Knitted tuck scarf …in English moss stitch…

IMG_5924IMG_6103Tuck scarf in moss stitch

This project was fast, easy and rewarding!  With a bulky wool, alpaca or blend of fiber and acrylic yarn, cast 27 stitches onto US#13 needles.  The pattern is worked in four rows as follows:

1. K1, P1 and continue to the end of the row with a K1.

2. P1, K1, same as above ending with P1.

3. Repeat row 2.

4. Repeat row 1.

Knit until desired length is reached.  Cast off and weave in ends.

Enjoy or give as as gift.  My daughter-in-law was thrilled with this.

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A sweet idea…

A friend of mine suggested combining and roasting Brussels sprouts and dates with a little olive oil and salt.  The dates become very caramelized and are extremely harmonious with the sprouts in taste and texture.  An odd combination with an excellent result.

I washed the Brussels sprouts, cut off the ends and sliced each in half.  The dates I pitted and chopped. I tossed all in a little organic olive oil and salt.  I roasted them on a foil covered baking sheet, in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, stirring once during the roasting.

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They were uniquely delectable (yummy) and made for a gorgeous side dish.  The next day, I added the leftovers to some rice pasta with homemade organic tomatoes and beef and a bit of cottage cheese.

Cozy good.

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The needle felted animals at Gingerbread Farm

Needle felted sculpture is an art using sheep’s wool and an array of single barbed felting needles.  The process begins with handfuls of raw wool that are wrapped and folded with a gentle hand and then locked into shape by poking the wool hundreds and hundreds of times with a barbed needle until the desired shape is finished.  My animal creations come from my own ideas, animals, photos, even dreams.  I don’t work from patterns or instructions, although in the beginning I did use a kit to learn the craft.  Every creature develops its special personality and physique as the process progresses.  I never really know who they are until near the finish.  Then they get the finishing touches of expression and detail: glass eyes, noses, mouths and of course a name and sometimes even a new owner if someone takes a liking to one!  Here are some of my works in progress!

Unfinished projects Core wool, shapes and needles Wools for felting needles in core wool Swine Lake Paximus

Just saying….. :)

I get exasperated when I watch the Food Network and the Cooking channel, sometimes.  Don’t get me wrong, the food looks yummy, the shows are fun to watch but really, do people want to go to all that trouble following elaborate recipes, cooking with ingredients that over time can wreak havoc with their health all in the name of taste and glutinous satisfaction??  Hey I love to eat like anybody else but I want to share a secret with you:  simple preparation of healthy, clean food is quite satisfactory both physically and mentally.  When you eat well, your body responds in positive ways and your mental and emotional relationship with food becomes balanced and adjusted and begins to work in harmony with your body which initiates not just the feeling of well being, but OF well being!!  Also, please don’t be so afraid to try new foods.  For example, here is a lunch that is very filling and satisfying, and no recipe required. There’s organic brown rice with chick peas, advocado and goat cheese, steamed spinach with Celtic salt broth, and Medjool dates.Image I know that some of you can’t get past the goat cheese so, try a cheese you like!  Use pinto beans instead of chick peas.  You don’t need sauce or gravy or whatever the cooking enthusiasts say you need.  You don’t always have to be led by a recipe or cooking star.  Be creative.  Educate yourself about food and why it’s important to eat to live, not live to eat.  Knowledge is power and the internet has an almost infinite store of information about food and nutrition.  Our society is so brain washed about food.  Take a minute and think about what you put into your body and take it seriously.  You wouldn’t think of putting crappy gasoline in your vehicle.  Right?  Why not?  Okay.  Enough said.  🙂

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Dinner tonight…

Dinner tonight...

Do you roast?? If you don’t, read on and you will never steam vegetables again, unless you have to. I have here organic vegetables: carrots, red onion, leeks, broccoli, asparagus, and yellow cherry tomatoes. Brussels sprouts usually join the crowd, but there were none to be found, today. Experiment with pretty much whatever you like.
Preparation includes washing, drying and chopping (not too small) and spreading the vegetables out on a foil covered baking sheet in a single layer. I then massage the vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, a generous sprinkle of Celtic salt and pepper and roast in a 425 degree oven for 20-25minutes. Whatever is left can eaten cold for a snack later or be added to stir fried rice tomorrow. You could puree with some broth for soup like Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) does.
I hope you try this. It’s darn good and extremely healthy.

My favorite dishcloth pattern.

Gift for Bridgett

This knitted dish cloth pattern is so easy. Use only cotton yarn like Sugar and Cream and US #8 needles.

Dish cloth recipe.
Cast on 35 stitches.
Rows 1-8: Knit entire row.
Row 9: Knit entire row.
Row 10: Knit first four stitches then K1, P1…until the last four stiches. Knit them.
Row 11: Knit entire row.
Row 12: Knit first four stitches then P1, K1…until the last four stiches. Knit them.

Repeat rows 9-12 nine more times.

Now knit 8 more rows.
That’s it. Cast off and tie in ends.
Immerse in warm suds and enjoy or tie with a ribbon and give it to someone who will appreciate it. 😉

If you have any questions, email me at gingerbreadfarm@rocketmail.com. Tip: Keep track of your rows on paper.