a cable needle anyway and I've frogged so many projects at this point, whats one more.
I tentatively worked my way through the first 4 rows, and then I repeated it and started to relax a bit.  "This isn't quite so bad".  I knitted the 4 rows again, and repeated it again, and again.  One evening I found myself still working rows into the wee hours(it should be noted, I am a very slow knitter) because I had started to 'SEE' the pattern develop in the project.
So wow, I finish my first sweater and then find myself knitting cables, quite by chance.  If I actually complete this little sweater, then my poor family.  They just thought I was insufferable after the first sweater.  I will be unfit to live with if I finish a sweater with cables.  I will never stop!  I do so love knitting!

Cheesy Potato Soup
8-10 good size baking potatoes (you decide if you want them peeled)
1 small bag red potatoes (I never peel if I use these)
1 small bag Yukon Gold Potatoes (this is the best choice but often unavailable)
2, 32 oz boxes chicken broth
1 large block Velveeta (I never promised this was actually healthy)
1/2 cup flour
1 small onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced up ( make sure to use some of the green)
1/2 lb bacon cooked crisp and then chopped
1 stick butter
2-3 stalk celery chopped
2 TBS parsley
Salt/Pepper to Taste
2 TBS lemon pepper
2 tsp (or more) ground mustard
4 cans evaporated milk

Peel if you want, I rarely do your potatoes and then dice them up.  Boil until tender, drain and set aside.
Cook and chop up bacon, set aside.
Saute in butter, celery and small onion (not green onions) until tender.  Add flour, to make a roux.
Add potatoes, broth, evaporated milk and bacon.
Add spices/seasonings.
Add Bacon
Add chopped up block of Velveeta
Add chopped green onions
Stir well and heat at medium while Velveeta melts.  Once the soup is good and warm, take a potato masher and start mashing up the potatoes within the soup.  You don't want them all mashed, but it helps thicken it and creates a delicious, thick, creamy soup.
I let mine heat up very hot and then take it off the burner.  It sits a few hours until dinner time and then I heat it back up - during this time of sitting, all the flavors marry.  You can also add everything to a crockpot and cook it on low - DO NOT SUBSTITUTE with milk, it will curdle if you do this.  Evaporated milk is what works best in this recipe.
When serving, you can top with grated cheddar, sour cream, chives, and more bacon if you like.  
Serve with a salad!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yarn Along ~

I truly enjoy reading and knitting.  I love that Ginny over at Small Things provides a link up each week, it works like a virtual book club + knitting group.  I get to see all the lovely knits and get new ideas, because I LOVE quality yarn and seeing the loveliness of it being made into beautiful gifts, sweaters, etc..  I also enjoy getting new ideas of books to read.  Please join in today's Yarn Along,  over at Small Things.

If I was not so excited about this little sweater I would hold off on sharing it until I could get better photo quality.  It is raining and very gray/dark outside, so taking photos in natural light is impossible.  Let's not focus on terrible picture/photo quality - instead let's focus on the fact that I have finally FINALLY completed all the pieces for a sweater AND aside from 1 sleeve, it is almost complete + the fact that it didn't turn out wonky.  I am over the moon excited about this!

All details for the sweater (and better photos so you can see the color, yarn etc..) can be found here.  I should call it my Frankenstein sweater because from start to finish, it has been worked on during rehearsals and back stage during performances.  The blue light back stage is adequate to knit with.  I made several mistakes, but none that are truly noticeable unless your me.  The one mistake turned out to be an embellishment anyway.  You see that row of purling up at the neckline?  It isn't suppose to be that way.  I messed up on the front of the sweater, I liked it though.  I marked which row I purled instead of knit and continued with the same process for each piece of the sweater.  One of the cast members even let me know she liked it better with the purl row when I pointed it out as an error.  So, I'm happy, happy, happy!  Now, to finish the other sleeve so the little guy can wear it before it is too small!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yarn Along

Can you believe it???  I actually am ALMOST finished on a sweater project!  It is a late birthday gift for an adorable nephew.
I should call this the Frankenstein sweater because it has been all the hours passed backstage that have allowed me a window to work on this.  I have the front and back complete and am now working on the arms.
The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Baby Style and the yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sky

Here is my dilemma, and the thing that trips me up every time.  I do not have any knitters near me (that I know of) so the sleeves have me a bit worried.  I'm currently 15 cm in to the 19 cm required and then the whole cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row ????  I am eager for advice...any help.  Yes, I know that to experienced knitters this is like trying to understand how to breathe but for me it is just confusing.  I'm plugging on though and really am proud of what has come of this project so far.  I would LOVE any tips that you want to offer!  Thank you so much!
As to reading, I read the first and last of Jennifer Worth's Call The Midwife.  I have a hold placed on the 2nd book at the library, eager to read it as well.  My 18 year old son is insisting I read Enders Game, even checking the book out on his own library card so that I would, before the movie premiers in November.  The kids' very dear Piano teacher loaned me Eli's Reach, the sequel to Waiting for Eli.  I have not read the 2nd one yet but the first one, I could hardly put down, so I hope to begin Eli's reach as soon as Frankenstein is over.  Lot's of great books have come my way lately, which makes me very happy!

Please visit Ginny for more Yarn Along posts.  This weeks found here:  Yarn Along

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Yarn Along

I'm participating in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.

I've made a little progress on the sweater, and a LOT of progress on the quilt (which I know is technically not part of the Yarn Along).  I'm joining Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things in reading Common Sense 101, Lessons From G.K. Chesterton.  I am not sure if there will at some point be an online discussion about the book and I'm not worried about it.  She kinda has her hands full with 2 beautiful twin boys and a toddler too in addition to her other children + homeschooling.  I'm happy to read with her simply because it is just a wonderful book!  
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along.  I'm slowly working my way through this sweater.  I absolutely love the yarn and the color.  The project is simple enough, but I still managed to make a mistake.  I am pushing on though and not unraveling it like I would usually do.  No matter what, I intend to complete this project so it may look pretty wonky by the time it's done but the point, for me, is about completion.

You can see my mistake more clearly here.  I have not been able to devote much time to this project because I'm almost done with my quilt and I am so very proud of it.  I'll show more details once the gift has been given.  The link to my quilt also has specifics on the yarn and pattern I'm working on.

I'm reading two books.  I had to set down 'Waiting for Eli' while we were thick in the productions of Drowsy Chaperone and The Hobbit.  I finally picked it back up the other day and I'm so glad I did.  It is such a touching true story.  I actually want to make a pilgrimage to this area of Louisiana, it seems like it has its own Catholic Culture there and lots to appreciate as a Catholic.  The other book I'm reading is "Gentle Babies"  no, I'm not pregnant.  I have always been interested in best practices when it comes to the health of my family.  My former boss shared about her success with essential oils and loaned me the book to read.  I'm truly fascinated by this topic and want to learn more.

Thank you for stopping by my Yarn Along, please visit Ginny for today's Yarn Along link up!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny over at Small Things for this weeks Yarn Along~

Don't laugh at me but I started yet another project.  I'm absolutely embarrassed at my lack of skill in completing projects and then I became so frustrated with the last one (that should have been easy) that I frogged the whole thing.  I've determined that I will see this one through to the end, no matter what.  I have never knit a sweater and I really want to be able to knit sweaters for my kids, so it is finish this or bust!  The pattern comes from Debbie Bliss's Celtic Knits.  The yarn I'm using is Knit Picks of course, I purchased this last year during their big Black Friday sale - I love it!  It is DK weight Gloss in colorway Clover.

The knitting will go slow until I have completed this quilt, which is nearly done.  I love it more and more with each stitch.  I am thinking that there will be more quilts with embroidery in my future, I absolutely love the embroidery part of this project!

As to what I'm reading, I have to be honest - not a lot.  Drowsy Chaperone wrapped up just as we entered tech week for The Hobbit and we are all worn out.  Our evenings have been spent just enjoying a Netflix movie or visiting, even a game or two...but, not a lot of reading lately.  I think we will get back in the swing of things soon, we all love to read.  My Mom recently dropped off some light fiction that I would enjoy diving into, I seem to always opt for non-fiction and I do love a good story so I'm glad she shared!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it over at Ginny's Yarn Along~
I was lucky and managed to snag one of the first batches of Alicia's Maggie Bunny Kits.  They sold out super fast, but when she refilled her shop with kits - I was delighted to see the knit patterns for accessories for Miss Maggie Bunny. I started working on this way too late last night and didn't get very far.  I could not find my markers so I used safety pins (which make great markers by the way)  I'm still plotting away on my other knitting projects but mainly I'm devoting craft time to a special quilt.
I'm still reading "Ten Ways To Destroy Your Child's Imagination" and just downloaded "Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton"  They are both excellent books!  I think I'm going for fiction next, I love non-fiction but need to feed my own imagination sometimes too!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well, which is why I participate in Ginny's Yarn Along over at Small Things~
I have not gotten very far with the sweater.  Life has been the busiest ever, and I'm ready for a few things to fall off our plates so that we can enjoy some pursuits at home.  The end of year celebrations and parties have all come to an end and #2 will be flying the nest in a few short days.  I see some knitting time ahead for me, so I hope to get much further on this project in the near future.  For all details about this please follow this link. I am still reading (more like devouring) Anthony Esolen's 'Ten Ways To Destroy Your Child's Imagination" - wonderful, wonderful book!

I've been working on a special little project here and there - which isn't knitting or crocheting, but it is what has been consuming what little knitting time I have (and I worked on costumes for a production of Drowsy Chaperone).  This is from Camille Roskelley who has the cutest quilting website, designs the best fabric, and writes easy to understand quilt books.  I truly love her work!

The project I'm the most excited about is the one pictured here though.  I can't share details yet, but it is one of the best ideas I've ever had.  It involves embroidery, and words of wisdom of someone we love.

This is going to take me a while, but just you wait - It is going to be wonderful!

Please visit Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link at Small Things to share your photo with the rest of us! ~
I have two projects that I still hope to complete but got stuck in the instructions so they have been set aside while I work on a very simple Guernsey from Debbie Bliss's book 'How To Knit'.  The project has been slow going as we have been involved in a new play "Drowsy Chaperone", baseball, end of year activities and events, banquets, and a very sick kiddo last week which has led into a very sick kiddo this morning.
All 3 of my youngest have UFO knitting projects in the works - I'll get there though, slowly but surely.
I'm using Knit Picks Comfy Worsted Yarn in colorway Bison.  I purchased this for a steal with their Bag of Yarn Deal last year. I'm not seeing that offered as much since they've updated the website, I hope they bring it back next Fall.
I am reading Anthony Esolen's 'Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination Of Your Child".  This came recommended through LMLD, which I've come to appreciate for giving good solid advice and wisdom.  The book has been so profound, it really resonates with me but is also one that I sometimes have to reread passages in order to fully understand just what Prof Esolen is driving at.  He has a very G.K. Chesterton for  modern times feel to his writing, I'm so very glad to have been introduced.

In other news, #9 has come down with that same high fever #8 had last week.  Hopefully, the bronchitis part of that illness will not be shared.  He woke up in the night and got his little lantern.  He came to my bedside and said in the sweetest voice, whispering "Mama, I'm scwared', "I don't fweel so well, and it makes me vewry, vewry scared".  I felt his head and whew he was burning up.  I hope it passes quickly and at least now I know what we are dealing with thanks to #8 for getting it first.

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