Saturday, January 25, 2014

Old Forge 2014 Gifted

We can do it!  This is a funny take on Jodie the Riveter, nevertheless it shows that we men can do things as well as women,lol.  Sometimes in the middle of life  gender and crafts cross, back and forth.  This is my second Old Forge by Stephen West.  I ordered the yarn from, Beaverslide Dry Goods again.  It is from Montana and I love it.  One of the things I like about this yarn is the fact that is two ply.  One of the plies is without knots, but the second has some.  It is so fantastic and easy to fuse the yarn and they disappear.  They don't make this heavy duty knots that are impossible to fuse.  I say I will continue buying this yarn in the near future. 
Anders Old Forge (2a)
The green that you see is not from them, I actually had to custom dye the yarn for the people I am gifting this blanket.  I was going to anyway, it did not matter which yarn I bought, dyeing was going to be included in the gift, lol.  It goes perfect with their decor.  They were the people that were kind enough to let us house sit while our flat was being remodeled.  I told the lady of the house that I was going to make them this blanket.  She said I did not have to, but I know they will appreciate it.  We took care of their kitty Mona and had a very sane flat remodeling without losing our minds.  This is all for today, but there is more for tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

 Anders Old Forge (7)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Daniel Hat and some Art

Submission pictures. Art piece by Roberta Alexander . It is titled "Talk Green" from the Catalpa Series.  The hat you are seeing is the "Daniel".  It is my own design and it is a Fair Isle hat. It is the extra large version that is not included in the pattern.  It is for a friend of mine.  It starts with 80 stitches for cast on and then increased to 152  stitches. I am always amazed at the flexibility that hats offer when you want to wear them in different styles.  Thanks for stopping by!
Daniel XTra Large (6) Daniel XTra Large (8) Daniel XTra Large (3)

Monday, January 06, 2014

Milk substitutes review 2014

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This is my first post for 2014, so I am going to wish everyone a Happy 2014 and Happy Epiphany day.  The visitation of the three Wise Men and Kings to Jesus of Nazareth.  That is what today is and lots of people celebrate it as the true Christmas day.
On another note, I have been testing different milk substitutes.  One reason is that milk is not the best thing in the world for humans, and worst if you have cholesterol problems.  Milk products have a tendency to increase phlegm and that is another story.
So from all the milk substitutes that I show you in this picture, the best ones were Almond milk, and Hazelnut milk.   Flax was next, is not a bad substitute, then after that comes hemp (which tastes like glue). I was able to sweetened hemp with agave nectar, but it did not make the taste go away, it just made taste sweet. The cashew milk was disappointing , I expect it to be more tasty(which was almost like glue, but not quite)  Coconut milk is one of the best choices as well.  So I will continue to drink my Almond and coconut milk and use soy milk k for my morning coffee.   This concludes my most basic taste critique, I will say that most of these milks will work for baking, so don't just discard them yet.  Anything with chocolate and sugar always tastes better, so it is an alternative. 
I personally use Soy milk as a great alternative. Some people are allergic to it.  It is also worth mentioning that soy has phytoestrogens and that is not great for men, specially as we are aging and our testosterone levels come down.  I hope this gives you a little information and triggers  your mind to investigate what will work best for you.  Happy Holidays and I will be back with more postings today or tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!

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