Thursday, October 19, 2006

One Llama..Two Llama...

So, the question is, what is cuter than a baby llama? Answer: TWO baby llamas! There is another baby llama next door.. a little boy... and it is so fun to watch the two babies run and play and pick on all the adult llamas! I can watch them as I sit on my little corner of the couch knitting! You can see from their coloring that they look alot alike!

I have been spending some time trying to put the finishing touches on some of my bags. I sure love to knit and felt them... but adding snaps; linings; handles etc... is another story! I did put the leather handles on my ballband bag and am very happy with how it came out. I can tell this will be a fun bag to carry.

The next project was trying to 'save' my Fling bag disaster. I found some handles that I thought went well and attached them. I am now attempting my first felted flower that I may attach to the front. If it turns out, I will post a picture of the totally finished bag. But for now, I am relieved to have salvaged this bag.

My husband and I did a talk today at our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group on marriage... so we have been working quite a bit on that during the past week. In between time, however, I have tried to press on with my current projects....

Drumroll please...... I finished the heel of my first sock and am knitting up homestretch. The heel wasn't as bad as I had thought. (Thanks to Sheri at the Loopy Ewe who wrote me out step by step what to do!!)
Here it is: (Sure hope it fits!!)

My Trellis tote is coming along nicely.. Only 1 1/2 windows left to go and I can finish off the top; knit the handle and felt away.

Well, on the stove is a pot of comfort food.... Chicken and Gravy. This is one of the staples around here and is the meal I often take to someone when the need arises because everyone loves it.

Chicken and Gravy

1/ 3 cup margarine or butter
1/ 3 cup flour
1/ 3 cup chopped onion
1/ 2 teaspoon salt
1/ 4 teaspoon pepper
1 & 3/ 4 cup chicken broth (1 - 14 ounce can)
2/ 3 cup milk
2 1/ 2 - 3 cups cup-up cooked chicken

1. Heat butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until melted.
2. Stir in flour, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat.
3. Stir in broth and milk. (I also add several drops of Kitchen bouquet gravy browning sauce)
4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
5. Stir in chicken (and frozen vegetables, if desired).
6. We also often serve over rice; mashed potatoes or puff pastries (found in frozen section of grocery store.)

Happy Cooking! Happy Knitting! Be Happy!


hakucho said...

I really love your ballband tote. You are a very accomplished felted bag maker. Can't wait to see your finished socks...they are beautiful!
Happy Knitting :)

AR said...

Nice bag, but those baby llamas are just too cute!

AR said...

That didn't sound the way I meant. LOL. I love your bags. How do you get so many done, anyway?

TeAntae said...

You just want to hug the stuffing out of them, they're so darn cute. =)

And the recipe sounds like something truly comforting.

Bonnie D. said...

I just started a ballband tote AND I just spent the weekend at a B&B that has alpacas, including a four day old baby.

Love all your bags (and your food.)

Bonnie D. said...

I just re-read what you did to the fling tote and it turned out great. I love the flower and think it's a perfect size.

(BTW, I emailed you twice but the emails were returned for some reason.)

Janice said...

Probably because I had my emailed typed into my profile wrong!! AARGH. My fingers often move faster than my brain. Gotta learn to recheck everything. Should be fixed now!