Sunday, July 29, 2012

Staghorn Aran cont'd

Knitting down the front.

The longer piece is the back top.

 So far it hasn't been too hard.  I have to really concentrate and pay attention, but I am thrilled I made it this far.   I knit the saddles first, then the top back and then the two top front pieces, soon to be joined.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Ugly Woman Painting

Margaret picked this painting up at a yard sale for the music room long before we were able to paint it.  The paint colors were already picked out so we were pleased when they complimented each other so well.

It certainly isn't an original painting.  The surface is smooth and there isn't even a signature on it.  But it is still lovely.  She wanted it for the music room because, obviously, they are playing music.

As you look closer though the woman in the background is not so pleasant to gaze upon.  Thus, she has named the painting "The Ugly Woman".

It is sweet over the mantle.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Staghorn Aran Sweater-Saddles

The first thing I needed to do for the sweater was to knit two 6 1/2 inch saddles and put then on stitch holders.  Did it.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kitchen Curtains ?????

We are leaning toward the fabric on the left for the curtains in our very yellow kitchen.  They both look good with our very blue cabinets as well.  What do you think?   I am going to try and create cafe curtains.   I have been shopping at JoAnn's for years and just today learned that they will give you four inches of fabric free to take with you to help you decide on which one you want.  How wonderful!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Staghorn Aran Sweater by Janet Szabo

The sweater that I am casting on for tonight should look similar to this when I get it done.  We will just see....won't we.  Janet Szabo of Big Sky Knitting Designs created the pattern ( the pic came from her design on Ravelry)  and I thought I would give it a go as my first Aran Sweater.   I have wanted to make an Aran since I learned to knit and here it is 4 years later and I still haven't knit one goes.
I chose Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Oatmeal.   I would love to raise my own sheep someday and spin their wool and knit a sweater. But for must be this way.  :) 


Sunday, July 8, 2012


Last Friday evening we strolled down to our towns Independence Day celebration.  In case you were unaware it has been quite hot in Indiana.   We sat along one side of the river while they set off fireworks on the other side.  Directly behind me, two tents away...which was nice and close was the Philharmonic Orchestra playing some wonderful songs for our enjoyment.  As they started playing Stars and Stripes....the fireworks began and the two of them together were so wonderful I could hardly stand it.  I don't think I can watch fireworks again without an orchestra playing.  My husband snapped this picture with his phone and I thought I would tackle my vanity and share it with you all.   After the fireworks at @ 10:30 p.m. we walked back home....the heat index was 106°.    

    This afternoon we were invited over to some friends house for fresh lobster from Massachusetts.  The friends are from that area and when they go back home to visit they usually bring lobsters back and have a big lobster dinner.

She would put 4 in a pot at a time and cook them for about 15 minutes.
They brought 22 live lobsters back.

The plate that has 8 steps instructing one how to eat a lobster.  The little bowl is for the butter.
My crustacean.

It was a ton of fun with @ 18 people gathered around.   Margaret found out she really liked lobster and I found out that I didn't.  Chris liked it of course.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen Happiness Part Two

Can't help it, had to paint it a happy blue.   :)

Bathroom Curtains Revisited

I shortened the front curtain and created a side hide stuff.  :)

Fourth of July

Chris made kabobs to go along with Steve's chicken and brats.

I made rolls/buns for a friend who will be traveling north to Indiana to visit with her son and his family.

Margaret made 'flags'.  She said it is harder than it looks.  But they were deliciious.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bathroom Curtain

I made a curtain to hide the crates under the bathroom sink.

I had Chris hold them up in the living room to get an idea of what they would look like and to take a picture for you.

We all agreed they just looked too cute right there in the living room.

These are the attachments.  The rings across the rod very nicely.

My new favorite attachment.  I am gonna use them when I make the kitchen curtains as well.

Here it is under the sink again.  It may be a little too full.  The jury is still out on that.    I still need to make one for the end of the counter and I may just shorten this one and make the other one from it.