Monday, November 09, 2009

going backwards

Ohhh ripping out lace is scary!!


After figuring out I was doing the corners wrong, I had to rip back six rows and redo them. The only way was to take it off the needles and pull. Luckily it's a lot of yo, K3tog, yo at this point, so it went back on the needles rather painlessly:


I've knitted a few rows since and it's all okay. I didn't understand the instructions for the corners, so was making two extra sections instead of one. Normally I would just drop the extra stitches and even it out in the blocking, but there were too many and some were twisted with each other.

Only 34 rows to go!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2:16 am

Well, I can't sleep, so I took some more pictures of the growing blob. I'm on row 77 of 130, so maybe it will end up being big enough. Still not sure. It's also getting a little tight on my double points, but the #2 Addi is 3mm and these #2 Lantern Moons are 2.75mm. Just gotta be careful, I guess. Speaking of being careful, I broke another needle last weekend. Luckily I remembered that Lantern Moon sent me two spare #2s by accident, so there was no waiting for new needles to be sent. This is the third Lantern Moon I've broken, but I still love them.


I keep finding other patterns in this book that I want to make, but since they are for doilies and tablecloths, it's hard to tell what size they'll end up being. I guess I could always just do another round of pattern if they turn out too small.

Still have to block the melon. Even though it's gorgeous, there's something incredibly unexciting about that shawl. I hope mom loves it more than I do. Have to get it done soon, I'm going home for Halloween!

Last week I made some amazing food. First was chicken pot pie from the lovely Smitten Kitchen, though it's originally an Ina recipe. Absolutely delicious and I'm sure the massive amount of butter has something to do with that. Then I made butter chicken from this random recipe off the Food Network site that I picked because it had a 5-star rating. I used real ginger and garlic and added some cilantro. I gave it a 7.6 the first night but the rating went up to an 8.5 after a rest in the fridge overnight. So sad it's all gone.

It would be cool if I could fall asleep now. Oy vey.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

sunday morning

It's 54° here this morning! Supposed to stay under 70 today, which is lovely. This will only last one day, so I'm putting my patio chairs to use. The pretty lace has turned into a pretty blob:


Starting to wonder if it will be big enough. At this point I'm pretty sure it will be too small, but I bet I can block it within an inch of its life and maybe stretch it out enough. We'll see.

I've been looking around for some charcoal grey silk/wool to make my next lace with. I found something I liked, but it was the middle of the night and I forgot to save it. I think this stuff from Colourmart would be a nice option. I wish there was a huge yarn shop that sold every kind of yarn ever made...that would be awesome.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I can't wait to take a picture of this thing during the day, the bright red is a little hard to photograph. I love the honeycomb pattern - so pretty!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Still working on the lace, but there was a little bit of distraction tonight.

butter chicken

Butter chicken loosely based on this recipe. I used fresh ginger, fresh garlic and added cilantro. I give it a 7.6 out of 10 - have to work on my garam masala.

Here's some progress on the shawl:


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

day 2

I love that once you start you can't stop feeling.


It's coming along, slower and slower as it grows. Those last few rows are gonna be killer. It's been so long since I've made anything, so this is a lot of fun. The yarn is nice and soft and lovely to knit with.


I bought a book of knitted tablecloth patterns called Knitted Lace Designs of Herbert Niebling. It's fantastic. So I started a tablecloth shawl:

tablecloth shawl

This is Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb. I only have one skein, so we'll see how far it gets me.

Sunday, August 09, 2009



It's almost done! Mom will finally get her shawl after three years!

It's pretty, but incredibly boring to make, I think that's why it's taken so long. I do love knitting borders on these things though.

Monday, July 06, 2009

gf meatballs


Back to gluten free for now. I'm posting this mainly so I remember the recipe, cos of these are yummy!

Ground Turkey
An Egg
Cooked Rice
Parm Cheese
Red Pepper Flakes
A little bit of Milk

450 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

sushi #5

sushi #5

A few months ago I got some sushi at this place and they used rice paper instead of rice. The other night I was too lazy to make rice, so I thought I'd try it with rice paper. It was interesting...

Looks diseased, but those are sesame seeds between the rice paper and nori.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

easter breakfast

french toast

More things I am not supposed to eat!

Cinnamon honey challah french toast with strawberries. They were out of raisin challah and I was only slightly disappointed. I didn't expect much going the night before Easter though. That is honey all over, not syrup!

Goes well with french press:


Saturday, April 11, 2009

black & white

black and white

So I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen (♥). The cookies didn't turn out flat at all like the pictures, but I loved the massive amount of salt in them. Salt plus chocolate = awesome.

I have been making chocolate chip cookies since I was about 7, so I know the basic recipe by heart. Always feels weird changing things! For the chocolate white chocolate chip cookies, I just added some cocoa and big pieces of white chocolate instead of semi-sweet. So good. So so good.

N.B. These put me into a coma, so I won't be making them again anytime soon. They are so pretty though, I had to share.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009



I had all these leeks I had to do something with. Ummmmmmm.

Red Pepper Flakes

Pretty tasty!

vegetables. amazing.


A couple of weeks ago I came home on a Sunday morning after possibly too many homemade cosmopolitans the night before. You could say the world was not quite solid yet and I was not quite ready to eat pretty much anything. My good friend suggested a big bowl of veggies. It was perfect.

Purple Onions
Bean Sprouts
Green Beans
Red Peppers
Rice Noodles
Fresh Ginger
Sesame Seeds

Before you get the wrong idea, I don't drink very often. This meal has become one of my recent favorites though and I've made it since. I am such a meat eater, I never thought I'd be able to just eat veggies and be full.


Monday, April 06, 2009

homemade sushi

sushi #3

Raw tuna
Cream cheese with one chopped up little red chili and minced fresh ginger
Sesame Seeds

This was ridiculously spicy. So good!

Since I haven't knitted anything in forever, I'm gonna keep track of my favorite food on here. At least for a little while.