Knitting Instructional Video and Gloves that Heal!

Jeanne from Jimmy Beans Wool demonstrates How To Do a Russian Join while Knitting. Jimmy Beans Wool is your LYS… online!

I’m going to use this technique on my Agatha Cardigan pattern I just purchased. It’s one-piece reversible construction looks really exciting. I’m thinking I’ll use Plymouth Encore Tweed, Grey Heather T781. I purchased it from Ben Franklin Crafts a while back, not quite sure what I was going to use it for, but this might work out great for a mid-weight sweater, after I’ve re-calculated the gauge.

Agatha Cardigan
Agatha Cardigan closeup
Agatha Cardigan

DD19 just called to tell me they canceled the get-together at 2 Seasons Bowling Alley, too foggy tonight, making driving hazardous. I’m glad she decided not to go, but now I have these batches of FUDGE I was going to gift. OFUDGE! now I will have to eat it all or see if I can freeze it for later.

I am thinking of trying these gloves for Winter Hands; they sound perfect for moisturizing and protecting from dryness. Check back for reviews.

Peacel, Light and Love~ knit warm and stay happy!

Our Winter Solstice Tree

Banana Cream Pie and Honey Nut Cheerio Macaroons

I got up early, a list of to-do’s and a spatula in hand.

First thing on my agenda: Banana Cream Pie. The recipe is from my favorite cookbook of all time, “The Settlement Cook Book”. I love this book and have relied on it since I first got it back in ’76.

Banana Cream Pie

1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk, scalded
3 egg yokes (set egg whites aside for meringue or Macaroons, recipe to follow)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4teaspoon salt* optional
3 sliced bananas
1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Cook in double boiler until cornstarch is clear and begins to thicken. Beat egg yokes slightly. Add gradually to mixture. Cook about 2 minutes. Add vanilla. Cool.
To assemble pie:
Slice bananas into baked pie shell, alternating layers of custard and bananas. Cover with meringue or whipped cream (*I use Cool Whip) and top with 3 banana slices for garnish. Serve chilled.

*To scald milk, place milk in a double boiler and heat just until bubbles form around edge. DO NOT bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately.

What you you can make with the egg whites you saved from this recipe:

Honey Nut Cheerio Macaroons

This is my recipe, based on another I found which used cornflakes. *I omitted the salt, justified in knowing there was probably enough salt already in the cereal to make up for it.

3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 300.
Beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until stiff. Add remaining ingredients. Butter a 9 x 13 cake pan, and pour mixture into pan, spread to edges. Bake in a slow oven, 300° for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and remove from pan while warm.

I had a 1 lb bag of Folgers coffee beans, but didn’t have a coffee grinder, so I used my mini food processor to coarse chop the beans and made a pot of coffee while the macaroons were in the oven. The coffee came out good, not too bitter or strong, and was waiting for me when I was finished in the kitchen.

Retro Rose waits patiently for the macaroons.
Igor was too pooped from a busy day in the fresh air Saturday.

Quit Smoking Week 1

DH has quit smoking! He stopped cigarettes last Monday, his last one at 7:30 pm.

Since then, he’s on his second 5-pack of cigars.  Yeah, he’s still puffing, but he’s not inhaling, and says the taste is cutting him off quicker-he doesn’t like the cigars at all, they are just a placebo now.

Storms on the horizon this afternoon, DH and I sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air. I knitted like a maniac on my Camo Vest, and got the neck/armhole shaping nearly half-done. I hope to have the shoulder shaping done and BO by Saturday night.

The approaching storms brought the woods and pond alive with the sounds of frogs of every species. This one was sitting on the back door window trim. He is tiny at just 2 inches long.

Tree Frog, aka Peeper

I’m planning a 2.26 mile walk with the neighbor tomorrow morning, if the weather clears up during the night, and again on Sunday morning.

Igor just plans to sleep in.

Art in the Woods

I stumbled upon a wonderful find while ridding our perimeter of the invasive garlic mustard plants that seem to have exploded into bloom in the last two days. ARGH! it’s everywhere!!!

I was walking around, looking for new blooms like Bloodroot, and Wood Anemone,  when I almost stomped the life out of a lovely Trillium cuneatum, and snapped some shots of it. It was pretty windy, so I had to wait patiently for a break in the wind (!) so I could get a still shot.

Trillium cuneatum

Igor nearly ran it (and me) over in his mad dash of  freedom, just moments before. I hastily snapped the shot, and a couple more of some neighboring Virginia Bluebells, and quickly vacated before the Beast came back around.

Virginia Bluebells

The Creeping Phlox on the rock wall was spectacular again.

Creeping Phlox

and we still have a few tulips that have survived the ravages of hungry deer that had recently passed through, looking for nibblins.

Headless Wonder Tulip
The ones that got away…
DD19’s boyfriend changed the oil in her car today, while DH and I watched the proceedings offsides. It was fun watching those two go at it as he attempted to show her the ropes. Needless to say, she was not humoured when he drove the car up onto the ramps, and nearly went completely over them!
When he was done and had things cleaned up, she and I took a ride to the gas station, Igor sat in the back seat,a new experience for the Boy. We wanted to see if her “check engine” light would come back on. It didn’t, this time. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. She is planning a trip to Indiana to see family, and is anxious to have her car in tip-top shape before making the trip in 3 weeks
I’m about half-way done with the Right Front of my Camo Vest, and hope to have it done by this weekend.
Camo Vest back and right front
It looks like scattered showers and possible T-storms off and on over the weekend, so I anticipate getting in plenty of knitting, starting now.
Buona Notte~

In Celebration of our New Ben Franklin Store!

Ina Goda da Yarna Hat

I finally got The H-Kids’ box ready to go out, albeit  1week/2 weeks late, consecutively.

I’m working on R’s Baby Shrug, furiously. I knitted for 7 hours straight last Sunday and got 8 inches accomplished. I thought I’d get further along, not cool….garter stitch is mindless, and goes fast-what is slowing progress here??? IDK. *I Don’t Know…

I got a pleasant surprise on Tuesday morning~ I was up early- 6:03am, to be exact. What is up with THAT?

I putzed around the house, while watching the snow slowly begin to fall. The weather reports on TV promised a blizzard, so I resigned myself to the fact we’d be in for the  duration. No school closings for our area, no big surprise.
Finally, at 10:30 I got ready to take my shower, only to find DH already showered and dressed, telling me to get busy, we had places to go and things to do.

“Where are we going today?”, I asked.
Ben Franklin, in Delavan”, he replied! WOOT!

That was the quickest shower I ever took! We headed out at 11:30 and got there ahead of the snow storm. Like a bird dog on a scent, I found their yarn section back in the corner, right away. What is this?:  3 rows of yarn, cotton and crochet thread! I didn’t know where to begin, my senses were on overload.

I had to take a deep breath and tell my self, it’s not a dream, and we’ll come back again  soon, and began picking what I had to have, just for this trip. I did a quick scan for all things familiar and touch/felt a few products for future reference.

First Assault - My Haul

I got a skein of Red Heart Black tweed and Red Heart Acrylic for a Mary Jane’s Hat.  I then chose 2 sets of Clover bamboo #3 circulars for a pair of socks. I like bamboo needles a lot, these were a must-have.
I grabbed 2 more balls of Sugar & Cream Midnight Magic for another hat, and Navy for the brim. Finally I spied a ball of Aunt Lydia’s Cotton crochet thread in Bridal Blue, for a doily down the road, and a set of Chibi darning needles, sock sizes. All totaled just under $50, a pretty good deal for the money.

I am already chomping at the bit to go back and get some Camo yarn DH saw, for my Bernat long cable vest pattern.

DH also scoped the yarns and saw some Camo in a blue color…hmmmmm..

I found Ben Franklin on Facebook and got signed up for their newsletter immediately~it was really neat seeing all the photos of the store in progress since Jan. 1, 2010.  Wish I’d been there to help with the festivities~
Now that I’ve got caught up with the Blog, I’m realizing my nose is C.O.L.D~ OMY the weather bar says -1 outside and the furnace is kicking on. Time to get snuggled in for the night~




You can make a difference.

On Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the capitol, affecting millions of people.

Here are a few ways you can support the recovery efforts and help victims rebuild their lives and communities:

You can make cash and in-kind donations on the following sites:

Doctors Without Borders
Red Cross, UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF)
Direct Relief, Yele Haiti
Partners in Health

World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900)
Save the Children
Lambi Fund
The International Rescue Committee

The following organizations are accepting SMS text message donations in the US only (which will be added to your phone bill):

  • In your SMS text, type message “HAITI” and send to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • In your SMS text, type message “YELE” and send to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts

If you would like to donate more, please visit one of the above sites.

Our prayers go out to every single Soul who is affected by this tragedy.

Hinááh bee atiingóó éí naashá
On the Trail of Life, I walk in beauty
Nizhóní naashá
In Harmony I exist, I walk in beauty

Letter from Away From Home-First Contact

We arrived in IN at about 3:30 EST. The ride was uneventful, although ongoing road construction went on for miles in Chicago alone. When we hit 465, we saw walls being raised on both sides of the north side, but didn’t affect traffic at all. There were a few more condos built since my last trip down, 2004. We got as far as the Kentucky St. exit when forward motion came to a grinding halt within 1.5 miles from our exit.  The view from behind the semi in front of me, prevented me from seeing what the holdup was, but by the time we got to the traffic stopper, it turned out to be a small sedan with three individuals in handcuffs and two police cars.

   Baby Rhonda was asleep when we arrived, so CJ gave us a tour of their house. It is a very cute house in a semi-private neighborhood where only the local residents would pass through. There is a charter elementary school smack-dab in the middle, which will be  within walking distance when Rhonda is old enough for school.

   My first view of Rhonda was from a large TV monitor in the livingroom, which was hooked up to a vid-cam. At first, all we saw was a baby wrapped in a blanket, then a little arm popped out and within minutes there emerged the sounds of Miss Rhonda’s mewings. In another couple minutes, she appeared to be trying to actually toss her covers on! Finally we got to meet her in person, and what an emotional moment that was. Every memory came rushing back, 32 years had passed sinced I first held her mother, and it was the sweetest moment I have ever experienced.

 While we waited for Nat’s dad to come pick her up for the evening (he was running late from work) Nats got to hold her new neice. Baby Rhonda has been having a little colic, so we had to keep her confortable between bouts of tummy cramps, but watched her facial expressions alternate between distress and blissful slumber.

 I barely noticed the camera and ensuing flashes when Christy handed me her new daughter- all I saw was that sweet little face. 🙂

 Sam came over after work for a few minutes before heading over to the hospital to see a buddy who had had an emergency appendectomy the night before. He is so handsome, he will make some lucky girl happy someday 🙂

 We took turns walking with Little Missy during her colic, then we decided to go for a car ride to see if that helped. The minute she went into the car seat, she seemed to relax. Ryan drove us around Greenwood, to show me the new LA Fitness where Marsh once stood. It was good to see so many small business’s surviving our current economic  situation, and echoed a hope I believe everyone must be having these days.

Our next stop as Galliger’s Pizza, and the corner liquor store for a bottle of wine. They didn’t have what I was looking for, so I came away empty-handed. As I was getting in the car, Ryan made a comment and as I turned to reply, got the corner of the car door right in the nose.  I heard more than felt the crunch on impact, and managed to split it right across the bridge. I now have a nice goose egg between my brows and a hideous bandaid. At least Sam got to see me before I managed to smash my face 🙂

 Good morning, Sunshine! I’ve had my second cup of coffee and will be getting ready to go over to Christy’s in a bit. I’ll post updates later tonight or tomorrow!


Previous Older Entries