First Project Done

dsc02305Here it is January 2nd and my first project of the year is already done – woohoo! (Well – I started it Christmas Day and finished it last night. I’m totally counting it as a 2009 project. Might as well start the year off positively, right?) This is a new indie dyer line that we’ll have sometime this month. I met the Dye Dreams gals in November at Stitches East (in fact this was one of the yarns in this mystery lineup post) and they do beautiful work. Wonderful semi-solids and yarn bases. They had this particular pattern knit up and on display in their booth. Why is it that when you see a pattern knit up in person it’s so much more interesting than seeing a great photograph of it? I bought this skein of yarn and came home and put the mitts on my “to knit soon” list. It was a fun and quick pattern to knit up. (Notice the second mitt. I had to include that in the picture just so you know I did the second one, too.  My Transition Glove is still waiting for a mate.  And this mitt still needs a mate, too. I love both of those patterns and mitts. There is no reason they are still single.  Maybe I’ll be better about this in 2009.) What is your first project for 2009?

Today’s recipe was one that I made for brunch on Christmas Morning.  It passed all taste testers, so I thought I’d pass it on to you. (I think it’s the Feta Cheese that makes it so good.)

dsc02284Sausage and Egg Strata

4 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 lbs. sausage, browned and drained
8 slices of bread, cubed
2 1/4 cups milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled

In a 9 x 13 casserole, layer ingredients as follows: bread cubes, cheese, beaten eggs with milk, sausage, and soup. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day before needed – just cover and refrigerate, then bake as directed). Serves 8.

College Guy and Girl will be heading back up to Indiana this weekend. It has been a lovely 3 weeks, having them home and I’ve gotten spoiled by it.  🙁  (I’m pretty sure they’re plenty ready to head back to their independent lives up there. Go figure.) I’ll have to spend some serious time knitting in solace. Perhaps a French Vanilla Latte or two would also help.

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  1. That blue yarn is so pretty! And that strata looks fabulous!!

    My first FO of 2009 will be a baby blanket for my friend’s first baby coming into the world later this month. It will involve a lot of sewing, but it will be so colorful and girly that it will be worth it.

    Yes, a Vanilla Latte might help.

  2. Oh I just love your mits. Congratulation on two. My first finished object is a cowl. It was a simple mindless project. Give my best to the college KD and CG. Safe and a happy trip back. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs

  3. My first project of this year will be a pair of socks. I am in the process of knitting the second one right now. I am seriously being tempted by lace right now though so I might have to find another lace project to knit.

  4. I just cast on for a hat this morning. I have a beret, which isn’t so good in the winter and my emergency back up hat (acryllic, largish gauge and seamed…), so I decided it was time to make another hat. I usually start out each year making a new hat. 2008 saw my first project being Koolhaus. If I was smart, I would have worked really hard on the hat all day so I might be able to wear it tomorrow!

  5. My first projects of 2009 will be finishing what’s already on the needles (and let’s just admit that there is a variety of projects to choose from)!

    Happy New Year!

  6. My first project to be completed in 2009 will most likely be the ______ I’m knitting for my Loopy swap partner. (Unless you count a few dishcloths that I need to knit as belated holiday gifts, one of which is half done, and maybe another 1 or 2 knitted ornament cover thingies.) After that, most likely socks – for me, my brother, and my daughter – yarns & patterns t/b/d. And then probably another new sock design (or two) that I have in mind! Oh yeah, and the sock I started (my design) in September that was put aside for other projects with deadlines. And somewhere in there, I’d like to knit a sweater or two…

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  7. Probably my first FO for 2009 will be either my Trekking 108 socks or my Regia Lampion socks. (If I finish the latter, I’ll have finally used all the yarn from my first Loopy order!)

  8. Love the Mitts, they look too elegant to wear…I finished my first project of 2009, started it the day after Christmas and finished New Years Day. A pair of socks for my Sister’s birthday, out in the mail today… I’m counting it as 2009 too…

  9. Your mitts are beautiful! I need to make a pair to wear so I can knit and not freeze my hands off! My first project in 2009 is going to be a Chevron scarf. Yours have inspired me!

  10. Beautiful mitts. Yay for finishing them!!!!
    That recipe sounds yummy. I may have to make it for my family. I don’t think it will fit in with my low fat, choleterol lowering diet though. But I think they will like it
    Enjoy the rest of your time with your kids before they head back to school

  11. The mitts are gorgeous. My first FO for 2009 is half completed — one mitt done and one OTN. A birthday gift for my best friend whose birthday is mid-January. She thinks the mitts are perfect for dog walking — great way to keep hands warm AND hold on to the leashes.

    I’m sure you, your husband and those college kids had a wonderful 3 weeks. Lots of laughs, photos, memories and fun times. There will be more to come. Spring Break won’t be that far down the road.

    Head to Starbuck’s and treat yourself…you deserve it!

  12. My first finished object will be a poncho for my 2 year old niece that I’ve been sporadically working on for 8 months. Now that most of the Christmas knitting is done, I can focus on it once again. I’m more than 1/2 way but seed stitch rib on dk yarn with size 3 needles – what was I thinking??

    This was the longest Christmas break I’ve had in a long time and it was great! Visiting friends, eating (lots of eating), skating, in combination with some solitude and knitting time (and even some long-overdue ‘hoe-ing out’ of old baby clothes!) – it’s been great! I will be sad to have to set an alarm for tomorrow….

    Happy New Year!

  13. I just finished the Take Flight socks in CTH possum sock and LOVE them! The pattern was so much fun and easy to memorize and the yarn is so soft and warm.

    I know you’ll miss your kids. That’s just around the corner for me. 🙁

  14. WOW You already have something done! (little Jealous)

    I hope to get the two scarfs i started after Christmas done. One is a Noro fingering i got as a present. It looks way better as a scarf than as socks. AM following SHeri’s example and doing it in a feather and fan i found on ravelry. THe other one, is a fair isle one: I am trying out various patterns from Rowan mag 44 and this scarf is a good excuse in the available colors i happen to have.

    ANd then my one niece wants some fingerless gloves with butterflys on them.


  15. I love your new fingerless mitts, both the pattern and the yarn. I need to knit a pair of fingerless mitts, since our house can get really cold with the prevailing winds of winter here. It’s tough to do much with cold hands and fingers, whether it is knit or use the computer, etc. Your Sausage & Egg Strata recipe looks yummy, thank you! I forwarded your recipe to my oldest son, who just graduated from college in May 2008 and is living and working a couple of hours from home now.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year, Sheri, Loopy Elves, and everyone! 🙂

  16. For the mannequin–She kooks like a LooLoo or lulu to me–Thanks for alll the great inspiration and selection of wonderful yarns. Nancy

  17. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the mannequin was Amelia. Thanks for the great customer service and great website. I always look forward to the updates!

  18. My grandmothers names were Luella Jennie and Elizabeth Annetta. Actually, my mother was born in 1928, so I might add her name and those of her sisters: Marjorie, Ethel, Marilyn, and Alma. I’d vote for Luella Jennie.

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