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Epic failure in Alaska-RIPPIT In Progress May 31, 2010

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Sadly, I think I’m going to have to RIPPT. Yep, you heard right. The X’s aren’t happening for me. The cross-over yarns are pulling a little too much for my liking and here’s where it finally told all:

Alaska front and back before rippit

Alaska back slose-up of pulled stitches

close-up of puckers

As I’m using Red Heart Super Saver, I don’t believe blocking will be the solution, but only a temporary fix.  Better to rippit back now; I’d rather be proud of this accomplishment than hate it later.

Today is a good day for taking this project on- I want to get back to the start of this pattern and have it fixed so I can move on.  I got a 3-mile walk in this morning, while T-storms lurked in the distance; rumblings told of imminent rain which has yet to happen.  The neighborhood is growing quiet as some of the Summer People return to their daily routines for another week.

Another short week as we head in to Summer, this Memorial Day weekend was the best we’ve had in a while, and life goes on.

X Marks the Spot May 29, 2010

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The Alaska Jacket is coming along; I’m at the first pattern row and haven’t made a single miscount yet.

Go ahead, click the image to see a close-up and the picture, too!

Alaska Jacket in progress

Alaska Jacket in progress

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and we just finished scrubbing down the upper deck to get it ready for staining. I can’t wait-once it’s stained, I’ll have my patio furniture to move back upstairs, and my Reflections Tree Fort will be complete :D

Later that day:

Finally, the day has come to an end, and I’m back inside. We had a perfectly beautiful day.

Went for a walk with the neighbor this morning at 9, a little later than usual. It was warm but nice, and we spotted a fox while out walking-it crossed the road in front of us, and when I called out to it, it stopped and watched us walk by-I spoke to it until it turned and cantered off into the woods.

The Summer People have invaded us!!! It was crazy busy in town-we had to go for beer-DH let it run out and didn’t check his supplies before we went out, so we had to turn around and go back out~

DH made me a bucket of soapy water and I scrubbed off the upstairs deck, (my Tree Fort) and then hosed it off in preparation for tomorrow when we will stain the deck. He got the front yard mowed and I planted some Roma tomatoes in a couple remaining pots.

DH grilled out tonight-we had Italian sausages and roasted red peppers, which I peeled and sliced, then put into a container and covered with olive oil, a dash of red pepper flakes, and some dried basil for seasoning. I will use some of the roasted red peppers for my hummus recipes over the summer. YUM!

We decided not to camp out tonight-it’s going to be a hot one tomorrow, and we didn’t want to wake up cranky and sweaty, when we have so much to do tomorrow. SOooooo, we’ve put it off for another day.

I got the X pattern completed today-Will post a picture when I can get a daytime shot. The only problem I think I ran into with the pattern is, when switching the colors, there are yarns that span the spaces between colors. I have found that when I pulled those cross-over yarns, I created a little too much tension, and some of the X’s are a bit tight. I think I may be able to pull out the slight puckering in some, when I block the finished jacket. I have another row to do further up in the shoulders and on each sleeve, so I hope to perfect the tensioning while changing colors, so as to avoid the slight pucker.

Time to check out for the night-tomorrow is a new day!

Signature Needle Arts, Made in Wisconsin May 28, 2010

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I ran across a blog, by way of an email newsletter, regarding Signature Needle Arts,  a Knitting Needle manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin and had to check them out.

The circulars come in 3 needle sizes: 4″, 5″ and 6″, for more versatility.

Signature Circular Needles will be available for sale online May 1, 2010. To get the most current information on Signature circulars please sign up for their newsletter!

Another project I’m adding to my Bucket List:

e-PatternsCentral.com | Summer Vest

I love the soft blue color, saving this for future reference. A quick summer project, maybe?

Summer Vest

Summer Vest

Technique – Knitting

Just a touch of coverage is what you’ll get with an openwork pattern vest. This e-pattern was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Creative Knitting magazine.

Size: Includes women’s small through 2X-large. Made with medium (worsted) weight yarn and size 6 (4mm) 14″ circular needle.

Skill Level: Experienced

EK00350 $4.99

Will have to add this to my Bucket List~

I got the yarn for my Wonderful Wallaby last week! 🙂

There is much to do in preparation for our Memorial Day weekend, so this will be short but sweet, and I’ll be back later on to fill in the blanks!


Alaska, From My House May 25, 2010

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The Alaska Jacket is gaining rows, I’m pretty happy with the results after adding the Dark Sage Green, thus far.

Another hot day, I didn’t  knit until after a few T-storms rolled through and the temps began to drop. The air is not as heavy tonight, and the weekend promises to be especially nice, just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Short but sweet, I’ll say goodnight and get some knitting in before turning in.~

A Young Woman Spreads Her Wings May 21, 2010

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What is it about knitting that brings one back to center. I guess you have to be a devout Knitter to be able to answer that one. Today was pretty stressful, and I found comfort in my knitting, as I usually do.

And when I’m not knitting (or working),  I’m out working in my gardens, yanking weeds, or taking a 3-mile walk with the neighbor. Those are the things that can really clear one’s head.

This afternoon, I sat outside and enjoyed the rays of a warm sun while working on my Drops “Alaska” jacket, and as one friend said, my needles were smokin’! I’m really liking the colors as they come together; it reminds me of a Pendleton or Hudson Bay Trader-style blanket, and will be very warm. The only part that bothers me is the 2-stitch garter edge; I’m not very good at weaving in such small areas, and the front borders are sadly showing my lack of expertise. Thankfully, the crochet border will hide all that, later. For now, I’m enjoying the play of colors as my jacket evolves from a basket of yarns, into the layers that will define the style.

DH and I had fun grilling out night before last. The weather was absolutely perfect, a cool 68.  We made Grilltop Burritos while watching a spectacular sunset off in the distance.


I took a picture of a new wildflower that emerged in our gardens this year-Sweet Cicely, Myrrhis odorata. It smells like anise when you break a stem. There are many uses for it, most of which are uses in fruit salads and ice cream. I wonder how it would fare in my biscotti?

The Wild Phlox is absolutely gorgeous now, and it’s coming up EVERYWHERE! This year seems to favor the wildflowers.

Nats was gearing up for her solo flight (first car trip) to Indianapolis to see her brothers and sister, and assorted nieces and nephew. Tonight DH commented on her absence, and go figure, just when I was blogging about it….we are definitely feeling her absence tonight. Even though she’s normally not around much anyway, just knowing she’s not close by is enough to feel the void.

We are thinking about you out there, FreeBird  Nats. Spread your wings and fly high, fly free and enjoy these days~ we love you and miss your familiar presence tonight.

Easy Peasy Strawberry Rhubarb Pie May 18, 2010

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Sunday was a day of rest-we got up, showered, then hung out; I baked the rest of the day.

This recipe is so easy, it’s fool-proof!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

2 qts (8 cups) rhubarb, chopped to bits
4 cups sugar
1 6 ounce box Strawberry Jello (wild strawberry or plain)
2 frozen deep dish pie crusts.

Pre-heat oven to 425°.  In large mixing bowl, combine rhubarb, sugar and jello packet, toss until coated. Pour into 1 deep dish pie crust and add a few pats of butter on top of fruit. Cover with second pie crust and seal edges with fingers-the crusts will thaw quickly, so don’t wait too long to remove top crust. Wet your fingers to help seal the edges.
Bake 40-50 minutes on a foil-covered round pizza pan, it will get messy.

Let pie cool, it will be incredibly soupy. Then refrigerate until ready to serve-the jello will set once the pie is cooled.

Did I say it would get messy? (the goo on the pan will resemble a Fruit Rollup on steroids)
The Aftermath

The best pie is a messy pie!!

Bon Apetite!

Men’s Vest “Alaska”, Women’s Jacket “Alaska” May 13, 2010

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DH took me to Ben Franklin Crafts, in Delavan today.

I got the rest of the yarn needed for the Drops “Alaska” Vest and Jacket I’ll be working on over the next few weeks.
40-9b men’s sleeveless jacket in “Alaska” by DROPS design

These are the colors DH picked out for his Vest

These are the colors I’ve picked for the Jacket.

As you can see, I couldn’t wait to get started and have already cast on my jacket. I also picked up some circular needles and a set of  #6 DPNs for a Wonderful Wallaby Jacket!

I took Elizabeth Zimmerman’s recommendation (pg 4), ” You will never need anything other than a 16″ (hats and sleeves) and a 24″ (body of work) needle in any given size.” I got 29’s, ooops! Susan Bates will be happy with my selection, and I’m sure I will be happy too.

And when I’m done with all that, I’m sure there will be yarn left over for a pair of Wisconsin Winter Socks too!

May Projects : Drops “Alaska” Vest and Jacket May 10, 2010

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I started working on DH’s Drops “Alaska” Sleeveless Jacket on Mothers Day.

I’m making these two jackets using Red Heart Super Saver yarns. His vest will be in the following colors:

I’m going with the original colors for my jacket:

My color choices are not set in stone yet. I have to locate the tan and brown, hopefully later this week, when I go back to Ben Franklin Crafts, Delavan.

This is going to be short-DH is down for the count again. Hope it’s not that wretched pneumonia again…the leg is bad again,  is there any end to this??

Mothers Day Recipe Blog : Strawbarb Jelly and German Broccoli Salad May 10, 2010

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This recipe is from the kitchen of DH’s Mom. I am not sure if it’s a family recipe, but it’s certainly DH’s all-time Favorite!

German Broccoli Salad Recipe

German Broccoli Salad

3 bunches broccoli crowns, cut into bite-size florettes
1 lb bacon, cut into 2″ pieces
1 large red onion, diced
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 Tbl vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups shredded cheddar

Wash and cut broccoli and set aside. Prepare dressing by mixing mayo, vinegar and sugar in a small mixing bowl, refrigerate until ready to use.

In a skillet, brown bacon until crumbly. Remove from pan and add to broccoli, set aside. Add diced red onions to the bacon grease and saute until just translucent- you don’t want them to get soft, just to release the flavours of the onion.

Add the onions to the broccoli, pour in a little of the bacon grease and mix together. Add the dressing mix and cheddar cheese, combine all and refrigerate for about an hour.  Serve cold.
Makes 8-10 servings for company, make an additional bowl for yourself or DH, there won’t be any left-overs!

Easy Straw-Barb Jelly

Strawberry Rhubarb "Strawbarb" Jelly

2 Qts. rhubarb, diced
4 cups sugar
1-6 ounce box Strawberry Jello

Cook rhubarb pieces and sugar in large saucepan on low, until mushy. Add packet jello mix and bring to a boil- cook 10 minutes on high. Pour jelly into prepared jelly jars and seal.

Makes 10 Jelly Jars and lasts until DH finds it~Weeee!!!

Bon Apetite!

Mojito Cake Recipe from Betty Crocker May 5, 2010

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I got this recipe in today’s Betty Crocker Newsletter, and gotta try it. It may just be the order of the day, after I finish redoing the neck edge of my Camo Vest, ARRRrr-GH!

Mojito Cake Recipe from Betty Crocker

What a beautiful day, it was sunny and warm, temps at 80- a bit windy, but that didn’t stop me from taking a short break from work, to go sit outside and soak up a few rays. Then at 3:00, I had to go meet DD at Lockhart’s, where we learned the shimmy in her rear was from a tire belt that was separating and in need of a new tire ASAP! We decided to leave her car there in lieu of my having to drive her car over tomorrow, and have DH pick me up from there. They can have her car ready by the time she gets off work, VIOLA!

Storms are approaching, so I’m going to make this one short and sweet.