My First CAL

I’m one of those lucky kids who has a Mom who loves sewing and crocheting and was patient enough to teach me. My crochet projects as a child we’re mostly gifts for family members. I picked up a hook again a few years ago, after about a 30 year break, and was excited to see so many patterns available online and started putting projects on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com). In 2016 I discovered Scheepjes (http://www.scheepjes.com/en/) and purchased their first volume of YARN. My first project with Scheepjes yarn was the beach tunic from this volume. When I learned about the Hygge CAL (Crochet ALong), I joined the Facebook group and ordered the kit in Danish Mermaid.

I know immediately it would be a Christmas gift for Michelle, a friend from college, because it reminded me it the sea, which we both love.

No, the kit doesn’t come with nail polish, these are from my stash, so clearly these are colors I love. Here is my progress on 15 Feb 2017.

On 23 Feb, I was so excited to see this post on Facebook as this was the one weekend I was planning to spend in London!

So on the morning of 4 March, like the geek that I am, I set off on foot from my hotel, project bag in hand, to check out the show. The closer I got to the venue, the more people I saw carrying craft bags; this was going to be fun! The show is huge work so many lovely items to create and purchase. Luckily I had limited bag space and was able to contain myself.

Kirsten was sweet to give me a few minutes of her time and look at my work.

I worked on this project for most of the first half of the year, until it became too large to work on flights to EU.

As I got close to the end, my husband asked me what it was supposed to be. When I responded, “a shawl”, he didn’t get it and said it would make a good table runner. Then he asked what I would tell Michelle it was. I chose to let her decide.

I used Amy Butler’s “Tadpoles in Ink” for the backing fabric as it continued our marine theme.

As I write this, I’m working on the bonus CAL patterns for my little piece of Hygge.

Happy New Year!

Pierogi

Pierogi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 0.25 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Cold Water (Approximate)
  • Filling (See other recipes)
  • Melted Butter
  • Bread Crumbs

Directions

Preparing
Mix the flour, egg, and salt with enough water to make a medium-soft dough.
Knead well; then roll out until thin.
Cut into squares to make 40 pierogi or into 40 circles about 3.25 inches in diameter.
Filling
Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each piece of dough and fold in half.
Pinch the edges well to keep the dumpling from falling apart.
Cooking
Drop into salted water and cook, covered, until all the pierogi float to the top, about 10 minutes.
Cook, still covered, for 5 minutes longer. Drain, and place on a heated platter.
Serving
Drizzle melted butter over the pierogi and sprinkle with bread crumbs and/or onions.

Happy July 4th (1975)

We were dog sitting and this dog, Coco, did not like fireworks.

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Happy Birthday 1975

I was a kid with a summer birthday. I loved this. Not only was I on summer vacation from school, but my birthday is nearly 6 months from that other major gifting holiday, Christmas. For as long as I can remember, when asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, the answer was the same. As a true child born under a water sign, I wanted to go to the lake. We’re still trying to figure out where we are here, on my 9th birthday.

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Stanley is Back!

Chicago Skyline Blackhawks Stanley Cup 2015
Chicago Skyline Blackhawks Stanley Cup 2015

Stanley Cup Final
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Wednesday, June 3 Tampa Bay 8 p.m. ET NBC
Game 2 Saturday, June 6 Tampa Bay 7:15 p.m. ET NBC
Game 3 Monday, June 8 Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 4 Wednesday, June 10 Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 5 (if necessary) Saturday, June 13 Tampa Bay 8 p.m. ET NBC
Game 6 (if necessary) Monday, June 15 Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC

Optimal Road Trip with a Boat Across Texas.

Texas Fishing Road Trip
Texas Fishing Road Trip

Thank you Randy Olson for sharing your code for computing the Optimal Road Trip Across the US –  http://www.randalolson.com/2015/03/08/computing-the-optimal-road-trip-across-the-u-s/

I used Randy’s information to create the Optimal Road Trip with a Boat Across Texas – http://engineeress.com/major-lakes-TX.html

So, hitch the boats; let’s get on the road!

 

Z Launcher and Wallpaper Changer

I’ve just finished my first day using Nokia’s Z Launcher on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and it is everything I had hoped to create in an Android launcher. While I wish that Scribble was more like Palm Grafitti, it works well. To make my new launcher experience even better, I used Wallpaper Changer by J4velin to update my homescreen wallpaper.

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