Keeping Me in Stitches

Monday, November 26, 2007

Jackson scarf pics....finally

I decided to get notscarlett off my back and take pictures of my Johnny Cash/June Carter scarf today. Here's the best one of the lot. I love it.

And now I'm off to work.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Soup recipe

Here the recipe I used to make the soup I talked about yesterday. It's so yummy for these chilly days!

Cheesy Potato Soup

2 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 c. cooked ham, cubed
3-4 green onions, sliced (I used 8, but I like onion and that's how they came at the store)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. container sour cream with chives
8 oz. container plain sour cream
3 c. finely shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I didn't salt or pepper mine and it was wonderful, but to each his own!)

Cover potatoes with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender. Place potatoes and cooking water in a slow cooker (mine's a smaller Rival brand....2.5 quart I think.....and that was too small for this recipe....use your big slow cooker). Combine other ingredients in another bowel and mix well. Add to potatoes in slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on high setting for 2-3 hours, or on low setting for 4-6 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6-8 servings.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007


RPMs in BMFA Chanticleer
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And the cute little baby socks I made from the leftovers. I may have enough left for a third one. I think I'll go work on that now. You know how babies are always losing just one sock. Then she'll have a spare!
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A night of things getting done

Since this is my one day off out of 6, I had a bunch of stuff that needed to be done. I dragged my sorry butt out of bed about 4, and headed outside. I got my front and backyards mowed and all the grass picked up there. Then I came inside and did laundry so I'll have something to wear tonight for work.

I had finished my Chanticleer RPMs at work Sunday night and I have a co-worker who's expecting a little boy, so I sat down tonight and started a pair of baby socks out of the leftovers of the Chanticleer. One sock is done and the second one is cast-on.

I also put my Johnny Cash/June Carter scarf in some Soak wash so I could block it. It's now pinned out and drying and this coming weekend I'll be able to get some pictures of it. Then NotScarlett can get off my back about posting pictures! (just kidding)

I'll get pics of the RPMs and the baby socks as well.

Before I go to bed this morning, I'm going to make some cheesy potato soup in the slow-cooker and that should be wonderful when I get up in the afternoon. Yum!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

spin spin spin

I've been spinning like a madwoman in the last couple of days. I finished off the Crown Mountain Farms sock hop roving in I've Got You Babe. The singles are still on the bobbins and I'll probably ply those tonight.

Once those singles were done, I started in on the CMF sock hop in Magic Carpet Ride for Mom's Christmas present. It's okay....she knows about it. The roving is actually really similar in color to the I've Got You Babe, but there's more white in this one. The whole thing is spinning up a little lighter. I started that Tuesday night and I'm almost done with the first four ounces.

My Chanticleer RPM is progressing nicely. I had to attend a focus group at work today and I managed to finish the gusset so the rest of the foot should just zip by....if I can pry myself away from my wheel.

As soon as the RPM is done, I'll move on to my other two projects with deadlines. I can't really talk about either one, but I will say that one is for a friend for Christmas and one's something that Eliza needs to keep poking me on so I'll stay motivated to complete it (or the several its).

And I think that's it for me at the moment! Off to watch the rest of season 2 of Corner Gas. Then I can borrow season 3 from Eliza tonight.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

BIG update

This is going to be picture heavy....just a friendly warning.

I headed home a couple of weekends ago to drop Phoebe off with my parents while I went to a nursing conference. On my way out of town, I dropped off the Green Blanket of DOOOMMM with Cindi, and she loved it.
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This one shows the colors a little better.
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And let's not forget that Eliza found a dog....or should I say that the dog found her. Miss Emma is making herself at home with the other three pups and carving out her own place in the pack.
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The trees were all changing color while I was home. This one is outside one of the local coffee shops.
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And Dad got two pheasants with the help of Cozy the wonder dog. We had them a couple nights later after they'd been marinated in italian dressing. Yum!
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After the hunt, Cozy always does a bird inspection and stays by Dad until he finishes cleaning them just to make sure he's doing the job right. Once they're cleaned, then she goes in the house without a fuss.
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And both before and after the conference, Mom and I worked on seaming together an afghan for the Rebuilding Greensburg project. This one is done and sent back in. Can I just say that I really really want to hurt the person who knit the one square out of fun fur? That square was awful to sew because of the fuzz and the fact that it stretched out and never really went back to size. But it's in there.
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I finished the Johnny Cash/June Carter chevron scarf as well and got a lot done on my Cherie sweater.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


I found out tonight after I got back to Omaha, that a good friend of my family and our trusted mechanic of about the last 15 years died today. I don't even know what to think. It was just really really sudden.

This is the man who has been watching out for me and making sure my car is safe for me to drive since I started driving. He just did the yearly tune-up last week on the car that he helped me to pick out.

I was so blessed to have known Darrell.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I made it!!!

I survived the conference and all the traveling that I've been doing for the past week. I am now safely ensconced at my parents' house and a lot has happened this week. How about a list? I like lists.

1. Got all the Greensburg squares sewn into strips last week while I was home dropping the pooch off with my parents. Told Mom that she'd need to work on sewing some of the strips together while I was gone since it had to be mailed Nov. 1. Got back last night and Mom had been busy over the weekend and first part of this week, so they're still in strips. I started sewing them together today.

2. Completed the RPM sock #1 in STR mediumweight Chanticleer.

3. Finished the Johnny Cash/June Carter chevron scarf while I was at the nursing conference this week. Pictures once it's blocked.

4. Worked on my Cherie Amour at the nursing conference as well. I'm starting in on the neckline decreases. Saw at least 3 other knitters at the conference and talked to two of them. The third one escaped before I could ask her what the fuzzy white thing on her needles was.

5. Found a yarn shop in Rochester and got a couple skeins of sock yarn (don't look at me like that Minnie!!!)

6. Got to knit at Tires Plus while the starter on my boss's car was replaces after it died in the St' Mary's parking garage and we had to be towed.

7. Got my hair colored and cut today. I'm now blond and have bangs!!!

8. Dad called and he got 2 pheasants today. After not getting any the last two times he's been hunting, this is a big thing. He called and was very pleased with Cozy. I'll get a picture of them with their birds tonight.

Tonight is going to be knitting, sewing together the afghan and going to see Fiddler on the Roof.

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