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the lake, geocaching, and a little knitting…

It was a good weekend.  Saturday we took the boat out and the dogs went with us.  They are always a challenge to hang on to when they see ducks, seagulls, deer, dogs, and anything moving!  This happens enough to make me almost wish we left them at home.  But then I see how much fun they are having with the wind at their little faces. 

 

 (or the wind on their backsides! – the silly dogs kept standing with their little butts in the wind facing me.  What’s up with that?  This was a first and we couldn’t stop laughing at them.)

The whole reason for being on the lake was to hide our second cache.  The place we ended up hiding our cache is on city property, you can only get to by boat.  Well, now I stand corrected… you can get to it with lots of determination too.  And you better be packing bandages and a machete.   Someone posted a note to us that they found it the hard way – by land!  If you have a GPS you should be out Geocaching!!!   Sunday, we went out again and found 4 more.  A few scratches from random sticks and lots of fun memories.  I will need to remember bug spray and gloves next time.  Oh, and maybe extra socks.

Now for the knitting… I finished tinking back about 15 rows from that cute little blue Peapod Sweater! 

 

I’m just about an hour away from finishing the sweaters fronts and back, and I can start on the sleeves.  I like the way both sides are knit at the same time as the back, you just put the back and left side on holders finish the right side, then move to the back, finish it, and move to the left side.

Now let me think…  what else was I knitting on…?  Oh yes, MS3!!!!! 

 

Have you seen the new Frequent Frogger MS3 button on my sidebar?  Well that just about says it all.  I’m on row 70 and back about 10 plus rows ago I came up one stitch short. 

 

Can you see the HUGE mistake in the upper left section? (how can you not!)

I said to myself, that’s OK, I’ll just slip a stitch in here and it’ll be fine.  IT’S NOT FINE!!! Bigger than life today at lunch it jumped out me!  Sorry Patty, but yes everyone WILL see it.  It’s not one of those things that “I’ll be the only one that knows it’s there!”  When I showed it to her to prove it,  she stuck her finger on it immediately!  “Yep, there it is!” she says to me.  My only reply is “ribit”!  I didn’t work on this beautiful project over the weekend because I didn’t want to mess it up, and as it turns out it’s already messed up!  Oh well, I wasn’t happy with the very first 3 beads anyway.  (This makes me feel better to say this to myself.)  It’s not like a race or anything, I want to keep enjoying this, so it’ll be OK.   And yes, I will put in life lines this time! 

The beads I’m using are size 6 seed beads.  A bit larger than the size 8, but them seem to be OK.

Now back tracking a little.  I didn’t tell ya that I went to the best knit-nite last Tuesday.  Met a new knitter, well she isn’t a new knitter, she is new to the area.  Aren’t knitters the best people ever!  It was a good night out for the girls that wanna have fun.

 

 

This week in review…

MONDAY – Chiropractor tried to kill me… or just break me in two or something like that.  Enough said about Monday!

TUESDAY – Knit Night!  I really look forward to the monthly knit night at The Yarn Corner.  I love to look at all the yarn and dream.  But what’s this?  A clear bag with some stuff in it… roving!  I look at this bag briefly and can’t figure out what “artfelt” is, so I move on to my next favorite thing.  What is everyone knitting!  Another one of my favorite things to do is to pick Amber’s brain.  (She is working on this beautiful bolero in some kind of a yummy brown.) I have a little project that I’ve been working on.  It started out I was just knitting a swatch of a pattern to see what it looked like.  Now it has turned into a project.  I’m making it into a little accessories bag to keep my this and that in (tape measure, small notebook, scissors, etc.). I have fabric to line it with, and I’m going to learn how to put a zipper in, what a great learning experience.  And if it doesn’t turn out, so what, I’m learning!   OK, before I go any further I need to warn you, I’m going to be jumping around a little here, try to keep up.  I checked out this awesome book from the library called Vogue Knitting.  I love this book it has so many tips and show me how to do it pictures.  Things I should have read before my first sweater – but that’s ok, it was my first, you live, you knit, you learn!  OK, so this awesome book shows up on my desk in a brown box.  Yes, my very dear sweet friend Patty bought it for me!  (and one for her too!)  So, on page 136 is a pattern called Embossed honeycomb (remember I’m still new to knitting, sort of)… looking at the picture I was intrigued, so I cast on and began knitting to see what it would look like. 

embossed honeycomb

This is a sneak peak at the soon to be accessories bag in the embossed honeycomb stitch.

I like it, and as I’m knitting I am reminded of another book and project.  It’s the One Skein book by Leigh Radford (another fav book of mine) – on page 52 there are 3 little accessory bags.  I really like the willow green one.  It’s crocheted… I can crochet, but would rather not now that I can knit.   So… I’m thinking why not make this swatch sample into a little bag, OK, maybe a little bit bigger bag.  Jump back to Tuesday Knit Night, and I’m picking Amber’s brain.  I’m not sure what to do to the sides of my big sample embossed honeycomb knitting experiment.  I did knit a simple bottom to it and now I’m thinking I need to make the sides about a half inch.  But do I pick up stitches around and knit somehow, or do I make a side piece and add it by stitching it in place?  Help me I cry.  Amber as always with her wisdom directs me to a Interweave mag from a while back and that I could maybe use it for a guide.  Big smile on my face, I will do this the minute I get home.  OK, that’s what I was thinking at the moment.  Now flash, I’m at home and I’m pooped so I take the dogs out and go to bed.

WEDNESDAY –  All day at work, I’m thinking about those cute clear bags at The Yarn Corner, and what do you do with that stuff.  So what do I do… well I leave work early and rush over there!  Only 15 or 20 minutes before she closes.  I use ALL of this time to examine closely each bag 10 times!  I kid you not, ask Sherri or Lauri.  Thankfully she had to close so the last one I touched is the one I took home!  At the time I just couldn’t figure out what I was going to be doing with it, so the colors didn’t really make sense to me.  NO knitting required for this new project.  But still I’m game to learn what secrets are in this magical clear bag that will one day be great to keep yarn in, me thinks at the time!

Here’s what I got…

The Bag 

the stuff

all out of the bag

I love the colors!  I watched the DVD (twice)!  I get it!  This is cool project it’s paper felting.  I’m going to make something… so I jump into cutting apart the big roving by colors (like the DVD said to do) and now all I want to do is make something.  So knowing I don’t have a lot of time tonight, I decide to just make a little something.  I grab an old towel, cut a small piece of the magic paper that my roving will go on and go to town with the poking!  Please see The Yarn Corner blog for more details about this kit (April 4).  Now I really still have no idea what I’m going for here (I recommend you know what you are going to do BEFORE you do it).  But like I said I’m jumping in! 

poking into towel

Oh, and another thing, the barbed needles are very sharp (Hello, barbed like barbed wire fencing that hurts when you try to crawl under it in a halter top with a sunburn – got the picture!)  Ring, Ring, it’s mom, but I can’t stop now.  So I’m excitedly telling my mom about what I just got and I’m still poking at my roving with this very sharp barbed needle.  (I don’t recommend talking on the phone while doing this either)  Yes, there was a little blood involved, but I’m learning! 

Here we have what Shanda created on her first try… 

samples artfelt

 If you have stopped laughing at them, you can continue reading.

So yes, I didn’t understand everything and I should have watched the DVD one more time, and I probably shouldn’t have been talking on the phone with mom.  But I was so excited to make something with this roving!!!! 

Flash forward, quick get the little blobs wet, roll in towel carefully, shove in panty hose leg carefully, tie knot in leg so it won’t fall out in the dryer, and toss in dryer.  (don’t forget to change the setting to Cotton, or high heat, or whatever)  Now, flash forward 20 more minutes and unknot not so carefully, pull rolled towel out of leg, not so carefully because you are so excited to see it, and there it is!  Please no drum roll… it’s not done yet.  Run to the kitchen where we had a pan of water boiling in preparation for this moment.  Now toss the little blobs into a glass brownie pan (wish I had brownies right now) and pour bowling water over it, magically the paper dissolves!  Back to the towel to get rid of excess water and then they must dry. 

flower blob on white yarn ball

Flower blob on white yarn ball.

with pen to see size of blobs

Here we can see in more detail the size of my flower blobs!

highligher and blob

and here we have a highlighter to compare the size of my cute little flower blob.

I swear I will make something more carefully, and planned out later… as soon as I stop laughing at these poor little blobs that I created.  I know you are saying “What was she thinking?”  OK, I was thinking of a flower type object when I started and now I’m happy to say this test is over.  I will move on to create again – after I watch the DVD a couple more times!

THURSDAY – I get home from work and take the dogs outside as usual and WHAT IS THAT!

lakeside changes

yes, it has a blue roof!

other side of the lake

This may not seem like a big thing to you and yo mama – but someone has cleared the beautiful trees on the lake directly across from our house!  I knew that someday someone may build or do something like this, but not yet.  I can see the log house that someone built on the street across from the lot they cleared.  This is all very strange to me.  I’m sure I will adjust it just feels weird to see a house over there, and at night they have a LIGHT for crying out loud!  It’s the dark side of the lake, there are to be NO lights!  As you can tell I’m adjusting well. 

FRIDAY – (the 13th) It’s payday and I’m still laughing about my little blobs that I made all by myself!

SATURDAY– Today it feels like spring outside.  We’ve had sunshine and rain all day.  During the next sun break I really should run outside and wash my very, very dirty red Honda Element.  And during the rain I am Spring Cleaning.  Where did this tradition start?  No, don’t tell me… I will hate that person forever I’m sure if I knew.  OK, so I’m blogging, I’m looking at more knitting books and I’m proud to say that our taxes are filed and the money is in the cyber-mail!  We have movies to watch while I knit tonight and things are good.  I left out something that happened to me on Thursday, but that big news will follow later.

The sun is out and I must run!

A new month & a new project or two…

I’ve been knitting on this and that.  I can’t seem to stick with anything lately, I started working on a new sweater (I call it my Crazy sweater)  I’m using all my left over yard from felted bags.  I think it will make a great sweater to wear with my jean skirt or jeans, or maybe just a throw on sweater because it’s cold and windy at the beach all the time!  It’s hard to see the true colors in this picture but it’s close.  This picture was taken before I finished the back.  There seems to be a lot of orange on top!  Also, it took me awhile to get the gauge right because the yarn I’m using is mostly Cascade 220.

Lys sweater back 

This is a more up close look of the FREE Berroco pattern called Lys

Lys Pattern 

Now… SOCKS!

I have also picked up this new sock yarn that I just had to have because I wanted something new. 

 Tofutsie Yarn

This is Tofutsies sock yarn, color #737 Footsteps. 

I love the lightweight feel of this yarn.  The yarn is thin and I’m using 2 circular size 0 needles.  I cast on 64 stitches the first time and found it was going to be too small, so I ended up with a CO of 80 stitches!!  That seems like a lot to me, but it worked out nicely.  I picked an easy pattern so I could knit on these socks at work during break and lunch.  I’m using the Madder Ribbed sock pattern out of the Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.  I decided to try a different heel and toe with these socks too.  I’m breaking away from comfortable just a little. 

 Tofutsie sock

The heel is a Dutch or Horseshoe heel, and the toe started out to be the Pointed Toe in the book.  I don’t really like pointed toes, but I do like the way it decreases, so I just modified it a little at about round 24.  I started decreasing every other row and by round 27 I had 10 stitches left to kitchener stitch closed.  When I was finished with the first sock (on Friday at The Yarn Corner) I tried it on and my foot fell in love!  It was begging for the next one.  So I began…

 2nd Tofu sock

Then where are the Roza socks you are wondering?  Well they are happily sitting in my knitting bag at work.  Oh, and the Green Gable sweater… well it’s sitting in another knitting bag.  I went around to house looking into every bag and drawer finding all my knitting projects and wrote them down and what stage of the game they are at currently and I was so surprised at how many projects I have going.  I guess this means I am real knitter now!  Well this wonderful list I made… I was going to type it into the computer and now I can’t even find it.  I’m sure it’s probably marking a page in a knitting book or something. 

 Speaking of knitting books…

knitting books

last weekend I wasn’t feeling well.  So I checked out a million (they felt like they weighed that much) books at the library.  I enjoyed my sick day, and dreamed of all the awesome things I would like to knit someday.  And I laughed (sometimes out loud) at some of the goofy crap that I ran across too!

The other day it was so sunny and beautiful I grabbed the camera to get a shot of the lake with our house making a shadow.  I can almost feel summer… well not today… it’s rainy and windy again.  But I know the sun wants to make a come back soon!

House Lake Shadow

Just thought I would add this picture to show my mom what plants made it through the winter (and the ones that didn’t)!

dead plants

Yes, my blog has changed again… the picture is something I’m working on that I’ll show more of when it’s completed!

Happy Easter to you all and I hope you are warm and safe today.

One more sock…

Well I did it I completed one of my mom’s birthday socks! Mom's Sock

I hope to have these done next week. So I can get them in the mail to her.  They are so soft and light weight, and it looks like I might even have enough left over to make some little sockies too!

I haven’t been knitting as much as I would like to, but I do spend each break and lunch hour knitting so I shouldn’t complain.  Kids get a Winter Break and Spring Break… why can’t we have Knitter’s Break – you know we could spend a week just knitting – no house work, no laundry.   Maybe we could get a house keeper for a week to assist.  I think I’ll bring this up with my sweet husband of 6 months!  I’m sure he’ll be all over this one!

Speaking of Birthdays… This is what we do when not knitting… so it’s best to just put down the spoon and keep knitting!

Patty's Birthday 2-28-2007

This is my very dear friend Patty’s birthday at work.  We took a break from knitting to indulge in the good stuff.  That flat brown thing on the table is an awesome Flourless Chocolate Cake!  Yes, flourless!  The recipe is as follows:

Flourless Chocolate Cake – Recipe
Adapted from Covered in Honey,by Mani Niall (Rodale Press, 2003).Simple Solution
There is simply no better way to end a Valentine’s Day meal than with that everybody-loves-it, melt-in-your-mouth hands-down favorite–chocolate!And this fabulous flourless recipe uses healthy honey rather than white sugar, so you can feel a little better about serving it. Believe me, it’s still pretty decadent, but well worth every sinfully delicious bite!Honey, by the way, is another food with an ages-old link to love (think of “honeymoons!”), so its presence in this wonderful dessert really works!

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into bits
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/2 cup honey, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Butter a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper or waxed paper. Butter the paper and flour the entire pan. Wrap the outside of the pan with foil.

2. Preheat oven to 350F and set a rack in the center of the oven.

3. Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl and set the bowl over, but not touching, a pot of hot water set on low heat. Do not allow water to boil. Stir occasionally and check to see when it is melted. Stir to blend and remove from the heat. Cool mixture to lukewarm. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the honey with an electric mixer in a large bowl for 3 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and pale. Fold in the lukewarm chocolate mixture and then fold in the vanilla and salt. In another large bowl, using clean, dry beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup honey, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold the whites into the chocolate mixture in three additions. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top.

4. Bake the cake 50 minutes until the top is puffed (and possibly cracked) and a tester inserted in the center comes out with some moist crumbs attached. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Be forewarned: the cake will fall quite a bit.

5. Using a small knife, cut around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake and then remove the sides. Place a 9-inch tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop the cake. Invert the cake onto the tart pan bottom. Peel off the parchment paper. Invert the cake back on the serving platter.

Serves 10.

Helpful Hints
This cake will keep, at room temperature, for several days. The flavor and texture peak the day after it is made.

Well I know you are all rushing to your kitchens to start making this, so I’ll close for the night and write more tomorrow.  This picture below was a hail storm that blew threw early in the morning the other day while I was out with the dogs.

morning hail storm

LOOK… A new blog for The Dip Lady!

Well, I can see this is really going to take some time to update this site.  The picture I am using on the top of this new blog site was taken from our back deck on July 4, 2006.  This is one side of our horseshoe shaped dock on Duck Lake. 

Tomorrow is Knit Night at The Yarn Corner so I won’t be able to work on this site.  I hope to be able to post new pictures of mom’s socks and the cute little sweater I’m finishing up. 

Close up of sweater frontThis is a close up of the sweater front.

Let’s talk about the cute little sweater a bit… I’ve not been feeling so hot and haven’t been able to sew up the sleeves yet, and the pattern didn’t give any details to how you sew on sleeves that were left on stich holders.  I’ve done some checking on the net and found that several patterns from Germany, UK, etc., say to leave the sleeves on stitch holders, but they don’t say how I am to attach them to the sweater.  One said use a 3-needle bind off, another said to use the kitchner stitch (not in this life time – that’s a lot of stitches – ok, it’s only 65, but that’s a lot more than when I sew up the toe of my socks!)  I think I’m going to try a 3-needle BO and then I might just BO the sleeve and then attach like normal.  More to come on this.  I’d love to hear from anyone with ideas!