Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Learning a new stitch...

I have recently learned how to create the Chinese Wave (I think otherwise known as honeycomb) stitch. I am really liking the design so far, and can't wait to see what it looks like once the dischloth is completed. I am wondering if this pattern would be a little too dense for an afghan, and if I should just use it for perhaps dishcloths. I plan on making a few more before I end up reopening my Etsy store. So far I have one dishcloth done in garter stitch.

This is the front of the Chinese Wave
 And then the back

 The yellow in reality looks more like gold, and I plan on selling this dishcloth. I hope to have my shop reopened by the end of this month if not before. I just want to ensure that I have a few projects complete before doing that. I plan on having dishcloths, scarves, afghans and perhaps other items as well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Can't wait to try this yarn....

I found out that the local Walmart has the Lion Brand Mandala yarn (which only 500 nationwide have it, and Lion Brand is out of it completely until Sept.) and just had to get some. They had about five or so different colors of the yarn. I ended up getting two balls of each color, they are only around $5 at the store but on Walmarts website it was $10 (I think they have run out of them online). I also got a bright green and blue yarn by Peaches and Creme called ocean stripes. Normally, I get the big cones of cotton yarn (Lil Sugar 'N Cream, I think they merged with the Peaches and Creme company) for around $15, but Walmart had them for $8.

So I plan on making quite a few dishcloths, and haven't decided either scarves or more granny stripe afghan's. The Bernat baby yarn will be for another granny stripe afghan that I hope to make to sell.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

An Afghan Finish

I finally completed the Granny Stripe baby afghan I was making to send to my cousin. It turned out much different than the baby boy granny stripe afghan I did, since there were so many different colors in this one.

I started on another granny stripe afghan already, the colors are various purples with green. The yarn is by Michael's called Loops and Thread and even though the weight is only 4 worsted weight it feels very bulky and more like a 5 or 6. It is 100% acrylic but unlike other brands that are a little soft, this one isn't at all. I do not think I will work with this yarn again, but am hoping after I complete the project it will soften up somewhat. It is wider than our queen size bed, so it will be quite a big afghan.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Birthday Gift and Afghan Progress..

I enjoy making people gifts for their birthday.  I really liked the color of this yarn, but it looked like it would appeal more to men than most women, so I end up making a wash/dish cloth for my dad. I thought perhaps he could use it while he works out, or does some yard work.

I worked more on the granny stripe afghan, even more tonight, but here is an updated version from Sunday. I included a few close ups.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snow Prediction Results...

ended up being anywhere between half an inch to one inch. I ended up not working on the quilt, but did work on the crocheted granny strip afghan for my cousin's adopted baby. I haven't completed any progress for the past few weeks. We had plenty leftovers of the potato soup.

I probably completed six rows today and as you can tell by the size of the ball of yarn I have quite a ways to go.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Predictions of Snow....

Since we live on the East Coast the past two days the predictions of snow coming have been nonstop. I have heard 8-10 inches, 6-8, 3-6, 3, 6-10, so I am thinking the weather forecasters have not a clue how much we will actually get or not get. Last time a big storm came through we were supposed to have gotten quite a bit, and we received like an inch, other times we received more than predicted. This winter we have only gotten the one inch, so overnight if we get a few inches it is still a very mild winter. I do know it is supposed to be colder though, so I plan on making homemade potato soup for dinner tomorrow. I also plan on doing some quilting, on my nephew's belated birthday gift. So far I have gotten a little progress done.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Is the Number?

It is number 12! Which just happens to be Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson. Previously, I had watched the tv series and then found out it was based on these books by Flora Thompson (which she wrote semi-autobiography on about her experiences of village life in England during the 1880's). I know from experience that there isn't a whole lot of dialogue in this book, and that is a complaint from some people I have seen. Plus, they think it will be like the tv series with lots of story line. That doesn't bother me as I think being really descriptive of that type of life to me then allows you to vision it better. Last time I read a chapter of it and really enjoyed it. What is your Spin book?

Friday, March 10, 2017

March: King Arthur's BakeALong

I haven't participated in awhile for the BakeALong that King Arthur's flour company has been putting on through their blog. This has mostly been because I haven't wanted to try the recipes or didn't want to go to the hassle of some of them. This month was the Butterflake Herb Loaf, and it is really buttery so be prepared. There were some pros and cons to this, and not all of them was the recipe.

It was time consuming, took about five hours from start to finish, however most of this was because our house was a little chilly. Plus this dough rises not just once, but twice that adds of course quite a bit of extra time. I cut the recipe in half for the dough and ended up with two small loaves.   In regards to the filling though I made the whole amount, and actually doubled the herbs and garlic. First the pros of this loaf, it was moist and crispy on the outside but soft in the middle. The biggest draw back was that it didn't have too much flavor even though I doubled on the herbs and garlic. Now, I will say this that I think perhaps I shouldn't have minced my own garlic as the pieces were probably too big, and in hindsight I will just use the store bought minced garlic. As you can see we did eat one whole loaf at dinner on Sunday, and even tonight ate part of the second loaf, the herbs only still had a hint of flavor. So perhaps next time, I will pay attention to how warm it is in the house to ensure it doesn't take five hours, and either use even more herbs or perhaps different ones altogether. Have you tried one of the BakeALong or been tempted to try a recipe?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Classics Club Blog Spin Book

It is time for another spin list, and according to the Classics Club blog this is number 15. I have not partaken in all of them, and when I have not completed all of the books. You have until Friday to make your list (until May 1st to finish it), and then they will put out the number. So people choose their books in a variety of ways, some all books they want to read, some they are dreading and others a a mixture of those. For myself I am going to go with classic books from my list that I haven't finished (which is the first 13 books), wether they were part of a spin or my reading them on my own (this excludes one or two that I have given up on trying to read).

  1. Jane Eyre 
  2. The Adventures of Tom Saywer 
  3. War and Peace
  4. Little Women
  5. Sense and Sensibility
  6. Walden and Civil Disobedience
  7. Germinal
  8. The House of the Dead
  9. Little Dorritt
  10. Poor Folk and other Stories
  11. The Idiot
  12. Larkrise to Candleford
  13. The Secret Garden
  14. Barnaby Rudge
  15. The Outsiders
  16. The Oregon Trail
  17. My Antonia
  18. Wives and Daughters
  19. The Awakening
  20. Rights of Man

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Trying New Pickling Juice Recipe..

Mr. Crafts4others and I decided to make several different jars of refrigerated veggies with different spices. For the first time we tried to pickle cucumbers, cauliflower, and jalapeños. The jalapeños were all for Mr. Crafts4others and he said they ended up being really spicy, so he had to eat them with cucumbers or a blue cheese dressing. In the cucumber and onion jar we just mainly put in peppercorn and a small amount of cumin.

So far one jar of the jalapeños are gone, the cucumber and onion, as well as the cauliflower, cucumber, carrot and onion. So the only jars left in this photo are the big jars.

We previously ate some of this with leftover meatballs and roasted cauliflower.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Almost caught up on Feb.

For the temperature blanket. This was the progress that I had previously gotten done but didn't do an updated post. Later in the week I will post my progress for March, it has been interesting so far as added more color. Showing the front and back along with a close up picture. Not sure why but in the photos it shows the colors a little dull than they are in reality.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Learning the Purl Stitch....

I only started learning how to knit back in September, mostly getting inspiration from SlowTV and other youtube knitting shows. I have made several washcloths/dishcloths, a scarf, and working on two blankets. I have only worked on the knit and garter stitch. I decided finally to learn how to do the purl stitch, and it does feel a little awkward but I think only because it is new. Here is my first attempt so far.

I love the colors of the mustard and grey, never figured I would though. This is just a practice piece though and isn't anything to use. This yarn though is 100% cotton so it will no doubt be another washcloth/dishcloth. I am making a few to be donated to a Native American reservation, so far I have made 5 or so, this yarn will probably be the last one to be made before sending them. I love to make the washcloth/dishcloth and might end up selling some in the future. Do you have a favorite knitting project you enjoy?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Need to get caught up...

I have gotten quite a bit behind in working on the temperature afghan. I have been keeping track of the temperatures though, and today knitted three days worth of stitches. I am caught up until the 11th of this month. Next year I will not do the afghan in garter stitch, since it ends up being two rows for each day to create the design.

The pictures are only of a small section of the front and back of the afghan.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Overnight Oats...

I decided to make my own version after watching YouTube videos on them being made in mason jars (as well as other meals). I made one version of old fashioned quaker oats, milk (I used lactaid although you can use regular or even soy milk), a little bit of honey, chia/flax seed blend (which is healthy for you and acts as a thickener), vanilla extract, and strawberries. The next version I had the oats, honey, lactaid, chia/flax seed blend, cinnamon, and raisins. The next morning I ate it cold, it was mushy, including the raisins which need to be added right before eating to prevent them being mushy, and it did have more of an oat flavor. My overall impressions was that I thought the strawberry version would be my favorite but it wasn't at all, the vanilla flavor didn't come through. I did a taste test of heating up a cinnamon oatmeal version with no raisins today, and it wasn't mushy but had less of the cinnamon and oats flavor. So next time I will need to add more cinnamon, and I didn't mind it either cold or warm.

I do reuse some glass jars not just regular mason ones. So have you tried this? What did you think? 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Should have had this done....

by now and it should have already arrived earlier in the week for the recipient. However, our nephew just turned two (a day before my birthday) so I don't think he will mind. 😀 I think he will like it, as it had boats, flags, helicopters, etc.

I have done it using the pillowcase style since I do not like to do binding. I think sometimes borders are distracting from the rest of the quilt, depending on how they coordinate. I still have the quilting to do. The back fabric was what I had on hand, and while I know it isn't really a boy fabric I liked that it had hearts on it.

Are you working on any projects right now? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great Leftovers...

Last night we had the left over chicken and baked it in the oven, as I didn't think it would be good reheated in the microwave. It turned out great and I couldn't taste the extra olive oil that was on it previously. We ate all of the cauliflower and onions, so I made two different side items. I cut up two large size potatoes and just added salt, pepper, butter and baked it until cooked. Last week I had made some more refrigerated pickling juice and never used some of it, so Tuesday night I added some baby carrots to it. Tonight the carrots were ready to eat. I didn't make the bread it was store bought french loaf.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Day....

I had a great Valentine's Day and hope everyone had a great day (wether you celebrate it with a significant other, friends, etc. or even not at all). I received a package from my Dad and flowers from Mr. Crafts4others.

Mr. Crafts4others and I went out for breakfast and then later on cooked dinner together. Normally, I do the cooking by myself as I love to cook. We made two new recipes and besides a few tweaks on some of the ingredients, we will definitely have it again.

I didn't get a very good picture of the side dish, which was cauliflower, onions, garlic, shredded parmesan, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. We accidentally put the parmesan on too early, we were supposed to cook everything and then towards the end add it. We used a whole mini package of fresh thyme, but we couldn't taste the flavor at all. Next time we plan on not adding the thyme at all, less olive oil, and making sure the cauliflower and onion pieces are bigger.

The chicken breast (we had two fairly good size breasts and I cut it into 4 pieces) we baked had olive oil, minced garlic, crushed dried rosemary, salt and parmesan. It also was supposed to have chives but we didn't have any on hand. It was really easy to get too much olive oil on the chicken, as per the recipe it says to add all the spices together with the oil. Next time I will just brush the olive oil on both sides and then sprinkle on the spices. The parmesan then only goes on the top. 

We have leftover chicken so we will see how it tastes.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Future Book Reviews...

I received two books for free recently from the publishers and am pretty excited about reading them. Hopefully, I will find a new author to enjoy that I haven't read before.

The first one is called Unlock Your Dreams: Discover The Adventure You Were Created For by Philip Wagner. This is a christian book based on exactly what the title is, discovering the gifts God has given and how to achieve them. I like books that start to make you think internally, so I hope this is a book like that.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan takes place in England during WWII. A group of women from the village of Chilbury tells the story of the lives of these women through letters and journals. They deal with secrets, romance, death, etc. Even though this is a novel, it sounded still pretty interesting to me.

I believe Unlock Your Dreams came out in December and The Chilbury Ladie's Choir will be released this coming Tuesday on Feb. 14.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More Work Needed....

to complete these projects of various crafts I have been working on.

I will start with the projects I have had for the longest.

I have picked up the hand quilting for Mr. Crafts4Others quilt. I have found one or two thimbles that I really like and at the same time been testing various types of quilting hoops/stands. I was quilting away on Monday while listening to the Senate.

I am a few days behind on knitting the 2017 Temperature Afghan, but this progress goes to the 3rd of Feb. I will get to add yellow again once I get caught up as yesterday it was 74!

I haven't crocheted on this baby afghan until the 2nd of Feb., but I got a little bit more complete.

The newest project was put in by request by Mr. Crafts4others it is knited in the garter stitch to keep the keyboard of his computer from sliding on his desk.

What are you working on?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wished I loved it but didn't...

I couldn't even finish this book. I tried several times to read the book Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall that I received for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books for my review per FCC rules. Normally I enjoy her books but I couldn't get into the characters at all. I usually like at least one character in a book, and will continue reading but this one for some reason I didn't like any of them. However, I always say that if a book sounds interesting to someone they should read it no matter someone's opinion, sometimes I have liked books and others not. It is hard for me to really rate a book since I didn't even finish it, but since I did read some I will give it a 2.

This could be completed in another week...

or so depending how much I am able to get done. I think the progress so far has went really good. I know my cousin really liked the colors of the yarn. I haven't ever thought a baby blanket should be just big enough for a few months, after all the child will grow quickly, so I try to make them more toddler size. In case anyway wanted to know this yarn si by Lion Brand and called Ice Cream Big Scoop.