Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just Married

Our dearest daughter and her one true love were married at the courthouse in Cincinnati on Thursday. It was a simple, very joyful event, and we feel so privileged to have shared it with them.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Little Sweaters For My Feet

It's January in Wisconsin. That means it's cold and I dress in many layers. But my feet were making do with only one, and even a pair of thick wool socks can use some reinforcement on bare wood floors. So I made slippers.

They aren't fancy knitting, but are very cozy, so I'm happy.

The pattern, which is super easy, came from Drops Design. I didn't have any suitable DK/worsted weight yarn in the stash, so I used two strands of regular sock yarn held together, one a self-patterning stripe and the other a subtly multi tonal.

The only thing I didn't like about the process was sewing the bottom seam - edge to edge garter is kind of a PITA. So I decided to fiddle with the pattern a little so I could work the foot portion in the round. Instead of working toe to top, I started at the top and worked the heel portion flat in garter. Then I joined the round and worked down to to the toe. Since I don't much like working garter stitch in the round, I changed the foot  to a garter rib.

I give the final product mixed reviews. I like the way it looks, but it is less stretchy and cushion-y than the all garter version. And I could have made it just a teeny bit longer. But it's wearable, and will be warm.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Well, tidying up the computer, anyway.

My photo file collection had grown rather huge and chaotic, so I've spent a couple of hours deleting and rearranging.  Here are a couple I had forgotten that I like.

Mitts, Muffattees, Wristers, Handwarmers

Whatever you want to call them...

Much as I love mittens, there are times when it is more practical to have my fingertips free.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Water, Salt, Yeast, Flour,

(and in this case, some dehydrated chopped onion and sage). It smells very, very good. It's going to taste even better.

I hadn't baked bread in years and years, but I've taken it up again recently, thanks to Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  The title is a bit of an overstatement, but the basic recipe is easy, is easy to play around with, and so far has always given good results.  Good enough that I really haven't pushed on to try the other variations in the book, but one of these days.....