Friday, December 12, 2014

201: Did I Miss Something...?

Rashida struts her stuff.

Rashida is a star this month as a donor to the Calm Cowl for my son's teacher.

We are running for charity over these holidays! Details here! $10 donation to a charity gets you entered.

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in July.

Northern California Camp Cog has been postponed! Dates TBA!

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

Raleigh, NC Camp Cog is a definite maybe...

DFW TX Camp Cog....I really hope so! I am scared off by the Open Carry Protest groups right now, but we'll see.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015!
More information here!

MOTHER BEAR CAL/KAL starts on Jan. 1, 2015.
Get the pattern right here for $5 and warm up those hooks/needles!

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Blankets is barking in the background.


Gareth's Green Yarn Socks


In Progress:
The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. It bit me. In time out.
Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.

Sockhead Hat--Done in yarn from Dizzy Blonde Studios. I think the 4 inches of rib are worth it, personally.

...sick people are allowed to cast on a new project! #sickathome Dizzy Blonde Studios colorway Ginger, Sockhead hat @dizzyblondestudios

Frolic Two-At-A-Time Socks:

Two-At-A-Time top-down and toe-up books by Melissa Morgan-Oakes on Amazon.

TAAT socks coming right along...

Teacher's Gift Calm Cowl


Gareth's Christmas Surprise--Crocheted Beard-Hat

Dizzy Blondes: 

Nothing here this week.

Have I mentioned that I love bamboo blends for my warmer weather socks.


Please don't unintentionally or otherwise bring down the holidays for someone else. Don't be the dog in the manger.

Put a Lid On It:

Enjoying the pickled cherries at last! Dribble that pickling liquid over a fresh avocado or in your green salad for a wonderful treat.

Turkey broth:
Carcass of turkey after eating, stripped of larger bits of meat, little bits still clinging
bay leaf
Minced onions and celery
Baby carrots
Leftover meat from bird
Bowtie pasta
potato, chopped

Turkey carcass goes overnight in the slow cooker on high. Strain broth and discard bones. You can add the minced onions and celery and the bay leaf before or after cooking the bones. After straining broth through cheese cloth, add the remaining ingredients and cook for an hour or so on low.

Aw Shoot!
Santa Clarita 5K is once again done for this year. A really good time and happy race.

Do your 5K/30 mins of exercise and donate $10 and YOU could win in this year's CogKnitive Holiday Hustle! Must be completed by December 31st! I will offer one prize for every 3 people entered.

Additionally, K8erpillar has offered the winner's choice of a set of stitch markers from her lovely Etsy shop.


I did it! The Hero's Challenge 5 K in the first weekend of December.

Something I Really Like:

Two-At-A-Time (TAAT) sock knitting! Use the longest needles you can tolerate if you do this technique via Magic Loop.

Mimi's Needle Basket--coming to CFR7!

Two-At-A-Time top-down and toe-up books by Melissa Morgan-Oakes on Amazon.

The Waver's Guild show at Torrance in November, followed by the Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Frolic in Monrovia.

Veranda Mediterranean Food in Monrovia--2 enthusiastic thumbs up!

Kamalei's Naturals--comparable to Lolo Bars, excellent price, nice range of scents, lip balms also available. Goes on nicely, lightly scented, nice range of scents.

Roxy gets a bit of review of her basic training. As I age, I realize that the way I train my dogs is not unlike the way I work with patients and is VERY like the way I train my pony. Positive reinforcement really works!

Doggie updates as we reach the 4th anniversary of the arrival of Blankets and the 3rd of the coming of Baron.

Review: A Head for Trouble by Julie Turjoman. Briefly: I love this book, but do be prepared for some finishing work by hand. Adorable patterns, great information on embellishments.

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