Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude (via Operation Gratitude Blog)

I LOVE JOAN, you gotta see her!
Check out this video: Knitting: A Patriotic Duty – Fox News Video –
‎98-year-old woman knits scarves for troops

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude

by Guest Blogger Karen Francis. Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.  A group of women met on a glorious summer day in Old Town Alexandria, a day that the humidity was down and a cool breeze blew across the Potomac, but the … Read More

via Operation Gratitude Blog

Easy-Peasy Pita Pocket Bread Recipe

I am done searching for that perfect Pita Pocket~I went online and found an easy-peasy recipe for pita pockets.
I mixed up a batch of dough, put it out on the patio table, and let the summer humidity work it’s magic. By dinnertime, I had a bowl-ful of doughy fun nearly crawling out over the top of the bowl.

I cut the dough in half and lined a deep-dish pizza pan with one half of the batch, loaded it up with all the veggie goodness I could dig out from the night before; some chopped green peppers, thin-sliced white onions, mushrooms, some fresh basil from the garden, Pastorelli’s pizza sauce and a whole pound of shredded mozzarella. No, I didn’t squeeze my own cheese this time, but I plan to learn how to make fresh mozzarella too, someday 🙂

The pizza in the oven, I rolled out the other half of the pita dough. Taking a 4 inch Rubbermaid container, I used it to cut a bunch of 4 inch mini-pitas, set them on a floured pizza peel and slid them onto a pre-heated cookie sheet, on the bottom rack. They turned out perfect, all puffed up and soft dough- DH and the kids loved them, SUCCESS!

Here’s the recipe I used, a simple multi-purpose dough recipe that can be worked for any number of things. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not sprinkle some Italian herbs in the dough while it’s mixing. Add some garlic powder, for kick, how about some ground sun-dried tomatoes from the refrigerator (literally, dried romas) YUM!

Easy Pita Bread Recipe – – 81116

Spirit of the Southwest Shawl, Speaking from the Heart

Yesterday I took a picture of my stepdaughter, modeling the shawl a dear friend in Australia made me~ isn’t it a bit uncanny, I had her on my mind all evening after that, only to receive such tragic news today – she wrote in an email, twin grandbabes, lost at 8.5 and 9.5 weeks…I just cannot imagine the heartbreak upon learning such devastating news…my heart hurts, I cannot be there to hug her and comfort her….
E. is such a sweet girl, I knew she would appreciate the love and workmanship that went into the shawl’s making, and would be the perfect model for this Spirit of the Southwest Shawl by Evelyn Clark. I am dedicating this blog post to my dear Sister in Australia, Lindy.
We both commented on how wonderful it smelled as we nuzzled it’s softness-we both said almost at the same time, “If this is what Australia would smell like, we want to go there!!!”
Sending warmest thoughts and white light to you, dear one….may there be peace and comfort for all involved, soon…♥♥♥

Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily

I got this newsletter email today and thought I’d share this, in celebration of our getting our new mattress set tomorrow 🙂
Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily Newsletter

Mattress Stitch Made Easy

One of my favorite knitters, Kathy Veeza ( a.k.a “Grumperina”), wrote a wonderful article in the spring 2008 Knitscene (which you can get on CD now!), all about seaming. This is just the mattress stitch portion, so check out the entire article on the Knitscene 2007-2009 Collection CD.

… a good example of how mattress stitch works as well on ribbing and moss stitch as it does on stockinette stitch (and garter stitch, and seed stitch, and whatever stitch you’re working with!).

Step 1 Step 2
With the right side of the knitting facing you, use a threaded needle to pick up 1 bar between the first 2 stitches on one piece, then the corresponding bar plus the bar above it on the other piece (Step 1). *Pick up the next 2 bars on the first piece, then the next 2 bars on the other (Step 2). Repeat from * to the end of the seam, finishing by picking up the last bar (or pair of bars) at the top of the first piece.

Finished seam. To bring the seam together, simply pull gently on the yarn and the seam will tighten up and disappear.

The secret to streamlined seams is always working mattress stitch from the same vertical column. Never veer to the right or left of the seaming line—the stitch adjacent to the seam should be fully visible from base to top along the whole seam. If you veer into that stitch or farther away from it as you seam, your seam will zigzag in a distracting way. When seaming a sleeve into an armhole, make sure to follow this rule on the body pieces.

Signature Needle Arts, Made in Wisconsin

I ran across a blog, by way of an email newsletter, regarding Signature Needle Arts,  a Knitting Needle manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin and had to check them out.

The circulars come in 3 needle sizes: 4″, 5″ and 6″, for more versatility.

Signature Circular Needles will be available for sale online May 1, 2010. To get the most current information on Signature circulars please sign up for their newsletter!

Another project I’m adding to my Bucket List: | Summer Vest

I love the soft blue color, saving this for future reference. A quick summer project, maybe?

Summer Vest

Summer Vest

Technique – Knitting

Just a touch of coverage is what you’ll get with an openwork pattern vest. This e-pattern was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Creative Knitting magazine.

Size: Includes women’s small through 2X-large. Made with medium (worsted) weight yarn and size 6 (4mm) 14″ circular needle.

Skill Level: Experienced

EK00350 $4.99

Will have to add this to my Bucket List~

I got the yarn for my Wonderful Wallaby last week! 🙂

There is much to do in preparation for our Memorial Day weekend, so this will be short but sweet, and I’ll be back later on to fill in the blanks!


The Wonderful Wallaby Pattern

I’ve found a pattern I’ve been looking for, The Wonderful Wallaby. Patterns are for toddlers up to adult sizes.

I found the pattern worked up on Ravelry, and instantly fell in love, so went on a hunt and grabbed a copy with very reasonable shipping.
I also picked up a copy of  Wisconsin Winter Socks & Other Goodies Pattern. There’s  sock patterns for toddlers up to Adult sizes.

I’m thinking I’ll do the Wallaby in a buff or gray heather, something soft and fuzzy. Which will give me hours of fun pondering yarns. I’ll have to check out Ben Franklin Crafts for available fibers and find something I like, then order it online.
I’m almost finished with the Shine-on Vest back, at the half-way mark on the armholes. The camo pattern is working out nice,  and DH really likes it. He wants a vest of his own in this color now.

Camo Vest back

I found a  free pattern that will be perfect for DH-it resembles the vests he wears daily. I think the camouflage green will work in place of larger solid areas.

Men's sleeveless jacket, "Alaska" by Drops Design

DH made some new Curvewood Hair Sticks today, from some cherry and ash pieces he had in the workshop. They turned out really nice, so I’ll be posting them on the website tonight or tomorrow.

Tomorrow is looking about the same as today, back to the upper 40’s. Spring is on hold for now.

Have a good night~

Knitting Among the Ranks in Baghdad

Hats (and socks) off to a skillful soldier

Staff  Sgt. John  Sorich of Eden Prairie is back from Iraq, but his was a close-knit group of a different kind while serving. Read the complete article by clicking the link in the sub-title.

Men have been tying knots (by hand) for centuries-look at all the knot work involved in making fishing nets. Ladies, lets keep these guys in stitches!!!

Here’s a link to more vintage knitting adventures at Handmade by Mother:

I’m heading out to hunt down  Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers, color #9459Yakima Heather

Happy Knitting!

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