I have seriously been neglecting my knitting. There were a few projects that were put aside because of stumbling blocks - infant vest (better hurry up on that one with my baby growing so fast) and an infant girl sweater.
Pearly's volleyball season has just started, so I'll be able to take some knitting along to the games. I have been so itching to knit. I think socks are calling my name.
I recently found this sweater. I began knitting it probably 8 years ago using a 50s pattern book. The pattern suggested crocheting the button bands. I did not like that at all, so they were knit instead. I'm still not pleased with the tension on the buttonbands and the buttons are a little small for the button holes, so I may redo it, but it's nice to see a baby actually wearing something that was put in a basket for so many years. And - it still has growing room - yeah!
Not the greatest pic, but you get the idea of the sweater. And meet my 1st baby who loves his pacifier. Five of my babies were long-term finger/thumb suckers and one sucked a blanket. This little guy is hooked on his paci. I wish we could keep it to just sleeping time, but he seems to have such a strong sucking need. Don't ask me how many pacifiers we've bought now. I swear they have feet.
Bunny is growing up. We celebrated his 4th birthday recently. (Another friend was celebrating her birthday with us, too, so that's why the extra candle is in there.)
One of his gifts was this old wooden animal/farm family set. There are all kinds of cows, pigs, horses, trees, chickens, lambs, even a farmer and his family. I have no idea how old this it, but it is definitely old school and soooo much better than the typical plastic toys we find today. The whole set was . . . . . two bucks. Gotta love a deal like that! We are definitely going to keep this set around for future grandchildren. They just don't make stuff like this anymore, do they?
I spent just a few minutes picking these in the garden this morning. Our goal was to grow enough tomatoes/peppers to make lots of salsa. This very large bowl is just the beginnings of what is left in the garden. We are going to be busy. (I don't know how the ingredients got hyperlinked and can't figure out how to take the underlines out on Blogger - sorry!)
8 cups tomatoes, peeled,chopped and drained
2 1/2 cups onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups green peppers
1 cup jalapeno peppers, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
1/3 cup sugar (I use less)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
Mix all together and bring to a slow boil for 10 min.
Seal in jars and cook in hot water bath for 10 min.
My mom gave me a belated birthday present she has been working on. She crocheted this beautiful doily. I love it! I don't know how to crochet much - and especially don't know how to read a pattern. She will be retiring in a few months and I am hoping that she will teach me how to crochet and I will teach her how to knit. I can't wait.
Wow - it's a bit crazy around here. I've been working on projects for the house lately. I took a sheet of scrapbook paper in a shade that I liked to Lowe's and asked the sales clerk if she could match the color for me to paint in our living room. She told me that she had just put a gallon of paint in the "mis-tint" clearance section that was pretty close to the color. It took me only seconds to decide: $5 for a gallon or $28.95 a gallon? I took the paint to the register and the cashier gave me a receipt for $5 off a gallon of paint. I painted my living room for FREE. It's a gold color and gives it a nice updated look.
A week ago, the kids went to "Homeschool Day" at the local amusement park. We had a really nice time and I was able to get a picture of all seven children (which is getting more and more difficult these days).
Boy, I've been horrible at blogging lately - all the summer activities have been keeping me hopping. A week or so ago, I finished this tote bag. I bought the fabric - a thick canvas print at a garage sale for $.25. The straps (not the right word - my brain is tired) probably cost $2.00. It has a zippered pocket on the outside and one in the inside. I made up the pattern using another bag I have for inspiration. It will be a nice knitting bag - - or maybe library bag - - or beach bag - - it's a versatile bag - lol.