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Friday, August 26, 2016


It's Hand Knit and HandMade Friday! What hand knit/hand made pieces are you wearing today?

I'm wearing A Step Above entrelac socks and hand made chain maille and forged copper earrings from my Beadlemania line.

A Step Above socks

Chain Maille Captured Bead Bracelet

Leaf earrings

Leaf earrings

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Friday, August 19, 2016


It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing the Keyhole sweater.

Keyhole sweater
Project details on Ravelry

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Late to the Instant Pot Party

I saw that the Instant Pot 6-in-1 was 30% off on Amazon, so I asked for input on FB and was amazed at how much positive feedback my friends had. No one had anything bad to say about it, so I placed my order.

For those who are not familiar with this appliance, you can use it to saute and brown, and it also is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and warmer. I have 2 Fagor stove top pressure cookers, as well as cookware and/or appliances to handle everything else, so I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the Instant Pot. But we recently replaced our electric coil stove which wasn't ideal for pressure cooking, with a glass cook top which is even worse for pressure cooking because the cooking surface doesn't change temperature quickly. Also, babysitting a pressure cooker was kind of annoying--is it too hot, is it too cool, did it lose pressure, should I add an extra minute or two, etc., etc.. I know, it all sounds pretty trivial. But automating pressure cooking, replacing the rice cooker that has a plastic coated insert, and getting a larger slow cooker were all positives.

It arrived today. The unit is a little bigger than our rice cooker, which is what I expected. The cooking vessel is stainless steel, so that's a plus.

Instant Pot 6-in-1

I made Broccoli Soup using this recipe, omitting the cream and cheese and adding celery. It took longer to chop the vegetables and blend it than the 5 minutes it took to cook. So far, so good. My friends were right on the money.

Broccoli Soup

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Friday, August 12, 2016


It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits do you have on today?

I'm wearing Outside In socks. Have a fantastic weekend!

Free Pattern

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Monday, August 08, 2016

The Games from different points of view

Steve Wozniak's tweets introduced me to blogs that present the Olympics from a different point of view--

Sara in Rio: Woz's daughter works as an attorney and is part of the legal team for the USOC. Her blog starts with the athletes' Team Ambassador Training program in Houston. She's posting daily about her work and her experiences in Houston & now Rio.

Jeff Cable's Blog: A pro photographer who is capturing the games in Rio. Here's a shot from his assignment at the white water rafting venue:

Image from Jeff Cable's Blog.

And here's one more data source I found interesting, The Olympic Games Team Handbook for the USA Equestrian Team. It addresses everything from accommodations, meals, and transportation, to insurance, clean sport (drug testing), and social media.

As much as there is controversy around every Olympics, I enjoy watching sports don't get much (or any) coverage on main stream media.

Are you watching the Summer Games? What are your impressions so far?


Friday, August 05, 2016


It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today?

These socks are to dye for.

Dye-o-rama socks
Dye-o-rama Socks
Project details on Ravelry

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Friday, July 29, 2016


It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today?

Thank goodness for AC, because it allows me to wear Mardi Gras Pincha on a hot summer day.

Mardi Gras Pincha

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