I finished up my green mittens and gave them a nice blocking. I also baked some yummy molasses cookies. Winter weather is on the way! Jane is here because she ‘helped’ with the mitten blocking, and Ethan because he helped take mitten pictures while I was wearing them.
PS – you can see how sunny and warm the weather was yesterday in Ethan’s picture, it looks a bit different today.
PPS – thank you for your Cyber Monday Orders!! They are all being shipped today, just ahead of the snow storm :0)
PPPS – the cookie recipe is on my food page (tab at the top here) and the mitten pattern/yarn info is here .
It snowed so that I could show this off!
I used this yarn – 2 balls is more than enough for a pair of these mittens, and this pattern, size small – with a shorter cuff (much shorter)…Knit or read, knit or read? I’d better knit if I hope to have a pair of chartreuse mittens.
I’ve spent a marathon week (sunrise to sunset) in the sewing room. I have made really good progress despite every bit of technology I own turning against me and the best efforts of two boys to sabotage my careful plans.
All individual Impie, Hattie & Bea orders (except 1) have been shipped and my Hoffman shipment, about 50 more hand-made items, is coming along nicely. I’ve shared a picture of yesterday’s view near the post office.
I did a bit of late night knitting, only a small portion has had to be pulled out because I was half-asleep… and I made a cheesecake and served it two ways. The recipe is on my food page.
I have updates for the fundraiser which I would have shared this past week during my Rocky Mountain Wednesday post but since that never happened…I’ll save it for next Wednesday.
Have a good weekend, I’m heading back to the sewing room.
There were 6 balloons in the sky on the way to church this past Sunday :0)
It’s hard to believe that much of 2013 has already passed. We celebrate our 29th anniversary this month and Jerry has a birthday. I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving and it’s time to finalize Christmas gift ideas.
I will give you a final report on the Flood Relief Fundraiser in my next Rocky Mountain Wednesday post. Together we’ve raised well over $300. I can’t total it up just yet there are still some donations enroute at this point. I thank you so very much. I have a few creative ideas for what we’ve raised, I’ll be keeping you updated on that as well.
You may have noticed that there was no Rocky Mountain Wednesday post this week. I’ve been extrememely busy in the work room as you can guess. I am starting to feel a bit better, I don’t have to take my cough medicine round the clock anymore – thankfully. Ethan took a pretty bad tumble on Wednesday while we were out shopping. He has a badly sprained ankle which I thought must have been broken at the time. Thankfully I had Tyler and Kellen with me. Tyler was able to carry him to the car and Kellen had just bought himself a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream which the boys immediately thought to apply to the injury – as an ice pack although eating might have been beneficial to my nerves. Ethan is in very good spirits about the whole thing.
I have some knitted gifts underway for the holidays, I won’t be sharing many photos of those til January but here are a pair of mitts I knitted for myself early in October and which I may or may not be knitting more of for gifting… I used this pattern and this yarn. I’ve already gotten quite a bit of use from these especially when we were in Avon recently.
Yzma says, Happy November!
PS – I don’t know if you have to be logged into Ravelry for the pattern link to work….someone let me know if you have a chance please – thanks!
It’s been a busy week, I’ve done some sewing, cooking, knitting, cleaning… I’ve also made an enormous mess by deciding it’s time to clean out closets and change things around in my sewing room. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if I just picked one spot, finished up, and then moved on to the next, I mean that would be the sensible thing to do. Instead I demolished three rooms and made a ridiculous mess in the hallway. I’ve got to stick with it now, I’ve committed an entire floor of the house to my little project.
Instead of letting you see the mess (that’s never going to happen) I’ll show you some sewing, Impie, Hattie & Bea items – now winging their way to Hoffmans…some new yarn, it’s so handy that the yarn shop is right on the way home from UPS and the streets are mostly open between here and there now….and some cooking, I made homemade applesauce, so good and so easy, I never knew!
click here for the Apple Sauce Recipe I used as a guideline (I made a few adjustments after I cut more apples than this recipe calls for)
I made up a tiny little batch of Russian Tea Cakes last night. I used this good old reliable recipe. I don’t know about tea but I love these with coffee. I usually don’t have sweets with tea for some reason.
In other news…
I leaned how to knit a bobble last night, I’m about to start an Agatha Christie book I’ve not read before, I’m growing a sweet potato vine, and it’s raining.
#1 – almost done!
#2 & #3 still a way to go an these other two.
#4 couldn’t resist seeing how this yarn would look knitted…
#5 a kit I was wishing for…
Sometimes I think I would be content if I never knitted anything but scarves….then I think about dish cloths and socks for a bit and maybe mittens. Right now I have just a few scarves on the needles (and plans for a few more).
And I’m not sad that someone gave me a new book….I already have a project in mind!
Patterns & Yarn:
#1 Pattern :: Yarn
#2 Pattern :: Yarn
#3 Pattern :: Yarn
#4 Pattern (my own but inspired by this pattern) :: Yarn (Wildwood)
Other Yarn Shown -
A few tiny projects around the house. I’ve been on the look out for a set of these Jane Austen Royal Mail stamps. I found a set on eBay (there are lots of them on there) and set about making a little framed keepsake. I picked up a sheet of scrapbook paper and frame at Hobby Lobby. you can stick these to the paper like a regular stamp or use little hinges (tiny scraps of gummed paper) to stick them on the background. I put them in the frame in order of my favorite novels but these are my two favorite stamps.
I have oodles of knitted dish cloths but I was missing one color! I finally rounded up some really nice blue cotton. I’ve tried to find more of this (it’s less than $2 a skein which is part of what I love about it) but no luck. It’s called Filati Fantasia Carezza and knits up really nice. I used this pattern on size 8s and increased to 44 stitches before decreasing.
The Sampler Girl was clearing out some personal stash and I couldn’t resist this stitched model – the design is from her French Folio which I think is only available til the end of the month. I laced it into a thrift shop frame I’ve had since Michigan, such a sweet new sampler for my wall!
PS – all my dish cloths in one place…
Sorry to be so late with this post, the little wireless device I use to connect to our internet quit working, Tyler fixed me up with another gadget so I’m back!
I finished up my brown projects!
Stitching – this is JBW’s The Queen Bee. I stitched this on Antique Ivory Cashel in DMC 3031, I left off stitching the bow as I plan to attach a bit of ribbon when I make a little pillow. I think this little design is adorable. I will blog my little pillow finish sometime this week, I’ve only begun to look through my fabric for finishing.
Knitting – I finished up this little cowl. It’s a simple pattern and uses less than a small skein of wool. Here is the pattern and this is the yarn I used (cork). It won’t be too long before this will be just the thing for my morning walks.
Sprouts – they grew, they’re yummy!
Linda in VA, you name was drawn. Please email me your shipping info and I’ll pop your markers in the mail.
Thank you to all who entered and for your sweet comments.
I have a brown knitting project – almost finished, and a brown stitching project nearly done as well. I baked some rolls til they were nicely brown and I’m sprouting some lentils – they sort of look green……
I needed some color! While playing with beads to make my little sun-catcher, I also made up a set of stitch markers for my knitting….and then I made a few more. I will add some of these to the webshop Boutique shortly but I thought I’d have a giveaway too. So…if you would like your name in the hat for the set shown on my day book, please leave a comment here :0)
Drawing to be held Friday, August 16th.
PS – I used the good old Miracle Bread Recipe for the rolls (add more sugar and raisins) and found the info about growing sprouts here. I will tell more about my knitting and stitching when I finish them up.