Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lucy Bag- Take 5

Well, I am just about finished knitting my 5th Lucy bag. It will be a two tone black and gray one. I should have the straps finished today. I did something a little different this time, and started the bottom on 2 circulars instead of double points. It was much easier for me. I also left the stitches on my circular needle when binding off for the straps. Also seemed easier than putting each section on a stitch holder. (I'm all about making things easier!) This should be ready to use as my 'before' felting example in my talk tomorrow.

Thought you would enjoy seeing what is sitting on my counter at this very moment. I told Steve that we could use a 'little' chocolate around the house and this was his solution. A 45 ounce bag of M&M's. My hand has a hard time not reaching in and grabbing a few every time I walk by. I'm going to need to hide it from myself!

Also sitting on the counter is a loaf of Beer Bread that I made yesterday. This is one of Steve's favorite breads. It's yummy right out of the oven and makes great toast.

Beer Bread

3 cups flour
3 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) beer
1/4 cup melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix dry ingredients and then add beer
3. Pour into a greased loaf pan
4. Pour melted butter over the dough
5. Bake 1 hour. Remove from pan and let cool at least 15 minutes.

*If using self rising flour; omit baking power and salt

I got a very fun package in the mail yesterday. My friend Michelle sent me the cutest bag that she made that is the perfect size for a sock project. It features the peppermints that will soon be found in all of the Loopy Ewe orders that are mailed in the heat of the summer (when chocolate kisses would melt - not good when packaged with yarn!) Sumo thinks that it is the perfect size to store milkbones in. He may be right, but I think I'll stick with a sock project!

Off to finish the Lucy bag straps and get some other things done around the house. I think I may also call a friend to meet for lunch. (I've missed doing that during tax season!)

Until Next Time....


Shelley said...

I would have a hard time with the M & M's too...especially if they were the peanut ones...

The Lucy bag looks great. I think I did that with the stitches for the handle when I made your Kirstin's Bag pattern last year...leaving the stitches on for the handle...I know I did that with, it wasn't the Kirstin's Bag cause that has an Icord was my first bag I did I think...ok, well I'll shut up for now since I'm confusing even myself, lol.

The bag your friend made is very cute!

Marianne said...

That's a whole lot of M&M's, they would be hard to resist, if they were out in plain sight, LOL! :-)

Love the sock bag! I agree, Sumo thinks it should be a treat bag.

Wow, TurboTax did a real number on Iowa state income taxes for nonresidents this year! When I thought I was done, I found an obscure line in the printed Iowa instructions for nonresidents (that was not even dealt with in TurboTax). It's a good thing I have Iowa mail the booklet every year. Now, I have to go back to figure out what it really means. It's a good thing they aren't due until the end of the month! My others were mailed on April 14th. How do you do this stuff multiple times a year?

Have a fun lunch! :-) (Love your beer bread recipe idea--I would love to try it, but I'm allergic to hops in beer, sigh.)

Lovs2Knit said...

Hubby has brought home bags of M&M's that big. Talk about temptation.
Cute sock bag! I miss the chocolate kisses from TLE in the summertime.

monica said...

Oh my gosh, I have never seen such a big bag of M&M's I imagine it is hard to resist them.

The bag looks fantastic, Is this one for you??

Jknits said...

I love the two-tone concept for the Lucy bag - you must be a total expert at knitting them by now. M&Ms just shouldn't come in a bag that big!

WendyKnits said...

Oh wow! I haven't made Beer Bread in about a million years. Perhaps it is time to remedy that . . .

Are you bringing that tub o' M&Ms (or a similar one) next weekend? :-)

rohanknitter said...

Oh boy, those M & M's would be a problem for me - I wouldn't be able to leave them alone till the bag was empty!
What a cute little bag your friend sent!

hakucho said...

I'm going to have to try your beer always have the best recipes. I could never have those m&m's on my boys would never leave them alone :)