Archive for May, 2008

Well I’ve been salivating over the wonderful colorways and projects I’ve seen from Malabrigo yarns and decided I couldn’t wait any longer so without further ado I present my newest Stash Enhancements This is Malabrigo Silky Merino in Amoroso 157. Next we have Malabrigo Silky Merino in Nocturnal 472

I also have Kettle Dyed Worsted wgt. Merino in Tiger Lily 152

I also got Artyarns Super Merino the colorway is really nice and I’m thinking some socks with this would be really nice. This was my first order from Eatsleepknit it was a very good experience with them and I love the little goodies they sent with my order. I won $5.00 off my next order and they sent a little card you carry in your wallet with the sizes of needles you already own and a little purple ruler for doing gauge swatches. Check them out as the pricing and quick service are worth the trip over to their site.

I was reading a post Cidell posted a while back discussing the importance of good notions and explaining what they’re benefits are and that prompted me to get these items

On the left is a Tailors ham and on the right is a Seam Roll. Both are used to aid in setting seams, press curves and open seams properly without compromising the integrity of the garment.

As I was typing this post there was a knock at the door and there standing before me was a man clad in Brown from head-to-toe holding a package just for me. This was my first order from Gorgeous Things and I ordered light wgt. knits one in pale yellow. Thinking of a cute little dress and the same for this printed knit in black and white

I am loving these fabrics and the drape just seems like it will hang so nicely. Now let me say this I WILL NOT be doing anything with these until my dressform arrives.

Now onto a project that has been a year in the making yes a whole year. I blogged about this project last month I think and it has been through many changes but I finally put the binding on my Girlfriends quilt that I have decided to name the Heart of the Matter. I chose this name because she’s a Delta, I quilted hearts and even found a tshirt I had that talked about friends and was in the shape of a heart so I thought that name really fit the quilt. I hope she likes the outcome. Here’s just a few finally snippets of the project.

This is all I have for this week and I think you’ll agree I’ve covered all of my hobbies except crocheting and I’ll touch on that next week.

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Yes, I’m announcing the impending arrival of some goodies for me.  I have been trying for about 6 months to construct a sturdy dressform for myself because it’s too complicated for me to try and fit myself.  So I did a lot of online searching and emailed a few of you and asked about your forms and after much consideration of my needs and future desires in sewing went to JoAnn’s and ordered my dress form and got 50% off so with S&H I got a My Body Double Deluxe for less than $130.00 and for plus size that’s a great deal.

I also took the time to finally venture over to Gorgeous Things and I really like a lot of what I saw but want to wait until I’m a bit more comfortable with sewing for myself before I just go hog wild there.

I also ventured over to EatSleepKnit and found me some MMMMMalabrigo yarns in worsted and silk.  I’ve heard so much about this yarn on other blogs, podcasts and of course, on Ravelry so I’m really looking forward to this experience.  I do love the colors and will definitely be ordering more.

Well that’s my teaser for the time being and I hope that you’ll stay tuned in the next week or two as my Goodies arrive to see what they all become.

Hello again. I’m not blogging like I desire but school is dominating my time. I’m not complaining as I’m 1 quarter away from graduation. Hurray for me. Now on to what I’ve been up to. Let’s see where do I begin. There has been some sewing, cooking, and crafting going on in the wee hours of the morning. First I’ll start with my sewing. I made this top in green and white print back a few months ago to prepare for the spring but in Ohio we’re not really having spring as the furnance keeps running. Anyho, I made McCall’s 5401 and wanted to try it in the gauzy cotton in melon and magenta. Here’s my melon version and I really hate the collar on this on and will be taking it out but not sure what collar to add. I’m open to suggestions.

I loved the first one it’s in March archives and this one will be getting deconstructed in the collar. I used gauze fabric for this one and really like the way it hangs but not how it works for my body type. So what type of collar do you think this top can take?

My next new thing is stitch markers I’ve been making them for a while but never shared them on my blog and thought it’s about time. I’m still learning what works and what doesn’t. Here’s my latest endeavor.

Would you be willing to purchase these little beauties? I don’t have time to be with the local Ravelry knit group here to pitch this idea so that’s why I’m asking you for your input. I have other ideas I’m working on and I’ll share them with you all next week.

As you have noticed I’ve started including some of my meals on my blog because my youngest thinks everyone should know her Mommy can cook. I think she’s prejudice because of our relationship but thought I’d include this aspect of my long loved desire to cook. Today I decided to try my own take on stuffed bell peppers.

Ingredients

This makes 14 servings

  • 2 lbs. ground Round
  • 7 bell peppers
  • 3/4 cups of onions, red & yellow peppers (you can purchase this in the frozen food section)
  • 2 1/2 cups of cooked rice
  • 1 12oz. can of Tomato sauce
  • 3 12oz. cans of Roasted Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • 2 cups of Cheese of your choice to top (I used Mozzarella w/sun dried tomatoes) This is optional

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook your rice according to package instructions. Prepare your ground beef season with Salt & Pepper. Simmer Tomato sauce and Roasted Tomatoes until ready to top peppers. Stir occasionally. While this is cooking prepare your peppers and place halved peppers in baking dish and drizzle with EVOO and Salt & Pepper place in oven uncovered for 15 minutes. When ground beef is a third of the way done place seasoning mixture in and let cook until meat is done. Drain. In a mixing bowl combine Rice, Meat mixture, Parsley, Basil, and 1 cup of cheese mix and place mixture in pepper halves. Place sauce around and on top of peppers. Place in preheated oven loosely covered for 45 mins. Garnish with remaining cheese and serve. Hope you enjoy yours as much as my family did. Here are the pictures

I saw this comment on my blog and although I responded to the person I really want to know, Why is this an issue.  Here’s the comment and tell me what you feel.

  1. I noticed all of the pictures you have on here are of black women modeling the garments. I am white. I cannot identify with your totally black pictures. If you want to attract all races, please be courteous and include at least one other race when putting pictures on the site. Thank-You.

After I read this I had to go back again and reread it to make sure this was correct.  This is my take as a blogger, creator and most of all a very proud Black woman who is raising two young ladies that I want to proud of the skin they were born in; while not harboring any resentment or undo prejudice on anyone based on the color of their skin.    I blog for the outlet of sharing aspects of my life with all of you.  And just because there are ads or packaging that I include on my blog that depict black people there are just as many ads, books, podcast, pattern envelopes and the like that showcase other races.  I would never come to your blog looking to see me just to feel included.  I feel included because we’re sharing our love of fibers, notions, and the like.

I hope that we fiber lovers and creative spirits can help break the cycle of race.  For all of us it’s a joy, spark of excitement when we find something new, learn a new method/skill, and most of all find others that share that love.  Please tell me why this issue of race would even be on this woman’s mind when I’m her sister in our love of crafting and womanhood.

Until then, Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be at peace and be CREATIVE.

Desires

I was driving down the street the other day in the midst of all the running and things that make up my daily routine and longed to be sitting somewhere quite with the wind blowing softly, with my Ipod going, and one of my knitting projects making progress.

It seemed as though my routine had become knit, crochet, quilt and sewer friendly and then it all went haywire. So the thing I desire more than anything else right now is time to create and plan and complete my UFO’s that sit in there respective places wondering “where’s the love”

The one thing I have been doing and will share with you is making homemade pizza with my daughters. My youngest loves to cook just like me and so she learned to make homemade dough at school and we thought we’d give it a whirl so I would like to share our creations. First we have a jalapeno and cheese

Then we have Garlic herb crusted cheese and ground beef

Homemade Pizza Dough

In a bowl mix 1 1/4 cup of warm water

with 2 packs of dry yeast, mix well until dissolved

mix in 3 1/2 to 4 cups of sifted flour  add 1 tsp. of salt and mix until it becomes firm.

Place in a bowl that has been greased with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Cover with Saran Wrap and place in a warm dry place for at least 45 mins. to allow the dough to rise.    Then prepare your pizza dough by rolling it out using flour to keep it from being sticky.  This should make enough dough for three medium pizzas.

I just want to say thanks to everyone who came and shared your thoughts with me and helped me celebrate my 3rd Blogversary.  I wished that I could give something to everyone.  Without further ado the winners are: Crochet~ Bianca, Quilting ~ Kristen, Knit~Sabrina, Sewing ~ Vloula. I will be contacting each of you to get your addresses and let you know when you’ll be receiving your prizes.

Congrats to you ladies!




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