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                                       --Fred (or George) Weasley
 

tuesday, january 31, 2006

Cool new magazines
Check out this uk store to see some of the new Rowan magazines: http://www.englishyarns.co.uk/
 
The Midas Touch styling is so distracting, I think the king may be rolling over in his grave.  Not enough in Tuscan Retreat to spend the money ("re-treat": to remove the treat a knitter would usually get by browsing new patterns).  I like the last pattern in this RYC Classic Art brochure but it looks a lot like something from an old Vogue Knitting I have--will dig that up later.  Sea Breeze is the way to go here: RYC Classic Beach brochure.  RYC Classic Summer = Julia (either way too complicated for me or the perfect balance or challenge/fun).
 
I've created a Flickr account with a Future Knitting Projects set which will be easier to maintain.
 
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monday, january 30, 2006

There are some things.....
...I'm good at right away, and some things I'm not.  Spinning seems to fall into the latter category.  But that's the beauty of loving the learning process--it's okay for it not to be perfect the first time (or the second).  So here's what I spun last weekend:
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It's very cute and little and I probably can't do much with it, but I still think it's cool.  I went up to Oceanside with Jessica and Wendy and we met up with Nancy for a knitting class/spinning demo at the Oceanside library.  Wendy showed me some spinning basics and I practiced on her Louet rental wheel which you can rent if you'd like through her shop Lanas de Libelula.
 
I can't start a new hobby until I destash and recoup some money because at the rate I'm going, I won't be putting a dent into the stash anytime soon. I did stick to my resolution though, and have not bought yarn all month.  It feels good not to have feelings of guilt; so much so that I'm thinking of extending it into February with maybe a one-time yarn purchase allowance.  We'll see, after I get my Elann samples.
 
I actually get a lot of satisfaction from just looking at books, so that may be one way to get the excitement of the buy without getting more yarn.  I picked up a couple of spinning and dyeing books from the Interweave hurt books sale:
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wednesday, january 25, 2006

cooking wednesday-is mayo in both recipes healthy?
The key to making good Deviled Eggs is to peel of the shell as soon as the eggs are cool enough.  Otherwise you'll end up with miniscule pieces of shell that dig into the egg and cling on for dear life.  It's just one of my mayo laden items for the day. 
 
In the past week I've only tried one new recipe--not so great because that means we haven't been eating too well the rest of the week (that means Red Baron pizza on sale at Vons).
 
  I while back I bought the South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook , having tried several recipes from the original and wanting a bit more.  I was especially interested in the breakfast recipes since eating only eggs gets a bit tiring.  Tonight I tried the Crab Salad with Avocado which does not taste as good as it sounds like it should.  It may be that I was using canned crab and not fresh.  Or maybe the recipe is just lacking a little something which the mayo just can't make up for.  Still, it's low carb, and because we need a bit more food I whipped up a couple of Deviled Eggs which always fly of the table when I make them for parties.
 
Quick Deviled Egg Recipe:
Put eggs in a pan of cold water and bring water to a boil.  Turn off heat, cover pan, and let sit for 10 minutes.  Plunge eggs in ice cold water and when they're cool, crack the shells and peel.  Cut eggs in half and remove yolks.  Mash em up with some mayo and dijon mustard--use as much mayo as necessary to make them tangy.  I use a mini cookie dough scoop to get them into the whites; it's perfect.  Sprinkle with paprika and enjoy.
 
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monday, january 23, 2006

on a roll
I did something really impressive this weekend.  Ok, probably just impressive for me.... I completed the whole front left portion of the Drop Stitch Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2005.  This is the sweater that I picked to be my first sweater ever.  I actually had several others that I wanted to complete but when I ran across this yarn (GGH Travertino) during my flash stash (see previous post), I realized that the yarn was similar to that used in the original and I had exactly the right amount of yarn (I hope!)
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I generally don't spend long periods of time knitting, but during some Friday knit time with Wendy, travel time and a couple of movies, I got pretty far.  I managed this because I set a goal of completing this much, which other than at Christmas time, I never do.  Hmmmm....I feel good about it so I may have to try it again.
 
In the Knitting Workshop video that I received for Christmas, EZ mentions that she always slips the first stich as opposed to knitting/purling it, which is something I've done before on scarves.  This pattern does not call for that, nor do most that I've read, if I remember correctly.  Perhaps most knitters do this out of habit?  It makes a huge difference as you can see below.  Those little bumps are going to make seaming a pain.  A bigger one than it would normally be, anyway!
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friday, january 20, 2006

The stash of shame
Nancy's flashing her stash and I figure it's time for me to put it all out there and accept that I have a problem.  See the grand total at the end of the post.
 
These wire squares were left over from making the bunny cage.  That's my drafting table on the right and crafty peg board tool holder I made, on the wall.  Neither item gets much use since they are covered with misc. crafty things.  So much in here....Manos, Morehouse Merino, LB Landscapes, Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Mohair, Classic Elite Follies, a ton of Filatura di Crosa Brilla (for sale, if anyone's interested).
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This is on the other side of the Office (disaster room).  My DH actually made it for me (specifically for yarn, and thus becoming an enabler, he he) and I stained it.
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This is the dining room.  The three plastic storage drawers are actually covered with a table cloth and appear to be a buffet to the unknowing eye.  It freaks people out at parties when I show them what's under there.  (and by that I mean that they think I'm a freak ;)
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I bought these on sale at Pier 1 and they're nice enough to look at that they are under a wall desk in the dining room.  Contents: Berroco Denim Silk (want some?), Dale of Norway Heilo, Jo Sharp DK Wool, some sock yarn and KnitPicks sample cards.

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I actually had to go up to the attic to take these pictures: 

These are winter yarns that I don't have room for downstairs.  Contents: Rowan Plaid, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, GGH Travertino.
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Some sale items: Lion Brand Imagine, Austermann Candy & Candy Color, Cleckheaton (Plymouth) Gusto 10: 
 
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Some Classic Elite Bazic that I bought to make make my first sweater.  I'm not going to make it anymore but I'm not sure what to do with it.  I should probably sell it...
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Some Rowan Cork that hasn't found a home yet:
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I have been tracking all my yarn in Needletrax for a while but lost some info a few months ago and some of these yarns have been knit up.  Still, as of today this is what I have added up:
  • Total balls of yarn: 579
  • Total yardage: 18, 224
  • Total # of different types of yarn: 109
  • These numbers will be more accurate soon, and I will be able to calculate the $ amount of yarn I have.  (That will be scarier than taking the pix!)
 
 
12:04 pm pst

wednesday, january 18, 2006

meme youyou

Instructions: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot.

making (neť stitch marker)

step into my thimble

absinthe knits

spaazlicious

CrissyPo: a crafting blog

Select 5 people to tag (suckers!): No really, I know these things are akin to chain letters and they take some time, but there's nothing like direct questions to learn more about folks.

I'm tagging (hassling ;) folks on the SD ring that I haven't met (I hope they don't mind!) Kris, Melissa and the women at A Little Loopy

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Working on my graduate degree in psychology, working at Borders Books.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Stressing out about my job (Iíve since gotten a new one), knitting a hat for myself.

What were you doing 1 hour ago?

Working on an irrigation plan


List five creative things you want to achieve this year:

Knit a sweater, improve my photography skills, take a Photoshop class

List five snacks you enjoy:

Cheese, lupini beans, potato chips, caprese salad, dark chocolate


List five things you would do if money were no object:

  1. Travel (Finland, Japan, Brazil, Cambodia and visit family in Portugal, of course)
  2. I would by a farmómaybe in Northern California.  And on my farm Iíd have some sheep, alpacas, bunnies, chickens of many color eggs and a border collie to keep everyone well herded (e-i-e-i-oh).
  3. Own or rent a private jet.  Learn to fly it (I actually received a flying lesson as a gift for Christmas).
  4. I would work less and take more classes.  Maybe start my own landscape design co.
  5. Donate money to animal rights


List five bad habits:

  1. I donít put things away after I use them
  2. I let my anxiety stop me from doing things I want to do
  3. I donít get enough sleep
  4. I play computer games and then get mad at myself for wasting time
  5. I donít mail presents on time

List five things you like to do:

  1. Logic & crossword puzzles
  2. Cooking
  3. Playing board games
  4. Spending time with small groups of friends
  5. Eating dinner with my family


List five favorite gadgets:

GPS, PDA, my swift, ball winder, digital camera

Name one thing you like about yourself:
Iím always working on expanding my knowledge

5:37 pm pst

tuesday, january 17, 2006

Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/06
So I snagged the new Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/2006  from the woman working at Joann's that was trying to count up all the new magazines they just received.  I think she was happy to have one less to put on the shelf.  I like to pick out stuff that I like (but realistically, I'll probably only make one):
 
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I really like this.  A couple of folks over at Knitter's Review were commenting on the location of the rib to cable change and how it may not fit well.  But I still like it.  Perhaps a candidate for my first sweater.
 

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I like the shape of this cardigan. I even think the pseudo-bobbles are kind of interesting (although from the description, maybe a bit time intensive?).  I'm not sure I'd wear this if I made it....
 

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I can't really see the sweater under that scarf, but the scarf has possiblities...

12:58 pm pst

monday, january 16, 2006

Week in review
Resolution-wise, I didn't do too bad last week:
 
Resolution 2: We had pizza twice for dinner last week. (Bad)
Resolution 3: Jazzercise 3x, Pilates 1x (Good. Could be better)
 
Goal 1:
Days since I've bought yarn: 15 (very good)
Days until I can buy yarn: 16
 
Goal 3: The library just got the copy of Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles I requested so I'm moving closer to my sock completion goal
5:07 pm pst

saturday, january 14, 2006

It was a Freaky Friday
What's wrong with these pictures? 

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thursday, january 12, 2006

Should I.....
...count up all of the yarn I bought last year and compare that to how many balls I knit?  I'm afraid that the answer would be terrifiying...
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wednesday, january 11, 2006

Cooking Wednesday
My new plan for Wednesdays is to yak about cooking--in my case, what recipes I've tried this week.
  I made an old standby last night Too Easy Chicken with Leeks from Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals 2.  It really is easy, and it requires wine :)   I bought a butternut squash to make soup with but then decided to go with a recipe from the December 2004/January 2005 issue of Real Simple which has you roast the squash and then mix it up with some toasted pine nuts and parmesan.  If you prefer non-sweet squash recipes like I do, this one's a keeper!
   Last week I made butternut squash soup from this month's Real Simple which also had leeks in it.  I would say it was 3 out of 5 stars.  It needed something else to really make it stand out.  I also made the roasted chicken recipe with the honey/ginger/soy sauce rub which was excellent (make sure you don't mind cutting up whole chickens!)
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tuesday, january 10, 2006

Furry Things
What a great knitting-related day on Sunday!  Wendy organized a trip to a local alpaca ranch in Crest.  The owners run a company called A Simpler Time and were kind enough to give us a tour of their barn where they process all of the fleeces.  We also spent time with the alpacas, a few goats and the friendly guard dog.  Amazingly, the barn and the equipment did not burn during the fires a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately their house did.  Luckily all people and animals were safe! 
 
The trip reinforced my craving to have a farm (some sheep, a border collie, alpacas, and of course bunnies). Unfortunately my camera batteries were dead and I was unable to take any pictures :(  Check out Wendy's  & Mary-Kay's sites for some great ones.
 
It was great to meet some other local knitters/bloggers including Heidi, Hilari, Nancy and Mary-Kay who kindly chauffered us from The Linkery (the green beans are amazing) to the ranch and then back to The Grove and Rebecca's
I did not buy any yarn, thereby sticking to my resolution (see previous post).  It was hard.
 
Speaking of furry things...I finally finished the bunny for Steve, the best man in our wedding (he and his wife had a baby in September which is when I started the project).  He was in town and I thus pushed my ass to complete stuffing the bun.  ( This should have been easy because my bunny regularly stuffs her face ; )  The best part was making the pom pom tail with my new Clover Pom Pon Maker (review here.) 
The ears came out a bit wonky, but its ridiculously soft and damn cute.  I hope little Ava likes it!
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Pattern/Source: Kate Gilbert
Colors: White (5051), misc. yarn for eyes and nose
Needles: US 7
Started: September 24, 2005
Finished: January 8, 2005 
Notes: It took me a while to wrap my head around how the arms work on this bun.  They are knit as 2 little bumps with holes at the top and bottom of them that will later be stitched to close.  I'm not sure how one ear ended up slightly bigger than the other.  I may not have counted the stitches correctly.  Stitching it up wasn't too bad because this yarn hides just about anything.
12:56 pm pst

thursday, january 5, 2006

Knitting resolutions & goals for 2006
Resolution 1: If I am no longer interested in a project that I have started, that I can rip it without feeling any guilt about the time wasted or the fact that the yarn is not being used for it's initially intended project. (This will be difficult)

Resolution 2: That I will only pick projects and buy yarn for projects that I'm actually likely to enjoy knitting and actually finish. (This will require more planning ahead and review of the pattern than I usually do)
 
Goal 1: Buy no yarn for one month.  I'd do three like their doing over at the Stashalong but they say goals should be realistic and I honestly don't think I could go 3 months without buying yarn.  (Sad, but true)
 
Goal 2: Complete a sweater.  Even though I've been knitting for a while I still haven't completed any of the sweaters I've started.  I need to find a project I can realistically complete.
 
Goal 3: Complete a pair of socks. (Yes, 2 socks; one doesn't count)
 
Non-Knitting Resolutions:
 
Resolution 1:  Read It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys and put into practice organizational strategies into place throughout the year.  Review and summarize progress at the end of each month.
 
Resolution 2:  Eat less refined sugar and flour.
 
Resolution 3:  Do pilates on days I do not go to Jazzercise.  I really like this beginners dvd I got from Netflix, so that will help.
4:33 pm pst

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