Sunday, November 27, 2016

YOP Week #22


 I have a finish!!!!  Don't faint!   But in all fairness, I do work on some big projects....the Giant Granny Square blanket is finished!  Ta Da!
 This is the best I can do for a picture as you can see Miss Peeps has already claimed it and I must admit I used it last night as it is getting cold down here! Brrr....and it's a damp cold which goes right through you. 
 As you can see it is folded in half in the picture so it is pretty large.
 She was literally sitting there with her eyes closed.....I think we're all in hibernation mode around here.
The edging is 4 rows and I had to concentrate on it but I really like how it turned out.......it really takes the blanket "up a notch" as Emeril would say.  I will be putting a border on all my blankets from now on.
Santa's Workshop is in full swing now...........a giraffe body is finished and starting on the head.........
The bright yellow is the true color although I like the pale yellow in the photo but kids like bright colors so there you go..........
I am using Susan B. Anderson's pattern from her book and Craftsy Class.....The Not So Tiny Giraffe.
I am using acrylic I had on hand and that yarn does not stretch!  Plus, it makes my hands sore after working with it for awhile but I must forge ahead!  It's soft but doesn't have much give.
Here's the one I made for Sam last year...........

This one's for Grayson and now Uriah wants one too so I have my work cut out for me!

I was keeping up with my Cozy Memory blanket until Santa's Workshop opened...now it's on hold until after Christmas.
I did have an acquisition last week but haven't done anything with it yet...........some of you saw it in a previous post.  I want to make a crocheted linen stitch scarf or scarves like Becki made and showed in her post a few weeks ago.  LOVE that scarf but I need to know how you combined those 2 yarns, Becki?  Did you use 2 throughout or just one at a time but switched?  I may have to order the Red Heart as I loved yours in those colors so much!  These yarns below are Lion's Brand and not sure which to combine. 
Are you making presents this year and if so what?  The Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group has several years worth of threads on Handmade gifts and it's not all knitting or handwork, some are crafts and soap and all kinds of things.  You should check it out as there are some really cool ideas and gifts on that thread.   

 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate it and got there safely and back home again!
Happy Trails!



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

 I hope you have a wonderful one!

Happy Trails!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Eve!

I am going to my neighbor's house for Thanksgiving.  She kindly invited me and I accepted.   It has been years since I have spent Thanksgiving with anyone else.  I hope I don't forget my manners!  You can develop some bad habits when you spend as much time alone as I do! LOL!
 I told her I would bring my families 24 Hour Salad which has been a Thanksgiving staple for generations.  It's from The Better Homes and Garden's cookbook from years ago but I'm sure it's still around somewhere on the internet if it's not in the cookbook anymore.  I found it and here's the link to the recipe Basically you drain pineapple, cherries and oranges.   You make a custard over a double boiler with egg yolks, vinegar, sugar, butter,salt and some pineapple juice.  Then you let that cool and mix the custard, miniature marshmallows fruit and real whipped whipping cream and there you have it!  I used to use Queen Anne pitted cherries but I can't find them down here in AR.
I'm waiting for the custard to cool as I write this.
I am also experimenting (this has nothing to do with cooking!) using gray water leftover from my bath to store water to water my plants with.  The only problem I foresee is that my hot water is softened.  So, we shall see how the plants take to it.  I also throw in water leftover from taking my pills.  Since I pay for water and it is a finite resource, I thought I would try and conserve it as much as possible.  I may have to save more containers than this.  I'm storing them on the porch.
I started a new cross stitch project that I bought and found on Pinterest.  I just bought the pattern and downloaded it.  I have plenty of 14 count Aida cloth and floss. 
 I also found some bags I had bought at the Dollar Store as school supply holders that fit in a notebook but I thought they would make great little project bags.  I gathered all my supplies for this project and have them "at the ready"!
 I am making this for my son Jim who's birthday is December 15th.  When he was younger he and I would watch Bob Ross the painter on Saturday mornings on PBS.  Jim is very artistic and I thought this present would bring back some great memories for both of us.  The one below was on Pinterest and doesn't look like it will take me too long to do.  I think he will really be surprised.  So will I if I get it done and sent to him before his birthday! LOL!
I've been diligently working on my Giant Granny and I am determined to finish up projects around here be they crochet or cleaning or whatever!  I'm on the 3rd side of the 3rd round of a 4 round border.  This blanket is big now!  At least bigger than I thought but I still love it!
I also added some "stash" when I went to Walmart the other day.  I am wanting to make a crocheted linen stitch scarf like the one Becki from Field of Lilies blog made.  You can see it on the right hand side of my blog as she is one of the blogs I follow.. 
I also finished this book about the little girl raised by monkeys.  This is a true story and she's been on many of the major news outlets and they don't like to be wrong.  It was fascinating and I highly recommend it!
Are you cooking today/tonight/tomorrow?  What are your plans?  I have a turkey breast in the freezer as I really like leftovers and I probably won't have any as I am eating at the neighbors....so......I have another turkey dinner I will be making this week to ensure I get leftovers! LOL!  I hope you are going to have a wonderful day tomorrow with plenty to eat and surrounded by loved ones and don't forget to be grateful!
Happy Trails!