Friday, January 23, 2015

winter ice cream sandwiches

The chocolate wafer cookies barely met their friend Somoas.  
Delicious by themselves.  
But paired with Somoas ice cream?  Tasted like a little bit of summer on a cold January day.

The yarn in the header is wool-ease.  My sisters and I bought a truck load while in Florida last month.   (Well, mom treated.  She knows the importance of soul soothing.)  Truly, toasty is the only thing that I have been working on.  Combining colors, creating wide stripes.  It's been fun.  I have a couple more combinations I'd like to knit and then I'm on to a sweater.  It's calling my name.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

this week

Mexican wedding cookies seemed like the perfect cookie for our Mexican themed Birthday dinner.  The birthday boy requested fish tacos served with stuffed peppers.  SO good.  
This recipe came from a grocery store in Florida years ago.  My sisters and mom and I love them with coffee and yarn for breakfast.   It's been a long time since I have started my day that way.  It sure felt good.
I've been on a toasty kick lately.  This yarn seems to be perfect for this project.  Washable, dry-able, with little investment? I'm in!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

a celebration

We flew to Florida last weekend to celebrate my Dad.  
Cause, that's what he wanted.  
 It felt so weird to be throwing a party for him and not have him be there.  
But that's what he wanted.
And you know, he was there.
And he was smiling.
We celebrated a life that was well lived and well loved.
He had us smiling, too.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

cookies, cookies, cookies.

I've gotten away from baking.  I've thought about the reasons why and so many things where factored into that decision.  Back in '07 (I know!) I started a "cookie of the week".  I did it for years.  The kids loved it.  And quite honestly, I really miss it.  It doesn't take that much time to bake a batch of cookies a week.  And quite honestly, are they really that bad for you?  They're homemade for goodness sake.  So, without pressure on myself to get a batch in the oven, I'm going to try my hardest to get back to baking.  
I'll find old favorites and hopefully incorporate a bunch of new recipes into the mix.
I made these once and we have talked about them ever since.  So, they were first on the list.  
Lemon Sugar Cookies.
The perfect little companion to knitting.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

there were hats

So, after seeing Erin's hats, I instantly thought THAT was the gift i wanted the six kids to have.
3 boys +
3 girls =
A pile of the quickest, coziest hats ever.  
And, I finished the last hat  at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning.  Seriously.  

Needle:  size 11

Thursday, January 01, 2015

happy

Happy New Year sweet friends!
I wish you all health, love and happiness.
And a stockpile of yarn, of course.

Cheers to 2015!

xx,
leslie

Monday, December 22, 2014

wash away




A heartfelt thank you for all of the prayers and thoughts you have given us.  I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.  Being blessed with memories is a true gift.
My thoughts go out to those who are struggling with grief and the loss of someone special in their own lives.  May you all be blessed with love in your heart and hope for beautiful days.

We knit.
A lot.
THAT felt great.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

love

Yesterday started with a phone call from my mother that you can never be prepared for.  My sweet father passed away in the night.  My heart broke in a hundred million pieces and feels as though someone is stepping on it.  This was the man that unconditionally shared his heart and love with us.  Who was there for us no matter what.
Tomorrow I will travel to be with my mother and sisters in Florida.  To comfort, grieve and celebrate his life.
Love with all your heart.  It's something you can be proud of.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

bella

 I work a couple of days a week in a beautiful clothing boutique.  24 really cute cowls arrived and sold out in two days which inspired me to try to make one of my own.  It didn't turn out exactly like the one in the shop, however, I was pretty pleased with the results.  And I absolutely love the stitch.  (Although, I still don't know the name of it.)
I'll put it in a pdf file so that you can print it.  I'll let you know when I do.  Until then, here are the simple directions.  (Check your stash for a bulky yarn!)

Bella

Materials:
2 skeins Wool of the Andes, Bulky (137 yards each.  This is wallaby.)
Size 13 needles
Crochet hook

Pattern:
Cast on 80 stitches loosely.

Row 1 :: *k2tog, yo 2x, k2tog repeat from * to end
Row 2 ::  *p1, (k1,p1) into yo, p1 repeat from * to end
Row 3 ::  k2 *sl 1, k1, psso, yo 2x, sl 1, k1, psso  repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2
Row 4 ::  p2 *p1 (k1, p1) into yo, p1  repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2

Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures approximately 14 inches ending with row 4 of pattern repeat.  Bind off loosely.
Using extra yarn cut approximately 80 pieces of yarn measuring 11" each. Using a crochet hook, attach fringe along cast on and bind off edges. (As much or as little fringe as you'd like.)  Sew together along side edge.

If you get knitting you can have this finished in no time for gift giving!
(Feel free to email me with any questions.)