Dotted Rays Shawl

Hello!   Happy Birthday to me!  Happy Valentine’s to everybody!

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This is the Dotted Rays Shawl by Stephen West. I love it!  It’s one of my favorites.  It’s an easy and relaxing knit.  The first three stitches are a provisional cast on and that’s the hardest part of the pattern.   Once you pass that, you are in easy breezy land!  It’s garter stitch the rest of the way with a few yarn overs for the “dots”.

I used my own yarn from A Chick That Knitz in the color-way Romantic Robin.  I made it a fade.  There are many ways you can use yarn color to make it your own.  Browse all the beautiful shawls here on Ravelry

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I’ve started a YouTube channel for A Chick That Knitz and a friend and follower sent me a huge box of presents to celebrate my new studio.  I made this for her.  It’s some of the first yarn I’ve dyed and it’s made of Worsted weight Superwash Merino Wool.  I will have my shop open this Spring.  That’s another plus, you can use worsted weight yarn instead of the fine fingering yarn (you can use that also) so the shawl knits up relatively fast.

I also want to show off some of Amanda’s cookies.  Amanda is Lauren’s mother that lives in Texas.

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They are so cute!

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Look at those on the right with the coconut!  Beautiful!

I highly recommend taking some cookie decorating classes on Blueprint (formerly Craftsy).  Neither of us could have done this without it.  I bet there are some free tutorials on YouTube regarding “Flood icing” .   They will teach you how to get this beautiful icing for cookies.  It’s powdered sugar, water, and a secret ingredient called meringue powder.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I think I will make some cookies myself.  I had to stop making them so much because I was eating them all!  They are so good, you can’t have just one cookie.

Have a fantastic week and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tammy

 

Sugar Cookies and a Yarn Baby

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Henry in my basket of Hexi-puffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.

We’ve just said goodbye to Bailey and Henry.  They came down from Wyoming for a visit and we are sure going to miss them.   We plan on seeing them in the Fall.

I’m on this new kick of making sugar cookies.  Thanks to Craftsy!  I signed up for Craftsy Unlimited and started watching some cookie decorating classes.  Who knew!  There are secrets you need to know to do this right.  My experience with icing comes in little short round plastic containers at the grocery store.fullsizeoutput_1f66

I’ve told you Bailey is crafty!  My cookies are the plain ones.  Bailey gets ahold of them and look what she does!  Chickens, cactus, black stripes, colored dots… She picks up an icing bag for the first time and just goes.   We discovered black icing turns your teeth black.  So FYI, use the black icing sparingly!

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Bailey joined me in my cookie frenzy and she is headed home to make up a bunch of her own.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Meanwhile, back here at home, I will be practicing my Royal Icing consistencies and practicing with my many new tips!

I’ve also found a great recipe for sugar cookies that I’m going to share.  I’ve tried two recipes so far and I made a mistake in the second recipe which I actually really like!  So I’ve written the recipe with my mistake. ( I used butter instead of shortening ).  This makes for an incredible sugar cookie!  The evening Bailey was here helping me decorate, half the batch of cookies got eaten before we could get our hands on them to decorate them!

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If you want the icing recipe, I would suggest Craftsy, Pinterest, or Youtube for instructions.  Just type in “Royal Icing” in your search bar.

Happy Knitting.

I’m looking for a new project for our road trip.  I’ll let you know what I find!

Tammy

Cranberry-Orange Cookies.

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I want to share my family’s favorite cookie.  My son, John, has asked me for these for a Christmas present.   They are Ah-MAZE-ing!  You can find the recipe here: Pillsbury Cranberry-Orange Cookies

I don’t make these often because they are a bit of a pain.  You have to cut up those candied orange slices into tiny little pieces and that’s a sticky, somewhat difficult, task.  Very much worth it though!!   I save these for something special, like my son asking for them for any reason :-).

The little kids like helping because they get to snack on the orange slices as you cut them up.  Plus the frosting is fun to do too.

 

I wanted to share some Rodan and Fields pictures.   It really is such a great product.

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Remember, this has a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your results.   If you want to try a product out and not invest so much money, I would recommend the eye cream, lip serum, or microdermabrasion paste.  You can try one of these products, which you will love, and then you can test the results on yourself.   Once you see how great these products work, you will feel confident in purchasing the other products.  The Active Hydration Serum is fantastic too!  You will see visible results after one application of that hydrating fountain of youth!

My mom has been using these products.   She complained a bit about it drying out her skin.    This is a very strong skin altering skin care regime.   When I first started the Reverse Regimen, my skin actually peeled a little bit.   At the time, I was going to a professional aesthetician, getting photo-lazer to treat my rosacea, and was told I had great results with the product.   It was doing what it was supposed to.  Your face adjusts to the products.  As your skin improves and the sun damaged is corrected, the products will feel great.   When I first used the product, I had to use it only once a day and work my way up to twice daily.