Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I have started so many projects that at times I have forgotten about something I haven't worked on in awhile. I try to keep everything up to date in  Ravelry to help keep track. 

ALL my WIPS (works in progress) -

Diatom shawl - first circular shawl!!
Eric's blanket - this lays beside our bed and I knit while watching tv at night
Afghan - afghan club with Knit unto Others in Arkadelphia. Fourth month was received in August
Honeycomb blanket
Dad's birthday - needs to be done by 9/17
Christmas gift x2 
Retreat gifts - quick items but need to do 13!
Surprise shawl 
Slippers - for KTS retreat
Cisco's scarf - halfway through!
purse - finished 1 of the 4 sides
Simple Shawl 

Last night I finished my Saroyan shawl made with alpaca! This was the first thing I have made with alpaca; it was so soft and fun to knit. I'll block it today and post pictures tomorrow. 

Some of my projects while I love them I get tired of working on them - I like variety - so I have each of my projects in a bag and rotate through them. This gives me variety and I make progress on each project

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Menu

We always try to have a menu planned out on Saturday or Sunday for the following week. This helps with grocery shopping, most of the time. There has been a few times I had to send Eric back to the store because I thought I knew what I needed for a recipe and didn't look at it, which resulted in ingredients left off the list.

This week's menu is - 

Saturday - Salad with chicken
Sunday - Lasagna 
Monday - leftovers 
Tuesday - Turkey patties with veggies
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Thursday - Pulled Pork
Friday - Chicken with veggies 

Salad with chicken 
Season chicken breast and fry in a little olive oil. Chop it up and add to our salad. 

Turkey patties 
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 chopped red bell pepper
1/2 chopped onion
Worcestershire sauce
Season salt
Garlic powder
Diced jalapenos
Mix together, cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes on each side.

Pulled pork
Using the recipe out of Pioneer Woman's cookbook

Chicken with veggies
Cook the chicken like I do for the salad but I don't chop it up.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Traveling Woman Shawl

 I started this shawl as a KAL with a group on Ravelry. I was excited about it being my first shawl, until I started making mistakes and having to rip back 2 or 3 rows every time I knit 3 or 4. 
I decided not to finish the KAL on time because I was so frustrated. After some motivation from my knit group, I decided to hurry up and get it off my needles. I'm very glad I did too! There are mistakes but I still love this shawl! 

This was not only my 1st shawl, but my 1st time to block a project. I NEED blocking wires! I ended up having to block this twice because the first time you could tell that I pulled the entire shawl to one side. These pictures are actually taken after the 1st blocking. 

Details of this project:
Needle - US size 6 (4mm)
Yarn - KnitPicks Palette (Caribbean)
Amount of yarn - 1 full skein and not quite half of 2nd skein
Size made - I used the free version of the pattern. 3 repeats of Chart A. (55"x14")
Would I knit this again? YES! 

Things I learned with this pattern - 
1. Pay attention to the pattern. 
2. Don't watch tv or talk while trying to knit.
3. I NEED blocking wires.
4. I love lace (even if at times I was frustrated).
5. I need to take better pictures.

My second shawlette is on the needles!
Have a wonderful day!!
~ Cassey

Blogging Bandwagon

I've decided to start blogging about my knitting and other crafts I jump into. I will include recipes, kid moments that I want to remember, and maybe other things I find interesting at the time. I hope you enjoy reading about the fun things I talk about.

A little about me -- We are a family of 6; Eric, myself, and 4 boys (Nick 16, Alex 14, Ian 10, and Jakey 4). We have lived in Springfield, MO for about 10 months now and are enjoying the city. I am attending school through University of Phoenix online. In March of 2012, I will have my associates degree and plan on starting my bachelors degree two weeks after that. I started knitting in April this year and LOVE it!! After just completing my first shawl, I have decided shawls might be the thing I like knitting the most. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and playing games. Of course my favorite thing is to spend time with my family. Eric and I both enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes.

Thank you for checking out my little space!

~ Cassey