Monday, August 3, 2015

Lisa's Lesser Evil Oatmeal, Craisen, Chocolate Chip, Walnut Cookies

    • 2 sticks (8Tbsp) butter, softened
    • 3/4 Cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
    • 1/2 Cup Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 2 Tablespoons Water
    • 1-1/2 Cup King Arthur Organic White Whole Wheat Flour
    • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 
    • 3 Cups Quaker® Oats (old fashioned, uncooked)
    • 1 Cup Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins
    • 1 Cup Gheradelli Chocolate Baking Chips
    • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Heat oven to 350°F. 
Beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. 
Add eggs, vanilla and water; mix well. 
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. 
Add oats and mix well. 
Add Craisins and mix 
Add Chocolate Chips and mix 
Add Chopped Walnuts and mix
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. 
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. 
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; 
Remove to wire rack. 
Cool completely. 
Store tightly covered.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Love Wins

Love Wins Wrap
I was just so please with the recent SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage, that I decided to knit myself a rainbow and wrap myself up in it.   If you would like to do the same, feel free to use to download my new pattern "Love Wins" .   It's free on Ravelry.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Serial Monogamy

I have not stuck to one project in years.   Even my everyday knitting basket always has at least two projects at a time (one simple, one more complicated).   However, an odd bug bit me recently.   I woke up compelled to start something in lace wt yarn.   Theoretically I dont even like lace wt yarn.

After fight it for a day or so, I  gave in and started the Reunion Shrug with some grey Findley Dappled that I had in my stash (earmarked for I don't remember what).   I am so hooked.   Lace is my new favorite wt yarn, and the soon to be finished (focus is a wonderful thing) Reunion Shrug is my new obsession.   It's all I've worked on for a while now,  and now that it is done,  I can't wait to cast on another lace wt project.   Re-yarning my Simple Comforts Wrap in lace is appealing, but I am also attracted to the Ethereal shawl.   Still thinking.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Can You Hear Her Laughing?

"Sitting here, I am pretty freaking happy".   That is what I said to my BFF just the other day.   She says I should begin and end a novel with that line.   I decided to use it to restart my blog.

I could not tell you when exactly I went from abjectly miserable to "pretty freaking happy".   No doubt it was a process helped along by settling in to, rather than fighting, my life here in FL.   Sitting outside at Starbucks in December while my sister tells me about the next blizzard to hit NJ (aka home).   Knitting on the beach in March is pretty wonderful and friends to do it with can't be beat.

The realization came when Hubby and I started talking about finally moving.   Our oldest is living on campus now and our youngest leaves for college in less than two weeks (I am going to be an empty nester! Be prepared for tears).    We could downsize.   With two kids in college, we could use the extra $'s.

Then it hit us.   We've made friends it would hurt us to leave.   Hubby likes his job and hates change.  I have become (dare I say it?), rather fond of our house.   Did I mention the weather?  So, it was decided, we would stay (at least until the boys are out of school and maybe to Hubby's retirement). 

I would participate in a Cozy Minimalist workshop (at to cozy up the place.   We  made a plan to rearrange the secondary bedrooms so that Hubby and I would each have our own office (Niether of the boys plan to come home for the summer and they can share a room for visits).

Surely, you've heard about God's sense of humour.   Can you hear her laughing?   Half way through the Cozy Minimalist thing, Hubby called to tell me that is job will not exist after Jan1st (really?!).   Will he find another posiiton in Jax?   Will he move to his current employer's Orlando headquarters?   Will he find a good position somewhere else (please, let it not be a state without an ocean)?   Jax & Orlando are tied for our first choice, but we will go where the money is (two kids, college?).

The thing is, even with all of this uncertainty, I am still pretty freaking happy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Phoenix Shawl Flies Again

Find the Phoenix Shawl on Ravelry

A pattern two years in the making. That is when I began to knit the sample, create the charts, and work on the written directions. Then, the Memorial Day before last, our house burned. The boys were out with me, Hubby was in the pool, and the dog came when called. We were (and are) fine.
However, we lost almost everything. Much of what did not burn, was deemed “toxic waste” by the fire marshall. Up in smoke (literally & figuratively) went my computer (No, I did not back up regularly. Yes, I do now.), and, I believed, the first sample.
My written notes and the printed charts survived. So being a good little soldier, I used those to start over. Eventually, I even found the sample (in a grocery bag in my trunk. Don’t ask. I just don’t know.).
So here we are, almost a year after the restart, and it is finally done and for sale on Ravelry.   The Phoenix Shawl, a pattern that rose out of the ashes.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

So long and thanks for all the fish...

Happy Chanukah,  Kwanza, Christmas & New Year.   Merry any holiday not coming to my mind (even Festivus, which I think is just plain silly).

You need only look at the last date I posted to see that I have been taking a blogging break.   I am here to tell you that I do not know when (or if) I will be back.   I really do not know how to explain why, except to say that I seem to have run out of blogging gas.

From the beginning blogging has come easily for me.  It has been my habit to blog my joys, and journal my sorrows (I have not been journaling much either, so I guess that is good).     It just seemed a natural consequence of my knitting/designing/ teaching enthusiasm.   It is that, I think, that I am missing; enthusiasm.

So for now, I am taking a break.   Emotionally & physically, I will be sticking close to home.   Reaching out certainly has it's rewards, but so can tucking in.   I am going to try that for a while.   Hopefully, I will be back to let you know how that works for me.

If you want to know what I am up to, you can find me on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. I am not a frequent contributor but when I do share, this is where I will be.

Thank you all for sticking with me.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mommy Knitting...

US 6/4mm 24" Circs

I thought I knew what I was making for my mother.   She is moving back up North just before Christmas and I thought a nice warm cowl (Gaptastic? Pretty Thing?) would be just the thing. Then while perusing an LYS closeout sale, I found a few balls of  Fibranatura Heaven in the Autumn Leaves color way.    My mother is all about earth tones and these colors are just perfectly her.   I quickly grabbed the six remaining balls and started searching for the perfect pattern.  

After much hemming and hawing, I finally decided on the Wingspan scarf/shawl.  It is fast easy and is really shows off variegated yarns beautifully.  I cast on the Sunday before last (while watching "Captain Phillips", an excellent movie) and finished this past Tuesday.   Including the time it took me to cast on and knit the first two wedges twice (once with a US 7/4.5mm needles, and then again with US 6/4mm needles), it took 9 days to finish.  I worked on it everywhere, home, church, the movies, and even, as you can see,  Medieval Times (where we celebrated T1's 21st birthday).

This means that my two most important Christmas presents (Sis and Mom) are done, done, done and it is only just mid-November.    This is me feeling very accomplished.