Sunday, November 28, 2010

Margaret joins Aurelia!

Margaret (on the right) is a doll with an embroidered face and yarn hair, while Aurelia has a painted face.  I'm learning how to do both and will be making clothes in my next class.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here she is!  My first rag doll and her name is Aurelia.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bellevue Avenue Branch Library Ornament

Just out, this lovely ornament is of one of my favorite places in Upper Montclair, NJ  - the Bellevue Avenue Branch Library.  This is one of a series done by the Women's Club of Upper Montclair.  Just gorgeous.   Hurry and get yours before they're sold out forever.  Christmas is coming!

Irish Oatcakes

I had some leftover Irish oatmeal that I thought would make a nice pancake.  So I added a little of this and that and they were delish!  Here's my "put together" recipe.

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup flour
small handfull of flaxmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Irish Oatmeal (already made)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash lemon juice (from bottle - it's ok here)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Add a little butter, oil or bacon fat to a saute pan and heat to medium.  Mix ingredients together and pour into hot pan.  Listen for the sizzle.  It shouldn't be too much as you don't want to char the pancake.  Wait for the bubbles to appear throughout the cake and flip.  Cook for another minute or so until browned.  Serve with maple syrup.


For the coming winter months I knitted up a Thermi (strange name, pretty scarf).  The scarf is designed by by Kris Knits where you can purchase the pattern.  This is the first project that I completed using the Sheep Shop 3 wool which is a blend of wool and silk.  Lovely to work with, soft on your skin and it imparts a wonderful subtle sheen from the silk. I found some pearl buttons to complete the ensemble.

Balaclavas Scarf

 For my mother I made a Garter Stitch Balaclavas scarf designed by Mary Jane Muckelstone.  The blue yarn is variegated, weaving a subtle, unique pattern throughout.  I placed tassels on the ends to give it some style.  My sister-in-law loved it.  Well Carmen, Christmas is coming!

Sorbet Scarf by Robyn Chachula

My crochet projects included a Sorbet Scarf designed by Robyn Chachula.  I found the patterne in Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make & Give by Kim Werker.  I made one with a pumpkin edging for the fall.

Wool socks for hubby and me!


Over the last few months I've been teaching myself how to knit socks on 2 circular needles.  Actually, I learned over the summer and have been using this knowledge to make additional socks and now, mittens.  It is really easy to do, much better I think than making one sock (or mitten) at a time.  Both come out exactly the same and you are truly finished with your project.