Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my American friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Instead of knitting yesterday, I

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I mean, good grief!  It was like something straight out of Office Space.

I mean, really!  Did all the airports decide to shut down for the Thanksgiving holiday, or something?

Good grief!

I am SO thankful that I will be spending today at home, baking and not out on the roads.

(Can you tell that if it wasn't for NaBloPoMo, I wouldn't be posting today?  So far, I haven't missed a day and didn't want to blow it this close to the finish line.)

If you'd like to see some actual knitting being done, head over to Kat's #Unraveled link-up.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On the Needles

On the needles today, and in Very bad light....

Ocean Stripes, a multicolored, striped blanket shawl, OTN
On the needles

When I finished Sarah's orange blanket the other day, I grabbed Ocean Stripes out of the UFO pile.  

It's currently measuring about 19 inches wide/tall (depending on how you look at it) and my goal is for it to be at least 24 inches.  I'd really like it to be wider than 24 but... 

I have plenty of yarn.  Actually, I have enough yarn I could probably knit it 48 inches wide but....  

There's another project out there that I'm dying to start and I'm determined this one will be finished before I start something else.  At least before I start something else big.

To see what others are knitting, join me over at Frontier Dreams for today's #CraftingOn link-up.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Makers' Monday - Beach Stone Bling

Welcome to Makers' Monday, a celebration of knitting designers, artists & creatives of all types. 

Today I'm talking about Io Kikka Design and I'm so happy that this day has finally come!  Several months ago, I impulse purchased a pair of earrings for my daughter for Christmas and I've been waiting, not so patiently, to tell you about them.  Thankfully, I realized that Sarah had a November birthday and I didn't have to wait until Christmas to give them to her.  Yay!

unique, one of a kind jewelry
Beach Stone Earrings from IoKikkaDesign

I really, really hope I don't offend the artist when I call the earrings weird.  (She describes her art as unusual.  'Weird' isn't that different from 'unusual,' right?)  Anyway, I just LOVE the weirdness of blinged up rocks.  Okay, they are really made from beach stones, Adriatic shore beach stones to be exact but....  In our household, any kind of stone, pebble, gravel.... is a rock.  It goes back to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin and the "I got a rock." quote.  Yes, we are a weird family.  Just go with it, okay?

inexpensive jewelry from Io Kikka Design
handmade, unique, one of a kind jewelry


These earrings are fantastic!  Besides the uniqueness of blinged up beach stones, they are super lightweight.  Sarah put them on in the morning and didn't take them off until bedtime and they never pulled on her ears at all - and she's picky about earring weight, so for her not to complain/remove them...   It says a lot.  

earring bling from IoKikkaDesign

They also look great on her.  They are the perfect length, they are a neutral color so they'll go with any and every thing and there's just that little bit of sparkle that catches the eye from across the room. 

 They also did not turn Sarah's skin green.  Sarah's skin is super sensitive to "cheap" metals and she tends to look like the Grinch after wearing "cheap" jewelry for more than 15 minutes.  (And by "cheap"  I mean anything other than real gold.)

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about ordering from Io Kikka Design,  They are a new shop on Etsy and I was the first to purchase anything from them.  They were located in a foreign country (Slovenia,) and didn't have any kind of a track record.  The transaction went smoothly and proved that I had nothing to fear however.  

inexpensive, unique, one of a kind jewelry
Beach stone necklace from IoKikkaDesign

The shipping was crazy fast (it takes packages longer to reach me from California than it did from Slovenia!) and the earrings arrived, not only packaged securely, but in a very cute and giftable way.  I was very impressed!

So, if you think you might be interested in unique, inexpensive, one of a kind jewelry, definitely check out Kristina's shop, Io Kikka Design.   Her designs would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.  Or birthday gifts.  Or an 'I finished a never ending knitting project and deserve a new pair of earrings!' gift.  Or what about a gift for showing self control and not buying that gorgeous, but crazy expensive cashmere yarn I saw....?

beach stone jewelry from IoKikkaDesign
Beach Pebble Pendant, IoKikkaDesign

Hmmm..... I did just finish knitting that never ending orange blanket.  I think I deserve at least one of those pendants.  Maybe both of them.  And since I was a good girl and wove the ends in on the same day I bound the blanket off, I might even deserve both pendants and a pair of earrings!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Little Hats, Big Hearts

First, I'd like to wish my daughter a very happy birthday.  I can not believe that my little, baby girl turned 21 today.  Twenty-one!  Where have the years gone?

Okay, gotta change the subject so I don't get all sentimental.

Little hats...

knitting small red hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts program; American Heart Association
little red hat (in bad lighting)

I finished the giant, orange blanket, got all the loose ends woven in, ran it through the washer and dryer (yay for acrylic yarn!) and now I'm busy knitting little hats.  Little, red hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts

In celebration of American Heart Month (February,) the American Heart Association collects hand knit (and crocheted) hats and delivers them to area hospitals to distribute to babies born in the month of February.  You can read more about it here.

If you're interested in joining in the fun, simply go to the Little Hats, Big Hearts website and type in your state.  The site will provide you with the name and address of your state's coordinator.  Simply knit little (preemie to newborn sized) red (they must be red) hats (plain hats, NO buttons or bows) in acrylic and/or cotton blends (no wool) and ship them off so that your state's coordinator receives them by the first week of January.  Besides doing a good deed, doing a good deed by knitting (even better!) and using up those little bits of stashed red acrylic yarn, the best part of the project is....  The coordinator deals with washing them.  All you have to do is knit little, red hats!

If by chance you'd like to knit for Little Hats, Big Hearts but your state doesn't participate, you are more than welcome to mail them to me and I'll turn yours in with mine.  Just get in touch and I'll give you my address.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pumpkin Cookies

In keeping with my recent tradition of sharing a Thanksgiving dessert recipe each Saturday....

Pumpkin Cookies 

1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 cups + 2 TBSP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add pumpkin.  Sift all other dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.  Add vanilla.  Drop on parchment paper lined (or greased) cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool slightly (or completely) before icing.


1/4 cup orange juice
1 TBSP butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix ingredients together until smooth then spoon over cookies.

Yields 3 dozen cookies.

Traditional Thanksgiving dessert; fall, autumn desert pumpkin cookies
Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Friday, November 17, 2017

Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see?

....Way up in the sky..... 

Sorry.  But now we both have that Christmas carol stuck in our heads.

But seriously,

I'm finally binding off Sarah's knitted orange blanket.
Bind Off

Do you see what I see?

Yes!!  We have bind off!