Friday, December 4, 2009


I can not believe November has already flown by, how has so much time passed so quickly? This last month I started my job at Jitterbug, I have been driving two plus hours a day to get there and back and it is making me tired! I am thankful to be working again however so I will cease with the complaints.

Next week I will decorate for Christmas, and I will post again, with pics of the tree.

I really have not been able to get much knitting done now that I am working, but I did finish my Babushka and will post it next week too.

I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Time to Cook!

I am trying this recipe I found in a Jan/Feb 1979 issue of Cuisine. Remember how great those recipes always turned out? Here is the recipe for you, I will let you know how it turns out later.

Pork & Cider Casserole

Serves 6

2 pounds lean boneless pork, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 qt (4 cups) cold water
2 cups apple cider or apple juice
1 can (10 3/4 oz) chicken broth
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley (I used dried)
1 bay leaf, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon lime juice

2 McIntosh apples, pared, cored, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used mild)

1. Place pork in 6-quart Dutch oven; add cold water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 2 minutes. Drain; discard liquid. Clean pot. Rinse meat with cold water.

2. Combine cider, broth, onion, celery, parsley, bay leaf, thyme, salt, paprika and pepper in dutch oven. Add pork. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer partially covered until meat is tender, about 1 hour.

3. Mix milk and egg yolk; stir into pork mixture. Work butter and flour together with fork on small plate; whisk into pork mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in lime juice.

4. Heat oven to 350. Place pork mixture in 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles on top. Sprinkle with cheese. bake until cheese is melted and browned, 20-35 minutes.

This turned out really well, the flavors were so good together. I think next time I make it I will put it a bottom crust.


I am feeling out of sorts this weekend. I think it is because there are some major changes coming to my life when I start working again on Monday. While I am very excited about working again after being unemployed for over a year, I am also really apprehensive; what if I don't fit in...what if the drive is too much for my old car to take...what if I don't meet the goals of the job...what if...? Yeah, you get the idea.

To make matters worse one of my BFF's just left on a cruise and will not be back until Sunday. I am
so happy for her to get to go on this knitting cruise with her mom, but I really want to be able to have her available to talk to when I need some strength next week since she has become my sounding board.

Since I just turned 50, I guess I need to put on my
"Big Girl Panties" and deal with it. I know I will be fine, I have the skills I need for the job, they must feel I will fit in with everyone there because I had two aggressive interviews and still got hired, my car seems to be running fine and I have always been able to work through any stresses on my own in the past.

So why do I feel like this?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I am BACK!!!

While I was away from my blog I celebrated my 50th birthday with my best buddies. I woke up to a decorated yard, there were balloons, banners and bunting all stating I was "Over the Hill" and "Turning 50". Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture to show you.

I then met up with the girls for a road trip to yarn shops. Of course I had to wear my birthday crown, because I was the birthday Princess, and a round button was pinned on my top which blinked I was "50"; thanks Cally. After we were done shopping for yarn the girls treated me to lunch at Islands. It was one of the best birthdays ever!

I worked on several bags this month. I really like the fabric on this bag.

This one reminds me of growing up in the 70's, so I had to make it.

I originally bought this fabric to make a blouse but decided it would be better as a bag.

This fabric belongs in a Dr Seuss picture, I love it!

This is going to be one of my future bags.

Align CenterI love this fabric by Michael Miller.

Aren't the women gorgeous?

Here is another future bag.

I started a new shawl called the Babushka, I am using Alpaca with a Twist FINO; it is a fine fiber and a little hard to work with but I love how it is turning out. is soooo soft!

I also started a bobbled edge scarf using Cascade 220. The cables are a nice break from working on lace.

I completed my Batkus.

I think it turned out rather well, and I enjoyed your comments about this project.

I also completed three beanies for a friend's son and his platoon who are stationed in Afghanistan and freezing. I am working on another beanie for my daughters friend who will be going to Afghanistan in January so he can stay warm.

And finally, I landed a much needed job with a Company called Jitterbug (no, not the yarn) which I will be starting on November 2nd.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Baktus Progress

Yeah! I am finally done. I think it turned out really nice and I appreciate all your wonderful comments on this project.

I am so happy because I am at the half way point on my Baktus. It is turning out much nicer than I first thought it would, and I will probably actually wear this during the winter. Here is the picture, let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 29, 2009



Yesterday it was so hot here that I did nothing but knit all day. I started a Baktus. What is a Baktus you ask? It is a knit scarf that uses up left over yarn. Baktus is also a character in a Norwegian classic story for children.

I happen to be using my LANG Jawol Superwash wool for socks, I have about 400 yards of it so this should be enough. I sort of like the way the yarn is striping, but I am a little worried about keeping the pattern when I add on the other half of the scrap. We will see how it turns out soon.

I also worked on my Gail Nightsong Shawl. It is such a difficult lace pattern that I really need to concentrate on only it while I knit or I will end up having to pull out the rows I completed. This was the case yesterday, I put in 1 lace row, then the purl back row, then started the next lace row and discovered I had too many stitches. I ripped it out and redid the rows and went to start the next lace row again and found a lack of stitches, so I again ripped out the rows and decided I would turn off the distracting television program (Design on a Dime) and started over. This time I completed the three rows with no problem...whew!

Oh, by the way, that cupcake I posted about previously was out of this world delish! Too bad I just started a diet, I guess there will be no more cupcakes for me for awhile.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Let's See What Has Been Going on in Debbie's Life...

Yesterday I finished a blouse, and it turned out really cute. I made it from the fabric I purchased for $1.98 a yard at Jenny's Fabrics. The total cost of the blouse was around $6.00, I love that!

Today I went to Aroma's Coffee & Floral Shop to meet with my "Knit Biddies" and had a lot of fun, there is a picture of them above my ramblings here. Click the link on Aroma's to see what people are saying about our great Wednesday morning meeting place.

Today I also went to the Post Office to get my Passport so I can go to Costa Rica in September, that is if the Passport arrives in time. I was so shocked when I saw how much they charged for the four little pictures for the Passport, they were $40.00. That is absolute highway robbery!!! I was so distraught that I had to fork out so much money for those photos that I really needed something sweet to quite my nerves, are you buying this line? I went to The Cake Cottage Cupcake Shop near the USPS. I ordered a coconut cupcake, see the picture? I have not tasted it yet but will let you know how it was when I do.

While at the cupcake shop I noticed on their door that the Baker, (Susan Carberry), for the shop will be on TLC on August 31 at 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time to compete in the "Ultimate Cake Off" competition. I tried to get out of them if she was the winner, but their lips were sealed as she is under contract and cannot disclose who the winner is until after the show airs. It will be fun to see if she wins.

Allie's potty training is done and she is finally starting to get used to Buster, even though she still keeps her distance from him most of the time.

I made another bag. It is much larger than the other bags I have made in the past, but I like it better because it only uses a quarter yard of each fabric where the other bags used a third of a yard of each fabric. I also was able to put a pocket on the inside of the bag to hold my notions in.

I have mastered the cast on for toe up socks, I am truly an expert at this cast on as I had to redo my sock so many times to get the gauge correct, and I am now almost to the heel on my first one. By the way, knitting socks on two circulars in the toe up method is sooooo much easier than on double pointed needles. Next time I knit socks I am going to try doing both socks on the two circulars at the same time.

I had a garage sale last Saturday and made a little money. Woo who, money is always good!

I suppose this is about the extent of things for now, not too exciting lately but at least I am slowly getting things accomplished.

I wish you all a great week!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Monday

My daughter moved back home a week ago, and she brought my "grand dog, Allie" with her. Allie is a teacup chichuaua who has only lived in a small apartment for the last year and a half of her life. My daughter trained her to a "Potty Mat" as she had no yard for her to use. Well, there is NO WAY I am having a "Potty Mat" sitting out in my house when there is a perfectly good yard for her to use, so over the last week I have been on potty training duty as my daughter has been working.

When Allie first went into the yard she was terrified of the grass, the wind (seriously), flys and bees, and any noise she heard. I sat out in the yard with her for 2 hours for her to become accustomed to the smells, textures, bugs and wind. Yeah, it worked! She now loves the yard, and she is really taking to using it as her bathroom instead of my floors. This makes me very happy!

Buster is not so happy though, he is a bit jealous because his momma is spending time with someone other than him. I am really making a huge effort to keep him happy and secure by spending so much time petting him and talking to him, but he is still jealous. He wants ALL of me, and does not want to share with Allie. I have posted a picture of his typical look over the last few days, he looks so left out.

Tonight Buster and Allie actually played together, sort of. She is really timid with him because he looks like the "Incredible Hulk" to her (she told me this). She likes to hide under my computer desk when I am on the computer, of course Buster is at my feet also. Tonight she was swatting him with her tiny paw, and then he would try to crawl under the desk (which he is too big to do) to get to her to play. It was pretty cute.

Anyway, they are wearing me out! I have not achieved anything over this week. Well, that is not exactly true, today I got ONE bag made, and pulled out 30 rows of lace on my socks because I knit them wrong (probably due to the dogs interruptions) but that is all I got done. Tomorrow I will achieve more...I will, I will, I will!

Good night all, sweet dreams!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My Saturday Excrusion

Today I spent my day revisiting a wonderful fabric shop I used to work at in 1982. I did not get to visit with my old boss as she now only works on Mondays and Fridays, but I did get to buy some awesome fabrics for two blouses, and two project bags, as well as notions (Notions and Patterns are always 20% off) for under $25.00.

For anyone interested in going to this store here is the information: JENNY'S FABRICS, 8984 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, (714) 847-2202.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday's Fun Project!

My friends and I meet every Wednesday to knit and chat, we have so much fun together. For this week we were able to talk our friend Cally into teaching us how to make her great project bags.

I love the two bags I made! I already have my projects in the one and the other is waiting for me to pick it up and put my knitting in it.

My friend Cheryl's bag turned out so adorable also, she has an Airedale and the fabric has Airedales on it. I have linked her bag on here for you to see, actually you should read her Blog as it is very fun and interesting.

Some of us were a bit challenged in the sewing department, don't worry Stephanie I won't mention any names. There was an excuse offered as to why this person was unable prepare for our class. The excuse was that her dogs ate the instructions for the prep work of the bag, the only problem is the accused dog is a teacup chihuahua. LOL We did not buy it! Anyway, Stephanie was our hostess with the most est, so in the end Cally made a bag for her.

Susan made a really cute bag too, although I have no picture of it. Poor Judy was not able to sew her bag together because her sewing machine was on the blink, she spent the whole time trying to get the tension corrected and finally gave up.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My latest HEADACHE Shawl!!!

My friend, Cally, is a very experienced lace knitter, she is really a natural when it comes to lace, and I have been working on a KAL Shawl called "Gail Nightsongs". I suggest to anyone reading this, as well as their friends and friends friends, to NOT make this shawl. While it is simply gorgeous, it is equally confusing and difficult!

I would have given up many times on this project had it not been for my slave driving friend! She has been figuring out the very poorly written pattern the whole way, and now is working on her edges. I am fortunate enough to be able to glean from her hard work and just knit whatever she tells me will work. LOL Even with that being the case I have made too many mistakes for my liking, but I will persevere and someday finish this blasted shawl, or I will die trying.

I must offer my most sincere thanks to Cally as she carries most of the headache for me to be able to do this shawl. :)

Sorry about the poor pictures, the shawl is not big enough to really get a good photo. Also I believe the varigated yarn does not help, I have posted a picture of it with filtered sun so you are able to see the true colors of my yarn.

Yarn is Panda Silk made by Crystal Palace and may be purchased at Daily Fiber Yarn. I am intending to use 3 skeins.

Baby Girl Sweater Finished!

I am finally finished, I have even woven in the ends on this beautiful little sweater. The pattern is so simple and turns out lovely. I will be shipping it off to my friend for his new little girl.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ruffled Rose Scarf

Some of my friends and I are working on a group KAL project together, we selected a beautiful ruffled rose scarf pattern we saw at our local yarn shop, Daily Fiber Yarn Company. We are using the Berrocco Vintage Wool yarns in green and natural white and ONline Linie 194 Solo Ruffle Yarn in Red. The pattern is very simple and the results are stunning. Here is my progress so far.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Baby Girl 's Sweater

I have a friend whose first baby girl was born on July 4th of this year, I have been working on a sweater for her. I used the softest yarn I have ever felt, it is made by Plymouth Yarn.

It is Baby Alpaca Worsted Paint, total luxury and can be purchased through WEBS online.

You must check out the Webs site, you will find the most amazing deals on yarns, as well as patterns for knitting and crocheting.

This sweater is such an easy pattern as it has NO seaming...yeah! It is an easy knit item and I can even knit on it at my group without having to go home and tear out mistakes made due to my chatting with my friends. : ) The cable is so easy and really is lovely when it is completed.

I think I am going to try to modify this pattern for an adult size. I really love the yarn and the pattern of this sweater.

More to come soon when I am finished with this item.


I am finally posting pictures of my finished wrap made from the various yarns that I posted about previously. It turned out fairly well, is a bit bright which is perfect for cooler summer evenings and is soooo soft! I need to find a brooch for this wrap, so I will keep my eyes open at the Thrift and Antique Shops I visit.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Today I was viewing my friend Cheryl's blog and became really inspired when I saw her Magic Yarn Shawl she completed. It turned out beautifully, and completely inspired me to pull out some of my yarns that I have been intending to use for a Magic something.

Here are the different yarns I started with. I really could not capture the true color of the yarn in the middle, it is a beautiful dusty sage green, very soft and a bit fuzzy but not too much so. The yellow/green one below it is my least favorite, however while selecting the yarns I noticed it made the whole thing POP. The solid Teal yarn is actually cashmere, I love this soft yarn but did not buy enough to make anything with it, so it got added to this project. The one on the upper left corner is a type of ribbon yarn with a slight metallic thread running through it, not very pretty on its own but nice with the other yarns. I used the cashmere together with the crazy looking yarn at the top, it is a very strange yarn but looks great with the cashmere.
Finally the middle yarn on the right I used by itself and seems to break up the bulkiness of the whole grouping.

I started a pattern for a wrap that I received from a really neat yarn shops in Riverside, California called DESIGNER HAND KNITS.
The owner and staff are very helpful, and they have a small wall of pull-out containers of clearance yarns like the ones I used in this project.
Here are a couple of pictures of what I have completed so far. More to come when it is completed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Magic Yarn Ball Shawl

Okay, all my friends are telling me to post my recent knit project on my Blog, so here it is.

I used six different yarns, which I got through an exchange of scraps with my friends, to create a magic ball of yarn, then knitted a triangular shawl.

Pattern Details:

Cut 2-yard lengths of various yarns and tie the lengths together. I did not use any particular order with my yarns, the only thing I would suggest is if the yarn is very thin mix it with another thin or textured yarn to give it more strength.

To knit simply cast on three stitches and knit first row. Every row after k2, yo, knit the rest until the last two stitches then, yo, k2. After every 5 rows of adding yarn overs, knit 2 rows without yo's...this will keep the length going as well as the width. Bind off when you are at the desired length.

Block the shawl, I did not weave in my ends as they added to the texture of the yarns in the shawl.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I am done!

Yeah!!! My Frost Flowers Scarf is compeltely done now. It turned out very pretty and I think I will keep it for myself. I am sooooo glad it is completed.

Now I am deciding what I want to start, however I may just answer the call of the yard! It is so warm and beautiful out today that I really want to go outside and garden.