Hitchhiker Shawl

I finally got around to knitting the Hitchhiker Shawl. I have wanted to knit this pattern for well over a year. I used some of the Unicorn Farts yarn that I hand dyed a while back. I also have some pink Princess Farts yarn that I plan to use to make a second Hitchhiker Shawl someday soon.

hitchhiker

This pattern was a blast to knit up until the last 5 or 6 repeats of the pattern. I just wanted it to be done so I could try it on. It’s so soft and squishy and it turned out really lovely. It is going into my Christmas gift pile.

hitchhiker close up

I’m still working on my second color affection shawl. The progress is so small that I’m not going to bother with a picture. I also tore apart the sweater that I had previously started and now I am using that yarn for a chunky cabled cowl. I plan to cast on a crazy hat for one of my kids to wear to school on crazy hat day during homecoming week a few weeks from now.

This week I dyed some fingering weight yarn with black tea to make a tan hat for someone on my Christmas list. The yarn turned a nice tan shade with just a hint of red. It is beautiful. I am a bit jealous!!! I want to keep the yarn for myself I like it so much. I will be dying more yarn with tea for sure.

I also made some more Knit Picks purchases this week. I ordered a drop spindle kit. I can not wait for it to get here. I am truly helpless when it comes to any yarn craft related hobby. I want to do them all. It’s a good thing that I live in town or I’d be thinking about purchasing animals for their wool. Maybe my parents will raise sheep for me!?!? One can only hope!

I hope you all have a great weekend. I have a wedding that I should go to and it’s also the 2 year anniversary of my Sister‘s passing on Sunday. I’m thinking that it’s going to be an emotional weekend. The whole month has been an emotional roller coaster ride already.

<3 Missy

BUCKLE FOR BRITTANY (1989 – 2013)

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: The best punch ever

Today’s Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on March 20th of 2013. Enjoy and have a great day.

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Punch

From – My Great Aunt Char.

3 3 oz boxes of jello
4 c. boiling water
2 ½ cups of sugar
3 cups of pineapple juice
3 cups of matching juice
6 cups of water
Dissolve jello and boiling water together. Then add the rest of the ingredients and freeze! (Ice-cream buckets work well) ADD 3-4 quarts of 7-up or sprite before serving

*Recipe from unknown source.

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Crazy Cat Hat

Last night I was looking for a quick project to knit up. I found this cat hat in my Ravelry queue and decided to whip it up with some scrap yarns. My cats were not the least bit impressed.

I’m almost done knitting another shawl and I have quite a few projects lined up to make for Christmas gifts. School started last week so I guess the Christmas crafting season did as well. ;)

Hope you all have a great week. Until next time <3 Missy

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Gramp’s Kitchen – Sausage Gravy & Angel Biscuits

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Sausage Gravy

1 pound of bulk sausage
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
6 tablespoons flour
1 quart milk
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot pepper sauce

Crumble Sausage into a large saucepan – cook over med/low heat – add onion – cook and stir until onion is transparent – drain discarding all but 2 tablespoons of drippings – stir in flour cook over med/low heat about 6 minutes or until mixture bubbles & turns golden – stir in milk – add seasoning – cook – stirring until thickened – to serve slice biscuits & spoon gravy over halves.

Angel Biscuits

2 large packages of active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 cup warm butter milk (110-115 degrees)
5 cup flour
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening melted (or butter or ole)

Dissolve yeast in warm water – let stand 5 minutes – stir in butter milk & set aside – in a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt – cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal – stir in yeast/buttermilk mixture & mix well – Turn out onto a lightly floured surface . Knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll to a ½ inch thickness cut with a biscuit cutter – Place on a lightly grease baking sheet – cover and let rise 1 ½ hours – bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

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Sixty Cables Hat

I finished knitting the Sixty Cables Hat with some of my hand dyed yarn the other day. This pattern seemed to take forever to complete but I am guessing that is because I hate knitting ribbing. However, I love how the hat turned out and I finally got pictures of the yarn that show the specks of colors in it.

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This is the first time that I have knit a slouch hat with a closure that looks like this. The hat is a little bit looser than I prefer so I am going to try adding some elastic loop stitches to the hat cuff.

Next time I knit a hat I plan to use the method that Andre Sue Knit’s has mentioned in several of her podcasts. It’s 85% of the head circumference with a closure on the top that is more squared. I’ve never knit a squared closure before so I am just trying it for the experience.

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*** School started this week so this crafty Momma will have more free time to craft while listening to audio books and podcasts. I also expect that my house will be cleaner!!! “Trying to clean with kids in the house is like scooping snow in a blizzard”

I hope you all have a great weekend.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: Granola

Today’s Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on March 13th of 2013. Enjoy and have a great day.

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Granola

Mix together

1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix in 4 cups of rolled oats

Spread out evenly on a greased jelly roll pan (I use a cake pan) then I also drizzle with some extra honey.

Bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.

Add nuts dried fruit coconut chocolate chips or M & M’s

*Recipe from unknown source.

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Gramp’s Kitchen – Cheese Balls

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Cheese Balls

2 cup mashed potatoes
¾ cup grated cheese
1 egg

Season with salt & pepper & bits of parsley

Mold into balls and drip into hot lard

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

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