Sunday, September 14, 2014

Before summer ends

Try this delicious cheesy casserole before we run out of summer squash or zucchini.
 This is a recipe for one or two people, but you can expand it easily to serve more.

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 slice of bread crumbled
1/2 onion chopped
1 medium summer squash (or zucchini)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon "Perfect Pinch" or any other non-salted herbs of your choice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the inside of a small lidded casserole.
Crumble the bread slice and mix the crumbs with soft butter and set aside.
Slice the squash into thin rounds.
Chop the 1/2 onion.
Sauté the squash slices briefly in olive oil in a skillet.

 Next, add the chopped onion and sauté until the onions are soft. Sprinkle vegetables with your herb seasoning. Add some pepper and a tiny bit of salt (to your taste).
In the meantime, in a separate bowl, mix together the cheeses, sour cream, and milk.

 Put the warm squash-onion mix into the casserole.
Gently stir in the cheese mix into the vegetables.
Use your fingers to drop the bread crumb pieces over the top.
Bake covered for 25 minutes. Take off the cover and bake five minutes more to brown it a bit.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Flashback Friday

I was sorting through some old photos this week and came across a picture of Robert at a wedding in the early 1980s, and then I found a picture of  Victor Thresh (our grandson) wearing a tux for his high school Senior Prom last year. I was struck by the resemblance. Two handsome guys.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

So Mochi fun

 I've been having such fun. Mochi is a yarn from Crystal Palace Yarns. It's 80% Merino wool and 20% nylon and comes in all sorts of marvelous colors. There was a Mochi Hat contest on Ravelry and I wanted to enter. I ordered two balls of Chunky Mochi intense rainbow from K2TOG in Albany, CA on Friday, February 21.
 It was delivered to my post office box on Monday the 24. I had until Friday, the 28 to get it finished and post a photo before noon. I was still knitting the last row of ribbing Friday morning. There was no way I could get it blocked and photographed and uploaded before noon. Well, darn it.
 The beret project combines knitting and weaving. First, you warp your loom-board on a kraft paper pattern.
 Then you weave the weft yarn to make your circle beret top.
 The woven circle does not have to be hemmed. Pick up the warp and weft loops all around the edge and begin knitting.
I think it is really neat. To toot my own horn: please check out my book, Knitter's Weaving Book. There is a free downloadable PDF pattern for another beret using the same technique on that page. The book is also available on

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Decorating finished

 I was a little late this year but I managed to finish my Christmas decorating. Whew!
This year the log cabin tree has ornaments! I designed this in 2009. If you want to whip one up before tomorrow, click HERE for the pattern.

My sons and grandsons visited me this week so I am feeling content and cozy. Now that I have the decorating done I can sit back and read with my new Kindle.

I'm also weaving a collar for a sweater to use in the forthcoming Knitters' Weaving Projects book.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hat's off!

No, the beret is on.
 The beret was blocked and came out just fine.

How to block a beret? Find a large dinner plate (the same size as the kraft paper pattern used for weaving). Thanks to Elizabeth Zimmerman for this tip in her book Knitting Without Tears.

 Dampen the top of the beret in lukewarm water, squeeze most of the water out, roll in a terry towel to absorb more moisture, and then stretch it over the plate.
 Don't stretch the knitted ribbing.
Let it dry away from heat or sunlight for 24 hours.

This project will be in the next book following Knitter's Weaving Book. The next book will be called Knitters' Weaving Projects.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Around and around and around

This is fun. I am knitting on a circular needle around my checked beret fabric. After I darned in the outside yarns (picks and warps) of the circular woven piece I picked up the loops around the edge and knitted two rows. (See my last post for a starting picture.) I then did two decreasing rows and went back to plain knitting.

As a quilter I've been using store-bought fabric for years and years. Now I'm weaving my own fabric. I love the way the red and white check came out.

I'm doing the final ribbed band right now. I hope I get it off the needle and block it tonight. Blocking wet wool takes a least a day for drying. Tune in again soon.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Box of books

 It is fun to get a big box of books -- my Knitter's Weaving Book is all printed. Now copies are ready to go out in the world.

My friend Katie and I went to the Lambtown Festival in Dixon 10 days ago. I introduced my KWB to a few yarn vendors. We watched the sheep shearing competition for over two hours.

 There was a Sheep to Shawl competition, too. Three teams of spinners and weavers started at 10 a.m. with a washed sheep fleece and turned it into a 19-inch by 72-inch shawl by 4 p.m. The spinners (two to a team) grabbed rolags of carded fleece from the carders and began to spin yarn. The weaver (1 on each team) waited patiently for the first yards of yarn so she could begin weaving (the looms were already warped). One person on a team was assigned to be an information source and tell the public what was going on. The information person could switch assignments and take a spinner or a the weaver's place, and someone else became the explainer. We checked on the progress on and off throughout the day. One team had to drop out near the end due to a mechanical problem. The first to finish was not necessarily the winner because the teams were judged on the quality of the shawl design. It was fun to watch.
 I'm looking forward to getting my Knitter's Weaving Book on the market. If you know of a good place for me to send a review copy, please tell me. You can buy a copy by going to my Thresh Publications website (or clicking on the graphic below) and using PayPal.
 I am working on a project for the next book, Knitters' Weaving Projects. Right now I'm weaving a checked beret with a knitted headband. I am looking for projects and will be holding a contest to find good ones. Let me know if you are interested.
So far, so good.

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