Friday, April 29, 2011

This is a coconut "custard" pie from It's ridiculously easy to make and only has 4 ingredients. Go there and make it!

Baked chimichangas. MMmmmmmm. My favorite this week. I'd forgotten how much I like these and so easy to make.Finished all my knitalongs! These are the Trekking 20 year KAL from They are toe-up and I learned Judy's Magic-CastOn, a new simple heel and a sewn bind-off.

The pattern is called "Cranked" and was alot of fun to knit. I would have liked to have made them longer but didn't think I had enough yarn. Turned out that I did. I also don't think I care much for the sewn bind off although it is stretchy but maybe because I had to go down to a size 1 needle. I suppose that I will try to use a size 2 on the ribbing and bind off.

This is the yarn from the Carefree KAL that is from Crystal Palace. This month you can use whatever pattern you want as long as you use at least one skein of their yarn. This is the Mobius necklace from "Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders". I also made the earrings to match but the picture isn't great.

Mug today. Right now I'm having some Cinnamon Cardamom tea. Tasty.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I thought that I'd let you all see the pretty tulips before they are washed away! This has been the 3rd wettest April on record here. And we are supposed to get a total of 4.83" more by Saturday night. We have water coming in the basement from places that it's never leaked before but what a surprise... where else is it supposed to go?

The river (Ohio and every other one) is at or above flood stage and we are supposed to have more thunderstorms everyday until next Thursday. It's almost like living in Seattle without all the cool coffee shops!

Can't even walk in the backyard. We used to have an above-ground pool and where it was located is a lovely pool-shaped depression which has a nice lake right now. That's not too unusual with alot of rain but it's spreading all over the yard. I actually lost my shoe in the mud when I went back to check for any damage from all the severe weather the other night. We lost a huge limb off of one of the trees but Praise Jesus! that was all. Here are the little falls at the park. This was before the 3" we got on Tuesday night.

No ducks swimming around in there!
I'm kind of surprised that there haven't been any ducks in the "lake" in the back yard. Sometimes they come for several days. But they have their choice of pretty much anywhere to swim right now.

Been busily knitting on all the kals I've joined. But I did finish one the other day (4/19). This is the Coquille shawl from Knitty ( I am quite pleased with it and would like to make the large size sometime.I did the smaller one because it called for less than 3 balls of Mini Mochi, which is what I had in my stash. Still have almost a whole ball left. None of the colorways are the same but they had enough like colors in them to match. At least I think so.

I still need to lightly block it but I've worn it a few times because it's been chilly out...and let's face it...we all like to wear our newly off the needles knits!

Off to work on another kal. And tonight is "The Mentalist" so tv will be on.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This is one of the KALs that I'm knitting on right now. It's the Coquille shawl and I really like how it's turning out. The pattern is quite easy and it's fun to watch as the colors change.Here is the Belvedere cardigan that I finished. I ended up putting some snaps down the front and then 2 small knitted flowers at the top. I didn't want buttons on it because the yarn is soft and I figured that the buttons would be too heavy. But I think I like it.

Okay, off to do some more knitting.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Look what was sitting out front of my house yesterday! Lots of fun. NOT! We called the water company 11 days ago about water leaking up into the road. It wasn't coming out of my yard and when the workers finally came they said it was a water main leak and they would be back in about 10 days to fix it. Well, it took 11 days which was fine but the road was starting to "bubble" up against my yard and it was leaking all the way across the lane. They told me they would take a look at it and decide what needed to be done.

So they covered the very large hole with a very large, very noisy metal plate and said they'd be back Monday after midnight. Um, thanks?

Well, we had to call to complain because everytime a car went over the plate the whole house would practically shake. The glass in the windows was shaking and that's not good. They sent someone out to secure the plate (ya think they should have done that first!) and later that evening the water worker was walking through the neighborhood hanging signs on the front door (luckily I happened to be looking out the peep hole at just the moment he hung the note on the door) and stated that they would be shutting off the water after midnight and the repairs would take 4-6 hours. After 7 hours they finally finished but the lovely plate is still out there getting thumped with the cars. And since I live on a 4-lane state highway, there is alot of traffic. And they have a fireplug up the street just streaming out water because they said they are flushing out the pipes so we don't have to boil the water. WHAT were we drinking before????? I use a water filter but still. Yuck.

So the street has sheets of water just rushing down and watering the grass. Fun. Dinner last night. Pasta con broccoli from "Appetite for Reduction". Fabulous.

I really enjoyed the kal last month so I joined another. This the Coquille shawl from Knitty and it's for the Crystal Palace Ravelry group. Should be fun. I also wanted to join the Knitpurlhunter Trekking 20 year kal but no yarn shop had this month's yarn and hadn't planned on ordering anymore. So I joined the Carefree kal (which is also part of Crystal Palace's blog).

Went up to Main Street Yarns today to pick up a skein of Mini Mochi for that and much to my surprise, they had one skein left of the Trekking for the April KAL. So I picked that up also and now am starting to feel just a bit overwhelmed........
But the shawl should be a very interesting knit.

We shall see.