15 January 2009

Now with Links Instead of Pictures!

I realized after I sat down to write a post, that even though I've been busy knitting, I have no pictures to show for it at the moment. There are two projects that cannot yet be revealed, one that looks the same as it did the last 4 times I posted a picture, and one that I didn't think to photograph.

But I can tell you that in the past couple of weeks, I returned to the Dotty vest I'm making for The Tim. You may or may not recall that last February, I took a fair-isle class at Rosie's, where we were all knitting a Kaffe Fassett pattern. This was my chance to learn fair-isle, and once I got started, I was really enjoying it. Then I got involved in the sock knitting for Christmas, and Dotty got set aside. A couple of times during the summer, I pulled it out, but it was just too much wool to have sitting on my lap when it was so hot and humid. But once the holidays were over, I decided that I wanted to try and get it finished, maybe even before the end of this February!

Progress has been made - I'm to the point where I will need to create steeks for the V-neck and the armholes. Which means I am [temporarily] stuck. The pattern is not written for knitting in the round, so does not include directions for the steeks. I am both mathematically and conceptually challenged, and have no reasonable clue how to figure out what I should do. So until I can see if someone is available to help me figure it out/explain what to do at Rosie's, or I find someone else who can help me, Dotty will get a time out, hopefully just a brief one. (I would ask Carol to help me, but she is busy being famous with her new book.)

I've also started a Snuggle for the Snuggles Project, with some Red Heart yarn a co-worker gave me a while back. It's nice to work on when I'm just not in the mood to do anything else, but I still feel like knitting. So far I have about 5 inches knit, in a slip stitch pattern that is nice and cushy. I think I'll switch to another stitch pattern now, just to keep it interesting.

I've also tried a couple of new recipes in the past couple of weeks. I collect even more recipes than I do knitting patterns, and have many, many cookbooks as well. I also love looking at food blogs and getting ideas. It occurred to me that in spite of this, I seldom try anything new. So I'm going to try to make something new (to us at least) once a week. My first attempt was this recipe for Cabbage and White Bean Stew, which turned out really well, and also made enough to freeze some to have another time or two. Then I tried Pinto Beans and Mexican Vegetables Over Yellow Rice from Claire's Classic American Vegetarian Cooking by Claire Criscuolo. This is a cookbook that I have on "long-term loan" from Lisa, and though a lot of the recipes sound fabulous, this was my first try. I can highly recommend this dish. If you follow the recipe as it is, it's not too spicy, but of course we like spicy foods, so I did "embellish" things a bit.

OK, I think that is enough excitement for one post, don't you? I would hate for any of you to be overcome with excitement and require medical assistance ...


Anonymous said...

[fans self] My! That was quite exciting!

Both soups sound really good.

Dotty was that long ago? Really? Is it a sign of age that it seems like yesterday or a testament to my fabulous memory? (Hint: pick the latter rather than the former. ;)

Mistrmi said...

I had "9" and "1" punched in, and then the post came to an end. Whew.

Lisa said...

I do declare, Miss Bridget, you have made me swoon!

With these temps recently I can only imagine bundles of wool on one's lap to be akin to bundles of cat. Sans claws, of course.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- I always find myself with the heaviest wool project in the hottest weather.

Love beans and cabbage- much to my family's chagrin- so thanks for the recipes.

Brigitte said...

Mmmm...I made baked beans in my crockpot this past weekend. Yum! Which is a good thing, because I have a LOT.

You know...Anne's site has a great colourwork tutorial.

Unknown said...

Hi Bridget,

First, let me say that I’m a huge fan of your posts. You’re on my List Of Ravelry Favorites, and I often share your stuff with my knitting friends.

I am writing everyone on my Favorites List with a couple of questions. If you can answer them for me, it would be a HUGE HUGE HUGE favor. Really HUGE.

Thing is, I am writing a piece on Ravelry for my college magazine. Topic is WHY Ravelry is such a huge success. I need opinions from fellow Ravelers like you to back up this claim I am making.

These are the questions:

1) Why did you choose to join Ravelry?

2) How did you learn about Ravelry?

3) What does Ravelry give you that other sites don’t?

4) Absolutely anything else you’d like to share with me on this subject.

My quandary is this: I love the site and come here almost every week to look for knitting tips and ideas. (I haven’t joined yet, as I am too shy to talk of my own work…)

I want to understand why others do the same. Each person must have his or her own reason and I am very curious to understand this trend.

Once I write the piece, I intend to send it across to Bob the dog. Maybe, he will post it on the site to encourage newcomers or even use it for other promotion purposes.

Thank you in advance

Keep writing, keep sharing, keep creating
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