Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Orange Scones and a crochet pillow

Hello Girlies,

It just seemed right to make some orange light and flavourful.
 had a little extra glaze, a little drop for each of them.

 The inspiration for the pillow comes from  Coco Rose Diaries scroll to the bottom third of the her post.

 The inspiration for the crochet flowers and leaves from Attic24

 The Hawaiian panel--still not finished--was inspired by Elizabeth Akana's quilting program on PBS--several years ago.

This crochet pillow is the first one I've made.  The form is a recycled pillow, very lumpy, but will do for this one.  Finding that I could have added a couple of rounds to the piece, would have made it less tight.  I shall make another one to prove to myself that 'practice makes perfect'--at least in pillow making.
I'll leave you with this:
  "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." Isaiah 64:8

In His hands,  ^__^


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Crochet blanket and some baking

Hey, girly girls,

I did make my 'famous' Sour Cream cake from this cookbook

 Although it is technically a chocolate cake, I always omit the cocoa. It is very moist and it has a large crumb. 
For example:  When using a boxed cake mix, the resulting cake has a fine crumb. But, this cake is moist, very moist. Which we like.

Ignore the top part of the picture, it is the description of the previous recipe.
I have used both lard and butter; but, by far, the better flavour comes from the butter.  It seems that the lard adds its own flavour which takes away from the sweetness and softness from the rest of the ingredients.

A few days ago I make an apple cake, here is a picture.  It was so yummy.
Also made Mr.PeasantHouse's favourite baked butter squash.  Very tender.  Always add water to the bottom of the pan and the rind/peel will peel off like paper. ta-dah!


A friend is expecting a baby boy in March and I made this ripple blanket for her baby boy.
It is a mixture of Attic24's ripple which I love and have made several, and others.

So comforting, in this frozen-sheet of ice over the 2 inches of snow-weather.  Albeit, the sun is shining after several days of being cocooned in clouds.  We could have some sublimation of the ice crust. 
No use shoveling, giant ice picks would be necessary to get through the diamond hardness.  Ok, I exaggerate.  But, the car did not leave any visible tracks, and the mailman must have floated over, since there are no signs of footprints...

Better go,

I'll leave you with this:

"Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." Isaiah 8:13 

In His hands,  ^__^

Saturday, February 1, 2014

While we are iced over with crunchy water...

Good morning girly girls:

Most of you have crunchy water.  Ice or snow, or sleet or freezing rain; we have some of the above.  Not too much, but enough to make everything look picturesque. It will be a good day for making my most famous Sour Cream Cake.

Plough just went by and sprinkled a generous amount of sand and salt on the road.

Knitted a blanket for a baby boy, 3h.  Medium gray, with a fluid drape and soft and cuddly.

 Sorry about the blur...
Knitted a triangular shawl for a pastor's wife we know.
I modified the Stonington Shawl--Elizabeth Zimmerman's--to make the triangle instead of the square.  The border is the same one as the full shawl.
Used the picot bind off at the top (long) side of the shawl so it would be more supple and easier to wear.  This is iknitwithcatfur youtube channel.  She is very good in her demonstrations.

 the point of the shawl came out more rounded than angular.  Next time I make a shawl with a lacy border, I will start with many more than the typical 3 sts.  It seems that 6 or 8 sts for the first row will make an easier 'corner to turn' when knitting the edge on.  I really like the rounded effect much better than the sharp 90 degree angle.

OK, I'm off to bake and other less fun stuff--laundry.

I'll leave you with this:

"He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap." Psalms 78:13 

In His hands,  ^__^