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Weekend Projects

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Over Thanksgiving Weekend I made some gloves. Then the next weekend, I made a cowl. I love projects that take me mere hours. However, I did spin the turquoise wool about 3 years ago. Iit was the second thing I spun and sat 1/2 completed for years in a project that I no longer cared for. I frogged the original project and modified several existing patterns to make what I wanted and I love wearing these!

Cowl & Gloves

Cowl & Gloves

I may eventually felt the gloves a little to tighten then up, but boy is this set warm against the cold winds we’ve had.

Gloves

Gloves

Won’t make excuses for how tired I look. I’m just going with the thought that pale is sexy.

Cowl & Gloves

Cowl & Gloves

Back of Cowl

Back of Cowl

Also…I am VERY geeked about my two Yule presents! The first one I used to take all these wonderful new photos. The other is in the photo below! A jumbo ball winder so that I don’t have to split my plyed skeins!

Jumbo Ball Winder

Jumbo Ball Winder

Gearing Up

Friday, September 28th, 2007

What have I been doing instead of updating? Well, I’ve been putting together a lot of projects and prepping for winter projects. I am nearly done with Brian’s sweater from last year, after frogging an entire sleeve and putting it away in frustration. *note to self: Check second sleeve against first several times before finishing. I have about 40 rows left then the collar and finishing work. It’s looking good that he’ll have it in time for the weather to be appropriate for wearing it!

I got nearly all my roving stash from last year’s Fiber Festival spun. I have about 2 lbs of babydoll southdown left that I want to try my hand at dying, and about 1/2 lb of the alpaca/mohair blend left. Here’s what I have hanging ready to be made into skeins:

yarn stash

And, of course, some close ups:

Teal mystery roving.

Teal Mystery Roving

Mystery roving

Chocolate Babydoll Southdown: (This is the second batch after I spun 2 lbs for Brian’s sweater.  This is slated for a hat/scarf/gloves project.  I love this because it’s a natural chocolate brown!)

brown babydoll southdown yarn

Babydoll southdown roving

Leicester multi-hued yarn:

leicester yarn multi colored

leicester roving multi colored

And here’some roving, rolags, and finished projects!

projects

This is the Romney & Corriedale that I made the hat from.

mixed berries Romney & Corriedale

The shawl was knit from a purchase of alpaca/wool yarn. The black and multi striped bag on the bottom was made from yarn left by Chris when he moved out and left it here too long. I made a hat out of it as well that he got and promptly gave to his wife. Never leave yarn here, folks. It gets made into things! Brian’s sweater parts are in the bottom bin along with some cotton roving.

Today I am making a huge vat of chicken stock so that I can freeze it and to also make a nice Chicken Potato Leek soup tonight for dinner. Tomorrow is the 17th Annual Mt. Bruce Sheep & Wool Festival and a stop at an orchard so that Sunday will be for making and devouring an apple pie and lots of spinning!!

Martini & Listening Party

Monday, November 13th, 2006


Brian and I threw a Martini & Listening party on Saturday for about a dozen close friends. It was a wonderful time with great personalities, amazing tastes, and much laughter. The idea was simple: Each couple brought the mixings for their favorite flavor of martini to share and everyone got to pick out a couple of their favorite albums from our vinyl collection. I provided a bevy of munchies (and other tasty treats were also graciously brought). It made for a delightful evening.

I was able to photo document most of the appetizers upon presentation save for one that wasn’t done until people had started to arrive.

Clicking on the photo will take you to the recipe.

The biscotti were wonderful the next morning with coffee as well as a good, dense cookie for a sweet, yet bold appetizer.

The sage cookies were a huge hit. The texture and taste was unexpected and as savory as it was sweet. The biggest surprise is that they are made with cornmeal and had a marvelous texture.

Paula Dean came through with the puff pastry pinwheels. The only modification I made to her recipe was to add a 1/4 teaspoon of thyme to the mushrooms for a richer taste. These were wonderfully easy to make.

The tartlettes were fun to put together and were visually lovely. A time saving feature was to get the refridgerated pie crusts. After cutting out the rounds for the tartlettes, I cut small stars in the remaining pie dough, brushed them with a bit of melted butter and sprinkled them with Mrs. Dash Table Blend. Simple and yet it got super raves from my guests.

Ham roll-ups are so well known, and I wanted to add some meat to the appetizer choices, so I did a slight variation that were well recieved. I used an onion & chive cream cheese along with a sun-dried tomato and bourbon spread I created.

A last minute taste inspirtion helped me create the filling for this amazing crescent roll wreath. Ricotta and parmesan cheeses with marinated artichoke hearts and green onions made it the best dish of the night. It came out of the oven as people were arriving so it didn’t make it to the table in time for proper presentation.

My dear friend and artist Jen brought a lovely surprise for ever guest. A martini glass charm keepsake so that everyone could identify their glasses. She made them from their personal Live Journal icons!

She also made a set of 6 for me and Brian to keep. These are so clever and fun!

The Martini Flavors:

Coffee Lover’s Martini: Vanilla vodka, Coffee liqueur, Frangelico

Yoohoo Martini: Vanilla vodka, Godiva cream liqueur, Chambord

Chocolate Orange Martini: Vodka, Godiva liqueur, Triple Sec

Windex Martini: Vodka, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini: Vanilla vodka, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine

Appletini: Apple Vodka, Apple Pucker