Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Recipe - Egg Salad Sandwich

-3 egg whites cooked -1 hard boiled egg - 1 Tbsp. Kraft Miracle Whip Non-Fat Salad Dressing -1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard -1 Tsp sweet pickle relish -1 oz romaine lettuce Instructions: 1. Chop up 1 whole egg. Then discard the yolks from the 3 other eggs and chop up the egg whites. 2. In a small mixing bowl, combine chopped eggs, Miracle Whip, mustard and pickle relish. 3. Toast whole grain bread and place on a small plate. Top with lettuce leaf and egg salad. Serve and Enjoy. Makes 1 serving with a points value of 4. This is very yummy and very filling.

Friday, September 21, 2007


That is name of the challenge that my two Weight Watcher Groups are doing. Both groups in the two meetings I lead decided that they needed a challenge. My Wednesday group completed Challenge number 1. The name of that was Trekking to Napa Valley. Sadly we only made it to the outskirts of Cheyenne, Wyoming. One of the meeting topics was moving more. I talked about Trekking to Napa Valley that my Wednesday group did and the Sunday group decided that they wanted a challenge also so Aloha to Disneyland was born. This Sunday will be the first week that the steps are turned in and I am anxious to see who will be participating and turning in their steps. The rules are very simple. Those that want to participate will wear a pedometer every day and record the number of steps taken. I will then convert those steps to miles based on my pedometer. I am including my steps in the challenge for both groups but just to help them out with getting to their destinations. We have until December to walk to Disneyland but once we reach Disneyland we are going to go to Hawaii. I have a list of stops a long the way. At one of the meetings I am going to announce the winners and we are going to have a celebration Weight Watcher style of course! I mentioned to my Wednesday group that my Sunday group was doing the challenge and they wanted to join in. They are actually challenging my Sunday group. It is going to be fun to watch the competitiveness between the two groups. I am still working out on how I am going to do the prizes now that there are two groups involved. It surprised me that the Wednesday group wanted to do the challenge. I did find out that the Trekking to Napa Valley challenge actually inspired them to move more and that they actually wanted another challenge! Keep reading each week and I'll post how the two groups are doing. From the first challenge out of approximately averaging 18-22 members per week, 10 people turned in their weekly steps every single week. Not bad for the first challenge.

Did Someone Place A Charm On My Sock?

I swear someone must have placed a charm on Victoria's sock. I had to frog it once because I had messed up big time. Then I messed up again but I swore I wasn't going to frog it again. I was more than 4 inches into the leg. Then it happened again. I had to rip back again, but this time it was 6 rows instead of 2. I am still trying to figure out how in the world I got the pattern to work out with 2 stitches missing. If someone could explain that one to me I would be forever grateful. Victoria, you're second sock is misbehaving but I am hoping that that it will behave now. Just this morning, I finally turned the heel. Now to shape the gusset and onward to the foot and toe. Sign-ups are now complete for the International Scarf Exchange 5. Dorothy says that there is enough people signed up from around the world that we should all have an international pal. That should be pretty cool. I am anxious to get my pal's information so I can purchase the yarn and put it in queue to be knitted up after the Monkey Socks. The hostess for the Christmas Around the World Knitter's Swap is going through and doing the matches also so I should have that information also. That one is going to be a little bit tougher to decide what to knit. There are really no guidelines that say you must knit a scarf or a sock. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what I come up with. Either that or I will post a question on the blog and ask what everyone is thinking about knitting up for their pal. My Sock It To Me Pal has been patiently waiting for her socks. They have been completed, washed and blocked and are now ready to be put in the post. I got the box but want to add one more goodie to the box which I am thinking about doing tomorrow and will hopefully get it in the post tomorrow. Saturday, I had my first foray into dyeing. I took a class to do some Kool-Aid dyeing at Fiddlehead Yarns in town. I had a great time and Nan is such a wonderful teacher. I am going back to Fiddleheads tonight because Nan is going to be there and has offered to help me fix my Sven Sveater. The collar is a bit wonky and doesn't look right. I tried this morning to find my container of yarn that contains the leftover from the project but DH decided to bury it in the back of a closet amongst millions of boxes (ok, not millions) so that I would have to go through everything just to get to my yarn stash. I am hoping what we frog will be enough to fix the sweater without having to get any more yarn. I figure I might have time though to go on an excavation to get at those boxes by the time I finish the sweater. Tonight, I DD's first high school dance. She is so excited. Her best friend is coming over to the house to get ready for the dance. I'm excited for her also. She doesn't it know it yet, but I'm going to be taking pictures of this momentus occasion. I still haven't started on the socks for my monkey pal. I want to finish Victoria's socks first. I find that I do better when I work on only one project at a time. At least then I can remember where I left off.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Another Frog Story

Ok, I admit it, I was about due. I casted on for Victoria's socks. Cruised along through the cuff and got about an inch into the leg and OH OH, not one section but two different sections, I didn't have enough stitches left on the needle to complete the pattern repeat. So I tinked back and re-did it. Still not enough stitches. Ok, somehow I got the first one to work out but the second one major probem. I ended up trying to ladder down but that didn't work. Now mind you, I'm working with Increases and Decreases. Well I really don't know how to fix those. So next mind you, I figured that I would rip out to the cuff. Once I got to the cuff, I thought I'm not going to mess with getting this back onto the needles. So I did what any normal person in the not so right frame of mind would do, I rip it all out. Yep, I took a trip to the frog pond today.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Red Letter Day!

I got my Sock It To Me Swap package from Camille today! Thanks Camille! When I first opened the package I thought that she had sent me a box of Godiva chocolates but inside the box were a yummy pair of socks and 2 skeins of Sweet Georgia's yarns in the Berry colorway. They both are absolutely gorgeous. Camille has been a wonderful swap pal.
I was in yarn heaven today! My order of Socks That Rock came in and of course I ahd to add the 2 skeins of Sweet Georgia in the photo. Aren't these socks simply gorgeous! They fit well also. Once again thank you Camille for a wonderful Sock It To Me package!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Chugging Along & New Swap News

I received the second skein of CTH from The Loopy Ewe so I am ready for when I run out of yarn which should be soon. I am now working on shaping the gusset. I am almost in the homestretch. I can't wait to finish these socks and get them blocked so I can get them sent off to my pal. Then it will be on to finish Victoria's socks. I signed up to be a co-hostess for the International Scarf Exchange 5. The exchange is going to be limited to the first 200 swappers to sign up. If you want to join the swap send an email to isehostesses@gmail.com to get your spot. Rules for the swap can be found on the blog. I hope that you'll join in the fun.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Christmas Around the World Knitter's Exchange Questionnarie

1. Are you religious? No 2. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? Intermediate 3. Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting? At the moment, knitting is my only hobby. It 's more of an obsession. 4. Favorite color(s)? I absolutely love orange. I also like the fall colors but more of the burgandy, oranges, yellows and browns. 5. Do you collect anything? knitting books, sock yarn and knitting bags 6. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? Not that I know of 7. Do you have any pets? Does a husband and 2 kids count? 8. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate 9. Cookies or Sweets? Both, I have a terrible sweet tooth 10. Do you knit socks? Yes, I love to knit socks 11. If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits) I just love to knit anything, scarves, socks, sweaters, hats. 12. Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do? We have an fake tree that we put up every year. This year we are going to a 4ft tree. 13. Favorite holiday treats? Christmas cookies, anything with chocolate 14. Favorite holiday smells? My all time favorite is by Yankee Candle called Christmas Eve. It reminds me of my grandparents house when we were there sleeping over on Christmas Eve. 15. Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? Please elaborate. Traditional 16. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Locking myself in the bedroom and wrapping presents with a movie. Daughter and I going to Christmas lane on Christmas Eve to look at all the lights. Christmas shopping with my husband and daughter but not the two of them together. Flour fights when making Christmas cookies. 17. Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....” being with family and taking time to enjoy the season. 18. If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….? Shiny with silver glitter 19.What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given? I really don't remember a favorite gift 20. When do you start your Christmas? The tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. So that's the official start for me. Christmas shopping starts then also. 21. Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them? Sometimes I send them. I buy them. 22. What is your favorite Christmas dish? My grandmother's dressing. 23. Carolers are at your door. What do you do? Listen to them sing. Offer something to drink and a donation. 24. When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning 25. Do you celebrate with family or friends or both? With family. We don't have a lot of friends.