Monthly Archives: May 2011


The shawl didn’t turn out the way I expected. I forgot that wherever you place the decreases or increases to shape the triangle, that will be the place that the fabric bends, and it just didn’t work with the design … Continue reading

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Basque-ing in the sun

Good gravy has that shawl ever been giving me fits. Today is a nice, long drive out to Maryhill museum to see the progress on their expansion. I plan to work on the shawl the whole way there and back. … Continue reading

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Spa treatment

I recently whipped up the most delicious facial scrub (I swear I didn’t eat it—it’s the other kind of “delicious”), and wanted to share it with you all. It was just stuff I had laying around, and I was rather … Continue reading

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Dreams within dreams

It’s been nice to finish up projects and be responsible. I never used to finish anything, and I now realize, a lot of that stemmed from the yarn I was using not being very inspirational. Frequently, I hoard yarns that … Continue reading

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Chile relleno en nogada – recipe

Walnut-cream Sauce (prepare a day in advance!) milk, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup – toasted and chopped pat of butter sour cream, 8 oz. cinnamon, ½ tbsp. sugar, ½ tbsp. salt and pepper to taste dried cranberries, 3 level tablespoons … Continue reading

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Muy delicioso!

I don’t want to brag, but well… I kind of do. Several years ago I lived in Austin, Texas. At that time in my life, I got to eat a lot of really wonderful food, for which I am so … Continue reading

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It’s a dirty job, but…

I have been a fan of Mike Rowe ever since I first encountered his show “Dirty Jobs.” I liked the premise, and…let’s not fool ourselves, Mike isn’t “hard to watch,” even covered in grime and slime. He recently testified before … Continue reading

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Tulip Dyes…

The color didn’t take on the yarn, sadly. I wonder if it just needed to be more condensed? I did notice that when the petals were squished while holding the yarn, more color was released that seemed to cling to … Continue reading

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Flower power

Around here fresh flowers are a big hit. They spruce up the dining table, and in the gray, dreary PNW, add a splash of desperately-needed cheery color. We got some beautiful pink  tulips last week. Well, that was last week, … Continue reading

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In an effort to make my ravelry group the best it can be, I have group pages that contain information about patterns or other things that will aid people knitting from my patterns. If there is an unusual increase that … Continue reading

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