I’m flirting with making a confetti stars quilt for my bed. I have the batiks, I love the two quilts I made (baby and lap) and I’d like one for sleeping under, something with a dark background and bright batiks. I think I’m going to do a sew-along . . . it’s a really easy pattern but it does require batiks for the stars. If you want in, ping me.
My goal is to have a sweater I can knit without seams or picked up stitches. I truly think I’m there with my latest iteration using an icord caston and icord edge to form the neck. There’s a lot going on here, and there will probably never be a pattern for this, but regardless, here it is.
Here’s a video of one of the testing steps that got me to this result.
German short rows are tricky. There are lots of YouTube videos showing different ways to do German short rows but there aren’t any videos showing how to do them if you are a mirrored knitter. Well shoot, we can sure fix that.
I knit in a style that’s just a bit unique. I knit continental style, which refers to how the yarn in held (opposite hand from the needle making the stitches). I don’t “pick” the yarn to form stitches I throw, which is unusual for continental knitters. I also knit so stitches to be knitted have the leading leg in back and stitches to be purled have the leading leg in front. This is called combined knitting and refers to how the stitches are mounted on the needle. And I don’t turn my work, which is called mirrored knitting. So, to someone who knows about knitting style I can just say I knit thrown continental combined mirrored. There’s a lot of extra stuff going on but for those of you who do not knit, you now know way more than you ever wanted to know about knitting . . . or you’re scratching your head and wondering what in the heck I just said.
So, here it is, thrown continental combined mirrored.
My flood and drain bed for house plants which cleans the guppy tank has been working flawlessly for over six months. This is the system I will use this summer for tomato and zucchini plants in the sun porch this summer.
I use a lot of spices and herbs when I cook, and I cook a lot of the same stuff all the time. Rather than opening 4-6 different spice/herb bottles to season something I started using the empty bottles to make the mixes I use all the time.
The spicy pork seasoning is BBQ Boys mix with doubled ground onion and ground garlic.
The S&R is a steak and roast mix with rosemary, thyme, black pepper, onion and garlic.
The marinara is the spice mix I use for the tomato sauce I use for anything requiring tomato sauce.
I also have an apple mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and xylitol I use for apple compote and apple custard I make for Wadly.
I’m sure I’ll being adding more mixes to my array. Having premixed organic spices speeds cooking and ensures the taste stays consistent across the dishes I make.
I think we’ve all ended up with things too good or nice or unique to get rid of but with no place in which to put or use them. I have a piece of fabric like that . . . a hand died batik on broadcloth. I don’t quilt with broadcloth, I don’t wear those colors or that style . . . but 3 yards . . . yeah, couldn’t part with it.
It’s now an out-of-the-sun curtain and it works beautifully to keep light from reflecting onto my monitors. And I look at it and smile . . . and think of the wonderful woman I inherited it from who also could not find a use for it but thought it was too good to get rid of. Nice!
Having food allergies makes life very interesting in a way that cannot be appreciated by those who don’t have food allergies. I’m not saying that in a disparaging way, just as a fact. Anyone with food allergies is nodding their head at this point.
Given soy and milk allergies, finding a coffee creamer that works is a challenge. In researching creamer alternatives I found a recipe using water, vanilla, raw cashew butter and medjool dates. My recipe is an outtake of that recipe.
In trying the above recipe there were a few things I didn’t care for. Using water instead of coffee as the liquid made no sense. It waters down the coffee which to me is counter-productive. I didn’t find the vanilla added anything. If I’m adding anything extra it is organic cacao powder with another date to counter the bitter.
My most pleasing recipe, sans cacao powder, is 1/3 cup raw cashew butter (organic), 3 medium to large medjool dates (organic) and about 1/2 cup fresh coffee as the liquid. Mince the dates and blend it all together until the dates are liquefied. According to what I’ve read this should stay fresh and viable in the fridge for 3 days. I use about 1/3 of the above in my gigantic cup with fresh brewed coffee. Mmmmm.
In a pint jar add 1/2 grated fresh zucchini, 2 large organic eggs (warmed in hot tap water before opening), 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 medjool dates (pit removed). Spin on the blender attachment and run on lowest setting until everything is chopped and mixed.
Spin the top off and add 1 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp cacao powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda. Spin the top back on and blend until the powdered ingredients are integrated.