First, the fauna:
Happy Easter Monday! From Desmond
Now for the flora:
As mentioned in previous posts, I (with the help of some awesome fellow knitters) am knitting the flowers for my wedding in addition to my shrug. This is why I’ve essentially been away from the blogosphere for the past month or so. That and the other elements of wedding planning and getting ready to move in May. Now I finally have some actual FO flowers worth sharing, so I thought I would.
First is this tulip from Lesley Stanfield’s beautiful book 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet. (she has also made it available in a few other places, one for free!). I think it might be my favourite so far.
So favourited, I had to take several pictures.
Here are the others I’ve been working on:
An anemone, also from Lesley’s book.
This calla lily is another favourite. The pattern is by Cathy Ren.
A peony, also from Leslie’s book.
And lastly, a rose. It’s this pattern I mentioned in this post.
I think the calla lily and tulips will win out as the bouquet flowers. Now to figure out what I want to do for corsages and boutonnières…
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I just found out that the amazing Sarah from theknittingmoon nominated me for a Versatile Blogger award. The best recognition is the kind you get from your peers. Plus it’s nice to know that there are people enjoying what you’re writing
So this is what I have to do:
If you have been nominated, nominate 15 fellow bloggers that you love and who are relatively (fair warning, I am taking “relatively” and running with it) new to blogging. Let them know that you have nominated them. Share 7 random facts about yourself. Thank the blogger who has nominated you. Then add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.
Here are 7 random facts about me… I am going to attempt to make them non-knitting/cat/library related. This is going to be HARD
1. I am about to move from the big city back to my hometown, something I never thought would happen.
2. I’m your usual North American mutt of mixed heritage, but part of my family is Polish. Hence I grew up with perogi, cabbage, sweet cheese treats, and kielbasa being regular fare at my grandparents’ dinner table. Now I’m that girl who frequents Eastern European grocery stores but can only speak and read English and so sometimes comes home with what she thought was pickled beets, only to find out it’s pickled eggs…
3. I have a birthmark on my baby toe
4. I originally went to university with a plan to graduate as a forensic anthropologist.
5. I claim I hate cooking, finding it too time consuming, but find myself collecting lots of recipes, buying the ingredients, and making them. I’m not sure how this works… It might have something to do with number 6.
6. I love trying new foods.
7. I rarely wear heels and do not walk in them well. When my fiancé proposed to me I got so nervous I managed to lose a heel and had to fish it out of a gutter… while he waited down on one knee.
The blogs I would like to nominate are:
1. All She Wants To Do Is Knit
2. Nice Piece of Work
4. Knitting My Day Away
5. Sweet Little Stitches
7. Knitting Pony
8. Feel Good Knitting
9. Dances With Wools
10. Like Purls Off a String
11. One Dropped Stitch
12. All Kinds of Knitting
14. Where Caitlin Shares Her Craftiness
They are all great blogs. Go! Fill up your RSS feed with quality!
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Now that the mittens from my last post are done, I’ve finally had time to work on my wedding shrug prototype (originally mentioned here).
Aaaaand *drum roll*
Now to start it in white!
… and then take it to where my dress is beings stored to make sure the colour matches. Man, getting married is a lot of work.
Speaking of the wedding, I also need to start making some prototype flowers. My fiancé and I have decided we’d like to have homemade flowers at our wedding. I originally got the idea when I was first looking at knitted possibilities back when we first got engaged, and he agrees that it would be a nice, personal, (and inexpensive!) touch, and very “me.”
Bunch of other ideas:
Patterns I’m leaning towards:
Knit version. However, I like the leaves and stems from here better.
Another knit version that I really like for the corsages and boutineers, simply because it is flatter.
And, since I’ll need about 50 flowers, I’m very lucky to have awesome knitting friends who have said they’ll help
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You may remember my starting them waaaay back in this post. 6’4″ Man sized convertible mitts take significantly more yarn than I’m used to :S Plus the pattern I was working from had to be altered several times (though a man pattern, it was definitely not made for the 6’4″ variety), resulting in multiple froggings. I also added on the convertible thumb. I’m debating publishing it as its own pattern. But that requires me to compare it to the original. I don’t want to plagarize. We’ll see how motivated (and not lazy) I feel over the next few days…
The important thing is that they are DONE. To celebrate, here are some goodies:
1) I bought needles online. Turns out I’m not as happy with them as I’d hoped, but the eBay seller had this neat chart on their listing, and I saved a copy. You’re welcome.
2) I wanna make the Favorite Things Scarf. Such a cool concept.
But I should probably get on this instead… Life is hard.
3) I bought a copy of Mary Thomas’s Knitting Book
Um… ignore the Xbox controller. Ours is a nerdy house…
Anyway, this little book is a classic. Perhaps not as well known as Elizabeth Zimmermann or Barbara Walker, but every bit as chock full of invaluable information. An added draw is the wealth of historical information she includes.
Be warned, however, that this was originally published in the 1930s. Knitting techniques might not date, but the cartoons do. Most are charmingly cute, but some venture into mildly sexist and/or culturally insensitive territory. Mrs. Thomas was brilliant, but still a product of her time. Let’s focus on some cute ones:
4) Look what I found in my mom’s closet: an authentic Cowican Sweater! I’ve written about these before.
5) Not knitting, but still crafty, and friend told me about XStitchMyHeart via The Mary Sue.
… must learn cross stitch.
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Continuing on the topic of using real wool from another recent post, I wanted to point out an exciting trend of going “back to wool” that I’ve noticed in my web travels. And I don’t mean just knitting with it, I mean interest in the whole process, from farm to shearer to spindle to needle.
1) Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review recently accounced her Great White Bale project.
2) Juniper Moon’s The Shepherd and The Shearer
3) Kate Davies‘ love of Jamieson & Smith Real Shetland Wool.
If I had more disposable income, I’d be all over all of these.
Instead, I’ve made a slightly smaller splurge and bought Parkes’ book The Knitter’s Book of Yarn
It’s a delightful doorstop of a book, with lots of info on fibre types and sources, how it’s made, plying, and what each yarn is best used for. To illustrate the latter over 38 patterns are featured, which includes gorgeousness such as this:
I was also coveting her The Knitter’s Book of Wool:
It is equally as gorgeous, and perhaps even more detailed since it goes into great depth on sheep breeds and their wools. But since I don’t use wool exclusively (and since my budget and bookshelf can only take so many new acquisitions), the more general overview in The Knitter’s Book of Yarn won out.
Speaking of great depths, Penny Walsh’s The Yarn Book, a part of the University of Pennsylvania Press’ Textile Arts series, is brimming with all of the technical information you’ll ever need.
I’m also excited about…
I’m on the organizing committee for Pucks n’ Purls this year. This is our second year and we’re continuing to grow. Over 200 seats sold so far! Hockey (a Canadian tradition), ice skating (likewise), and so many prizes to win, donated by some awesome companies, designers, and local yarn stores. Just look at all of the names on this list:
Knit-O-Matic, Lettuce Knit, Old Mill Knitting, Estelle, Michelle Porter, Creative Yarns, Denise Powell, Indigodragonfly, Tanis Fiber Arts, Wool & Wicker, Linda’s Craftique, Soak, Westminster Fibers, and Fiona Ellis.
One of the prizes is temporarily living in my house until game day. So much temptation…
And now I’m finally going to share what I made for the holidays.
Hat for Dad
TravelWees (such a cute idea) for my neices.
This was the first time I’ve sewn in a while. Luckily, it doesn’t look like I forgot how. I also made my nieces each a necklace, as well as another type of necklace for my stepmom and a brooch for my Grandma.
And a holiday recap isn’t complete without mention of my awesome present:
Voilà my Pandora braclet. I’ve slowly started collecting charms, and was dismayed to find there is no knitting related one. I found this delightful yarn basket charm on eBay. It’s not official Pandora, but it fits, it’s .925 silver and it’s knitting!
I leave you with some snow-filled photos of my New Years spent up north.
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I spent some time concocting in the kitchen tonight, and have this rather successful (to say so myself) new recipe to share.
One Pot Thai-Inspired Rice Noodles
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 ½ tbs soy sauce
1tbs fish sauce
6 cups chicken broth
1tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp vegetable oil
1-2 tbs sriracha hot sauce (or other chili sauce)
2 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
2tbs corn starch, dissolved in 1.5 tbs water
1 cup sliced red pepper and zucchini (I used frozen mixed vegetables in a pinch for a quick meal)
2 breasts cooked chicken cut into 1inch cubes.
1 400gr package thick rice noodles
Crushed peanuts (optional)
Fresh Coriander (optional)
1) Mix all ingredients except chicken, noodles, and vegetables into a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil.
2) Add noodles. Gently boil covered over medium heat for 5 minutes.
3) Add vegetables and chicken. Bring mixture back to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4) Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with peanuts and/or fresh coriander.
I’ve posted it on Allrecipes.com and have submitted it for Kitchen Approved status. Wish me luck!
PS: the orange crocheted place mat in the background? Crocheted back in the day by my great-grandmother <3
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged asian, chicken, cooking, crochet, heirloom, noodles, recipe, recipes, rice, spicy, thai, vegetables, vintage | 3 Comments »
I came into work the other day to find this little gem on my desk.
Isn’t she cute?! She’s from the book Noodle’s Knitting by Sheryl Webster, illustrated by Caroline Pedler.
A coworker from another branch (the same lovely individual who made this) made her for a knitting and fiction themed craft program and, knowing I love the book and have used it in storytimes more than once, made a second one for me.
I was so touched! Not to mention thrilled to be able to put something this adorable on my mantle. Right now she’s sitting beside my TARDIS, a product of the Ravhellenic Games. Mine is definitely the home of a nerdy knitter.
Speaking of knitting themed picture books, I don’t believe I’ve shared this other favourite of mine yet (hard to believe since I’ve written about them here and here):
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
These two images from the book pretty much sum up how awesome it is (though there is a great review here if you need more convincing):
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