Have a safe and happy new year everyone!
Have a safe and happy new year everyone!
Here's another picture, just for the hell of it!
It's not a sky picture, though. I just liked it....
(Knitting content will return soon. Really!)
A yellow shawl. It's nice and bright. Just what you want after all the dreary weather we have been having.
A pair of Fetching fingerless mitts. If you really don't know where to find this pattern, hie thyself to Knitty.com!
And that concludes the obligatory Christmas knitting post.
Tomorrow, the obligatory Christmas food post! Although mine will be more on the order of unusual food. Stay tuned...
The bottom one was felted in washing machine. That was 10 minutes in the machine. The top one was felted by hand in the sink. That took approximately 4 minutes. Clearly the handfelted one turned out better. The wool being used is Lion Wool, and it felts up very well! So I will be knitting up a square, sewing it up and then handfelting it for my camera cozy.
I call it "Kitty on handknitted shawl."
I love these cookies!
(For those of you who will be compelled to point out that "Christmassy" isn't a real world, I thumb my nose in advance at you)
Go figure, I went in planning to spend about $5 and spent $14.16! But my hubby thinks the flavoured Hershey's Kisses you can get this time of year are yummy, so I can blame him for this particular expenditure.
Yup, I have Christmas Reindeer on my fingers! Along with sparkly clear nailpolish. Gotta have the sparkles, ya know.
Merry Christmas to All!
Christmas lights reflecting off a mini-blind!. For those of you who don't think this is nice enough to hang around, here's another picture for your entertainment:
That's Pagan fishing her food out with her "hand" to eat!
If you don't like that, well, sorry that's all I got!
If you look closely (and can read my handwriting), you will find a mishmash of Italian and English written down. Every time I make this recipe, it makes me laugh.
Now, I am going to add, that this recipe is traditional to my families' hometown Novara, Italy. However, my aunt's version of it is not the "gourmet" version you see on the link earlier in the post. This is the peasant version that could be left over the fire to cook for hours while everyone was out working on the fields, milking cows etc. Not that this is not very tasty. Apparently whenever my aunt and family are going to a pot-luck, several requests are placed that she bring this dish!
You didn't think I would make you try to do this recipe from my awful scrawled notes, though, did you? Here is the cleaned up version:
Paniscia A La Lelia
Approx 4 people
2 cloves garlic, sliced (chopped tends to burn)
50gm lard or unsmoked bacon (pork belly) chopped up until it resembles paste
600gm leeks, cut into thin rounds. Use only white part
1 cup water
200gm pork sausage (I use Italian mild from the butcher)(1/2 of an average sized sausage), removed from casing and torn into very small pieces
450gm cabbage sliced thinly, just use inside leaves
2-3 tblsp tomato paste
300gm dry Romano beans or 1 can Romano beans
250gm Italian long grain or arborio rice
1/2 to 1 cup red wine.
Broth-carrot, celery, pork rib if desired
Start broth day before. Put carrot & celery, pork rib (if using) and beans(if using dry) in large pot of water. Bring to a boil and boil for at least 1 hour or until beans are tender. Save broth (and beans)in fridge for next day.
Melt lard/pork belly in large pot over low heat. Cook garlic slices at the same time.After fat looks melted or translucent, pull out any large chunks of fat.(you don't want to bite into rubbery fat when you are eating, do you???)
Add leeks, 1 cup of water, bouillon cube/powder for 1 cup of water
Add torn up sausage. .
Slowly cook on low heat until leeks are soft. About 1 hour.
When leeks are soft, add cabbage, and a cup of broth .
Cover and stir occasionally for at least 3 hours on low heat. Cabbage should be completely mushy and soft. Add broth as needed to keep moist.
When cabbage is soft, add tomato paste, rice, salt (if desired), 1/2 cup of red wine (or however much you want). Stir. Add enough broth to keep very moist so rice will cook. Stir frequently and add broth as needed for about 20 minutes or until rice is cooked through.
Add cooked beans and fold them in gently.
Serve with grated parmesan. ( I prefer Reggiano)
The pork ribs are optional. I rarely use them and don't notice the difference! I also prefer canned beans since they tend to be softer than cooked beans from dry. But use whatever you want. That is the beauty of Italian cuisine. Change and add till you like it! As a final note, don't use "cooking" wine. The flavour will be concentrated down, and if you don't like it...well you get the idea. Only ever cook with wine you would drink!
I plagiarized an idea from someone and used interlocking foam floor tiles as a blocking board. they worked wonderfully. Cost me $14.97 for 4. I love a deal. They are ugly. The pattern on the other side is a fake wood, melamine-type finish. but who cares?
I also started knitting a teeny, tiny hat:
Actually its the second toe of my socks. I wanted to avoid second sock syndrome, so there it is! Isn't it cute?
I know the shot is kinda blurry. Trust me, it's better that way. In comparison, MY house:
The lights in the window actually flash from yellow to red to blue. The photo caught the yellow phase. Still, not quite as garish as the other guy, eh?
There IS knitting news. I finished sock number 1!
It's 6 stitches of moss stitch on either side and 4 stitches cabled in the middle. Final dimensions are 44 inches long, 7 inches wide. The wool used is Woolly Bully. Up close it looks like this:
I wasn't sure how the cable would turn out, since the yarn is a thick 'n thin, but it looks just fine. I'm thinking this will be a gift for a male cousin. The colours and pattern turned out well for a masculine scarf, I think.
In other news, the green eyed kitty is improving daily. Her eye is no longer goopy and is almost open to its normal extent. So the trip to the vet and it's accompanying bill was worth it.
Cute story from work the other day. I was ringing up a sale for a child's antibiotic and her mom had said she could have some Skittles since she behaved well at the walk-in medical clinic. I rang up the Skittles, gave them to the little girl and her mother prompted her sotto voce "say thank you to the lady". At which the little girl promptly said "Thank you, lady". Too funny.
I then finished the sale, closed the cash register drawer and caught the end of my long necklace in the till. I had to call the pharmacy technician over to open the till! ( I didn't know how since I was just there for the day and only had a grasp of basic till functions) Did I feel silly!
I know it's not as big as some, but it generates enough light that I can read a book in my bedroom. With our lights off! I have put heavy duty hotel-grade light blocking liner on our curtains. There is still lots of light leaking around the curtain edges. Short of tacking the curtain directly to the wall, this is as good as it gets.
So this is a plea to all home builders out there-please pu the master bedroom at the BACK of the house! I know that is going to be a feature I look for in the next home I live in.
P.S. The reindeer with his head up? It moves. Very creepy....
Temporary, but still strange looking! Look out! The alien kitty is coming to get you....(sorry about the blurry pic, she was NOT in the mood to have her picture taken)
Ah well, a few bucks lighter, but the family's health is important!
The sock doesn't look much different,so I'm not going to bother with a picture.
In completely unrelated news, Melrose did NOT win "America's Next Top Model". Yippee! Something about that girl struck me as off-kilter. She was a little too practiced, a little too manipulative. Go Caridee!
The furnace dispatch people said that I was next on the call list. I sure hope so. The kitties have fur coats. I don't. But I DO have the handknits...
This is the view from my backdoor. Hard to believe all we got is a dusting when so many other places got buried. Convenient for me, though.
The work on the toe-up sock continues. More pics of that tomorrow.
I'm off to knit some more sock! Yippee! Tralalala!
There are actually 2 lace patterns on this sock. On the upper right of the pic is the cat-face. On the lower left is the paw-print. It doesn't show up great in this yarn, but that wasn't the point of using this yarn anyway! It should be good in the sock yarn.