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Posts tagged ‘Autumn’

Want to Play Iron Chef?


Anyone? This is what’s in my box and don’t know what to do with: ground beef, eggplant, limes, purple basil, okra, baby zucchini w/flowers, butternut squash, portabello Mushrooms.   Unbelievable how fast this week flew by. And first real snow!

It’s that time of year when beautiful colored leaves begin disappearing and the weather gets beyond crisp and cold.  Me, pulling out those wool sweaters and start layering.  I lament the coming of frost.  It just seems impossible that I am going to have to wait a good 7 months to have some beautiful colors outside my door again!

Older teen was dropped off at school at 7 in the morning and now in Seattle for the big weekend.

Hubby and the rest of the kids finally got on the road for the valley before 4.

Me…alone in the house?!

There are lots going on here at present…load of self-imposed deadlines…many under wraps ’til they’re fit to be seen or ’til I remember during daylight hours to take pictures.

How do ya like my mythic visitor

from the Caribbean Sea?

Thanksgiving is rolling in faster than I’d like. Bet many of you feel the same way. How do you handle the stress?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Weird Science


When my mom is cold, she tells my kids to put on a sweater.

I’m not sure how the heat transfer thing works here.

Apparently being cold does make it easier to catch a cold, but, only if your nose is cold.

Research suggests that–if the lining of your nose is cold–it makes it easier for bugs to become established.

Moral of this story? You can walk around stark naked all winter in safety

as long as you knit yourself a nose warmer!!!

Being cold will make you catch a cold. You must wear slippers in the (heated) house.

Or else, you will be cold and thus get sick. I’m a firm believer of this. As long as you have warm and dry feet, you will never catch a cold. Best reason to start knitting some socks.

My mom used to iron eggplant to get the poison out before cooking it. Yup, she irons everything including towels, fitted sheets, socks, underwear, tea towels, dusters…Then she comes over to my house and irons all my stuff. I recon she spends her entire life cleaning and ironing…

I have a whole batch of eggplant-zucchini pasta in the fridge that’s going to be served tonight. And I have no idea where my iron is. What now?

Never use the toilet during a storm. Lightning will come up through the water and sting your bottom.

Don’t laugh. It actually happened to a neighbor. Her chimney took a direct hit by lightning. The lightning then traveled through the house via the pipes and burned her, who was just getting off the toilet. It did more than sting. It burned her pretty badly and tossed her into the wall.

I will use the toilet during a storm because that was a bit of freak occurrence. I do try, however, to avoid showering during storms with lots of lightning. Just because…

Oooo I just remembered this one! My uncle believed whiskey was a cure-all! If I had a cold, whiskey. If I had hay fever, whiskey. If I was having female monthly pains, whiskey. If I couldn’t concentrate on writing my term paper, whiskey. Hahaha…I miss him!

Don’t tickle several-week-old baby under her chin. You’ll make her stutter!

Don’t blow in her face! You’ll give her distemper! Really.

Ask me again in a few years. My kids are still young, sort of. I will tell you that neither of mine gripped the cash. Let’s hope they’re givers. Nothing would make me prouder as a mother.

Hope you had a good laugh, enjoyed the walk to downtown,

and may even be inspired along the way. (Pictured here is my friend, Terri, owner of Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe. Stop by and say hello next time you are there.)

Tomorrow, I will reveal what’s been cast on my needles…heavens, no. This isn’t my dog and I did NOT knit the sweater 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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When Autumn Behaves


itself and delivers a crisp, bright cool day.  The colors are at their peak.

I will pause often throughout the day to enjoy them since I will not see them again this year.   I love it.

It’s been a bit nasty with the on-and-off sprinkles before winter begins in earnest ‘though my little flock don’t seem to notice.

Rather than trying to find some grand motivation to workout, I just make it part of my routine. It’s like brushing my teeth or taking a shower, just something I do everyday. The good thing is hiking is more rewarding than brushing my teeth!

Fireplace is roaring.  Candles have returned to use at the dinner and coffee tables.  Hubby is wearing sweats. The evening warm beverage has transitioned to tea and honey.

Life is good.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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It’s Not How Long


you’ve been knitting, it’s what you’ve been knitting.  Sometimes, I wonder why folks who’ve been knitting for much longer than I (and sometimes almost as long as I’ve been alive) are still missing things from their knitting repertoire.

Why do some folks wait months or even over a year to move from learning the knit to purl stitch? I just don’t get it.

Now mind my own journey. It’s no secret that beanie–fitted or slouched–and I don’t get along, not one bit.

Last week, I played with a sea of Chemo hat ideas and ended up with this hand-made cloche with side draped pleats–applying traditional tailoring techniques.

The embellished outcome with Coordinates buttons by Moda was pleasing. So little does it take to create that flapping sardine of joy in my heart.

Glamorous? Stylish? Romantic? I feel it complements my choice in fashion and defines my individual style–always be playful, and of course, effortless.

I so enjoy the quality and versatility as I turn heads in my one-of-a-kind cloche (a girl can dream, right.) It keeps me warm, yet classy, and with an air of retro.

It’s made for a size medium 22″ head measurement, but, fits me comfortably–just the way I like…not too tight.

Being hand-draped and ruched, there will be no two cloches are ever exactly the same. What comes next? How the heck am I going to write the pattern instruction out! Excuse me while I ponder a solution. There is more math work awaiting…to reduce the design to a one-skein wonder.

And today flowed in an ordinary energy that I so welcome, leaving behind any traces of forced drama that had been visited upon my home.

Serenity is near. I can taste it.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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First Snow


If you can even call it that…dust!

For most of the working world, the onset of autumn in Northern hemisphere means one thing–waking up well before sun rises to get a start on the daily grind. (Rushed to get a modeled shot of the sweater before my friend Jewel got here at 7:30 a.m.!)

The wind is howling and the leaves continue to fall.

I don’t like the cold. I am not one for snowboarding, skiing, cold ears or toes. But, I am a big fan of roaring fires, long knitted scarves, curling up on the couch with a good book, and, most importantly eating.

When the conditions outdoors drive me in, my absolute favorite thing to do is cook up a feast and stuff the family with the spoil of my labor.

I felt playful today…in with diced rutabagas and turnips to the stew

I love getting into my kitchen and create a successful appetizer for some of my special people…here Patricia showing off her first hand-dyed yarn in old-shale scarf for her mom.  It’s much prettier and richer in turquoise with tints of deep purple than shown.

The butternut squash and broccoli salad with whole cranberries and orange peels is gone.

So is the sinful, hearty stew–classic winter comfort fare, perfect for a cold day.

Me…all warmed up from inside out.  It’s nice to be home. Thank you, hon, for a welcoming, relaxing evening.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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PrintFriendly


The coolest toolbar ever for printing. I’ve used Prinliminator. It takes time to get rid of everything. Since my laptop isn’t connected to a printer, I have trouble saving a webpage and transfer it over to the laptop.

PrintFriendly is easier, child friendly, does a better job, AND creates a PDF for you. No more fiddling with turning Knitty patterns into WORD documents and re-sizing all the columns. It worked great–even for someone who isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to computer stuff. You gonna love it, I tell you.

How does PrintFriendly work? You enter the name of the webpage you want to print. It will make you a version without background images, extra stuff, and everything else you want to leave out. I was tired of losing half of my page (and all of that ink) to the junk. Not only can you delete extra images and texts you don’t want, the best thing is that you may make the text as big as you need! Very useful as some webpage uses such small text. Your printer will thank you.

Go and print up a bunch of knitting patterns now…here’s on my docket, for the most part.

Where have I been? Overwhelmed…not a statement that should induce any pity ‘cuz I brought it all on myself. I have been busy, nonetheless. Today, getting all the things done made blogging just like another chore.  I would have been more productive, but, I had to drive hither and yon to get one of the teens to 4H Sewing, then over a friend’s, and the youngest one to a 3-hour birthday party at an indoor skate park (colder inside than out…what gives!)

My friend Myria and I did sneak out for an hour to take a peek at some remarkable hand-pierced quilts by Janelle Rebick, featured quilter of this month’s First Friday Art Walk Quiltworks. Wish I had more time there…and brought my camera too!

By day, Jenelle is a fourth generation teacher–her 15th year teaching. By night, she lives out her childhood passion an eclectic quilter with work featuring everything from traditional paper piecing to a whimsical beer drinking pig. Jenelle frequently uses her own hand-dyed fabrics in her art quilts, many of which are inspired by photos. Here you’ll hear what a proud father has to say about his daughter’s commemorative quilt. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to view quilts made by Jenelle up close at Quiltworks during the month of November. The other part of the showing was Christmas-themed quilts by local quilters. My friend Kristin has one of her holiday favorites there. I am always humbled, encouraged, surprised and now…I am going to start quilting!

It was really happening…a huge turn out of the quilting community. Again Dave, Marilyn, and the crew of QuiltWorks provided great eats, drinks, and prizes. A great sale was had by all and life was sweet in QuiltWorks.

So, here I am still trying to get a grip on my life…but sometimes you just feel upside down and inside out! Now back to crocheting the blanket…I will be up all night to finish it before 7 in the morning! Teach me to play all day…you play, you pay! LOL

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Autumn Lovers!


I’ve brought hot cider…been virtually mulling all day in my crock pot with some lemon zest, orange slices, allspice berries, crystallized gingers, maple syrup, cloves, and cinnamon.  Can you smell it?

It’s my favorite time of year. Autumn to me feels like burrowing into the heart of the year, the time of gathering in the rewards of summer’s labor and laying by sustenance and protection against the coming cold.

Everything about the season delights me.  Leaves. Colors.  Smells.  Sounds.  Flavors.  Wild geese.  Flaming mountains.  Azure skies.

I have so many sweet–and sometimes bittersweet–memories of walks, rides, and drives through stunning landscapes that I cannot see a picture of an autumn leaf without a sense of yearning.

Fall is also about loss and mortality–regarded not with sorrow–but with exuberance and flamboyance.  Abandon.  Liberty.  Freedom to explore, to reach for something higher, and yearn for something more.  Beauty and wistfulness intermixed.  How I long to migrate with the birds, go on a long journey.

Does autumn inspires you?  Tell me about it! My favorite time to think about fuzzy sweaters, and colorful yarns!

I found this cute felted project that would make a year-round or a holiday handmade baby gift for a special child–out of old woolen sweaters you never wear, finished objects that are ghastly, or Goodwill/Thrift find that is begging to be made into something else. Wouldn’t they make a cute mobile for a baby’s room!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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