Knit not, and out of touch

I think I have been in hibernation this month. My cell phone is broken, we stopped our cable TV and the weather has been dismal.



Thinking back we have accomplished a lot but it doesn't seem like it, big storm clean up and taxes, work is sucking the life out of me. I am planning on planting a garden and some flowers this year.

I have picked up my knitting a few times but only to knit several rows. Still working on the felted purse, The Kelly Bag, I'm not happy with the yarn I picked out, but I am trying to get through it.

Looking at the photo makes me think I will line this bag and see what I end up with. Actually this pattern is cute and simple. You could complete it in an afternoon.

I will leave you with some links of bloggers that are doing something inspirational







Enjoy and may your needles (and mine) fly as fast as dragonflies

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Chainsaws, aprons and sock knitting


This movie made quite an impression on me, I still think of it when I hear chainsaws. The ice storm cleanup is still going on and we hear chainsaws most of the day. Happy memories...

The original movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre came out in 1974, I was in high school and it scared the poo out of me. It has turned into a classic and even got remade in 2003, if you rent it get the original, oh heck get them both.

Getting back to normal. I stopped past the library and checked out some sock books. The ice storm we had brought with it days with no electricity. We came to appreciate our hand knitted sweaters, and socks.

The book that I favored is the one I almost didn't pick up. It is Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting by Laura Chau

The title turned me off and on the front it says "read less-learn more", OK I thought. For some reason this was a big turn off, but I checked it out anyway.

I was surprised when I started thumbing through this book. It is quite complete and includes many, many photos. And they are good, like actually taken by someone who knits.

This book covers all of the basics of socks, but the thing that sets it aside is all of the photos, and she give you the option of  three types of needles for your socks, traditional dp's, Magic Loop (one long needle), and two circulars.

You also have the option of top down, toe up or flat socks. A generic basic sock pattern is the beginning one, then she has included lace, cable, boot, baby, and thermal among the patterns.

I would actually buy this book, my initial doubt is erased and I will be checking out other Teach yourself visually books.

I must be turning into my mother, I have plans to sew a apron (seriously) and have all but given up TV. We started

listening to the radio for our news and have it on most of the day, even when not home the dogs listen to it, although they have a "no opera please" policy.

Maybe this is a side effect of the Dow. A wish for simple times again. Although I have no knitting to report, it is setting on my needles gathering dust. Thanks to everyone who wanted to know if we were ok in the ice storm, and for the many scissor ideas. The consensus was, "yes you need many scissors, store them, in jars and bags, on ribbon, in  crocks, and drawers, and the scissor troll visits everyone".

May your knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies

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Wouldn't you like to be knitting here...

After enough days of ice and snow for me, this photo appeals to me and my yarn..

May you needles fly as fast as dragonflies..

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How do you keep track of your scissors?

I am primarily a knitter, but also do some sewing, crocheting etc....

Now knitters don't need scissors as often as sewers. But come on now. I have bought many, many scissors, but when I need a pair there are none.

Is there a scissor black hole in my house?

I'm off on a scissor hunt, and ways to prevent this from happening again. I have seen scissor fobs but never was interested in them. Should I be now?

How do you keep track of your scissors???? Please help me....

I found some scissor tails here or here.

But they look like they might get in the way...

Do I need a scissor keeper? http://lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com/lynette_anderson_designs/2008/09/here-kitty.html

Or a scissor leash? http://www.brodys8004balloons.com/product_p/36410a.htm

How do you track your scissors? And/or keep them where you need them.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies...

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Hot and cooking too

It is amazing, after days in a house in the 30's, the furnace comes on and 60 seems hot. Our amazing bodies get use to what they need to.

Top things we didn't have for the power outage, but will next time.

More candles, you can never have too many and don't forget the dry matches or lighter.

Wool socks, yes, I love all of our hand knitted socks, but we really LOVED them this last week.

A battery powered radio, that takes no more than 4 C batteries, if this is your sole source of info you would be surprised at how fast it goes dead (I am going to buy one of those crank ones). They have some that even charge your phone and are solar.

Water, we have a well, no power, no water. I have found some 5 gallon boxes to fill up, with a spout, these can be used to manually flush your toilet.

We are big campers, so my husband manned the camping stove. This was a life saver, when your house is in the 30's even a cup of tea is a luxury.

Happily for my husband, I am in a big cooking mood. We are appreciating running water and heat.  We didn't miss the cable TV. Well maybe the food network and sci fi. I did miss my Internet!!  We are pondering giving the cable up and seeing what we can get with an antenna. Does anyone out there operate with just an antenna?? I would love some input.

I'm making mac n cheese tonight and Black forest cake, my modified version below.

I like this photo, I wasn't sure how it would come out. I like the sun shinning through all of the ice on the trees.

I did knit a pair of slippers, thanks to Paula the Quilter while we were freezing. I used left over wool yarn from the purse I felted. Thanks Paula, from my warm toes!!

I'm so behind in my blog reading, apologies to all, I can't wait to catch up.

Black Forest Cake

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cups cocoa

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup milk or buttermilk (skim OK)

1 teas. baking soda

1 teas salt

1 teas vanilla

3 eggs

1 21 oz can of cherry pie filling

Combine your eggs, oil, sugar and mix

Add cocoa, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and continue mixing, now add your flour and milk alternately until totally mixed.

Now add your Cherry pie filling and fold in.

Pour batter into a 9 x 12 cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30 min or until center springs back if you press on it gently with your finger.

Now you can serve warm and plain, I usually dust the top with powered sugar, to make it look festive.


May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...


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