Saturday, February 6, 2016

Commuter Projects 2015

Started commuting to Hoboken last February, set a goal of 12 projects by the end of the year. I post about setting that goal here. Here's the final count and just a quick run down of what I knitted and crochet this year.

Around 19+ project finished this year. Many made on the train/bus. I thought I documented all my finished projects but . . . But not too shabby for a year and all from my stash. Still knitting my stash away. Maybe next year it will all be gone?

Project 1: Linoleum dishcloth by Kay Gardiner x 2

many end to be woven in
Project 3: Seed Stitch Pouch
Finishing: hand stitching zipper in
Project 4–6: Set of 6 Crochet Buttons x 3
brunt orange buttons
Project 7: Crazy Yarn Log Cabin Throw
ends need to be woven in
Project 8–11: Market bag x 4
cotton scraps makes for fun market bag
Project 12–13: crocheted tiaras x 2
Princesses with their new tiaras
Project 14: crocheted basket
new basket, new cat
Project 15: lacy cowl
nice lightweight for the spring
Project 16–17: Graham hat for donations
for donation to Operation Gratitude
Project 18: Earflap hat for WG
This came out great. No picture. Thinking of making another hat in this pattern but need to find yarn in my stash.

Project 19: Eggplant for Ollie
Ollie and eggplant
I know there are a couple of other projects that I can't remember. But this is all I can remember. This is why my wrist hurt so much.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Big Storm

Got around 24". Shoveled twice on the day of and one long 3 1/2 hour session on the day after. I love snow and it was quite beautiful to me. Went for two walks--one in the neighborhood then one in the woods with WG. Here's a couple of my favorite shots from the storm. Made up an album on flickr of the photos if you want to see more
my favorite shot from the river
geese in the river
our house
knee deep
playing in the woods
6:30 in the morning the day after, time to dig

Happy New Year!

I'm late, I'm late! This post has been sitting around for at least a couple of weeks. But do want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Been running behind since the week of Christmas.  I had dreams of beautiful bags of cookies and jars of jam as holiday gift but that didn't happen this year. After many jars of jam [some for gift most for the restaurant] and last minute catering order for brownies, cookies and lemon bars, things just didn't turn out how I picture it would be. 
Slow Cooker Blackberry Vanilla Jam that was suppose to be a gift

And of course, this spiraled into my dreams of our New Year's eve meal. I really wanted to make a great meal starting with a beautiful hot bowl of ozoni made with homemade dashi. But all the new year's cleaning wiped me out and this stupid cold started brewing . . .
dashi and kombu maki ingredients
So I ended up in bed, cold [I'm never cold], with too much clothes on, getting suck into watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and stayed up to Midnight to finish it. [happy new year! shhh! WG is sleeping--the restaurant is open on New Year's Day]
My New Year's eve meal turned into New Year's day early dinner of Kombu Maki and rice with Ozoni to finish the night when WG got home from the restaurant. It tasted delicious even a day later. I love the Ozoni with homemade dashi--totally worth making. Got a little fancy with the carrot. I eve had time to whip up some dessert a new favorite Cannoli Pound cake from 

Ozoni with homemade dashi
My new favorite--Cannoli Pound Cake

Not bad for a person with a cold, I even made kimpira on the 2nd with the leftover burdock/gobo.

Kimpira right out of the pan
Hope you have happy and healthy New Year! 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Too much to do!

I guess I fooled myself in thinking I was almost done with my holiday making. Ha ha ha! I'm not even half way done. Oh well! I guess I got to get myself going.

First up last night, roasted persimmon jam. 
Read about a dessert with roasted persimmons and thought I'd try this out. Roasted persimmons right out of the oven to be food milled. Then in to thre pot with sugar, water and organic lemon juice (lemon from my sister's house). And cook till thick and sweet. I got 4 half pints 4 4oz jars.
Next up mandarin pineapple. More jam to come. I need more bottles. Aargh! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

random links: december 2015 • part 2

Found a few more links that I wanted to share.
Graham hats I knitted for donation for #operationgratitude

-here's the link to the pattern for the Graham by Jennifer Adams. Easy and quick

-looking to for a cozy hat to knit up for you or to donate via
-baking powder and baking soda what it does to your cookies via serious eats

-The Oh Hellos--nice watch or listen to start your day via tiny desk concerts

-cute knitting for hood/scarf for kids via amirisu

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jamming, jamming and more jamming

My first batch Kiwi Apple--2 pints for the restaurant and 2 half pint for holiday gifts.

Next up, Mandarin Marmalade. Big batch cooking up on the stove. Hope to get 2 pints for the restaurant and 4 4oz jars for gifts.

Hopefully I'll end today with Cranberry Apple. Trying out this recipe from Food in Jars for the first time. Using golden delicious. Here's the link if you want try out for yourself:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Starting my Saturday

UPDATE: Hat all done, just need to trim the ends, make the tag and pack up it up send off The pattern was great pattern, really fast. Forgot to put the link to this pattern, here it is: Hope to finish another so I have 2 to send off. Will post the finish product a little later.

With a cup a coffee and knitting in bed. Knitting a hat to donate for my volunteer time for work. They been pushing the volunteer effort, and I decide to sign up knitting for the troops. I'm still going through my stash and thank goodness I had colors specified.

Pattern: GRAHAM
By: Jennifer Adams

This is stretchy slouchy hat good for many different types of people. I already frogged the whole thing missed a whole entire section. Hope to be done by this weekend so I can send it off this week. More pics of finished piece.