Monday, January 28, 2008

A Good Movie, A Good Weekend, and other Good Stuff

Seems like forever since I posted...other than kitteh photos;)

It rained all day yesterday, which we really need, but the cold and damp really make my fibro flare. So achy. Yuck.

Ron and I had a really nice weekend. He took me to see 27 Dresses Saturday night-I loved it! A really funny and sweet romantic comedy, and I even liked the ending! If my opinion matters, I'd recommend it!

I picked out the yarn for Char's purse-I'm using Lion Wool in Dark Teal, Purple, and Ocean Blues (variegated). I'm using a pattern from the Bag-a-holic Yahoo group I belong to. It's called Knot Sew Hobo Bag. It's a felted bag, very simple, but I think I'll add an outside pocket. I've posted a pattern picture.I'm going to do the larger version, add some sort of button, and line it.

Work on my LCM afghan is coming along nicely, I'm still working on the fourth color-block, it's about halfway done. Pretty soon it's going to be too big to carry around easily, so it will be good to get my New England Socks and/or Char's bag OTN. I really need to do both...especially if I want to keep up with my knitting resolutions...I'll get a new photo of my progress soon. I'll have to use Ron or Naomi's camera, and maybe do it outside, it's getting too big for my phone camera, plus I'd like a nicer representation of the colors.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Vote for Frosty!

Okay, I loved the site so much, I decided to make my own pic.
Here it is:

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

If you go to the link, you can vote for Frosty, and he might make the front page!!! Come on, you know you wanna!! As they say on the site: hez a kewt kitteh!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Be Afraid...

This was so cute, I absolutely HAD to share:

Funny Pictures
moar funny pictures

Bask in the cuteness!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The latest on the LCM. Milo the Adorable!

I just couldn't resist sharing the adorableness! This is Milo's favorite, "Pet me, worship me, see how adorable I am..." pose.

Notice the buttons on his fur coat? Very proper. He is, of course, the royalty of the house. Very regal, and very easily irritated by the dog, and the other cats if they throw off his "groove."

In the knitting portion of my life, my Log Cabin Moderne is moving right along. As you can see from this photo, it has received approval from Frosty. I took this picture maybe an hour ago, and he seems to have taken up permanent residence. The sun has moved onto it, so he's in cat heaven. I want to work on it, but haven't figured out how to get it back! So it's a "2 Tails Up" for the LCM!

I've begun the fourth block, if you look to the right, you can see a bit of the dark blue. I think the colors are coming along well. So far I'm happy with the yarn overall. It has a nice hand for an acrylic. Much softer than the Red Heart I used for the Bass Section hats. I guess the real test will be how it wears with washing.

I have a new project to add to my list, I need to find a cute bag pattern to make for my pal, Char. She's willing to trade haircuts for knitting. I knew this hobby would payoff someday!!!:) If anyone reading this has any good suggestions for a medium to large bag, especially a nice felted one, send it my way!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

LCM coming along!!

So, here's my progress on my Log Cabin Moderne as of last night. I wish the photo gave a better idea of the colors, it's really dark. The brown is a lighter taupe than you see, and the blue is also quite a bit lighter.

I love picking up the stitches, it looks so nice on the front, and saves me from a million years of finishing. I'm weaving in the ends (so very few ends, foolish grin) as I go. So when I'm done, I'm done! I'm telling you, those Mason-Dixon gals know what they are doing.

Of course, being on Ravelry as I am, I've found another afghan pattern I want to do...this one, of course, will require much's called Circles to Squares. I saw it done in a completely different color scheme on Ravelry, and it was GORGEOUS. Each square was done differently, instead of the same color scheme, and it reminded me a bit of the Babette Blanket. How many afghans can a person do in a year????? And still get my knitting list done??? And of course TYF keeps offering classes I want to the Einstein Coat. Sigh. What's a poor pattern and yarn addicted girl to do?

Monday, January 07, 2008

A weekend filled with family and knitting! My 2008 knitting plan so far...

This past weekend was really lovely, we had family in from California. Lots of good visiting, shopping and eating WAY too much. Just my kind of fun! My Aunt Susan, a crafty lady, brought me a big bag of yarn and another bag filled with knitting books and patterns!! I was especially excited to get 2 books that have been on my wish list: The Knitting Experience Book One: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville, and A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi. There were lots more goodies, too.
I also got a lot done on my Log Cabin Moderne. I finished the second color block, and later last night started the third. Here are some photos, both front and back:

I'm really enjoying the process on this project. It's very simple, just knit, knit, knit. Yet I don't seem to be bored at all. It's great for when the T.V. is on, and I get to change colors before I tire of it. Of course, that may change when I get to the larger blocks, though I hope not. It's making a very nice fabric, and should be warm and soft. I also happen to love the colors! Plus it's just beginning to drape across my lap a bit, and seems to have met with feline approval, Milo even gave it a purr!

As soon as it's to bulky to travel, I plan to cast on my New England socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.

My 2008 projects:

1. Log Cabin Moderne (underway) for me
2. Babette Blanket for Naomi
3. New England Socks for me
4. Rambling Rows Afghan for Cassie (one for me, too, but that'll have to wait!)
5. Throw (pattern undetermined) for Nicole and Lance (a wedding gift)
6. Curve of Pursuit Afghan for me
7.-11. Socks in Ravelry queue for me...I'd like to do at least one pair every other month
12. Log Cabin Afghan (similar to Joseph's Blankie of Many Colors in MDK) for Brennan

Some 2008 resolutions:
1. Organize craft room
2. Downsize yarn stash (both through knitting and trading/selling)
3. Be more consistent in home duties (housework, cooking)
4. Get back to some type of exercising
5. Have that yard sale I've been talking about for 6 months!

That's about all the resolution-y stuff I can handle at this point.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Progress on my Log Cabin, Recipe stuff for the MDK contest;)

So, 3 days into the new year, here's my progress on my Log Cabin Moderne:

Though I've added some rows since I took this. I'm enjoying the simple nature of the project, perfect for knitting while DH Ron watches endless college bowl games!

The gals at the Mason Dixon Knitting blog (link at right) are holding a little show us your recipe box contest. Though I don't have a box, I have a binder (that was supposed to organize my endless papers, cards, cut-outs). Here it is:

Frosty shows the lovely, well organized nature of my binder!

And here is the recipe of choice, which I scribbled on the back of the words to a hymn at a Christmas women's brunch at a church probably 5 or 6 years ago. The recipe is now a New Year's morning tradition for our family. We eat it and watch the Rose Parade on HGTV. A Pasadena native, I have to watch the parade, even though I am now an Arizona resident.

Caramel Rolls

18 frozen Rhodes white dinner rolls (1/2 the package)

1/2 Cup butter (one stick)

1/2 Cup packed brown sugar

1/2 box Jello brand butterscotch cook and serve pudding (NOT instant!)

pecan halves

Grease bundt pan, put in rolls. Melt brown sugar and butter together. Sprinkle the pudding powder over the rolls. Pour melted sugar/butter mixtures over. Sprinkle with pecan halves. Cover with waxed paper and let sit overnight to rise. In the morning, heat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 1/2 hour. The rolls will get pretty dark, that's okay. Remove from oven, don't let stand more than 1-2 minutes, invert onto large plate and serve warm.

Here's photos of the recipe, and the other side. Yes, the binder came with cards that fit neatly into the nice, plastic covered pages...what's your point?