Friday, October 19, 2007

WhooHooo.....I got a package in the mail I've been eagerly waiting for. It's from a contest Maia had on her blog.

This is the package all the way from San Francisco, CA to Edmonton, AB Canada.

Here's some pictures of the fabulousness of it.............

This comes from Tactile ( Hand crafted with natural dyes. Fingering wt. Superwash Merino Sock Yarn, 437 yds, 7-8 sts/in on US 1-2 needles. There was no mention of a colour name, but it has wonderful varigated blues and purples.
This special stash will be a pair of socks for myself....I'm still browsing patterns...any suggestions?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Yes I'm a delinquent seemed after Thanksgiving and then my DH's 50th birthday there was no time for knitting or blogging over the past two warning....this a heavy laden picture post........

It started with trying to keep party plans a secret from DH, but alas it was not to be.....he found out, but I had a few things up my sleeve that I could keep secret. For instance......
His reaction was, Oh my god', when getting the newspaper first thing in the morning. The other was an advertisement in our cities newspaper.

It was an especially busy day this past Saturday, we were running all over getting balloons, food, etc., and without DH's help I don't think I could've have gotten it all done. Thank you D!! We invited approx. 36 people, and had a combination party for my Mom's 70th b-day.

A good time was had by all. It was great catching up with people we haven't seen for years, and of course ended with the blowing out of a lot of candles.....
I was very pleased by the cake we ordered from the new Walmart supercentre. It was deeeelicious. The decorating on it was great (autumn flowers) the only problem was that I ordered a white cake, and to our surprise when cutting it open it was chocolate.

I wanted to pass on the recipe that Sheri from Loopy Ewe posted on September 14.....everyone really enjoyed it, and I made it ahead of time which really helped.
Italian Shredded Beef

3 lb. rump roast
2 pcks. Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1 pck. brown gravy mix
1 cup water
BBQ sauce (optional)

Put 1 package Good Seasons mix, gravy mix, and water in crockpot. Add roast.

Cook on low for 8 hours or longer.

Remove meat from cooker and shred (I use 2 forks to pull the meat apart.) Return meat to cooker and add second package of Good Seasons, plus barbeque sauce, if desired. Cook another 1/2 hour. Serves 8-10. Great with Frito-Pea Salad!

With halloween coming up my nephew was enjoying wearing a mask at the party
, as well as
DH wolfing down his cake, literally.

So in the meantime I've managed to tackle some long delayed projects. One was our front door which was needing a makeover, unfortunately I don't have a before picture. It is a six panelled solid cedar door that had a tikki type design on the front which DH routered out and glued in flat panels. I stained the door with four coats of Minwax waterbased stain, colour Spice. Next came four coats of Minwax wipe-on satin polyurethane.....

Noodles is loving the new screen door. Favourite past time is lying in the sun and smelling the fall leaves.

Second thing on the to do list is a vest that I was hoping to finish for DH's birthday, but instead he's going to get it a bit late.....that's okay he got something else to tie him over.

So far this is the right side, and back of the vest. I loved working on this pattern from Elsebeth Lavold. All that's left is to start on the neck and arm edging, and sew together......more pictures and blogging to follow as soon as I have my cup of coffee ......Have a great weekend!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

I joined another KAL..... Selbuvotter Knitalong
It's a wonderful book, and Terri has a great website. I've got two mittens on the needles already I just have to finish the mates to them.

Also another highlight of my day was finding out Interweave Knits posted their preview of the Holiday Gifts 2007 Interweave has outdone themselves many nice patterns. There's at least 10 patterns I want to make out of it. So it's worth a look at....pass it on...

I'll be posting more knitting after October 13/14 weekend. It's my DH 50th birthday coming up and I'm planning a party for that Saturday, and I've been racing to get his vest done in time.....I've been getting some major dental work done the last couple of weeks in between all this planning for birthdays, etc. Seven
hours total so far in the dentist chair. I could have gotten a lot of knitting done whilst sitting there. Does anyone bring their knitting to the dentist?

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everybody!!