Thursday, April 20, 2017

Teriyaki Porkloin

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

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

Girl From the Grocery Store Shawl

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

Honey Bourbon Chicken in the Instant Pot

Honey Bourbon Chicken in the Instant Pot

This only took about 25 minutes to make start to finish.  As the chicken was cooking in the Instant Pot, I had the rice cooking and the veggies ready to boil.  Wicked awesome good 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Smooth Operator Socks

First time doing an afterthought heel. The pattern was really easy to understand. I'd try this again going a size smaller and using a yarn with shorter stripes to really show off the heel construction. 

#socktawk my Grocery Girl Peeps

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Patriotic Knit-along Project

Socks made as part of the Conservative Knitters Patriotic Knit-along event.  Just say no to the pussies :) 

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

Patriotic Conservative Knit Along Project

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

Photography class assignment #2

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.  :). 

We had to intentionally blur the foreground and have the background clear.  Next week's assignment is to shoot something moving fast. One shot needs to be clear and the other needs to show whatever is moving as a blur.  No auto settings can be used.  Wish me luck :) 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Photography Class Homework

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 idea what's going on..thank God it's not for credit and is just a continuing education class.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photography Class Homework

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

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


Another day, another march, another "pout out".  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mathews Street Vest

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).

Blocking before armbands and button bands.

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 :).