Monday, January 5, 2015

Dumplings!

I'm afraid there is no stitching for this week.  I stuck to my fair isle scarf.  It's getting longer -- it's very slightly longer than this picture.


I love fair isle.  Love these colors too!


I'm continuing to do English paper piecing on Fridays for a part of the day.  I might work on more than Fridays, but for now I'm going to stick to Fridays.  I've started attaching the white diamonds to stars.  I am hoping to use a variety of fabrics, but we shall see.


When the stars are attached to each other, the white diamonds should form tumbling blocks of sorts.

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that our family tradition is to make dumplings on New Year's Day.  No rest for the weary for us!

Preparing the meat.

Making the skins for the dumplings.

Stuffing the dumplings.

Cooking the dumplings.

Yum!!

The kids went to hang out with friends for New Years Eve.  They had a bit of bonding time at home too, which is great!

Stolen from the girl child's Instagram feed.

And of course, there is a boy and his cat.




Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


36 comments:

Vickie said...

Such a heartwarming post Margaret. I love seeing you all together again.
That scarf is awesome and amazing!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your fair isle looks great, the colours and design are very neat. Watching it grow and change is part of the fun with this type of knitting.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Good time of the year for knitting--hope the yarn/wool is keeping you warm. Your quilt is going to be amazing.

Photos of children and Mia are always a delight

Vera said...

Thought of you New Year's Day and wondered if you were making the dumplings. JEALOUS!!! Our son and his girlfriend were in South Beach, so no dumplings for us...waaahhhhhhh! Your scarf looks fabulous. Love all the colors. and your star/diamond piecing is gorgeous. Is that a new bed for Mia?

Giovanna said...

Love the colours in the scarf, and beautiful knitting. The dumplings look yummy :-)

Vicki said...

Your fair isle scarf is gorgeous! I'm enjoying the progress on your quilt. It is going to be so colorful!

Annie said...

That fair isle stitching is incredible. I picture myself trying that and getting the colors (on bobbins?) hopelessly tangled. Yours is just perfect.

New Year's dumplings is one fine tradition. Looks like yummy fun!

Cari said...

Your scarf is beautiful !! I love it so … the yarn is amazing. This must be one of your favorite pieces to knit. The colors…the colors !! Hugs to you and sweet Mia !!

mainelystitching said...

That scarf is scrumptious!! :D And the dumplings ... mmmmmmmmm

Evelyne said...

Great scarf beautiful knitting!
Your star with the diamonds look great.The dumplings look yummy!
Love the pictures of you family and Mia

Have a great week,
Evelyne

Melissa said...

Oh Yum! What a great traditional, Margaret! Can you share the recipe? This is I want to try making what I call "scary things" aka new-to-me-complicated.

Love that fair isle knitting! You are so good at it. Your daughter is lucky she has such a great teacher!

Your Star is looking beautiful too.

Mia is looking a lot happier than in your last post! lol.

Linda said...

That scarf is gorgeous Margaret. The dumplings look yummy. Love the pics of Mia with her boy.

Linda

Carol said...

I'm so excited to watch your fussy cut project take shape, Margaret! It will be so beautiful when all finished up... And that scarf--wow!! Just amazing...

What do you put in the dumplings? They sure look tasty and I love that as a New Year's tradition :)

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Your scarf is LOVELY! As is all your sweet family photos! I'd love to have a dumpling! Especially since I'm on a diet :(
HA!

Mary Ann said...

Such beautiful colors in the scarf!! And, the traditional dumpling making looks like lots of fun was had!

Wanda said...

Oh Margaret, Mia is cuteness personified! I loved your Goodbye 2014 post. I am constantly inspired by your talent and in awe of the many projects you are able to do.
Your quilt is so lovely and the scarf is beautiful. Traditions are so comforting and it looks like the whole family enjoys the process of making dumplings. Happy New Year to you and your family Margaret. Thanks as always for the joy and inspiration you give all year. I really appreciate you, your blog and the time you take to post.

Melody said...

Your fair isle scarf is so beautiful! I think it looks so complex to attempt. Mia's bed is so pretty. She looks happy to have her favorite boy around.

I bet the dumplings were good!!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Gorgeous knitting...yummy dumplings...beautiful family...your new year started off with a bang!
Have a great 2015!
Robyn

Jackie said...

I love dumplings! Yum! I've never tried making them though.

Your fair isle project is coming along nicely. I've picked up an old WIP and working on it. It's so heavy so I don't get much done at once.

Happy New Year!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your scarf is beautiful!!!
Those dumplings look so yummy.
Great pics of the family.
Happy New Year!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Krista said...

Wow! Your scarf looks so amazing!! The more I see it the more I want to try :) and speaking of trying, would love to try those dumplings! lol Everytime you make them makes me want to run out and get them lol Hope you are staying warm, it is wicked cold out there this week. Looks like Mia has the right idea all curled up in her bed. Happy New Year!

Mrs Xstitch said...

beautiful work ♥

Susan said...

The scarf is fabulous! Love colors. The star looks great. Looking forward to seeing everything put together.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, your scarf just keeps getting more amazing as you knit. I wish I lived closer so I could come watch you work on it. I'm just so intrigued by this type of knitting.

Paula said...

That scarf is gorgeous!! Makes me want to learn to knit.

woolwoman said...

ahhhh the dumplings ! wish I had one right now. LOVE LOVE your fair isle scarf - you are such a bad influence Ms Margaret - I spent quite a bit of time going thru books and patterns and online after your last post. Surely I could find a scarf pattern not too taxing - I finally came to my senses and decided I did NOT need to start yet another knitting project right now. Hope the new year is starting off good for you and your family - Mel

Melanie said...

Yesssss! Dumplings! NOM NOM NOM. I could eat a million. *gulp*

Scarf is looking fine! Love it. :)

Ruth said...

What a wonderful New Years. I just love family traditions. :)...and I also love that scarf! Congrats on your progress.

Lois said...

Love your fair isle knitting Margaret! Isn't it lovely having everyone home and isn't it quiet when they all leave?!?!?! Great pictures of your family tradition!

Betteketet said...

Oh, what a beautiful scarf! And congratulations on finishing "His eye..." Love it! I knew you would finish it in 2014, and so you did. Greetings Betty.

Brigitte said...

This scarf is progressing well and so are your stars. They are looking more and more interesting.
Your new Year's tradition is a very delicious one. And a very nice family activity.

Kaisievic said...

Lovely post, Margaret - I love your fair isle scarf - your gorgeous knitting projects really make me want to take up knitting again. That design and the colours are really very special.

Sally said...

I love your Fair Isle scarf! So beautiful.

Your stars are coming along so prettily.

Lovely photos. Those dumplings look yummy.

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness, your fair isle scarf is beautiful. Very impressive knitting. It looks very hard!
So wonderful to share family traditions.

Annette-California said...

Your fair isle sweater is looking so beautiful! The colors are amazing.
Lovely New Years you got to enjoy with your family and sweet Mia too!
love Annette

Beth said...

What a wonderful family tradition! Food is love, isn't it?