Sunday, December 31, 2006
This could be a very interesting game for me. You see my best friend Deanna was born and raised in Milwaukee WI, I have forgiven her many times for that she couldn't help it her parents didn't see that it would have been better for them if they lived in Chicago vs Milwaukee. I love Deanna very much but when it comes to our teams the only thing we agree on is it doesn't matter who the boys are playing as long as they beat the Vikings. I am going to Machenrys tonight to celebrate New Years Eve, to listen to Free Whiski to be with friends to bring in the New Year. Deanna and I will be watching out teams play against each other while our husbands watch us so that we don't get too excited. This could be the last game for Bret Farve, I know it will be emotional for Deanna. I just wonder how she is going to keep entertaining from the stage while watching the game. She may not have to watch the game she may just have to watch my reactions. D you know I love you... but GO BEARS!!!
I frogged the Fiber trends ruffles and ridges shawl, it was totally off center. Could I live with it??? Nope. So into the frog pond it went. I'll cast on those 1095 stitches again in 2007. I will also post pictures probably on Monday of the other items I have finished. I start my first KAL on January 1st. I have one more sweater (with long sleeves) to cast on before I start knitting short sleeves and sleeveless for me. It will be that time of year again soon. If I don't get the cardigan done to wear for this Winter/Spring it will always be ready for next winter.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
My goal of having the Bella finished by New years well... that's not going to happen, I have finished the 5 pattern repeats to join it to the top of the shawl but, I now have to continue the pattern repeats all the way up to the shoulder, across the shoulder down the back and even with the lace at the bottom.... If it's ready by the end of January I'll be lucky.
I did have an interview last week Thursday with an actual employer. They are demanding in the amount of work they require however, because of how automated they are the demands are possible. They do pay well and they have a bonus structure that compensates very well for the extra work done. I was told by the person interviewing me that the more time that goes by without hearing from them the better, they will not make an offer until after background checks have been made. I don't know if this will help or hurt me but the second person that interviewed me was someone I worked with in the past.
I don't know about you but I am tired of left over ham for lunch and dinner, so I have concocted a casserole for dinner, chop up 2 cups of ham, mix in left over potatoes au gratin, peel and slice thinly 2 extra potatoes, take left over stuffed mushrooms, and left over mushroom dumplings, add 2 thinly sliced carrots, sliced into circles not long ways, one can of cream of mushroom soup, and 1 can of water from the cream of mushroom soup, mix it all together, cover with aluminum foil and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. I'll let you know how they like it. I think I will call this, leftover Christmas Ham Casserole.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Traditionally Christmas Eve for me growing up was meatless. Now, my husband is a Texan, and even though he understands and respects tradition, I do not subject him to a totally meatless Christmas eve supper. For appetizers, I am making spinach dip served in a bread bowl, something we called a pine cone, it's a mixture of cream cheese, blue cheese and onion, formed into an oval, and covered in almonds made to resemble a pine cone, cream cheese Penguins, which is a pitted large black olive, stuffed with cream cheese, a small black olive on top of it, carrot slices with a triangle cut out to resemble feet, the triangle becomes the beak and there you have Penguins. I am using a cream cheese mixed with chives. stuffed mushrooms, pickles, and olives. I have made a hot buttered rum batter yet another all recipes find. I love this one because I don't have to have a huge pot of hot buttered rum brewing for hours. I will make the borscht tomorrow, the mushroom dumplings aka uszka are already made, and boiled. All I have to do is add the hot soup to it. Someone is bringing fresh baked bread, I am serving stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, a honey baked ham, potato, onion and cheese pierogi, (yes made them too) someone is making potato augratin, sweet potatoes, 3 bean salad, green bean casserole Dessert consists of , wreath cookies, cresant cookies, jam filled butter cookies , almond shortbread, lemon shortbread, orange spice short bread, chocolate almond cream roll,cheesecake, creamy pumpkin pie, and someone else is bringing some other sweets. Ok does that make at least 12 different things? Twelve to symbolize the 12 months of the year or the 12 apostles. There are several other traditions including the empty place setting. and extra place is set at the table, some believe it is for the unexpected guest, some a prophet, others to remind us of family that is no longer with us.
I could writer more but, starting to fall asleep. Happy Christmas everyone!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
Monday, December 18, 2006
1 can crescent rolls
1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 lb processed cheese (like, Velveeta)
Brown the ground beef, spray the inside of a pie pan with cooking spray, line it with the crescent rolls, yes all the way up the sides, add the taco seasoning plus 3/4 cup water to the ground beef, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about five minutes, add the seasoned beef to the pie shell, cut the cheese into cubes and sprinkle on top of the seasoned beef and bake it in the oven for at least 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
And it's dinner, quick, and good.
1. What is your occupation? Wife , Housewife, Daughter, Aunt, Great Aunt, Sister-in-law,Friend, Organizer, Instigator, and a few more
2. What color are your socks right now? Socks??? it's 77 degrees here in Tx
3. What are you listening to right now? cars on the street, smudge purring, xena snoring
4. What was the last thing you ate? salami sandwich
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Who me???
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple with green swirls
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Tim
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes and I love her too that would be my niece Rene
9. How old are you today? Old enough to sit back and watch others asking myself did I do that at that age?
10. Favorite Drink? right now Kool ade made with Splenda
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? I only become interested in football in December, other than that if Tim is watching the Strong men contests will sit and knit to watch with him.
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes, right now, it's to hide the sparkles that keep coming out.
13. Pets? dog, cats, Koi, goldfish, snails, the outdoor geckos and in summer the sphinx moths.
14. Chips or cookies? Love both for different reasons but try not to indulge too often… but chips not so much it's more pretzels
15. What was the last movie you watched? I watched, National Treasure again.
16. Favorite day of the year? I don't have a favorite day anymore, I do love Spring and Summer
17. What do you do to vent anger? Yell, stomp around, slam doors, drive,
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? I don't remember having a favorite toy, my sisters used to tell me it was my Thumbalina doll and my Cuddly Dudley stuffed dog.
19. What is your favorite fall or spring? Spring
20. Hugs or Kisses? both, but no sloppy wet kisses.
21.Cherries or blueberries? Blueberries
22.Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes.
23. Who is most likely to respond? EVERYONE!!
24. Who is most likely not to respond? No one would blow me off!
25. Living arrangements? husband for over 10 yrs
26. When was the last time you cried? Last week, Tim and I had a misunderstanding. Yes it happens occasionally
27. What is on the floor of your closet? shoes, hamper,
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to you? Rene
29. What did you do last night? Went to party at friends house, stopped at Wal-Mart to find out how much they wanted for their hams, and then came home and knitted.
30. What inspires you? looking at a ball of yarn and thinking what can I make out of that and for whom.
31. What are you afraid of? Dying alone
32. Plain, cheesy, or spicy hamburger? Cheesy burger with maybe one slice of jalapeno in it, but have to have bread and butter pickles
33. Favorite dog breed? Corgis, they are the cutest silliest, smartest dogs I have known.
34. Number of keys on your key ring? A bunch
35. How many years at your current job? I was at my last one for 3 yrs.
36. Favorite time of day? When Tim comes home
37. How many states have you lived in? 3
38. Favorite Holiday? I don't have a favorite, I like them all
39. Ever driven a motorcycle or heavy machinery? Nope, does moving van count
40. Favorite Song? Anything by John Denver, it reminds me of my love.
41. If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? Spend time with people that would miss me the most.
42. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The inability of not being able to have a child.
43. What one piece of advice would you give to a young child? Live your life without regrets.
44. Did you learn to do something new this year? If yes what was it. I learned to knit and now I am completely obsessed with it. Tim says that if I wouldn't be knitting he thinks I would be smoking. My response, knitting is much healthier.
Pineapple Cheese Casserole
Submitted by: KerriRated: 5 out of 5 by 35 members
Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 40 MinutesYields: 12 servings
"Pineapple chunks baked with Cheddar cheese, and topped with a buttery cracker crust."
3 (15 ounce) cans pineapple
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
8 tablespoons pineapple juice
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
30 buttery round crackers,
1/2 cup butter, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl combine pineapple chunks, cheese, pineapple juice, flour and sugar. Spoon into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with crushed crackers and butter slices.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
I had this a long time ago at a work party in North Carolina. I had been holding back this recipe from Tim for 8 yrs. A wife can't let her husband know all her secrets all at once... we have to keep them guessing. Well my pineapple loving husband loves this. What he doesn't know is that I substitute Splenda for the white sugar.
If I don't get to slip back into here before Christmas, I wish you a very merry Christmas.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
I did find a source for the recycled Sari Silk that I need to make the shrugs for Deanna and Rene. The Wool Peddler. They are very courteous, very efficient, and very prompt in not only email, but in shipping also. I already have the yarn, and I've got it wound into balls already. Will be starting Deanna's later this week.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Now we have the second choice. This one is called Shaped Ribbed Sweater. I was and still am going to make this one for myself. I know the designer. She's a lovely woman Leslie Wilson.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Mom's shawl, also about half done, there will be a pocket on each side, just big enough for a Kleenex and her rosary. It will keep her warm it's 100% wool and it's washable.
Now the socks.... I am about an inch and a half away before I start decreasing for my toes. And guess what... another surprise... I broke yet another Brittney needle while knitting these. Supposedly there is a life time guarantee on these needles... who's life time I guess Brittney only knows. I decided to try out the double pointed nickle plated double points from Knit Picks. Very reasonable in price, I like the way they feel .... I guess I will know how they feel with yarn on them as soon as I finish the Jarw0ll socks... The next pair of socks I am going to make are for T. He's been waiting so patiently. I just didn't want to knit a pair of socks until they fit me right. Now that I know where the errors are I can knit socks in confidence.
Faina's scarf... coming along slowly. I don't have even a quarter of it done. I am glad it's not for anyone for this year's Christmas. It will have to be for next year.
And finally the dog "fur coat" for Nancy's dog. Hey don't blame me for the color... she said she wanted pink welll.... she's getting pink.
We yes here in Texas had our first snow, ice and freeze today. Yes I said today Yes I realize it's November. We normally get our ice snow and freeze the same time the as the stock show. This is weird that it is starting so early.
Friday, December 01, 2006
The Last Knit Video
---Dear Knitters,Got an old knitting project that you don’t plan to ever finish? Half done socks? Five inches of a scarf? Now they can be part of a touring theater piece!Help performer Kristina Wong demystify the knitting circle and unravel the deep psyche of the master crafter in her new solo show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Your donations of unfinished knitting pieces from around the world will be included as part of the set for a live serio-comic exploration of maintaining sanity in times that seem almost fictitious.All contributors will receive “set construction” program credit for the life of the show. (Please forward this notice to all the knitters you know)Your friends in crafting,The Cuckoo’s Nest---For more info on Kristina Wong, visit http://www.kristinawong.com.For submission guidelines, email: k [at] kristinasherylwong [dot] com
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Saturday, November 25, 2006
But I saved the best for last. The Himalayan Shrug.... It's done! That was quick, only took 3 days.I love the way it feels, It looks so light but it is actually very heavy and I am sure quite warm. D saw it and fell in love with it. I think I have to make her one. I will take pictures with it on me later, right now with this cold/sinus infection I don't want to take pictures.
I made some progress on mom's shawl. still no where even near half way done but it's an easy knit. Cousin D has not called or emailed me with what color on Luka's sweater so that's on hold. I will work on another dog sweater that I bought yarn for last year to make a sweater for a friends dog. The Bella lace, I am still taking a break on it. I will probably start working on it next week. I have already sent out some more resumes, so we will so maybe this week will be the week.
Monday, November 20, 2006
As far as knitting. Yes part of the Bella is done, but, I can't get the lace edging right there is always a mistake and I have ripped it out 4 or 5 times already. The first 3 rows are fine but as soon as I go into the pattern.... Mistake!!! On the other hand the lace scarf I am knitting is fine, I don't understand how one lace project can be fine and the other a mistake. I will keep working on the lace edging for the Bella. I did finish the one wash cloth with cables. I am going to keep working on the rest of my projects along with working on the Bella.
My next question where the feck do I find all the yarn swaps, sock swaps, scarf swaps? I have only found one so far. If anyone knows please tell me.
Oh shoot I almost forgot... Saturday it came!!!! The book I have been waititng for... a book by Jennifer Stafford...... drum rollll please....Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape Book discription from Amazon.com
"Whip Your Knitting into Shape
doÂ·miÂ·kniÂ·trix \"dÃ¤-mi-'ni-triks \ n, pl -trices [US, var. of dominatrix, re: knitting] (2005): a woman who dominates her knitting; broadly: a badass knitter
You have knitted your last bad piece. Let the DomiKNITrix show you the ropes. Yes, it may be painful to take the time to knit a gauge swatch, count stitches and fix mistakes. But just think of the pleasure you'll get when you knit a gorgeous, perfect sweater with no holes and no uneven stitches.
Learn the rules or else. Inside you'll find a no-nonsense, comprehensive guide to essential knitting operations and finishing techniques, including step-by-step instructions for all the basic stitches used in the patterns in the book.
Get your hands dirty. The book features over 20 spicy projects to satisfy any knitting appetite. For a Knitting Quickie, choose from one of the smaller projects, such as the Mohawk hat or the popular Snow Devil cap. If you want more of a challenge, try the L'il Red Riding Hoodie or the Big Bad Wolf icon sweater, The Slink or City Coat.
Want to be a whip-smart knitter? Let the DomiKNITrix show you how it's done"
It's a great book with step-by-step instrucitons. easy to follow. I recommend it.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
And lastly, the socks, the Heel flaps are done, now to turn the heel. I bet you didn't know that the average sock has approximately 17,000 stitches in it. That would be 34,000 approximately in a pair of socks.... That's allot of stitches. I am getting a later start on this today, I had an interview with a head hunter. She has two positions that she's going to send my resume to, I would really like to have a job at either of these two places. In the mean time I am also looking for a part time job just to have while I am looking for a new job.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Now granted this does not look like much, however the instructions said, cast on 1095 stitches. Yes you read that right 1095. I started out using a #9 needle that is 40 inches wide, I got about 150 stitches and knew it would never hold the 1095. I was at Tuesday night knitting at Yarn Heaven, when one of the employees (who also got me to switch from straight needles to circular needles) brought me #9 needle that is 60 inches wide and on top of it, it was an Addi Turbo. YIKES!!! I have never used metal, the Addi's have a reputation of being quick but also it is very easy for the yarn to slip right off and you loose stitches. Within a quarter of the first row, I was in love I am switching over to Addi's, sorry bamboo, rosewood and ebony.... I love the way the yarn glides on these, no tugging or getting caught on the cable. L said that 1095 is the most stitches anyone has ever cast on at one time at Yarn Heaven for one project. She said she will tell T to put me in the news letter. .... If that happens, I will post it.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday's project of the day a patter by Berrocco yarns named Vilma. I liked it because even though it's a loose fit, it still is slinkie. The pattern looks to be very easy it's knit in two pieces. You start at the left sleeve cuff and work your way across the back of the sweater to the right sleeve cuff. We will see
This is the "yarn" I am using it is also by Berrocco it's a ribbon yarn called Yoga.. the color name is Om. It's very different knitting with this.... have to keep the ribbon wrapped tightly.
The color patterns look pretty interesting. Definitely a tank top will have to be worn under this. The knit is very open.
This is the Fania scarf done in red alpaca wool. The purple lines are not part of the desing, they are my safety lines. I am finding out they are a livesaver when knitting lace. They will be pulled out later. Good to know since the rest of the bella shawl will be done in lace.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Another note, I know there are many people exacted about the colder weather... but not me. I hate wearing socks.... like knitting them but hate wearing socks.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
And I have to say it now Its been a good life all in all
Its really fine To have a chance to hang around
And lie there by the fire And watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady
Sit and pass the pipe around
And talk of poems and prayers and promises
And things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone
How right it is to care
How long its been since yesterday
And what about tomorrow
And what about our dreams
And all the memories we share