Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Supper - Fall Vegetable Quinoa Soup

Sorry, no photos today.  The website I found today's Sunday Supper soup recipe on wasn't sharing pictures, but here's a link to Fall Vegetable Quinoa Soup.  

The soup contains lots of healthy ingredients and very little fat.  Although it has a shopping cart's worth of ingredients, it sounds like a fairly easy recipe to prepare and it doesn't take all day to cook.  I like that!  I also like that it has kale in it.  Kale is supposed to be so good for you but the only way I've found I can eat it is if it's hidden in soup.  I pretend it's spinach.  I like spinach.

So,  I hope you'll give this Fall Vegetable Quinoa Soup recipe from twopeasandtheirpod.com a try.  It sounds delicious.

Friday, September 13, 2019

On the Needles

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While the Te Ara mitts sit in time out, I started something new.

dish cloth styled baby blanket knit with Knit Picks Sock Lab Stroll speckled yarn
on the needles
Isn't it fabulous how it matches my yarn bowl?  It's like they were made for each other!

I imagine you can guess what I'm knitting.

Yes, it's a dish cloth style blanket knit with the green set of Sock Labs Stroll from Knit Picks.   Eventually the 'solid' green will fade into the speckled but I have a long way to go before that happens.

Sadly the Sock Labs Stroll is sold out but... Have you seen the new Hawthorne Sock Lab yarns?  Needless to say I'm, once again, anxiously awaiting my UPS driver.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Three on Thursday

It's Thursday, so you know what's coming...

Three exciting things to share that happened this week.

we listed our house for sale
for sale

First, we listed our house for sale... and got a contract two days later.  I'm hesitant to even mention it.  I don't want to jinx it.  But I'm also super excited.  There are contingencies so it's not a 100% done deal but...

Second, I finally got a hair cut.  I went from,

before

to,

after

Yeah, nice blurry, highly cropped, bathroom selfies.  Sorry.

I'm loving the way the new hair looks but I'm hating the way it behaves.  It's constantly in my face.  Constantly!  I may go try something different next week.

Rectangular, stole style lace shawl
Madli's Shawl

Third, I finished the 'body' of the Madli's Shawl and am half way through the final border.  The border is knit separately then grafted onto the body.  My goal has been to finish this shawl by October 1st and it looks like I'll make it.  

Join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday party.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Te Ara

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I may be knitting a pair of Te Ara mitts, 

photo courtesy of Wikipedia

but I'm certainly not getting a tiara for my efforts.

Cabled fingerless mitts knit with Knit Picks Palette yarn http://shrsl.com/1stbe
Te Ara Mitts

Things were going so well until that last row of cabling.

I'm not sure what to do about it.  It's three rows back.  Three rows is a lot of tinking.  I know, I know, there are only 52 stitches per row.  It's not That much tinking... but it sure feels like a lot.  But frogging those rows and trying to pick the cabled stitches back up seems scarier.

This mitt may end up in the time-out corner for a while.

bamboo cable needles in multiple sizes for all your knitted cable projects.
magnetic cable needles

It's only escape may be my fascination with my new cable needles.  I bought them because I liked the way they look.  They're bamboo with a metal section in the center.  I thought the metal was purely for decoration but it turns out, they stick to a magnet.  So, if you're using one of those magnetized chart keepers....

Magnetic or not, I love these new cable needles.  There's five of them in different sizes and the join between the bamboo and the metal is just course enough to hold the stitches well.  It's not so rough that it snags the stitches, but they don't accidentally slip off.  I wonder if that was planned.

As for project details, I am/was knitting the mitts with Knit Pick's Palette in Spruce and using a US2 needle.  I really like Spruce's bluey-greenness.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Supper - Cabbage & Sausage

Today's Sunday Supper recipe is super simple.  So super simple it doesn't require an actual recipe.  

At the moment, my 'let's get healthy'  eating plan consists of eating home cooked meals, eating more vegetables and cutting out boxed foods.  I'm also trying to eat more in-season foods.  I figure not only are they healthier but they also help with the budget.  In theory.

Anyway....

recipe for cabbage and sausage
photo courtesy of amazon.com

Today's 'recipe' is cabbage and sausage.  So, so simple!  

Open a tube of pork sausage (we use Jimmy Dean's usually) and dump it into a large, hot frying pan.  Break the log up by smashing it with a spatula.  

While the sausage is cooking (remember to stir it around and break up the lumps a little more,) chop a head of cabbage in slightly larger pieces than you'd use for making coleslaw.  My go-to method is to cut the cabbage in half, remove the stem part, the slice each half in quarter inch slices, then turn the cutting board and cut across those slices two or three times.

Once the sausage is no longer pink, drain most of the grease off, add the cabbage, shake on some garlic salt and lots of pepper, stir, cover, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage reaches your desired softness.  Personally I like mine tender but not mushy.  I also like to turn the heat up a little, remove the lid and let some of it brown.

I used to make this with bacon, but bacon is more expensive and my husband eats it like I eat chocolate.  I couldn't keep bacon on hand.  One shopping trip, there was a sausage display near the vegetable section and I was feeling lazy.  Instead of walking back to the back of the store to grab the forgotten bacon, I grabbed a thing of sausage.  It all comes from the same animal, right?

I discovered that I like the sausage version better.  It's less greasy and not as fiddly as cooking bacon.  Did I mention I'm lazy??  Another benefit to the sausage version is that it's Much better at room temperature than the bacon version.  At work, I end up eating all my meals at room temperature because I'm considered on call and I don't get a dinner break.  I heat my food in the microwave, and the very moment the timer goes off, a line of people waiting for my help forms.  I deal with the line, reheat my food and Bam!  Another line has formed.  I've given up trying to eat hot food and have learned to eat everything at room temperature.  And the less greasy sausage version is Much better at room temperature.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Another Finish

I have another FO to show you.

Garter stitch triangular shaped shawl which uses short rows for shaping.
Eclipse

Eclipse.  Actually, it's a modified Eclipse.  

Per the pattern, it should have an additional purple section but I purposely left it off.  I've knit this design many, many times and have always stopped after two sections of the main color.  The first time I left off the third section only because I ran out of yarn.  But I loved the narrower scarf-like result so much I've repeated it several times since.

I knit this version with sock yarn from Unplanned Peacock.  The purple is Starling and the green is Lagoon.  It's a little brighter than intended and I sort of wish I'd reversed the main/contrasting colors.  But bright or not, I'm happy with it and ready to move on to the next project.

What will the next project be?  Good question!  A baby blanket?  The Te Ara mitts I mentioned last week?  Or perhaps I'll focus on finishing my Madli's Shawl.  I'm so close, yet so far away from finishing that shawl.  I'm part way through pattern repeat #27 out of 31.  Each repeat has twelve rows and then there'll be the border to knit.  My goal is to have it finished by October 1st so I really should focus on it.  But....

We'll just have to wait and see how I feel.  Dorian will be here this afternoon and it may be too difficult to concentrate on beaded lace.  Or not.  I think we are far enough inland that we won't get anything more than a few thunderstorms at most.  Of course, that's what we thought with Isabel many years ago and we ended up without power for 13 days.  

What ever happens weather-wise, I've vowed not to complain.  Honestly, I'm having a hard time being the least bit concerned about Dorian now.  After seeing the destruction that took place in the Bahamas...  It's hard enough to imagine a Class 5 hurricane, but one that hangs out and stays basically stationary for over 24 hours....  Good Lord!  Now that Dorian is down to a Class 2.... I'm having trouble taking him seriously.

If you never hear from me again, you'll know it's because I just jinxed myself.  Apologies to my neighbors!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Off the Needles

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Today's Three on Thursday is a showcase (Showcase?? That sounds so fancy!) of three shawls I've finished recently.  And please excuse the lighting in the photos.  We've got weird, pre-hurricane light happening and my camera is not appreciating it.

http://shrsl.com/1smea
Reyna knit from Hawthorne, The Pearl

First, Reyna.  Okay, so maybe Reyna isn't exactly a "recent" finish, but still...  Here she is, finished and no longer spread out on the blocking mats.  This one just may be my absolute favorite thing I've ever knit.  I can see myself wearing this almost every day.  It's light and airy yet surprisingly warm and I'm head over heels in love with the casual blues and taupe color mix.  Green is normally my go-to color but this Reyna is the new love of my life.


A knit scarf or shawl knit with Sublime Eden wool and cotton blended yarn.
Hitchhiker knit from Sublime Eden

And an even less 'recent' finish.... Another Hitchhiker.  This one was knit with Sublime, a wool/cotton mix that I picked up at my LYS, Center of the Yarniverse.  I usually dislike knitting with cotton but I had no problems with this yarn and I wouldn't hesitate to knit something else with it. 

http://shrsl.com/1smhq
Out of Winter knit with Sock Lab Stroll

And, Out of Winter.  This shawl was knit with Knit Picks' Sock Lab speckled Stroll which is apparently completely sold out now.  It was lovely to knit with and I really wish I'd bought every color set they offered.  

I do have one question about the yarn though.  Is the top of the shawl more speckled because it's made up of shorter rows or was one end of the skein much more speckled than the other?  Since there's such a definitive line, I'm leaning towards the skein being unevenly speckled.  Have you ever experienced this before?

closeup photo of the lace border on the Out of Winter shawl.
Out of Winter detail
I wasn't too happy with the lace border at first but I quickly learned to love it.  There's a 'knit four stitches together' row and I was using extremely blunt tipped needles and found it nearly impossible.  But, I quickly realized I could use a smaller, much pointier dpn to knit the four together then transfer the stitch to the blunt needle and all was well.  If you're looking for a quick, mostly mindless, two-color shawl pattern and you have pointy needles, I highly recommend giving this one a go.

Join me over at Carole's for today's Three on Thursday link up.  Hopefully, assuming Hurricane Dorian doesn't blow us away, I'll be back here tomorrow to show you an even more recently finished project.