Category Archives: Babies And Kids

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).


Holy Squares Batman!

This is probably the most basic baby blanket ever, but don’t try this if you hated the movie Groundhogs Day. Yes my friends, count it… 56 3×3 inch squares of garter stitch (lets see, I have 11 done, so that would be 45 more… ugg). Mind you, this is also for a co-worker who was drooling over the pictures when the book was delivered to my office. I am basing this blanket off of the Garter Stitch baby blanket pattern in Debbie Bliss’s Baby Knits For Beginners. I am making the blocks square rather than slighty rectangular and am also making them bigger overall. So, you would think, easy, simple, she’s got it under control… right?! Think again.

Stupid me didn’t buy enough yarn. I obviously can’t convert meters to yards and am about 20 meters short with each color. The problem is that I bought this yarn on clearance at my LYS and doubt that they have more of each of these colors. Another option is to buy two different colors and attempt to work out my own block pattern. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but a trip to the yarn store tomorrow should help solve my problems.

And in other news, Monday’s are Monday’s, but not when an SP5 present arrives! The best part is that she lives in Boston too and sent me great gifts from some local stores. I have no excuse now not to visit Windsor Button because I now have a gift certificate! She also sent this insanely gorgeous soysilk yarn from Circles! I haven’t seen this in there, but man, how perfect is this for me?! Its lace weight and I need to think of something really special to make with it! I also have a lovely little accessory pouch and a beautiful card! So, thank you Secret Pal, you have really done it again…


Another Week, Another Yarn Splurge

First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL AND PETER!!! My cousin, and her husband Peter have the same birthday, isn’t that cool?! I hope you guys have/had a great day today and I am so excited to bake some cakes and join in on the celebration picnic tomorrow at the park!

And, Happy Friday everyone! Since I have very little knitting news, I figured I would show off some stuff I bought a while ago as well as some yarn I purchased today while at A Good Yarn. The beige green yarn is called Saucy Sport and is 100% cotton. It was on sale today for $1.75 a skein… who could pass that up?! Its going to be a tank top someday :-)! The blue Trekking XXL yarn and the ArtYarns Ultramerino were purchased about a month ago and are just waiting to get a chance on the needles.

So, as for knitting, I don’t have a lot to show since I was so busy this week. However, I have been slowly trekking along on some stuff for the Preemie Project. I am almost done with four sets of hats and booties and am going to try to bust out a quickie baby blanket (okay, I guess there is no such thing as a quickie baby blanket)! Anyhow, I brought some flyers and tags to both Black Sheep and A Good Yarn in an attempt to spread the word. Please, if anyone is interested in knitting, even one thing, for the Preemie Project, click here to get to the volunteers page. The first hospital donation is happening on Sept. 1, 2005, so hurry!

Anyhow, have a great weekend everyone!


A New Day

Last night I finally swatched and casted on for my hourglass sweater! I have been putting it off the last week or so until I finished a few other projects. My swatch came out a bit short at 3.8in x 4.0in. All in all, I figured out that by doing the 41 inch size, I would end up with a size just shy of 39. This is totally fine by me, because I probably don’t need the full 41 inch size. I figure that if I do need that extra inch or two, I can fix that with some blocking. So, I think I have the sizing problem solved and am going to be making a new and improved sweater that (achem, hopefully) fits me well. I am still a bit nervous about it being too big around the waist, but I defintely don’t want something too tight either. More news to come on this one!

In other news, I finished my first pair of baby booties for the Preemie Project over the weekend. They were super easy, though I did make a mistake in my first one (it turned into a kitty toy). I am working on a matching hat too! I hope to make at least a few sets of these in various colors over the next month or so..

P.S. Sorry about the not so good windowsill pictures, but if any of you are in Boston, you know what I am talking about. There is no way in hell I am stepping outside in the freezing cold, wind, and rain to take knitting pictures. It would all blow away! Poor tomato plants out back…