Sunday, April 18, 2021

Why Pink???

I just reached into my yarn stash and pulled out pink yarn--thinking--what??
I have no idea!  I'm not a PINK person!  Knit I did in the pink yarn I had in
my stash--then, of course, what happens when I run out of those pink yarns
on hand?  I looked for some white yarn--oh, I could dye it PINK!

Well,  I found a white yarn--all I had on hand was red food coloring--so in the
pot it went and this is the pink yarn I have now--oh, okay it will work--after all
I'm just knitting the pattern to be knitting.  This shawl will go to a Pink person
indeed.  The pattern is weekly knit along from Knitlet.  it's mindless knitting
for me unlike the more tedious Japanese knit alongs I have on my list.
I'll get around to those one of these days.
My next problem--what to do when I run out of that pink dyed yarn--
I'll need to do some fast thinking when I reach into my stash bin.



 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Geese Are Flying!

 Yes, it's Spring time--The geese begin their migration from their warm winter settings back to their home land--The geese are flying!  You can hear them as they 'honk' their way north--it's a marvelous sight and sound.  


Not only are the 'geese' flying in the sky--they are flying in my studio!  Seems like every pattern I'm working on now has flying geese involved--
This is flying geese big time!  Monthly QAL hosted by A Quilting Life--this is the block
for April.  Each month you can learn a new technique as you advance through the year.

More flying geese for this month's addition to
Charity QAL hosted by Fat Quarters, Serendipity--each month
a different row--looks like I'll need to do TWO rows of flying geese for this one!
Another row of the month quilt along is also using flying geese--
we're on row 3 now, which includes log cabins
Tuning My heart 2021 BOM

I'm getting good at doing flying geese!  There are several methods to create these
noiseless patterns--



1. Traditional Technique: for quilters who like to use it 
up and make it do.
2. Flip, Flip, Finish: for quilters who enjoy a good ol’ chain-piecing veg-out.
3. Fast and Furious: for quilters who like to finish fast—times four.
4. Paper-Pieced Geese: for quilters who wish to piece with the utmost precision.

Connecting Threads has an unique way to construct--
No matter which way you build your flying geese--it's a learning experience!



Sunday, April 11, 2021

Free! Free! Free!

 I love free stuff--don't you?!! 

This Ezine Quilt magazine is FREE! Has been for every issue--
guess what?  Now, MMM Quilts is hosting a QAL with her
pattern that is featured on the front cover of the latest issue.
check out her blog post about the event, select your fabrics, download the pattern
so you'll be ready to begin this next week on this interesting pattern


Here is another opportunity to sew up a spring quilt--Corey of Coriander Quilts
will be hosting this Spring Brook Blossoms adventure.  The pattern will be
released April 19--a 6 month QAL with each block being released on third
Monday of the month--you'll make two blocks each month--I'm ready!
Doesn't this look delightful?!





Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Memories Rolling Down the Road

 The other day as we were touring around our lovely Hill Country area, we spotted something that took us back to many memories--and of course, our first thought when we saw this vehicle was the song that went with it: 

We were singing the tune as we pulled into the parking lot to see the Weiner mobile up close and personal.  We were just in time before the "Hotdoggers' were departing for their next location! 
We got our whistle!! Yay!!  that whistle is mark of era gone by but returning. 


Here are some fun facts about the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile:
  • There are six mobiles with two Hotdoggers that drive around the area
  • Hotdoggers are usual college seniors who commit a year to be spokesperson
  • Each year, out of the 7000 applicants only 12 are chosen
  • The Mobile began in 1936 by George Molchan
  • The vehicle is 27 feet in length and can go 110 mph
  • you can spend the night in the mobile

We had so much fun! with our whistles and singing the jingle!  Made us feel like kids again!


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Fluffle?

 Since tomorrow is Christian holiday and religious celebration, why not talk about the meanings of rabbits, chicks, eggs, etc.

Did you know that a group of rabbits is called a Fluffle?  I didn't know that term either--just thought it was a flock of rabbits or a herd?  All I know about rabbits is they produce quite frequently--then you would have a Fluffle!  and that's how they became associated with Easter--  

I had Angora rabbits for years and never knew this fact--of course, I didn't have a huge amount of rabbits.  Grandkids had their rabbits as pets.  A spinner friend had several rabbits that habited her house--yes, you can teach rabbits to be potty trained. 

You may ask—what’s the difference between a rabbit and a hare?  That’s another story for another blog! 

And why dye Easter eggs?  

Easter Eggs

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.

Will you dye eggs? Have an egg hunt? Eat Easter candy? Have that Lamb roast? display your Easter lily?  When you do, just remember when and why these traditions are celebrated? 

Whatever fun you have with your family and friends this Easter--just remember the real reason..................................


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Searching for An Avocado

 The other day I was in mood to bake--nothing fancy or elaborate; something simple and ready to eat within a few minutes--and let's make it chocolatey and chomped full of nuts!  I found my favorite Keto recipe--all the ingredients on hand--just needed to find that one avocado.  In order to find that necessary ingredient, I must clean out the freezer--

I freeze my avocadoes when they get ripe and there is no immediate use  for them--freezing keeps them fresh, green and handy when you need to satisfy an urgent quest.  One problem --the freezer is packed!! with all sorts of other sundry items.



Hubby says 'why don't you label what's in the package?'  I say--"Oh, I'll remember!"  Yeah right like I will!!  I think it's more fun when you have to guess! And it can be a surprise what you pull out to prepare for dinner.  

I remember many years ago, one grocery store had a sale on unlabeled can goods--think they were like 10 cents a can--I bought up plenty and each night, it was a 

surprise and fun to see what we were having--one night we had green beans and peaches!  that was a delightful meal--kids loved it!  Oh, you could shake the can to see if it moved or was solid--guessing--hmm, refried beans? 

Each item in my freezer is a surprise when I pull it from it's frozen haven--oh, somethings, I can see what it is but when it's in a container--not so easy unless you pop off the top--and then you still can make out what it's suppose to be.

I digress--I found the one avocado I needed for my recipe--and carefully placed everything back in a freezer space--going on to happily mixed up the batter for those delicious avocado chocolate cookies-- they smell so yummy when baking--

You are probably wondering where is the recipe--I'm gladly sharing here: 
Chocolate Avocado Cookies
It only takes one avocado--frozen or not for some delicious low carb goodness.  We serve one of these cookies topped with fresh sliced fruit and no sugar added whip cream--delicious!





 


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Thinking BABY!!

 I'm thinking BABY! oh not me--but GREAT grandbaby!  It feels like that should make me OLD! that we are having a great grandbaby in our family--our grandson and his wife are expecting--so every time we see each other there are photos of the 'baby to be'!  They are so proud of their little 'bean' in the belly--but quite frankly, I need to stare a long time to make out anything--I'm sure over time as the little dude (and yes, it's a boy!) grows, the sonogram will appear to be more apparent to me!

So, I'm thinking baby things--I already have a quilt for the little tyke--his Name will be Waylon Michael--I hope he'll like being a cowboy--anyway.  I made the quilt many moons ago and decided it would be for the first grand child--but I just couldn't let go of my precious work--now, it's time to let it gooooooooooooooo-oh so hard!!

The other day this sweet little grand-daughter asked me if I had ever heard of cloth diapers!!  Oh, Lordy--that's all we ever used--those cloth diapers were so absorptive--you could use them for burp cloths, drying heads and tears, and of course, keeping those tiny hinny's dry and clean!  She said she couldn't fathom cleaning poop from a cloth diaper--I didn't tell her--I didn't relish it either but it was what it was and you get used it.  there will come a day when she'll be cleaning a lot more unsavory stuff from her young one!  Stay tuned for that adventure!!

What else will a baby need that a Great grandmother could give--besides lots of love and kisses?

Here's a handy burp cloth--just 'cause she won't have cloth diaper handy!
25 things for baby-- I skipped over all the cute girlie stuff--
oh so many things they'll need for that bundle of joy. 
 
Can I find a cowboy hat and boots?