Sunday, April 23, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I've jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon. I love this contraption. Tonight I made Teriyaki Porkloin from Laurel Randolph's book (pictured below) and it turned out great. I made the marinade early in the morning, spent the day out with knitting/quilting friends and then finished cooking it for dinner in the Instant Pot. Twenty five minutes later dinner was done. Also made the rice in the Instant Pot using the rice cooker mode. I've seen the last of burned or boiling over rice in this kitchen.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Once In A While
This was a quickie quilt top I whipped up in less than a week. The pattern is called "Once In A While" and the pattern is in the March/April 2017 "Quilting Quickly" Fons and Porter Magazine. There were several nice patterns in the magazine. I wouldn't have bought the magazine just for this pattern. All it is is rectangles and half square triangles. I opted to not use the red and blue half square triangles and made it strictly scrappy. I have the need for speed and extra thinking while sitting behind a sewing machine does not appeal to me.
Here is the quilt that was in the magazine. Below is my version which friends say reminds them of hot air balloons, the circus, Skittles and Jolly Ranchers.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I joined a KAL rather late into the game but I managed to crank out the project in less than 5 days including time to block and dry it. The pattern is called Girls From the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli. The yarn was dyed by my friend Holly. Her business, Fish Belly Fiber Works, is on Etsy. Her yarn is amazing. The photos don't do it justice. These colors are cancan and oatmeal. I prefer taking the pictures outside with more natural lighting but it's so windy out right now. My friend Shannon got me 4 skeins of this lusciousness for Christmas :). The little progress markers were made by my friend Faith. She is "Distracted Knitter" on Etsy and Instagram.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
There was no way we were going to miss the game with Row 4 tickets. Mother Nature was a pain in the ass so we took the train into Boston. Then the train broke down.....but we made it to the Garden with 20 minutes to spare for puck drop. Probably the last time I'll see my boys play in person this season. #BostonBruins
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Socks made as part of the Conservative Knitters Patriotic Knit-along event. Just say no to the pussies :)
The pattern is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-nice-ribbed-sock
The yarn is a combination of Berroco Sock (the blue) and Mint Rain Hand Dyed from Etsy (red and white self striping).
Friday, March 24, 2017
My conservative knitting group is doing a patriotic knitalong. We can knit anything we want as long as it's red, white and blue. Doing our bit to make knitting great again :) MKGA :).
The pattern for the hat is Sheep Love by Tree of Life Designs. Free on Ravelry.
I'm also working on a pair of red, white and blue socks. Pictures soon.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Well I finally figured it out...a day late but I got it eventually. I really do feel like a monkey with this camera sometimes. Did I mention the owner's manual is written in Spanish and the operating DVD is in Chinese? You can't make this up. :).
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Photograph homework class #2. Intentionally blur the background...something about depth of field. I couldn't do the second assignment....something else about depth of field...no idea what's going on..thank God it's not for credit and is just a continuing education class.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Before my trip to Ireland, I thought I'd learn how to actually use my camera which has way too many buttons on it. Between the class and the Canon Rebel For Dummies book, I think I may figure this out before September. Worst case scenario, I take all my pictures with the iphone :)
First assignment was to take a picture with the camera in manual mode and figure out the ISO, aperture and shutter speed on your own.
Happy St. Paddy's Day followers :).
I just made the best corned beef, cabbage and vegetables I've ever made. I'm not even a really big fan of corned beef or cabbage. I bought an Instant Pot. I had the entire meal done in an hour. It took 45 minutes to cook 2.5 lbs. of meat and then ten minutes to cook the vegetables. I love this contraption and I'm still learning how to use it.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
This pattern was in the recent knitting magazine. It took me 3 weeks to knit. It was knit from the bottom up on circulars and and the front and back are knit at the same time up to the armpits and then fronts and backs are knit separately. The yarn is Rowan DK wool. The mother of pearl buttons I had picked up years ago at either an antique store or quilt show for $3.00. Working now on to UFOs and will post soon. One is a cotton sweater and the other is a repeat of the Soft Shoulder Warmer pattern I made twice already (but it's a fun one).
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Haters be hating but we're still smiling over the Patriots' incredible come back in the Super Bowl. Just got my shipment of Lorna's Laces "Foxborough" yarn. The sock yarn fingering version of the yarn is called "Roger That". May have to get some of that too. Splitting this with my friend Cheryl...not sure what I'll make with it....something to wear while watching next year's Super Bowl I'm sure :).