Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Wacky Zombie Face

Hello Kitty...

Pumpkin Seeds...

These are an acquired taste... you either love them or you don't! These are one of my sons favorites snacks. Usually, I have to clean out our pumpkins, separate and clean the seeds (soak in water) and let them dry over night, but this year I found unseasoned/natural seeds at the store....hallelujah! Big time saver! Melt a half stick of margarine or so in a pan and saute' the seeds, about half way through I add brown sugar and a splash of vanilla (the seeds don't necessarily brown, but they will soak up the margarine and become a little darker). Once that is done, I let them cool for a few minutes in a bowl.While they are still warm and buttery, I toss them into a large zip lock I have ready with all the seasonings: a pinch of salt, cinnamon or cinnamon plus by pampered chef, brown sugar, and allspice. Shake it around till all the seeds are covered. Place them single layer on a foiled cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees until they appear mostly dried. The baking time will vary according to how many seeds you have.Stir them around on the sheet here and there or they will burn. Remove from oven and let cool, then you can put them in decorated containers or just a tupperware type for home. I don't have exact measurements for the seasonings, I just eye it and go according to personal tastes.

Knitting Halloween Potluck

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cool Knitting Bag

Love this knitting bag ....this is going on my wish list too! The pattern is by Wired Up Designs. Hmmm now who could I get to make this for me?

My Mom's Knit Cabled Afghan

Uh-Oh Bella just found the fringe...

My mom knit this afghan during my childhood, so I dont have a pattern name or source for this one. As you can see Bella is loving it, she is usually not allowed on there, but mom got it back out to show me. It was always displayed in our living room, but was eventually put away to prevent wear and tear ( and kitty entertainment ).

Bella ....Yep I'm Still A Pretty Kitty

Fish Hats [ Dead or Alive? ]

Pattern by Thelma Egberts - Fish Hat [ Dead or Alive? ]
This fun whimsical pattern was also a project in Moon Spinners by Sally
Goldenbaum (A Seaside Knitters Mystery)

When I read this about a year ago, it was a little too whimsical for me, at least
out of the book. I enjoyed it in the story, it fit in perfect.
I think it has grown on me a bit since then! No one has to be serious all the
time, right? Ive seen it done in some bright and bold colors which just seemed to add to the flair of project. Think of it this way, you'll never be short on conversation.

For pattern:
For book:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Window Shopping...

Celtic Aran Afghan.... Stunning! I dont think Id actually let any one use it if I could pull off a pattern like this!

Lizard Ridge Afghan - 2 versions
above is all one piece no sewing squares together,
and the second is the squares version.
free patterns here:

Found these patterns browsing the net. I cant imagine what it was like when knitting got started and there were hardly any written patterns at all. It seems like Im always looking up patterns and "how to" techniques. I love the eye candy of all the projects and textures. I am very grateful that I knit for fun and not out of necessity! It would have given the term "blue man group" a whole new meaning:)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Knitting Cruise

I had soooo much fun!

Knitting Cruise

above: we are coming back to port

fall picture of the river front

River Front

Since we were already on the river front for our knitting cruise, I took some pictures of other attractions...there were more but will have to wait until next time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quilted Lattice Ascot

Pattern by Pam Powers & Published in Art Fiber Design

I want one for me and I think my mom would like this one better that the pattern I originally picked out for her some time ago ....

Ruffled and Ruched Scarf

This pattern is also by Pam Powers... now I cant decide which would suite me better. I like them both. A lot. I might have to cave on this one:) I love her style and she has more on Ravelry.