Archive for June, 2008

feast for the beast

I realize I’ve already posted once today..but I made an awesome meal!  And besides, I didn’t want to dilute my sweater post.  :o)

I just love Sunday evenings.  I mean, sure I have to go to work in the morning, but I usually make a tasty dish.  Blue Moon’s seasonal Honey Moon is awesome, by the way, if you happen to be a beer drinker.

And for dessert?

Coffee pops!  I found the inspiration here, but to be honest, I didn’t really follow the recipe.  I just made some really strong coffee and mixed it with some indeterminate amount of sweetened condensed milk.  I also don’t happen to have a popsicle mold, so I just grabbed a cute ice tray in the dollar section and some party forks.  Tasty!

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I finished my cardigan yesterday! For obvious reasons, I am ridiculously excited.

It took me 9 skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, but it was so worth it. (In order to obtain the gauge, I held three strands together at once.) The bulk made it a quick project, too! I can’t wait to actually wear it out.

As my first real garment, it was quite the learning experience, I must say. And although I’m satisfied overall (look at that smug face!), there are some things I’m not completely thrilled about. First of all, I somehow overlooked the fact that the yarn has mohair in it..so I look an awful lot like I own a yellow cat. Secondly, I’m not such a fan of the huge football player shoulders that resulted from the seaming and overall bulkiness of the piece. Despite its minor imperfections, I’m in madly love with it and all its great yellow beauty!

If you would like to make your own “Best Friend Cardigan,” the pattern can be found online for free here. I believe there is also a link to the book from which the pattern is taken at the bottom of the page. I really only made one modification to the pattern; rather than doing the sleeves and back in garter stitch, I did them in stockinette. It was an easy change, and I personally just prefer the look of stockinette over garter in this case.

Other than finishing the cardigan, my weekend has been pretty great so far. I finished sock #1 of the pair I’m currently working on, and I did some particularly exciting shopping, bagging the LAST copy of Mario Kart Wii at Target (I didn’t get there early enough to get a Wii Fit ticket, unfortunately), some flip flops that probably weren’t supposed to be on sale, and this long-awaited bit of self indulgence at the LYS yesterday:

It will become a cowl just as soon as I finish another (secret) pressing project! It’s hand painted Misti Alpaca, 80% baby alpaca and 20% silk. SO soft.

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I blocked my beast of a cardigan tonight.  It was intense and a little terrifying.  NINE SKEINS!

I made a disaster of my kitchen, my living room, and myself.  Soaked.

I’m looking forward to seaming the cardigan up on Saturday!

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So, of course I decide I want to post as soon as it’s bedtime.  Go figure.  I just couldn’t resist showing off a bit, though.

Look at that awesome close-up definition!  My new camera (a birthday gift from my parents) came in the mail today, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  These are some cardigan stitches, by the way.  The color is very slightly off, as the sun was setting by the time I got around to taking the picture.  I wasn’t sure whether or not to show this one or the massive sea of yellow one.  I’m about halfway through the first arm.

Now I just have to learn how to take better pictures.  I read most of the manual today.  (Who DOES that?)  I just had another thought, too.  I might have to start altering my pictures before I put them on Flickr to avoid exceeding my space limit.  I’m not really sure, though.

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go fish

After a long, hard day of knitting (yeah, it was rough sitting on my ass all day), I decided to treat myself to a fancy dinner!  Mood lighting makes for awful pictures, doesn’t it?

Well..it was kind of fancy, anyways.  It tasted damn fancy.  I ate an entire fish tonight!  (It was trout, by the way.  And no, I didn’t catch it myself.)  I used Alton Brown’s fish recipe, and it was delicious and disgustingly easy.  Make it.  You’ll smile.  I promise.

As far as my cardigan goes..I actually ended up frogging the whole thing and starting over last night.  It’s going quickly.  I finished the body today, and I’ll most likely start the arms tomorrow.  It is SO thick; it’s outrageous.  It’s also beautiful and amazing.  ..and it’s making me think.  Triple bulky afghan?  If I come back to Ohio in the winter, it’s happening.

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the beast is back

Dave left this morning (EARLY..I came home and went back to bed for several hours), so that’s sad. But now I have all kinds of time for knitting, and that’s happy! Hooray optimism. :o) My day was pretty great, in any case.

After a really productive morning (think cleaning, oil change, groceries, etc.), I spent the entire afternoon at Yarn Cravin’. Not only did I buy a ridiculous amount of yellow yarn (6 skeins!), I started a really exciting new project and had an excellent time hanging out with some of my favorite Ohio folks. I also created the largest ball of yarn I’ve ever seen. It was as big as my head. Proof:

I’m not crazy. There’s a really good reason for that huge mass of yarn! My pattern calls for super bulky yarn, and they didn’t happen to have any in yellow. We figured two strands of bulky would work as a super bulky; it turns out you really need three. Three strands of bulky yarn! This project is just so weird.

So I finally started making my chunky cardigan, and I am so pumped about it. After leaving, I spent the entire evening working on it at home. I have one small problem. I’m about 8 inches in..and I’ve decided I don’t like the back in garter stitch. It may be painful, but I think I’m going to have to rip it back. In fact, this is the only thing that stopped me from working on it long enough to get back to this post I started hours ago.

It seems like a lot of my knitting projects have been going this way recently. I mean..I have a sock in my bag that I don’t even want to think about. I picked up too few stitches on the heel, so it’s all scrunchy and weird. Why, as an outrageous perfectionist, did I one day decide to take up knitting?

I’m ripping that damn sock.

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Just popping in real quick to say I haven’t disappeared for good! Dave is here visiting, and we’ve been spending as much time together as possible before he has to go home. ..meaning no knitting and no blogging. There is more than a good chance I’ll be doing scads of knitting/posting/whatever this weekend, though.

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we’re on top

I did indeed finish my hat this weekend.  It’s pretty glorious; have a look!

It might not be the best lighting an whatnot, but it’s the best view of the whole hat I have.  It was my first cabled project, and I would say it turned out pretty well.  I don’t think cables are my favorite to knit, but they do look really nice, and I’m thinking my next project might have to be a cabled cardigan.  If you would like the pattern to knit this really bitchin’ hat, it’s here.

My socks are still chugging along..but when I got to the heel, I suddenly turned stupid and messed it up a couple times.  It finally ended up a little wonky and weird, but I won’t be able to really assess the damage until I get a bit further.  It’s likely I’ll just leave it anyways because I’m too firm a believer in “good enough.”  :o)

Last night I made beef stew!  ..a wonderful meal to go along with the thunderstorms I’ve been having.  Thankfully, I haven’t had another tornado scare, but a well-informed friend* of mine told me I’m best downstairs, even if I’m right by the door.  So at least I have a confirmed tornado spot..as much as that spot may blow.  In any case, the beef stew was tasty.

Paula Deen is quickly becoming a staple for me.  Her beef stew recipe is here.

*According to my sweetie, if someone high fives you, he is a friend.  Other people may also be friends, but they are losers.  Let it be known.

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life is walking by

So..Ohio?  There are TORNADOES here!  WTF?   It’s not something I’ve ever had to deal with, so it’s really scary.  I live in an apartment on the second floor, so I don’t really know where I’m supposed to go if there’s a warning.  I had one last night,  but it didn’t hit my area, so that was a relief.  I suppose I’ll have to ask someone before I get another.

In any case, I am currently working on a pair of socks and a hat!  I don’t have a picture of the hat, but they’re both turning out to be really nice.  I hope to have the hat finished today.

I have all kinds of ideas for projects to follow so I just need to pick one and go with it!  I’m thinking about making a cardigan, but I’m also thinking about making a cowl, a vest, or something crocheted.  We’ll see!

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banana brain

Today was a busy day! This afternoon I made some really yummy banana bread! The recipe is here on Food Network. I actually used buttermilk instead of milk out of necessity. (What kind of a freak has buttermilk but not milk in the fridge, anyways?) I was planning on adding blueberries, too..but I forgot. :o)

This afternoon I also finished a cute little knitting project I’ve been working on. It was my first felting project (only light felting, nothing extreme), and I LOVE IT. See for yourself!

It’s a reversible toy! The pattern was originally intended for a chicken/egg toy, but..I went for a little bird. I found the pattern in Craft: issue 06, but you can also purchase it from the author on her site here.

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