Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Day of 2014

I'll spend the rest of this morning getting this roast ready and into the crock pot with some onions, carrots, and potatoes.  Mmm...sounds good for dinner on a cold day, doesn't it?  And then I'll get those Meltaway Cookies sliced and baked and iced. I made the batter and wrapped it up yesterday. These are high on the list of my favorite cookies. So good! I'm making the Peppermint ones this time, but I usually make the Lemon ones. They're both good!

The paperwhites are rather leggy now.

I only got two stalks that bloomed, but it was enough to make me happy.
Now I'm supposed to keep watering it until the stalks die off naturally, clip them at the root, and then let them dry out and plant them in soil outside. I may get more blooms in spring.

The mantel is cleaned of the Christmas decorations.

I started this doily about a week ago. I've got the last 1.5 rows left to do before blocking. I think this one will be a Giveaway! I have to get a couple of packages ready for the post office anyway. Might as well get this out too.  Stay tuned...

I cut this ad out of a magazine because of the Granny blanket. I love those colors together like this...Cath Kidston colors for those of you who are familiar. I've always wanted to make one. That would mean buying more yarn since I don't have enough of any of these colors to make a blanket. Hmm...I'll have to think about it and see.

Tonight we'll be in front of the fire to ring in the New Year.
Y'all be safe!
2015, here we come!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Poncho Tah-Dah!

Yay, yay, yay!
Warning:  Picture Overload

I've gotta tell you...this was so much fun to make! Maybe it's because I rarely crochet clothing and I've been crocheting lots of doilies over the past year, but whatever it was, I loved every minute of it. I didn't even really get mad that I had to start completely over after spending a couple of hours starting it.

I tried it on before starting the edging to make sure it was long enough for me, and I was surprised at how comfortable it is. The cowl neck is made with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, so it's really soft. Plus the opening is big since it's a cowl neck. I love it!

Here are the details:

Pattern:  Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 25, Cowl-Neck Poncho
Yarn & Colors:
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist, less than 2 skeins
Scheepjeswol Stone Washed (50g skeins):
3 1/4 skeins Amazonite (813)
1 2/3 skeins Blue Apatite (805)
Knit Picks Brava Sport in Peacock, less than 1 skein
Hook:  Size J for entire pattern

Alterations to pattern:  Crocheted 30 rounds of body, then 2 rds sc, then replaced fringe with my own edging.

Pammy Sue

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wrist Warmers & Cheeseburger Soup

I guess I lied. One more finish before Christmas!
I saw these and had to make them...
I used Hobby Lobby ILTY in Old Rose
G Hook
Free Pattern:  Cabled Wrist Warmers

This Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup is really good! Probably not the healthiest, but it would feed a crowd. I had to take some out of my big 6-qt crockpot before adding the final ingredients so it would fit. I'm going to freeze at least half of it for another time.

You can find the recipe here:  Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

Pictures from the backyard this morning...
There's still some green out there.

We got a little over 1/2 an inch of rain last night and this morning.

See the steam rising from the fence?
I was hoping it would show up a little better in the photos.

I have no idea what I'm going to crochet along with my poncho next. For some reason, I can't crochet on that poncho very long at one time. It makes my arm hurt. I'm such a creaky old lady! Maybe it's just the bigger motions with the bigger yarn and hook after using the thread for so long.

I'll be back soon, I'm sure. See ya.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lavender Beauty Doily

Last finish before Christmas

As you can imagine, I have a big stack of doilies that I'm made over the last year or two. When I look at them, I can remember what I was watching, if anything, on TV, or if I was in a waiting room crocheting parts of it, or whatever. I started this one on a whim last Monday night. I've had the pattern sitting out for several weeks, so I grabbed it and my thread and it began. Here's what I was doing while I crocheted this one.

Middle flower and green:  3 episodes of Kardashian shows (it was an accident! Really!)

Natural colored middle:  Mostly The Tonight Show over a couple or three nights

Most of the green outer ring:  Dateline...was it suicide or Muh-duh?!

Lavender edging:  For the first couple of rows I watched a Hallmark movie about a man whose wife was dying of cancer and he built her a Ferris Wheel in the backyard as a surprise (they got engaged on a Ferris Wheel years ago.) Do I get Brownie points for watching a Hallmark movie?

Lavender edging:  A couple of episodes of Will & Grace.

Lavender edging:  Two or three hours of news coverage of the NYPD officers that were murdered. So sad and horrifying and senseless. 

The last round:  A show about three plane crashes and the sole survivor of each one telling their story. All were not found for several days after their planes went down. I was riveted. One woman remembers falling through the sky (they said from two miles up) still strapped in her seat but not in the airplane. Ack! They crashed into a thick rain forest which, I guess, absorbed a lot of the force when she hit and is why she survived. Some fascinating stories.

This is the pattern which came from The House of White Birches. It must have been from some doily of the month club or something. I have lots of these patterns. (Thanks, Melissa! ♥)

Thread: AL #10 in Wood Violet, AL #10 in Natural, Knit Picks Curio in Spearmint.
Hook: 1.75 mm
Blocked Size:  18 inches

I love it. I usually prefer doilies in a solid color or maybe two, but I really love these three colors together.

I've made some progress on the poncho. I tried to take some sneak-peek photos, but they were blurry. I guess you're not supposed to see it until it's finished. It's coming along nicely though!

Try to breathe, be thankful, and enjoy the upcoming week.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One of Life's Little Thrills

I planted these bulbs on December 2nd...
And here it is December 18th and BAM!

They're going to be beautiful for Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crochet and Candy

 The poncho beginnings.

I don't think I'm going to add the other colors to this because I like it as it is. I don't want anything that's knock-your-eyeballs-out bright because I'll never wear it. This I will wear. I'll be adding in more of the gray color of the color in the striped part too. These pictures are a little too dark because it was cloudy yesterday when I took them.

Working on the poncho yesterday, the Cap was taking pictures.

The Captain says this is the best fudge he's ever had. It has a smooth texture. The cherry flavor is very mild, which surprised me. I'd add the whole 5-oz bag of dried cherries next time (there wasn't that many left in the bag anyway). I used white chocolate chips and Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips.

Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate

2 1/2 cups White Chocolate
7 oz. jar Marshmallow Cream
3/4 cup Butter ( 1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Heavy Cream
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Cherry Flavored Gelatin Powder (Jello)
1/2 cup Dried Cherries
10 oz. Dark Chocolate, melted

1.  Line a 9" x 9" pan with foil, leaving some hanging over edges for easy removal later. Spray with cooking spray (like Pam).

2.  In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, cream, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add cherry Jello powder, mix, and boil for 5 minutes; remove from heat.

3.  Place white chocolate chips and marshmallow cream in a large bowl. Pour cooked mixture over all and mix well with a wooden spoon. At this point, my butter started separating after a bit, but it didn't affect the way the fudge turned out. Just mix as well as you can until the chips are melted. Work quickly as the mixture will start to set up. Pour mixture into your prepared pan and spread evenly. I used a paper towel to soak up any butter that separated and was pooling on top.

4.  Melt dark chocolate in the microwave until smooth and pourable. Pour over cherry fudge mixture evenly. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Recipe Source:  Shugary Sweets

The Captain made some crockpot chili, mostly to freeze in individual containers to take to work. We did sample it, and then we had some over omelets for breakfast. Yum!

I don't want to work on the poncho during the evenings when I'm in bed, so I started this doily last night while I accidentally watched three Kardashian shows in a row. That was just the channel my TV happened to be on when I turned it on, and I just never changed it. I'd work on this a while, read my Star Magazine a while, work on the doily a little more, eat some chips and have some tea, work on the doily some more, etc. This is as far as I got. The main body is an ecru or cream color. I think I'm going to love this one.

I think we might have Paperwhite blooms tomorrow.
TWO of them!