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Busy weekend here on the cul-de-sac.  Glad to leave the month of September behind here in a couple of days.  Onward toward a very CRAZY October.  Seems like we have something going on every weekend.  I am busy preparing for the 4 lectures I need to give in about 3 hours at the university where I received my masters.  Plus, trying to work, do some knitting, and relax.  The exciting thing is that after I give the lecture, the DH and I will go to Black Mountain NC for the weekend.  Sigh.  Can’t get here soon enough.  We are staying at the Arbor House, a very nice B&B.  We are going to SAFF and then the DH is going to do some trout fishing.  Should be a fun weekend.  Last time the DH and I went trout fishing in the month of October, we got ENGAGED.  Seriously doubt anything like that will happen.  Of course, it is fun to dream.

On to some fiber.  Introducing Miss Kitty, the newest addition to the clan.  i finished her on Saturday night, while attempting to watch Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (very boring, don’t rent it).  She is from the Lions Brand Patterns amigurumi.  Her eyes are a little too big, and her feet a little too small, but I think she is darn cute.  So does Newman, and Leo the Lion.

That’s about it from here.  Other than we are gearing up for the baseball playoffs to start.   GO CUBS!

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Wanted to post some of the fiber happenings here, in midst of pie making, football watching, Netflix movie watching, vaccuming, laundry, blah, blah, blah.

Fall Scarf

Fall Scarf

Here is the fall scarf all finished.  If you recall, this is the Berroco Jasper from Great Yarns in Raleigh.  It is on my porch drying after a quick rinse.  I really didn’t think it needed blocked.  I just shaped it in how I want it.  I love the varigation of the yarn.

 

Here is some yarn I spun from Blue Faced Leicester, dyed in Forest Viola, and purchased from Miss Babs.  Her yarns and rovings rock!  LOVE, LOVE her stuff.  I can’t wait to see more of her stuff at SAFF in just a few short weeks!

Forest Viola Roving

Forest Viola Roving

 

Next up, here is some Blue Faced Leicester that I hand dyed myself, and am currently spinning on Zelda.  Now, the Forest Viola was my first experience in spinning with BFL.  I rather like it.  I am getting a better technique now, and starting to spin finer. (Never thought that day would come!)  I had wanted to put some of the green into it, but when I added it to the red, orange and gold, just didn’t look right.  Wasn’t the right green.  I used Cushing Acid Dyes to get these colors BTW.  Not sure what I am going to do with this yarn.  Have to think about it.

 

Forest Viola Yarn

Forest Viola Yarn

Hand Dyed Roving

Hand Dyed Roving

Roving Spun on Zelda

Roving Spun on Zelda

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Hard to believe that today is the last day of summer 2008.  I really have no idea where June went, much less July or August.  I want it to be June again when the honeysuckle blooms and the blackberries are ripe.  I want ONE more evening of sitting on the porch listening to the bluebirds.  Sigh.

In light of it being the last day of summer, I made a blackberry pie this weekend.  At least if I can’t physically be transported back to those days in June of picking the berries, I can at least remember it with the taste.  And, it is only fitting for a blog called Blackberry Pie to post a recipe for that particular item.

So, I don’t have a recipe for the filling.  Nope.  No can do.  What I can tell you is that you just have to play it by ear.  Because blackberries are tart, add either brown or white sugar.  I also add a bunch of cornstarch as thickener.  I also add some cinnamon, as well as ginger.  I always TASTE my filling to see if it is sweet enough.  I learned the hard way on my first blackberry pie that not enough sugar is a BAD thing.  So taste it!  If it isn’t sweet enough, add more sugar! 

My pie crust recipe is one my mom uses, and I personally think it is great.  It makes enough for one pie crust, top and bottom, depending on how think you roll the crust. 

Mom’s Pie Crust

  1. 4c. flour
  2. 1 tbsp. sugar
  3. 1 1/3 cup of shortening
  4. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 cup of cold water

Add flour and sugar together.  Cut in shortening.  When mixture resembles coarse meal, add in egg and vinegar.  Then add cold water.  Roll out per as desired.  Can be used for any fruit pie. 

Here is a pic of the pie going into the oven.  Now, you may notice that I have taken macaroni, rotini, in particular, and stuck it through the vent holes into the pie.  I do this to “suck” up the extra juices that are released when the pie is baked.  The macaroni actually swells after backing.  Rigatoni is the best one to use.  It also helps to prevent the dreaded runover into your oven.

I usually make our pie in a pottery pie dish that we got as a wedding gift.  The DH’s grandfather loved fruit pies, and the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.  (No pun intended!)  Hurry back summer.  I will be waiting!

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Tis the Season….

Finished this very cute little snowman hat for my coworker’s son.  Took me a while to figure out the nose, but it was worth it.  Finished him with buttons from my button jar!  Mr. Pumpkin was the perfect model for the hat.  Is it too early to say “Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow?!”

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I AM…..


You Are An INFJ


The Protector
You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity. Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision – no matter what it is.

You are an excellent listener with almost infinite patience.

You have complex feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.

You enjoy relationships when they are improving and changing. You can’t stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy… as long as you are working toward a dream you support.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable

 

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When I first started playing fantasy baseball/football, the name of my team was the Roller Babes.  I received much ribbing about it, ie was I now in to Roller Derby etc.  I let it pass and continued on to win my league that year. 

Well, the thought of participation with a Roller Derby team has never been far from my mind.  Unfortunately, I can’t skate to save my life, so that has put a serious damper on that.  Plus, I have my other interests that take up by time, such as knitting, spin, my JOB, etc.

Friday night the DH came home from work and had seen a pickup truck with an advertisement that the Carolina Rollergirls were having a match September 13th vs. the Tucson Saddletramps.  Did I want to go?  Well, I himmed and hawed.  And then I thought, What the hell else are we going to do on Saturday except watch USC CRUSH Ohio State.  And besides, I am getting tired of only watching football on the weekends. 

So, we went.  We saw.  We sweated in Dorton Arena.  We drank beer.  We yelled.  It was FUN!  It was like any other sporting event.  You could buy beer, soda, popcorn, pretzels while you watch these Roller BABES buzz around the track, score points and throw shoulders into each other and have an amazing time doing it!(at least it looked like they were having an amazing time).   My pictures do not even do it justice just to how cool it really is.

 The track is small, and those girls go fast.  In brief, there are two groups of rollers on the track.  The first group starts out, then the two JAMMERS start about 2 seconds behind them.  The goal is for the Jammers to get through the pack ahead of them to score points.  The lead Jammer gets the most points.  Now, I am no expert on Roller Derby, but they did hand out a very nice program that explained the scoring, the penalties, etc.  In addition to that, music blairs and the announcers really get the crowd going.  The Carolina Rollergirls stomped on the Tucson Saddletramps too!

DH and I enjoyed ourselves.  It was different.  It was cool.  We will go again.  The next match is November 22, which is double header.  Come on….live a little.  What have you got to lose?

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Leo the Lion

As many of you know, I knit and spin.  But, I also wanted to be able to crochet.  Crochet is faster, requires only a hook and yarn.  I had taken a class earlier this year at Great Yarns and learned the basics.  But then, the Amigurumi bug bit me!  Oh no!  Must now really make an attempt at crochet!  Well, look who is the first crochet/Amigurumi project that I have completed;  Leo the Lion!

Leo the Lion

Leo the Lion

Is he not cute?!?  I just heart him.  I am now working on black cat, just in time for Halloween!

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