Friday, March 27, 2015

Yarn Report Week 12

As always I managed to add a little to my stash.  I think 210 yards qualifies as a little!

Yarn in this week:  210 yards
Yarn out this week:  0 yards (not because I haven't tried)
Yarn in YTD7679 yards
Yarn out YTD:1210 yards

On the Needles Friday

Not a very productive knitting week.  A few rows of this and a few rows of that.  I mentioned several posts ago that I was working on the Great American Aran Afghan project at my LYS.  This is the 3rd block that the instructor chose.  I love the bobbles in this block.

 Not much progress on my socks.  But at class last night we decided to start a sock club!  At least I will have one dedicated knitting time for socks each week.

I did knit a sample for the shop using Malabrigo.  I knit 5 inches of several different patterns.  That is where my knitting time went.  Once the sample is done and goes to the shop we get "paid" with a skein of the yarn.   This is part of the sample.
And this is yarn that is now part of my stash.

My next sample swatch will be knit with Ella Rae Cozy Soft.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite cheeses

Carole asks for favorite cheeses this week!  I know that I must be part mouse.  I love cheese--hard cheese, soft cheese, spreadable cheese.  However it CANNOT be low fat or non fat.  That is not cheese.  It should be illegal to make, sell, or possess it!

  1. Blue cheese crumbled in a salad or lovingly mixed with buttermilk to make a tangy dressing or dip.
  2. Parmesan sprinkled on a mound of fresh pasta tossed with cherry tomatoes and basil.
  3. Pecorino Romano related to parmesan but more robust and earthy.  Love adding a chunk to homemade soup.  This is my secret weapon.
  4. Sharp English cheddar sliced very thin and enjoyed with fruit and a glass of cabernet.
  5. Brie baked till oozy and creamy with mango chutney on top.
  6. Cream cheese that has been whipped and flavored for a cheesecake--any cheese cake.  I haven't met one I didn't like.
  7. Fontina cheese grated or shredded and rolled up in chicken or pork cutlets.
  8. Chevre.  I'm feeling fancy.  If I say goat cheese my Big Guy thinks I am trying to poison him.
  9. Emmental that will become a festive fondue.  My kids always thought I was just melting some American cheese.
  10. Monterey Jack.  No self respecting taco would be caught dead without it.  And enchiladas--need I say more.
I don't want to forget  Mozzarella, Asiago, Provolone...............wait there's more..............

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yarn Report Week 12

Although I didn't finish anything, I did manage to buy a few more yards.
I feel as though it is my direct responsibility to keep my LYS open.  But these colors were too pretty to pass up.

Yarn in this week:  920 yards
Yarn out this week:  0 yards
In YTD:  7469 yards
Out YTD:  1210 yards (My fingers feels as though they have worked harder than that!)

Friday, March 20, 2015

On the Needles Friday

I have broken my cardinal rule of only knitting one project at a time!  I haven't made much progress since last week--a few rows here and a few rows there.
I had to restart the block because of gauge issues. 
I hardly made any progress on my sock project.  There is only one week left for the class.  I have my work cut out for me.
This last item is a sample for my LYS.  I knit about 5 inches of several technics--textured, ribbed, cable, lace, yarn overs and knit with purl combination.  I hope to finish this piece tonight and then block it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Hmmmm.  What if I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?????  My less than altruistic answers are:

  1. Purchase the Bernina machine of my dreams.
  2. Invest in a long arm quilting machine and the room to put it in!
  3. A family vacation with all of the cherubs and their offspring on a beach.
  4. Travel to Alaska, Ireland and Italy.
  5. Go to Amy Herzog's knitting retreat in Maine.
  6. Spend a month or two in Australia visiting quilt and needlework shops.
  7. A house on the Nubble in Maine.
  8. College funds for the grandkids.
  9. Winters on a tropical island.
  10. Endowments for my favorite charities

Certainly don't need any of it but fun to pretend.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

To do in March

The past three weeks have been a blur.  The Big Guy slipped on the ice and tore his hamstrings in his right thigh!!!  He is in considerable pain.  His MD is looking at a 6-12 month recuperation.  We have reached the age where we don't bounce back the same as when we were younger.

I still can't believe March is halfway done! I had actually started this post last week, never finished it and decided not to bore you with corrections and strike outs---too many.

February 2015
  1. Assemble Yellow Brick Road quilt
  2. Quilt Petal Swap--working on it 
  3. ESK Chunky KAL Latte coat for Little Mr. C
  4. Great American Aran Afghan Block 2--needs to be redone
  5. Hoot Quilt top:  quilted and bound just needs a label
  6. Pot of Gold Socks found, finished and  gifted
March 2015
  1. Finish Petal Swap quilt:  quilting, binding and label
  2. Aran Afghan redo block 2 and do block 3
  3. Nova Felted Mittens for ESK Felted KAL
  4. Labels for Snowman Quilt and Judy's Mystery Quilt
  5. Select fabric and start construction of Pat Sloan's String Bean Challenge