Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have not felt inspired to knit lately. I've been cruising Ravelry for some inspiration, but nothing! I finally settled in on making Kyra. It's a free pattern from Berroco. The sweater looks really comfortable and warm. I'm just not feeling it though. Although I do love the Keltic yarn I'm knitting with.
This is my 50th post, and I have to say I really enjoy blogging. I've corresponded with so many people from all over the United States to Europe and as far as Australia and New Zealand. I really appreciate every one's comments. They really make my day. As a thank you, I wanted to do something fun which I've seen on other blogs, and have a giveaway. So please leave a comment before midnight (EST) Thursday, October 2nd, and you will have a chance at winning the following: An Amy Butler Chelsea Bag made in Amy Butler fabrics by me, and a 450 yard skein of hand dyed sock yarn from Pagewood Farm in a really pretty color they call Mississippi Mud, and a few surprises too. The yarn would make a pretty scarf or hat for those of you who are not addicted to socks (yet)! So, please leave a comment and good luck to everyone!
P.S.: If you are not linked to a blog, just leave an email contact in your message, so that I will be able to let you know if you are the winner.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I bought Norah Gaughan Vol. 3 a few weeks ago, because I loved every design in the book. Norah is a design genius. I usually like to work on only one project at a time, but Loppem kept calling me to be knit, so I put Ingenue (with only one sleeve left to knit) on hold for a few days. I couldn't help myself. Once I started Loppem, I just couldn't put my needles down. It was like reading a good book. You can't put it down until it is finished. There is a lot of errata on this pattern, but it was a seamless (and no sleeves) knit which made it knit up fairly fast. I used Berroco Palace yarn in a green color only because my LYS didn't have enough of the blue, but I think the green works too.
This is my son's artistic shot.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.
Here are my six random facts:
1. My father wanted to name me Nancy and my mother wanted to name me Mary. My mother won. Everywhere I have ever lived, I've always had a good friend named Nancy.
2. I'm still best friends with my elementary school friend, Nancy, after 35 years.
3. I meet my husband at a New Years Eve party that we both almost didn't go to.
4. I have two brothers and one sister and together we have given my parents five grandsons. My sister in-law is pregnant and we are really hoping for a little girl to spoil.
5. My favorite food is salad - any kind.
6. My family called me Mary Beth until I was entering Junior High and I decided that two names were too childish. Now, I love the name Mary Beth.
At Home Mommy Knits
The Knitting Den
It's just for fun. Don't worry, I won't feel bad if you choose not to play!
I have been very busy lately, but I have found some time to knit each day. I'm currently working on Ingenue. I just have the sleeves left to work on.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
And so that became this:
Close but no cigar as they used to say back in the day. I do think Jane would be quite proud of me anyway, because really she is all about just enjoying the simple pleasures of home, and that is exactly what I did. They taste really good too!
I am working on some fingerless mitts. The pattern is the Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers by the Purl Bee. I'm using Classic Elite Waterlily.
I'm off for some tea and a faux Fairy Bun.
Friday, September 5, 2008
From: Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock Navy
Needles: Size 2 dpn
Now let me say I have a new appreciation for shawl knitters. I think this may be as close as I ever come to knitting a shawl, but I don't want to say never, because I said that about socks once. You really have to keep focused on the pattern at all times.
I had all these visions of putting on a skirt and boots with these socks for the photo, but these blurry pictures are as good as it gets after a day of work, grocery shopping and errands. Sorry. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I could not find any vintage knitting needles, etc. But I'm happy with what I purchased. I can hardly wait to start creating. I have some ideas. I just need TIME!
Also, I wanted to share with you this really great web-site I found. It is called The Toy Maker. They have lots of free downloads for anything from paper dolls to cards to puppets. It would be a great web-site to check out with the kids on a rainy day. This is what I made.
a gift bag and a frog
The Spiral Boot Socks are almost ready for their debut. Hang in there - hopefully tomorrow I'll have a knitting post!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Good Luck, Son!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Also some evidence that I am working on those socks!
Monday, September 1, 2008
1 refrigerated Pie crust
1 1/2 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1 Cup loosely packed fresh Basil leaves
4 cloves garlic
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
Unroll pie crust into a glass or ceramic pie plate / quiche dish. Press edges and use fork to poke holes in bottom of crust before baking. Bake as directed.
Meanwhile - cut tomatoes into 1/2 thick slices and drain on a paper towel.
Take Basil leaves and garlic and use chopper / processor to coarsely chop together.
Mix mayo, grated Parm, 1 cup of Mozzarella, pepper and basil mixture in a mixing bowl, and set aside.
When crust comes out of oven, sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded Mozzarella on the bottom of the hot crust, and let melt.
( now turn down oven to 375 Degrees )
Arrange tomato slices on bottom of crust. Pile them up. More is better! Spread Mayo/cheese mix over entire top -trying to completely cover.
Bake for 35 -40 minutes - should be nicely browned and bubbling when you take it out. Let cool for at least 5 minutes. Cut and serve warm. There will be NO leftovers !
Hope everyone enjoyed their nice long weekend! I'm making progress on the second Spiral Boot Sock. I'm almost to the heel flap!