On the needles and fresh snow! Is there anything better than knitting and watching the snow come down? This is a spool of matching striping yarn, the lady in the store said to separate the yarn and wind it into two balls. I started to wind balls and decided it had the potential to become a tremendous tangle so I inserted long knitting needles for an axle and it sits a little wonky on my basket as it unrolls as I knit.
Snowblower mitts for hubby dearest. They were about 16 inches long before felting finished they are 12 1/2 inches long. This last snow was not heavy enough to require the snowblower. Maybe next week.
Sport weight yarn for boot socks on 2.75mm needles. If I'm going to knit on a solid I'm going to learn a pattern, this one is from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson. I missed a couple yarn overs so I slid the left sock onto another cable while I unknit and then I will re knit to the same point on the repeat then I'll get both socks back on the same cable.
Son was pleased with felted slippers, they were 18 inches long before felting. I shrank them down to 12 inches in length. I did not trace around them each time through the wash. And I neglected to take a picture of the finished slippers. They are at his house where they belong now. He thought the toes were too pointy so I turned them inside out and sewed a seam and cut the end off. They fit much better now and he doesn't look like an over sized elf.
I foolishly left my first pair of hand knit socks in the heavy duty cycle while felting these. The socks still fit but are anklets instead of crew length so everyone who got hand knit or smart wool socks for Christmas also got a lingerie bag for socks in their Christmas sock. link to Judy's on the needles
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth. --Martin Luther
Happy New Year and Happy New Projects --Ann--
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I thought the 12 pairs of socks in a year was an absolutely crazy goal but I made my first pair in September and this is my fourth in December so I am on target and considering it was May when I picked up the needles for the first time in decades.
I showed second son a pair of mittens I felted but they are for another post and these slippers with the red trim I had just finished. (first pair click) He said my four favorite words "I would wear those" fortunately I had yarn so I knit him a pair and threw them in the washer yesterday. They look a
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Yesterday when I stayed home all day it turned into dough day I mixed up 9 different kinds of cookies, mostly half recipes. I used 3 pounds of butter now I can bake at my leisure. College girl comes home today so she can help me bake. --Ann--
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
and we haven't changed a bit we are both still fabulous and neither one of us is lying. Then Christmas shopping and still time to check out the new larger Bernina sewing machine but it won't fit in my sewing table so I looked at the Sweet 16 table machine which suits my needs best so a little more research before I buy one. I also spent two days substitute teaching at the Hutterite colony which is just like going back to country school for me. They played Thumbs Up Seven Up and one little boy tapped his friend then squatted down to see if he was peeking, I couldn't help but laugh. Then a little girl told the other teacher she was a witch because she was wearing her witch shoes--black shoes with a good heel and a nice click when she walked. My quilt friends came over one day last week, it was marvelous to catch up with each other. I served warm gingerbread: 1/2 c. butter, 1/2 c. sugar cream together add 1 large egg and 1/2 c. light molasses beat some more, sift together 1 1/2 c. flour, 3/4 t. salt, 3/4 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. cinnamon add alternately with 1/2 c. boiling water, beat after each addition. Bake in a 8x8 pan 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. I used a nine inch quiche pan. I served with whipped cream and a peppermint square. Then we reminisced about our mother's and grandmother's lemon sauce and buttered rum sauce on gingerbread. What's your favorite topping for gingerbread? ~~Ann~~
Friday, December 7, 2012
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
pre car i ous 1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control: uncertain 2. dangerous because insecure or unsteady.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Winter trees are finished! I fused the trees to the background then sewed around each tree with the buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine. I practiced drawing snowflakes without lifting my pencil then I practiced a few free motion with my machine on scrap fabric. I also tried a couple different threads, I decided on a silver metallic (coats and clark) that I'm sure is 20 years old. I just stitched vertical rows with snowflakes they are far from perfect or being symmetrical only God can make a perfect snowflake. As I was stitching I came up with variations to my basic snowflakes by connecting points with peaks and valleys and curves. It is always so pretty and peaceful when the snow comes down vertically. Here it usually comes at a slant or horizontally and none in the forecast.
Linking up to off the wall Friday Nina Marie, thank you for inviting me. ~~Ann~~
Thursday, November 15, 2012
the inspirations click color click click pattern the beginning click DWM By turning the sharp points out with every other pair it created the twister shape in the negative space. I free motion machine quilted it by swing an arc from point to point using a pink and brown thread.
00 calorie Enjoy!! --Ann--
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Small miracle these flowers were blooming up until Saturday when we got rain then snow and much colder temps. The hardiness of violas always amazed me. These took root in the rocks next to the house, they got the morning sun and were just around the corner from the northwest wind.
- Leaving Home 3 short stories by Jodi Picoult
- To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Key
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosney book club WW2 story of how Jews in France were treated
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself by Harriet Ann Jacobs
- This Child Will be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf book club non fiction about the first woman president of Liberia. I found it interesting because my son was in the Navy and his ship was diverted to the coast of Liberia to evacuate Americans if the change of power did not go smoothly.
- This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber
- Ape House by Sara Gruen also wrote Water for Elephants
- Zeitoun by Dave Eggers book club hurricane Katrina story
- True Irish Ghost Stories by St. John D. Seymour
- Ready for Romance by Debbie Macomber
- What the Dormouse Said Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books by Amy Gash
- Call for the Dead by John LeCarre'
- Snow Falling on Cedars by Dave Guterson book club
- The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
- The Wilder Life My adventure in the lost world of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure The author visits all the places Laura lived and tries making many of the foods Laura described. I have been to 3 of the sites so I enjoyed her impressions of the DeSmet area and Walnut Grove.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber book club about a black couple who homesteaded in the Badlands of South Dakota
- starting a new list--Ann--
Monday, November 12, 2012
click Thom Turkey comes down.
Patchworktimes is fabulous! Enjoy! --Ann--
Patchworktimes is fabulous! Enjoy! --Ann--
Friday, November 9, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Quilt show at my church on Saturday. Old quilts, new quilts, big quilts, small quilts, hardly been used quilts, and loved to shreds quilts. We had almost 50 quilts and not enough pews to spread them all out flat. Bed size quilts work best on the pews. A few men enjoyed more than caramel rolls and coffee. A good time was had by all. --Ann--