Project Yarnway April Update

 I finish the front of the bag and I was not happy! 

It was so wide and then came in sharply to the where the handles would have been.   And the sockinette stitch on the bottom was too loose!

 So I decided to start over.  I got some more yarn (added some color).  I did love the lattice stitch, so that will stay, but the idea for the bag now is much different.  I decided to make a bag kind of like a backpack that the straps go all the way through the top of the bag so when you pick up the straps it closes the bag.  I also changed the bottom so it is a different color, in moss stitch and with a smaller needle so it wouldn’t be loose like the  last one.

Here is the new sketch and materials:

The new swatch (upside down!)

 

I finished up the back of the bag.  The large holes are for the strap to run out of the back and connect to the bottom of the bag.

Spring Flowers

There are so many beautiful flowers blooming, the past two weekends I have been taking some pictures.  To bad it is not warm as well as beautiful!

So….picture time!

This first was my favorite, so the daffodils get to go first!

 

And there wre so many great Tulips!

And so many more flowers…

The tress are all in bloom as well!

And of course it would not be spring if he critters and weeds had not returned as well…of all the br=irds only the ducks would let you get close enough for a picture (and that’s cause i had crackers).  The  squirrels will also allow photos if there will be a cracker reward!

And the dog is loving it!

I took way to many pictures….so there are more at my flickr account.

Project Yarnway March Winner!

I am so happy my beachcomber won! It was difficult, but I do love the result. Thanks for everyone who voted! I am posting the pattern for free here as well as in ravelry for anyone who wants to make one. I ordered the sea grass from amazon and one coil could make 2-3 hats! Thanks again!

Sea Grass Knit hat

Two Hats for Mom

They are completed and mailed!  Mom like my bobble cable hat one wanted one just like mine (in the cream color).

Since I had left over yarn form her sweater, she aslo decided she should would like the same hat in that yarn.  I think it came out cool!  The blue yarn was very different from the cream ( and wool vs. alpaca/acrylic) so I had to adjust the pattern.  The blue hat ending up much thicker and warmer than the cream one, which I think is perfect since it will go with her very warm winter sweater I made her.

Here is the sweater this hat goes with, Mom asked for a sweater for Christmas and this is the design I made for her, modeled my my niece.

Project Yarnway April Challenge:Bag it & Tag it

This challenge was to create a bag for a specific person and a specific function.  So my client is my stepmom Bobbi. 

My client grew in and lives in Florida.  She and her husband own a business that supplies yachts with uniforms, flags, linens etc. 

The shop is just blocks away from the beach in West Palm Beach.  Her favorite designer is Tommy Bahama and she loves everything tropical (who wouldn’t if you lived in Florida!)  Check out her wedding cake she and her sisters created.  Beautiful!!!

So for her, I am hoping ot create a beach bag that she can have sitting at her shop ready to slip out to the beach at a moments notice.  The bag with be made of cotton in a very light yellow color.  It will have wooden handles and beads.

The bottom is solid and will have hidden pockets in the inside to hold your wallet, keys and other items.  The upper part of the bag will have holes to allow air to easily get through to help dry wet items returning from the beach.  There will be a large pocket on the sides of the outer bag to hold sunscreen or bottles of water.  I hoping to build a backpack function into the bag that is optional.  To get this, there are two straps that stay inside the bag until needed, then they are pulled out right where the bag begins a decrease.  The bag folds over there and the straps connect to the bottom of  the bag, becoming a backpack and should look about like this:

 Here is a swatch that shows the two different kinds of stitches that will create the solid and airy parts of the bag.

And here are all my materials.  I am still trying to decide if the palm trees will be in color or a different stitch to make them stand out.  But I LOVE the idea of using the wooden beads as coconuts on the trees.

I hope I can pull this one off, I love the concept!

Glazed Ham

Mmmmmmm…it was so good!  I came up with this recipe years ago, and it is So easy! 

The glaze has

1/2 cup Southern Comfort
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/8 cup brown sugar

put all ingredients in a pan over low heat.  Add the ham to the oven at 325 for 2 hours.  Every 15-20 minutes, brush the ham with the glaze.

 

Salsa and Guacamole

I came up with a recipe for the best Guacamole last week!  It was so good, we made it two days in a row, and then on Friday as well and took it to a party.  I had so many comments and people asking for the recipe, that I thought I should share this one.  It only took about 20 minutes to make both the salsa and the Guacamole.

Ingredients:
1 bunch green onions
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 limes
1 can tomato
1 pounds fresh tomatoes
4 large very soft avocados
1 large or 2 small jalapeno
1 tbs minced garlic
1/2 teas chili powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Add t the food processor all the green onions, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno.

Chop to fine.  Zest both limes into the mix then set half of the mix to the side for the guacamole.

Add the can of tomatoes and chop.  Add the fresh tomatoes, chili powder, the juice from one lime, salt and pepper and chop just a little so the salsa is still chunky.

Add the avocados, juice form the other lime,  salt and pepper to the other mix that has been set aside.  With a fork mash the avocados.  Add tow tbs of the salsa to the guacamole and stir gently.  This recipe was a big hit and I found that the lime juice prevents it from browning like avocados like to.