Hat # 48

It seems I forgot to post hat #48.  Here it is.


This one is  That Easy Guernsey Hat by Christine Roy.  The first hat I knit was with Lamb’s Pride worsted, which is in a perverse way, actually an aran weight.  It is knit flat and seamed.  I thought I could use the practice seaming.    I do not like to have to seam items, and I did not enjoy the process.  The hat turned out quite a bit smaller than I thought it would, so I reknit it in Lamb’s Pride bulky, in the round this time of course!  I liked the textures of the hat and will knit it again.   Both were knit for Wool-Aid.

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Hat # 49

I’ve been lax in posting knitting pictures.  Here is hat #49.  It is called Bulletproof Aran by Chuck Wright and is knit in Northampton yarn.  This was a really fun knit, a bit of a challenge but not so challenging as to annoy me.  It is a paid pattern but very well written.   It was knit for Wool-Aid.   I will make this pattern again.  I just have to grit my teeth to get through the ribbing, which is never my favorite part of a project.




I’ve been knitting my felted mittens using scraps, pictures soon!

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Thrifty Thursday

This week I had 2 little finds.  These adorable vintage looking recipe cards….


They were only 50 cents.  Aren’t they sweet?

I also bought this dish towel.  I had not found a new linen dish towel in quite a while so I was happy to see it there.  It’s from Sturbridge Village, by Robert Wert.  I have several of his designs which I really like.  This one is not as pretty, but I have been to Old Sturbridge Village so it was a nice surprise to see it.


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Oven Roasted Beets

I bought some beets at the farm stand.  I’d never roasted them before so wanted to give it a try.  Problem is, when I googled it, all the recipes instructed you to peel them after they were roasted, most had you wrapping them in foil to roast.  That just sounded like too much work, and with my luck I’d burn myself.  So I figured I ‘d just try it my way, what did I have to lose?  $2.50 worth of beets.  I peeled them while raw against all instructions.  Aren’t they beautiful!!



Then I cubed them, and tossed them with olive oil, salt and some chopped onion in a 13 x 9 pan.

012I cooked them at 425 degrees for about 45 min uncovered.  I stirred them once in the middle of the bake time.  They shrunk down quite a bit in volume.

025They were absolutely yummy!  The only thing I would change is next time I would cut much bigger onion chunks as the little pieces burned a bit.


Don’t worry, all that beet juice washed right off my hands and cutting board!  Such a pretty color.




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Thrifty Thursday

This thrifty Thursday is probably going to be boring for you.  Me, I was pretty excited.  Many of the Pyrex casseroles I find are without covers.  But low and behold I found 4 covers at Goodwill in the same trip!  I have matching pieces for all these covers.  And I only paid $5 for the 4 covers which is an excellent price.



I also bought a pie plate for only $1.  I had pretty much sworn off pie plates because I have so many, but at that price I couldn’t leave it there.  It will be good to bake a gift in and give the plate as part of the gift so the person doesn’t have to return it.   But really, who am I kidding, in my experience you get your dish back less than 50% of the time.  That goes for most things that get loaned out doesn’t it?


I have pretty much sworn off buying cotton yarn when it is on sale at Michaels or AC Moore too.  But this lovely red cake was only 50 cents.  I do want to make some dish cloths as add on gifts for Christmas.  Of course I said that last Christmas too!   I knit a few, but I wanted a big stack so I saved those.  I still have 4 months…..

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The Farm Stand

If I were a poet I would write an ode to the local farm stand.  Delicious, convenient and it keeps me out of the grocery store where potato chips and New York Super Fudge Chunk lurk.   It’s a beautiful place.




This is what I took home recently.  Those tiny local plums are so sweet!  And the native blueberries are the bomb.  The corn?  Drool worthy.

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Thrifty Thursday


This week I found 2 skeins of Lamb’s Pride for $1.00 each!  Retail that’s about $18.00.  You all know how I love my Lamb’s Pride.

In other purchases, I decided I needed another pair or 11 DPN’s in metal.  I have one already, and one set in Bamboo.  But I do not love the bamboo, they are not as slick and it slows my knitting down.  I am currently knitting mittens to be fulled with my big bag of Lopi scraps and partials.  I like to have 2 pairs of needles   because I am trying to split the yarn between the pairs and am knitting some of each mitten as I go along instead of finishing one and starting another.  I am also using my Escali scale to help split the balls.  They look a little funny now, but they’ll improve upon fulling!  More on this project later.



So needles, $6.99 , used 50% off coupon, then used the rest of my Christmas gift certificate.   Price paid?  About $1.50.


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Thrifty Thursday

Yes, I know it’s Friday.

This week was puzzle week.  I see puzzles all the time.  For me to buy them they need to be either new and relatively inexpensive or of  high quality , like Ravensburger Puzzles.  Do I make puzzles?  Well, once in a while.  But they are sort of a time sucking vortex.  Before you know it you have 6 days worth of dishes in the sink, no clean underwear and a finished puzzle.  And no knitting progress made.  So who do I buy the puzzles for?  Mom and Dad like to make them in the winter.  Mom is so clean and well organized she would never leave dishes in the sink for 10 minutes, let alone days.

I found these at Goodwill and Savers this week. That’s 5,850 pieces of jigsaw puzzle… Total price?   $14.

Average price for one new 1000 piece Ravensburger puzzle?  Around $17.



And what did I see that I had to force myself not to buy at Goodwill?  Pink sequins, only $2 for the whole reel.  Man, I could do some really girly stuff with that!  A four year old would love it.




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It’s so tiny! Hat #47


It’s hat #47. The Milagro Baby Hat ( free pattern) knit in Aslan Trends Del Cerro. It’s merino, and super soft. I think it will fit a 3-6 mo size baby. I added rows to make it longer otherwise it would have only fit a newborn, and only for about 1 week, they grow so fast!

Knit for Wool-Aid.

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Thrifty Thursday

This week I’ll tell you about the yarn I didn’t buy.  You save when you don’t spend right?  There are those who believe I have no willpower, there are those who believe I will buy any yarn or Pyrex I find at the thrift store.  Not so my friends.  Here is yarn I left behind over the past few weeks.

002 (2)Most of that bin of yarn was 100% wool.  It was $2 a skein.  A few years ago I would have bought it.  But, it was somewhat rough and it was very loosely plied.  I now know knitting with it would drive me crazy.  And I would have had to strand it with something softer.  No real deal there if it drives me nuts and I need to use better yarn to pretty it up.


No need to tell you why I didn’t buy this right?  LOL.


Now this yarn broke my heart a little.  From a distance, perfect!  Aran to bulky in weight, lovely cream color that would take to the dye pot so well, 100% wool for Wool-Aid….  But as I drew closer, egads, the stench!  I know if the yarn smells that bad, there is no washing that will improve it.  Nor do I want it in my house to try it.


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