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Archive for April, 2012

FO Friday………

Two finished projects this week. One for me and the other is part of the Knitting Eileen”s Stash Project. The fingerless gloves are made from Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes  and the pattern is also from Blue Sky Alpaca, One Cable Mitts. They are meant to go with the Burberry Inspired Cowl. The scarf is  made from Ritratto which actually has a glitter but is hard to see in the photo.

I’m working on another Knitting Eileen’s Stash Project that should be done by next Friday. I also started a cabled scarf that will be up on WIPW and I hope to get back to my Monkey III second sock. It makes me crazy having so many projects on the sticks and yet I keep looking for more!! I suppose it’s part of the fun of being a knitter.


Getting older but don’t rush me………..

I’ll be 64 in a few weeks. Apparently my HMO can’t wait for me to be 65 because they sent an advertisement for their Senior Advantage Medicare Plan. Wait, let me get through 64 first!! Friends tell me I’ll get lots of this kind of mail the next few months. Guess they all just want to wish me happy 65th  birthday early.

I’m already the only one at work collecting Social Security (I took it at 62). Soon I’ll be the only one on Medicare working there. I’m the only one at work with grey hair that doesn’t try to cover it up. I’m old enough to be proud of every grey hair and wear it with pride. I’m old enough to be mother to several of my co-workers  and some I could be their grandmother.

There are some advantages of getting older:

  • Senior discount at the movie matinee
  • Senior discount at the craft store one Wednesdays
  • 5% off at some grocery stores
  • Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
  • In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
  • No one expects you to run into a burning building.
  • There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  • Things you buy now won’t wear out.

My husband and I were talking this morning about how time seems to go faster now than it did when we were younger. He remembers being in the Navy and how slow those 4 years went. On the other hand, he can’t believe he’s been out of the Navy for over 40 years. I’m hoping the next few years don’t fly by and that I can enjoy my Senior Years.



B’day Month

My Stitch Sister’s know me well!! We celebrated April birthdays on Wednesday (mine and carol’s) at Las Palmas in Morgan Hill and a good time was had by all. Among the knitting related booty I received were 3 books on sock making, sock yarn, a 40″ circular needle for doing two at a time socks (including a book on how to)  and a handmade caddy for yarn. Thanks to Carol, Bev, Martha and Carrie!!

FO Friday……….

With all the rain, thunder and lightening yesterday, it was a perfect day to stay in a knit. I finished the Burberry Inspired Cowl for my friend Eileen (with her yarn) BSA. It’s soft and squishy and warm. I had 3 skeins to work with so I used two for the cowl and am making a pair of FG‘s with the third skein.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Knitting!

WIP Wednesday…………

NOTE: I don’t know why WordPress won’t let me post the pictures where I want them!!! So frustrating. I’ll  try to figure this out one day soon!

I have three projects. For those of you who know me, this is unusual. I pretty much just do one project at a time, except when I need a project to take my mind off a project that isn’t going as planned. The Project Not Going As Planned is the Burberry Inspired Cowl. Somehow my provisional cast on got screwed up when I undid the cast on and I only have 48 stitches when I knit 58 stitches for the pattern.I have to Kitchner the seam and can’t do that unless I have the same number of stitches on both ends!  I think I might just tink or rip it back one row to get the 58. I have to be calm when I do it!

The second project is just mindless knitting in some yarn I bought on sale last year in Seattle. unfortunately you can’t see the sparkle in the yarn so it looks pretty boring.

The third project is a completed Monkey by Cookie A in Hazel Knits Artisan  sock  yarn. It turned out great. The only reason I haven’t started sock two is I need to finish the Burberry Cowl and make a pair of fingerless gloves using the third skein of Blue Sky Alpaca. A gal at work thought she was going to be a knitter and bought tons of beautiful yarns but then decided she was too busy raising her dogs for breeding, showing and retrieving. She brought me a huge bag of yarn to knit for her (I offered) and I needed to get started on something for her.

Lastly, if you didn’t see my previous post, I hope you’ll watch and enjoy this video

This is so wonderful……………



evokes memories of Tunnel of Fudge Cake that I made in the 1970 and 80’s. It was a Pillsbury Bake Off winner You can’t make it quite the same way anymore as they have changed the prepackaged cake mix and frosting mix formula and it doesn’t work the same. You can find a remix of the recipe here.

But today I tried a bundt recipe I found originally by scrolling through the “time sucking” website known as Pinterest. I won’t go through the benefits (or not) of Pinterest because this is about my bundt cake. Somehow I’ve gotten hung up on Samoa type recipes, you know, like the Girl Scout cookie flavor. I made some bar cookies a few weeks ago that sounded better than they turned out. I thought I’d give this recipe a try. I read all the comments people made about Dulce de Leche and decided to use the one that Sur La Table carries

I didn’t have a bundt pan but I have a kugelhopf pan

Kaiser Bakeware La Forme Bundform, 9 Cup.

So far so good. I got all the ingredients together a few days ago and made the cake this afternoon. You have to make two batters, one a brown sugar batter and the other a chocolate batter. The cake is supposed to be a marble cake. I think mine would have been a marble if I hadn’t added the 1 cup of hot water at the end to the chocolate mixture. Strike one. When I made the frosting, I couldn’t see why I had to use 2 cubes of butter. I used 1 1/2. I could have gotten away with 1 cube as I had left over frosting even after I nibbled some while frosting the cake. I only used about 1/2 of the jar of dulce de leche. I didn’t put the frosting in the fridge for an hour as suggested as I suspected the frosting would be too hard to spread.

Anyway, here’s what it looks like before and after frosting. We’re having it for dessert tomorrow, Easter, so I can’t give you a flavor rating yet. I suspect it is going to be really sweet and not the Samoa cookie taste I’m looking for.

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