Monday, January 30, 2012

Winter Sweater

I'm on a mission to complete this sweater for John before this (non) winter ends.  I'm almost finished with the first sleeve and have had John try it on a few times.  (I think his arms are growing because I can't catch up!).  Here's a link to the sweater on Ravelry if you are interested in the pattern.

The wool is Kilcarra Donegal.  It's a little rough before it is washed but delightfully soft after its first bath.  I love the slubs added throughout.  Purples, light blues and tiny bits of red are thrown in.  Lovely.

Here are some pix:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Adult School of Montclair (NJ)

Living 12 miles west of NYC has its pluses and minuses (more traffic but easy access to NYC!)

One of the best things about this town is its education, and I'm not speaking only of its wonderful school system.  For over 76 years the Adult School of Montclair has offered cutting edge courses to its community.  Here is the latest catalog and if you live nearby, take a class!

Monday, January 23, 2012

New addition to the Toy Mouse Family!

I wanted to make up a mouse with the ice blue yarn and decorate her outfit with white.  Here she is!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Granola Bars - Now with a picture!

John loves granola bars and buys them to eat during the day.  I'm not such a big fan but thought I could take a stab at making them.  After checking Tastespotting I found a recipe on the blog "Good Life Eats."  I changed a few ingredients to suit our taste but here's a link to the original post.  Check it out and make your own!

Here is my take  on the recipe:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon (we like cinnamon)
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup agave syrup
Capful of vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 ripe banana (mashed)
1/3 cup toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Fahrenheit.
Add dry ingredients to a bowl.  Mix up.  Put dates in a food processor and pulse about five times.  Add other wet ingredients and pulse until almost pureed.

With a spatula, remove the wet ingredients from the food processor and add to the dry.  Stir until combined.
Place parchment on the bottom of an 8"x8" pan.  Press granola into the pan and smooth until even.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove and let cool.  Cut into rectangles.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Knitted Mice

I found this lovely pattern by Alan Dart called Dickensian Mice.  There's a bunch of them, some skaters, some caroling, some having a snowball fight, etc.  They are easy and fun to make.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Who are these Ladies?
And what era would you guess that they are from?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A New Year and Good Old Times

The New Year often makes us think of time passing.  Here are a few of my favorite watches which have marked the time over the years.

My grandmother's watch.  I understand that she made the watchband in the place where she worked.  I cherish it.

A Christmas present from Santa and Mrs. Claus:

My necklace watch which I receive many questions asking if it is an heirloom:

Christmas Stockings

Many years ago I made these stockings for my husband and myself.  Mine is from a Charles Wysocki kit and John's is from another kit.  They were fun to embroider but lining them was a challenge.  So I called in the expert, my Mother, who showed me the way.  Here are the results.

My stocking with church, horses, skaters and snow.

Lining of my stocking

Detail of lining

J's stocking

Lining of J's stocking.  Note the marching band and trains!

Detail of J's stocking
Santa with his pack of toys

Friday, January 6, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

New recipe for me:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 stick of butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 egg (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon crushed flax seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon coffee flavored liquor (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream butter, sugars and agave syrup.  Add egg and vanilla and mix.  Slowly add flours, b. powder, b. soda, salt and seeds. Stir in chips and walnuts.

Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 11-13 minutes.  Makes 1 1/2 dozen.

You may wish to bake a few for eating and freeze the rest by rolling the dough in parchment.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Then you can slice off a few and bake them off when you have a cookie deficiency. 

I made four cookies for J and me.  I ate one.  This is what is left.  Guess someone was hungry!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Scarves

My niece Kate shows off her Christmas present.  Santa brought her the jacket and her Auntie made  the matching scarf.

And my niece-in-law Erin models her Christmas present.  We like the juxtaposition of red and green.

Many thanks to the lovely models!