Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's Halloween time!

Since retirement I've been playing Bunco with the neighbor ladies. It's a good thing it's just for fun because if I didn't have bad luck I'd have no luck at all! The last game night I lost all but three rounds and so "won" the booby prize. It turned into a trick or treat prize... I was tricked into thinking it was a booby prize but for me it was a treat!
Coffee, mugs and a cat!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The merging of Old and New Griz

When hubby and I attended the U of M the school colors were mustard and gold = Old Griz. Currently the school colors are Maroon and Silver = a much better choice!

However, Old Griz colors are now quite in vogue! Before the opening Griz game this season, Hubby and I were at the bookstore and I noticed that an employee was wearing an “Old Griz ” shirt. Hubby has been wanting “Old Griz” colors for awhile so I walked up to the fellow and began quizzing him about his attire. He told me that the president of the university has forbidden anyone to sell the “Old Griz” colors….

So I cooked up these socks and love the idea of combining the old with the new!
Pattern: Stashbuster Spirals with Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn
Colorway: Cinnamon, Slate, Burgandy
Needle Size: US Size 1
Everyone is talking about the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and I do love the simplicity, the look, and the fit. BUT I must say what appeals to me the most is the tutorial on the template. All my family lives out of state. I have had a tough time getting a perfect fit on their socks. Not any more! I’ll be getting a template of all knit worthy family members soon!

Friday, October 25, 2013

A beautiful Christmas gift....DONE!

On a recent visit to The Chick's coop, we went to the local farmer's market I was tickled to find this hand dyed, alpaca and silk yarn. I love the softness and just recently found out alpaca is six times warmer than wool! Several in the advanced knitting class  I teach had asking about placing beading in their knitting so this was a great opportunity to show the group! They are enjoying the experience and love the simplicity of the pattern.
Pattern: Bertie by Kate Blackburn
Yarn: Hand dyed alpaca and silk
Colorway: Slate blue
Amount: 268 yards
Needle Size: US Size 6

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More kid socks

I used the Stashbuster spiral pattern for these socks. They turned out a bit wide which is why I’m so happy to have found the Fish Lips Kiss tutorial! Can’t wait to get the templates for ALL the family!
Pattern: Modified Stashbuster Spirals
Yarn: Patons 80/20 wool
Colorway: Blue
Amount: Bits and pieces of three skeins
Needle Size: Us Size 1
Yield: Make 2 – 10 ounce latte’s
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (any % you choose)
  • 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • canned whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil, stirring constantly - if you allow it to boil it will get thick (yuck). Whisk the mixture until it starts to froth, about 1 minute. Divide milk mixture between two mugs. Add the coffee slowly down the side so you don’t disturb the milk froth, add a squirt of whipped cream and a pinch more of the pumpkin pie spice and enjoy.
Notes
NOTE: Keep a spoon on hand, because of the thick nature of pumpkin puree, you will want to stir the latte occasionally to keep it from getting thick at the bottom of your mug.
Another Note: To get a good thick froth, you can add COLD pumpkin mixture to a large glass mason jar. Cap and shake vigorously. When you have a good froth, REMOVE CAP and microwave the milk mixture to desired temperature. Never leave the cap on and do not shake a capped jar with hot liquid or you will get injured

Read more at http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spiced-latte.html#hM3SR0EbE8ItJKAs.99
Yield: Make 2 – 10 ounce latte’s
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (any % you choose)
  • 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • canned whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil, stirring constantly - if you allow it to boil it will get thick (yuck). Whisk the mixture until it starts to froth, about 1 minute. Divide milk mixture between two mugs. Add the coffee slowly down the side so you don’t disturb the milk froth, add a squirt of whipped cream and a pinch more of the pumpkin pie spice and enjoy.

Read more at http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spiced-latte.html#hM3SR0EbE8ItJKAs.99
Yield: Make 2 – 10 ounce latte’s
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (any % you choose)
  • 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • canned whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil, stirring constantly - if you allow it to boil it will get thick (yuck). Whisk the mixture until it starts to froth, about 1 minute. Divide milk mixture between two mugs. Add the coffee slowly down the side so you don’t disturb the milk froth, add a squirt of whipped cream and a pinch more of the pumpkin pie spice and enjoy.

Read more at http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spiced-latte.html#hM3SR0EbE8ItJKAs.99

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Not sure if I'm coming or going

I've been going east to west and west to east for the over a month! Many 5 hour trips west for Griz games and then 5 hours east back home.  I've traveled 8 hours east to visit The Nor Dak PurlGurl Family and then 8 hours back home! A very interesting trip that kept me on edge the entire time as it appears I managed to bring a wasp hive into the car hidden in a plant! I wasn't able to rid myself of all of them until 10 days later when I drove 3.5 hours to the west to help The Chick moved into a new apartment. On the 3.5 hour trip home I found one last wasp holdout and tossed  him out the window!

Last weekend's Griz adventure was outstanding. The Griz were the first to score but quickly fell behind. However, the two last minutes of the game the Griz drove the ball down field for a touchdown tying the score. The N-zone pulled out all the stops and..."Cal Poly, who had largely ignored the Washington-Grizzly crowd of 25, 913 throughout regulation, seemed bothered by the intensity of the moment as they faced the raucous north end zone. Quarterback Dano Graves, who had been Mr. Efficiency all game long, tossed an ill-advised pass that was picked off by Grizzly linebacker Brock Coyle just shy of the end zone." (KGVO) One of the best games ever!
 
When I was North Dakota ThePurlGurl and I went to Fort Ransom for their annual craft bazaar. Fort Ransom is currently a small town that is now a ski resort. Where are the mountains?
I later learned while on another adventure, Fort Ransom was created to secure the area and allowed the Fargo area to become settled and shortly after the railroad line to be built.

Although we didn't buy much I did get a great idea for a way to use an old window frame I had:
The wandering isn't done yet, next month on to San Francisco before the holiday season begins!