Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Where Do The Weeks Go?

There have been plenty of times I thought about updating my blog, but I've been bad about it. Then, it would get to the point where I would wonder how I would ever post everything. So, I've decided to just start fresh. Never mind all the things I "could have" posted. For the time being, I'll share a few finished projects that were WIP's in past posts. The photo above shows the finished lap robe/small afghan that was a Guild KAL and will be donated to our local Salvation Army for their nursing home visit ministry. As Community Service Chairperson for our local Guild, I have all the finished afghans here at my house ready for our November donation date. So far, we have 12 finished afghans in a variety of colors. What fun!
The above finished Prayer Shawl has already been donated to my friend's Prayer Shawl Ministry. It was in progress in an earlier post. The color is not perfect in this photo. I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" worsted weight in the color "Mulberry".
Here is the Rambling Rows Toddler Sweater that was in progress in an earlier post. I used Vanna's Choice yarn for this in colors - Pink, Pink Poodle, and Magenta. I especially love the heart buttons.









I have several projects on the needles and another Prayer Shawl finished that I need to photograph. I'll be donating that one Thursday evening.







Friday, September 10, 2010

Family Stuff and Finishing Stuff















The Prayer Shawl above is close to being finished. In the meantime, I also have a scarf for Michigan Special Olympics on the needles as well as the always-in-progress dishcloth. The colors are not that great on the photo of the scarf. The Michigan Special Olympics folks are trying to collect scarves knitted or crocheted, using Red and Teal by a January deadline so that each participant may have a "team scarf". One of the gals in my knitting guild brought this to our attention and is collecting the scarves. They need to be approximately 6 inches wide by 50-60 inches long. Mine is getting very close to being finished so I can give it to her at our knitting guild meeting next week.

I have been doing lots of sewing, also. I will update the blog with photos of the sewing projects later since blogger is not cooperating with allowing me to move the photos as I wish within this post. I made some curtain panels to cover shelving units in Em's Kindergarten classroom. Next project was to sew a bunch of bean bags. Those are finished. Now, I am sewing drawstring bags for another Kindergarten teacher and Em to use for holding some reading curriculum items. The other teacher provided a stack of fabric in cute prints and I am providing the sewing. So far, I have 10 of those bags sewn.

I am having trouble believing almost a month has gone by since I last updated this blog. Where does the time go? I've been busy with family stuff and finishing stuff. Hubby and I spent a long weekend away canoeing, fishing, and camping. That was a nice break from the daily activities.

Last Sunday, we had a nice family day with our daughter and the grand-doggy visiting for the day. I took this opportunity to bake a delicious peach cobbler for dessert. Dozie likes peach cobbler and she loves her Uncle Rob.






Sunday, August 15, 2010

Still on a Wedding High!



The wedding was FABULOUS! The bride was gorgeous, the groom handsome, and even the weather ended up cooperating for outdoor photos after the ceremony. The venue (McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek) was wonderful. We had so much fun!

The photographer has an online slideshow preview of wedding photos. Check them out at:
www.djcustomphoto.com/Caldwell

You can guess which of the above photos was from Dan Johnson Photography. The other one is the bride, my sister, and me (taken by wedding guest).



Monday, June 28, 2010

Guild Charity KAL

Some of the ladies in my knitting guild are participating in a charity KAL to make lap robes/throws for nursing homes that will be distributed by our local Salvation Army. We have targeted our September meeting as the time to have our blankets finished so we can show them off and admire each other's choices of color. One of our members presented a very informative and interesting program on the use and choice of color for our June meeting. I have never been confident in my color combination choices so was especially happy that we had a member willing to share her knowledge with us. I have always admired her use of color in her knitting projects.

For the charity KAL, we are using a free online pattern from Spud and Chloe called "Dream Catcher Baby Blanket". Here is the link to this pattern.


I have chosen my colors and knitted 8 squares so far. I will be posting my progress as I knit along on this blanket. That will help keep me accountable and on target, hopefully. Here is my progress so far.
I have another project on the needles that is pulling me away from the Dream Catcher Blanket. I am making my second Rambling Rows Sweater from the Cottage Creations pattern. Here is my progress so far on this project. The yarn I am using is Vanna's Choice worsted weight in colors Pink, Pink Poodle, and Magenta.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Muffins That Taste Like Donuts

Yes, that really is what they are called and they really do taste like donuts. This has been a favorite in our house for many years. The original recipe made regular-size muffins, but we actually prefer the mini muffins. I started making the mini muffins when the children were young.

MUFFINS THAT TASTE LIKE DONUTS

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup canola oil

3/4 cup white sugar (first amount)

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

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1/2 cup melted butter

3/4 cup white sugar (second amount) mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

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In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

In another bowl combine thoroughly oil, sugar, egg, and milk.

Add liquid ingredients to dry and stir only to combine.

Bake in greased muffins tins at 350 F for 20-25 minutes

Or, for mini muffins bake 15 minutes.

Shake muffins out immediately and while hot, dip tops in melted butter, then sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Yield: 12 regular-size muffins or 36 mini muffins

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Sample Knitting for Community Service

I have pulled together a few patterns for scarves and hats that I am knitting for our local Salvation Army. Right now I am trying to knit up a sample of as many of these patterns to show at the next knitting guild meeting. I am hoping many of our members will want to knit some of these to donate. The charity knitting endeavors of our guild are focused mainly in support of the local Salvation Army, where they have a great need for hats and scarves to share in their ministries. Below is a sampling of what I have finished so far. First photo is two different neck warmers.
This is not a fancy hat and scarf set, but rather a very serviceable set. Double strand of worsted weight yarn makes it nice and thick to keep out the cold winter winds.


Below, is the current hat, on the needles. Perhaps I'll have a photo of the finished hat tomorrow. These are all quick knits.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Barn in Progress and Some Knitting FO's

The prayer shawl is finished and ready to turn in on Thursday evening. I have already started the next one in the same pattern. This time the color is Mulberry. I have also finished a scarf and neckwarmer that will be shown at my knitting guild meeting for our community service knitting. They are not fancy, but they are warm, serviceable items.
Here is a photo of the barn in progress. No work crew last weekend as there were other things going on in their lives.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Knitting Photos

Now that tax season is over and I am restoring order to my house and my life, I have a little time to update the blog with some knitting photos. I have a prayer shawl that has been on the needles far too long, but will soon be finished. The true color is not actually as orangey as it appears in this photo. It is called "Terra Cotta" and has more rust than orange.

I have a quick-knit scarf on the needles. This is the Peppermint Special Olympics Scarf. You can find the pattern here: http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2010/03/peppermint-special-olympics-scarf.html . I will probably send this one to the person collecting the scarves for Special Olympics after I have a chance to show it at my knitting guild meeting. This would be a good scarf for the Salvation Army's homeless ministry. It is a warm and serviceable item.




More updating to follow. I still have the same pair of socks on the needles and have made no progress on those, but hope to get back knitting on them SOON.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring

Happy first day of Spring. This past week we had some lovely spring weather. We are headed back to the not-so-nice weather, but that should not last too much longer since today is the official start of spring. My amaryllis is blooming. This was a Christmas gift from my aunts in New Jersey and it has been fun to watch.



Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shhhhhhhhhhh, it's a Secret!


The bride picked up her dress and it is in our house, currently being guarded by two Infantry soldiers. I don't think anyone will get near this dress. This is as much of the dress as anyone will see before the BIG DAY.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Big Green Block Has Taken Over My Life

A big green block, namely H & R Block, has taken over my life these past few weeks. It has been a crazy, busy tax season for me with many long days. In the end, it will be good, I'm sure. But, here in the midst of it all, it is stressful at times. Not much knitting or reading being done here. Some nights, by the time I get home, get dinner on the table and cleaned up, that's it for me.

I did have a nice break from things today. I worked half a day and then spent the rest with my daughter and her friend who came out this way with her to have taxes prepared and then visit Ikea - a real destination, if one has not been before. We had lunch first and then some shopping. That is always good therapy.

I do have a couple of easy projects on the needles to knit while watching some Olympics in the evenings. I am making a scarf for me using Artyarns Ultramerino4 and a Fiber Trends pattern, "Versatile Scarves". It is pattern number AC-32.


I am also knitting a baby washcloth, using "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby. It is sooooooo soft. This one is #5, Linked Hearts, from the Leisure Art's leaflet - Dishcloths From The Heart.

That's it from here. Back to my knitting and Olympics watching.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wedding Plans

Things are moving along on the wedding plans. We have had the ceremony and reception venue (McCamly Plaza Hotel) for awhile now, but lacked other plans. Last Sunday, I attended the Bridal Expo in Lansing with the Bride and Maid of Honor. We found our photographer!! Actually, a wonderful husband/wife team. They were enthusiastic and delightful to talk to. The examples of their wedding photography was first rate.

On Friday evening, I met the Bride and Maid of Honor at the bridal salon to see THE wedding gown. On the hanger, the dress is lovely, but on the Bride-to-Be, it is amazing!!! What a beautiful bride. They have also selected the dresses for the attendants and they are lovely.

I took the FOB (Father of the Bride) to the tux store for his fitting one evening last week. The Groom took his attendants, also.

Next Sunday we will attend another Bridal Expo, but this time it is in the same city as the wedding will be. We hope to find vendors for a few remaining details that need to be closer to the ceremony/reception site.

Things are moving along nicely toward a July wedding.

Knit content in the next post, hopefully. Tax season has significantly cut into my knitting time.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!!!


Where did 2009 go? Around here, it seemed to fly by me. I had intended to post about Christmas, but did not get to that. We were in CT for Christmas and that afforded me the opportunity to make my annual knitted donations to the Jersey Battered Women's Shelter via my aunt who makes the actual delivery. I may get around to sharing photos of those donations another day.

Awhile back (can't even remember how long ago), I was on a Mason Dixon bib knitting craze. They were kind of addictive as mindless, relaxing knitting and would later serve a useful purpose. I finished twelve bibs and put them away, still in need of a button closure. I have an abundant supply of very cute buttons that are suitable for baby and children's items, but just did not take the time to sew them on. I sat down today, sewed a button on each bib, and now they are ready for donation.