Category Archives: Other Crafts

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries…

Problem solved! I made a quick trip yesterday to my LYS and found two new colors that work perfectly! Better yet, they were only $2.25 a skein since they were on major clearance! The two new colors are the lighter purple/pink color (which goes great next to the plum color) and the cream color. So far, I have done around 20 squares believe it or not :)

And, Laura will be happy to know that I finally sent out my Preemie Project donation! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the fourth set finished since I kept on messing up the lace pattern (and after starting over three times, called it quits). I have so much yarn still and am planning on donating more stuff before the next donation day! And, of course I didn’t even begin the “quickie baby blanket”. I have this great pattern for a reversible blanke… tis shame, tis shame.


Of course last night my mind wandered due to the lack of interest in knitting squares, and so I started cross-stitching. Ahh, one of my favorite sayings. I am not sure what I am going to do with this yet… maybe I will throw it in a cute little frame :)

And, last but not least, I came up with a new cookie recipe and made a second batch last night. Yes, once again, the damn squares drove me away from knitting! If anyone wants to try the recipe out, email me! They are Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. Of course I have to give some credit to Scott when last weekend he said, “Peanut Butter cookies would be good right now”, and I said, “Hmmm, chocolate”. A match was made! I have never really liked other recipes for this kind of cookie, so I just started throwing things in the bowl. The key is refrigerated peanut butter (both natural chunky and the commercial smooth kind).

Dani’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix together: 1.25 cups light brown sugar, 0.5 cup white sugar, 1 cup refrigerated peanut butter (I used half natural chunky and half smooth processed kind), 0.25 cup margarine (softened), 2 large eggs, 1 tbsp. vanilla.
Stir in: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking soda… Then add as many chocolate chips as you’d like!
Bake: 350 degrees for 12 minutes. They aren’t going to be quite done, cool on pan (I use a nonstick pan without spray).

 

Hump Day!

First things first, my very good friend Amanda, has started her own blog! She is an artist extraordinary! She does embroidery, needlepoint, knitting and sewing to name a few! Also, she is finishing her Ph.D. in geology this fall, so go give her a pat on the back and say hello!!

Oh, and if you haven’t voted in the final contest yet, you have one last chance! Please go to the Puuurfect Kitty contest to vote for Soma in the finals! Yahoo! I hope she wins!

As for some knitting news, I bought more yarn! (No, I did really knit… I finished my Secret Project for my SP5 pal)! I gave into the Wavy Skirt due to how gorgeous her skirt came out! I love it! However, I am not a pink person, so I decided to go with these blues, a banana yellow, and jungle green. So, can anyone guess what the main color is going to be out of these 5 colors?! I do have to give credit to her for helping me decide….

I also wanted to post these too! I made them a while ago and found the pictures today. I made the set of kitty ones for Blossom and the diner set for Kirsten (don’t those fit her blog!?).

As for the next few days, bear with me… I am going to be making the long trek down to NJ and Long Island for a family wedding! Scott and I are heading down to his dad’s house tomorrow afternoon to hang out there for a couple of days before Saturday’s affair. Then, Sunday I get to meet her, before we head back up to Boston! On Monday, I might even get to hang out with her too! Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will try to write from NJ on Friday!

 

Two for Tuesday

This weekend I managed to start on both sleeves for my hourglass sweater. As of now, I am up to the 12.5″ mark on both! I am really happy that I bought a second circular to start the other one, because now when I am done with the sleeves, I am almost there (none of this going back to work the other one crap). On Sunday night, I did have a little “incident” with sleeve #1… I left the sleeve on my bed for about five minutes to run out to the kitchen, and sure enough Soma was on top of it when I returned! Nooo!!! I grabbed the sleeve away to find a few pulls in it! I fixed the pulls as best I could and just sulked a bit. I always tell myself never to leave my knitting out, and it was my fault for leaving it right next to her on the bed. I just wish the act of knitting wasn’t so tempting to kitties sometimes. I swear that they have this internal radar that lets them know the proximity of a new project and the exact GPS location of its existence!


And in more exciting news, I learned how to crochet yesturday! Well, I did learn how to do the basic stitch (or loop?) with yarn, but then I started out on beads. I went from a large crochet hook to a tiny one (size 11/12 if anyone cares) in a matter of minutes. I am still super slow and am trying to get the hang of it, but here it is… the beginnings of a crocheted rope bracelet.

Oh, and since I know some of you have been organizing your yarn stash recently, here are a few pictures of my attempt at organization…The large clear, plastic bin is from The Container Store and is being used to store leftovers and yarn I am not planning on using in a while (this one is now in our “storage closet” in the extra bedroom). The other (achem post office) bin is being used for yarn that I am using or yarn that I plan to use in the near future (and this one is readily accessible). Yes, yes, I am anal, but I found that my yarn was spreading in to all rooms of the house!

 

Beads Gone Wild!

In an attempt to find a few more specific beads, I headed to Beadworks on Newbury Street in Boston yesturday. First things first, who knew that Newbury Street was the South Beach of Boston!? I hadn’t been down there yet (though I guess I had been everywhere else around Newbury) and was surprised to find women (more like models) walking around in these skimpy little outfits. I had no idea that Newbury Street was the place to be and be seen (a little sarcasm here)! Mind you I was wearing the oldest shorts in the world and a large old XL Lehigh T-shirt, with my hair all rumbled and broken sandles falling off my feet. Not that it matters, it was just more of a laugh ;)!!

On to the point though…Beadworks rocks! I was in heaven in there (while Scott, so patiently, helped me spend my money). The store was, of course, a bit pricey, but they had the most beautiful and unique beads around (I didn’t notice if they had any seed beads..yes, thats how entranced I was). All in all, I walked away and came straight home to start plugging away at my stitch markers. Some of the ones I CAN show you know are down below (I made these for a friend and I). All the other ones you are going to have to wait since I need be stealth-like for a few more days.


Oh, and kudos to Jo and Johanna for guessing right! All those beads are for stitch markers and a crocheted rope! I am learning how to make the ropes this week, so stay tuned!

 

Sa-tur-day

Happy Weekend everyone! We finally have some gorgeous summer weather here in Boston and, hence, not a whole lot of knitting news. I am getting close to being done with the body of the Hourlgass sweater, but I want to wait until I get to that point before posting pictures. So, a bunch of fun and random pictures for today..

Here is the yarn I am using to make as secret project for someone. Its so nice and I really love working with it!

And of course I just have to rave a bit…I bought this hand salve at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair last weekend and it works wonders. If anyone else out there has issues with dry hands, try this stuff out. And, how cute is my brother! My mom sent me a copy of his Senior picture (he is graduating High School next week from Denver Academy) and I love it! He has some major dreads going on. He is adopted by the way, just in case anyone is wondering why we look nothing alike!

And last, but not least… this is why I am not getting any knitting done this weekend! I splurged a bit yesturday on Beads for 2, not 1, beading projects at Crystal Blue Beading Company. Can anyone guess what I am doing with all these beads?!