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Friday, October 24, 2014

On My Needles

     This is just so fun to watch the colorway. My grandson chose the yarn (not Noro) - and, I am knitting it as a gift for Xmas. Will be 5.5"w and 60"l when completed. Exciting! You can see additional info  including the pattern by clicking here.

Plymouth Yarn Company, Gina #16 (Blue); Gina #3 for texture

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beer Brats and Sauerkraut

     A few friends have asked for this recipe... it is from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cookbook, printed in 2007. I was raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where Oktoberfest was/is a "big deal;" we always enjoyed the festivities and ate these with mashed potatoes or on a bun... but didn't make this recipe until a few years ago. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fingerless Gloves - Weekend Project

     It started with Friday afternoon, a local 1-3pm knitting group, right here at the Senior Center! Decided to make myself a pair of fingerless mitts - finally - after making gifts of about eight pair to others. With the autumn chill (no snow yet), I am looking forward to wearing them - finished Sunday and didn't even rush. 
     Worked the pattern two-at-a-time on Size 6 - 47" Circular Needles. Very easy pattern by Churchmouse, called "Welted Fingerless Gloves." I love the white silk that comes through at random, a wonderful warm wool blend. Visit me on Ravelry if you wish.

October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Exciting to be Back

     It is exciting to get back onto my blog; May, June, July and August had me recuperating and feeling better from sciatica problems and a cracked cartilage. Then, unfortunately, September and still October have found me trying to pass a kidney stone - even after iodine CT Scan, general surgical blasting, and apple cider vinegar. Waiting to see the new urologist in town next Friday, the 17th... and, will get better from there.

     Meanwhile, the summer months still found me downsizing, organizing my little apartment in the senior housing in Kenai, teaching my granddaughters how to knit, finishing a few "unfinished projects" - hope to post a few, contributing to a couple of collaboratives... and more.

     This month our local Fine Arts Center has a showing called: "Books - An Experimental Exhibit" which I did not contribute to. They asked me to display some of my blank journals that would show different spine decoration. Here are a couple of pics before I completed the shelves, but at least a peak!

Kenai Fine Arts Center - Journals Display
"Vintage Journals" (1999-2004ish)

There are twice as many at home, and my "lace books..."
Didn't want to display those because I may "show" them at some point.

     Taking a couple of on-line inspirational activities with Co-Lab (Susan Tuttle and Alena Hennessy), Small Journeys (Jude Hill), two iPhoneography courses (one with Dave Cross), and continuing to revisit MAM (Mary Ann Moss), Kim Klassen, Lisa Sonora and Design Matters for inspiration. This winter I hope to be stitching more and incorporating items into a couple of artists books. 

     Seems like the closer I get to 70 than 60 in age, there isn't enough time for everything I want to complete - still love my knitting, too.

     Hugs for now and thanks for stopping by. Karen