Miss me?

May 16, 2010

Have you missed me?  I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve blogged  – I’ve never taken such a long break before and I was worried that I’d never get back to blogging.  But I’m in a break between busy and thought I’d check in and let you know that I’m still here, and that I’ll be back (that also means that I’ve been away from reading blogs too and I’ll be catching up on those too – promise!).

As I mentioned before, the last month has been really busy and crazy.   Dan moved out, we had painting, repairs and what seems like a million things going on at home.  But now the rooms are painted and the last of the inside repairs was just finished tonight and things are starting to calm down house-wise.  Isn’t it stressful when you get out of your routine and things are all over the house?  I hate it – I always feel better when everything is it its place, and my routines are kept.  Anyway, all is back to order for now – next month we are going to start painting again, but for now, its quiet.

We also have had a visitor for the last couple of weeks – my Mom has been visiting from California!  She stayed with me a week, and I took  some time off work, and we had a really nice visit.  Lots of talking, knitting, shopping, and a little cooking.  I have had a recipe book since I was a teenager and it contains all the favorite recipes that I’ve come across since that time.  My mother and I were looking through the book and came across two of her fudge recipes (maple cream and divinity).  I commented that I had never actually made the fudge but remembered it from childhood.   We decided to make both – and I have to say – yum!  I can’t show a picture of the maple cream since it went really fast, but I did get a picture of the divinity before everyone ate it.

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I must say – it’s a good thing that she was here when I made it.  When she gave me the recipe, she gave me the abbreviated version that she used – she had been making the fudge for years and just skipped over steps when she gave me the recipe to write down.    She hasn’t made either recipe in at least 20 years, and we muddled through the maple cream, but when we made the divinity it didn’t set – so we tossed it and tried again.  And then I wrote down the steps!  Both were very good, and it was so nice to spend the afternoon in the kitchen with her, bringing back some memories.    I’ll be making both again – so good!

Mom spent last week with my sister, and went up to Boston for my niece’s graduation.  And this week she comes back to me, and we are heading down Thursday to see Andrew.  He’ll be graduating from the University of Maryland, and we are very proud of him and I’m looking forward to watching him take the first step into the next phase of his life (I’m getting a little emotional about this!).   We are planning celebrations for him, and last night I finally came up with the perfect gift.  I don’t want to write what it is because sometimes he reads this, but I can’t wait to give it to him.   

There have been so many changes lately – house stuff, kids moving out, graduations – its been hectic and so busy.  I haven’t been knitting other than when my Mom was with me – work has been busy and between sleeping on the train and working on the train, I just haven’t had a lot of time.  And to be honest – I was missing a little knitting mojo.  I have been working on socks, but it just felt like a chore. 

But yesterday I got news that has totally given me back my mojo!

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My nephew and his wife are expecting their first baby – and I am so excited.  The minute I heard I just had to cast on for a cute pair of booties to say congrats with – and I’m planning a couple of other things to give them.  It’s so exciting and I love knitting these little things.  I’ll post more on this when I post the completed pair – I’m already on the second one, and just need to find some cute ribbon for it.  But they are so cute that I can’t wait to make more.    Next I need to find some nice yarn for some sweaters, more booties – maybe a blanket.  And maybe this.  I don’t want to get too crazy about this – but I have to say – knitting for babies is so much fun, and I think I’ll have a hard time resisting!  Do you have any favorite baby patterns that you think I should make?

OK, I’m off to get ready for the week.  I promise that I’ll be back soon, and hopefully will have picture of some finished socks.  I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to – I’ve missed my blog reading time. 

Have a great week!

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On a roll…

January 28, 2009

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Get it?  Was that a really bad pun or what!  Larry and I actually made this last weekend – it was a recipe from Bon Apetit  – or Cooking Light – of course, I made it a few days ago, and now I can’t find the recipe.  Which is going to drive me crazy because they were amazing.   They are made with whole wheat, oatmeal, flax meal – all that good for you stuff but they were really delicious (even the kids liked them!).   We had such a fun time making them – I haven’t made yeast bread in a while – that we ordered a bunch of flour from King Arhur Flour to make rye, pumpernickel and other good stuff.  But I do hope I find the recipe for the rolls. 

So the title actually referred to the knitting going on, not just the baking…..because my basket was empty, and I was in the mood for lace, I just had to start something…

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This is the Adamas shawl, and the yarn is Claudia Handpaint Silk Lace

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This is a terrible picture of the shawl, but it really is a good one of the yarn.  I tried four different shawls, and two other yarns before I decided on this.  I was going to do Honeybee Stole, but the whole provisional cast on was a drag (204 stitches!) – I am a lazy knitter sometimes.  So I poked around Ravelry, and saw this shawl – gorgeous, right?  Its the same colorway so I thought I’d be a lemming and do the same shawl.  I had a false start – I started it with the needles the pattern called for but didn’t like the fabric so I started over on a smaller size.   And so far so good!

And because the knitting basket had some more room, I also started Acer.

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I love this yarn – it just has a great wooly feel, and the color is really beautiful.     

I got all this knitting done because I was out sick yesterday – I had something wrong with my eye, so I had to go to the doctor.  So I sat and watched TV and knit – and switched from lace to sweater when the lace started hurting my eye.  Today it  is snowing/sleeting, so I worked from home  – so I’ll be able to pick them up again after work – skipping my commute really adds to knitting time! 

Well, lunch break is over, so I need to head back to work…but I thought I’d leave you with a little bit of spring…the Paperwhite Narcissus Larry gave me for Christmas just started blooming…

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Have a great rest of the week!


Just in case…

March 16, 2008

Just a quick post tonight – not much to show you other than the eternal Hypoteneuse.  Remember when I loved this project, couldn’t wait to knit it?  Now I’m to the “ugh..when is this going to be done” stage.    I’m on the 8th repeat – need to do 9 more.  Sigh…

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Don’t you wish the “I love this and love knitting it” stage lasted just a little longer?  I do!  I’m trying to take turns between this and the throw – which I still do love.  I’m on the third repeat of that (4 more to go!).   So I sort of view knitting on the throw as a reward for getting another repeat of Hypoteneuse done….but I will say that I think its going to be beautiful when its done.  It is a good pattern – its just that I have so many other things I want to start soon (did you see the Spring Knitty?)

We had our St. Patrick’s dinner today instead of tomorrow..so I made some Irish Soda bread….

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It was very good – I love homemade soda bread.  I also made Corned Beef – awesome recipe.  Just in case, you are looking for a new recipe – I highly recommend it.  It was amazing.  It was a little spicy so I think next time I’ll reduce the cayenne in the final glaze, but it was just amazing.  Everyone really liked it and I think it was the best corned beef I’ve ever have.    I love this magazine – we have always had very good luck with the recipes. 

OK, time to go get ready for the week.  Tomorrow is a very special day in our house, so I may just have another post.  Happy Monday!


Just one of those days…

February 25, 2008

I’ve been having one of those days – you know, the type where things just don’t go as planned?  It started last night, actually – I couldn’t sleep.  At all.  I woke up every hour at first, then every 30 minutes…and then down to every 10.   So right before the alarm was supposed to go off for work, I decided that perhaps working without sleep wasn’t a good idea – so I took the day off.    Of course, I couldn’t go back to sleep.    But I finally did take a nap early this afternoon, so I feel much better now.  I hate when that happens, don’t you?

I’ve been planning on making lemon cupcakes for a few weeks.  I found a great recipe, bought all the ingredients.  Made them this afternoon (after my nap).  And they are now in the garbage – they were seriously concave and just a paper thing full of greasy crumbs…yum.  Sigh…I should have known when I was making it – the recipe didn’t sound remotely like a cupcake recipe (cornstarch?).  What was I thinking?  So now I have 1.5 jars of lemon curd to do something with (it was for the frosting)…any ideas?

Thanks for all the input on Gale – I did frog it on Saturday.  I realized that I just kept on asking everyone I ran into what they would do – and that was a sign that I just wasn’t into it.  I’ll keep on looking for another pattern for the yarn – it is beautiful and I loved working with it.   

So what to knit (and don’t say Cobblestone!)….I had seen a beautiful wrap on Margaret’s blog done in Silky Wool which I had in my stash.  But I was iffy – until I saw Chris’ at knitting group – she is doing it in a heavier weight , but it was gorgeous (Chris is having a contest too – so go check out her wrap and enter her contest!).  So when I came home from knitting group, I started it.

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I can’t capture the color of the yarn accurately – it is a very nice teal (blue again…..sigh).   I’m really enjoying the pattern – I memorized it the first repeat so I can just sit and knit on it mindlessly.  Oh, what is it?  Hypoteneuse.    I think this will be a nice, warm wrap.  And I think it will be done fairly quickly – can’t beat that!

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Fortunately, this is the one thing going according to plan today….

Have a good week!


Weekend

December 1, 2007

Wow – was that a long week, or what?  I’m starting to get busy at work, and getting a lot of new projects.   I’m really happy, and finally feel like I belong there (I got a nameplate this week!).  People are more friendly, and I look forward to going in every day.  But damn – I’m ready for the weekend!  I slept the whole way home on the train last night – and still went to bed early. 

I’ve been working on my Christmas knitting and I’ve been ordering from the ‘net – but can’t show you pictures of either…  Sigh…isn’t this time of year hard on bloggers?  Oh!  I have something I can show you – I ordered it for me.  I ordered a book about software license agreements….heehee…no?  Come on – how exciting!  It got great reviews – anyone want to borrow it? 

Since I can’t really show you anything that I’m working on knitwise, I thought I’d show you something else…
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This is dessert for tonight – baked apples.   I haven’t had these in years, but it just seemed like a good dessert for a cold winter day. 

I love cooking – I hardly get to do it anymore since I get home pretty late so Larry cooks most nights (and he’s a great cook!).  But sometimes on the weekends, I still like to cook and bake.  And I think something about this time of year makes me want to bake more too.  Cieara and I watched Food Network today for a little and I got a couple of receipes….Candy Cane cookies, Rugelach and Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel cookies that I think I will try soon.  But tomorrow, I think I’m going to make Almond Crescent and Chocolate Peppermint drop-cookies (see a trend with chocolate peppermint?).  It is going to be a miserable day here with snow and rain, so it will be good to stay inside, finish decorating the house and make cookies (and knit of course!).   But unlike someone else, I really hope it isn’t bad because I don’t get snow days and my commute will suck if its snowing/sleeting here….but I do agree that sometimes there is nothing like being inside all toasty warm while you knit and watch it snow. 

Dan is coming over tonight and we are putting up the tree and decorating it.  We switched to a fake tree last year – I miss the scent of a real tree but I love the ease of a fake.  I wish Andrew could be home to help, but I’ll keep his special ornaments off the tree for him to put up when he comes home in a few weeks…

OK, now back to the Christmas knitting grind…enjoy the weekend!