Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I knit

I have been knitting socks. ...a pair of socks.

A cute pink pair of trekking xl in the Knitty Muscari pattern. They are cute, quick, and really fun to knit.

I don't know what my surge in knitting has been. I don't know if I am just really excited about sock summit and think I must catch up on all things knitterly. There are so many things on my knitting bench.

I hope to shares some pictures this week.


Friday, March 04, 2011

Knit Night

I went to my first knit night in almost 5 years.

It was great. I got a little lost but it was warm cozy and friendly once I made it inside. I knit on my opal sleeves. (think arm warmers with no thumb). The meet up was at Wynona studio which is a fun eclectic place. There is fiber love in there air. Lots of reclaimed yarn and local studio yarns. They have classes on all sorts of fiber activities.

I hope to get back there again for knit night.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Long Past

Long looong ago I kept a knit journal. From the good to the bad.

Today I still have the good and bad. The finished and the cast aside. I just have not got to the journal.

I have been knitting arm warmers, arm sleeves, and socks.

I also finished my very first garment. A baby sweater from KiraKDesigns. It is cute and small.. . . So very soft and lavender. The only small part left to do is graft the pieces together and sew up the underarms. I knit the larger size but on smaller needles so it is a tad longer but made new born size. A minute in the baby wardrobe but it will make me smile.

Lets see if I can spark some creativity back into my web world.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Jelly

Pomegranate, Orange, Cranberry, Quince Jelly (yummy)
approx 3 pomegranate
1lb cranberries
2 largish quince
and some Orange Juice all together 4 cups juice (mixture of above fruits)
Optional 1 orange for a more marmalade style jelly
4 cups water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
7-1/2 cups sugar
Optional 1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
1 Fruit Pectin pouch
three layers of cheese cloth

Prepare Fruit - Gather seeds of pomegranate, remove cores from quince and finely chop (food processor works well) , rinse cranberries and remove any stems. If you want the marmalade style use a food chopper and finely chop the peeled orange ( but don't combine the orange with the rest of the fruit).

Combine pomegranate, cranberry, and quince with the 4 cups water and bring to a boil then let simmer for 15 min -30 min. The water should be a pretty red color. Place cheesecloth over a bowl and strain fruit through. I find this takes a while and that squeezing helps.
Prepare for canning. This is from the certo website.

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Using the strained juice and adding OJ make 4 cups juice. It varies depending on the fruit as to how much OJ you need. Put into a large saucepan and add the lemon juice 1/4 cup ( if you heat up a whole lemon in the microwave it yields more juice. Just don't burn yourself)For the marmalade style jelly add your orange bits now.

Once again we go to the certo directions

STIR sugar into juice in sauce pot. Add butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute,stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

I love this jelly!
The color is wonderful!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New. . . More new

New fun markers in my shop. This set is Lizzy, or Elizabeth Bennett. I picked the colors of the pearls at the last gem show I went to. I Made a Jane and Kitty set as well. Only now am I realizing that Kitty is really Lydia and I have made an error. AHHHHH. I wonder who will notice? I will fix it but maybe I will leave it up for a week and see if some one tells me. You never know.
A view of my More new box. Some of these will never get listed and many of them will only ever go to a fiber or knit show. Two weeks or so before a knit show this box is much fuller. If you go digging though the box you often find what colors I have been most drawn to recently. Lots of orange recently and sea opal blue.
Enjoy and let me know what you think of Kitty aka Lydia. I am a dork.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I spin you spin we spin

Just a little of what I have been spinning up. The colors do not look as great in my picture as they do on the wheel. I have about 120 yards. I am not sure what I am going to make. The color fades from great greens to lush purples and velvety blue.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Give me Stirpes

I am on a kick to find the perfect sock yarn. What does it need?

It needs to be be in shades of green and gray and it needs to stripe.

Why these colors? It is all because of Studiorent's beads. I have some and they really are quite lovely. But this set of beads is setting me in a spin.

If you know where I can find this colorway please let me know. I am in a desperate search....and I am not unwilling to dye it myself. Stringing yarn for stripes is always fun for my cats.

Monday, October 05, 2009


If you have ever gone on a long drive with me you know.....I call out cows and barns.

If I had my choice I would wake up to something like this every day.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My Goals

My Goals are half done.

House work has been added. I groan at housework even though I know it needs to be done.

Can I get house Faries to clean my house? Ones I never have to see they just do it while I sleep?

Back to work.