Tools at the Ready

For years we have had a magnetic strip from IKEA in our kitchen. Not hanging up, mind you. Just tucked away in a drawer waiting to see if we would become the kind of people who only have a few knives. I’ve given up on that idea. We both like to cook, and we both have our favorite knives, so really I don’t know what I was thinking the day I bought the knife magnet.

Even though we won’t use it in our kitchen, I’m glad I bought it. I was in the craft room earlier this week searching for my scissors. I remembered the knife magnet. 10 minutes later I had a scissors holder behind my machines.

I love having my scissors at the ready. When things are in their place it is so much easier to convince myself to get to work.

You Were Right.

I ripped out two sections of lace to get to the correct number of stitches. I’m actually looking forward to getting back to knitting it, so ripping it out was not as traumatic as I feared. I’m back to where I was last week, so I only lost a weeks worth of progress. That is totally acceptable to me.

Tell me it will be OK.

Feather and Fan is supposed to be easy lace, but I’ve managed to screw it up. I did not put in a life line, because the thought of adding a lifeline to 400 some stitches was not appealing. Do I need to rip it back or should I throw caution to the wind and just k2tog randomly to get back to the correct stitch count? I know I should rip it out, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to care enough.


Kirsten and her family were up visiting this weekend. We celebrated Friendsgivingween. We were going to have a Friendsgiving dinner, but Audrey was so upset when we left St. Louis last month Kirsten told her we could celebrate Halloween too.

How do you celebrate Friendsgivingween?

Step 1: You spend time with the people you care about.

Step 2: You prepare a feast, with help from enthusiastic helpers.

Step 3: You take a walk in the woods to encounter nature. Sadly I did not get a picture of the woodchuck we saw. I did not zoom in to take this picture.

Step 4: The kids trick or treat. They put on costumes from the dress up bin and ran from the back door to the front door to ring the bell. Rob handed out the candy.

Step 5: You make a gingerbread house out of Pop Tarts. Well, really Kirsten builds the house and the kids decorate it while I make a casserole and have a cocktail.

Step 6: You make up a recipe. Twice Baked Potato Casserole.

3 lb yellow potatoes
1 stick salted butter
1 brick cream cheese
16 oz sour cream
shredded cheddar
Scrub potatoes and have Kirsten chop them up. Put potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Bring water to a boil and kind of forget about them until they are done. Use a knife or a fork to stab them and it goes in easily you are good. Drain potatoes. Smash them up using a ricer or potato masher. Mix in butter, sour cream, and cream cheese. Put in buttered 9X13 pan. Top with shredded cheese, just sprinkle on enough to cover the top. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before dishing up. It is a good idea to call a cardiologist while you are waiting to eat this casserole, as you are going to need one.

Step 7: Make a lot of food. So much food. Primarily beige food. Turkey breast with orange cranberry gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, cornmeal dinner rolls, caesar salad, and pie.

Step 8: Eat most of the food from step 7. Don’t eat the pie. You will be too full.

Step 9: Get kids to bed.

Step 10: Enjoy an hour or two of wine and delightful conversation with your friends before you are too tired to stay awake any longer.

Step 11: Start planning a Christmas Valentine’s Day celebration. Christentine’s Day?

Stitch Markers

I’ve been good about working on crafts other than knitting. Today it was making stitch markers. The kids colored some shrinky dinks earlier this week and I melted them today. They each gave me a llama, so I decided to use them to make stitch markers.

I like to use earring findings instead of jump rings, because that way I can use them as progress keepers or stitch markers. I should add one to each of my projects now so the kids don’t ask me about them.

Have you been exploring different crafts this week?