Sunday, August 3, 2014

...corriedale sliver 2 ply

This is yet to be bathed.  But it should bloom nicely when done.  Mittens, hat, scarf?  What will I make?
As far as the school colors, BFL, below.  I shall spin it as it presents itself.  It will probably be a two-ply and a hat for sure. Any left over will be put into a little scarf.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 colors

This colorway is similar to the colors of the university where I work and take classes.  I thought it would be lovely to knit a scarf or hat out of the Bloody Mouse BFL that I purchased via mail order from Susan's Fiber Shop in Wisconsin.  It's always fun to receive mail from a 'far-off' land.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

....a beautiful mess

To not keep everyone wondering what I have been up to...I must say I have been a bit busy.  In September of last year I took a full time job.  Part of the benefits of the job is free tuition for employees.  I work in higher education.  I thought it wise to take the opportunity that was presented, to further my education.  So, now I work 40 hours a week and am taking online classes for a degree in accounting.  While I have an associates degree, it isn't necessarily in accounting.  A long time work experience in bookkeeping helped me get this job.  My credits didn't transfer for the associates, so I am now getting a bona fide associates degree.  My first class started on 6.25.  Just the first week was quite an eye opener.  My it's been a long time since I really really used my noggin.  Learning the ropes of an online education was and will be quite an experience.   I still knit and I still spin, just not as freely and as often as I used to.  I think once I get the school/work/family schedule squared away everything should work out nicely.  In the meantime...I shall include my latest happiness.  M's Northman Mittens~to be finished before cold weather!
 Misti Alpaca~Chunky 
I will need a One Skein idea for this.  It is super soft.  It's 108 yards of chunky.  Got any ideas?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

....asparagus bundles

Fresh asparagus in bundles of 5-6 spears.
Wrap pounded thin (1/4 in.) chicken breast~about as long as a dollar bill around each bundle.  Secure with toothpicks or since I had no toothpicks, wrap and put the overlapping ends face down.
Brush all chicken and exposed asparagus with olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake 350 ° for 20-30 minutes.   ( I actually put mine under the broiler after that to give the chicken a little color, they still looked a little peeked)..
Remove from oven and sprinkle freshly grated cheese. (optional)  I used a little medium sharp cheddar and mozzarella.  I put it back in the turned-off oven for a bit until it melted.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

....I knit, therefore, I am...not gonna have cold hands next Winter!

Picking up and knitting the lining on to the mitten shell.

Absolutely the softest yarn I have ever touched and knitted with.  It was dreamy. It's from Blue Sky Alpacas. It's 100% baby alpaca. Colorway #812~Blue Cheese.
Turn the mitten inside the lining to measure where to knit to before the decrease.  I didn't knit it in this position.  I just pushed it in there to measure.

The shell is knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca (it's an alpaca/wool blend)  Colorway: #6201 White and #6243 Navy.  I purchased all of these from Alpaca Direct. (  There customer service was top notch.

This shows the lining inside on the right. The mitten on the left has not had a lining added yet.
I purchased the pattern on Ravelry.  They are called Northman Mittens by David Schulz.
My first mittens with lining.  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.

Friday, May 16, 2014

our selfies.  me on the left, the daughter on the right.

A great day at the Indiana State Museum.