Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hello Loopy Ewes! It's getting closer to our big holiday potluck/swap celebration! I thought I'd take this opportunity to get the ball rolling, and this party started by having people think about what they'd like to bring to the festivities. Simply post a comment with what you'd like to bring, and I'll start a list in this post for all to see. The early bird catches the worm, so to speak, so if you're itching to bring something in particular, post away!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Hello Loopy Ewes!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
In this crazy holiday season, it was so nice to take a time out and sit and knit with the Loopy Ewes! Thank you for hosting at your very beautifully decorated Christmas-y home, Dawn! You are really on a roll with those Christmas gifts...most of which I won't talk about! But Brittany is a lucky, lucky daughter! Wendy... you had some very cool show-and-tell knits!!! You definitely need a photo of the newest hat to put on this blog! Judi...I am so proud of how you keep trucking on the sock! AND...I can't wait to see your baby Llama hat!
So...the news you have all been waiting for! We have worked out a Holiday exchange that I hope is acceptable to those who were not there last night! We will schedule a potluck for January 7th and everyone can post what they would like to bring! We thought a nice way to exchange gifts would be a Yankee Swap! The rules of the swap would be a price limit of $15.00 and the item has to be HAND CRAFTED! Hand Crafted means it must be made by you or purchased by you, but hand made by someone else!!! So, Happy Holidays Loopy Ewes!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Hello Loopy Ewes! Hope you are all keeping warm! The mini snowfall we had earlier this week took me completely by surprise. My girl was in need of some warm mittens STAT, so I decided to take matters into my own knitterly hands. I found this pattern on Ravelry and got to work on Wednesday night, while you all were having fun at Dawn's. :-( ( I had to do something to keep me busy while I was missing all of the fun!) These mittens were a relatively quick knit, and I'm pretty happy with the result. The girl is really pleased with them, and I'm thrilled that she will now have toasty hands!
Hope you all had fun on Wednesday! How was your evening together?
Happy Thanksgiving, Loopy Ewes!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Judy, it was cool to see you thrift-shopping like me on Friday afternoon! I had to tackle you to guard the yarn I was lusting after! LOL. Oh, that reminds me, I saw an antique yarn winder at the thrift shop in Orleans, if anyone is interested. Too pricey for me. Call me if you are interested.
See you Wed. Judi
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We may have been small in number, but DL, Judi and I had a great time together. The snacks were certainly tasty - the yummy cheese ball that Judi made, the cream cheese goodness that DL brought and some chips, veggies and dip to round out the snacking. Judi, we were very proud of your sock fever tonight! You're almost there with that second sock! Keep going, girlfriend! DL, the socks you made are gorgeous! I want a pair! Your pups were a lot of fun to have around, and they were very well-behaved. What good boys! Hopefully, I'll finish my poncho sooner rather than later. I haven't done this much stockinette in awhile!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I wrote a THANK YOU to Ingrid on my blog today if you want to see it.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Hello Loopy Ewes, I just wanted to thank you all for participating in the Flippin' Cup Cozy Swap! Everyone put together such thoughtful and happy surprises for their partner. The cozies all turned out beautifully, and I liked how everyone ended up choosing a different pattern to knit.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Hello Loopy Ewes! Just a little reminder that the cozy swap is tomorrow, November 5th at Dawn L's. As a little review, here are the parameters again that I posted last month:
- 1 knitted coffee cup cozy
- 1 coffee cup
- coffee or tea or a gift card (if you know your recipient likes Starbucks and have no clue because you never go there, go for the gift card) I'm thinking this part of the swap should be between $5 and $10.
- anything else you'd like to include to make your recipient smile (treats, etc.)
- if anyone has other ideas about what they've included in their end of the swap, feel free to post an anonymous comment about it for those last minute LEs.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Hi Loopy Ewes! I thought in the spirit of Halloween, I would post a photo of some spooky creatures that I finished over the weekend. My favorite girl has named them, "The Boo Bunch". Here we have Blue Boo 1 and Blue Boo 2, knitted up from an awesome pattern by Mochimochi Land, and Fred the Ghost, who looks a little wonky as a result of being heavily improvised, but hopefully his goofy looks will make him loveable. One bat and Fred are flying down to NJ to wish a little witch and Obi Wan Kenobi a Happy Halloween, so here they are to wish you the same before they go.
Happy Halloween, Loopy Ewes!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
With all of this clamouring for a recap, I thought I'd post a quickie. (You pipe down there, DK!) ;-) Thanks for last minute hosting last week, Ingrid! We all had a lot of fun at your house. There was a lot of fun snacky food . . . yummy pumpkin spiced dip with pretzels, cheesy popcorn, onion dip and the fabulous pear-ginger cheesecake, courtesy of DL. (So good!) Dawnelle and Bunny Judy made us jealous with the details of their yarn dyeing exploits. Such gorgeous results! We are all so sad that you didn't hand us each a skein as a parting gift. :-( Kidding! (Although maybe I should have kept quiet about that skein that fell into my bag by accident. LOL!) Ingrid, your green bat is so stinkin' cute! I just love how he turned out. DK, you are a market bag machine. Is this the last one? Judy, your sweater is really coming along and looks gorgeous! Dawnelle, I love how those socks are knitting up out of that bright happy yarn. They are going to be awesome! Wendy, I didn't see what you were working on, but I hope it's going well. Who says you can't cast on clogs at knitting night? Everyone?!? Well, you were right guys. I haven't touched those puppies again since. Ei-yi-yi! Judi, we missed you and hope that your sleep study wasn't too awful.
Hey, Flippin' Cozy Party People! Just a little reminder. . . T-minus 2 weeks until the swap on November 5th! Any questions, concerns, or friendly messages? Feel free to email me.
I hope you guys have fun tonight at knitting night! Eat some yummy snacks and laugh a lot for me! K :-)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In case I don't get all of you, I am unable to host tomorrow night, and Ingrid has offered to be hostess. I am having a sleep study all night, to see if I have apnea. Good times! See you all next Wed. I see that Kathleen offered next week so I can do the next Wed. Whatever is good. I am working like a slave on my "flippin' coffee cozy", what a hoot. See you! JN
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I'm heading out of town after knitting and it would just be easier for me if I could leave right from my house.
Let me know if anyone has a problem with the change.
Thank ewes :)
Here are the parameters that I would like to suggest (as always, they are open for discussion):
First, I think those who would like to participate should put their names and their beverage preference (coffee, tea, cocoa) on a small piece of paper to be put in a bag for a random drawing. Those who are feeling particularly finicky may put on their paper something like "Zelda, Dunkin' Donuts coffee". We'll draw names and start the swap! I'm proposing a start date of October 5 with an end date of November 5. Here's what the swap should include:
- 1 knitted coffee cup cozy (DK listed a bunch of patterns awhile back. You can find them here.)
- 1 coffee cup
- coffee or tea or a gift card (if you know your recipient likes Starbucks and have no clue because you never go there, go for the gift card) I'm thinking this part of the swap should be between $5 and $10.
- anything else you'd like to include to make your recipient smile (suggestions for this later)
- if anyone has other ideas about what to include in the swap, feel free to post a comment or bring it up this week
OK, Loopy Ewes. Are you in . . . or aut?
Let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment. If I get a lot of feedback, maybe we'll just pick names on Wednesday. If you can't come Wednesday and would prefer to pick your own name, we can try to work that out. This is all open for discussion, so if you don't like a particular aspect that I mentioned, but want to participate, don't worry. We can talk about it!
Here's to a fun swap! :-)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I will offer my house again for next week.
See you all then
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Just to let those ewes who couldn't make it last night know, this is an illustration of a sheep in deviled eggs clothing! Judy brought the most scrumptious deviled eggs from her own little chickens and I am still raving!! Now for the knitting!
I am so proud of Judi, whipping out winter hats like there is no tomorrow! You will have a family of hats to give at Christmas before you know it! Have fun at the Outer Banks Judi! We will miss you next week! And, you keep trucking on that sweater Judy, I expect you will be wearing it by the time we have our first frost! Thanks for offering to help on my sweater....I feel to nervous to push on!
Hope all of you moms took care of your wee ones and will be back next week! Any thoughts on where we will meet?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Polenta Bites with Blue Cheese, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts (from Epicurious.com)
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces soft blue cheese (such as Saga blue), cut into 24 cubes
3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
12 grape tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
Lightly butter 24 mini muffin cups (each about 1 3/4 inches in diameter with 1/2-inch-high sides).
Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook until mixture is very thick, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan. Season with salt.*
Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons hot polenta into each muffin cup. Using back of spoon, pack polenta firmly into cups. Using finger, make indentation in center of each polenta tart for filling. Chill until cold and set, about 3 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep chilled.) **
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Using tip of knife, lift polenta tarts from pan. Transfer tarts, indented side up, to prepared baking sheet. Place 1 blue cheese cube in each indentation. Sprinkle green onion and pine nuts over cheese. Top each tart with 2 tomato quarters. Bake until cheese is melted and polenta is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Transfer tarts to platter; sprinkle with basil and serve.
* When I made the polenta for this, I sautéed 2 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes in 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Then I added 2 cups of chicken broth and ½ cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of milk and then followed the recipe’s instructions.
** Some of the reviews of this recipe suggested putting the polenta cups in the freezer for 30 minutes to make getting them out of the pan easier. I did this and it worked well.
Hi Dawn, please don't take offense but Tim was only milliseconds away from seeing what he didn't need to be seeing. How about sending it in an email.
Sorry to jump in but I'm saving my son from therapy!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm glad everyone was able to come on over! I had a fun night! Diane it was so nice to have you join us, even if you are a TK~! I hope your dishcloth is coming along easier for you!
Wendy, I'm glad that you were able to stay a bit later. Yup, that's how we get when the night wears on! I hope you made some progress on your socks.
Kathleen, you, Judi and I were the froggers last night! Doesn't that expression remind you of the video game of the 80's? I meant to tell you that I have been using the market bag you made me at the grocery store the last few weeks. I keep it with my green bags to take in with me. Did you end up casting on again? Good luck with the modifications.
Dawn L that hat is "gorgeous darling!". I'll bet you that you get requests for more once your work of art is out there!
Judi, I'm with you. I'm starting all over again tonight. That's just not right that your yarn broke! Oh, I found your container with the dip in it in my fridge. I'll wash it out and return it to you the next time I see you.
Ingrid we missed you and hope your mother is doing well.
Well, my dear loopy husband woke me up at 3:30 this morning tugging on the covers. Finally at 4:30 when I couldn't get to sleep I just got up to start my day. I'm a dragging ewe today! I wanted to cast on the dishcloth again tonight. I don't know how long I'll be able to stay awake.
Next week is at Dawn L's.
1 1/2 Cups sugar
2 Tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup coarsely chopped peeled apples
1 cut coarsely chopped walnuts
Unsweetened whipped cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10 inch round or 9 inch square baking pan.
Beat the eggs well with a whisk. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until light and creamy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir into the egg mixture. Fold in the apples and nuts.
Spread the batter into the baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top looks brown and crusty. Serve the pudding warm, with unsweetened whipped cream.
Makes 8-10 servings (you think?)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
See you Wednesday!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I don't know about you but I just love
Thanks again Ingrid for hosting. You are the hostess with the mostest!!! You also had the most projects out tonight. I think you were the winner!!!! (Not that we are being competitive!!) I hope when you are camping you'll get all caught up on projects like you did last year! I'm jealous you'll have all the time off. In case I didn't mention it, I have to go back to work LOL!!!
Dawn, as always, I was happy to help. I find unknitting quite relaxing *smile*. I hope when we meet again to see a nice amount of that sweater done! It is going to be beautiful. Those mittens you shared were lovely. I think it would be an easy pattern to create.
Wendy, I was glad to see you this week. Your socks are cute! I love the little monster guy!! I look forward to seeing it with a face next time. I'm sure the purse will be done as well! I hope you didn't find offense in some of our conversation tonight. We sometimes are pretty open and talk about most anything! I apologize if it was a bit too much.
Judi, Judi, Judi....loving your bag. Wendy's idea to felt the swatch was a great one. I am sure it will be perfect. I'm really interested in seeing how it turns out. You are right. You are a fast crocheter!!
Kathleen, I hope the night was a nice one for your Mom. Tell her we said Happy Birthday!!! We missed you.
I'm not sure which project I'll start next. Who knows I might actually finish that red sock!!!
Next week is at Judi's. I'll be spending it with my honey celebrating his big day!
See you in two weeks!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ingrid thanks for offering your home. Your living room looks just lovely. I love the shade of paint you used. Hmmmm, maybe that's the color I want for my kitchen! The painting is just so lovely. I wish it were as easy for me to decorate.
Speaking of lovely, the yarn you are using for the wrist yarn holder is a gorgeous shade of blue!!! I expect to be seeing you use it next week :) :) Thanks for the salad. It was delicious!!!
Kathleen, the fetching is very pretty with your redo. It looks like you will be done in time for the big give away!! The details really show up nicely with the newer yarn. Tell the youngin' it was nice seeing her tonight :) Those pita chips were so tasty! I liked the browned ones the best!
Dawn L, the colors for that sweater are just so gorgeous. I really love the green and purple. Oh, it's going to be beautiful!!! Your cake disappeared quickly!
I think I'm putting the scarf on hold and starting something new this week. I need a break from it. :)
It was a nice mellow evening tonight. :) :) :)
Judi I hope you are enjoying that grand baby of yours! We missed you.
Wendy we missed you too. I hope you and hubby were able to enjoy spending his birthday together. (I'll be doing that on the 27th too....only with my hubby not yours LOL!)
For those who couldn't make it we talked about the coffee cup cozy swap tonight and are hoping to put the plan into action when we can all get together in September.
Ingrid volunteered her home next week. Thanks Ingrid. See you then.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I have to take Tim to my mother's on Wednesday because Rich has a doctor's appointment so I thought I would stop at my favorite pizza place and pick up pizza for snack/dinner.
I've made a poll. Look over to the right------------------->
and cast your vote!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
No pictures yet of Henry!! I can't even get a phone call, they take this parenting stuff pretty seriously. I di talk to my son tonight, and they are doing well. I have frogged the baby blanket for the 4th time, I might just buy one on the way to Minnesota!
See you tomorrow evening. Judi
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
What a feast! I am always so full when knitting is over. Dawn the fruit was so yummy! Thanks for the brownies Wendy. I could have eaten several more. If I did that sweater certainly wouldn't fit me when I'm done! Judi the cheese and crackers were great. Oh, how I love nuts. You brought the good kind. I think next time I'll make a double batch of the dip :)
Dawn I just love the color of your dishcloth. It's funny watching you knit on straight needles :) I want to see the soap when you get it! How pretty that will be!
Wendy you are quite the sport knitting one of the email patterns. I hope you enjoy making it. When you are ready to kitchner let me know. I have some nice step by step directions. I have to chant them to myself in a QUIET house to do it properly LOL! Thanks again for the veggies. I'm so excited to eat them!
Judi, I've never seen you run out of yarn! That is a lovely blanket you are making. Is it for Henry? Congratulations to you by the way on your new grandson. We want to see pictures!
Kathleen we all hop the birthday girl had a wonderful day. We missed you but I suppose if you want to let your child come first we will let it slip...THIS TIME!
Ingrid, I hope you had a good dinner with your friends. We will missed you too!
I hope to keep plucking away at this sweater. I'm so NERVOUS about the size. If it doesn't fit I won't be eating snacks on Wednesday nights any more. Or, maybe I'll just eat the cucumbers.
Next week will be meeting at Judi's. See you all there!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Dawn thanks for hosting. It was quite lovely. I really LOVE that coat you shared. I can't wait to see it finished!!! It's gorgeous. What a terrific thing to be passed down to you.
Diane, what can I say except I am impressed with your talents. I hope to see a new hat on your head soon. Remember, the rabbit goes in the hole, around the tree, out of the hole and jumps away!!!
Wendy, I'm so glad you are joining us. I hope you get some time to work on your bag. Any time you want to come over and get a lesson on uploading your pictures just give me a call. I'd be happy to help.
Kathleen, do you still love me???? The worst part is over now. I'll be stalking Ravelry for the picture of the finished project.
Judy, it was really nice meeting you. I certainly hope we see you again!!! I posted the picture of the bunny in honor of you :)
That little bunny blanket is coming along quickly. Who knows I might even cast on that sweater for myself by next week :)
Ingrid and Judi we missed you tonight. I hope you both are enjoying your company.
Pam if you are reading this we REALLY REALLY REALLY miss you too! And we all hope you'll come back to us!!!
Where will we be meeting next week. I am available if you'd like to come here. Let me know.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Prep: 10 minutesTotal: 50 minutes
1 cup basmati rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large diced onion
1 large carrot, shredded
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
1 3/4 cups water
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and carrot; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Add garlic cloves and ginger; cook 2 minutes.
Add basmati rice, stirring to coat. Add water and coarse salt; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cover, and cook until rice is tender, 17 to 20 minutes (add a little more water if pan becomes dry).
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Let me begin by saying welcome to Wendy! I hope you had a good time tonight and that you'd like to come back. I know I enjoyed your company.
Dinner tonight was fun. I'm glad we did it! The food was good. I am looking forward to the left over steak tomorrow for lunch :) Every thing ewe ladies brought was good. I'm glad I nabbed a piece of that cake for tomorrow!
Kathleen, I almost (notice I said almost) feel obligated to weave some ends in for you! It does look pretty good though!!! I'm sure Miss L will love it! The cake you made was so good. I had two of the brie goodies when you left. Oh, so good!
Ingrid, pretty pretty socks. I am very glad you came tonight! I'm just sorry you couldn't stay. Thanks for the fun shopping spree this morning. I'm actually looking forward to starting that sweater.
Dawn L the colors in your project are just gorgeous! Be sure to show us when it is done. Would you share that rice recipe. I really liked it! I'm glad you enjoyed your recipe book!
Wendy, I like your market bag. I can't believe it will hold a WATERMELON! I am looking forward to seeing that done...and making one of my own. You will find that we are all enablers when it comes to projects on the "to do" list :)
I am glad to get Mackenzie's sweater front back to where it was before I had to rip it out. I am excited to start my new scarf and sweater. Oh, my list is going longer by the minute!
Next week we'll be at Dawn L's. Hope to see you all there.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I hope you are having a wonderful day. We all want to wish you the best!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008