Recipe: Lamb Tangine with Apricots

This is the most awesome recipe.

Not only is it low Calorie, but the house smells like heaven when it’s cooking!

A family favourite!

 Lamb Tagine with Apricots

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FO Friday: Have you any Owls?

Leaving bright and early for DKC Knitfrolic tomorrow morning, squeee. We are carpooling it into Toronto, about 45 min drive. Will try to remember to take pictures for you. I have already made my shopping list. Debating if I should take lunch and save $$$ for treasures. Hubby suggested I have a look in the studio to see if there is room for more stash… he thinks he’s so funny :0)

It’s Spring and everyone seems to be reproducing! Isn’t it lovely? Well I started looking for something that would be useful and cute. The Owlie Sleep Sack seemed to fit the bill. As I have to do a few, your going to see these for a few weeks. Good thing they work up quickly.

Owlie Sleep Sack 12" long and 16" around

And between the covers, well on the ebook actually, I’ve been reading

Rented the Swedish and the North American DVD movies of this book. Rather haunting, and disturbing, but good… (prefered the Swedish dubbed version, if you’re tempted to rent it. The actress is more edgy and I think is more true to the main character.) I have been trying to get my hands on this book for a while but first DS then DH pinched it as I started to read.

The Millenimum Trillogy has an interesting history, Larsson died 9 November 2004 in Stockholm at the age of 50 of a heart attack after climbing seven flights of stairs to his office because the lift was not working, When Larsson died, it was discovered that he had left behind manuscripts of three completed but unpublished novels written as a series. He had written them for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening, and had made no attempt to get them published until shortly before his death, they were published posthumously.  Sad he was unable to enjoy the books success…

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 20 + 1 = 21

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 8 – 1 = 7

Stash used =  29 + 1 = 30

Stash Purchased 2012 = 32

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  44 + 2 = 46

Books = 14

links for my blogwalk join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

 

WIP Weds: Pay it forward and preparing for new arrivals!

Still looking for participants in the “Pay it Forward” project. I am responding to 2 Pif’s at one time. So, I hope you will join me in spreading the warm fuzzies! The first 6 people to make a comment on my PiF post and then post the “Pay it Forward” on their blog, will receive a surprise parcel sometime in the 365 days following. If you have ever thought about participating in a swap and would like to bring cheer to someone you’ve never met (other than virtually). I invite you to join me and share your talent!

(I will actually be accepting six comments which represents,

three for each of the two “Pay it Forwards” I am responsible for.

Please note you will only be responsible for 3 projects for other people)

This week I have been busy working on “The Owlie Sleep Sack” for one of the many Babies due this spring and summer.

Owlie sleep sack

Oh and here is a glimpse at the Beryl Blanket I have been working on. I really like this project, easy to add to and good as a TV watching project!

As you can tell I like Lists!

Here is a new one… Challenges!

The Jar – This is a one year challenge. Get a jar and fill it with all your scraps, weigh it at the end of the year and make something to be stuffed with it! Prize for most inventive! Start today and end next April!

Use 12 patterns from your own library this year!

Join the “Pay is Forward” – giving is its own reward!

FO’s 2012 = 20

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 =  7 + 1 = 8

Stash used =  28 + 1 = 29

Stash Purchased 2012 = 32

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 40 + 4 = 44

Books = 14

links for my blogwalk join me in the blogpond :0) 

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

TTFN see ya Friday <wave>

Snapdragon and Marigolds Loft Suggested a “Pay it forward” I’m in :0)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paying-it-Forward (Times two)

Want some handmade goodness?

I saw this on Snapdragon crafts  and  Marigolds loft

I thought Emily and Natalie had a great idea,

and a great ideas should be shared.

(I will actually be accepting six comments which represents,

three for each of the two “Pay it Forwards” I am responsible for.

Please note you will only be responsible for 3 projects for other people)

 

So if you want to play, here’s how to join in:

  1. I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this post. The gift will be handmade by me. It will be sent sometime in the next 365 days. It will be a surprise. We all love getting surprises in the mail, right?
  2. In your comment, tell me your two favorite colors (that will help me make an appropriate gift).
  3. To sign up and receive a gift, you must play along, too. Pay it Forward on your blog, by promising to make a surprise for the first three people who comment on the post.
  4. You must have a blog (that is updated, as I will blog stalk you to find the right gift for you).
  5. After commenting here, you must re-post this or something similar to your blog in 48 hours. If not, I will chose the next person who comments…
  6. And email your real name & address to spinnersyarn@live.com :0)

Looking forward to seeing who I get to send some joy to!

FO Friday: The best $25.00 I ever spent!

Remember the DKC Knitfrolic last year? I have plenty of reasons to pat myself on the back for purchasing Lace blocking Wires! I have used them over and over. I had my doubts at the time if I would use them very much, not anymore!  I’m glad my Hubby couldn’t find the camera, it wasn’t pretty.  I was crawling around the floor with my arthritis, and my darling tolerant and handsome assistant,(my son) as we pinned out the finished article! I am currently recovering in the lazyboy, while they return the crane to the rental agency lol.

I finally finished the Afternoon Tea Shawl, a pattern I can highly recommend. An interesting and altogether delightful project. This was one of the April Carry along Projects.

Afternoon Tea Shawl 46″ wide x 28″ radius

 

Afternoon Tea shawl

Looking forward to this years DKC Knitfrolic Sat. April 28th

Counting my pennies and making my shopping list :0)

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 19 + 1 = 20

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 10 – 3 = 7

Stash used =  26 + 2 = 28

Stash Purchased 2012 = 32

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 35 + 5 = 40

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

Tami’s blog, Keep Calm and craft on, Knit happy  

What you doing Wednesday

Creative Friday Fibre Arts Friday I’ve made Friday

Fibre on Friday Marigolds Loft The magic onions

Show your stuff Whimsey Wednesday

and Yarn along for more really neat stuff!

TTFN see ya Wednesday <wave>

WIP Weds: Road trip to “The Gathering” in Port Hope Ont Cda

As promised on Friday, my report on The Gathering in Port Hope. Boy was it fun!

Lots of fibre, lots of spinners, and friends :0)

The bonus, DH came along and enjoyed the treats, not so much the fibre. He did look around with me, which I rather enjoyed. Very tolerant man, even encourages the fibreholic somewhat, and admired purchases with appropriate noises.

Superwash merino blend 4 oz

Mohair blend from Wellington fibre 250gms (luscious)

Orange fingering been looking all over for this colour

You know it is a good book when you buy a second copy Oops

I recommend this book, anyone want one? lol

Here are some more pictures straight from Port Hope Ontario Cda

The Gathering April 2012

The Gathering April 2012

This is my WIP, almost done! More info here

Afternoon Tea shawl

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 19

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  26

Stash Purchased 2012 =  31 + 1 = 32

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

Tami’s blog, Keep Calm and craft on, Knit happy  

What you doing Wednesday

Creative Friday Fibre Arts Friday I’ve made Friday

Fibre on Friday Marigolds Loft The magic onions

Show your stuff Whimsey Wednesday

and Yarn along for more really neat stuff!

If you would like to be included in my Blogwalk please post your blog name and where abouts, link under the Blogwalk page so others can find you too :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Friday all being well.

An Award: The Versatile Blogger!

I want to thank Michelle at  Will knit for food for nominating me for the

Versatile Blogger award, I am totally flattered!

Here are the conditions of The Versatile Blogger Award: – Thank the person who gave you this award. – Include a link to their blog. – Next, select 15 bloggers that you follow regularly or have recently discovered. – Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile blogger-award. – Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Nominees: In honour of my favourite bloggers!

  1. Tami @ Tami’s Amis for being a creative hub on weds and friday’s
  2. Nicole @ Keep calm craft on another hub that puts inspiration onto the web
  3. Susan @ Crochet Addict who makes me wish that I could crochet more that an amoeba
  4. Beth @ Visions of Sugar Plums I can almost smell the goodies in your pictures
  5. Marigold’s loft  great recipes with detailed pictures and a hub of creativity
  6. The Magic Onions Fairies live here.
  7. Just winging it is a really yummy cooking blog
  8. Whimsey Weds with the melrose family, always something new and interesting
  9. Ginny at Yarn Along beautiful photography, lovely projects and children
  10. Vanessa @ MMAC A talented multi interest blogger with a querky sense of style I just love
  11. Nanette @ Knitting in Colour wows me every time, a visual treat, and bubbles too!
  12. Gwen @ The Cat hates my knitting Gwen is not only a great and talented  friend, but she has the wackiest sense of humour and a delightful slant on life. I hope this award will get her to post more!
  13. My son @ Musings from upstairs Because I love him and he has alot to say
  14. Freddy @ The Oshawa Ogre The best, bar none, BBQ blog on the planet, (Think Moink – recipe here)
  15. Hanneke @ The Dutchess Cooks I wish I could cook like Hanneke, correction I wish I could go to Holland and have Hanneke cook for me!

And of course I read  Will knit for food regularly

7 Things about myself

  1.  I am an unapologitic fibreholic, a house is not a home without substantial fibre stash
  2. My family get nervous when I announce I have a plan
  3. I get nervous when I don’t have one (see #2)
  4. I knit, handspin, weave, bead, sew, and read
  5. I believe in celebrating everything!
  6. I wake up in the middle of the night and have to write down pattern ideas before I can go back to sleep
  7. I am living with Cancer, it has been 19 yrs and counting. Cancer is not always a death sentence, I am living proof!

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