Thursday, December 17, 2009

To distract you from my lack of posting....

So I have a blanket pattern that walks people through learning to crochet and I added a traditional granny square to the mix. I thought since everyone has their own version I'd share mine with you.

Basic Granny Square

Size : 6 inches

Material : Worsted Weight Yarn 2- 4 colors named A, B, C, & D

US H/8 5mm hook

Stitches Ch= chain

Sl St = slip stitch

Dc = double crochet

Sc = single crochet

Lp = loop

Sp = space

Corner = [3 Dc, Ch 2, 3 Dc]


Ch 5 Sl St to first ch to make ring.

1. With color A Ch 3 (counts at 1st Dc) 2 Dc, Ch 2 *3 Dc in Lp, Ch 2*; Repeat * to * 3 times join with a sl St to top of the beg Ch 3 and break yarn.

2. Join color B to a corner space with Sc and Ch 2 (counts as 1st Dc) [2 Dc Ch 2 3 Dc] Ch 1 *[3 Dc, Ch 2, 3 Dc] in next sp, Ch 1*; Repeat * to * 3 times join with a Sl St in top of the beg Ch 2. Break yarn.

3. Join color C to a corner space with Sc and Ch 2 (counts as 1st Dc)[2 Dc Ch 2 3 Dc] Ch 1 *3 Dc in next sp, Ch 1, corner in corner, Ch 1* ; Repeat * to * 3 times ; join Sl St in top of the beg Ch 2. Break yarn.

4. Join color D to a corner space with Sc and Ch 2 (counts as 1st Dc)[2 Dc Ch 2 3 Dc] Ch 1 *(3 Dc in next sp, Ch 1) twice, corner in corner sp, 1 ch*; Repeat * to * 3 times ; join with a Sl St in top of the beg Ch 2. Break yarn.

5. Join color B to a corner space with Sc and Ch 2 (counts as 1st Dc)[2 Dc Ch 2 3 Dc] Ch 1*(3 Dc in next sp, Ch 1) 3 times, corner in corner sp, ch 1*; Repeat * to * 3 times ; join with a Sl St in top of the beg Ch 2. Break yarn.

6. Join color C to a corner space with Sc and Ch 2 (counts as 1st Dc)[2 Dc Ch 2 3 Dc] Ch 1*(3 Dc in next sp, Ch 1) 4 times, corner in corner sp, ch 1*; Repeat * to * 3 times ; join with a Sl St in top of the beg Ch 2. Break yarn.

Weave in ends.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Letters

The other day while the girls were coloring in their coloring books they found these empty dear Santa pages and proceeded to write their letters to Santa. they're so cute I just had to share them here! This will help my family get some ideas of what they'd like.
The Bub's (the one on the left) says:
I want to get nintendogs chiwowa and friends, I want zoo tycoon 1. I also want an MP3 player (we got her an mp3 player and also a zoo friends game) and I really want to see you this year. Maybe I could get some pink, blue and orange yarn. (she has been knitting scarves and making toys) I also want a real live horse. (we told her our yard wasn't big enough)

The Bead's was translated by the bub from scribbles her says:
I want a zebra bath toy, I want a bob the builder toy too (the workbench kind of toy) I want a camera,(we got her a really cool camera for kids) I want the land of the Lost movie (not going to happen as it's not the type for kids) I want to see you this year, I want a brother, I want a nice sister, I want a happy new year. I want a happy family. (i think that she was a little mad that she wasn't letting her do it the way she wanted)

Pretty funny huh? Luckily we took them a few weeks ago to Kmart and put what we're getting them on layaway. We'll still have to pick up some thing small from Santa and I'm working on some sweaters that I'd like to give them for Christmas if I get done in time. Of course I've got other presents to finish. so I should get off the computer and get to work.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Friday!

it's Friday and time to share your fave 5 along with Living To Tell The Story!

1: My washing machine. besides keeping my clothes clean it also helps me to felt wonderful things I've knitted. This past week it helped me to felt my new purse. I test knitted this purse pattern and I love it. the pleats just make the bag look awesome don't you think? The pattern is available over at ravelry here. I'm
pondering making more for Christmas Gifts... that is if I have time. I have other gifts I'm making first.

2: the beautiful fall weather. Most of the time here the weather skips over fall and goes right into winter. but this year we've been having some beautiful weather. I'm talking jeans and a sweater/sweatshirt is all you need, maybe a nice hand knit scarf in the evenings. I love it. Not only that but it's great for my hair. being naturally curly I only have good hair days when the humidity is down. so I've been able to wear it down with out it bothering me most of the day!

3:Hansel and Gretel's House......well the smell of my newest candle. it is great and smells like I'm baking. this candle is hand poured and I got it at the Forget Me Not Floral & Gift Shop (one of the places I teach at) it burns clean and doesn't leave residue on the jar and no black on the jar either.

4: Local video rental places. We're able to rent kids movies for free and tons of favorite movies for only $1 for five nights. It makes for a fun cheap family movie night.

5: Chocolate. how can I not have chocolate as a fave? esp after halloween when it's on 50% off.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fave Five

In an attempt to be more of a regular blogger again I've decided to start doing Friday's Fave Five along with Living to tell the Story. That means at least on Friday's you'll be hearing from me. (hopefully!) and I'll be recapping the week.

1. I love my job teaching knitting and crochet. I meet so many wonderful people and I have a lot of fun doing it. Every day I have a class is a good day! This past weekend some of my Thursday night knitters and I went to Pittsburgh on a yarn store tour. it was a lot of fun and I came home with some glorious yarn that I've been petting all week. it's so soft and pretty. and the pattern book has at least 5 if not 6 patterns in it that I will make.

2. Great Food For All. with everyone watching their pennies these days this organization
is helping out. You can order a box of food for a low price of $30 and you get about $50-$80 worth of food. so it cuts down your grocery bill a lot. Anyone can do it you just have to order it. Even better is their website, I wasn't able to go into the church, downtown, to order this week so I was able to order online.

3. Our church hosts a MOPs that I've recently started attending and helping out with. This week was the 10th annv. of the Johnstown area Mops so we had a "birthday" celebration. everyone learned to make/decorate cakes. Mine turned out very rustic but now I know how to decorate a cake. MOPs is a lot of fun and I really enjoy going.

4. Ravelry. I love that website. It really connects people who knit, crochet, spin, and so much more. Specifically: the HPHC it motivates me to get my projects done and not just have outstanding knitting or crochet projects hanging around the house. if you knit or crochet and you haven't signed up... what are you waiting for?

5. Koolaid, it's not just for drinking! I was talking to my mom earlier this week and she said she'd like some purple sock yarn to knit some socks. I told her I probably had some so not to buy any and then I looked at my sock yarn basket. I had a lime green skein and a berry blue
skein of yarn. so I put them in a pot with about 8 packets of grape, and I got a lovely royal purple for my mom and an olive green for me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Look

I got a blog makeover! (well sorta) and it was free! if you'd like to spruce your blog up I got my background from Shabby Blogs. go check them out!

Soooo what do you think?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Apple Butter

I swear I think that this is becoming a cooking/food blog. well I guess it is what it is. Anyways I've been canning lately and yesterday I made some apple butter. what is special about this is that I made it in the crock pot!!!! I got the recipe from a friend last year but didn't try it until now. it's wonderful and it tastes almost exactly like my gma's recipe.
so I wanted to share it with ya'll. Again I've added where I changed things a bit. mostly b/c the flavoring didn't taste right so I added more.

Traditional Apple Butter (for the crock pot)
12-14 cooking apples (about 16 cups chopped)
2 cups cider (I used about 3 cups)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I actually used 3 tsps)
1/4 tsp ground clove (I used 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp allspice (again I used 1/2 tsp)

core and chop apples, the recipe said not to peel them but I don't like bits in my jelly so I peeled. (I actually got to use my apple, peeler, corer from PC) combine the apples and cider in your large crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Puree in a food mill or sieve (I used a blender). Return the pureed mixture into your crock pot, add sugar and spices, cover and cook on low for another 1-2 hours.
It will keep for several weeks in the fridge or you can pour into prepared jars and can. makes about 8 cups.

I had actually 5 of those big jars but one the bottom popped off. (I think I may have filled it too full) and a bit left over in a bowl for in the fridge. enjoy it's great!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Soup Weather!

It's fall and that means soup! I got this recipe from my neighbor and tried it today and loved it. I'm sure you could adjust this to use it in a crock pot. I did change a bit of the recipe so I'll give you the "real" recipe and then my modifications. Taco Soup
1 can golden hominy
1 can creamed corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 lb of meat
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can rotel
1/2 a package of ranch seasoning
1 onion
Throw it all together and simmer.
add ins - salsa, cheese, tortilla chips.

I strongly believe in using what you I used:

1 can golden hominy
1 can white hominy
1 can creamed corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can of black beans
1 lb of meat (ground turkey)
1 packet of taco seasoning
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chili's
1 a package of ranch seasoning
3 cloves of garlic
1 onion chopped
I browned the ground turkey in the bottom of the stock pot and then added the taco seasoning and I filled the packet of the seasoning with water to mix it in with the meat. then I started open cans and just dump them in. I let the soup "boil" while I opened and dumped. I added in some garlic b/c garlic is yummy and good for you. and I used the whole package of ranch seasoning b/c I dumped it in way too fast. After everything was in I turned it to low and let it simmer with a lid on for 1-2 hours or so. When it was dinner time I topped it with some cheddar cheese and it was wonderful!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Such a Procrastinator

I finally typed up the pattern for this cute little toy. I named it the "Completely Fierce Dragon". Which it totally isn't it's so freakin cute you just want to hug it to pieces! In fact when I made this I made it as a baby rattle. so it's cute enough to chew on! I have the pattern in testing right now. But it will be available on Ravelry and eventually over at my etsy store some time next week. I'm also working on a cloche hat pattern right now. I've been meaning to do this for some time and I'm finally doing it.
I feel that ravelry is killing my blog. I spend all of my time over there when I'm online. where I used to regularly write for your enjoyment. LOL
If you knit, crochet, spin or weave you should know what ravelry is. if you don't go on over there and sign up it's worth it. I like it b/c it's the place to connect with other fiber obsessed people, talk about projects. You can keep track of your projects and what yarn, hook, needles you used for them. Not to mention you can spy on other people's projects. you can also make a queue of patterns you want to make. it's wonderful!
OK enough of my "ad" for ravelry I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just a few advertisements!

I have many many many patterns and ideas swirling around in my mind these days. my problem seems to be finding the time to put them on "paper" so to speak. Not to mention uploading them to ravlery and etsy. (I know not everyone is on ravlery yet) I just wanted to do a little advertisement for my patterns.

I finally put the pattern up on ravelry for the Learn To Knit Sampler Scarf. I'd written it up for teaching how to knit at Forget Me Not Floral shoppe. I've had many people asking for the pattern. And I debated for a bit if I should make it available to people or just those taking my classes. as you can see I decided to make it available to all.

One of my fave patterns is the Diamond Wrap Socks. They're knit toe up with a short row heel. but of course you can substitute any heel you'd like in there. They're a great knit! and the pattern looks good with variegated and also solid sock yarn.

For Christmas time I've a great Toe Up Striped Stocking pattern. It's an extra large pattern using bulky yarn knit super tightly for a great sturdy fabric. I've made it in different colors One in Steeler's colors and one in Bronco's colors. It's a fun and easy pattern to knit. Though gauge is key with this pattern.

And I hope you who crochet don't feel left out because I've got a felted crochet bag pattern for sale. It was the first pattern that I've ever written. It's original and fun to crochet. I really like the way it looks. The Shunky Pattern!

Some of my patterns are free for your pleasure those are available on ravelry or crochetme and this very blog. I'm very nosey so if you've made something from my patterns LMK b/c I'd love to see photos!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Enough with this humidity!

This past weekend I've been sewing like crazy! (when I was home that is) I've also successfully broken most of my machine's needles and I fear I may need to take my Gma's old singer in for a look over. But it probably needs it anyways. It did force me to get out my new and much neglected sewing machine. I'd forgotten how much of a love/hate relationship I have with that new machine.. but it works well when I have the right needle in it. Tomorrow I've got to go and get new needles so I can finish what I'm working on. Most of what I've been sewing I'm going to take in to the LYS and see if they will sell there.

But I'd like to show you what I've been sewing. First I made a shoulder bag blue and browns, I love these colors together in any shape or form! I've found that I'm a little obsessed with buttons and using them on the bags this weekend. Inside the bag you can see it's a blue embossed fabric and I used the outside fabric to make some pockets. (there are two pockets) The bag is 13.75 inches tall and across the flat bottom it's 10 inches long and 4.75 inches wide. It's a great bag and fits wonderfully over the shoulder and will hold some great knitting or crochet projects.

This one cracks me up I can't explain why it just does. I made a needle roll using some left over fabric from a Halloween costume I made years ago. I went for the brightly striped inside fabric, mostly b/c I couldn't figure out what would look good with it. So I picked some striped fabric that always catches my eyes when I'm sewing. I used a button again but this time a loop of elastic to "close" the roll. This is for the Diva who loves animal prints. even if that diva is hidden deep inside. (at least that's the story I'm going with) I've got to make some more needle rolls for the store. I'm pondering a circular needle case but that's still in the works.

I also made another shoulder bag. This one my DH said "that bag is sooo cool I really like it!" So it's got his seal of approval on it, if that means anything to you. This bag is 13 inches high with a bottom that's 9 1/2 by 5 inches. I really like this black and white scene fabric. I paired it with some black, brown, green and red striped fabric. Again I used the button to close it. I figure if it's used as a knitting tote you don't want a zipper near your yarn so a snap or button closure is the best, right? This one also has 2 pockets for your notions and pattern or whatever you want. Though with the trend of big ol' bag purses that I see my babysitters and other teens carrying around it may make a great purse too. HMM that's something to ponder.

I really like those two fabrics together. So I made myself a new purse with it them. And I can't wait to go out and use my new purse. I even made a zipper inside pouch. I like how it looks like the tree has a zipper in it. I didn't plan that at all btw.
Anyways I seem to be rambling so I'm out!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

July Recap

So July was busy. Very very busy.
Last week we spent some of the time in MD visiting with my Grandma as she was sick. She's getting better now and we were able to "rest" a bit at the farm. While we were there it was hay baling time. and the girls sat down for a good hour or so to watch it happen. the novelties of life huh?

This past month was also Stitch N Pitch with the Pirates. We went and had a lot of fun. I'd like to get a group from my LYS to go next year. B/c I think it would be loads of fun to go with some friends. We got some cool stuff too. See the black and white bag we got this year? It had some yarn and a magazine in it. I also picked up a sticker that I now stuck on my car. (you can see a photo of it on flickr)

July was also the last month for my Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup over on ravelry. they're taking a month off and then we'll start back up again for September. I love that group it gets my creative juices flowing!

I completed my Muggle Studies OWL. 2 Weasley sweaters. The girls each picked out the colors they wanted. I did a gauge swatch and bought yarn according to the pattern but I have at least 1-2 balls left from each of the main colors and most of the letter colors. So I'm pondering a BSJ or really a not so baby one. since I have the yarn and it goes well together.

For Quidditch our wrist warmers were due. I made them for the girls. they love them. I heard the bead singing, "I'm in gryffindor, I'm in gryffindor" after I gave her the one that fit. I think she's lost it now though... oh well.

For potions this month I made a necklace. Which then I gave to my older sister to have. b/c she likes gold and I do not. So she'll probably wear it. I hope she likes it that is. I really love the color of the beads and the butterfly but I really really don't like gold and I thought about wearing it but just couldn't... sigh. I have some of the beads left so I may have to make something from them but with silver. We'll see.

For Charms this month I made 2 headbands. One green with some left over sock yarn and one in gryffie colors left over from my scarf. They come in really handy and work really well. (esp with my thick curly hair) I'm going to have to make more of them I think! In fact I was all set to see the new movie wearing my new headband (that the bub is modeling) tonight when we were told that they wouldn't be showing it b/c of rain. (it was at the drive-in) so we'll wait until next weekend I think. unless we can get the girls' grandparents to watch them for a matinee sometime this week.

For muggle studies this month I made some socks. I love them. though it's too warm to wear them now I know I'm going to love them come winter. I also joined a new Sock a Month KAL. So I'll be knitting a pair of socks every month for a while. I wrote a small post about these socks there. They're your basic of basic toe up socks 2x2 ribbing with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.

And last but not least for Astronomy I made an invincibility star. I made it with Glow-in-the-dark yarn. It's awesome! And simple simple simple. I snapped a photo of it playing the xbox. which I thought was rather funny. It's arms are too short to maneuver the Wii remote I guess. he he he he he.

OK that's it. you're caught up for July. Now on to August.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Flatbread YUMMO!

I made some flat bread on the grill today. I've been wanting to try it out for a while now so after reading this post I decided to try it. You start with your regular stored dough. Heat your grill. Roll out your dough.
If you'd like add some sesame seeds or poppy seeds. then you grill it about 2 min on each side. It turns out wonderful! You should try it out! YUMMO

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Playing Catch Up again.

Lately it seems all I do here on this blog is play catch up. I need to get back in the habit of posting more regularly. I guess the busier life gets the more this poor blog gets neglected. Anyways on with our catch up.
Over the 4th of July weekend we went to WI to visit with my family.
It was a lot of fun. While there I made this necklace. I find doing the Harry Potter House Cup helps me to finish more projects than if I'm working on my own. This particular necklace (ravelry link) I turned in for my July Potions homework. The assignment this month was Felix Felicis (sp?) So we needed to make something that was small and golden.

Also on the trip I finished my June Charms homework. I didn't have enough time to finish it in the month of June. I made an illusion scarf to wear to the HBP movie. (which we've yet to go see) The scarf is in the Gryffindor colors but the illusion is of the Heroes sign. Just something for fun!

Also for this Month we needed to turn in wrist warmers for our Quidditch team. I made a pair and let the girls each have one. they were super excited. and Have been wearing them ever since. I had to make the Bub leave her's here at home when she left for camp on Monday morning.

Monday Night I finished 1/2 of my OWL for this term. (I'm working extra hard on it so I'll be done at the end of the month) The bead was super excited and proceeded to wear it most of Tuesday. I also started on the bub's sweaters (the other 1/2 of my OWL). I'm using Vanna's choice yarn and after washing the sweater it's super soft. I made it s size bigger (5/6) so she can wear it longer. Of course it's being summer it's a little warm to wear it.

For this month's astronomy homework I choose to do an invincibility star. The pattern can be found here. (here's my ravelry link) It's a really easy pattern and I used glow-in-the-dark yarn. it's pretty cool. Being crochet it was a quick project.

I wanted to share something that isn't knitting or
crochet. This past Wednesday my DH called and said you have to come get this playhouse. someone had left a plastic playhouse out by the side of the road with a "FREE" sign on it. So I packed up the bead and we went to collect it. It wasn't a pretty sight. when we got it home we had to deep clean it. It looks a lot better now. and the Bead has been sooo excited playing with it all the time. We've been talking about getting something like that for the girls to play with. so we were lucky that we got one for free. I really love getting things for free don't you?