Friday, April 18, 2014

FO: Swirl Hat

I am still plugging along on my commitment to knit 8 hats for Halos of Hope. I completed hat #6 - the Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington.

I really enjoy this pattern. I made the preemie version last year for the Remembering Remy KAL. It is easy to memorize but interesting enough to not be boring. The yarn is some very old stash that I bought in 2005 or 2006 when I began knitting. It is di.Ve Teseo which is 53% Wool 47% Microfiber and is pretty nice to work with. Now I have two more hats to go and they can be mailed off to warm the heads of some cancer patients. Until next time ....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The Outdoor Edition

In honor of spring - although we had snow last night - our topic for this week is 10 Things You Like To Do Outside.

1) Knit
2) Read
3)Take Clark to the park
4) Walk
5) Take a drive
6) Eat
7) Sit by the lake at the house up north
8) Star gaze
9) Sit on the deck by my dad's pool
10) Enjoy the sunshine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FO: Wisteria Arbor Shawl

When I pick a project I find myself going to Ravelry and picking something that can be downloaded from the site. I completely forget about my books and magazines. Part of this maybe because they are in the basement - out of sight out of mind after all. Last year I decided to knit more from my books and magazines and the first project I picked was the Wisteria Arbor Shawl from the Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders book.


The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Deep Waters. The yarn is a beautiful blue-purple that does not show up well in pictures. I really enjoyed bot the yarn and the pattern. I used every last bit of yarn and was a little afraid I was not going to make it. The pattern increases are done in an interesting way and the lace was very easy to memorize. I am very happy with this one and have been wearing it quite a bit lately. Until next time ....

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The It Goes Together Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Foods That Belong Together. Here we go.

1) Peanut butter and jelly – my inner child still loves these
2) Peanut butter and chocolate – Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy
3) Popcorn and butter – I have tried it sans butter but it is nowhere near as good
4) Ham and cheese – my favorite breakfast out is a ham and cheese omelet
5) Bacon and eggs – the breakfast classic
6) French fries and ketchup – can we consider ketchup a food?
7) Cheese and crackers – one of my favorite snacks
8) Kielbasa and Macaroni and Cheese – one of my favorite comfort food dinners
9) Chips and dip
10) Chili and cornbread

And now I am hungry. Until next time ….

Saturday, April 05, 2014

FO: Cuddly Cowl

In searching my stash I not only found a green skein of Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick I also found a red one that was the leftovers of Clark's stocking. Not wanting it to go to waste I searched my queue and found the Dolores Park Cowl pattern.

I called it the Cuddly Cowl because the yarn is so soft and cuddly. This was a quick and easy pattern and I can see myself making it again for a quick gift project. Until next time ....

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Books Read: March 2014

I am still on pace to complete 52 books this year. In March I finished 4 books - they are:

1) Born in Fire: Book 1 of the Irish Born Trilogy by Nora Roberts - Maggie Concannon is a glass artist with a fiery temperature to match her furnace. Can she be tamed by the gallery owner who wants to sell her work?

2) Cool for Cats by Andrew Ordover - Jordan Greenblatt is a PI just getting by until he is hired by the father of a high school friend to solve the hit and run accident that took her life.

3) 'Till Death Do Us Purl: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery by Anne Canadeo - in this installment Maggie and her friends are working to solve the mystery of a groom who fakes his death but ends up dead anyway.

4) Phantom by Susan Kay - a look at the life that made the man who would one day become the ghost of the Paris Opera House.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Coming Clean

To follow up on yesterday's post here are the answers to what is true and what is false.

1) I am the youngest child and grandchild on both sides of my family - true
2) I met my husband in a bar - true
3) I was detained at the US-Canada border when I was 19 because of the guy I was dating at the time - true (this is a very long story and I am glad it was pre-9/11)
4) I have never broken a bone - false (I am pretty clutzy so I have broken my arm twice and fractured my kneecap)
5) I have a degree in Political Science, worked in politics for a time and decided I hated it - true
6) I have never received a speeding ticket - very very false (I had a big lead foot in my early 20s)
7) We moved 4 times in 4 years (from when I was 6-10). We stayed in the same town just different houses. - true
8) I wanted to be a figure skater, Mary Lou Retton and a jockey as a kid - true (unfortunately my height ended these dreams)
9) I had a pony named Rusty when I was younger - true
10) I have never left North America - false (I went to Germany and Austria in high school and Grand Cayman and Jamaica on our honeymoon)