Thursday, June 23, 2011

Episode 109 Notes


Jeri Bear enjoys a quiet moment before shipping off to Minnesota.

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To sign up, first contact me through Ravelry saying that you want to attend. I will contact you as soon as I know I can give you a space. You then have 7 days from my contact to go to and pay by hitting the Paypal link at the upper right of the page.

First come, first serve,starting at 12:01 AM, July 1st.

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What's On My Hook/Needles/Spindle:

Multnomah Shawl--

It still needs blocking, so no good pics yet. But it is very pretty and a bit sophisticated looking, perhaps because of the unusual colors. Made from my handspun, I am please to say.

Mother Bear Project Bears--number 6, number 7, and number 8. All of a sudden, I just got the bug to make these...


While visiting the Knitmore Girls, I sent Bear #6 on a mission into Jasmin's fiber stash. We would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids...

Still in Progress:

wristers: One done. I have not yet successfully started the second. Blast!.


TwinFace's 2011 Holiday Afghan, themed after the Third Doctor of Classic Doctor Who. Yes, that center square in blue was designed to look like the windows on the outside of the Tardis. This one is about hald finished, so I need a bit of oomph! to get back to it as those rtows get longer and the weather gets hotter.


Dizzy Blondes:

The wheels are silent this week, and Retzlaff Winery postponed their spinning event. But I got to hang out with the Knitmores anyway, so I had a GREAT TIME!

Strategy: About Passive-Aggressive People--Passive does not mean passive aggressive, and, sadly, vice-versa.

Something I Really Like: Yoga Tune-up balls. Get them here!


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I got a weekend at Knitmore Central! What a blast! I even got Yoga tune-up balls and a great class in Los Gatos. I also enjoyed the northern CA gloom (I really did!) and the excellent company. I came home richer by some fantastic recipes, a glorious cookbook, and some tasty pickled goodies. Meanwhile, I search for jobs, work on prepping and freezing fruit until I decide what to do wirh it, and train Blankets.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread

Here you go, Everyone. Blog entry with recipe for finished loaf and for starter. Now start passing it around.

Here are my variations:

1: Add 2 cups mashed, steamed squash or pumpkin. Add 1 very ripe and mashed banana. Use banana cream instant pudding. Reduce sugar by half and oil by 1/3 cup.

2: Add 1 very ripe and mashed banana. Use banana cream instant pudding. Reduce sugar by half and oil by 1/3 cup.

3: Add half of 12 Oz bag chocolate chips. Use cookies and cream instant pudding. Reduce sugar by half and oil by 1/3 cup.

4: Add half of 12 Oz bag chocolate chips. Add large, very ripe, mashed banana. Use chocolate instant pudding. Reduce sugar by half and oil by 1/3 cup.

I think you could probably take out the sugar all together.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reposting: Episode 16

Episode 16 has been reposted. Shownotes can be found under the "Archives" section--I think we are still in Nov 2008 here.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reposting: Episode 15 Reposting Episode 15.

Shownotes are here.

If you'd like to listen right here and now:

Reposting: Episode 14B

Reposting Episode 14B, as Itunes seems to have dropped the file.

Shownotes can be found here

If you need to listen now:


Reposting: Episode 14

I have reposted Episode 14 from all the way back in Nov. 2008, mainly because Itunes seems to have dropped it.

If you'd like a blast from the past, here you are:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Missing Episodes

Apparently, older episodes have now dropped from Itunes. I will be working on locating my copies and reposting them. If you notice any missing episodes, please let me know. I will go on the prowl. But remember, I do have a few other projects on the front burners, so this may not be fast.

Corrected 107 Notes


Yep. I asked for some time to can on Mothers Day. That's strawberry-kiwi freezer jam and cherum freezer jam in all the plastic containers. About as easy as a jam will ever get to make. And forget the fancy containers. I froze the cherum jam in recycled cream cheese containers.

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What's On My Hook/Needles/Spindle:

The list:


Office throw: Doesn't it look so demure and calm, folded neatly over the arm of the loveseat in my office? An easy, satisfying afghan, if ever there was one.


Easy, easy, easy. I just LOVE this pattern. The Simple Scallops Shawl, in fingering weight, 100% merino Pele's Fire from FiberPhile yarn. Great pattern, superb yarn.


Still in Progress:

wristers: I just need to sit down in a quiet place and devote a few happy hours to these.

Dizzy Blondes:

The wheels are silent this week, as I get my sinuses back into working order.

Strategy: About Passive-Aggressive People--Work on believing that people really are not specifically trying to hurt you.

Something I Really Like: Freezer pectin. 4 cups crushed fruit of any kind + 1 cup sugar + 1 pouch freezer pectin+ 30 minutes to sit on counter and gel = freezer jam. Wonderful stuff!

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today

Okay, other podcasters are talking about knitting plus: gardening, homesteading, sewing, quilting, spinning....I guess I am that one who goes on about home preservation of foods. I'll try not to make you crazy.


We are very quiet here this week. Not yet back to running, not yet back to work, canning and freezing away. And the Amish Friendship Loaves that became a sort of curse...