Saturday, October 25, 2014

A real prize for a Christmas Gift

Last year I was winning drawing after drawing at ravelry. An item I won was a skein of Madelinetosh tosh merino DK in Winter Wheat on the Traveling Sock Knitter podcast. I've heard about Mad Tosh yarns but had never knit on any.  It was a delightful knit and I think the finished project is beautiful!
Pattern: Bertie by Kate Blackburn
Yarn: Madelinetosh tosh merino DK
Colorway: Winter Wheat
Needles: US Size 6

A great Minestrone Soup

I found this soup recipe on another blog. It's delicious and I'm afraid I'll lose it if I don't post it. Give it a try, and thanks Patty!

Patty’s Minestrone Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 –  64 oz. can V-8 Juice
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup catsup (optional)
  • 3/4 cup pasta of choice (small is best)
  • 1-1/2 cups green beans, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
In a large sauce pan or dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stirring often, cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.  Increase temperature to medium high and add hamburger and garlic and cook until meat is browned, about 7 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Pour in wine, and be sure to scrape up the brown bits from the pan.  Add chicken broth, stewed tomatoes (I like to make sure the tomatoes are chopped somewhat small for my kids), catsup, and V-8 Juice.  Bring to a boil and add green beans, cabbage, bay leaf and Italian seasoning.  Cook at a low boil stirring occasionally about 15 minutes until green beans and cabbage are softened.  Add pasta, zucchini, spinach and beans and cook until softened about 12 more minutes, until pasta is cooked.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove bay leaf and add fresh basil just before serving.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Crazy Zauberball Socks!

I finished another pair of socks and I'm very grateful that my brothers don't seem to mind my crazy socks at all! In fact, they claim to love them. I have bought the Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball several times and the yarn looks so fun in the ball but then I'm a little scared as I knit the pair of socks because there is never a repeat in colors, they just seem to flow from one tone to another. If you're a free spirit they are lovely!
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
Colorway: Schokolandenseite 2092
US Needle Size: One

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Griz football

Denali, our little kitty, continues to travel with us. When we go to Griz games she hops in the car and happily arrives at the Chick's house to raise a little heck with Abby. Interestingly, the trip home is a little testy. I think she's just on overload after a weekend of fun and games with her kitty cousin!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sock knitting continues...

I've been such a lazy blogger lately. Knitting but not posting! Three pairs of socks have been knit and are ready to put into the gift basket!
Pair #1
Pattern Name: Simple Skyp Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Patons North American Kroy Socks 4 Ply
Colorway: Winter Eclipse
Amount: 3 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 1

Pair #2
Pattern Name: Socks for Euni with a  Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Rowen Sock - Wool and cashmere
Colorway: Denim
Amount: 1 skein
Needle Size: US Size1

Pair #3
Pattern Name: Pin Striped Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Patons North American Kroy Socks Stripe
Colorway: Sweet Stripes
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 1

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Knitting for a preemie

About a month ago a friend had a preemie granddaughter born. I've never knit preemie hats before, I wasn't sure if babies in our local hospital were allowed to used them, but when this little 2 pound 3 ounce darling was born I quickly knit up three little hats. I thought that even if the hats weren't used they would be great to look at years from now surely with the comment "You were so little that these hats were to big!"
I started the first hat with a published pattern but thought that they would be to big and so went down to a size 1US needle and sock yarn instead of a 5 needle and sport weight yarn. As you can see, the hat is still a bit big but happily it is being grown into!

 Hat for a Two Pound Preemie

Cast on 80  stitches
Knit 25 rounds in ribbing
Knit 25 rounds in stockinette
Decrease evenly around every other row until 8 stitches remain.
Run yarn through the 8 stitches and sew shut.

One hat has a ribbed brim, one a rolled brim, another had a ribbed brim with a top that was just knit across with pink yarn balls on each side. On October 1st I knit this cut little pumpkin hat:
The curlie cues were very easy:
Cast on 30 stitches
Knit in the front and back of each stitch
Cast off!

Now a month later this little baby is three pounds and may go home in two weeks! I knit a baby pink sweater for a five pound baby.  With this exciting news it may be to big for her homecoming!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge

Years ago Hubby and I visited the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge in the early fall. It has been on my list of things to revisit ever since. The bugs are hellacious but the scenery and elk make it well worth the visit.

During the day we sat in the sun enjoying the view along the Missouri River, listening to the invisible elk stomping through the willows, hitting trees and bugling as they went. Just before sunset they began to wonder out into the meadow and the show began. This visit the willows had noticeably begun to fill in the meadow but there was still room for quite a show. Bulls ran from one cow to another trying to keep their harem safe and away from other bulls. An occasional fight would break out but usually the smaller of the bulls would slowly wander off choosing not to expel to much energy.
On our first visit years ago, we left at sunset for the two hour drive home but this time we stayed in our little home away from home and there was a surprise in store for us at dawn... we had the same show but in reverse. The elk came down the hillside and went into the willows for the day.
For a wildlife enthusiast this trip is a must and now that we have our little the home away from home, I hope to make this a yearly visit.