Monday, May 21, 2007


The Flame's away this week and I'm eating my way through an odd assortment of leftovers and leftover ingredients.

My food for the week will involve :

a lot of carrots
roasted chicken
braised beef from mum (just need to find some rice noodles to go with this)
3 slices of bacon (never did make that bacon/green onion corn bread to go with the chili)
green onions (see above)

Thankfully I am going for dinner with my parents on Tuesday and I have a BBQ to plan for Saturday.

Knitting? Ha! It's all stealth knitting at this point and I'm having stealthy gauge issues. Wait, I did finish some things.

Project specs : Kiera's bonnet, Dale Book No.142 pattern #8

Yarn : Dale Stork, Pastel Pink #8

Needles : Very, very old UK 13 Aeros (2.25mm)

Started : I bought the yarn when I went to Portland in December and I started the bonnet fairly soon thereafter.
Finished : May 13, 2007 (Just in time!)

This next project is an old UFO. I bought the yarn at Madrona last year and promptly cast on. The sock languished until I decided that they would look better on Lara's feet. Zoom, zoom, zoom. Mazda has nothing on socks knit with thicker yarn.

Project specs : Lara socks, standard top-down sock on 48 stitches

Yarn : Fancy Image Yarn, Spring Garden

Needles : 3.25mm Brittany Birch dpns

Started : February 2006
Finished : May 18, 2007

I don't think I could wear these socks inside of shoes but they would be wonderful around the house.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

It's all pretty exciting...


and a baby!


Thursday, May 17, 2007


I am still waiting impatiently for pictures of my niece, and an opportunity to take sock pictures.

In the interim, here is a list of things that I have done, will do and stuff I probably will never try.

Afghan/Blanket (baby)
Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Shawl (wrap?)
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn

Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book - it never hurts to dream, right?
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
but only for nice people
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backward

Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO

Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public


Monday, May 14, 2007

Too much Chili

Monday - leftover spinach pie
Tuesday - more chili, cookoff is on Thursday
Wednesday - Roast Chicken, make chili for Thursday
Thursday - not Chili, anything but Chili - Japanese is sounding good
Friday - seems like a good night for a date with the Flame before he heads to Mexico
Saturday - running around taking care of last minute details
Sunday - home alone, time to relax and try a new recipe from "On Top of Spaghetti"


Monday, May 07, 2007

Late-night menu

Monday - we are having leftovers, delicious leftovers. A quick potato/mushroom/chicken braise

Tuesday - spinach pie

Wednesday - chili experiment #2 (maybe Turkey Chili Verde if I can find enough Tomatillos)

Thursday - Dad's birthday - we will be going out if my parents are agreeable

Friday - early Mother's Day celebration for my mum.

Saturday - plain, simple food at home - grilled chicken/portobello mushroom salad

Sunday - thinking about inviting the Flame's parents over for dinner