Apple Salad and Good Vibes

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We are smack dab in the middle of apple season and I want to share a yummy apple salad recipe.  You can make it with Sugar Free pudding or Lite or Sugar Free Cool Whip to cut back on some calories.   It’s best to use a nice crisp apple such as Gala or Honeycrisp.   I’ve used Red Delicious before and it didn’t turn out well.

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I’ve also finally completed my last road trip project!

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It’s the Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne.

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It was an enjoyable easy knit.

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It will be a cute worn as a cowl with a sweater cardigan.

Bailey and Henry are coming from Wyoming for a visit this week!  We get to take the babies out for Halloween.  Well, the mom’s do.  I’ll be making the hot chocolate for when they get back from their trick-or-treating adventures.

Happy knitting

 

Tammy

Knitting Bags

Welcome to my knitting closet.   This is where I keep my worsted weight yarns and some other things too.

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This is where I hang my knitting bags.  Some are expensive knitting bags and some are just big purses, and others, my mother made me.

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I want to show off the one’s my mom made for me.  She is a very talented seamstress.  This is the first one she made for me.

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I have to explain…she used to sew scrubs for me for my job as a nurse at a hospital.  She has actually sewn for me my entire life.  She hated it when my girlfriends would want to wear my clothes.   (She didn’t make all my clothes, just some) Most teenage girls share their clothes.   It happened in my early single twenties also.  My girlfriends liked to wear my clothes.  Again, Mom hated it.  So she started putting my initials on my scrubs.

Remember the TV show “Laverne and Shirley”?

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I felt like Laverne with my initials on my scrubs.  I really didn’t like it and asked her not to put my initials on my scrubs anymore.   LOL.   She still wanted to put my initials on my scrubs, so she changed from putting them on the front top of my shirt to the hem of my pants.   Nobody could see the initials.  I was fine with that and she was happy to play with her embroidery.

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What’s that?  Looks like initials to me!   She still does it!  I love it actually.  I think it’s great on my knitting bag.  It was a pleasant surprise when I saw them there.  Even though they are my initials, it’s my mother’s mark, and I will always think of her when I see them.  It’s more than just a knitting bag, it’s a keepsake.

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This bag has several pockets, two large open areas, and a zippered middle area.  It’s a great bag.

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It has a zipper closure too.  You can zip up the entire bag.

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I liked my knitting bag so well, that I bought some materials for her to make me another one.   I like this one better.  I use it often.   It has so many pockets!  They are all around the outside of the bag.

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I love the yellow!  This one came with some matching knitting accessories.

This is a little needle holder and small accessory holder.  Zoom in on this!  It’s really neat!  It has an attached pin cushion (not removable) and check out the little yellow pockets.  There is tons of room for those little stitch markers.  It has a drawstring closure.

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Matching knitting needle holder.

This is a circular knitting needle holder.   I use this when I’m on the road for a road trip.  I can carry several different sizes in here.

I have no idea where to find the pattern.  We found them at Hancock’s (which is now closed in our town).  I don’t sew so I don’t know where people find sewing patterns now.  You’ll have to ask my mom at Joyful-expressions

All the other bags are inexpensive large totes from Target or TJMaxx.  I have one expensive knitting bag that I purchased at the DFW Fiber Festival (Dallas-Fort Worth).

KNITSTARS is open for enrollment for one week for $199.00.    If you haven’t heard of knitstars, click on the link and check it out.   I’ve joined the 1st and 2nd sessions, this will be the 3rd.   I’ve enjoyed the prior 2 and will sign up for 3.  It’s worth the money.  I’ve even gone back and watched the classes multiple times.

I’ve got to get dressed for bungee fitness!  I have a class this morning.  Happy Thursday!

I have a yummy apple salad recipe to share soon.  I need to take a picture for you.  I will have it here for you shortly!  It’s really good!

 

Tammy

George

Good Morning!  Fall has finally arrived here in Oklahoma.  I would like to introduce our newest family member, George, shown here with Luke.

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George is a Standard Poodle.  He will, one day, be the new dad to our Goldendoodles.

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Luke and I are playing with our neighbors here.  I wanted to show you Max.  Do you see where he is?   That cat!  He is so wonderfully weird!  I love him so!  He will sit in the stroller and take a walk with me and Luke.   Max loves this family.  He is often found hanging out with them.

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We drove to Missouri to get George.  He sat on my lap for the entire four hour trip!

I’m going to give a little dog advise.  When you are thinking of buying a dog, especially an expensive one, you need to pay attention to the parents.  Personalities and temperaments are passed down to the pups.  If you want to know what kind of puppy you are getting, pay attention to the parents!

Stitch Markers!

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I was really excited to show you all something neat I had discovered to save you all some money!   Turns out, I have no idea what I’m talking about.  Do you see the little tin with the gold metal stitch markers?  I bought a little bag online at a knitting store and paid about $9.00 for them.   I’ve tried all kinds of different stitch markers and these are my favorites.    I’ve been shopping in the bead/jewelry isle at the craft stores and found these metal colored rings for $2.99 (half price days $1.50).    The green and purple rings I found at a bead store in Colorado, they are the $3.50 ones.

I get really excited when I find great deals.  I thought I had discovered a knit hack and wanted to share with everybody.

I tried to find the website I purchased my $9 stitch markers and found them on KnitPicks for $1.99 for 100 of them!   WHAT!?!?!   How did I not find these before?  They are even cheaper than my great find.

Well, if you want a variety of colors with your stitch markers at an affordable price, go shop at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  They have lots of different sizes and colors in the jewelry/bead isles.

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Here’s a quick peek at my current knitting project.   It’s my road trip project to Wyoming.  I’m almost done.  I fear I’m going to run out of the brown color for the last stripe!  I’m just going to use a different brown if I run out.  It’s a shawl if you can’t tell.  I will show you all soon when it’s done.

 

Baby Gramps Cardigan

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Isn’t this the cutest baby cardigan!  The pattern is even cuter.  I was in a hurry and left off the elbow pads and pockets.  Here is the link for the Gramps Cardigan

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Henry turned 8 months old last week.  He doesn’t even know how to crawl yet.  He’s at that stage where babies learn to get up on their knees.  He looks like he should be helping his Dad operate one of the heavy equipment machinery that he operates for his concrete business.  He is such a big baby.   My son, John, was always a big baby, top 95%, but Henry has got to have him beat.

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Funny side note here,  I hope it doesn’t embarrass Bailey, but it was charming and cute.  It was discovered that Bailey thought that Len was coloring his hair grey on the sides by using “A Touch of Grey”.  All these years, she believed that he colored the grey part of his hair grey to look distinguished.  It wasn’t until this visit she learned otherwise.

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This is Len when I met him.  He was trying to hide the grey side walls here.  Isn’t he handsome….  We were crazy about each other from day one.  Henry, his grandson, has his beautiful blue eyes.

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Luke has a Gramps Cardigan too.  This was fresh off the needles and I still need to sew the buttons on to be finished.  I’m going to give him the elbow pads and possibly the pockets.

We sure did miss Luke.  He gave me such affection when we got home.  He leaned his face into mine and gave me one of those wide mouthed, tongue out, wet kisses…allll over my face!  Then hugged me some more (and I was wondering if he would forget me).

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Max doing his usual “Vanna White” imitation showing off my knits.  Gramps Cardigan

Have a great week.

 

Tammy

Mrs. Crosby’s Dye Workshop

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Lauren and I attended this dye workshop and had a great time.  Amanda Jarvis is the artist behind Mrs. Crosby’s yarns, based in Chicago.  SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss), in Guthrie, Oklahoma, hosted the class.

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Keely is a fabulous host!  She loves to cook gourmet food.  Her hors d’oeuvre’s are always interesting.  Not to mention, she serves wine and last night, she also served frozen margarita’s, and strawberry margarita’s.  I know after 2 glasses of wine, I was feeling pretty good, and having a fun relaxed time.

The beginning of the class, everyone is quiet, and doesn’t know anybody.  People are being polite and using their best manners.  Start drinking some wine, playing in the colors, and by the time the class is nearly over, everybody has their hands all over each other’s yarn,” ooooohing’ and ‘awwwwing’.  Personalities start to open up, you start chatting and laughing with the classmates next and near to you.  It turns into a fun time.

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Len asked me how my class went.  I told him, “I was with my people – my tribe.”  lol.  It’s true though!

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I’ve been gathering supplies at garage sales to dye yarn; large pots, measuring cups, teaspoons, heat sources.  It’s so messy, I don’t want to do it in the house.  I’ve been waiting for cooler weather, so we can do it in the garage.  We used a microwave as the heat source in this class.

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This is Lauren’s yarn.; teal and grey and some olive.

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My yarn; olive, purple, and pink.

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I was so excited about my yarn, I made some fingerless gloves with it.

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I like them.  If you have an opportunity to attend a yarn dyeing class, I highly recommend it!  We both had a great time.  We both are really happy with our yarn.  We’re also excited to get playing with dying some yarn this fall.

Silk Garden Fingerless Gloves is the pattern I used for these super easy gloves.

 

Happy Knitting Friends!

Tammy

 

Designing a Throw

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I did it!  I made something on my own!  I’ve had this little fantasy of designing my own knitting projects for a while, but, I’ve never actually tried.  I wanted a new afghan for my bedroom so I made myself make one of my own design.

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I love it.  It’s made with Plymouth De Aire bulky yarn, but it’s been discontinued.  Any bulky yarn will do.

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I’m working on writing up the pattern if anyone is interested.  Have you ever written a pattern down?  Goodness!  It’s had me off kilter for a week!  I have it written down .

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Now, I have to write it down so other people can read it!  I started to do just that, then I realized, I have to have a little stitch dictionary of my stitches I used, a gauge guide, then what about a chart?  Some people like charts.  Do I have to write down a chart?  Is it required?  I’m sure it would be beneficial to those who like charts.  Crum!  I have to sit down and make up a chart.   So with watching a baby during the day and getting my chores done in-between and redecorating my bedroom, I’ve been stalled to say the least.

I will get the pattern posted asap friends.  I think it’s a really pretty blanket.  I need to get some tassels on the 4 corners.

I had the blanket wrapped around me one day and Lauren noticed how pretty the pattern would be in a cardigan.  I may have to do a pretty cardigan next.

Happy Labor Day!

Tammy

Summer Knitting

Hello friends.  I’ve been plugging away at my self designed afghan.  I’ve got one more repeat to knit and then the border.  I’ve been working with fingering yarn a lot lately, it’s refreshing to work with bulky yarn.   Everything knits up so much faster!

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I read several knitting blogs and it seems that every knitter has a furry companion.  Max is my lap companion.  (The dogs think they are, but they are not.  They are too big for lap time and knitting time).  Max will come sit right on top of what I’m working on.  He has no manners or boundaries.  He want’s his ears and head scratched and that tops most everything.

I’m a bit of a voyeur with other knitters.  I enjoy seeing their home knit spaces, projects, supplies, anything another knitter does intrigues me.  I just looked up in the dictionary how to spell “voyeur” and according to the dictionary, voyeur has a sexual connotation to it.  Now, I do not get sexual pleasure from knitting or other’s knitting, but I like peeking in on others.  That’s why I like KnitStars so much.  It’s like a friend inviting you into their home, their sacred creativity space, and hanging out.

I thought if I shared my knit space, it would encourage other’s to share their knit space too.

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This is the hallway entrance into our sunroom (aka where we hang out all the time!). It’s the smallest room in our house, kinda unfinished, rustic cedar walls, no carpet, concrete floors and pretty much the heart of our home.  I moved into the sunroom to set up a knitting nook because of the good light the sunroom provides.  Prior to this, we were set up in the huge spacious living room.   Now, no one hangs out in that huge spacious living room, as we are all packed into the tiny sunroom.

If a picture could describe someone, the photo above would describe me.  You’ve got the grandkids play toys on the left, Max’s play tower on the right, my extremely strong hippy DNA from my father, demonstrated by the macrame planter hanging on the left, and my knitting chair.  Throw a dog and some chickens in the photo and there you have me.  I love fresh flowers and lots of plants.  It brings nature into the home.

 

My grandmother passed away recently and one of the things she gave me was this cedar chest.  You guessed it!  It’s full of yarn!  This is my knitting spot.

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I prefer knitting with circular needles.   This is where I keep my circular needles.  I purchased the craft organizer from Hobby Lobby.    The knitting needles are “filed” by size.  It’s my favorite method for storing my circular needles so far.  They are each stored in the little bag they were packaged in.

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I found this little turntable round-a-bout at TJ Maxx and I store some colored pencils and my favorite double tipped knitting needles.  The Knitter’s Pride Royale are my favorites!  I love the wood needles and the sharp metal points.  Not to mention they are super pretty!  One of these days, when I’m super rich, I may spring for some Signature needles. They are just so expensive!  In the meantime, my favorites are the Royale needles.

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I keep my colored pencils nearby for when I get inspiration for a pattern or design.  I also like to color with Jourdyn.   We enjoy coloring together.

These are some quilt pictures that my mother made for me.  I have them hanging up on the walls.  You can see them here.

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That’s my knit space.  I purchased this huge chair so that my grandkids, dogs, and a cat could all pile in together!

It’s funny and I love everything about it.  “Mommy” is really the heart of the home.  It’s not the kitchen.   It’s where “Mommy” is located.  If Mommy is in the kitchen, then everybody is in the kitchen.  If Mommy is in the sunroom, everybody gravitates to the sunroom, the husband, the animals, the grown children, the next generation of children, the grandchildren.  Even when “Mommy” goes to the bathroom, the babies follow, the cat follows, the dogs follows.  Every time I go to the bathroom, my husband comes looking for me.  It’s the “Mommy” that makes every nest a “home”.  I’m really grateful for the title “Mom” “Mommy” and “Gugga” (my grandma name).

Happy Knitting Folkes!

I would love to see your creative spaces.   If you have a blog article about your space, let me know in the comments.  Then we can all go be knitting voyeurs!

Tammy

Chicks that don’t knit.

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Black Cherry with her new hatchlings.

A part of “A Chick that Knits” comes from my love of animals.  Not only am I a chick (woman) that knits, but I love chickens.  We have a chicken coop and chickens.  My husband calls me a “slab baby” because I grew up on concrete (the city).  The first time I’ve ever seen a real chicken was when I was dating Len and he showed me his mother’s chickens.  That was only 14 years ago.  I was 35 years old.  I was so awed and impressed.  Have you ever looked at a chicken close up?  It’s really neat how the feathers grow in from their skin.  I was just amazed.

I had no idea how many variety of chickens existed.   Yes.  I’ve seen the rooster on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box and I’ve seen white chickens on TV, but, that was it.  That was my experience with chickens.  There are ALL kinds of chickens!  They are so beautiful.

Len built me a chicken coop and we purchased some chickens.  I picked the pot luck fancy chicken collection.  I had such fun watching those chicks grow up.  We even went to farm auctions to add to my chicken collection.  We bought these huge orange fluffy chickens at an auction once and were so excited for them to lay eggs.  After 3 years and no egg laying, we finally figured out they were roosters.  To be fair to ourselves, they didn’t look like roosters.  One of those bad boys was my first attempt to make chicken and dumplings from my own flock.  (The one and only time we ate one of our chickens)

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Our chicken coop in the back yard along with a smaller portable one for the babies.

Now our chicken coop is old and needs some work.  It’s still a great coop.  We made it from fence panels.  We drove by a house that was getting a new fence and they gave us the old fence panels.   We turned them on their side to make walls.  We also bought the door at a garage sale.  Len did buy the materials to make the roof.

We used to come sit outside and put our feet in a bucket of water and watch our chickens grow.  Once you have eaten fresh, organic, home grown eggs you will never want to eat grocery store eggs again!  I’ve gotten so much joy from our chickens.

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Black Cherry just hatched a flock of chicks!  These chicks are one day old.  Black Cherry is a black Cochin and is a great mother hen.  Our rooster is an Americana so our baby chicks are all mixed breeds.  We’re hoping for some interesting egg colors with the Americana and our various hens.

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Bella is mother hen to our last hatch of now “teenagers”.

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Harry Connick Jr is our rooster with his head down and plumes in the air on the right.

 

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I’ve been working on designing a blanket.  This is one of my gauge swatches.  I only have so much of the yarn I’m working with, so my blanket dimensions have to fit in with my yardage on hand.  The yarn I’m using has been discontinued, so I can’t just go out and buy more yarn.  I’ll post my pattern when I’m done.  It’s still in it’s creative process.

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This is the yarn I’m using for the blanket, De Aire by Plymouth Yarn, but in a different color.   This is a practice gauge to see how much an actual skein of yarn knits up.

I bet ya’ll have been missing Max.

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Need your opinion

I’ve started the Brahmin Moth Shawl.  I need some constructive criticism.  I don’t know if I like my colors.  It reminds me of my high school colors.  Every time I look at the scarf, I think of Putnam City North Panthers.  I also think I’m being hypercritical.

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I’ve only got one half of the scarf done.   It requires another side, mirrored just like this one, with some work to attach the two together.  I don’t know.   I go back and forth thinking it’s really pretty and will look great in the fall with jeans to all I can think of is high school.   What do you think?

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See what I mean?  I think I can get over it.  It’s really a very beautiful scarf, is it not?

Om Shawl and Cousins

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Whatcha think?  I’m happy with it.  My primary goal is to use yarn from my stash.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this in the Fall.  It’s made from Cascade 220 yarn.  I’m a primarily jeans type of girl and this will go great with jeans.

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I think this celery green color will look better in the Fall.  Currently it’s steamy hot, smack dab in the middle of Summer!

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Soooo much green!

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I love these buttons.  I got them in an assortment from Amazon.

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Max is an indoor/outdoor cat.  We hang outside a lot and Max insists on being where we are.  Sometimes, he will be indoors and just lay in the windows close to wherever we are on the patios.  Well, he has been staying out longer and longer.  I used to call for him whenever it was time for bed, and he would come running home, and run to the bedroom for bedtime.  We always played catch the finger under the covers before bedtime.  It was his favorite game.   Not anymore.  He was gone for 2 days recently.  We were so worried.  Don’t forget, he recently had a BB we had to get removed from him getting shot.

I’ve tried to keep him inside.  Yesterday, I was sitting outside the patio door and Max wanted out so badly, he jumped through the screen door.  He went right through it!  He was just hanging there, caught in the hole he created, diving straight through the screen!  What’s a cat mom to do?

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This isn’t Max, but it looked just like this.  Silly kitty was just hanging there in his hole he made jumping thru the screen door to get outside.

We had the grandkids this weekend.    Xander and Jourdyn come walking into the sunroom looking for Max to play with.  These cool kids even have a little laser pen to play with.   Why on earth would Max not want to come home?

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What kitty cat on earth would want to be gone from these two?

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I love this picture!  Those expressions!  She captured them well!

Have a good week friends.

Tammy