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28. September 2008 21:50
by Jobo

Oooh Baby Baby!

28. September 2008 21:50 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I  have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while. 

I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project.  Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:

Baby Supernova

made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects.  It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable.  I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket.  Who can argue with that?  I found this Star pattern on Ravelry.  basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4.  If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free.  I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit.  I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay.  Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?


Purple Baby Ripples -

No actual imagination to speak of here.  I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done.  This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in!  And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal.  This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope  big enough to wrangle this puppy into...

Generic Baby Ripples -

This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!

This blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it written down anywhere.  My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting.  I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!

I’ll try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics


 Loosely, cast on 172 stitches

Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges


Happy Blankey Knitting All !


24. September 2008 14:42
by Jobo

"Bean" There... Done That

24. September 2008 14:42 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sweet Bean Casserole



What You Need:


1 lb ground beef - crumbled and browned. drain fat. may add garlic or salt and pepper as desired


1 cup Celery - cut into chunks as desired

1 cup Mushrooms - Sliced (canned would be okay)

1 Medium Onion - chopped coarsly

1 Green pepper - cut into chunks

2 large cans Red Kidney Beans - Drained and rinsed


2 large cans Beans with Pork and Molasses

1 big squirt of Ketchup

1 Big dollup of Honey (to taste... usually between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)

Easy, fast, tasty one pot meal. I would describe this as a sweet chili, with lots of sweet and sour sauce and beans, and veggies galore. Goes great with a pan of biscuits, or leftover corn bread (as seen here)

Start out with the Ground Beef, brown in frying pan. I usually throw in the onions and some garlic powder at this point, to soften up the onions a bit (I hate raw crunchy onions) Then drain any fat and transfer meat to a heavy bottom pot. Next, add veggies. It's up to you how coarse you chop the veggies, I usually cut things up under 1 inch so it cooks faster. Cook 5 - 10 minutes, just to get vegetables starting to soften a bit. Next add drained, rinsed, cans of red kidney beans and cans of beans with pork and molasses. Stir gently so the beans don't break up! Add the honey and ketchup... I dont usually measure this. Just a good long squirt of each. Taste it and you'll know. Let the whole thing simmer on the stove top on low heat until everything is heated through. Serve with bread for dipping... the sauce is nice to dip in. Makes great leftovers and freezes well.

This recipe is something Mark's Mom makes at home


20. September 2008 17:46
by Jobo

Quilted Sister

20. September 2008 17:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Just a little tidbit of my family's quilted past... I just took this quilt out to wash it, and my camera was nearby.  It usually hangs out in the computer room on my chair, so when Im cold I can cover up with it.  I probably shouldn't use it at all, for fear of ruining it by mistake or wearing it out, but I like that it's out and around all the time. In fact, this quilt is older than I am - nearly 28 years old. An antique I suppose.

This is the first quilt my mom ever made, so it's a piece of my family's history.  Before I was born, when mom was pretty far along, she went to visit her parents who were living in Kentville NS at the time, and while she was there, Gramma helped her to make this.  The pattern is 'Little Dutch Girls' though I'm not sure exactly where the pattern came from.  I do know that my mom has Gramma's cardboard templates for the shapes at home.  My grandmother used to use whatever cardboard she had to make handquilting templates out of.  There are some pretty priceless ones... made out of old cereal boxes, and from the cardboard that comes in packages of pantyhose.  My mom has a bunch of Gramma's special templates, since she isn't able to quilt anymore.  Each piece was cut out and hand-appliquéed and then embroidered with chain and buttonhole stitches.  On the sashing, she handquilted a rope motif, which I've seen many times in Gramma's work also. Each block features unique fabrics, and the ladies' umbrellas face opposite directions for interest.  Even the binding is sewn by hand.  I know that always bugs me to see a beautiful, hand stitched piece, and then see the binding just tagged on by machine.  Even back then, my Mom does one of the nicest bindings I've seen.  Neat.  Trim.  Tidy.

P.S. Excuse the wrinkles, I plan on doing a better photoshoot when it comes out of the wash

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