Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Socks Finally

While sitting outside enjoying the cool mountain air this morning, I finished the ribbing and bindoff on the purplish socks.  To recap:  these are the Pacific Coast Toe-Up Socks knit with custom dyed Trekking yarn on size 1 needles.  I knit them two-at-a-time Magic Loop style, knitting both socks on one long needle.

I didn't want to experience the typical toe-up problem with the bind off so tight you can't get them on your foot so I used the Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff .  It is a bit fiddly but it sure does work.  I'll use it again.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another Finished Object!

Had this one ready to show yesterday but the lightning and thunder had me shutting off the computer.  Got some rain, though, so it was worth it.  Lots cooler now, too.

I had some light lilac linen yarn in the stash that seemed perfect for hot-weather summer knitting.  Diagonal Lace Linen Scarf was the perfect match for the yarn.  Very easy pattern with just enough stitch involvement to hold my  interest.

 A couple of years ago I had knit a skinny scarf with a dark lilac shade of this yarn.  When I washed the light one to block it, I also washed the dark one to freshen it up.  They were laid out together on some rust-colored towels.  Makes an interesting color combo!  LOL

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ready for Christmas!

Well, sorta.  I knit a tree to decorate for Christmas.  Before you worry about me slaving away knitting a tree, it is only 5 inches tall.
The pattern was Little Christmas Tree and was a fast and easy knit.  Only problem, I hate to sew knitting seams so if I make it again, I will knit the tree and base in the round, leaving open just the bottom of the tree for stuffing it.

Now, I will hunt up little ornaments like buttons, sequins, ribbons and bells to decorate it.  Plenty of time for that before December.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Finally A FO!

One of the many projects is off the needles, sewn up, ends woven in and can now be called a Finished Object.  Yay!  This is the Windmill Bag knit in cotton worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles.  I cast on 24 stitches.  When I look at the small size I wish I had cast on 30 to make a bigger-size tote.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pineapple Upside-Down Yummy

In the cool this morning I made a quick and easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in my old-faithful 9 inch cast iron skillet.  The taste test after lunch said it was great as usual.  Here is the recipe.  I use pineapple chunks and omit the nuts & cherries.  Today I used the high-altitude directions since we are located over 6,000 feet.  By the way, I don't have a mixer in the RV with me so use a spoon and beat it the old-fashioned way.


PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (8 oz) pineapple slices, drained, cut in half or pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, if desired
Maraschino cherries, if desired

1 1/2 cups all-in-one baking mix like Pioneer, Bisquick or Jiffy
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk or water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In 9-inch round pan or 8-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices in single layer over sugar mixture. Sprinkle with pecans. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice (cherries with stems can be added after baking).

In large bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.

Bake 30 to 35 (21 – 25 convection) minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Store loosely covered.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Use 1 1/3 cups baking mix and stir 1/3 cup all-purpose flour into mix. Increase milk or water to 2/3 cup. Bake 25 to 30 (convection 18-21) minutes.

Now for an update on my sock knitting.  Turned the heel and knitting up the leg.  Since I've been showing the instep (front) of the socks, this time thought I would show the heels and soles.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dreaming

Yes, I am dreaming of a short, petite body and wee size 6 feet.  The never-ending blue sweater finally has a body off the needles.  Didn't think I would ever get it long enough.  Now, the sleeves are very slowly growing.

The latest socks are about 1/2" from starting the heel gussets.  These size 10 feet are just too long.  Oh well, I have a good understanding!

I can't just have 2 projects on the needles.  Startitis hit and so I cast on the Diagonal Lace Scarf using linen yarn.  It is rather stiff to knit with but is so soft after washing it.  This photo shows the color the best.

I won't even begin to count the other unfinished projects hiding among the stash yarn.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America

The following was written by Dean Rippetoe of Midland, TX.  He has given permission to share it.  I agree with his sentiments of the condition of our nation in 2011.  For our July 4th birthday, let us all commit to work to return to the values of our forefathers.  Let us truly stand One Nation Under God.
       
                                 
NEIGHBOR - HOW STANDS THE UNION
Daniel Webster, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire in 1782 was a statesman, lawyer and orator and a strong advocate of American Nationalism.  He became well know as a lawyer and a Federalist Party leader.  He was elected in 1812 to the House of Representatives because of his opposition to the war of 1812.  Webster was heavily involved in National politics serving in various positions with Presidents Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore helping to organize the government and preserve the Union.  
The story is told that every time there is a thunderstorm around Marshfield, Massachusetts, the place of Webster's grave, you can hear his rolling voice in the hollows of the sky.  And they say if you go to his grave and speak loud and clear, " Dan'l Webster!!!", the ground will begin to shiver and the trees will begin to shake and you will hear a deep voice saying, " Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
If we listen closely, we can hear Mr. Webster's voice today as it rumbles through America.  From the hills of Tennessee to the desert of Nevada, from the skyline of New York to the shores of Florida, from deep in the heart of Texas to the Mountains of Washington - we hear that freighting question  - "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
The Home is in shambles.  Divorce rate exceeds 50%, Child abuse and spousal abuse is rampant, the absence of parental control over children and children more and more are disrespectful of their parents, teachers and authority.    Teenage pregnancy is higher than ever before.  Same sex marriage is applauded, involvement in homosexual activity is accepted by many and gaining popularity daily.  And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Drug trafficking is increasing daily, poisoning both children and adults with drugs that destroy the mind, character and moral fiber of our nation.  The drug lords and drug dealers thumb their nose at authorities and continue distributing illegal drugs with little resistance from authorities.  Alcohol consumption is out of control.  Persons arrested and convicted multiple times for driving while intoxicated are returned to the streets repeatedly without confinement or even driving restrictions. And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Pornography is a multi-billion dollar business; lewd sexual activity is an accepted way of life.  Promiscuity and infidelity are common.  Sexual transmitted diseases are at an epidemic stage.  Sexual immorality is displayed on every movie and television screen in America.  Our young people are exposed to violent video games condoned by the Supreme Court.  And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Our public schools have deteriorated to the point of issuing diplomas from High School and College to students who cannot read, write, or do simple math.  Athletics reign supreme over academics.  Police patrol the halls of our educational institutions.  Good teachers are discouraged by overwhelming requirements from governmental mandates.  Our educational system is in shambles and Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Our Justice System was to establish truth and administer justice. Truth is not permitted in our court system because of the technicalities of the law.  The criminal is protected, the innocent punished.  Crime is higher than ever before and increasing daily.  Our jails are full, violent criminals are returned to the general population to repeat their criminal activity.  And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Abortion, the willful killing of millions of babies, is not only condoned but supported by tax money. Child abuse is rampant.  Parents are killing their children at an alarming rate.  And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 
Our political system and our politicians are an embarrassment to the masses.  Its occupants performing disgusting illegal and immoral acts have degraded the White House.  We fill the chairs of Congress and the Senate with politicians who perform criminal, lewd sexual acts and engage in immoral activities around the globe. We continue to have elected state and federal officials violate their oath of office and    perform acts unbecoming an elected official- and be returned to office by popular vote.  The sloughful are subsidized, the producer is punished, and taxation is unbelievable. Our politicians, for fear of public retaliation, ignore major issues of public concern such as energy, immigration, the economy, jobs, health care, education and crime. And Daniel Webster asks, "Neighbor, How stands the Union"?
Our nation, The United States of America, was established on the belief in God, the laws of the land were based on the principals set forth in the Ten Commandments  Our forefathers established a government of the people, for the people and by the people with the motto of, "In God We Trust".  Our politicians were designated as "servants" for the people, not "managers" of the people.  

These things we know.  God created the Universe and all that is in it.  He created man, He gave Canaan to the Israelites and they failed to uphold their end of the contract. He gave the USA to you and me.  He gave us religious freedom so that we might honor and glorify His name.  Today, we have the protection of free speech, but we cannot pray in public because some might be offended!!  In some of our Military Cemeteries, the word God is not permitted.  Biblical quotations are not permitted on government buildings.  There are forces at work to remove all mention of God from radio and television.  God is under attack in America and the Christian masses seem to stand idly by without offering resistance.

As we take a close and honest look at our country today, we, along with Daniel Webster must ask and respond to the question - "Neighbor, How stands the Union"? 

I think Mr. Webster would be very disappointed in our answer…….