Backlog of Squares

I’m still enjoying making these squares. I have also learned how to embrace their imperfections. I’m excited to get this top done so I can quilt it. The Bernina BSR is calling my name. Will it help with my fmq? Stay tuned. photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4

 

I had to break out a different shade of blue for the last squares here. A part of me is scared this quilt top won’t work out well. I’m silencing that part of me.

Foxy Loop

I think there are signs that I should take a break from knitting cowls.

1. They are all starting to look the same

2. This cowl was started December 7, 2013 and finished September 5, 2014. I just could not find the will to knit it.

I only knit three cowls last year so I don’t know if this is truly cowl fatigue or if it was just boredom with this particular pattern. Only time will tell.

The pattern was Foxy Loop. The yarn was Madtosh Tosh Merino Light.

I hate knitting with a single yarn maybe thats why this project was such a slog.

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This cowl was knit like a scarf. It started off with a provisional cast on and ended with a three needle bind-off. Maybe this method of cowl making felt to scarf like for me. I’m horrible at knitting scarves. With that said the next project I cast on was  a Bubblemania scarf for my daughter.

I also cast on the famous Hitofude. So far knitting this cardigan is great fun. The pattern is very easily memorized.

My BlueSand cardigan has hit the slog point. I’m knitting the bottom of the body and there is still soooo much to go. The sleeves, finishing the pockets, the ribbing around the front. It feels like the project that will never end.

I think I might try a multi-colored project soon. I’m feeling brave. My knitting life is feeling pretty empty without a sock, but with four wip’s I’m hesitant to start one.

The quilt blocks are still coming along. I’ve got a few new ones to put on the blog.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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.