Scitchet Knits (and everything else)

I planted tomatoes in the bottom left plot and wildflowers in the two other plots.  The wildflower plots are in the middle of the garden.  The plots all around will be fruits and veggies along with flowers.  The top plot also has lavender, rosemary, and a tiger lily.

gardening desert New Mexico tomatoes flowers


A trio of Snapdragon Tams! This is one of my favourite hat patterns and it’s definitely a go-to when I have an extra skein of light worsted weight yarn lying around. (I’ve actually made it four times, but I lost my green version somewhere in Banff a couple of Christmases ago.)

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This is a very cool pattern.

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Crochet flowers from here

Pattern from here

These are super cute.  They would make awesome dish scrubbies.

crochet flower ideas

A few weeks ago I felt like doing a seed stitch dishcloth.  So, here it is.  My nephews got me the needles for Christmas.  They have cute little dogs on the ends.  I smile every time I pick them up.

I need to finish this soon so that I can start working on a project I’m designing.  I’m going to need to figure out what I’m doing with the stitch patterns and which patterns I like the best, so I’m gonna do that in washcloths that I will give to my mom, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law for mother’s day.  I want to use these needles ‘cuz they make me happy.

knitting dishcloth washcloth needles my creations


Crochet Dragon blanket by jetsmillion

Oh my Horus.  I seriously need to find time to fit cross-stitch back into my life.

dragon castle cross stitch

We are finally doing something with the paths between the beds in the garden!  We’ve only been here six years…  One roll of weed stop fabric did a little under half of the garden, so we need to get more of that.  I had an almost full bag of bark from a potting project last year, we tried that to see if we like it.  I think we’ll go with bark for now and see how it does.

I also really need to something about the bed borders.  They were outlined with rocks, but the rocks are now mostly buried in the dirt.

gardening New Mexico desert


The Essentials of Lettering: A Manual for Students and Designers by Thomas Ewing French.

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Letters are awesome.  They make me happy.

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Letters lettering

Two rows of peas and lots of flowers were planted.  I’ll put in two rows of beans in May in the same bed as the peas.  I also finally replaced my lavender and rosemary bushes that died a few years ago.  We got a very hard freeze (which is highly unusual here) and I lost some really good plants.  Some of my roses are just starting to come back to full strength.

gardening peas flowers lavender rosemary desert New Mexico



Octopus yarn bowl. The glazed result. I’m pleased with the outcome of this bowl. The complementary colours of the reds and blues work well together and there is an element of movement and menace about the creature. The hollowed log in the grasp of the Octopus easily holds both knitting needles and crochet hooks.
If you are interested in having one of these bowls they will be available to order at or via at £100 GBP +P&P ($168+shipping)

The hollow log is a stroke of brilliance!

This is awesome!

yarn bowl octopus

Cotton is in!  Cotton is the only thing I’ve found that actually needs New Mexico full sun.    This is the sunniest place I’ve got.  So cotton, plains coreopsis, and arroyo lupine got planted under the mimosa tree.  There are also some irises there and a few other bulbs.

gardening cotton flowers bulbs desert New Mexico

Yarn from my great grandmother’s stash.  This came in one of my Thursday boxes.  I have no idea what any of it is or what I’m going to use it for.

Also, Skeeter was kind of upset that I was taking pictures of knitting stuff and not paying attention to him, so after photo-bombing got old, he decided to lay on the laundry and give me unamused looks.

yarn boxes inheritance chihuahua Skeeter




Lembas Bread (Lord of the Rings “authentic” Elvish bread)


 2 ½ cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon honey
2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla


Preheat oven to 425F. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with a well till fine granules (easiest way is with an electric mixer). Then add the sugar and cinnamon, and mix them thoroughly.

Finally add the cream, honey, and vanilla and stir them in with a fork until a nice, thick dough forms.

Roll the dough out about 1/2 in thickness. Cut out 3-inch squares and transfer the dough to a cookie sheet.Criss-cross each square from corner-to-corner with a knife, lightly (not cutting through the dough).

Bake for about 12 minutes or more (depending on the thickness of the bread) until it is set and lightly golden.

***Let cool completely before eating, this bread tastes better room temperature and dry. Also for more flavor you can add more cinnamon or other spices***

as someone who has baked these A LOT


and I am reblogging this because I KEEP LOSING MY RECIPE 

Hmm. I need to get some thick coconut milk and see how well the gluten free, dairy free Elves live on the road.

Oh, that looks good.  I need to make this.

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love simple detail

This is a cool construction. 

knitting sweater inspiration elbow construction

Included in one of the boxes from my mom is part of a sweater with one ball of yarn.  I’m not sure if it is from my grandmother’s or great grandmother’s knitting stash.  I’m definitely going to need more than this one ball to finish it.  But this might be a project I take on eventually.  First I’d have to find more of this yarn, then I’d have to figure out how to finish it.  It is big, so I’m guessing it was originally going to be for my grandfather or great grandfather.

I really like having knitting and tea supplies from my grandmother and great grandmother.

knitting sweater boxes inheritance


Tutorial:  How to Install Zippers Perfectly

Don’t be alarmed when you see the instructions in Swedish.  If you scroll further down the page, you will find them in English as well.  This method seems to do a fabulous job of installing zippers in knitted garments!

I have yet to knit anything with a zipper, but it is something I’ve thought about.

knitting zippers tutorial
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