Sunday, December 28, 2008

Look what Santa brought me!






















Instead of "HO, HO, HO, " I got "Snow, Snow, Snow"... I know, it's pretty, but after the first 40 inches I'm pretty SICK of it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

December already?


I can't believe it's December already! Where did the time go? I'm still working on some fingerless gloves for a neighbor and his fiance' and other small add on gifts for family.
I have the spinning guild meeting at my house on Saturday so will be good to see everyone and catch up.
I'm getting ansy to get into the studio and do some dyeing, but it's been sooooo cold here, and snowy. Much too easy to stay in the house and hibernate. Hunting is finally over here except late bow season so hope to do some fun things finally.
This is my sweetie girl.. she is going hunting with her hot boyfriend at our house. Has her book in hand and a bag of chocolates to keep her quiet.(he says... but I know better... she can stay quiet in the woods as long as she is not cold) she hunted with us a few years ago and did great!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Holiday baking and trading







Last weekend Barb and I made Pizzelles, and I can't show a picture of them cause they're all gone... but, Kimi and I made noodles on Sunday and she brought me the most beautiful gingerbread barn and alpacas. All of it it edible and so cute. I took it to work to show off and will bring it home again after the holidays.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Favorite Holiday foods that I bake

I love to cook and bake. Unfortunately it shows! My favorite foods incluede the holiday candy and cookies I make for my family and friends, and I always do a batch of pizzelles for everyone.I love them cause they are something my mom made my whole life, and also cause they are differnt . Not too sweet and not too heavy.
I want to bake up a batch before thanksgiving this year... maybe do that this weekend.

What seasonal knitting projects are you looking forward to”

Well, I've been slack on alot of my knitting lately. I have still been recouping, so have not done alot, picked up the Adult Surprise Jacket again, so probably finishing that. I had done a bunch of baby jackets before the surgery sooo, now I have to sew up seams and embellish them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Recovering Well!
















I am doing well , 5 days after surgery! Trying to do a bit of knitting, but still tire out easily. Have not even tried to spin yet. Maybe this weekend. Had to show my flowers that my co-workers sent here to the house... so pretty and nice to brighted up the dreary days we have had, even some snow flakes yesterday.. geez.. too early.





Anyway, here is a few projects that I have been working on, and my Adult Surprise Jacket out of odds and ends of handspun yarns that I had.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Football??? Love Football! Are you ready for some

Football?? Monday night party... I love sunday and monday fall tv. It means football! I usually make football tailgate food and we watch 3 to 5 games per week. My favorite teams are: Of course the Packers!! But, I watch and root for the Chargers, and The Cowboys, and the Broncos and sometimes even the others.. I watch the Jets, but only to watch Brett Favre really. I loved when he played here in Green Bay. He was such a good guy. Probably still is.. just hard to see him in the wrong color jersey.
Tonight is Monday night again, so gotta go get chicken wings and a few things before I settle in my chair with my knitting or spinning. Love it!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Halloween?






Nope, not dressing up.. I'm scarey enough.. and living in the country we get no tricker treaters so I put a few pumpkins and some cornstalks out for fall decoration and call it good.

Our fall is really at peak right now. The leaves are so pretty,and our weather is nice. We've had mostly warm days and cooler nights.

Friday, October 3, 2008

October ! Fall! Pumpkins....





So, it's finally October. I love the crisp days and nights. And it is so nice to pull ou the woolens again and wear socks etc.. I finished my second baby surprise jacket and started a third and also an adult surprise jacket for me.

Tomorrow is going to be a dye day in the studio. Need to do some more yarns and rovings before I go to Spin In in West Bend WI.

I got a wonderful suprise package from my "spoiler" from the Falling for ewe swap. There was a neat knitting bag, a pattern for Heritage Yarns "A Bias Towards Lace" It knits up on a bias to make a scarf and there is beads to put on the edges. Also in the bag was scrumptious yarn in the "Peacock Iridescence" it is a 8/2 Tencel. The beads are a beautiful shade of green that look like the color of peacock feathers. This is going to be a fun scarf to knit.

Here are some pictures:

Friday, September 26, 2008

Favorite fall type foods

That is an easy one! Pumpkin anything... bars, cookie, pie, soup, baked, latte, it's all good!
I love cinnamon too, so the pumpkin and cinnamon thing is a definate this time of year.
But, I also like saurkraut and ribs with mashed 'tatoes, and acorn squash, and of course cooked cabbage with pork and root veggies. And, apples in the fall. Cider, pie, baked, sauce, I guess I just like food!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Whew! been knitting up a storm and spinning up a ton








It's definately fall here in the northwoods. I've been knitting up a ton of things... show and tell time... and spinning during all the football games. So far I've made a fair dent in my fiber stash to spin up. Here is my finished Baby Surprise Jacket!



Also, been working on some wristlets and some other small things. here are a few random picts and also some fiber I got at sheep and wool festival.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cold weather? I hate that thought............

Question of the Week #2
What ‘cold weather’ project are you looking forward to making the most the autumn?

I'm going to finish my side to side jacket first, and then just working on socks for everyone. I need to have a big stash of socks built up for the holiday season. I guess I'd have to answer that I look forward to spinning. I love to spin and watch football in the fall or winter. Today's game will be using my NEW Majacraft wheel (hubby got me for christmas early) I got the new Pioneer wheel. I'm going to spin up some wonderful fiber I bought at Sheep and Wool festival from Hooked on Felt (Suzanne) . Her batts are wonderful, and the colors are fantastic. I did one skein already and then plyed it up with some locks she had dyed. Will try to get picts. up on the blog.
I started a pair of wrist warmers for Mike's fiance' Kate, and only have the last ten rows to do on the pair. So maybe will call Mike and if he's going to be home, will run them over to him today. He is a shepherd that has Polypay and East Freisan (spelling?) sheep. I go and help him shear every year, and he gives me choice of fleeces. I love this man! Great fiber and we always have such a good time. His fiance' is a vet, and a sweetie. Kate ...we are going to get you spinning yet!
I made a new recipe of artisan bread... wow... super great. You can store the dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and just pull out a hunk and bake it fresh when you want.

Artisan Bread Recipe
3 cups warm water
2 tsp yeast ( I used bread machine yeast)
6 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Mix all together and let rise in a oiled bowl on the counter covered with a damp dish towel. Then after about 4 hours, you can refrigerate it covered with the dish towel yet or pull off a chunk and bake. I pulled off a piece about the size of a grapefruit, and dusted it with flour and put it in a greased glass pan, and let it rise for an hour or so again, then baked at 425. for 40 min.
Will bake another chunk up today, but going to add raisins, walnuts, butter and make it a sweet bread type.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Favorite things about Autumn

Well, being a "dye" freak, I'd say the colors of the leaves here in the Northwoods. We have a ton of maple trees in the yard and the woods, so we get great color for fall. I love the smell of fall too. Especially since it always seems to be cooler and I do some cooking and baking. I love the apples and cinnamon smell when I make applebutter and pies...I also love the cool crisp nights and sleeping with the windows open. And of course wearing my wool stuff !

At sheep and wool festival I did a bit of shopping and a ton of gabbing. I missed seeing everyone so much and catching up on what is new. I did buy some roving, and some books, and some locks for spinning and ... ya know how it goes.. But, I did trade with most of my vendor friends and also got some cool fiber things. Can't say what as it might be part of my swap partners new box I'm making for her.

Packers play tonight and I am going to finish up the roving I'm spinning from "Hooked on Felt" (thank you Suzanne! hugs! ) and then start a pair of wristlets for Mike's fiance. He asked for two pair.
A great weekend was had by all, and I think Kimi will be a shepherd soon. She acquired two sheep this weekend...hahahha..

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival!

Headed out this morning to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival. Truck is loaded, knitting in hand, coffee in the other hand. Dog is looking at me like... geez... I wannnna go too...
Can't wait to see everyone, and see what is new. Kimi and I are camping in her pop up camper on the grounds with some other vendors , we are excited to see everyone again.
Saturday night is the Ravelry get together- will be fun to go to. Will post pictures when I get back.
Oh, my friend Barb wove me the most beautiful scarf I've ever seen! Thank you Barb!
I have such good friends.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Dye day in the Studio again!








This long weekend was a productive and fun time in the dye studio. I dyed up a few pots of yarn and a pile of sock blanks. Also did some roving for spinning. As it was hot and a bit breezy everything is drying well. I was really into purples yesterday. Funny how when you are happy you are drawn to fun and happy colors.
Cranked up three pair of socks yesterday and will try to get the watermelon socks done, I want to take three or four pair down to Jefferson Sheep and Wool festival (WI)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stitches Midwest in Schaumberg IL

We just got back from the best time ever! Was down at Stitches Midwest in Chicago area. Three of us Wisconsinites went down to work in the booth for Interlacements Yarns. It was so fun. and the market place was the best one yet. I bought lots of books, I love books, and sock yarns, and some cool buttons. Did I mention that I love books???? So, today am back at work after a week of total knitting/ playing. Hard to stay on topic here.. mortgage or yarn.. hummmm...
I started knitting a new jacket out of a kit I got in our booth. It's the side to side jacket and the sleeves are almost done. I did them out of a mohair and a silk held together and love it!
I'm going to try to have my friend show me tonight how to do the mitered squares. I've always wanted to do some, but can't seem to get the concept down.
The Packers play tonight in GB so, might not get any knitting done, I usually spin during the games and since I have some new roving to spin, I might just do it instead. I have three skeins done and want to finish up the last two balls of roving.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

This is the questionnaire for the new swap I just joined.
Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft? I knit mostly. I can crochet but not enough to make anything. I have been knitting for about 5 years give or take.
Do you spin? What type of spinning do you do? Yes! I love to spin and I spin alot! I spin wool and exotics into all types of yarn. I love socks and do sock yarn , but I also do some funky stuff and some bulky for purses etc..
Are there any other crafts that you participate in? I used to do some weaving, but not much anymore. I do also of dyeing tho. I dye most of my own fiber and yarn (wools)
What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I love wools and protein fibers that are soft and nice to wear.
What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? Least favorite? Probably acryllic yarns.
Are there any types/brands of yarn that you are dying to work with but haven’t gotten a chance? Not really, I go to alot of wool festivals and the Stitches Midwest so I get to see alot of what is out there and I indulge if I can.
What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I love socks, hats, purses, sweaters , ponchos any wearables really!
What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to start this autumn? I've got a couple of things started. I started a roundtrip jacket, a trinity jacket, a baby suprise jacket, and a few pr of socks.
What is your favorite FO? (Please, post a picture if you would like.) Probably my newest handdyed socks.
What is your oldest UFO? UGH... I have a sweater I started a few years ago and got bored with the pattern...
Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? New pattern stitches mainly. I love the textures they make.
Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yup! and I wear a size 8 womens
Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Yes, and I use both ALOT
Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? Everywhere- in my truck, in my drawer at work, next to my chair, in the studio and some in the spare bedroom.
Do you collect anything? I like old things. I like rocks, I like cool pieces of art, wood, ceramic and just about anything handmade.
What is your favorite type of music? Are you MP3 ready? Rock and Roll only please! No not MP3 ready...
Do you like sweets? What are your favorites? Chocolate! Dark sweet choc
What is your living situation like? Any pets? Children? married, one dog, four kids all gone from the nest. No grandkids yet.. I have chickens too.
Are you allergic to anything? Penicillan
Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? Please include links for your swap pal. Nope. I just want it all- like Barbie.. I want it all.
Are you having a birthday during this swap? Birthday is in March 2
What is your Ravelry ID? TraceySchuh

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Blankety blanks!






Dyed a bunch of knit tubes up to unravel and reknit into some cool things. I used wool and cashmere yarn and thickened up my dyes so I could really paint. It was time consuming and alot of work, but I think it was well worth it. Also got a hat done for the Olympics, wish I'd have chosen a larger project. Wonder if I can change my project?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New socks done on the CSM


I spun and then dyed this wool and knit into socks on my CSM. I love the colors and how they both came out so nicely.

I've also been working on the patches exchange we are doing on Ravelry. I made a square for my swap partner Liz and then one for me. And of course started a third to make something else. Was a fun pattern that did not take a ton of concentration so could easily knit it at work or while watching tv.

Friday, August 1, 2008

To garden or to spin???

Seems like summer is going toooo fast. I wanted to spin the whole day tomorrow and get my yarns done for the next project, but I need to work in the gardens and so will probably end up splitting my time between the two. I love summer and want to soak up as much as I can before it's gone.
I'm spinning some roving I got last year at Sheep and Wool from Anne Jackson. It is a red, burgandy, purple and has glitz in it. I'm doing it as a two ply and will be hoping to knit it up as a wearable of some kind.
I want to really look at the patterns out there this year at Stitches in Schaumberg IL when I go . I will be working in the booth again for Judy from Interlacements Yarns, so I have a chance to shop for a bit while I'm at the show. ( love it)
Had only one chick hatch this past month, so will post a picture of the new little peep. He/she is cute, can't tell what it is. Kinda a grey in color tho.

Built a new coop for the chickens and hubby says it is a cadillac of coops. We sided it with left over vinyl siding from the house and garage, and used aluminum clad to do the window area. I have a door with a window and a nester that I can get to without having to go inside. It hinges open from the outside.

Going to the state fair this Sunday for my day to work in the wool room. We sell our things that we've made, and demo for the crowd. Kimi is going with me this year. Have to have a huge cream puff while we are there too.

That's about it, now, knit or garden? Oh, no, it was spin or garden.. to much to do, no time to do it all.... geez.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cranky Day


Yesterday my friend Cris came over and we sat out on the upper deck and cranked out sock after sock. I got 7 pair done and so did she. We did mostly handdyed yarns that we dyed up last summer, but I did a few pair of handspun too. Today going to dye some sock blanks and then close up toes on the pile of socks from yesterday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

B-4 Bobble bag

Okay, I started this bag at work as all my bosses were out golfing and I had a quiet office to knit in. I really got a great bit done, up to row 40 and all in handspun yarn again. I have to find some cool beads to add to the bag soon as it is needing some glitz. I like this pattern cause as soon as you are bored with the pattern rows you are on it switches to a new pattern. That keeps it fun. Plus it uses up all the odds and ends I had left over of handspun yarns.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Okay, now the hard part... getting the blog up and looking nice. This is a real test for me.