Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today's smile.... : )

A smile for today!

This was sent to me by a concert band buddy...

Isn't she a little cutie pie?

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Artisan No-Knead Bread

Artisan No-Knead Bread
from Simply So Good


Fresh bread...... : )

Lucy, from Attic 24, has been baking bread! The pictures looked so appealing, I had to try the recipe too.

No kneading!  No tricky bits, just a little planning ahead since you need to mix the dough a day ahead.

For a complete description of the recipe, check out Simply So Good. Be sure to read the comments as well.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jean Greenhowe's Rainbow Baby

Maggie's Rainbow Baby
designed by Jean Greenhowe

Look who moved in.  

A Rainbow Baby!

This little fellow was designed by Jean Greenhowe.  

Scroll to the bottom of the "Free Patterns" page of her website to find the Rainbow Babies.

He was amazingly quick to make - part of an afternoon, a movie that evening and some finishing off the next morning.

The only part I didn't like was sewing up the seams.  In fact, by the time I got to the hat, I used double-pointed needles and knit in the round.

Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice

Jean Greenhowe is from Aberdeen, Scotland.  She has produced all kinds of original toy designs.  This bagpiper was given to us a few years ago as a thank you gift.  He's part of the MacScarecrow Clan!  Last year I picked up a secondhand copy of the pattern book - way too difficult for me to knit bagpipes!!

I do think the little dog, Scamp, is sweet.  Maybe one day... : )

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Crochet...Valentine Hearts

Feeling a little under the weather, so I'm snuggled under a quilt, watching a movie on Netflix and sipping some peppermint tea. 

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd crochet up some little hearts.  I've attached loops with the intention of hanging them from a branch cut from the garden.  After the 14th, I'll tuck them away with my Christmas decorations.

I tried a number of free online patterns and this one from PlanetJune is my favourite.  You can make the hearts in three sizes.  The largest is about three inches across and takes under 15 minutes to complete.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Looking for a good book?

So, what's on the night table beside your bed?

Not sure what you'd like to read next?

This is a neat website...