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1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go

 

        Knitting

6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3

 

         Needlepoint

9.    Colorations

10.  Chicago Ornament

 

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Sunday
Nov192017

Donuts

I can't believe it, we made donuts.  The cooking girls came over and look at these little lovelies.

 

We used the recipe from the Washington Post with a few modifications.  I followed the recipe for the dough except I didn't use as much salt as called for.  The dough was very nice to work with.  They cooked up to a lovely golden brown.  This one just had a dunk in the frosting.

 

Making the frosting was the real issue.  1/2 cup of vanilla just seemed like too much so we cut it down and ended up at about 2 teaspoons if I remember correctly and we only used 1 teaspoon of salt.  We all agreed that even after cutting the salt in half, the frosting seemed too salty, so additional water and powdered sugar to the rescue.  Do you see that angel food cake pan in the background.  It was the perfect use for the leftover egg whites.  We had to wait for the frosting to set.

 And here's the final product

 just waiting for someone to pick it up and eat it.  Definitely doing this again.  I even bought an electric skillet because it worked so well to cook them.

 

 

Wednesday
Nov152017

The Enemy Inside

From the Goodreads website:  "One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore.

Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her.

To save an innocent young man’s life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients—no matter how unsavory—a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again."

Well, I do like a good Steve Martini book and this one did not disappoint.  I thought I might be getting tired of Paul Madriani, but nope, I'm not.  In fact, I kind of want to know what he's going to do with his life now.
Saturday
Nov112017

Colorations

I haven't posted about Colorations in a while and it is fast approaching "Done".

 

I have a few more French knots to put in, then the  Rhodes stitch across the top.

 Oh, and a few stitches to finish up the sides.

 

Thursday
Nov022017

Knitting Class

I took a knitting class.  It was "Ha! Fooled You" with Melissa Leapman.  Check out her Ravelry pages.  There are a lot of projects over there.  Here's my homework before class.  

Our first lesson was Faux Fair Isle which was done with slipped stitches.  The pattern is starting to emerge.

 

The second lesson was Faux Mitered Squares using slip stitches again.  I liked this a lot.

 

The third lesson was Faux Cable.  I just barely got the cable made before I ran out of time.  Apparently I am a very slow knitter.  I might actually try to knit something with a cable one day.

 

The last lesson was Faux Woven Fabric.  Love the look, but you can't tell from my sample (see slow knitter above). 

 

This would make a great scarf.    Melissa was a very good instructor and I really enjoyed the class.  

Saturday
Oct282017

Heart Panel Quilt

I volunteered to quilt this heart panel for our guild.  

 

It was a good practice panel.  I outlined the flowers and leaves and did a lot of stippling.

 

There was a little extra backing so I threw on some practice fabric and worked on my feathers.

 

Here are the feathers up close.

It went to our charity coordinator for binding and then it will find a new home.  I'm not sure what will happen to the feather blocks.  I suppose I have to remember where I put them first.