Sunday, July 29, 2007
Perfect for a "between stitches" indulgence!
1 lb Oreo Cookies
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 lb Milk Chocolate
1. Beat cookies into a fine powder using food processor, blender, or rolling pin.
2. With electric mixer, blend cookies, cream cheese and vanilla until throughly mixed.
3. Lick mixing blade.
4. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
5. Work on knitting project for 40 minutes.
6. Lay out 2 large sheets of wax paper. In a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate.
7. Dip each truffle in the chocolate, removing with a slotted spoon when coated.
8. Place on wax paper.
9. Let cool, then refrigerate in air tight container.
10. Eat left over chocolate.
11. Reward each difficult stitch with one truffle.
For an extra treat, drizzle melted white chocolate over the truffles, or use mint oreos!
Friday, July 27, 2007
I do wind yarn and I do talk to yarn - sometimes not so nicely but now ... A first class, big honking ball winder from Strauch. After my husband spent too many nights watching me wind customers yarns on my itty bitty ball winder, with frequent frustration and lots of *talking to the yarn* he said I must have a new one. And did I disagree? Oh heavens no. All I did was research the one I wanted. I decided on the Strauch for several reasons. See below...
Text below taken directly from Strauch Fiber Company.
Oh, and by the way, I got it at Copper Moose. Excellent service and super fast. Ordered on Sunday - here on Tuesday.
So my friends, anyone need any yarn wound? It is a free service here at The Yarn Grove. If you want your yarn wound into a cake, just let me know in the comments section... Now I will talk to yarn nicely ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Yessirreee... for those who celebrate Christmas or give gifts to people at the holiday, it is a mere 5 months from today. I would highly recommend getting those needles and hooks clickin' away. I have several items made up and hope ya'll are well on your way as well...
I just finished a hat made from Miss Hawklet handspun yarn. She gets the majority of her wool from a rescue farm, handdyes and spins it herself. This particular hat was made from approx. 70 yards of handspun, knit on 11's, including the giganzo pompon I made for it. I cast on 70 stitches so which will fit a large head... We have several handspun artists in our shop, all gawgeous. Even some with little "skull" beads. Some come with a free pattern. Quick and easy...
As I dumped the end of the coffee from my bowling ball sized coffee container, I thought about ways to recycle this huge honking piece of plastic. I don't always purchase my coffee this way ... unless it is on sale! So with that said, here are a few suggestions:
1 roll Bounty paper towels. Remove core, cut in 1/2 (careful with that sharp knife) I used smaller sized rolls, not jumbo.
3 cups water
1 Tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon hand / baby lotion (or perhaps baby wash)
Mix liquids together(nothing chemical reactive, okay?), put your *new* 1/2 roll in container of your choice(recycle something please) and pour over 1/2 of towels. Thread towels from center of roll. Very easy.
For Bug repellent I used Avon Skin-so-Soft instead of hand lotion and baby oil. Whenever we went to the beach, always took a "jug" of my handmade bug wipes with me! (rolling credits: Paula too. I can pretend for one minute I thought of this but guilt just overtook me...)
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Hiya!! Lily Purl here. I'm so jazzed to join the Yarn Grove girls' blog.
As you know, I just love socks- I AM the sock walker! There's nothing more comforting than cozy toes, and nothing more fun than colorful, hand knit socks. During the summer, when flip flops reign, most socks are tucked in the back of drawers to await the first chilly day of fall. That's why I was so jazzed to find this pattern for footie socks- the best socks for summer! I found some summery teal yarn from a gal on Etsy, and got clicking right away! I'm going to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in my favorite recliner just knitting away. I may even indulge in a iced chai tea with cinnamon...
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
In other news, I have my teen Sewing Camp next week. Both sessions are full and I'm a little nervous about keeping the kids focused for 3 hours at a time. I'm also worried about little fingers getting too close to needles! Its certain to be an exciting week.
Also, I'm selling some of my vintage knitting patterns on ebay. Take a peek!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Now that changes things a little for me. I should be knitting this on at least 3s so will probably frog the whole thing and start over on 3s. But I did want you to see it and how gorgeous and tight this yarn is. I love it!
We have some new handspun yarn in - Fortune Cookie Fibers - from the ever delightful Julie-Ann of PA. Check it out - it is great yarn. Hand dyed and hand spun by Julie-Ann.
Hope ya'll had a wonderful 4th and now it is time to get serious about holiday gifts. No joke - it'll be here before we know it. What are you planning as hand made gifts?