Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mattie Lou's Gloves

Mattie Lou is my Grandmother's first cousin so I think that would make her my third cousin. At age 91, Mattie Lou is the last surviving member of her generation.  And talking to her reminds me of talking to my Grandmother and Great-Aunt Flora.  Mattie Lou drives, cuts a couple acres of grass, and works hard in her yard. And she's been fixing up her niece's house to rent or sell.

My cousin Cheryel has given my Dad copies of old family photos.  The only problem is that we sometimes can't identify everyone so Daddy has copies made and sends them to Mattie Lou.  Since Mattie Lou has been so wonderful with her photo identifications and stories, I thought I'd make her a pair of fingerless mitts to wear while working outdoors.  She said her favorite color is purple.  Here they are:

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a really good picture before shipping them off to Mattie Lou.  The color is a beautiful deep purple called Petunia.  The yarn is Berroco Vintage and the pattern is one of my all time favorites, Welted Fingerless Gloves by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.  I think this yarn has now become one of my favorite yarns for this pattern.  It knits up with crisp stitch definition and just knits up beautifully for this pattern.  And it's easy care to boot. 

Happily, Mattie Lou reports that she just loves them. 

Happy knitting!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day in Alabama

We're having a rare snow day here in middle Alabama and everyone is so excited!

Hard to believe we had 5 inches!

We have to enjoy it while we can because by nightfall, most of it will be gone except in the shady areas and higher elevations. 

I got to try out my new boots in the snow too!  I bought them on deep discount last year and have been looking forward to wearing them.  I'm happy to report they wore beautifully.

And here's one more photo taken at first light.

Happy Knitting everyone!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Dessert - A Recipe

Every weekend, I make a dessert for Sunday dinner.  Sometimes, I try a new recipe but most times, it's just an old family favorite.  I thought I'd start occasionally sharing those recipes with you.
Here's what I made this morning:

Mom's Buttermilk Pie
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pie crust

Mix all ingredients thoroughly by hand.  Pour into pie crust and place in the lower section of the oven on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

This is a classic Southern recipe and although it has buttermilk in it, you can't taste it at all.  This was my Mother's recipe.

If you try it, let me know.  I'd love to hear from you!