Monday, January 31, 2011

Relay for Life Mittens, take two!

Last February The NorDakPurl Gurl's Relay for Life group decided to have a silent auction as an additional fund raiser. The gals had a fantastic idea because the fundraiser gives everyone in the little NorDak town the opportunity to do a little Valentine's Day shopping for their sweethearts at someplace other than the local Walmart or Penneys. I knit and felted some mittens last year and was very pleased to hear the amount they raised toward the defeat of cancer. (Norwegians love their wives but are a practical lot - AND mittens are a necessity in Nor' Da'ko'ta!!)

I knit another pair this year and just finished needle felting them tonight. The weather has been cold and snowy so I'm hoping they will be in demand!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I do love curry!

As promised, here are a couple of my favorite curry recipes that I promised my friend Lisa.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad
2 cups diced chicken
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 sticks celery, chopped
1/4 cups chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons curry powder (it asks for 2 tablespoons but start out light and add more to taste)

Just add to a bowl and stir! I put a big spoonful in half a pita and enjoy.

Another great recipe:

Crockpot curry
2 boneless chicken breasts or tenders
16 oz salsa
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 onion chopped
chopped baby carrots, or sweet potatoes, peas
1/2 cup sour cream

Place all ingredients except sour cream and peas in crockpots.  Set crockpots on low to cook and leave for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked and vegetables are tender. Add peas and cook until thawed and add sour cream. Serve over rice.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Introducing the future Olympic Hockey Star!

Sadie Lou Who and the Purl Gurl having a great time skating!
 AND the North Dakota newspapers know hockey talent when they see it!
A very pleased little girl!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Introducing the little professor!

The Pirate in his new specs!
January 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Quickly approaching...

My good friend sent me this cartoon:

Those reflections can really bring you up short....When I was pregnant with The Chick, Hubby bought me a brand new Buick Skylark. I loved that car. It was a sporty 2 door, with a sunroof, and was brand new! The little gurls were never allowed to eat in it and the car got a weekly wash. When I drove it, I always thought we were styling! One afternoon as I was driving down the street in my little Skylark, I looked at a reflection in a store window. Without a second thought I caught myself thinking, "Man its time for that guy to get a new car," I quickly realized that the reflection was me and my sporty little skylark with the sunroof had somehow become dumpy 14 year old car!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Priceless artwork.

When I got home from work today I had some fun mail....
Sadie Lou Who, 7 years old, 2011

The Tiger, 5 years old, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's a small world

Charity knitting is a good way to pass time when you are unsure just what to knit next. It is also a great way to use up your stash. I decided to knit a wool pullover with some stranded knitting around the body and sleeves. My self imposed challenge is to use left over yarn, yet create a nice finished project.  The charity group needs larger sizes and so I allow myself to buy a skein of the main color but the coordinating stripe or stranded knitting yarn must be from my stash. My goal is to ALWAYS end up with a project that I'd proudly put a grandbaby in.

I didn't have any stranded knitting graphs, so I began searching knitter's heaven, ravelry. I found some great people. "blanchn" of Quebec, Canada gave me a great stranded pattern to go on the thope hat and also pointed me to "stoperror" in Germany who has some very nice stranded graphs available on ravelry. I'd been marking time in the knitting world, searching for my next learning experience. After some emails back and forth, "stoperror" suggested that I look into Lopi patterns. I decided on The Best of Lopi:
I received the book yesterday and today I ordered the yarn for the two NorDak grandkids 2011 Christmas sweaters!
Sadie Lou Who's 2011 Christmas Sweater
The Tiger's 2011 Christmas sweater (on the left)
I'm not being very adventurous, I was able to order the colors suggested in the book - just had to get creative and order from two different sources. My LYS doesn't carry the yarn because the owner feels it's to itchy! I'm hoping that it's similar to Elizabeth Zimmerman's unspun Icelandic yarn - itchy until soaked all night and then blocked!

These sweaters are said to knit up as warm as coats, perfect for the North Dakota weather. A quote from the book states. "Matching hats and mittens add Mom-pleasing warmth, especially the traditional hats with ear flaps (very useful in Iceland, the Dakotas, and Siberia...)." I hope to have enough extra to knit hats - that is if The Tiger will change his mind about ear flap hats being "girlie".

Here is the charity sweater that started it all. It is also the reason I'm going with the book's yarn colors - look carefully for the gold stranded knitting around the body of the sweater, I wish I'd done it in brown or in the burgandy. Live and learn!
Charity Sweater
Very hard to detect stranded knitting.
So with some help from my new friends in Germany and Canada I've created a very nice looking warm sweater for a little one in Afghanistan. And I'll soon be knitting Nordic sweaters in Icelandic wool for my grandkiddos!  It truly is a small world.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What the California Gurl wants, the California Gurl gets.

Recently while visiting with the California Gurl, she suggested that I make a 2011 "This Year's To Do List" similar to the list from last summer. I have to say that it's been difficult. In my mind the year is split into two equal parts. Most teachers feel as I do, one half of the year - school; second half of the year - summer  (I know, I know, mathematically they aren't equal). Not only is it divided that way for most of us but somehow almost everything in a teacher's everyday life goes into suspended animation during the school year except the class they are responsible for. Then we go into overdrive all summer just trying to catch up with family, chores and relaxation!

I'm going to try to take a giant leap and the biggest "To Do" Item is not to let school entirely consume my life. So, today's list is for the school half of the year. My summer "To Do List" will come about when it's summer and the spirit moves me because that's what I do in the summer - only what the spirit moves me.

2011 To Do List....
Make the effort to have a "date night" once a month. 
 Lose a few pounds (But isn't that what everyone wants to do?)
Spend each Grandchild's birthday with them. (It's never happened)
Visit Yellowstone Park while the baby moose, elk, and buffalo are tiny.
Have a gurl's vacation at Disneyland for my birthday party. (Including the kiddos of course)
 And last: Give the Calfornia Gurl what she wants!