Thursday, June 27, 2013

Puppies Update

UPDATE: We had one person back out on their puppy deal due to financial problems so we have one male puppy without a home. He will be available around July 15.  Serious inquiries only.  Deposit Required.

These are a few photos I took last week.  They are all beautiful puppies.  First vaccination (5-way) on Monday, July 1 at six weeks of age.  They will be wormed on Tuesday, July 2 and have another worming before going to their new homes.  Plus, they'll be clean and smell good after having a bath!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Home Canning

A very long time ago I used to can foods at home. My Granny called it, "Putting Up Foods;" as in putting them up for later. I was never really good at it. A lot of my jar lids would unseal. The best I ever managed to can were jellies and jams. I think a lot of it had to do with using a water bath canner versus a pressure canner. I tried to have a sterile environment where the lids and caps were boiled and kept separate from everything else. The jars were boiled and then put into an oven top down to keep sterile. Still, things happened and not all good.

I've been looking to buy a pressure canner. I found one that I liked online at Walmart. It's a Presto 23-Quart Aluminum Pressure Canner and comes with Ball 12-Count Regular Mouth Pint Jars with Lids and Bands for $80!  Shipping was free!  So, I bought it.  Should be delivered to my house by next Tuesday.

While at Target last week I saw blue retro pint size canning jars celebrating Ball's 100th anniversary.  I tried to find them at Walmart but they were sold out.  Target was also sold out.  I found them online at Kmart and bought six cases (six pint jars per case).  Yesterday they were $9.89 a case.  I found a discount coupon at RetailMeNot and then was able to use my Shop Your Way Rewards (Kmart rewards program).  My entire purchase including tax and shipping ended up costing me a little over $47 which made me happy.

I joined in the @KmartCanning chat on Twitter today with @BallCanning.  It was informative.  I found that in addition to putting up fruits, veggies, jams, jellies, liquids and meats you can also bake in Ball canning jars!  I had no idea!  Someone was kind enough to send me a link to a cheesecake in a jar recipe which sounded so yummy!

Here's praying that my green beans, lima beans, peas, zucchini, pumpkins and corn continue to grow and that I'm able to put them up without any problems.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Pair of Hearts Socks

I found a sock pattern that I thought would look really good with the Cascades Heritage yarn (75% merino, 25% nylon).  It's called, "A Pair of Hearts Socks," by Donna Edgar which I found on Ravelry.  I started it on Monday.  Something to work on while hubby and his buddy trained dogs for hours and I was stuck in the truck knitting.

I like the yarn but this seems to be very slow going as there is only one pattern repeat at the beginning of the sock row while the remainder is all stockinette stitch.  It's rather boring.  I find myself dozing off while I'm knitting, not that I ever do that anyway, just more likely to happen when there isn't a lot to occupy my mind while knitting.  I'm into the second pattern repeat.  There are three before the heel is started.  Here's where I'm at now.  The second photo is true to color.  I'm using five double pointed needles but I am still getting ladders between needles.  I hate that!  I wonder if using a circular needle would rid me of ladders?

I'm going to frog this sock.  I hate ladders.  :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Doll Clothes

I've been looking for quick doll clothing patterns to sew or knit.  While my granddaughters' Bitty Baby has some clothes she has been lacking in the undergarments department.  I bought two PDF knitting pattern booklets by Vintage Knitting Lady a month ago.  Two booklets with multiple knitting patterns included.  The Bestway 1969 is for boy baby dolls which I didn't notice until after I'd ordered it online.  The other was Patons 538 knitting patterns for girl baby dolls but I can't find a photo of the cover page.

Last night, not being able to sleep, I picked out a pink mohair yarn and found the equivalent size to the old UK numbers 10 and 12 knitting needles (U.S. sizes 3 and 2).  I was still knitting away until 2 a.m. when the mohair started working on me and I itched so much I had to put it down and go to sleep.

Today, I managed to work through the mohair itching me and finished up on Bitty's little panties.  Instead of knitting six rows of single ribbing around the legs I did a row of double crochet.  I used a matching pink ribbon for the drawstring to hold the panties up around her waist.  I think the girls will be happy.  Next, I'll be looking for patterns for 18-20 inch dolls.  No mohair.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Knitted Summer Top

For the past three days I've been working on a knitted summer top for Jassie.  I wanted to work on hers first since it would be the largest of the three girls.  The pattern is called Sursulapitschi Girl's Top by Andrea Krüß-Anders.  It's sized to fit a 6-9 year old girl.  Let's hope it fits her!  Cotton is stretchy.

I'm finishing up on the second strap and then will go back to working the length of the top.  I only had one skein of Classic Elite Yarn's Provence in 56625 (Egyptian Cotton).  It's a discontinued color that I bought at Kathy's Kreations in Ligonier a few years ago.  I have two skeins of similar colors but not close enough to have worked in for this top.  Instead, I'll make each girl a top using the other two skeins.

The pattern calls for size 7 U.S. circular needles in a length I did not have so I used straight needles plus a 16 inch circular needle just for the straps.  Downside to not having the correct needles means I will have to seam the back of the top.

The photo was taken with my cell phone.  The color is off.  It's a raspberry color but not as purple as it looks in the photo.

I have just a little bit to go and then I can seam up the back, wash and block and get her to try it on.  I'm pleased with how it looks.

And, now finished.