Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holy wholly tee shirts

With my ever growing pile of tee shirts I finally decided to make yarn.  Tee Shirt Yarn - it's all the rage and fits right in with my desire to use what I have.  I even found that old cotton sport socks make great family cloth when cut in half.

Callaloo Soup has a great tutorial on how to cut up a tee shirt to make a single ply of yarn.  Because I decided to try my new yarn on my twining loom I found that I didn't want any seams so I adjusted this method a bit. When twining I use an invisible join so it lays flat.

My strips were cut about 1 1/4" wide but I think the next time I will try a wider cut.

Calllaloo Soup used scissors but I found my rotary cutter much more practical and easier on my thumb.
when using tee shirt material make sure the warp is pulled tight.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reasons to live in the Mohawk Valley

My daughter and grandson came to visit for Thanksgiving and one of the things we do I talk about how wonderful it is to living where I do.  Besides the fact that we (meaning our farm) rarely get bad weather, and that I have lived here 60+ years, I believe that the Utica Rome area is on the edge of a boom.  But besides that there are many reasons why my daughter and her family would benefit from living here.
In random order as they popped into our heads.

1. On call baby sitters - what a money saver.
2. You can grow vegetables year round in our greenhouse  (like that Alaska show)
3. Biking, canoeing and kayaking are close by (not to mention the Adirondacks)
4. Two families means meal sharing possibilities plus canning and preserving company and help (I'll be able to pick more blackberries).
5. You don't have to listen to the tornado sirens and remember you don't have a basement.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hippodrome - Utica NY

 The Hippodrome Theatre - yes sir - in Utica NY.  Did I say we had quite the theater district.  When I first say hippodrome I thought - wow - for horse races?  But of course, I knew better.  Located on Lafayette Street.

The Hippodrome Theatre, Utica, New York, 1910
Just above the entrance is the word "Vaudeville." The postcard sent from Utica to a C. Troast in the Transvaal.

From the postcard collection of Theatre Talks  Facebook.

the hippodrome theater, utica ny  - printed by the Utica Paper Co. Utica, NY

Wish I could increase the size on the pamphlet.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Out and About - Steuben Park

Utica was once known for its beautiful parks.  Many have fallen into disrepair
 but the city people are trying to bring them back to what they once were. 

When ever I see a photo of a building or area, I try to figure out direction, 
what is there now, did my grandparents or parents walk there?

The above photos were from the mid 1800's, the year my 
Heinrich ancestors arrived here from Germany.
taken - autumn
angle - I think is looking north towards Park Ave. and Charlotte St.

But then something happened.  
The elm trees grew, so other young trees were added  
AND the fountain was transformed.  
Still looking the same direction which makes me think we are looking north. 

Over the years, some interesting buildings were part of the park landscape. 
Constructed 1893 - 1894  and vacated in the 1950's was
Utica Steuben Street (Steuben Park) Armory

I think the photographers was standing on the top of 
Charlotte Street and I think those elms on the left are still
there or at least one is and have a "face" on the side. 

Looking east down rutger street

Old Postcard

Monday, February 17, 2014

bean burgers yum

1 (15oz) can black beans
1 ranch seasoning packet
1 egg, beaten
1/2 onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika seasoning
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 tbsp sriracha sauce - type of hot sauce - a paste of chili peppersdistilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt
3 tbsp water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
Mash black beans in a bowl; add onion, garlic, jalapenos, & bell pepper. Mix. Set aside.
Whisk water, sriracha sauce, ranch packet, chili powder, cumin, paprika, & garlic powder together in a separate small bowl.
Mix oats & egg into the black bean mixture. Combine with the seasoning mixture.
Spoon ‘burger-sized’ mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, about a 3/4-inch thickness per mound. Shape into burgers.
Bake in the preheated oven until cooked in the center and crisp in the outside, about 10 minutes on each side.
Enjoy bunless or you can use lettuce leaves for a Paleo “bun.” My favorite buns are the Ezekiel bread brand!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Why I LOVE three day weekends

 Finally, found a large box to construct a light box (again) but I think this one is a tad small also.
Been working new sweater patterns - soaker pants, a shawl collared sweater and a one piece side to side that really got me doing a lot of ripping out and knitting.  Of course, I will try it again but maybe in a solid color this time.

Love how these to go together and didn't even plan it. 

Next project - a pair of wool soaker pants with a different gusseted crotch.

Check out my other creations at belles place etsy