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Mid-Winter Break

Actually we are not even a month into true winter but wanted to tell you the blog will be on mid-winter break for the next week. Will miss you and will catch up with you upon my return.  

  
Hope the Puzzle People can find a replacement piece for this 1976 USA puzzle. I value New York. 

Letters at Home

ALPHABET : The Weekly Photo Challenge

I looked around the house and found letters in several places.

IMG_5087Old wooden baby blocks on my desk in the front hallway.

 

 

IMG_5088Alphabet rubber stamps I used to use in the Art Room, dust and all.

 

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Plastic canvas and yarn baby blocks I stitched for my son Mark in 1976.

 

Crewel Alphabet Sampler I stitched in 1975.  If I could have removed the linen from under the glass with ease, I would have done so for a better photo .

 

 

 

You Can Still Buy a Hanky

Last week in Von Maur Department Store in Columbus OH, I saw these handkerchiefs for sale. 

Seeing them reminded me of the little ironed squares my mother kept in a lacquered Chinese box.  

My father had larger ones, not as ornate. 

Nowadays you don’t see much handkerchief use. 

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 Here are the hankies for sale in 2016. 
   
 My mother’s box of handkerchiefs 

   
    
 
A handkerchief I received from a student when I taught nursery school in the late 70’s.  I framed it! 
  
Detail

  
Not sure where this came from 

Wordless Wednesday 

 
 
  
 

   
 

52 in 2016- Week#2- Minimalist

The second week in the 52 in 2016 Challenge.

I took the photo today (1/11/16)

No archives allowed.

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Lone frozen pea on the kitchen windowsill.

 

Knitting Socks – with a little help from experts 

This post started with Steve bringing me a bowl of beanie weanies for Sunday night supper. 

I looked at the color of the bowl, the sock I was knitting, and the teal of my new robe from Christmas. ( thank you, V- it is very cozy)

  
I try to keep the blog IRT for the most part.  

The last sock yarn I used was for a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure Pattern (thanks for the Chocolate and Cherries yarn,Toni). 

Then I thought of all the references I am using to tutor myself to knit socks again. Reading about the knitting is good preparation.

I’d started a pair of socks simultaneously on two circular needles about two years ago. (Thanks for the yarn, Molly) but bought new size one double point needles yesterday to knit them singly. 

I used to worry about “SSS- second sock syndrome.” Listened to Alicia and Natalie on a Mastering the Knits Podcast talk about socks and yarn and more socks and felt inspired.

Also, my long time friend, E, brought me a Christmas gift. A book –Knit Socks! –shaped like a sock -by Betsy Lee McCarthy 

 The two books have exclamation marks in their titles.   

Additional References pictured above 

-The glare of the Round white OTT light -so I can see on a winter night

– Susan B Anderson “How I Knit My Socks”

Susan’s Blog link
-Stephanie Pearl-McPhee   Knitting Rules!

Yarn Harlot link 

Silent Sunday

   

 

Painting the Curb Yellow

   
 
Someone forgot to brush away the dried leaves before painting the curb.

  

Portuguese Orange-Olive Oil Cake

Did some research for a Portuguese dessert and this cake came up in two places.  Recipe for Orange-Olive Oil Cake.

I went across the Allegheny to Labriola’s and bought a new Zoe Olive Oil as recommended in the recipe. Fresh eggs. And five navel oranges were five dollars at Whole You-Know. 

Zested three oranges and squeezed four to get 1 1/2 c of juice. 

Used a tube pan as I did not have a light colored bundt pan. Baked it 1 1/4 hours. 

Make it at least a day before serving. I did.  

 Will let you know what the verdict is after Friday night dessert. I usually don’t make a new recipe to share, untested.

  

   
 
  
I put it on a glass cake stand after it cooled. 

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