Monday, November 19, 2012
This year we are hosting a small dinner at home with my cousin's family. Our family is spread out. A large group will be getting together in Utah, another in Oregon and the rest will be spending the day with friends and close loved ones in DC and England.
I will be whipping up a traditional menu for T day. Starting with Turkey with stuffing inside (yes the stuffing will be inside the turkey. I've been eating it that way for 36 years without anyone dying of salmonella poisoning). I also make some outside the T for those so inclined. We'll have fluffy mashed potatoes, candied carrots, sweet potato casserole, veggies, green bean casserole (courtesy of Sarah-along with pie and cranberry sauce), the usual rolls, pickles and lots and lots of olives (at least enough for everyone to put an olive on each finger multiple times). And Rosemary blue cheese potatoes. These are the best ever. Chef Kathy Casey in Washington State published this recipe about 6 years ago. It is delish! It gets better with time. It is yummy right out of the oven and even better the next day reheated. If you haven't tried it-I highly recommend it. The recipe can be altered slightly to be less caloric (but really it's T day- just go with it).
I have been knitting as fast as I possibly can. I have a long list of things to prep for Christmas and a major cabled adventure to finish. The pattern isn't advanced, but or some reason I feel like I am knitting at a snails pace on this one. I am about 50% done with the back. I have both front pieces, both sleeves and the finishing to complete. I am really hoping to be done with the back by Friday. Here's a little preview:
I really do love the cable pattern. It's going well-with the exception of a major opps- that I am leaving and calling a design affect. If you spot it-don't tell me. I don't want to hear it.
I also have an update on my blanket square swap progress. If you remember it is my knitting and crochet group- Twisted Stitchers that is participating in this one. I have 5 new squares to show you:
There are a couple of events next year that I wanted to tell you about-
First- Yarn Bomb Los Angeles will be covering the front of the Craft and Folk Art Museum with granny squares. They are asking for submissions. You can participate from anywhere in the World. Just crochet up a 5 by 5 inch square and submit via mail. Check out the website for more info on how to participate, what colors and types of squares needed and where to mail. There is also a mock up of the finished project: http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/.
Second is the Yarn Crawl LA County which is set for April 11-14, 2013. The website: http://yarncrawlla.com/ has all the information you may need. A yarn crawl is a lot of fun. Save up or dedicate some funds for this day (because who can go in and out of that many yarn shops without finding yarn you can't live without) and find some friends to travel LA County with. You'll get a passport and at each shop you'll get stamps and a chance to win some awesome prizes. There is no requirement to purchase-but remember these shops need local support and you should check with local shops before purchasing online.
36 Knitting days left until Christmas!!!!
Friday, November 9, 2012
I've also finished a few Christmas related knitting projects, but cannot share them with you until after the holidays. (Just in case the recipient reads this).
One of my nieces has requested a garbage truck for Christmas. She is almost 3 years old and was very specific about it. I called her a few weeks ago and told her that I was sending her a little knit mouse. She was very excited and wanted to reciprocate. She was at my mom's house and told me that I could have the phone, a mouse pad, and various other items hanging out on my mom's desk. My mom was amused but said I couldn't have her stuff.
My niece's specific instructions for the garbage truck were that it was to be purple with blue wheels. It should be the size of other toy garbage trucks. She is really cute. How can you say no to a little person who knows exactly what they want. Garbage trucks are her favorite trucks.
I have one finished project to share with you today. The felicity hat. This pattern is soooo easy. It's something any knitter should be able to whip out in a few hours. I used the suggested yarn, but the brim of the hat is a tad too small. I've already started another one and this one I used a similar gauge yarn and cast on an extra 10 stitches. Check out the finished felicity.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I encountered a problem. The yarn is chunky. It was quite difficult to get into the tapestry needle. Even the huge blue things that I use for sewing with yarn. The problem was the button holes. Way too small for the blue needle to fit through.
So I pulled out the regular sewing needles. I have packages of them. So I just went through until I found one that fit through the button holes. Check out the difference in size.
You can see the eye of the small needle if you look closely. There was no way no way at all that the yarn was going to fit into that stupid tiny little hole.
As I was sitting there, a bit frustrated (Ok a lot frustrated and about to begin swearing like a pissed off sailor), I had an Epiphany -I could use tape to make the yarn fit into the tiny little eye of that sewing needle. I pulled out the tape and tried out my brilliant idea (Yes I am sure others have come up with this idea and came up with it before I did-I am not claiming to be the mastermind behind the idea).
It went through. Sewing can now commence.
I made a matching cowl to compliment the hat. Here it is a bit slouchy:
I was quite proud of myself for figuring out a way to make that button work. Switching to thread would not have been a good idea. Even with a ton of layers the button would likely fall off and she wouldn't sew it back on and the hat wouldn't get used. Besides I had an idea in my head of how I wanted the finished project to look and it did not include thread. So the next time you are stuck and about to swear-take a step back and think. You'll have an epiphany too.
Monday, October 22, 2012
This hat is a really basic hat. Cast on 70 stitches and work in stockinette until it's 5 inches or however long you want the hat to be. Then start decreasing. with a *k6, k2tog* for a round. Every even round you knit. The decreases continue at k5, k4, k3. Then change yarn color. Continue decreases k2, k1, then k2tog. Knit 3 rounds and bind off by running the yarn through the remaining stitches. Simple.
Enjoy the sunset:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I've made this pizza crust for a lot of different pizzas. Buffalo chicken pizza, taco pizza, veggie galore, pepperoni, meat lovers or heart attack on a plate and there are so many more combinations out there. You can control the calorie and fat content. I don't do an egg wash around the edge-but you can if you want it to be pretty.
Amy's awesome pizza recipe
3/4 cup water-warm
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
cheese and toppings of choice.
Preheat oven and pizza stone at 500 degrees. In large bowl add warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit until yeast activates (bubbly). Add spices and flour. Mix and knead. Roll out. shake corn meal onto pizza stone (so nothing sticks). Put dough on stone and cook 3-5 minutes until slightly brown. Take out of oven and add sauce and toppings. Back in oven until cheese is melted.
Cut and enjoy!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Scott's modeling doesn't show off the color. It's a lovely purple with shades of pinks and maroons.