Monday, June 11, 2012

 This is what I am trying to do most this lovely day but I have a lot of house work to get done today too!
Here are a couple of pictures of a felted cat bed I made. Very popular with all the cats and Eddie too.

This picture has a little catnip in it-also very popular here!

This is a bad picture of a silk scarf I knit for my mom for mother's day. Hand dyed by me and bound off with beads to give it a lovely drape. It was well received!

And I finished my landscape after about 6 month's work! And what fun it was too...

after a bout of bronchitis and for Joe pneumonia, we are getting back to house work and maintenance. I need to do a ton of dishes and vacuum, get the garbage out and feed the birds and water plants! Oh and laundry-tons of laundry...  Nice day for it though!
Nice to have windows open again. The cats sure prefer to get out on the porch swing or lay in windows and who could blame them.
I'm thinking I might want to knit this:

 And this baby blanket: Baby's Breath, an old Minerva pattern that I saw knit up by a friend and just loved!

Well I'm off to play my words with Friends and then to house work!
Talk to you soon,

Monday, March 12, 2012



Here is a hint of what I am working on...

See you soon,

Sunday, February 19, 2012

At Long Last!

 Let's see now...I haven't written in ages so I will begin with a possible class at Craft Center: 
The Honey Cowl. Very pretty, easy and a way to use  a small amount of luxury yarn, Let me know if you want to knit this with me-just five students makes a class.


I just bought this pattern on Etsy

Can't wait to knit her!

I have been reading some old cosy murder mysteries by Patricia Wentworth featuring Miss Silver. One of the nice things about Miss Silver is that she knits! I am in the middle of Miss Silver Deals with Death.

Miss Silver investigates a case of blackmail in an apartment house
Vandeleur House was great once. The home of a prominent court painter, its ballroom and parlors hosted the brightest of the Victorian era. Now divided into eight flats, it is an apartment building whose glorious fa├žade conceals a nest of diabolical intrigue.
There is Maude, a young woman who was crossing the Atlantic when her steamer was struck by a Nazi torpedo. She survived; her husband did not. Then there’s Ivy, a sleepwalking maid with a curious past. And last there is Mrs. Underwood, a snobbish woman dreadfully embarrassed that she is being blackmailed by another resident. And all that drama in just one flat. There are many secrets in Vandeleur house, and it will take the full force of gentlewoman detective Maud Silver’s intuition to unravel them.

Oh and on another completely different subject: 
I want a baby! Westie that is! Don't you just love his little feet!

The string Alongs meet tomorrow night at Sandy's house and I thought I might make these:

Talk to you later,
Miss Silver lives by a simple code,"Love God, honour the Queen, keep the law, be kind, be good, think of others before you think of yourself, serve Justice, speak the truth."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Joy in the Morning

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself. ~Tecumseh

I think this relates to attitude. The way you look at what happens effects how you feel. To a certain extent: Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life! I know this doesn't always work for the truly depressed but it can certainly help-along with simple things like taking your dog for a walk! Fresh air and sunshine can make a huge difference. Making sure that you do the good things for your body every day can help with chronic pain. Ask me about Chronic colors everything you do and can make life VERY hard. But I thank God I am alive. Even if I have pain I still see the beauty of this life-my animals, my work & family-all make life a joy.

We have no money and it only gets worse...but I have most everything I need anyway. Don't need to buy anything and people prefer gifts that are hand made or from the heart anyhow.

But there are ways to live the good life...not by having a lot of stuff but,

All of this requires discipline. And practice. But I always tell my knitting students that if you practice something fifteen minutes a day, in two weeks you will have learned it!


Ring the bells that still can ring.
    Forget your perfect offering.
      There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets it.
-   Leonard Cohen

Love to you-

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


  • Pumpkin seeds must be completely dried out in the oven before combining with spices
  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. ground ginger
  • Pinch cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. peanut oil


Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut pumpkin open from the bottom, removing seeds with a long-handled spoon. Separate flesh from seeds, and reserve the flesh for another use. Pumpkin should yield 1-Cup seeds. Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Let cool.
In a medium bowl combine 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cook until sugar melts and the pumpkin seeds begin to caramelize, about 45 to 60 seconds.
Transfer to bowl with spices, and stir well to coat. Let cool. These may be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie 

 Apple Filling
    4 to 6 lemons
    5 to 6 medium to large apples*
    *Cook's Note: A mixture of Crispin, Granny Smith, and Cortland is nice if you can.

    Apple Filling Seasoning
    1/3 cup raw sugar (castor, unrefined, large granule sugar)
    2 tablespoons flour
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters
    1 egg beaten
    Raw sugar, for sprinkling on top
    1 teaspoon sea salt (flake)
    Special equipment: Mandolin for slicing, and a pastry brush
To make the pie crust:
Prepare one 2-crust batch of your favorite all butter pie crust. Roll the bottom crust to fit a 9-inch pan, and cut the top crust as a lattice, approximately 1-inch in width or as desired. Chill the rolled crust while you prepare the salted caramel and apple filling.
To make the apple filling:
Juice the lemons into a large mixing bowl. Core, peel, and thinly slice the whole apples. Cook's Note: A mandolin works great for producing very thin slices.

Dredge all the apple slices in the freshly squeezed lemon juice to prevent browning and to add flavor. Set the prepared apples aside.

To make the apple filling seasoning:
In a large measuring cup or small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and Angostura bitters. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples in the mixing bowl. Use your hands to gently mix and coat the apple slices.

To assemble the pie:
Preheat the oven to 375 to 400 degrees F (depending on the hotness of your oven).

Gather your rolled pie crust, salted caramel, and apple mixture. Begin by layering 1/3 of the apples in the bottom of the crust so that there are minimal gaps. Pour 1/3 of the caramel over the apples. Add 1/3 of the apples and caramel for a second layer, and then add a third layer of apples, and then the caramel again. Cook's Note: Save a small portion of the caramel to pour on top once the lattice is assembled.

Assemble the lattice crust and flute the edges of the crust. Pour the last bit of caramel on top. Brush the crust with the beaten egg and lightly sprinkle with raw sugar and sea salt.

Bake the pie on a baking sheet larger than the pie pan for 20 minutes (otherwise the caramel will bubble over and burn on the bottom of your oven). Reduce the oven temperature to 325 to 350 and bake for 25 to 35 minutes. You can test the apples for doneness with a long toothpick or small knife. The apples should be just soft.

Let the pie cool, then slice and enjoy.

 Yes it is Autumn and I love this weather and the foods that go with it (in my mind, at least).

Talk to you soon-I'm listing some knitting and embroidery on ETSY!


Sunday, October 02, 2011

What Are You Knitting? Part Deux

Just cast on these socks:

Aren't they fantastic?

Still plugging away on the entrelac scarf.

Also worked on the Garden View Shawlette yesterday while riding around in the car with Joe running errands!

Have to have something to get me through the boring sport Sunday...

Oh and I started reading a really wonderful book. The Wildwood by Colin Meloy illustrated by Carson Ellis. 

Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.
So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.

Well off to do a little knitting!  

Talk to you later,

Friday, September 30, 2011

What Are You Knitting?

I just cast this one in an olive-y green.
 Just go the yarn for this from Susan's Fiber Shop, My son Patrick Lagodney works there-8)).

And some embroidery:
Flowers from Buttonhole Stitch 

Well, off to make some soup-Potato I think...
Talk to you soon,