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)