Kitchen Experiment

•January 8, 2016 • 7 Comments

While N was on vacation from school we thought it would be fun to try making homemade pasta. N is a pasta fiend. He could eat it every meal every day for weeks on end. It’s always been his go to comfort food. We mixed up the dough and got everything all set up.

I had bought the pasta machine for my mother eons ago and had vague memories of her making pasta more than a few times back in the 80’s and 90’s. I expected it to be easy, well maybe not so much easy but doable. I found it incredibly frustrating. Getting the dough the right texture so it would pass easily through the rollers was a challenge. The piles of noodles, we made fettuccine since the spaghetti wouldn’t come out of the machine in individual strands, stuck together and there wasn’t room in my kitchen to lay them out flat.

The pasta did cook up just fine and based on how much N ate it tasted really good. I would like to give it a try again when the weather is warmer so I can use the porch table as a holding area for the already rolled pasta. The Husband wants ravioli. H wants lasagna. To be honest, I’m happy with the Barilla out of the box. I’m not a big lover of pasta but don’t tell them that.

 

What I’m Knitting

•January 7, 2016 • 3 Comments

After I completed the Strandwanderer scarf I needed another project, something to fill the time until the next semester of Loopy Academy started so I picked up the skein of yarn on my dresser and went pattern hunting on Ravelry. The yarn is Sox from Good Karma Farm that I got at the New England Fiber Festival. This skein was love at first sight from across the aisle. I just loved the muted tones. I knit so many things in bright shades that this seemed like a huge departure from my normal likes. Since it is all wool I knew I’d be better off knitting something that wouldn’t be rubbing around in my shoe all day. Also I wanted to see the colors as I wore them. I decided to knit Miss Winkle by Martina Behm. I seem to be on an “interesting construction” jag. So far the knitting has been a pleasure. I’ve memorized the pattern which makes knitting it a breeze.

Works In Progress

•January 6, 2016 • 5 Comments

I have a twofer today! One is a work in progress and the other a finished object. They are tied together because of each other.

First I have my first 2016 finished object, a lovely little scarf/shawl I knit with yarn I bought at the New England Fiber Festival in November. This yarn has to come close to being the shortest stay in the stash yarn. The yarn is Holiday Yarns FlockSock in black jack. I saw this same scarf hanging in the booth at the fiber festival and I just couldn’t walk away from it. I tried but I turned right back around and bought the yarn.  I don’t know if it was the gray and pink yarn or the cool way it is knit with the Strandwanderer pattern. I had to make it! I really loved knitting the yarn. It is a lovely sock yarn and I will be buying more. The pattern is simple and easy to follow. The short rows are a little soul sucking by the time you reach the last few long rows of them but a few good tv shows and I survived just fine. If you enjoy patterns with different/interesting construction I recommend this one. It’s fun to watch the scarf emerge.

I’ll bet you’re thinking I sunk to a new low with the finished object on the clutter counter photo. I would have loved a beautifully composed photo of the scarf on my black leather couch but this is the state of my living room at the moment. Yes, open windows in January. It’s invigorating and saving us from the paint fumes.

How about the railing? The scarf would look lovely dangling over the edge. Yeah, a mess. The dining room is worse. Picture the above with workmen and paint brushes. We are a work in progress at the moment. The living room and dining room are being painted in preparation of the arrival of the new to us furniture that will reside here. It almost makes me feel like a grown up.

Final Mention of 2015

•January 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

I’ve got another finished object for you. It too is a Loopy Academy sophomore first semester project. The requirement for this was to knit a pillow. I really hadn’t given a lot of thought, previous to this assignment, to knitting a pillow. I don’t really have decorative pillows. There is the gray checked one in my rocking chair but that is purely there for comfort. I did a lot of searching on Ravelry before I committed to a pattern. I wanted something smaller, not the size of a bean bag chair, that was easy to knit but still interesting. I found the Country Cottage Pillow Cover and it fit all my requirements. Knitting it was simple and I was done in no time at all. Sewing it up was the issue. I ran out and bought the pillow form and the button right when I had completed the knitting.

Then I left it all to sit while I did anything else, everything else. This was actually the first Loopy Academy project I knit but it is the last one I completed. I dislike sewing. After procrastinating as long as I possibly could I did some research to find the best or easiest way to sew it up and I found a youtube link, that I have misplaced, that made sense and worked for me. Once it was done I was so pleased and really relieved to have it done. Currently it’s sitting in the rocker with the other pillow looking pretty.

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My house, my rules!

Well, that is when it’s not being dragged around the living room by Myles who seems to have a personal vendetta against anything that hasn’t been in it’s place since the day he arrived. I hope he survives the arrival of the new furniture. More about that in the future.

New Year, Old Stuff

•January 4, 2016 • 5 Comments

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015. You sucked. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

Let’s start 2016 with a finished object. Here is my Socks on a Plane socks. They are one of the three projects for Loopy Academy sophomore year first semester. The requirement for this project is cables. I enjoyed knitting these socks quite a bit. I did flip the pattern and knit the socks cuff down and when it came time to knit the second sock I switched the direction of the cable just to make it reversed like the colors of the yarn. The yarn is Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue/lemon. The yarn was fun to knit with. It’s smooth with a nice twist. I was very pleased with it and would be happy to knit with it again.

This is for 2016. I hope you’re listening. I hope you will be kinder and more thoughtful than your predecessor. I expect there will be difficult days and easy days and happy days and sad days. Let’s try to strike a balance. I will try to do the same. The challenge I have given myself for this year is balance. This is very difficult for me since I tend towards one extreme or the other in most things. But balance is what I’ll work for this year.

Two Truths And A Lie

•December 9, 2015 • 4 Comments
  1. I introduced an internet savvy college student to Ravelry this week.
  2. My gifts are bought, wrapped and all settled under the decorated tree.
  3. I watch The Wendy Williams Show every single day.

Can you guess which is the lie?

  • When N and I walked into his Korean Culture group I noticed one of the college students knitting! She was casually standing there knitting a pretty pink cabled scarf which she later told me was for her sister. I was so stunned. A real live knitter where I didn’t expect one. I told her that I knit too and asked the universal question “Are you on Ravelry?” Imagine my shock when she didn’t know what it was. I quickly showed her, got her signed up and friended. She said she now knew what she would be doing on Christmas break.
  • The Lie: I did order my gifts but they haven’t arrived yet. There is gift wrap, I think, in a box in the basement. The tree photo is strictly historical. The tree is still in it’s box in the basement. We should be ready, maybe.
  • I blame my genes. I have an innate curiosity about people and a need to hear about celebrities. My grandmother was a faithful reader of all movie star magazines and a lover of The Enquirer. My mother liked TMZ. I try to limit my celebrity gossip to The Wendy Williams Show (How you doin’?) and reading People magazine at the dentist.

Accountability

•December 8, 2015 • 6 Comments

What do Knitters do who don’t have a blog or Ravelry to keep them going on their knitting projects? When I find myself slacking off or looking for excuses to put something down and not pick it up again I remember that I have to be accountable to the blog. The blog is waiting to see what I’ve been working on. Thanks blog for keeping me knitting.

I have completed entirely, blocked and ready for wear, the first of my three Loopy Academy projects. This is Zilver by Lisa Mutch. I know I showed it to you before but it wasn’t done. Now it is ready to go. The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in Deep Seaflower. This project was required to have texture in the body. I enjoyed the knitting of this shawl. The pattern was well written and a pleasure. The yarn was lovely.

I’ve had a terrible time capturing the color of the yarn. It isn’t just blue as the first photo looks. There are shades of green and bits of purple. It is a very beautiful color combination and the name Deep Seaflower sounds just right for it.

 

 

 

 
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