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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Episode 71 Handmade Holidays

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Needle Notes

Love the shoulder detail.  Front of sweater.

Back of Saddle Shoulder Sweater
Paula’s Projects:  Woodturner’sPully.  Elizabeth Zimmermann’s SaddleShoulder Sweater.  After washing and blocking it measures out perfectly!  Photos with nephew wearing it coming after Christmas!

Label for sweater.  I tried a wool label, first ironing onto freezer paper to stiffen the fabric.  Bronwyn suggested printing oncomputer.  I may try backstitching on counted cross stitch fabric.  Ecological Wool makes a very light but warm sweater.

·         Free Pattern by Purl Soho

·         My original estimate was about $80 and then I backed off and said it was an exaggeration.  It wasn’t.

·         Mine cost $10.    Pronto by Sandnes was $5 per ball.

·         Charted the texture pattern.

Sarah on Ravelry  aka MotherEarthKnits

Handmade Holidays

Just some of the great ideas:

Sarah's Homemade Granola 

Paula:  Whole WheatCinnamon Rolls. Partially bake them, freeze, and recipients bake them for a yummy breakfast.  I used this technique from King Arthur Flour.  Sarah and Bronwyn are trying them out.
Feel Free to copy and paste my instructions to include with the gift.  I printed on card stock.
Paula’s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
Night before: Take buns out of the freezer and  put in the refrigerator. (See note below.)
In the morning: Take them out of the refrigerator. Let them warm a bit as you preheat your oven to 350°F. 
Bake for about 10 minutes, until they're a very light golden brown. Remove from the oven, brush with butter. Add streusel topping and bake another 5 min.
You can also take them out of the freezer in the morning and just bake them a little longer.  (They are partially baked).
In the Pipeline
Per last week’s episode, the Doc Martin second movie wasn’t good.  Two stars.
Enjoyed The Pit Pony.  Has piping in it.
Downton Abbey Season 1 watching again. New season Jan 8.

High Note Low Note

High Notes:
  • Paula: The Week Between Christmas and New Years
  • Sarah: Christmas Cards
  • Bronwyn: Fondue

Low Notes
  • Paula: Stickiness
  • Sarah: Accidental Felting
  • Bronwyn: Poorly tied skeins of yarn

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Merry Christmas!  Haste ye back!


Sarah in Houston said...

I am having so much fun listening to the 3 of you. It's great to have your friends join you. They seem really neat. I had another Idea for your label. You could use the cross stitch cloth, but use Sharpies to put the x's on. That would't take as long as the stitching but would get the look of the stitching.
Have a great holiday!

Anonymous said...

I'm having a Downton Abbey refresher viewing as well. I hope the new season is as good as the last.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a fun podcast.


Anonymous said...

What a great podcast! I was having the same issue with birds smashing into my windows (I live near the Blue Ridge Parkway) until I bought some invisible stickers for my windows. We can barely see them but apparently they are clearly visible to birds. A rehabber explained that the reason they run into the window is because they think they see another bird and want to scare it off their territory. She likes the duncraft stickers the best.®+Fat+Cat+Window+Strike+Decals

Penny said...

Paula - we must be soul sisters. I totally agree with you about the week between the holidays! Since I am off the whole week every year, I enjoy doing just what I want. Usually staying up late, drinking lots of coffee, Knitting time lines for me during that week. It's been declared my week to do whatever I want.
Happy Holidays to you - Penny

Shirley said...

Happy New Year! I've tried 3 different computers to download this episode from your blog and it has failed everytime. (I don't use iTunes.) Am I the only one with this problem? Thanks.

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