Saturday, July 19, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
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!
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
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.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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. (www.alpacadirect.com) 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.