Posted in Completed Projects, Cooking

Back from Vacation with a FO

Vacation came and went. It was fantastic, though! Great food, did some sight seeing, and enjoyed each others company. Still waiting on Matt to upload the pictures he took so I can share them with you. We did a cooking class while we were there at Charleston Cooks, which is right across the street from the hotel we stayed at. It was a “Weeknight Dinners” class where they teach you new and quick things to make for dinner. It was a great class and really renewed my desire to get in the kitchen and create again. I also discovered that I like salmon! I had tried salmon previously and didn’t care for it because I found it too fishy tasting, but in the class we broiled it with sour cream and whole grain mustard on top and then toped it with a tomato butter sauce. It was so yummy! The first thing I wanted to make when we returned home was the salmon dish and it was really good! It only takes about 5 to 8 minutes to broil on high and while it’s in there you’re finishing off your sauce. I want to make this again really soon. We also did this marinated pork dish, which was tasty, but the best part was the instant marinater used! It’s a plastic container that has a little hole in the top with a pump you put over it and you suck all the air out. When you release the air, the meat sucks up the marinade. Each time you pump out all the air, it’s like marinating for an hour. Needless to say, we brought one home with us!

Here’s all the loot we brought home after the cooking class:

New Cooking Toys 1
Click here for the Flickr photo with notes on what we purchased.

Here’s a close up of the two tools I’ve used the most since coming back:

New Cooking Toys 2
Grater (for garlic!) and garlic peeler. LOVE these!

A better picture of the instant marinater:

Instant Marinater

We haven’t used the marinater yet, but soon enough! My big purchase while there was when we went to the Le Creuset outlet store. I have wanted to own anything from Le Creuset for a long time and I finally got my chance to get something. I decided on a wok. An orange one. I got it at quite a discount, too :o)

Le Creuset Wok
My prrreeecccciiiioooouuusssss….

I did manage to get quite a bit of knitting done on the way down and way home since we drove. I finished a hat and got half-way done with a sock. While we were there I didn’t do much knitting other than when we watch the election coverage on the 4th. The hat I did was done in a few hours on the way home and I made it to donate.


Pattern: Beaufort Hat by Angela Hahn (Ravelry link – only available as a Ravelry download)
Started: November 8, 2008
Completed: November 8, 2008
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, about 1/2 skein
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: Quick knit, easy pattern to memorize for me. I cast on 96 stitches since I was working with different yarn and needle size. The extra repeat (12 stitches) made it the perfect size. I think it was a bit on the short side so if I were to knit this again with the same yarn, I’d and an extra inch or two before working the decreases (it decreases rather quickly!).

That’s all I have for now. I have some other projects I want to post about, but that would make for an even longer post! In my next post I’ll tell you about two socks I’m working on, revisit the Gable sweater, and the mittens I just started. Plus whatever else I might have on my mind ;o)

Posted in Current Projects

Knitting right along.

I like that my cell phone has a camera in it (I have a SideKick LX). Sometimes it takes some decent pictures, but it IS a cell phone and the pictures aren’t fantastic. I like the convenience because I can email the pictures to myself to upload rather than using my regular little HP camera that doesn’t always work right and having to get the pictures off the card. Honestly the little HP I have is a real pain because the little plastic bit that holds the battery in is broken, so every time I want to get the camera card out, the battery pops right out along with it. I like pictures with my blog post and I’ve been using more pictures from my cell phone lately because my HP camera has been acting up more and more – it won’t take pictures, won’t save pictures, does this thing where it records voice with the picture and you can’t shut it off you have to pull out the battery. It’s apparent that it needs to be replaced. If/when I get a new one, I’d like it to be similar to my cell phone in ease of getting the pictures off, but better quality so I can easily make blog posts any time I want!

This week has been tough. Had to see the neurologist and it went okay. Finally feel solid about everything that will be happening and then I get my end of year review and things were thrown up in the air about all of it. After my initial OMGWTF moment (day?), I pulled it together and have a plan now. I will admit, I couldn’t have gotten over it and into action mode without Matt. This month has been a roller coaster of things going on and the review gave me a blow I wasn’t fully expecting and put a lot of things into perspective for me. I don’t want to go into too much detail about it, but my actual review was good, just other things going on that I can’t control that have nothing to do with my performance. Matt has been fantastic and held me up when I just wanted to sulk rather than get it taken care of. We’ve had some great talks and I know we’ll work it out, no matter what happens. The best feeling is knowing that he’s there for me no matter what. I don’t even know how to put into words how that makes me feel! Just… totally loved :o)

Anyhow… I wanted to show you my knitting today.

It’s been all Gable all the time around here lately. I’ve worked on it pretty much non-stop since I started it nearly two weeks ago now. The yoke is getting on my nerves at the moment, plus it’s pretty heavy to carry around with me, so it’s currently the knit-while-sitting-on-the-couch project. Hopefully I’ll finish it up this weekend. Here’s a picture of it just before I joined the body and sleeves.

Body and Sleeves

I started the Twisted Flower socks just before I started the Gable sweater. When I ran out of yarn to continue it, I worked on this sock and I’m now on the second chart repeat. I really love how it’s coming out.

Twisted Flower

Juno Regina is moving along slowly. I only really knit on it when I’m out somewhere because it’s become my designated purse project. It’s nice because I’m at the part where I don’t have to follow the chart anymore so I can pick it up at any time and just knit a row or two. It’s come in handy when Matt and I have been out somewhere and there’s some down time where I can pick it up and keep my hands busy.

Juno Regina Grows

Yesterday I cast on a cowl (finally). I’ve been wanting to start this all month and finally did. This pretty skein of Malabrigo Silky had been sitting on my desk waiting for me to wind it and make a cowl, so over the weekend I had Matt assist me in winding it up (he’s my official Yarn Winder) and I picked out a pattern – Crofter’s Cowl. I’d had my eye on it since I saw it sometime in September and wanted to knit it even more after seeing Zarzuela’s. I was thinking about not grafting it and just continue the pattern rather than knitting two halves, but I decided to go all out and knit the two sides and graft it. I think it will be a bit more stretch this way as I have problems binding off a bit too tightly! I considered doing it the other way first because I thought I might not have enough yarn. After looking on Ravelry, though, I should have enough to be able to graft it. Here’s my progress so far.

Crofter's Cowl

November 1st we leave for a week vacation to Charelston, South Carolina and I can’t wait! I’m planning on some things to do and places to see (or eat at) while we are there. I’m also thinking about what knitting I want to pack ;o)