Sunday, July 29, 2007
Yesterday Judi and I met up at the Armchiar Book store and I bought a copy of The Knitting Circle (since the one we have been reading is borrowed). I had the author, Ann Hood, sign my copy. She was very nice. I think I overheard her tell Judi that she is working on another book and it has knitting in it :) Judi used her cell phone to get a picture of me with Ann Hood. I don't know how well it came out but I will post it when Judi sends it to me. I'm sorry you other Loopy Ewes weren't around to join us!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Thank you for such a wonderful Wednesday night knitting group Judi! You really went over the top and EVERYTHING was wonderful . Also, great to meet Lynn finally! What great hostesses... it was knitting cult meets knitting party! If anyone who won't be there next week is interested in an item from the Pampered Chef catalog...just let me know and I can order it. Otherwise, I will bring the catalog and order form next Wednesday! Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I am looking forward to all of you coming here on Wed. I am adding directions below. Don't eat dinner, I am cooking up a storm. I love to cook for a group. I was really bummed to miss last week. Lynn is slowly on the mend, (she hurt her back lifting my bike onto the car rack) but on Friday I had to take the day off and rescue her, she couldn't drive home from a doctor's appointment. We left her car in Hyannis, and had to have her son help me retrieve it. She still can't drive. But she is looking forward to meeting all of you.
Edited to let you know that I sent Judi's address to you all in an email. Gotta be safe!!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
FRESH ORANGE CAKE
1/3 c. butter
1/3 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. grated orange rind
2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. orange juice, fresh
Cream butter, sugar, shortening and orange rind. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice.
Pour batter into 3 greased and lined 9 inch round cake pans. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes. Fill layers with orange filling. Note: Use only fresh orange juice.
2/3 c. sugar
3 tbsp. flour
1 c. orange juice
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 tbsp. butter
Mix sugar and flour in saucepan, add orange juice and egg yolks. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute. Add butter, stir well. Cool before using. Fill layers of cake with filling.
ORANGE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING:
8 tablespoons butter
4 cup confectioners sugar
4 tablespoon milk or water
4 tablespoon orange juice and a little grated rind
Cream butter and sugar well, add the flavoring and liquid until mixture is smooth.
(Ingrid gave me this recipe after one of our first loopy ewe meetings)
Layer a baking dish with :
8 oz of cream cheese
jar of salsa
package of shredded Mexican cheese
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
Monday, July 16, 2007
This little dog is already furry, so he doesn't mind wearing a scarf and booties in July. I finished this webkinz couture this past weekend, and here we have our model Tutu, who really prefers style over not sweating! LOL! The booties are made from the Bitty Baby Bootie pattern, courtesy of Dawn K. The scarf is something I made up as I went along. Next time, I think I'll make the booties the same color as the flower for more contrast, but Tutu's owner is all about pink, so it's all good for now. Kathleen
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 Tblsp brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 bag mini chocolate chips
Box of graham cracker sticks
Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Add brown and powdered sugars and beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape into a ball, cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Roll in pecans and serve with graham cracker sticks.
Coconut-Pecan Cereal Bars (from Everyday Food magazine, July/August 2007)
1 package (7 oz) sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
nonstick cooking spray
1 package (10 oz) marshmallows
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups cornflakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on one side of a large rimmed baking sheet, and pecans on the other side, keeping them separate. Toast until fragrant, 15 to 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Meanwhile, coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; line with a strip of waxed paper (leaving an overhang on two sides). Spray paper.
In a large nonstick pot over medium-low, heat marshmallows and butter until melted, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in cornflakes, coconut, and pecans. Transfer to a prepared pan; press in firmly with a metal spatula (coated with cooking spray to prevent sticking). Cool until firm, about 2 hours. Remove from pan; peel off paper. Using a serrated knife, cut into squares. Makes 16
I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Dawn, Judi and Dawnelle all are game so far for meeting on Tuesday instead of Thursday. (Thanks ladies!) I'll see you all then!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
The leaf on the left is from Apple Hat 1 and it's smaller than the leaf that I knit following the actual instructions for Apple Hat 2. The instructions for the leaf part of the hat, read as follows:
Leaves (make two of these)
With green cast on 3 sts and work two rows in garter st
Continue in garter st increase at each end of next and following alt row (7sts)
Work 5 rows straight decrease 1 st at each end of next and following alt rows (3 sts)
Next Row: sl1, k2tog, psso and fasten off
Sew leaves to hat at stem base
So what I ended up doing the first time around is I increased 1 stitch at the end of each row instead of at both ends of each row until I had 7 stitches. Then I decreased 1 stitch and the end of each row instead of at both ends until I had 3 stitches. The result is a smaller leaf. I made the stem shorter too on the first hat, which just goes to show me that I cannot rely on my brain in the wee hours of the morning.
Here are the two hats side by side. ( Apple Hat 1 on the bottom, Apple Hat 2 on the top) Looking on here, it's a little difficult to appreciate the difference, but it's there and the difference is much easier to see in person. I'm sending the hat with the little leaves off tomorrow, so this is the best comparison I can give you.
I guess you have the directions for smaller leaves if you want them! :-)
In other news, my girl made a picture for the group and I promised to post it, so here it is:
Isn't it cute? :-)
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band. (Look Ingrid I can still sing even on the blog...at least I picked an Elton John song for you :) )
I finished my blue jean purse yesterday. It was easier than I thought. The hardest part was weaving all those threads. Every time I switched colors I had a strand of yarn hanging. I might like to make another one of these sometime.
Click on the link above and then on custom kits and small projects if you would like to look at the company that sells this kit.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Knitting group will be held at Ingrid's house at the regular time.
Perhaps we will get another chance to sail this summer, but for today we will meet on land!!!
See everyone this evening...minus Judi (so sad). We'll be thinking of you!!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
check this out!
notice that this itty-bitty sock is hanging off of my cordless phone (to give you an idea of just how small it is :)
Ok, it's not a 'real' sock, but heck - I did it! I made a sock and I am proud.... p.s. if you notice any knitting imperfections, please just look the other way LOL!
Sunday, July 1, 2007