Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just have to share what I made for dinner last night. It was so delish!! I wish I had taken a picture. The idea came from this recipe which I heavily modified. ( Decided that "heavily" was a bit pretentious!)

yay...I took a pic of the leftovers. Sorry for the poor quality but at least it's a pic!



Quinoa Salad with Green Beans, Cranberries & Orange

Salad:
cooking spray
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1 small can drained mardarin oranges
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries 
2 cups fresh green beans, cooked & cooled & cut into 1 inch pieces

Dressing:
1 tbl fresh lemon juice
1 tbl olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Optional: Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese.

1. Salad: saute onion in cooking spray. Add quinoa, saute' 5 mins or so. Add water & salt to pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover & simmer 15 mins. Remove from heat & let stand another 15 mins to absorb water. Transfer to a large bowl & add remaining salad ingredients.

2. Dressing: combine dressing ingredients & pour over salad. Serve at room temp.

Top with parm if desired. Yield approx 8 3/4 cup servings.

I plated up the salad then I sauteed about a dozen shrimp & tossed them on top of the quinoa with grated parm. OMG! Oh...a dozen shrimp was for 2 people. I didn't eat them all. But, I could have.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

I have a couple of FO's to show off:

I started & finished this Cowl Neck Poncho in about a week. It is almost entirely made from stash! The only yarn I bought was the aran colored.  And it is just awesome! I wore it to Austin on Friday & got compliments from three strangers! I love it so much that I want to make another one. But, I probably won't because really....how many ponchos does one need?


I finished this cowl last month but I am very disappointed in it because it rolls really badly. I tried adding ribbing but that didn't stop it! I was so mad that I wanted to email the designer & tell her the picture on the website lied!


I still have the Oasis Wrap otn & the Mirbeau Slip Stitch Baby Blanket. I really want to finish the wrap this month!! It will be perfect for spring. I have both fronts finished to the neck & the back is about halfway. I'm planning to leave the hood off so I have some thinking to do when I get to that point.

That's it for now!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I'm in a knitting funk. I want to do everything and nothing. Anybody else ever get like that? I get all enthused looking at patterns & yarn. Buy stuff. Maybe even cast on & then the love dies. I've done 10 rows of the Irish Poncho & am sick of it already. But it is so pretty! And the thought of doing the entire thing twice for the 2 panels makes me want to run away. But, I love it. Wahhh.

So, I picked up the Box Lace Scarf UFO which is quite lovely. And part of a KAL that I started on Ravelry almost 2 years ago.  I figured out where I am in the pattern. Knitted one row & realized that I had been knitting this scarf in stockinette even though the pattern is written for garter. Did I do this intentionally? I have no clue. Garter would have been easier. I'm using lace weight yarn which Ravelry says is cobweb & size 6 straights. I hate using straights.

And there's the CNC KAL coming up. Which I want to do but I'm afraid that I'll get started & hate it.

Think I'll listen to my audiobook. Maybe knit a dishcloth. I think I need instant gratification.

Funk, I say.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014



I finished the Wingspan. I really like how it turned out. The pattern really shows off the striping of the yarn & the sequins. It was a boring knit after one triangle, though. I still have two balls of this yarn left & am comtemplating either another Hitchhiker or Daybreak.

 This is another shot of the Wingspan lying on the floor. The color is more true in the photo where I'm wearing it.


The Winter Flame scarf is also finished. I love it! Saving it for a special gift. This was made with baby alpaca yarn that I got as a SS gift several years ago.

This is the Oasis Wrap. I'm enjoying the knit although it's a bit more complex than anything I've been working on lately. I'm using Araucania Ruca Multy in colorway 17. This is sugarcane yarn that is oh so soft! Darlene gifted me 2 hanks of it for SS this past year and I bought 3 more.

I've also made 2 more of the silly little frilly scarves. These are made with fabric type yarn called Boutique Sassy by Redheart. Totally fun & cute. I'm planning to give one or both of them to Mom tomorrow.










Friday, April 04, 2014

Catching up with FO's & WIP's.....

Last time I posted was in November & I had the Lace Cardi in progress. I finished it just a few weeks ago. I like it but the bust area is a little large. This is a problem that others who've made it also had. Oh well. It's roomy & I love the color.


While we were spending a couple months down south I made a shrug & a couple of cowls. It was really really really cold this year!! I love this shrug!! I used an acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby...Yarn Bee Fetching in Pewter colorway. It has a little sparkle in it. After I finished the shrug I pressed it lightly with a steam iron over a cloth & it really loosened up the stitches.

I didn't get pictures of the cowls but they were made with acrylic yarn & are sparkly. I made them using the Tunisian Simple Stitch & then seamed the ends together.

The Winter Flame scarf is nearing completion. I have 2 repeats to go. Yay!


Last Monday at HOT, one of the ladies gave me 4 skeins of some really pretty yarn that she'd picked up at Tuesday Morning & then decided that she couldn't handle the small yarn. I loved her description of the color. She said it reminded her of a cup of cappuccino with foam. It's an acrylic wool blend with sequins. I couldn't resist coming straight home & searching Ravelry for the perfect pattern. And I found it. And I cast on. And it's really really fun! Wingspan. And I even bought the pattern! If you know me at all you know that I am frugal...yeah, that's a nice way to say it.

Now, this next one doesn't count as a WIP because:
  1. I haven't added it to Ravelry
  2. It is really just a swatch. Mostly. Really.
  3. It's marinating.


This is Oasis Wrap and I am still deciding if I've screwed up. I got 2 hanks of this lovely yarn from Darlene for Christmas. I knew it was perfect for this wrap. But I needed 3 more. I went to Nan's in Horseshoe Bay & she had the same yarn & colorway. Different dyelot. Yeah. I bought it anyway. She suggested that I use my 2 hanks for the back & the 3 new ones for the front. So...the bottom swatch is with the old yarn. It has some green in it & see those dark specks? The top swatch is the right front using the new yarn. Much lighter colors & no green. What should I do? Thoughts? I'm letting it marinate for awhile while I finish the Winter Flame & the Wingspan.

Ok, that's it for now. Oh yeah. We saw The Lego Movie & it was really great!










Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I've been a bad blogger. It just seems like too much trouble most of the time. But, here's a little update since August with pictures of the things I've finished.

Hitchhiker
Hitchhiker was finished in August. I absolutely love it!
Entrelac Scarf
The entrelac scarf was a lot of fun to knit & I love looking at it but it's rather scratchy so I doubt it will get much use. Which is really a shame considering how long it took me to knit it.

Mountain Stream Scarf
 The Mountain Stream scarf  cowl was a fun quick knit & was one of my possible choices for the scarf swap but it is also a bit scratchy.
Daybreak
Daybreak! Awesome!! Loved knitting it although I had lots of angst. I tried several different yarn combinations before find the grey bamboo/wool blend. And then I worried that it would be too heavy used with the fingering weight. I have yarn to make another one for me. This was the one I sent to my scarf swap partner.

Crochet Bag

Fun, fun fun!! Carrie R. made me make this one.

Lace Cardigan
Had some trouble getting going on this lace cardi because the pattern only gives you the first 7 rows but I found someone on Ravelry who sent me her charts. Yippee! I love Ravelry!! I'm doing the bottom edging in 1x1 rib currently then plan to do the front & neck edge with the sleeves last so I can make them as long as possible. I'm trying really hard to stick with this cardigan until it's finished. But, I bought a new outfit yesterday for New Year's Eve & it really really needs a silvery shawl....

Last year I finished almost 30 projects! 2013 will be about half that many.

Oh yeah....yarn that I bought on the yarn crawl...
Cobasi

This yarn is planned for another Daybreak along with some Blue Heron Rayon Metallic.

Mimi Mink
This is going to be Crimson Cashmere Cowl...except it'll be Lime Mink Cowl. There are several patterns from that magazine that I really would love to make. Like the Basic Bolero. I love the fitted look of that bolero.




Sunday, August 18, 2013

I'm so excited! 

I have picked out my yarn & pattern for the scarf swap. Now...when is it due? Oh yea...between Oct 15 and Nov 1. The yarn is Fibranatura Yummy. The pattern is a secret.

Also, have chosen my yarn for the Folk Shawls Sampler Shawl KAL which starts Sept 1. I altered the pattern a bit to make it smaller because I keep reading that it comes out like 8' long. I'm going to cast on 247 sts instead of 401. The yarn is from my stash (yay again!). I have a little over 1000 yards of Jaggerspun Maine Line fingering left from the cone I bought years ago & used to make the Girasole. Color is Garnet. Mother will love this shawl. She's been hinting at needing a red shawl. So, I'm planning to get this done for her for Christmas. or her birthday-Jan 27.

Now, I counted & this brings me to 7 UFO's!! Yikes. I'm in a panic over this.

1-So, I am trying really hard to finish the Hitchhiker by Friday. I take Dad back to the cold doctors office that day. I'm going to be monogamous with Hitchhiker until it's finished. I may have to wear a bandaid on my right index finger to keep from poking a hole in it. I think I'm up to about 30 teeth.

2-I would really like to finish the Summer Cardigan before Sept 1 but that's not going to happen. The rows are 260+ sts long now & growing. I'm about 10 rows away from splitting for the underarms. I'm thinking of starting the decreases for the sleeves earlier than the pattern says. Instead of row 12 I think I'll start about row 5. That should take some of the bulk away shouldn't it?

3-The Box Lace Scarf may never get finished. It's rather boring. But, it's beautiful & the yarn is so soft!

4-The Entrelac Scarf is really close to being finished. Maybe 75%. But, it's not an easy knit for me so it doesn't get much time in the rotation.

5-The Tunisian blanket for CASA is a long way from finished. I'm going to run out of yarn & can't find anymore in that color so I have to figure out what to do. Since it's in panels I think I'll find a solid color that coordinates with it & make the remaining panels in that color. That's my plan. I did find it online.

Time for breakfast...aren't y'all glad?