Archive for June, 2007

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My First Knit

June 23, 2007

My first Knit project was the Magic Scarf by Crazy Aunt Purl. I figured if I was gonna make something I should kill two birds with one stone so I picked a project that I could practice both garter stitch and stockenette stitch. Bonus–I got to use 2 skeins of Noro silk garden. My first adventure in true fiber (besides Peaches n Cream cotton, gahhh). It turned out quite well and I was never bored because of the changing colors in my yarn. Granted it is only going on 3 years old, it is one of my favorite scarves to wear. So, how’s about showing us what you first knit project was (or crochet). It is fun to look back on the journey sometimes.

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We are outa here tonight. Beach bound!!! shhh, I’m sneaking in an hour on the computer instead of packing and washing. See ya!

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WIP before Vacation

June 20, 2007

Only 3 days till we are outa here for a couple of weeks! Woohoo! I will still get some blogging done cause we are taking the laptop and the camera, of course, so it will be like you are with me (not really). We are going to Florida and staying at the beach for a week and then going on to Orlando to stay with relative for 4 or 5 days and then heading back. On the trip I will be working on this little number:

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It is called Icy Blue Shell from July’s Creative Knitting mag. It should have been called the Dragon Scales Tank Top (I shall dub it that since mine is NOT icy blue). The Dragon Skin is awesome! there is a single panel of dragon skin on each side of the top and the double panel is down the front of the top. I love it, so far. Praying it will fit because once again, I went with a different yarn than was suggested. I do that. My gauge is right on, so things should be good. The yarn is from Knit One Crochet Two and it is 2nd Time Cotton. Get this: “2nd Time Cotton is created from new textile waste originating in the apparel and textile industry. Our 8-ply yarn is spun from this recycled cotton contributing to the conservation and global re-utilization of products.” I heart it so much because of that and because it is really soft and has a nice drape to it. 75% cotton and 25% acrylic in the color Atlantis. So, maybe by the time I get back I will have it completed and ready to wear.

Have a great day!

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Overwhelmed

June 19, 2007

Wow, people! I’m overwhelmed by the frog love! that is terriffic. I hope you all get a chance to make one or a dozen cause they are too damn cute.

Also, I got my invitation to join the folks at Ravelry! Yay! for me. I had to what about 6 weeks, I think from the time I registered. It is quite fun and has taken up most of my morning. I am still figuring out my way. I can do some things on the PC with it and some things on the Mac. Some of the links won’t come up on the Apple but I’m sure once all the bugs are worked out, it will be all good. In the meantime, I post part of something on the Mac and the other part on the PC. Whew! by the by, if you knit or crochet and haven’t registered yet, do it. Once you get the invite I swear you will love it. Organization without the fuss. Everyone keeps saying it and it is true.

We leave Saturday night for our 2 week VACATION to Florida! I can’t wait. That means this week is full of preperation. Cleaning, packing, washing, paying bills, getting lists together for my dad (cause he is watching the dogs).

Here is a treat for the hot summer days. When you don’t wanna have a steaming hot meal, why not have a salad:
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This is the Greek Zucchini Salad with Crumbled Feta from the May/June issue of Vegetarian Times:
3 Tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
2 medium zucchini, peeled into thin ribbons (about 4 cups)
*you can also use yellow squash for added color
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fetta cheese
2 green onions, chopped
1 Tbs. fresh mint
1 Tbs. fresh parsley

Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic in a large serving bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add zucchini and onion and toss to coat. Cover and marinate overnight or up to 2 days. Sprinkle with feta, green onions, mint and parsely just before serving.
**I served mine over lettuce with balsamic vinegar and grilled shrimp. I omited the mint, parsely, onion. You could add black olives and tomatoes.**

Very tasty. Enjoy your week!! (p.s. did you notice the picture is more GREEN-geesh, what’d I tell ya)
~Dawn

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It’s a Green Thing

June 17, 2007

I’m not sure what is happening around here, but I have noticed lately in my photographs that there is a lot of green going on. Well, it seems a shame to break the cycle just yet so let’s just keep it going. I saw the cutiest pattern on the Purl Bee website and had to make it. You see, I have a weird draw to FROGS. I have one tattooed on my ankle and I have a growing collection in my house and at work so this project screamed for me. It’s the Purl Frog.

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My kingdom for some stuffing!! I made this little guy thinking I had a pound of flaxseed I could use for stuffing. Nope. Any lentils? nope, and pintos are way to big. So, he lay flat for a bit until I remembered that I had some plastic pellets! Yay!!!

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Now that is better. I used some wooden beads for his eyes and then. . . my oldest son claimed him. Hmp. Well, you can’t get upset when a 19 year old man wants your frog, can you? This little guy worked up so fast! and was so fun (the trickiest part was turning those skinny legs inside out). I can easily make more (and I will) plus I will enlarge the pattern a bit for a bigger frog. I want to try and make one that looks like my tatt.

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Summer Green

June 14, 2007

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Specs:
Pattern: based on the Spring Fling top. I couldn’t figure out the instructions for the straps so I just made that part up as I went and it turned out great!
Yarn: Oh! My from Plymouth, 4 skeins
Needles: #11 circs (24 inch), crochet hook J for single crochet around arm holes
Rating: ***** I will definately make this again, probably several. It is Super Soft (feels like you are wearing nothing), nice drape, cool colors and the biggest bonus, it is low enough in the back to show off my tatt (smile).

love, love, love this poem:

Truth Serum
by Naomi Shihab Nye

We made it from the ground-up corn in the old back pasture.
Pinched a scent of night jasmine billowing off the fence,
popped it right in.
That frog song wanting nothing but echo?
We used that.
Stirred it widely. Noticed the clouds while stirring.
Called upon our ancient great aunts and their long slow eyes
of summer. Dropped in their names.
Added a mint leaf now and then
to hearten the broth. Added a note of cheer and worry.
Orange butterfly between the claps of thunder?
Perfect. And once we had it,
had smelled and tasted the fragrant syrup,
placing the pan on a back burner for keeping,
the sorrow lifted in small ways.
We boiled down the lies in another pan till they disappeared.
We washed that pan.

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PRGE Final Package

June 12, 2007

I received my final package from my PRK pal, Colleen. This was a really creatively wrapped package:
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That bow is a leather belt. Yes, ma’am. I love it. Then we have:
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some lip gloss, some candy, some perfume, a cool yarn cutter with ruler, some handmade soaps, some mints, not to mention that the book shaped box itself is a gift, and my most favorite part:
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That is Yak Yarn made from the down of Tibetan yaks in the Himalayan region of China. I love the rich Cranberry color (one of my favorites). I had mentioned in my Q and A that I would like to try knitting with some Bison yarn. This is just as heavenly, I’m sure. Thank you very much! You made this exchange so much fun and I have a new knitting friend. {{blow kiss}}.

Now, on to some Petunia news. Well, I finished the body of the bag and have begun the strap. I don’t like it. I really, really don’t. I cut the size of the bag in half (otherwise, I’m not sure what particular GIANT this was designed for) but the real stinker is the width is ginormous, too!! I realize in the photo of it, it looks normal, but I assure you it is not. It is just very unflattering and maybe with further tweeking it would be oh so cute but really people, I don’t have the time or inclination to re-write an entire pattern. Just be aware if you want to make it for yourself. . . it is a HUGE, HUGE bag. HUGE! I must go on to say, I can’t even imagine once you start to put stuff in it that has weight to it. My God! even if you lined it, even then it would look saggy. Ugh. No, no. The more I think about it the more I am liking the whole idea of frogging it. That yarn is so pretty and so nice to work with I just can’t have it be something I can’t stand.

Hope you are having betting knitting days than I have been having. Until the next episode, have a great day~
Peace.

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Call Me!

June 9, 2007


I got this cool new cell phone. It is the ENV from Verizon. I love it! it is a little technically advanced for me but I figure it will be a nice learning place before I get my iPhone. Oh yes, but I have to wait till they come off the AT& T plan because I love Verizon. I’m hoping in a couple of years that the price comes down, too. It is a little too expensive, but it will serve as my iPod and Phone so, two birds and all. Anyway, back to the ENV: lots of cool features and I am not a texting person but have decide to give it a go. My boys like to text so I figure it will be a cool way to keep in touch with them. Also, I have never had a cell phone with a camera (let alone VIDEO!)–I’m a dinasaur, I know this–So that is a fun feature. Now I will never be without a camera (well, not Never, but close to never).


Baby Wrens left the nest over the course of 3 days. We kept finding them behind stuff this time. This batch was more confussed than the last (I think because of where the nest was). Anyway, sorry for the fuzzy shot, they are very skittish and it was hard enough getting this one picture. Don’t you just love the baby fuzz on top of the head. So cute, like a furry mohawk.