Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1st Quarter FAL

I had high hopes for this first quarter challenge.  I did manage to complete 2 of the 4 projects I wrote about.  I love this little quilt for Little Mr. C.  I can't wait to give it to him.  Machine embroidery is so much fun.
I found the pot of gold socks and they are done.

 I didn't even touch the cardigan!  too much other knitting going on.
 The Dresden Plate quilt is assembled and I have started hand quilting it.  I hope to finish is during the 2nd quarter.

 I can't wait to see what everyone else has accomplished.  Be sure to visit On the Windy Side.

Ten on Tuesday Sandwiches

You could put just about anything between two slices of bread and I would be in heaven.  Each ingredient has a place of honor--from the bread to the condiments.

  1. Warm Tuscan Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, provolone and garlic aioli on a crusty baguette.
  2. Tuna salad with red onion, mayo, Dijon, celery on seeded rye.
  3. BLT with tomatoes just picked from the garden and oozing with mayo on toasted white bread and served with corn on the cob
  4. Philly Cheesesteak with provolone not Cheez Whiz, sautéed onions and mushrooms and sauce.
  5. Muffaletta made only with authentic Italian meats and cheeses.
  6.  Cubano pressed to perfection with pork, ham, dill pickle, Swiss cheese and spicy brown mustard.
  7. Turkey with sprouts, cranberry horseradish spread and mayo on whole bread.
  8. Grilled cheese and tomato on focaccia tomato soup optional.
  9. Pastrami cooked in beer with spicy brown mustard on thick sliced rye bread.
  10. Pulled pork piled high with crunchy slaw and extra sauce on the side on a soft seeded sandwich roll.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday

Buried deep in one of my quilting binders I came across a pattern for a charm quilt called Bricks and Mortar.  I am going to share it with my Guild in a few weeks.
I hope to finish a few more rounds before our guild meeting.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fabric Report week 13

I am behind in reporting my numbers.  I didn't think I was doing much but I haven't been slouching.

Fabric in this week:  0 yards
Fabric out this week: 7.5 yards
In YTD:  17 yards
Out YTD:  54 yards.

I am very happy!!!

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fabric Report Week 10

I finished 2 charity quilts and sent them off with a friend to her church as well a fabric that they will use for backings.  In addition my parish was looking for fabric donations for the missions in Kenya.  My fabric numbers this week:

Fabric in 3 yards
Fabric out this week:  46.5 yards
In YTD:  17 yards
Out YTD:  46.5 yards.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Yarn Report Week

It seems like forever since I have had a change in my numbers.  But I actually completed a little sweater.  So when a little goes out, I feel the need to bring more than what I used in!

Yarn in this week:  1138 yards (all for Loopy Academy Semester 2)
Yarn out this week:  400 yards
Yarn in YTD:  6549 yards
Yarn out YTD": 1210 yards

The three skeins on the left are Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in navy and white.  The center purple skein is Cascase 220 for another pair of felted mittens.  And the blue skeins on the right are Shi Bui baby alpaca for a cowl.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On the Needles Friday

Since I wasn't able to post last week, I have a little extra to share.
 Little Mr. C's Baby Latte Coat is ready to be sent.  The yarn is Tosh Chunky in Cousteau.  It becomes so soft when blocked using Soak.  I especially like the pocket detail.  Another project for my ESK Yarnathon Chunky KAL

Currently on my needles are a pair of toe up socks using yarn I won from a Loopy Ewe challenge.  With all this snow and grey weather, the colors are a real pick-me-up.

And I have started my first every felted project--a pair of mittens for another ESK challenge.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

10 Fictional Characters to invite for dinner.

1. Conor Larkin from Trinity by Leon Uris.  My family roots are in Donegal.  And I remember stories told by the Uncles of how things were.  I think Conor would strip away the romantic notions that have come down.

2. High King Brian Boru from Lion of Ireland, by the American-Irish author Morgan Llewellyn.  I  love Irish history. 

3. Francie Nolan from Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

4. Abbie Deal from A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich.  A story of homesteading and settling Nebraska.

5. May Dodd from One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by

I would want all of these lovely ladies to tell me everything about the times they lived in.