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

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lift was not working, When Larsson died, it was discovered that he had left behind manuscripts of three completed but unpublished novels written as a series.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!

FO Friday: It’s finally finished :0)

Good Morning all, it has been a lovely couple of days. Just enough sunshine and just a little rain. The Tulips are showing their lovely faces in my front yard and the backyard looks like a bomb hit it.

My DS has one more University exam then he’s my slave for the summer, well till summer classes start.

This weekend we’re off to The Gathering, (this is a link with pictures from last year) it’s a great beginning of season Handspinning event in Port Hope Ontario Cda. Seeing old friends and catching up, it should be a lot of fun. Will post pictures of this years event on Wednesday.

Finally finished The Not so Koigu Linen Stitch scarf! Very pleased with results.

Linen Stitch Scarf 5" x 68" + 6 1/2" fringe on either end

For a closer look

close-up of Linen Stitch scarf used 98 gms of Regia sock yarn

My camera isn’t really good for close-ups, it does look a little woven up close.

Modifications: I made my fringe only 6 1/2″ long rather than 8″ and mine turned out to be 68″ rather than 60″ excluding fringe, on the same 4mm needle.

Details: I used 3 balls of regia sock yarn in contrasting colour ways, of the 150 gms, I ended up using 98 gms. I guess it could be done with just 2 – 50 gm balls. I cycled the colours A,B,C throughout.

Comments: I will start by saying I really enjoyed knitting this scarf.  It would be wonderful for those small balls of leftover sock yarn. The pattern was by Church Mouse cost $5.00 cdn, overall the pictures of the scarf were very appealing, the instructions were clear and very simple. I purchased the pattern because I believe in supporting designers, however, I have to admit that I found it rather expensive for the simple nature of this pattern, I imagine this is due to the single sheet of light cardboard that it is printed on and the obviously professional photography.

  Please excuse the crass commercialism but…

Speaking of Designers please note that all my patterns are currently on sale!  Most are $1.99 Cdn on Ravelry.com.

There are also several free patterns,

and 100% of the purchase of the Water Bottle/ Baby Bottle sweater 

will go to local Hospital Emergency Unit,

Water Bottle/ Baby Bottle sweater for charity!

My family has had much cause to appreciate this dedicated group of people in the last few years!

FO’s 2012 = 18 + 1 = 19

Patterns from my own Library = 4 + 1 = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  23 + 3 = 26

Stash Purchased 2012 = 26 

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 Wednesday all being well.

WIP Weds: Afternoon tea and plugging away on Linen stitch scarf

Had a delightful Easter season, enjoyed family and friends, sang my little heart out in the choir at all the easter services. Ate too much delicious roast beef that my DH made for the family while we were at church on Sunday morning. The weather was splendid, what else can you ask for?

Well things are sort of settling down. The “Carry Along Forum” on Ravelry is looking for a Ravelypics 2012 project to knit during the summer Olympics. I am hoping for Wingspan, we are currently voting!

Meanwhile I am working on The Afternoon Tea shawl for the April Carry Along Forum. this is my 2nd project for april and my 3rd of 12 shawls for 2012. It’s motoring along very nicely!

The Afternoon Tea shawl #2 of 2 projects for April Carry along group

Using 4mm circ, with Diamond Yarns “Fancy Feet” 70% Fine Merino superwash, 20% Alpaca, 10% Nylon. I’ve had this yarn for a while, it was really too nice to make socks from, so I pulled it from my stash for this.

Linen Stitch Scarf, waddling to the finish line like a Turtle!

I am also plugging away on my Linen stitch scarf. It seems that I knit and knit and it isn’t getting any wider… I can see the end of it, almost done 4.75″ of 5″ Arrrgh!

FO’s 2012 = 18

Patterns from my own Library = 4

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  23

Stash Purchased 2012 = 26 

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 tag/category so others can find you too :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Friday all being well.

FO Friday: Happy Easter & Handspinning

It’s Good Friday and I am up to my ankles in alligators. As some of you know Easter is a big deal around here.  I attend most of the services, and am in the choir for the sung ones. Ya there are also Easter eggs and family dinners. So the week has been somewhat hectic.  There has been a movement at Church for the ladies to come to come to church sporting Easter Bonnets. Well here is my effort. Cost about $11.00 with the straw had. Made it in about and hour. Now I have to find something to wear it with. I bet I’ll be the only one wearing one this Sunday! (note the butterflies and I just love pansies and lily of the valley!)

Wednesday the Spinning Group did our annual “Farm Connection” Handspinning Demo. noisy and crowded, but fun! It’s a chance for the townies to see what farmers do. There were Cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, (and the odour that comes with them) and lots of produce. The arena was packed with farm equipment, displays and assorted demonstrations (eg. cheese making, cooking, shearing sheep).

Gwen, Beth and I spinning and visiting with the public

There were loads of good questions and spinning. The kids were impressed to find out that the Vikings that sailed to the New World used sails made from Spindle spun yarn, that usually gets the questions flowing!

Gwen has a real talent teaching the kids to spindle spin!

The men all seem to want to know how the spinning wheel works, the women all seem to think it’s too much work. The older folks reminisce about spinning where they came from and the younger folks are amazed when you point out how much of what their wearing is from spun thread, eg, the tape on zippers, shoe laces, jeans etc.

Here I am, it's a pleasure that so many people are interested in what we do for fun! PS. there is a giant tractor behind me!

Lots of fun and educational too, in a society were clothes can be purchased cheaply at the store, people are often unaware that spinning is part of everyday life in 2/3’s of the world! I am a textile maker and appreciater from way back, in this day and age it is sad to see so many so disconnected from the joy of making useful things. I notice lots of people don’t know the difference between sewn, knitted, and woven textiles.

On a lighter note, As you know I’m a sucker for willow like kittens, my BiL’s Bunny was this brand. So you know I had to share and I thought this was cute :0)

FO’s 2012 = 17 + 1 = 18

Patterns from my own Library = 4

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  23

Stash Purchased 2012 =  23 + 3 = 26 (naughty this wk)

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

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

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 tag/category so others can find you too :0)

Well wishing you and yours a Happy Easter however you may celebrate it

and if you don’t, enjoy the long weekend anyway :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Wednesday all being well.

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