Happy Waffle

This is the second cross stitch in my “kitchen collection”. I feel that I can shamelessly display my cross stitch in my kitchen with no misgivings.  This one is a waffle, and he or she is a delighted waffle.

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What is it about food with smiles that I find so charming? It must be my inner kid. He joins my other piece of smiling food on the wall.

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There is definitely more cross stitch of things smiling that can never smile in reality in my future.

Thats quite a sentence I just wrote. It makes sense to me. I hope others can make sense of it. That sentence is an example of the odd way that my brain speaks to me. My brain and I, we have fun.

Millions of Peaches

Peaches finally went down to 98 cents per pound. I refuse to pay more than that. I love having peaches in the winter for peach cobbler.  We have a peach tree, but a mysterious animal eats all the peaches when they get ripe. So in two years of having a fruit producing tree I’ve never eaten any. I figure some day it will happen.

So here is my process for freezing peaches.

This works better with softer peaches. I’ve used hard peaches and the peeling process is torturous. So if your peaches are hard let them soften for a day.

Then I score them with an x on the bottom.

photo 4Next I get some water boiling and blanch the peaches for a minute. Other directions I’ve read say 30-40 seconds but that has never loosened the skin for me.

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After I take them out of the boiling water I put them in an ice bath. Next they get peeled, pitted and sliced.

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There are people who use a fruit juice solution, or a water and sugar solution to avoid freezer burn. I dry freeze my peaches so no solution in mine. I use a fruit preservative that is used in canning and such. I put the peaches in the bowl add the solution and stir. The peaches then go into a plastic bag. I get all the air out of the bag and freeze them.

It’s fun and a little meditative for me to prepare and freeze fruit. Last year I did peaches, cherries, and blueberries. Blueberries are by far the easiest. I love pitting cherries. I need to get some but they are almost five dollars a pound here. It’s interesting how some of the most basic foods are the most expensive. I pay less per pound for ground beef than I would cherries. Oh well. One day I will have to get some land and grow some cherry trees. We already have blueberry plants growing. We will see if they produce any fruit.

I have finished another square for the quilt and I got some nice fabric for more squares. I’m itching to start some new knitting projects but I’m not going to until I finish a sweater or two. This restraint that I’m exhibiting is killing me. We all know that feeling.

School is starting for us this week. Time to get back to the grind. Have a good week.

 

 

Luca Has Been Busy

I named my new sewing machine Luca. We will see if it sticks. I’ve pumped out a couple of blocks for the quilt.

photo 2 photo 1 photo 4I was feeling a little down about the quality of my squares. I just could not match up the seams. I did a little hunting online for tips to help fix this. I found some great tips and each square has gotten better which is great for my morale. I can’t remember what blog I read this on but the author said she tries not to think of quilting as all or nothing. She said that she gets better with every quilt she does and thats the goal. Reading that really made sense to me and made me feel better about my work. I don’t even have two years of quilt making under my belt. I think I was being a bit hard on myself.  There was also the issue of me taking short cuts that at my current skill level I should not be taking. These shortcuts made things harder for me and did not save me time in the end. So now I’m taking more time to do things right. Doing things properly is making me enjoy the process a lot more and I’m not having to rip so much.

I used my mail sack pattern and made the mini version for my daughter. She picked all the fabrics. I want her bag!

photo 3 photoI forgot to clip the curves so there is a little bunch in the curved section of the bag. The second picture shows the lining and the two pockets. She loves it. I can’t wait to make the full sized version for myself. I used quilting cottons and medium weight interfacing.  I’m happy with that combination. It’s hard for me to find cute bright canvas to make heavier weight bags. If anyone has good sources for heavier material let me know.

I’m almost done with the body of my BlueSand Cardigan. My motivation to get thin should simply be the fact that it takes less time to knit a sweater. Not to mention less yarn. Maybe someday.

 

 

 

It Was A Squeaker

I kept glancing worriedly at my yarn. I knit faster, and faster, and faster thinking that would help. It’s funny how delusional you can be when it comes to your knitting. Luckily I didn’t need to delude myself. I had enough yarn. I’m not used to having so little yarn left after a pair of socks. IMG_5264

The most exciting part is I knit this pair of socks in seven days. I think that is a personal best. IMG_5242
I did cheat a little bit. The stitch pattern was a multiple of eight which didn’t work with my foot. Instead of figuring it out I decided to cheat and knit the foot in stockinette. IMG_5272

This yarn was bewitching. I loved the colors and the feel of the yarn. I want more but none of the current colors at Loopy are appealing enough to make me buy more yarn. The yarn is Biscotte & Cie Felix Self Striping. The color is arc en ciel. IMG_5270The pattern itself was fun to knit. Its kind of a basket weave pattern.  I could see myself using this pattern again and I never knit he same pattern twice. The pattern is Roxy Socks. It’s a free pattern so thats even better.