Friday, May 22, 2015

Linen Projects

I struggled with this study group project.  I'm not a big fan of linen, that's for sure, but once in--all in!
I was working with
This linen warp and using

handspun cotton/silk blend for weft, but somehow, I just couldn't get interested in making a finished project with this cloth--it will be saved for a rainy day.
Then I went on to weave on this linen warp, using handspun paper for weft

This is washi linen paper, which was cut into strips and then spun to be used as weft

Now, this I could really get my head around--
a photo of my finished project,
a heart shaped potholder.  I used hand dyed indigo cloth as my lining
and binding.

I also have this cone of washi spun paper ready for another time

Finely spun paper that can be used for weft.  I'm thinking I might ply this at least 4x to get a nice strong warp.  We'll see.
At least, the project is finished and we move onto the next study--wonder what it will be?  Not linen, that's for sure!  Been there, done that!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Holy Smokes! I Did It!

 
I finished April's pattern for the Beaded Year long scarf project!!  I'm so excited--
 
Yes, this is an interesting pattern for April and I enjoyed working it up with my handspun wool/silk blend.  Then I looked at the Ravelry group and realized that THIS MONTH is MAY!
so, once again--I'm behind a month!
Here is May's pattern--there are still some days left==But, guess what==I finished before the end of MAY!! Sometimes I amaze myself!
 
 
HORSESHOE LACE PATTERN (multiple of 10 + 1): 64 beads and 47 sts total on the needle.
NOTE FOR PLACING BEADS: you will be placing beads on the ‘Slip one, K2TOG, psso’ stitches. Place the bead in the K2TOG stitch and be sure that the slipped stitch is passed over the K2TOG stitch AND the bead. This will anchor the bead in place. You will need 64 beads for this pattern section. If you have strung your beads onto your yarn before beginning, detailed instructions for how to insert the beads can be found in Post #617.
NOTE: There are two versions of the pattern. Be sure to mark the version you are working on.
Non-Beaded Version:
Row 1: K1, +YO, K3, Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K3, YO, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: P1, +K1, YO, K2, Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 4: P1, +P9, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 5: P1, +K2, YO, K1, Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K1, YO, K2, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 6: P1, +P9, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 7: P1, +K3, YO, Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, YO, K3, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 8: Purl.
Rep the above eight rows 3 more times (4 times total), then knit six rows of garter stitch (knit every row). (47 sts.)
Beaded Version:
Row 1: K1, +YO, K3, (B)Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K3, YO, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: P1, +K1, YO, K2, (B)Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 4: P1, +P9, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 5: P1, +K2, YO, K1, (B)Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, K1, YO, K2, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 6: P1, +P9, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 7: P1, +K3, YO, (B)Sl 1, K2TOG, PSSO, YO, K3, P1; rep from + to EOR.
Row 8: Purl.
Rep the above eight rows 3 more times (4 times total), then knit six rows of garter stitch (knit every row). (47 sts.)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Day!



It is a happy Day when we can celebrate the birth of our Grandson--Josh!  Today is his special day--HE is definitely a fine young man. 
Some say he looks as handsome as a movie star!

He is truly a cowboy!  He volunteers on a Houston Rodeo committee every year!

He loves his horses--Joe and Scout!
and
He loves his truck!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH!







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Anniversary to US!

Today is our 52nd wedding anniversary!  How will we celebrate another special day in our lives?

We will always remember our 50th! when we went to Las Vegas to renew our vows at Graceland Chapel--how can we ever top that celebration? 
We actually MET ELVIS!!
 
But, this year we will be low key
and just
enjoy a
beer themed dinner at our favorite brewery at their farm to table evening.
Happy 52 to us
and
many more!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Lavender!


I love May because the lavender is in full bloom!  How can one resist the lovely purple shades and the nice light fragrance?

The Lavender Flower
by Lady Lindsay

"Lavender grey, lavender blue,
Perfume wrapt in the sky's own hue;
Lavender blue, lavender grey,
Love in Memory lives away.

Lavender grey, lavender blue,
Sweet is remembrance if love be true;
Lavender blue, lavender grey,
Sweeter, methinks, is the love of to-day"


This field of lavender grows by Senanque Abbey in Provence, France, for which Provence lavender is named.

Lavender serves as a landscape item for its beauty and ability to stand heat and drought--it is such a lovely addition to this garden

Drying is easy--cut, tie and hang to dry!
Have you ever cooked with lavender?
Well, here is a sweet recipe for a hot summer day that will refresh your palate!

Lavender-Infused Sangria (by Chef Sibby Barrett of Onion Creek Kitchen)

Yield 1.5 quarts
l large orange, sliced
l sliced lime
1sliced lemon
Lavender syrup (recipe follows)
1/4 cup good quality brandy
1 bottle red wine
1 bottle club soda or ginger ale

Lavender Syrup Recipe:  1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 2 Tablespoons of dried culinary lavender buds--bring water and sugar to a boil and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat, add lavender buds.  Cover and allow syrup to stand for one hour.  Strain into glass container, cover and keep refrigerated for up to a few weeks.

to make Sangria:  In large glass pitcher, combine fruit slices; add brandy, Lavender syrup and wine.  Stir to blend well.  Refrigerate until well chilled about 2 hours or so.  When ready to serve, fill wine glasses with ice and fill glasses 1/2 to 2/3 full of sangria mixture.  top with desired amount of club soda or ginger ale.  Add fruit slices to glasses and enjoy!

There are many ways to enjoy lavender in food dishes--it's just not to look at and smell!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

The American Woman's COOKBOOK!


We have been going through Mother's house now that she has moved to Assisted Living Facility.  It's amazing to me what Mother would save--there were all sorts of interesting tidbits of 'stuff' I found in her cabinets.  But, this is one that really made my heart leap...................

It was sealed in a zip lock plastic bag

It isn't in great shape either, but turning the page

The copyright goes back to 1938

and a notation on the first page is this "My first cookbook given to me by Richard" (my daddy) in July, 1940--that was her wedding gift from him!

Recipes are indeed interesting!  I remember Mother serving liver and onions to dad and us kids--we hated it!  Dad loved it!

Here is now to make your own cottage cheese from sour or sweet milk

Most of the photos are black and white.
Just look at that gelled mold on top right--how many of those were we served in our childhood?
What a treasure find for me! 
Next time, I'm at Mother's house, I'll wade even deeper through her 'stuff' to find more treasures!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let's Get To Quilting!



Finally, had a chance to sort out my photos from our quilt group--we haven't been as productive as we would like.  Here are a few of our accomplishments.
Birds in a window frame--super cool work!

and the quilting was outstanding--SK West outdid herself again!


Judy M is finishing up her Texas Flag quilt--she used only four fabrics for this--all the same blue, red and white.   After it is quilted, she will applique the big Gold Star in the blue section.

How about this simple quilt?!  Super neat--with only one block and colorful too!

On Judy M's quilting frame was this young fellow's sports quilt top.

Really like her quilting pattern--someone is going to be very happy!