We had a big family dinner this weekend here. We have a big family dinner almost every weekend, but this week, Megan was craving some of my macaroni and cheese, so we did it at our house. I just use the betty crocker recipe, but with a few tweaks, and it always is SO good. It's my favorite thing I cook, truthfully.
So we had mac and cheese (3 batches worth), and Sarah brought stuff for a big salad, and broccoli (which we served with a little butter and parmesean, similar to how Old Spaghetti Factory does with mizithra), and garlic bread which dad helped a lot with, and Megan brought Peach bread pudding. Add in a chance to use all my pretty dishes and get a bouquet of pink spray roses, and it was a great occasion! We have to squish a little to get all 12 people between our 3 tables (our normal diningroom table, the old round one, and a card table, all in a row), but it's okay.
Anyhow, there were a few leftovers. :) So the last three meals (yesterday for lunch and dinner, and today for lunch), I've gotten mac and cheese, some salad, garlic bread, and bread pudding. What a nice treat, it has been delicious. My tummy is happy for the rest of the workday now!!!
What: Scarf and flower Used: TLC Essentials in Waterlily with size 10 needles Started: February 9, ripped a foot or so out and started again February 11 Finished: February 15, fringe and flower on Feburary 16 What for? Leah, my 3 1/2 year old niece
This wasn't for any special event, Leah had been admiring my scarf and trying it on, and when I saw these colors, I knew it matched her (and her coats). I wanted to get this done before it was too cold to wear a scaf, that was the only deadline!
The scarf itself I started out on #7 needles, in just a k1 p1 rib, and decided it was too dense for this yarn. I wanted it a little more light and airy going into the spring so she could wear it longer. So I tore it out and started again, which was fine because I worked on it while we watched both of the Dune miniserieses. ;) It knitted up quick, and it turned out to be somewhere between 40 and 50" when it was done.
I also used this project to get better at Continental knitting. I'd been using that technique for my potholders, but not again much since. I had read or heard somewhere that it was easier to use Continental when going back and forth between knits and purls a lot, and it sure seemed that way to me. I think continential is more comfortable for me now after this experience.
When I was done with the scarf, I was just going to braid some of the yarn to tie it together, but then I remembered a link that Donna had posted on her blog (and then I put it in my delicious links) of making some knitted flowers. I was pretty lazy and just stayed on the couch after making my fringe and tried to remember it from memory :D I see now that I used more stitches for each petal (8 instead of 5, but it really turned out okay anyhow. I just pulled out a really long tail and started casting on a whole lot extra so I could make a stem, and then pulled out my crochet hook that I had just used for putting on the fringe anyhow, and made the stem even longer so it would tie around the scarf.
I gave it to her last weekend and she was really excited. She went up to everyone to show off her scarf. When she saw me wearing a scarf the other day, she looked over to her mom and said "I forgot my scarf" and I had to take mine off and say it was too warm to wear it anyhow! It was cute.
I always loved Ian Ziering, so that was a treat when I got to the end of the list!! I'm excited to see so many of the professional dancers that I love - and Alec is back, woo! I'm glad they haven't just decided enough is enough and made Cheryl leave, she's such a good choriographer. Ashley Delgrosso is gone, but it looks like she's pregnant according to her site. There's quite a few people that I don't think I know who they are, or I certainly wouldn't recognize them. 2 models of sorts (Shandi and Paulina), 2 teen idols (Joey and Ian), a sport star (Clyde), a singer (Billy Ray, ugh), and a bunch of others. Seems like an okay mix.
I'm not sure about the timing of this season - they are trying to avoid being up against American Idol, so it means being on Mondays, but there's no way I'm giving up Heroes for this, and I'd rather not give up Prison Break. I'll have to find out when those two show are over - it may be a VCR season of Dancing with the Stars, and that really backfired on me last year when I had to VCR the last show of the season and my VCR screwed up somehow and only got 7 minutes of it!