Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn, Where ARE You?

I need a little fall in my life.
This is what my afternoon looked like.
It's still way too hot around here.

So, what did I do.
I baked.
Seems like a reasonable thing to do, right?

Pumpkin Raisin Muffins

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup old fashioned oat meal
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1-1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fresh nutmeg
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 cup golden raisins or Craisins®



1 cup pureed pumpkin (or other fruit puree)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all items from the first list (flour through Craisins®).  Mix until well combined.

Mix together items from second list (pumpkin through extract).

Make a well in the dry ingredients.  Pour in the wet ingredients and stir lightly until no dry spots remain.  Do not overmix, but make sure all flour is incorporated.

Place batter in well greased muffin tin.  (Makes 12 med-large muffins)

Bake in a 400°F oven for 20 minutes or until muffins are browned and a cake tester inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean.

Remove from muffin pan immediately and cool on a cookie rack.


NOTES:

I used 1/2 cup pumpkin and 1/2 cup applesauce.

I also used 1 tsp. almond extract (totally by mistake, but the muffins turned out pretty good)

Instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg combo -- I used 1-1/2 tsp. McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice.

This recipe is really forgiving.  You can used any combo of fruit puree as long as it adds up to 1 cup.  Same with the flours --- mix it up ---- you can even use all white flour, if that is all you have.  As long as you have 1-3/4 cups of flour, you are good to go.

As for the mix ins:  I've used raisins, craisins, walnuts, pecans, and once in awhile chocolate chips.  It's all good.  

Bake someone happy.
It might be summer outside today, but
in my kitchen, we are feeling fall all over.

Throw Back Thursday (TBT)

Halloween 1956
Who doesn't like a man in uniform?
Oh WAIT!
That's me!   Yeah, it took awhile for me to grow some hair.

My sock in progress is a throwback too.
The random number generator finally hit upon Little Pumpkins.
I had started this pattern before with a different yarn and
it just didn't work out very well.

Here is Little Pumpkins 2.0

The new yarn is Zauberball.

It's working out much better.

I've been waiting for Little Pumpkins number to come up.
I'm one happy knitter tonight.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday

The Great Oviedo Sock Race continues.
All seven pairs of socks-in-progress are now started.  Dr. Luft continues to be in the lead with Mockery pulling up a slow second.  

There was even a bit of progress on the cross stitch project.  The border is now finished and the paper has been trimmed so that it will fit into the pre-made frame.

Stay tuned to see if YOUR favorite makes a run from the back.
MY favorite seems to be stalled right now.

DARN that random generator.
It NEVER picks the number I want.  
LOL

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Great Oviedo Sock Race

It's time to put a little fun into knitting down the stash.
It's time for The Great Oviedo Sock Race.

Here's how it works.

I have seven sets of sock needles.  All will be filled with socks-in-progress.

The computer random generator will pick a project (1-7)

Each sock has six parts:
Ribbing or other cuff
Leg
Heel Flap
Heel turn/Gusset
Foot
Toe Decreases

Each sock will be worked on exclusively through one part.  When that part is complete the random generator will pick the next sock to be worked on.  The only deviation to this will be socks taken outside the house for public knitting.  Only one project at a time will travel.  If the section is not completed upon arrival back home, it will be completed before starting on another sock project.

The Competitors
Top Row:

Project 1:  Mockery Sock in Shenanigan's Bixby Sock (Colorway:  Circus Peanuts).  Level of completion:  cuff and leg of sock #1 finished.

Project 2:  Dragonfly Sock in Shenanigan's Samson Sock (Colorway:  Pansy Garden).  Level of completion:  Not started

Project 3:  Hopscotch in Among Friends (Colorway:  Stakeout Food).  Level of completion:  Not started

Project 4:  Vanilla Latte in Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope (Colorway:  UCF) and Austermann Royal (Colorway:  Black).  Level of Completion:  cuff and leg of sock #1 finished

Bottom Row:

Project 5:  Little Pumpkins in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberall  (Colorway:  1874 Mandel)  Level of Completion: cuff on sock #1 complete

Project 6:  Shark Infested Waters in Blue Jeans and Diamonds (Colorway:  not specified)  Level of Completion:  not started

Project 7:  Adult Sock #12 in Brown Sheep Luxury Sock (Colorway:  Gunsmoke) and Fliegende Untertasse (Colorway:  Dr. Luft)  Level of Completion:  Sock #1 finished

Now it would seem that the socks in progress would have a distinct edge in the race, but the rule about travelling sock effectively levels the field.

Make your bets.
Chose your favorites.
Who will win
The Great Oviedo Sock Race?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting Social

Just can't get enough of me?
And, really,
who hasn't felt like that now and again?

Well, here's where I hangout when I'm not here.

Facebook:  A real-time look at what I'm up to.  More photos, photo diaries like As Seen In Florida, The Best of Shelby and Good for a Laugh.  There is even knitting and stitching groups.
It's like Tangled Up in Sticks and String, but more so.

Pinterest:  I'm not super busy over here, but there's some good stuff.  Mostly food. I'm a big fan of food
.
Instagram --- just getting started over here and in case this link really doesn't do anything --- I'm CFLDee

Twitter --- Not as busy as Facebook.  I started over here because I love @SarcasticRover and if my son is being non-communicative I can check if he's still breathing. If he's tweeting, he's breathing.  Yes, I stalk my son on Twitter. Sometimes a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do .  LOL

Flickr  - My favorite photos get posted here.  For those of you that don't do Facebook . . . it's a good alternative to see the pictures that don't make it on the blog.

National Geographic My Shot  -- just what it says --- but, not only me.  While you are there, look around.  There are some awesome photos on this site.

Goodreads: I read, then you read. Or the other way around.

Ravelry:  Thank you to, Nancy.  She reminded me that I had forgotten this one.  Probably the BEST resource around for knitters and crocheters.

Want a piece of me?
C'mon over
and get social.





Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Foto - Shelby Edition


Early in August Shelby-the-cat came to visit with us.  Her real family was going on an extended trip and they needed someone to look after her.  Her *dad* told her she was going to sleep away summer camp for a few weeks. We played along with that.

Each week Shelby would send them a letter from camp.
If you ever went to sleep away camp you know you
HAD to do this every week even if there really wasn't anything to say.

Dear Mom and Dad,
I miss you, but camp is pretty fun.
Today we had arts and crafts.
(Notice the huge pupils ---- she was really into it.)

The only thing I really made was a soggy string.
Hi, Dad!  We're watching football.
I don't think this ref is very good.
He knows not what he sees.
Cat selfie
We went on a hike in the great outdoors today.

What has been seen, cannot be unseen.
Mrs. Kissinger's neighbor should NOT wear a speedo.
My bunk mates stay up WAY TOO LATE.
Another exciting night at Camp Kissinger.

I wonder if there will be pizza on Friday night.

I hope my mom gets here soon.
I wanna go HOME!
We had a wonderful time playing with Shelby and she became quite the star over on my Facebook page.  But, I know she's happy to be back home with her full-time family and napping with her dad in the big comfy chair.

Big thanks to Vicky and Steve for sharing Shelby and for the beautiful sock yarn they gifted me with when they got back from visiting their family way up north.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday

All around the craft-blog universe, Wednesday is the day to show off your works in progress, otherwise knowns as WIPs.  I have a few. Judy is probably pretty surprised to see THREE socks-in-progress. I'm usually a one-at-a-time kind of girl.  

Look, Judy . . . and old dog CAN learn new tricks.
Working our way around the circle from the craziest color sock in the known world:

1.  Stockinette sock done in Schoppe-Wolle's Fliegende Untertasse.  The colorway is Dr. Luft.  Strange yarn, but I'm loving it.

2.  A little Christmas stitching done on perforated paper.  It's called "Family Tree" and is one of the Buttons and Beads Winter Series kits from Mill Hill.  

3.  The orange socks.  Pity this poor yarn.  It's been frogged back more times than I can count, but I think it's finally on it's way to being a sock.  The yarn is Shenanigan's Bixby sock yarn.  The colorway is Circus Peanuts and the pattern is Mockery (Rav. link)

4.  Last, but not least is my U.C.F. socks.  The pattern is Vanilla Latte.  I wasn't sure that this yarn could take a pattern, but I think it can.  I expected to be further along on these socks.

Do you think I can blame the slow progress on this?
Sock Yarn Inspector #12 looks for flaws.

Is this yarn in good taste?
Or does it just taste good?
I think I can blame it on Shelby.
She was an overly adorable distraction.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's a Mockery

I am making a Mockery out of Little Pumpkins.
Literally.
The Shenanigans Bixby Sock yarn that I was using for the Little Pumpkins was very thin.  It was much more suited to being knit on size 1 needles.  Mockery is perfect and I love the look.

But, not to worry.  Little Pumpkins will be back real soon.
That pattern is way too cute to sit in time out for too long.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wooly Bullies

Some yarns just don't play well with others.  They are wild and untamed.  Sometimes they don't look that way in the store.  They behave just long enough for you to get them home.  Then their real personalities take hold and you wonder just how you are going to bring all this disruption back into line.

These yarns like to fight with other yarns in the stash.  They refuse to cooperate with some very sweet patterns.  They argue and create ugliness with their bullying ways.

These two yarns are just that way.

I knew they were a little loud.  I could see that right off in the store.  But loud doesn't always mean disagreeable. Loud can be fun.

Loud AND disagreeable only showed up once I tried to make them into socks.

It was obvious that they both needed something solid to tame their wild ways.  Even then, the gold sock went kicking and screaming into submission.  It even argued with the lovely grey cuff yarn that eventually ended up with Dr. Luft.  Apparently gold and black needed an even stronger hand and ended up with a very conservative deep black to tame it down.

Details:
Yarn Name (colorway):
Left sock:  Schoppel-Wolle Fliegende Untertasse (Dr. Luft)  with Brown Sheep's Wildfoote Luxury (Gunsmoke) as a tamer.

Right socks:  Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Team Colors (UCF) with Austermann Royal (0002) as a tamer.

Patterns:

Left sock:  Plain stockinette sock with contrasting cuff/heel/toe
Right sock:  Vanilla Latte with contrasting cuff/heel/toe

It's amazing what a little discipline can do to 
make even the baddest yarn toe the line.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Foto

Last night was the start of the NFL season.
Are you ready for some football?
Shelby is!
I always thought of myself as a "dog" person.
Shelby changed all that.
You just have to love a football lovin' cat?

Monday, September 1, 2014

The First

First of the month and
first day of the work week.

And, to my way of thinking, the first of the year.September always seemed like a better time for New Year's Day than in January. So, happy new year, everyone!  ;-)

It also seemed like a great time to take stock of the knitting projects.

1.  Dee's Big Blankie ---- still a W.I.P., but currently "on hold".  It's just too hot and humid to have that much blanket on my lap.  It will get worked on when the weather cools off a little bit.

2.  Sock Yarn Leftovers Linen-stitch Scarf --- trashed.  This is another pattern that I will probably make sometime down the road, but I didn't like the color combo I started with on this one.  I wasn't far in, so trashing it really wasn't all that painful.

3.  Little Pumpkins Socks ---- I tried and tried, but this yarn and this pattern just weren't working together.  The Bixby sock was a little too thin to knit with size 1-1/2 needles. I also feared they wouldn't fit well.  Sock frogged and yarn put away for a sock needing size 1 needles.  (I will do this pattern again real soon.  I have the perfect ball of Zauberball, but right now .......I need a little time away from it.)

4.  Travelling Sock ---- I don't think this one ever made the blog, but I was working on a pair of Vanilla Latte socks in a blue/beige/brown ombre.  The color was great with the pattern, but the sock was just the opposite of Little Pumpkins.  The yarn was too thick and was making a sock that would be WAY too large for me.  Frogged and yarn put away until I decide whether Vanilla Latte is the way to go.  I CAN adjust that pattern for size.  Just not today.

So, what's on the needles you ask?
It's time for some black and gold socks!
Some U.C.F. socks that would do Knight-Ro proud.
But, with just a touch of girly!