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Illinois, United States
I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

So I had this music analysis project due. Three or so weeks to do it. I dont like doing things the normal way, on a computer... or anything like that. I would rather Cross stitch it out. so I did. It took around 25 hours, but I got it done on time!


The day he assigned the project, I went out, bought some cotton fabric, and thread. and started sewing all the measure lines.
I proceeded to put the measure numbers in.

Stitched the first couple phrases,

started writing in the important information

Thats the first movement done, all including the golden mean.
All the phrasing done
Ironing out the wrinkles.

So glad its done! When I get it back I will frame it. of course. I also left a red thread attached to a needle, so he could grade it! Im hoping for an A!

Monday, October 19, 2009

uh. worth it? yes

I made carrots today.
wow... so exciting!
ha not.

but they turned out really good. I boiled some baby carrots in water with salt. While doing that I melted some butter and brown sugar in a pan. After the carrots were soft to the fork, I drained them and put them into the sauce. Let that cook a little and collect the flavor.

oih. candy carrots. delish

Adam liked it too.

Seems really easy, but Im thinking its a great dish for holidays!
Chili tomorrow.
and. sleep.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Well gosh it's been a while!
I got swept up in college and music and relationships that went awry...
You spend all that time and money knitting someone special something just to get tossed aside! argh, what a horrible feeling! Oh well, heres to finding someone else to knit for!

On a brighter note, I have a nice new small apartment that I am sharing with one of the nicest girls I know. Michelle so far is the best roomate that I've had, and I have been really unlucky... so its nice for a change!
But now that it's just the two of us, I have alot of time to cook, not much space, but time! And since my wrist has been killing me, to the point where I cannot bend it, knitting has been slow. But I can cook!
So along with knitting, I'm going to post some recipes that I come up with every once in a while.
I made some pretty good pancakes today, that were actually simple, and tasted fluffy and good.

Pretty simple actually, pancake mix, choco chips, and just a spoonful of peanut butter. Mix it together like normal, its a thicker batter, but it makes the batter really fluffy!

A simply awesome picture of how the batter looks. Absolutely amazing right?

I put butter on the pan while its warming up, I personally think it tastes better than Pam just because it leaves that butter taste while also creating a really crispy crust!

So I'm not too good at making perfectly round pancakes.... they have personality! And alot more then some people I know! ;)

I love how the chips get all gooey..... how could you go wrong with gooey chocolate?

And yes. I did cook these around 2 pm. It was my breakfast. almost around dinner time...

See my goal for this year is to make my own food, and if I really dont have time to cook, I want to try and eat healthy snacks and whatnot. Sundays, I want to make some sort of cassorole, or something that will last me through out the week, or at least until Wednesdays.

( I have time to cook then!)

I took some recipes from my aunt that were my gammas, and cooked some of her recipes up, which really made me smile because I miss her! She used to make the italian sausage with peppers, onions, and tomato sauce, which I cooked up a few weeks ago, and it was amazing. She also made this awesome sloppy joe recipe which was made with mushroom soup instead of tomato sauce, and also had some ketchup and mustard in it.... mmm going to make that soon!

Welp... time to get some rest!
Class has been taking it out of me!
Yours truely
Nessa Rae

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Well another year goes by, and i've been keeping up with my knitting, and crochet, and started up on making jewlery again, and finishing up my first quilt.
So it's been pretty busy.
We also had the second annual KKPSI craft sale, which turned out better profit than last year, and this year we actually had more then just two members knitting for it. There was a good uhh 6 people or so actually contributing. I think my count was about 76 projects set on the table through out the week. and we sold $463 worth.
The cool thing is we actually upped the prices, so while we sold less we made more. I just don't want to go back down to the prices we had last year... $8 for a hat and $10 for a scarf.... it just stung me too much to sell all the work we all do for so cheap. If the customers dont understand it... too bad. Then they probably don't deserve someones hours of a scarf or hat.
Were actually planning on having another sale in the next few weeks, in Coleman Hall down at EIU, so if your interested, stop by! This scarf was made as a matching hat and scarf set, I still have it, so its still for sale!

Just a plain Charcoal gray hat. We had alot of guys coming to the table saying there were no guy hats or scarves, or else they would have bought it. Soooo no more excuses men!

I had alot of scrap yarn leftover so I whipped this up in a couple hours. I love chunky yarn

Another hat done because I had the yarn and wanted to make a green hat. Whats it to ya?

Mom already snatched this from me. After asking me for a week straight if it was done yet, I finally binded off and sewed in the ends. I'm glad she liked it.
Made on the plane ride to Texas during thanksgiving, and sold at the fundraiser

Male scarf for the next fundraiser! NO EXCUSES!!!

Another scarf made out of chunky yarn. The balls of yarn only have enough for half a scarf, so I like mixing the colors.

Chunky cable hat that was sold during the fundraiser
Shhhhhh.... don't tell anyone. He might kill me
I'm getting the beggining signs of carpol tunnel, so sometimes my fingers tingle and my wrist hurts and knitting is just miserable. Pat has been watching me knit so much that he took the needles away from me when he noticed I was wincing, and knit a couple rows. I did have to take it back to purl the wrong side, but he did a really good job for using such small needles and yarn.

Only real men knit BTW.