Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mushrooms

The knitting of my newest fox is slow going. When I see mistakes, I unknit to the error and try again. I'm a perfectionist. When I'm tired of knitting I gather up my needle-felting gear, sit down at my work table, and start poking away at wool roving to make more needle-felted mushrooms. These red Amanita Muscaria were made in April and I have another request for a custom order. We'll see how many I can make before my elbow gives out. It takes me about an hour and a half to make one needle-felted mushroom.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wool Felt Hat

I've been gearing up for autumn and winter sales of wool felt hats. I finished this hat yesterday and have one more on my sewing table waiting to be finished. WilleWorks hats will be available at Essential Goods in November.

I will also be showing all of my new hats at Pam Carvalho's open house the first weekend in November.  These wool felt hats are so popular, especially when people have a large selection to try on and choose just the perfect fit. Molly at Essential Goods tells me that a customer from Kansas City was inquiring about my wool hats last week. The customer bought a WilleWorks hat last year and got a lot of compliments! So happy to get that kind of feedback. I still have 4 hats listed in my WilleWorks Etsy shop.  I understand it is harder for people to find just the right hat when they don't get a chance to try it on in person before buying. If you buy a hat from my shop online, I happily accept returns for full refunds if you are not happy with your hat choice.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September

Hello September! I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures and some rain. I've been working in my studio this week and I have a fox, a tan hat, and two more garlands in the works for this month. I'm also been photographing these two best friends, Sweet Kitty and Helen Kitty to have some more notecards printed for holiday sales.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wishing you ~

Wishing you a very happy holiday weekend. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend. I'm not complaining though because we need the rain. These photos were taken in Western Nebraska in August while I was on vacation. So fun to watch the world go by while Oz drives.

Brisket :: meal of the midwest

When I'm not knitting, I'm cooking in the kitchen. Last week Grant texted me wanting to know what cut of meat do I get for brisket. I thought I would share my super simple recipe with Grant and all of you too. Here is how I do it!
I like to buy 3 pound beef brisket flat cut trimmed briskets at Checkers. Their butchers are very helpful when I want a special cut of meat. But brisket is not a special cut of meat in the midwest and I always find them in the meat cooler. First I preheat my oven to 225 degrees. I take the meat out of the packaging and gently rinse the meat in my big stainless steel sink with cool water for about a minute. One side of the brisket has a layer of fat and that side will go up in the oven. I put the meat fat side up, still wet with water, directly into a room temperature Le Creuset cast iron dutch oven. This cast iron pot has a heavy lid and is labeled as a risotta pot. It is 24 cm and holds 3.3 liters. I've also used my larger Le Creuset dutch oven as well. But this dutch oven is my favorite to use for brisket.  I peel 3 large cloves of fresh garlic and put those on top of the brisket. Simple so far, right? I cover the pot and put it in the oven on the middle shelf and let it cook for 6 hours. After 6 hours I turn the temperature to 200 and cook another 6 hours. Voila! The juices are very dark brown, the garlic has roasted, and the brisket has gotten smaller.
I let it cool a bit and then refrigerator the meat with all the juices for about 8 hours. The brisket will reabsorb some of the juices when it is in the refrigerator. I smash the roasted garlic and add that to the juices. I slice off the thin layer of fat on the top of the brisket and slice the meat against the grain. Put the sliced meat back into the dutch oven with the juices. For lunch today, I made a cold brisket sandwich with toasted a ciabattini roll, butter and sliced tomato from the garden. Yum!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wish upon a four leaf clover bunny



Clover Bunny is hand knit from hand dyed wool yarn. Original and one of a kind designed by Marianne C. Wille. Clover is now in my shop.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorado Postcard

Oh, summer vacation. How you flew by! Here are a few more photos from our Colorado adventures. We celebrated Logan's birthday this year with a big dinner. Richard, Dennis, Holmes, Candace, and Greco (from Brooklyn!) came by and we served smoked ribs, grilled chicken, potato salad, and Rocky Ford cantaloupe. I also made two buttermilk pies for my Logan since he requested them for his birthday dinner. We had a great evening and I ended up laying down in the bedroom listening to all the menfolk talk politics, fishing, and other important things. What a fun evening!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cache La Poudre River










I have a ton of photos from my Colorado vacation with my family of men who love to flyfish on this scenic river. These photos were taken on the second day on the Cache La Poudre River when I followed Grant late in the afternoon to a place just below the falls. This is a place (somewhat close to The Trading Post Resort in the North Park) with some nice pools of water just below large waterfalls. He stayed in the pools and didn't boulder hop this time since it was getting dark and the fish weren't biting much. Grant caught 96 fish during the week and released most of the trout (browns and rainbow) back into the river. I think he needs new wading boots, don't you? Orvis doesn't make this style anymore.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lucky Bunny


I finally finished this sweet little bunny yesterday. Lucky bunny is knit with hand-dyed organic wool yarn from a local farm, Maggie's Farm, using 000 Addi Turbo circular knitting needles. Since I've been finding 4 leaf clovers all summer on my walks, I decided this green bunny is going to bring luck too. My shop is on vacation now but I'll reopen sometime in August. I still need to make an outfit for this sweet bunny. Stay tuned! Love, Marianne

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best things about summer

I do love summertime. Michigan blueberries, farm fresh eggs, and dessert pears are a few of the best things about summer. A longtime and dear friend, Carolyn, came by today and brought me a hugh bags of Seckel heirloom dessert pears from one of her trees. They are now in cool storage slowly ripening up.  Lucky me!

I've been taking at least a 2 mile walk every morning. Today was hot and steamy with a southern wind that kept blowing my hat off. I love to come back home after my long walk, put on my big black boots to keep the chiggers off me, and water the plants in the garden. The butterfly garden is looking a little wild right now. Hurray for summer!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer




I'm enjoying my summer ~ today I made refrigerator pickles with cucumbers from the West Middle School garden. Oz has been traveling so I've been working in the garden, playing in the studio making more hats, and knitting a multicolored bunny. Hopefully I'll have something to show you next week. ~ Marianne

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Being an Auntie

 
Since I don't have daughters, I really cherish the time I have with my nieces. Two of them were in town last week and we were able to spend some wonderful time together. Whenever Pippi is in Kansas we plan a special day together. We went shopping, out for lunch,  and enjoyed our time together. She's so grown up all of a sudden! My other darling niece Cleo has just graduated from high school and is getting ready to start college. She asked me all kinds of questions about myself. "Did I go to college and did I ever work?" Things she would not know about me since I've just been a momma for the longest time. It is so sweet to think about her future!