Monday, January 31, 2011

A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

This is a Mystery about a sewing women that disappears,from the home of

a wealthy New York Family.

The search is on for her.

You find out if she left voluntarily, or if she was kidnapped, and harmed.

You find out who she really is, that she is married and in Love.

The book is set in new York and written in 1880.

I enjoyed this Mystery/Love Story.

It is a quick, light, entertaining read.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Exploring Waves

I belong to  mystery Knit Along group on Ravelry.
This is our mystery for this month. The pattern is called Exploring Waves.
The yarn that I used is Knit Picks Palette, the color French Lavender.
This project has 612 beads in it! That's right i said it has 612 beads in it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

This is the first in a series of books. I read the book because I thought that since it was set in Amish country it was going to be a story about the Amish people. Although some of the characters in the book were Amish, the story was about Andrea Hampton, and how she helps her Grandmother and sister get a Bed and Breakfast Inn started up. It is sort of a love story with a happy ending. It is just not what I expected, or was looking for.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happily Ever After by Susan Warren

I started reading this book, because it was about a girl named Mona, that had a dream of opening a book store in an old Victorian house. I thought that it would be a light, quick read. Boy oh boy was I wrong. This book is sooooo much more then a light fun read! I learned so very much about Forgiveness. I pray every single day for the strength to forgive. I LOVE this book!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Professional by Robert B Parker

This is the story of how private detective Spencer ( a very cocky private detective) helps 4 women out of a blackmail scheme. And solves a few murder mysteries along the way. It is fast moving, easy to read. With a lot of He said, she said dialogue in it. Spencer nods a lot in this story to, he thinks way to much of himself. but he does solve the mystery.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

This is a warm fuzzy story about the the lives of 4 women that take a knitting class together at A Good Yarn.

There is some drama, some, excitement, a couple of weddings a funeral. And even some free Prayer shawl patterns. I enjoyed the book.

If you enjoy knitting and a good story you will enjoy this book.

Keep them coming Debbie!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Doll Dress Potholder

This cute little Doll Dress Potholder only took about an hour to crochet. I crochet so much faster then I knit. I enjoyed this cute little pattern which can be found here I used Sugar and Cream yarn in the color Hot Pink Rose, and Peaches & Creme Lilac. You wouldn't have to use two colors for this potholder. It can be made with just a solid color. but I think that it is cuter with two colors.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Norwegian Blessing

May da ruts always fit da wheels of your pickup.

May yur ear muffs always keep out the nort wind.

May da sun shine varm on yur lefse.

May da rain fall soft on your lutefisk.

And until ve meet again, may da good Lord protect

ya from any and all unnecessary uffdas.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Knitting with Grandma

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell was published in 1853. I think that this is the saddest book that I have ever read. It is a story of an orphaned girl named Ruth, that is taken advantage of at the tender age of 16 by an older, very rich spoiled Man. She is considered a fallen women because she becomes pregnant. The Young man's mother, takes him away from Ruth, and pays Ruth a small sum of money. Ruth tries to commit suicide, but is saved by a very kind man, and his sister. The story tells how she lives as a fallen women. It does not have a happy ending. I guess that is why it is such a sad story. I guess I like happy endings.

Baking with my Granddaughter

My Sweet Granddaughter is staying with me this weekend. she and I are Baking Buddies. We baked a chocolate cake today. YUM!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Basic Knit Sock Pattern

This sock is knit from the top down, on size 1 DPN’s. It features a 2 x 2 ribbed cuff, a Dutch heel, and a Classic toe.

Materials: 100 grams of fingering weight sock yarn.

A set of 5 size 1 DPN’s

Gauge 10 stitches per inch

Cast on 64 stitches, divide stitches evenly onto 4 DPN. You will have 16 stitches on each needle.

Begin knitting a Knit 2, Purl 2 ribbing. Knit 15 rows of ribbing.

Start the body of the sock.

Knit every stitch around, on every round until the sock measures 6 inches from the top of the sock.

Dutch Heel

Working on 32 sts only. Put the remaining stitches on hold. Just leave them on the needles that they are already on.

Row 1: *sl 1, k1, repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 2: Sl 1, purl to the end of the row.

Row 3: Sl 1, *Sl 1, k1 repeat from * to the last 2 sts, k2

Row 4: Sl 1, purl to the end of the row.

Repeat Rows 1 – 4, until you have completed 32 rows.

Turn Heel

Row 1: k21, SSK, turn

Row 2: Sl 1, p 10, p 2tog, turn

Row 3: Sl 1, k 10, SSK, turn

Row 4: Sl1, p10, p2tog, turn

Repeat Rows 3, and 4 until 12 stitches remain.


Round 1: working with needle 1, knit across the heel flap. Pick up and knit 17 stitches from the side of the heel flap. Knit across needles 2 and 3. With needle 4 pick up and knit 17 stitches from the opposite side of the heel flap. Then knit 6 stitches from Needle 1.

You should have 23 stitches on needle 1, 16 stitches on needle 2, 16 stitches on needle 3, 23 stitches on needle 4.

Round 2: on needle 1 knit to the last 3 stitches, then k2tog, k1. on needles 2 and 3 knit all stitches. On needle 4 k1, SSK, knit to the end of needle.

Round 3: knit all stitches.

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until you have 16 stitches on each needle. For a total of 64 stitches.


Knit every round in the foot until it measures 2” short of your foot length.

Classic Toe

Round 1: needle 1 knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. on needle 2 k1, SSK, knit remaining stitches. On needle 3knit to last 3 stitches k2tog, k1. On needle 4 knit 1, SSK, knit remaining stitches.

Round 2: Knit even on all four needles.

Repeat these 2 rounds until 32 stitches remain. then work a decrease round every round until 16 stitches remain.

Graft toe with the kitchener stitch.

weave in ends.

Block lightly.