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So, this only took me two years to complete…
Trying to complete my outstanding WIPs – happy with this one!

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Comfort.

When I need a quick, easy dinner, my go-to one pot meal often involves taters (red and sweet), sausage (this time chicken + apple) and kale:
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So comforting. Heat some oil, toss in some onion. Add red taters (they’ll take the longest), then sweet potatoes. Salt & pepper. When the taters start to soften throw in the kale and sausage. Serve with Tabasco and a little queso fresco.

Stitchin’

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A test pattern for a designer in progress – I’ve procrastinated on this one!

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

With the Pinewood Derby Monday night, my family needed an easy meal.
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Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Olive oil
Shallot, diced
1 pkg mushrooms
1/2 c broth
1 1/2 c cream
Bow tie pasta
1 bunch parley, minced
Leaves from 2 sprigs rosemary, minced

Cook pasta per package.

Heat oil in skillet; toss in shallot. After about a minute toss in mushrooms. Salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for a few minutes; add in broth and cream. Add herbs. Simmer. Toss in pasta and serve.

State of the Blog Address

So if you’ve stuck with this blog you’ve probably noticed an absence.

It wasn’t intentional, really. But worked picked up, school started for both my boys, soccer season went on all fall, and in my free time I’ve been reading, knitting, stitching, and involved with community band. And now ’tis the season for merriment, family, and friends. All is well – very well. But…

This really doesn’t leave any time to blog.

I’m not shutting her down, but let’s face it – there are only so many hours in the day, and blogging is pretty low on the totem pole.

So I might be back. I might not.

Happy Haunting!

Poor, poor neglected blog.

I wanted to show off some projects. I might not have been bloggin’, but I have been stitchin’ when I can.

I finished my cross stitch piece:

Yoruba Saying

Pattern can be found here. Patterns such as this are a great way to play around with floss – I chose a variegated blue.

I stitched some leaves for a shirt for the Bear’s fall party:

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It’s my own pattern, which I might share later. Interested?

And just in time for Halloween:

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And yes, I know that Day of the Dead is most definitely not Halloween. Pattern found in the Halloween/Thanksgiving issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Feather & Fan

Just finished a feather & fan dishcloth; pattern here.

Feather & Fan Dishcloth

I really like this pattern and think it would be lovely in another type of yarn as a scarf.

And I have a little peek at a x-stitch WIP:

Cross Stitch WIP

Hmmm…what could it be?

Stitchin’ Along

I have not been a good blogger lately. But what’s a girl to do? Work has picked up significantly, my kids are in school and playing soccer, I’m performing in big concert on Saturday, and when I have a spare moment, I just don’t want to be on the computer – instead, I’ve been reading, stitching, and knitting.

I completed a fun little piece this week, for the Vintage Pattern Stitch-Along over at the New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns group.

September Vintage Stitch-Along

My one regret is that I went with such a busy print for this one – the stitching blends a bit too much. But overall, I’m happy with it. I think it’s going to be a special stitchin’ and knittin’ pillow for me when it’s all said and done.

Pattern can be found here.

Easy Knitting

Size 50 needles are pretty awesome – you can knit things so quickly! They do take some getting used to:

Skinny "Go Vols!" Scarf

I knitted this Vol-inspired “Half-Hour Skinny Suede Scarf” (in about an hour) for my mother-in-law. I think she really liked it. I used Peaches N’ Cream cotton in orange and white instead of the suede. I’d like to try the suede at a later date, but they only had a rust color, and I wanted something Vol for my mother-in-law, who is a Vol superfan.

I also knitted this dishcloth:

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

You can find the pattern here. It was a really easy knit, and a great way to use up my not-quite half skein of Lily Sugar N’ Cream twists. I knit only 10 pattern rows, 3 shy of the 13 that the pattern requires, but I still like my results.

WIPs

I’m procrastinating this:

WIP: Dolphin for my Bear

This is for the Bear (it will be a pillow), and I thought I was done BUT when I showed it to him he told me that, while it looked great and all, he wants it filled in. So I’ve been procrastinating because I just don’t want to do the fill stitches! I finally started them yesterday – they’re a variant on long and short stitch, a la Follow the White Bunny‘s work.

I did finish this simple garter stitch scarf:

Garter Stitch Scarf

Super simple to do; just cast on 18 and work in knit stitch until you’re almost out of yarn, then bind off. I was a bit disappointed – I thought this would be longer. This yarn is Berroco Love It! Colors, which appears to be a discontinued yarn. I wish I had planned its use better than just doing this scarf – I might have been able to stretch my yarn with some yarnovers in there. Oh well, live and learn.

My big WIP:

WIP: Heartfelt Shawl

I’ve read a lot of griping on the ‘nets about Lion Brand Homespun yarn. But you know what? I got this for under $3 per skein (clearance at Joann), and it knits up really soft. There is a learning curve with the yarn – easy to get your needle stuck – but after I got used to it, I really don’t mind working with it. I’m using this pattern and hope to have a nice shawl for myself when the weather turns cold.

So, what are you working on?