Friday, September 15, 2017

Barn Jacket

Well I got this UFO knitting monkey off of my back.  Started it in 2002.  It's been to at least 3 homes we lived in...maybe 4!  It's done and it is too big but who cares...it's done.  The pattern is Updated Barn Jacket from an old Leisure Arts book.  The yarn is Paton's /classic Wool and the color is Nouveau Denim. I'll have to bag this one in plastic.  I've learned over the years that the moths love Paton's yarn....which is okay....it can be the decoy yarn and keep them away from the more expensive yarn :). 

I made a sweater out of Paton's a couple of years ago for my father in law.  Actually I just made it and it was going to be for whoever it fit and it fit him.  By the time I figured out how to do a zipper and put it together, the moths got to it.  :(. I'm more careful with my yarn and sweater storage now.  




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Second Grocery Girl Shawl


Second Grocery Girl Shawl

Cranked this sucker out in less than 2 weeks.  The pink yarn is by Hedgehog Fibres located in Cork, Ireland (and I'll be there in 2 weeks :)).  The color is called Granny.  The white is by Manos Del Uruguay Alegria.  On the final night of the tour, there is a dinner cruise along the Grand Canal in Dublin.  I might where this on the cruise.  

Okay did 2 of this pattern...that's enough :). 




Sunday, September 3, 2017

Second Ceilidh Sweater



Second Ceilidh Sweater

Finished this up a couple of weeks ago. I opted to not to do the pockets on this one and I added a faux garter strip down the center of the sleeves.  Yarn is Valley Yarn Superwash worsted. It was okay. I wouldn't use it again.    Pattern is in issue 21 of PomPom magazine and Ravelry. 

 

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Celtic Myth Shawl In Dk Weight

Started this at the end of June and finished it up the other day.  The pattern is a freebie on Ravelry called Celtic Myth. The pattern comes in two weights. This one is done in DK weight.  I also have one I'm working on in fingering weight but that one is on the back burner right now.  I'm going to need more yarn for that one and it was hand dyed by a friend of mine who is an indy dyer.  The shawl pin was a birthday gift from my friend Joannie.  The shawl and pin are going to Ireland with me at the end of the month.  I'm taking a knitter's tour of Ireland seeing the usual tourist spots but also taking workshops and classes at several yarn shops in Dublin, Galway, Killarney and on the Aran Islands. Packing light so I can bring back lots of yarn :). 





Saturday, August 19, 2017

More Canning


Dill Relish with our pickle cucumbers
Gingered Zucchini Orange Marmalade with our zucchinis
Tomato and Corn Salsa made with our garden tomatoes





Monday, August 7, 2017

More Canning

Pickled Summer Squash :)


A friend brought over a  big bucket of fresh peaches she picked from a neighbor's tree and we made Bourbon Peach Jam (that can be used as a topping for a plain cheese cake or in between layers of a layer cake) and Rosemary Peach Jam which can be used as a pork loin glaze.  

Bourbon Peach Jam
Peach Rosemary Jam

Then with the remaining peaches the next day I made a Peppered Peach Relish which can be used when stir frying chicken or vegetables.  It's a completely sticky mess to cook and I had to crack open the Goo Gone to clean the stove top after but it tasted pretty good.  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ceilidh Sweater

Yeah I finished it and IT ACTUALLY FITS so I'm not giving this one away and I'm bringing it to Ireland with me.  Started it on June 30th...so 30 days to make it.  The pattern is called "Ceilidh" by Julia Farwell-Clay in Summer 2017issue of Pom Pom magazine (British publication).  Yarn is Valley Yarns Northampton Light Green Heather.  I'm calling it the "mullet sweater" because it's longer in the back and shorter in the front :). Intentionally longer....oddly not a mistake on my part :). Has two front pockets, dropped sleeves, waist shaping with like a faux garter stitch welt in the back :). Totally going to make another one!  :).






Friday, July 28, 2017

Canning Season 2017


The garden is doing awesome this year.  Canning is in high gear.  
This week I made Zucchini Salsa with added Fresno peppers, pickled summer squash (my fav), picked beets (not my fav :)) and apple pie filling.  



Monday, July 10, 2017

The Canning Begins



Last year's lack of rain made our garden pitiful.  This year it's doing really good so I'll be marathon canning again I'm sure.  Had a productive Sunday canning strawberries we picked locally.  We made strawberry jam and strawberry basil jam using the basils I'm growing on the back deck.  If they bottled a basil scented perfume, I'd wear it :). 

Next batch will be strawberry pineapple jam with honey. Pictures soon :) 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuning Out the "Machines"


Pretty sick of the "machines" as Bill O'Reilly would call them.  Boy I miss him although watching him on his podcast and being one of his prime members fills the void.  Tucker is awesome but he's not "my Bill" :). 

Taking a break from the emails, the instant messages, the texting, etc.  It's a complete time suck and I'd rather be doing something productive.  The mission to downsize continues.  Getting tons done and doing what I want without all the interuptions and the pinging in the background.  What do you do when the unfollow option and turning off the notifications doesn't work on Facebook?  You know besides lose your mind sifting through the drivel?  It always occurs to the most annoying people too.  Good grief if someone posts more than 20 posts per day, it's time for an intervention.  

So I started this last night listening to Audible books. Compared to the Celtic Myths fingering weight version, the DK version is seriously cranking!  Something to bring on the trip to Ireland for the knitting tour.  Can't go looking like a rookie now :). Scotland in 2018!!!  Adorable progress marker is a tea and saucer collection done by my friend Faith (the new Marine Corps Mom).  She did a custom order for me.  Whatever your theme or interest, this girl can come up with awesome stitch markers and progress keepers.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/DistractedKnits

The yarn is super soft.  It's Rowan Super Fine Merino in DK weight. I have to make a sweater out of this stuff.  The color is #146 Sky.  Living so close to Webs is a blessing and a curse :) 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shabby Chic Flag

My sister in law sent me the picture she found on Pinterest.  I found a similar e-pattern on Patternmart by Debbie Booth called American Cottage Flag and made some adaptions to the pattern.  I used 4 antique quilt blocks instead of appliqueing stars or using star fabric.  It goes in the mail tomorrow and hopefully gets there before the 4th of July.  


Vermont Quilt Festival

Went to the Vermont Quilt Festival Yesterday.  It was good to be at a crowded quilt show again.  I've been to so many over the years where the shop owners are just sitting in empty booths or knitting to kill time in between customers.  This show as busy!  I saw at least 7 or 8 busses parked in the parking lot.  I was starting to think quilting was on the decline.  It was a mostly an older crowd.  Just something I noticed while sitting at the outdoor dining area.  I sat at a table with Canadian women speaking French.  I'm going to need to spend more time on my Duolingo app before I can understand what they were saying.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't "Gee I really wish I was eating Jenny Craig Ranch Snaps like that woman instead of this awesome giant burger and fries."   Maybe the younger women are more into knitting now and the hipster coffee shop knitting scene?   My favorite booth was "The Cottage Rose", a shop based in Iowa. Iowa sure produces some of the best quilters.  The quilts at the show were a nice mix of "artsy" and traditional.  I came home with some treasures and my head full of potential quilt ideas:) Hit the local quilt shop and a yarn shop in Williston on the way home :). Pulled into the driveway on fumes :). All in all a really fun day :) 


Friday, June 23, 2017

Joji Mystery KAL

Joji Mystery KAL 

Finished my Joji Mystery KAL today. This is the first KAL I've ever finished.  Yeah :). It's big too.  85 by 29 1/2".  

Used Sweet Georgia Tough Sock and Sweet Georgia Cashluxe.  It blocked really really well.  The colors are outside of my comfort zone but it was a fun, fun pattern to knit.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Irish Fairy Garden


A friend of mine gave me an old suitcase after she saw the dog bed I made out of an old suitcase.  Wasn't sure what I'd do with it but then Pinterest managed to present an idea.  

I turned this into a miniature Celtic fairy garden.  My original idea of turning a pot into a rock cottage with a "thatched" roof went horribly wrong. I'm still trying to get the Gorilla Glue off my hands. 

The Befores

The inspiration
Mine






The disaster
Miniature standing stones

Final touch some mini rocks and sheep: