Thursday, October 2, 2014

German Cooking

 I grew up around German food.  I talking the stick to the ribs heave in the tummy kind of cooking.  There were home made sausages and sauerkraut, and yes I can make it.  There were also kolaches.  Yeast rolls with fruit filling.  In my family there was rolache, that is like a cinnamon roll but you put a poppy seed filling in it.  Ground poppy seed and cooked in a sweet milk and sugar mixture until the are thick.  It is awsome.  I had to give it all up.  Not because I wanted to healthier, but because I have a gluten intolerance.  No bread no wheat. I thought I would go crazy.  I did in a way.  I tried every gluten free recipe I could get my hands on.  That is not always a good thing.  Most of the bread recipes have a lot of added sugar.  Well I found out that with time you loose the cravings after a while and you don't eat that stuff.  Now it is a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits and cheeses and nuts.  I have even lost a little weight.
  What gets me that there are a lot of people out there going on a gluten free diet to loose weight.  Doctors are even putting them on these diets.  In a way it is good, but for those of us that have to be gluten free, we get the oh you are one of those.  I say one of what?
  Try having to run to the bathroom after you eat.  Having bad gas and pain.  Not only that but joint pain.  You got it is funnnnnn.  I am three years gluten free and I feel  better than I ever have.  My allergies have even gotten better.
  So why am I going on about this?  I don't know. I guess I just wanted to go on a rant.
  I am going to do a little tunisian crochet.  It is a fun change.  I like the crochet but almost knit look of it.  I have found a lot of videos online.  When I first started tunisian there was not a lot out there.  I wasn't sure if I was doing it right.  Now that I have something to go by I enjoy it a lot more.
  I could go on and on about it but I am going to work today.  So I will be back later.  I have to finish the next square of my afghan.  I am also doing a loom knit version.  They look so much alike that I decided to make them different colors to keep the squares straight.  I guess it wouldn't matter if I got a loom knit square in with the needle knit squares, but I would like to keep them separate.
 Ok I am out for now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's Up With That

 I haven't been knitting.  Me not knitting.  Have I lost my mojo?  I don't think so.  We all go through times that we don't do the things we love.  I have been reading.  " The Bone Orchard " by Daniel Judson.  It is book two of a trilogy and I have not read the first one.  I should, but I might not have to.   I like mystery and who done its.  I will let you know if it is worth the read.
  I still haven't finished my socks.  If I worked on them I would finish them.  I started the second square in my afghan.  I guess I needed a break from everything.  The seasons are changing.  We don't really have a fall here.  We get a little cooler and the leaves turn brown and drop off the trees.  Some winters we even have to mow the lawn.  The grass doesn't grow as fast and if we don't have any frost, rarely do we have frost, it stays green.  Last winter we one of our coldest, and I enjoyed it.  I like it cool but I am also glad we don't have to shovel snow.
  I know what I need to reset myself, fishing.  I love to go fishing.  There is something about the quiet and the movement of the water that relaxes and calms me.  I am a water sign maybe that is why.  I have two stock ponds at my house.  One has some big blue cats in it.  The water has been so clear that you can see them swimming when they are close to the bank.  If I catch one I will have to post a picture.
What was he thinking.  That frog is a little to big for him to eat.  That is a garter snake trying to eat a pig frog.  There was another snake that had him from the leg.  The frog lived, but boy can they make loud distress screams.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014


 It has been cooler than normal here the few days.  Nice change from the upper 90's that we have had.  I don't think the heat is gone, I live in Texas, but maybe it will be a little less hot.

  I have the pattern worked out for the first square of my knit sampler afghan.  I have the loom knit version posted on my loom blog.
  This is a very easy pattern.  It is a basket weave.  I knit mine in worsted weight yarn with 9 knitting needles.  It can be knit in yarn of your choice just use the needle size recommended for the yarn.

 Co 34
knit 4 rows of garter stitch keep the first three and last three stitches in garter stitch

1) K 3, (K4, P4 ) to the last 3 stitches k3

2) K3, ( P4, K4) to the last 3 stitches K3
3) repeat row 1.

4) repeat row 2

5) K3, Purl to last 3 K3

6) K3 Purl to last 3 K3

7) K3, ( P4, K4) to last 3 K3

8) K3, ( K4, P4) to last 3 K3

9) repeat row 7

10) repeat row 8

11) K3, purl to last 3 K3

12) K3 purl to last 3 K3

repeat row 1-12 3 more times

Then repeat row 1-4 one more time
Knit 4 rows of garter stitch and bind off.

You now have your first square.  I am knitting my practice pattern in a yarn that I have now clue as to what it is.  It was given to me without the bands.  I will make my final keeper project in a yarn that I will be able to tell what it is.  I am thinking about Lion Brand Wool Ease.  I will let you know.

Friday, September 12, 2014

One Square Down

 Well I have finished the first square.  I found the time to finish it.  I know sounds like I am complaining about to busy to do the little things that I really like to do.  No that's not it at all.
  When you have a little guy come up to you with a book, and he wants you to read to him, how can you refuse.  Wednesday we worked in the garden.  Then we needed a bath.  The peppers got plenty water.

Now how can I complain about being busy?  Not going to happen.
Here is the first square.
It is a simple basket weave.  I will post the pattern on the 15.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Twenty Nine Years and Counting

 My husband and I are celebrating our 29th anniversary. Makes me feel old.  We put up with each other this long so I guess we are going stay together a while longer. LOL
  I am working on an afghan sampler pattern for loom knit.  I decided to make a needle knit patter to go with it.  That way if someone wants to follow along and the needle knit they can.  I will try to post the patterns around the 15 of the month.  I have the first square started all I have to do is finish so I can take pictures.
  This project is going to be one of those make it the way you want with the yarn of your choice.  The only thing I want to stress is that if you start with one fiber you should stick with it.  Wool in one square and acrylic in another would not be a good idea. Same with yarn weight.
  Not much else going on right now.  We are starting to plan our trip to Maine next year.  My husband was born and raised there.  He wants to go visit family and take time out for our selves.  It will be a little early for the leave change but it will be getting close.
  We don't have fall in Texas.  It goes from summer to cool weather.  The trees turn brown and drop their leaves and that is it.
  It has been about 15 years since I have been to Maine.  Sabbath Day Lake now has a bypass around it.  It will be a lot quieter.
  That is it for now. I will be back soon.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Half a Sock and Half a Book

I love reading.  I have not always enjoyed reading.  The reason for that goes back to my childhood.
  My mother was very hard of hearing.  If she didn't have her hearing aids on she is deaf.  She reads lips very well.
  Fast forward to the first grade.  I didn't go to kindergarten, it was not a requirement when I started school.  The only pre first grade that I had is what I learned from my mother.  There were a lot of words that she used that were pronounced wrong. Needless to say I was very behind.
  I am not blaming my mother for my lack of skills, she did the best she could.  I did learn to read and write but I was in the 6th grade.  I had a wonderful reading teacher that recognized that I needed extra help.  She found easy books in subjects that interested me.  After that I was hooked.  I was a little slower than most of the other kids in my class but I was gaining fast.
  Years later I read everything I could get my hands on.  I still love a good book.  When you are reading a book and you can picture every thing you read, that is what I like.
  Ok enough about that.  I am still working on my spiral socks.  I hope to get them finished by the end of this month.  If not they will get done.  I am also working on a scarf for my sons girlfriend.  I haven't gotten very far.  I will post the pattern when I finish.  It is going to be an easy pattern repeat.  Sort of like a stitch sampler.
  I still haven't gotten a new camera yet so no new pictures yet.  My tablet takes fair but not great pictures.
  I am out for now.  Can't wait for the cooler weather to come my way.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Socks Oh My

 I am still working on my socks when I get time.  Normally I would have them finished and on my feet.  I don't mind the distractions.  It won't be lone and my grandson will find other things to play with and my knitting projects will resume.
  I am going to try to work out a sock pattern.  It might take a few years to get it done, but I will do it.
  It has been hot and dry here so I and spending a lot more time indoors.  I can't wait until it cools off.