Monday, July 28, 2008

a few goodies~

You know I love Sunday knitting-I enjoy a break for the big projects (even if the only need seamed!)-some smaller project I can finish in a day or two. These Snuglets fit perfectly for that-I am making them for Millie-they will be a 2nd birthday gift...soon...the alpaca is soft and the merino handles like a dream-the pattern is easy to follow-there are an adult pair on the horizon also...they will be felted and little leather soles will be applied-adorable,really... these shortbreadlike cookies are quite different from the usual choco-chip treats:
  1. 2 cups butter or margarine,softened
  2. 2 cups plus 3 TBSP powdered sugar,divided
  3. 2 tsp vanilla
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 4 1/2 cups flour
  6. 1 pkg.(12 oz) chocolate chips

cream butter & 2 cups powdered sugar;beat in vanilla &salt.Gradually stir in flour until well blended;stir in chocolate pieces.Dough will be stiff.Shape into 1" balls;place 2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.Flatten with a for into 1 1/2 " rounds.Bake 350 degrees-15 min or until light golden-tops will still look whitish. While cookies are still warm sprinkle with the remaining powdered sugar stirred thru a strainer.Cool.

Wrapping by Martha..

these flowers...by nature...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

what can I say...

I never had a slice of bread, Particularly large and wide, That did not fall upon the floor, And always on the buttered side... ...an old saying;a prelude to Murphy's Law that fits my Tuesday:
  1. it started by me knitting when I should have purled when I tried to knit a few rows before work...not fun...
  2. I listen to the daily horoscopes for fun at 6:35 am,on the radio,on my way to work-mine was 2/5 stars today-I have to remind myself it's only for fun...
  3. as I began to sip my tea I had a foreign taste in my mouth-not my usual Awake -instead I had picked up a Dry Desert Lime -wonderful in the afternoon...but I need to wake up...
  4. realized when I got to work that our secretary is on vacation this week-we must cover her desk-oh, no...
  5. had a meeting first thing this am-a long one-nearly 3hrs( and don't forget,I had no caffeine in my tea...yawn)...
  6. when I actually began my work it was nearly 11am-and I had assessments-way to many to complete(oh,well)...
  7. no lunch today-(so what else is new)...
  8. assessments completed-not without a headache...
  9. very slow car pulls out in front of me-(slow,deep breaths)...
  10. I messed up 3 times on this post...
but,I do have this wonderful button to show you-I thought it was perfect for Stella-don't you? and I thought I'd add this photo of what I think is some sort of vining Calla but I could be wrong...it is Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

*brulee*

About this time of year I start longing.Longing for vacation.We usually take our week the last week of August.The beaches are a little quieter after school starts,and the ocean is at its warmest.We have a couple of favorite restaurants,but this one in particular,because they are famous for their vanilla bean crème brulee (with a house made cookie)...it is seriously good and I am craving it...a few more weeks... But for now,this brulee will have to suffice.It was a quick Sunday knit (I really need to start a Flickr group...what do you think?). I purchased the yarn last Saturday at the LYS-Rowan Yorkshire tweed chunky,which I believe may have been discontinued last fall.I used #11 needles and never looked back. I love this piece.The buttons,well they were purchased on Saturday,too...the shop had a sale and I bought up oh so many buttons! There is only one button that I must have,and I may ask a favour of someone...later...3 of these matched,1 is different,but the colors are really the same,...the colors are truer here: I am prepared for our Mid-Atlantic winter.Come January,I shall be ready to fight the bitter chill. For now though,I am ready to have the ocean meet my feet...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

~brioche~

What do you think of when I say brioche? Do you think of the french bread that is characterized by a rich, sweetflavor and flaky texture which almost makes it feel like a pastry, rather than a bread? If you do,then this is the link for you;but if you are thinking of a knitting pattern,that develops into a beautiful ribbing,then this blog is the place for you! Now that I have acquired a management position,rather than clinical in nature I have every weekend off.Very nice perc when you are in the medical field,since people are usually ill every day of the week(and that usually means working weekends) I have always had family for Sunday dinner every other week,but now that leaves me lots of Sunday knitting time. This past Sunday I got the itch to use up a lonely skein that I had purchased from the LYS sale bin a couple of years ago.A chunky yarn, ever so soft and rich with greens and blues,a blend of fibers,some alpaca,some cotton;but,somehow I lost the label so I don't know for sure.I'll probably come across it sometime,but for now I have no name,no details,just some yarn-1 skein and not even sure how much...so I decided to design a cowl,using that 1 skein, Now,if it were snowing out,then I would look like this,but it is hot and ever so humid,so it will sit,maybe...probably...become a gift. I used the Brioche Rib stitch and if you have never tried it ,you must...it works up to a lovely rib with hardly any effort.This yarn really doesn't show how wonderful the stitch is;but try it on a malibrigo and I'm sure you will be happy. I really don't like to pull anything over my head...messy hair,blah,blah....so this is buttoned.I used two 2" buttons from my stash that happened to work,but you could alter it to suit your taste. BRIOCHE RIBBED COWL Supplies: #15 straight knitting needles 1 skein chunky wt. yarn Size G crochet hook...to make button loops 2-2" buttons
  • row 1: Knit
  • row 2(right side): *K1,K1 in st below;repeat from* to last 2 sts,K2
  • Repeat row 2 throughout
Cast on 16 stitches onto #15 needles.Follow pattern above,proceeding with row2 throughout until piece measures 19 1/2" or desired length. K2 rows and cast off loosely,making sure there is at least 30" of yarn left.Do not cut yarn;instead,with crochet hook single crochet into cast off edge for 1/2(about 2-3 sc.),at that point begin making chain loop approx. 2" long and reattach to bound off edge,single crochet for another 3/4" and the repeat chain loop for buttonhole,reattach to edge and finish the last 1/2" of cast off edge with a couple single crochets-bind off-weave in yarn ends. I used left over yarn to sew(tie) my buttons on. Finished measurements = 6.5" x 20" It's a quick knit and I hope you like it...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

final chapter...

I great weight has lifted from my shoulders and a lighter one has rested on another... I hope the weight of this sweater is enough...You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet... I have tried to give a little of myself with every stitch... It fits her well.I did not like the tie closure,so I went with a pick instead...she could use anything,really,or just leave it open...she says she loves it,she says she will wear it always... I was happy that she came this weekend...they live away;my sister,her mother,misses her dearly...so it was a pleasure for me to see my sister with a happy heart,her daughter and granddaughter to be, near...if only for a few days... She asked me not to show her face,I don't know why,it's beautiful,but I tried to obscure it as much as I could...so this chapter comes to an end. I now have time to concentrate on Stella.My mind is constantly considering other projects...the urge to create...the fire within always burning...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Freedom

The fireworks are over...everyone has gone home...I am tired and ready for bed...it's late,but never too late to be thankful for my freedom and hope that we all remember what it's about...HAPPY 4th of JULY!!