Friday, February 29, 2008
Exciting new colour shade
Caramel rocks hard
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
So he wrapped up the bacon in a papertowel to drain while the oil heated up.
Except that he had turned the wrong burner on the stove on and was heating nothing. Which he realized just before putting the fries in. He swore and turned on the correct burner.
While all this was going on, I saw Raven run by with something in his mouth. Since it didn't look like any of his usual toys AND since he seemed kind of furtive, I chased him down and took it away from him. About a third of a piece of bacon. Hubby had cooked up two pieces of bacon. The sneaky bugger jumped up on the counter and took off with 'em both! We still haven't found the other piece of bacon (as if !) OR the paper towel.....
And here is a picture I took in Arona, Italy last spring. As a sign that spring will come. Eventually. When it feels like it. In it's own sweet time.Ciao
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I think I like the fourth one the best. You can see the details and some shine in the yarn. Pictures 2&3 just look washed out. Picture 1 is a black blob.
So today's lesson, kids, is use more than 1 lighting source, if you can.
Oh, and the Leaf tank is about half done.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Can't you just see yourself just sitting on this balcony and knitting in the sunshine?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am such a bag ho.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
That went well also. I cut it up and put it onto plates (which I didn't take pictures of).
Now for the real test...how does it taste?
Honestly? A little bland. It had a spicy bite to it (how could it not with the jalapeno), but overall the flavour was very..bland. It was edible, so it wans't a complete flop, but it was missing something. I tried putting sour cream on it. I tried salsa. I tried both. Still bland. As I was eating it all I could think was,"This is missing something." But I am unable to think of what.
So, not a complete failure, but not a resounding success either. I don't think I'm going to be making it again. Oh well, onto the next experiment....falafels! Idea courtesy of Bezzie.
But not for a couple of days. I have to work tomorrow and then I'll have to do groceries to pick up the fixins.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Hmmm, is it just me or do these look a little, ummm, phallic?
And I love this wrap top. It is abso-freaking-lutely lovely.
Last, I am going to try a new recipe. It can be difficult to find a recipe that both my hubby and I agree on. But I found one at YoYo knits! Black bean tortilla pie. Tomorrow is experimental day. I'll let y'all know how it goes...
Edit: Simple Knits is having a contest! Know a pattern that takes 1-285 yards of yarn? go over there and let her have it!
And since there should be a picture to reward you for reading my randomness this far....
Raven having dinner. Please note the handknit dishtowel to the right. Since this IS a knitting blog. Also note the childlock on the cupboard to the top, left. No, I don't have children. Raven kept opening the cupboard and taking out my dishgloves to play with. Which rendered them useless as that poked bajillions of tiny holes in them.......
Yup, a black blob!
Look, a slightly better picture of the black blob!
Yeah, I know. But that's the best I can manage for now. I promise, when I eventually get to the fo pics I will do better. Somehow....
Spring would make it easier to take pictures. Please?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I also attempted to get a picture of the join. Attempt number....umm, umpity billion:
AND number umpity billion plus one:Not the most professional of pictures, but I hope you can kind of see how it is going.
I think the fit is good so far and I am rather pleased with how nice the join is. I was afraid I would get puckering. So far, no puckering. Hopefully, as the top gets longer, the weight of it will pull out any puckering it may be inclined to do.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
However, I have recovered from that little stumble and will continue on. Hopefully soon there will be progress pics that look a little more tank-top-like and less blob-like.
Friday, February 08, 2008
I frogged it and have joined it correctly this time. I hope. Pictures tomorrow when there is some daylight. Black yarn at night makes for difficult picture taking.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Except I'm not knitting. Chris did one of those meme things where you quote line 63 or some such from whatever you are currently reading. And the line she quoted was too freaking funny. So, of course, I had to get the book.
Now, I am familiar with the author, I have read other books she wrote and enjoyed them.
Just as I am enjoying this one. Which I have almost completely powered through in one day.
In case you are curious, it's Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff.
Okay, I'm running away to read some more.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
They are not perfect. But I don't care. Me luvs socks.
The socks are the cat's meow. Which reminds me. Chris, this is for you:
Purple cat's meow pyjamas. Are they not adorable?
I'm off to turn a new leaf.
Monday, February 04, 2008
It's a leaf! I know, shocking, who would have thought...
This pattern calls for knitting flat for a bit before you join it up and knit in a spiral. The flat piece was curling something fierce, so I did a quick dip-and-block to see how it looks. I quite like it. Now to wait for the thing to dry so I can keep knitting on it.
I'm gonna go blow on it and see if I can speed that up a bit.
Friday, February 01, 2008
A couple of problems came up. The first was that the thread doesn't stay nice and flat and the tension on it kept loosening, which made the job harder. Then the thread snapped! Clearly, not going to work. Plan B. Use waste yarn (the red) to create a frame. That worked better. However, in my enthusiasm, I grabbed some sock yarn to do the darning with. Since the sock is knit out of what appears to be dk yarn, the sock yarn for darning is just making a mess. I'm pretty sure I have some leftover dk yarn, which may even be yellow (although not the exact yellow) leftover from a shawl I made a couple of years back. So I will have to dig to the bottom of the stash and see if memory is correct. Or if it is just playing games with me....
That will have to be a future blog post. In the meantime, I cast on for the Leaf Tank. I have what appears to be enough Debbie Bliss Stella for this. I made a swatch and got stitch gauge, but my row gauge is a bit loose. I got 18 stitches (yay!) and 24 rows (boo! I should have had 26) in 4 inches. But, the pattern doesn't really reference rows, just inches, so it should be okay. I will just knit for 4 inches or whatever, as asked. No pictures of this, though. It is black yarn and the sun has gone down. So all the pictures were singularly unprepossessing.
Not that the sun ever really came out. The day started with lots of snow, then switched to freezing rain, and now snow again. Fortunately, we went out last night to get groceries and supplies (beer and prosecco if you were wondering) so I didn't have to leave the house.
Time for dinner and wine.