Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Little Ricky's Wedding

Uncle Dennis and me


My brother Mike, my cousin Angelo and me

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Hmmm, not quite sure how to do this...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

Here's the recipe I use for my cinnamon rolls.

Frosted cinnamon rolls
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)
1 cup of warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour (I only use 4)

Put ingredients in your bread machine in order listed in your manual.
** do not put on timed delay due to the eggs**
Roll out to a rectangle then:

1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DS3's 4th birthday

Here's the cake I made for DS3's birthday.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

four-stitch reticulated pattern

Finally! I finished a PAIR of socks! I saw these socks on the front cover of Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Church. I loved them and even went as far as to buy the same yarn and same colors as the pattern suggested. I rarely do this because I find that the yarns called for in a pattern are too expensive.

I started these socks in January and worked on them while DS2 was in wrestling practice. I finished one sock and started the cuff of the second sock. From there second sock sydrome set in and the socks sat in wait. I decided to pick this project up again and was able to crank the second sock out in a week. I wasn't as careful about making sure my floats were loose in the second sock so that one is a tad smaller. It's a bit difficult to get on my big honkin' feet but with a little struggling I can get it on.
I am very pleased with these socks and very proud of them.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 6, 2011

White Caps Fingerless Gloves

4-28-11 I bought this yarn off of Ravelry, a knitter's social site. I absolutely love this yarn and I was glad i could help some one de-stash and get a deal at the same time!

Darn. I read (or rather just didn’t read) the directions correctly. Emailed the designer and she set me straight. I was only increasing the thumb gusset on the back of the hand and not doing the increases on the other side. Bummer. Ripped back and did it right.

4-31-11 Finished the first glove. I am not happy about how far the center panel pulls towards the thumb. I have large hands and didn’t consider this when following along the pattern.

5-1-11 Casted on the second glove. Wow! no Second sock syndrome this time! I moved the thumb gusset over by about 6 stitches and that was just the perfect amount. I also put in a life line before the start of the gusset incase I needed to change again where the gusset was going to go.

5-4-11 Outside knitting with my neighbor. Youngest son, age 3, is being a pill! Goofed up the cables (look closely you can see on the left glove where the cable went the wrong way) because I was distracted with his behaviors. I left it as a “I meant it that way” accent to the glove.

5-6-11 Finished it in the car on the way to Pizza Hut! I sewed in the ends on the way home!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SSS96-Happy Birthday, Beth!

I desperately needed to make a card for my dork sister, Beth. It was her birthday on Feb. 11. Oops! I am a bit late! I had a bit of time last weekend to sit down and stamp. I needed a sketch so I popped (dork sister Lori, if you are reading this it doesn't say, "pooped") over to The Sweet Shop's Challenge Blog and found this cute sketch. As it turns out it is their sketch with a spin week! The challenge is to use the sketch and make it spring-y. I prefer fall colors to spring colors so I don't have a lot of spring papers to use, but I was able to muster up these pinks and greens. The cute little dog if from the stamp set, "woof you" from Sweet and Sassy.
Happy Birthday, Beth and thanks for looking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My parent's 45th Wedding Anniversary

Hubby and I surprised my parents tonight by showing up at their house and taking them out for a formal dinner. Next Saturday is their 45th wedding anniversary!! This about plan D in trying to surprise my folks for their anniversary. First I was trying to have a small party with both my brothers. My brother's however had conflicts and we couldn't find a date on the calendar that would work. Then I was going to host a party at a local state park but again, I couldn't find a date that worked with everyone. So I was back to square one. We decided to take them out for dinner. I left my Aunt in charge of stalling my parents and keeping them to their house. The neighbors watched the kids, I got my hair done (see below!) and bought a corsage. I polished up the tiara I wore for my wedding and my jewelry. I had mom wear the tiara and I wore my jewelry.
They were definitely surprised to see us! My surprise worked!
Mom, Auntie and I went through all of her gowns and picked a purple velvet form fitting dress.
Enjoy the pictures below!

My hair do.

Ohhh, such pretty hair!

Here we are at the restaurant.

Oops, an x-rated one!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lorna's Lace Shepard Sock Yarn sock

Updated: 1/18/11. Photos above show my progress since yesterday

Here's another sock I just started. I saw the sock on the cover of Sensational Knitted Socks and really liked it. I usually do not use the yarn nor the color specified in a pattern. I just had to on this one though. This is Lorna's Laces in Pine and neon. I would never have paired these two skeins together if I hadn't seen it in this sock.
I wasn't thinking when I bought the yarn. I was thinking that I would be fine with one skein each to make the socks. After I got the yarn I realized that I would be knitting the sock in fair isle so I'd be using both skeins at the same time. That means I most likely will need another two skeins. YIKES!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

5th Street Sock KAL I-Karjen

1-18-11. Updated photo above.

Here is the start of my sock for the 5th Street Sock KAL (knit ALong). I bought some On-Line Supersocke cotton stretch yarn for both my neighbor and I for Christmas so we could do our own Mystery KAL. Okay, well, really it is only a mystery to her since I am making it up as I go!

The Karjen Sock

So, you are probably wondering about the name of the sock. It's quite simple. I am Karen, my neighbor is Jen. Original, I know...

clue #1:

Yarn: any sock weight yarn. I used On-line Supersocke Cotton Stretch
Needle: size 0-2 depending on how tight you like your fabric. I used a size 0 (2.0mm) needle.
Gauge: Gauge? What gauge? it's a toe-up sock. It doesn't need a gauge! Okay, if you must the little bit I have knit is about 10 stitches to the inch. As I go I will get looser and it will probably be more like 9 sts/inch.
Go to youtube and watch the video on Judy's magic cast on
Cast on 28 stitches.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2:*k1, M1L, knit to 1 stitch before the end of the needle, M1R, k1* repeat from *
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have the desired width of the sock. Make sure it is a multiple of 4.

Clue #2
Row 1:
needle 1 & 2 (sole stitches) knit
needle 3 & 4 (instep stitches) k3, p1
repeat row 1 until you are 2 inches from the heel.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy Birthday! SSS90

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Dork Sister, Traci! Happy birthday to you! I used the sketch SSS90 from the Sweet Stop. The paper is double sided and to make it pop a bit more I added pearls to each of the intersections of the diamonds. I wanted to use my new deckled ovals I got for christmas, but dang! I asked for the ones that do not fit with the ovals I do have. I was bummed about that.
Thanks for stopping today!!