Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day!

Here we stand to honor our dead;
To remember them as these words are read.
To give that honor that they have earned;
Is a lesson taught, a lesson learned.
These men and women who gave their all;
And answered God’s hallowed call.
And even though we are apart
They live on in our minds and heart.
So, bow your head and let us pray;
God bless them all on this day.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cherry Cobbler!

Quick Cherry Cobbler....
Melt 1/2 c margarine in an 8x8 glass pan in the oven at 325.
Mix 1 c sugar; 3/4 c flour; 2 t baking powder; 1/4 t salt; 3/4 c milk. Pour this into the glass pan but do not mix. Next pour 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling on top of batter, do not stir. Bake at 325 for an hour or until golden brown. Yummmmm!
Had a wonderful time at our knitting circle yesterday with Dawn Rene, Dolores, Jackie, Nancy and Chris. Smaller group yesterday but I think we were just as loud laughing and chatting!:) I'm so thankful for this group and have such a great time each week. Hope you're having a wonderful, safe weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dogs on Thursdays...DOT!

Goodbye, classroom!
Goodbye, Teach!
You can find me at the beach...
Or in the park or at the pool
Or any place that isn’t school.

Goodbye, quizzes!Bye, reports!
Hello days packed full of sports
And days when I’m just lazybones
While eating melty ice cream cones.

Goodbye, homework --Lunchroom, too.
There’s so, so much I wanna do.
I know the school year flew on past…
But please, please summer -- last and last.
Hello, Summer! -- (A Last Day of School Poem) by Gregory K.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Knittin' Books...

I love good mail days! Received these in the mail yesterday! I'm starting the knitting guild's masters program and these were recommended...I also have a lot of books on hold at the library too, lots of reading and research! The program really questions you as to why you do things and what is the best way to do things. I've always just knit and not questioned why or how I was doing something. A big, huge change in how I approach a project now!

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop (Hardcover)....haven't delved into this one yet...

Knitter's Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting (Paperback) by Montse Stanley. The ultimate reference for knitters at every level-step-by-step directions and detailed instructional illustrations cover every aspect of knitting know-how. Includes a special "help!" section for the inevitable mishaps, and shows how to correct errors. They are not joking about this being the ultimate reference...every knitter needs this many things I've never even heard of. The illustrations could be a bit better though.

The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques (Spiral-bound) by, Nancie Wiseman. Love that this is spiral bound because it lays nicely on the table!:) Always a plus! Knitted one too many sweaters that scream "homemade"? Help is here! Finishing techniques are the key to turning out professional-looking projects. This comprehensive reference gives you the know-how you need to get gorgeous, polished results every time. This is my favorite book...out of all my knitting books this one ranks number 1! Perfect illustrations, pros and cons on different techniques, just love it!

Vogue Knitting and The Knitting Answer Book have also been extremely helpful!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Bought (traded for Wolfe Farms products) some cool stuff at the yarn store the other day!
L/R: Chakra bracelet, chakra earrings, green aventurine earrings, rose quartz earrings, and some green aventurine stitch markers! Chris the glass guy also makes jewelry and stitch markers...this is the one who is making the dpn's, crochet hooks, and straights out of pyrex glass that I reviewed awhile back. Fun stuff!:)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday's Stitchin'

Another fun Saturday at Grandma's Yarns & Notions!!
Dawn Rene working on her beautiful cardigan; Luanne working on a baby cardigan; I was working on a shawl; Jackie working on her socks; Nicole (FFF) working on leg warmers; Marilyn working on baby cardigan; Angie some wrist warmers; Nancy a cardigan; and new Nicole working on socks and getting to know us. Also the glass guy, Chris learned to knit!:) We have so much fun laughing, giggling, and chatting...I look forward to every Saturday!:) Luanne used to live in the bay area and with all the water conservation she found this recipe....she liked it so well she still makes salmon this way...had to share it because it was too awesome not to! Gotta get me some salmon!
Salmon in a Dishwasher!!

salmon fillets
aluminum foil
a lemon
a few butter pats
electric dishwasher
Place the fish on two large sheets of aluminum foil. Squeeze on some lemon juice and place the pats of butter on the salmon fillets. Seal the fillets well in the foil, and place the foil packet in the top wire basket of your electric dishwasher. DO NOT ADD SOAP OR DETERGENT. Close the dishwasher door, set the dishwasher on the hottest wash cycle, complete with drying cycle, and let it run through a full cycle. When the cycle is complete the fish will be cooked just right!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dogs on Thursdays...DOT!

Fuji has been very naughty with her rawhide bones this week. She's smiling and showing her teeth tooo much to the kitties!:( Time out for Fuji!

"Is my time up yet Momma? I'll be a good girl with my bones!"
Happy DOT!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whiskers on James!

There's a group called Whiskers on Wednesdays like the Dogs on Thursdays...but this is
Whiskers on James!:) Who can get closer to him...Trouble or Cosmo? Cosmo is just going to sit right on Trouble!:) All we need is Q-Tip to come join the dog pile!:)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Award & Bricks!

I have been nominated by the sweet, Rhoda! Thank you, Rhoda. :)

If you receive this award these are the rules:

You must pass this on to 11 other bloggers you think are fantastic!

You must also link back to the person who gave it to you. This is also a great way to find new blogs to follow! So without further ado, here are the bloggers who inspire me...

My sourdough bricks...A friend last week gave me a sourdough starter and recipe/directions. Well it usually helps to read all directions first....I proceeded to make it, perfect overcast day to bake....I added too much starter to the flour, thought "oh crap" so doubled all the other ingredients....kneaded it for 20 minutes (well the kitchenaid kneaded) then let it set for 30 the mean time I'm calling my aunt and mom to see if they have extra bread pans because I only have two, mom came to the rescue and brought me all they had. Then I notice the recipe says it has to sit for 15 hours...WHAT? Couldn't even bake it till this morning...and I got these sorry looking lumps of yuck. If I threw it against the wall it'd break the wall!:( This is the second time I've tried to make sourdough and with a complete different starter/recipe. I don't think I'm destined to be a bread baker!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekend Fun...

Stitchin' Saturday at lys!
Fun times with Dolores, Jackie, Dawn Rene, Nancy, Angie, Marlene...nice to see Sue and Liz who dropped by. Enjoyed Chris the glass guy's goodies he brings!
James working on the front yard, planting grass! ...hard to photograph the area because of the width!
So much to do...poor guy!:)
I made some butterscotch cookies and ran some errands...

Fresh from the Cauldron minis...from a swapless swap I bought over three months ago.
Very beautiful colors! Fun looking through them!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday FFF Dye Day!

Nicole (FreckleFaceFibers), Sarah (Limejuicy), and Me (Knittinwolf) :)

Nicole showing us how to mix the dyes...

Nicole putting the already prepared fiber (was in a bath of Dawn) into the dye baths.
At this point she has poured one of the dyes into the trays already.

Nicole pouring one of the shades on top of the roving...
After this is on it, it marinates for the day...then its rinsed..spun in the washer...put in a big steamer....hung to dry...braided....then ready for you to buy!:)

Some yummy merino/tussah roving in the colorway Cherry Season I bought!
Going to turn this into an Ishbel!:)

Some more gorgeous FFFiber in bombyx/merino called Marigold.
Restrained from buying green and one called California Poppies..very hard because all of her rovings are soooooo drool worthy!:) You can go get yourself some on her etsy site...FreckleFaceFibers! Her fibers are the only ones I have spin and knit with and they are just as wonderful to work with as they are to look at!

Nicole's such a sweetie...she knows I'm working on the never ending scrappy happy sock blanket and gave me some of her mini sock skeins! You're the best Nicole....thank you so much for "teaching" us! Look forward to hanging out with you again soon!:)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dogs on Thursdays...DOT!

Mama's babies....
This was what makes Mother's Day fantastic!:)
Happy DOT!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scratch n' Sniff

Fresh strawberries picked at Wolfe Farms!
So sweet and yummy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hemlock Ring Blanket!!

Hemlock Ring Blanket blocking....finished it last night! The bind off took forever!
This was a knit a long with the Barknknit Podcast group!
Very fun pattern!
Before blocking....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!
Got some yummy goodies from my guys!
6lbs of local orange blossom honey....chocolate mint tea, creme brulee tea, chocolate covered cherry tea...also a gift certificate to Grandma's Yarns!

Yesterday the owners of Grandma's Yarns gave me this cute gizmo for Mother's Day....isn't it the cutest thing! It looks like a puppy but its hidden scissors, and its lime green, how awesome is that! Had a great time at the knit meet!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day!

I've had a great day relaxing, knitting, napping, knitting!:)

James even had some more fruit trees follow him home today...3 apricot, 2 pear, 1 cherry, 2 plum.....another row to our orchard...36 fruit trees!!! Also some more grape vines hopped in his cart too! Going to be a fruitful summer!:)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dogs on Thursdays...DOT!

Fuji looks like she's in the sink of doom.....bath time!

Getting dried off and smells like an apple pie!:)
Happy Dogs on Thursday!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tutti Fruiti Tuesday

Lots of pears on the pear trees...

We have a pomegranate on our pomegranate tree!

Lots and lots of peaches on the peach trees!


I know James will know this by looking at it...can't remember if this is the cherry on the cherry tree or if its the granny smith apple tree....I thought I'd forgotten to take pictures of the apple trees...ooooh have lots of strawberries too but forgot to take pics of that fruit yet on the blackberry bushes and nothing on the grapevines yet....
Just excited that we're going to have fruit this year! As long as the squirrels, chipmunks and birds leave it alone!:)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Apple Cozy's

Made James an apple cozy for his apple today in his lunch...can't wait to hear what he says about it! Every day at lunch him and his coworkers cut up their fruit they bring and share it...thought they'd get a kick out of James' special fruit!:)

Then it was so cute, I made another to place at the LYS. Its a cute "granny" type of decoration for them since the store is called Grandma's Yarns and Notions. Quick and easy pattern too, you can find it on my ravelry page. While I was crocheting them I watched Hannah Montana the Movie....what an awesome movie, soooo good. Even went and downloaded a few of the songs from itunes! Definitely will be watching it again and again! Even James and Jimmy watched it (I made them) and thought it was good!:)
Remember FREE shipping at until Mother's Day...its fast approaching!
Also the FREE lavender soap sample is on the site to try!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Stitchin' at LYS...

DawnRene showed us an awesome knitting software demo yesterday at Grandma's Yarns & Notions. These programs are now only $30 for download. DawnRene is working on a beautiful lace cardigan from this program, can't wait to see how it turns out! You can see her projects on Ravelry by clicking her name! Thanks Dawn for the demonstration!:)

KNITWARE SWEATERS allows you to design a knitting or crochet pattern for a sweater, otherwise known as: jumper, pullover, cardigan, top, vest or jacket. The sweater can be hand knit, machine knit, or crocheted in any size. The program offers a variety of shapes, styles, and lengths for the body, neckline, and sleeve.

KNITWARE Skirts& Shawls allows you to design a knitting or crochet pattern for a skirts, shawls, ponchos and afghans. The garment can be hand knit, machine knit or crocheted in any size. The program offers a variety of shapes, styles and lengths.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Another thing I forgot to mention on Thursday was Fuji's new collar....her favorite toy is her froggy; found this cute princess frog collar on etsy....wellllllll, its huge, almost two inches wide, she can't even bend her neck down and the thing that clips together is even bigger. Her collars are usually 1/2 disappointed. As you can see she hides her head in shame....just so heavy she can't lift her head....poor poor puppy, back to her old collar! None of the pics with her with it on turned out because she was not a happy camper! I'll have to put the collar on my stuff toy chihuahua!:)

Made these baby booties yesterday to go with the bunny hat. They're so sweet! Made these while watching The Ugly Truth, very good movie! A romantic comedy with Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl....
Off to enjoy a day stitchin' at Grandma's Yarns....