Oh, hello there! Long time, no see. While hubby is away, time just gets away from me and seemingly this blog is always the one that falls to the wayside. Since he’s back, I was finally able to finish my Follow Your Arrow MKAL shawl (post to come later when mother nature decides to let the sun come out)!
In the meantime, I was able to knit up this mug cozy, which I was in love with… until I blocked it and then it was too big for my mug! It was a small skein of yarn to begin with and I didn’t want this soft squishy baby camel! yarn to just sit around unused. I decided to frog the cozy and make a cowl instead.
Fern Lace Cowl knit in MEAN GIRLS Inspired Hand Dyed Extra Fine Merino/Camel Worsted Weight Yarn, “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” 109 yards
I went with the Fern Lace Cowl (please excuse the blurry photo, toddlers do not sit still). This was a really quick knit! The lace pattern is very easy to memorize and alternates with knit rows in the round. After blocking the lace really opened up and it turned out to be much more drapy than stiff.
The yarn I used is from Neeley’s Knits, who I have to give a huge shout out to! I met the shop owner, Ashley, on Ravelry through a group for mom’s of babies born in Aug 2012. She recently started dying her own yarns inspired by movies & tv shows. Her colorways are absolutely beautiful and we’ll just say, my bank account loves her! Please check out her shop and buy some yarn!
Well, here I am… 4 days late to finishing, but it is finally done! I decided to go with Clue 2B because I love short rows and thought it was going to make an interesting shape. I’m really happy with how it has turned out.
The yarn I decided on using, Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn, I received in a Yarn Box subscription. I’m soo unfamiliar with sock yarns because I mainly use bulky yarns, but it is working up very springy and soft.
I’m excited to get started with Clue 3… I’m undecided on which option I will choose, but I suppose that is all part of the mystery! ;0)
I have to say, this is the most I’ve been dedicated to knitting on a deadline as ever! I finished clue 1B of the Follow Your Arrow MKAL by Ysolda last night… so a little late since clue 2 came out yesterday. I haven’t even had a chance to look at it yet, but I’m excited to keep going. At least I didn’t finish early then have to wait around for the next clue, right?
I love how the colors are turning out and the pattern is lovely soo far. This is my first time doing lace and doing a shawl, so pretty impressive!
I can’t wait to start clue 2 tonight! I’ll post progress pictures next week.
One of my many New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to expand on my knitting. In all my years of knitting and crocheting I’ve stuck to fairly basic and small projects. The two larger projects I’ve done (a dress that turned out WAY too big and a knitted baby blanket) took me well over years to finish. So to me, smaller projects were the way to go because they were easy, quick and I could finish them in a timely manner and move on to the next project.
Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn – Hera’s Peacock colorway
Well, not this year… and I’ve already begun. I ran across the Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL by Ysolda and decided to give it a try. I’ve never knit a shawl before and I’ve never knit lace before. I mostly knit with bulky yarn on big needles, so this is quite the change for me.
I’ve cast on today and will post update pictures when I finish each clue!
One of those recipes that always gets me confused is quiche. For some reason, every time I attempt one, nothing goes as planned. That’s why we have dubbed making quiche, “Shit Happens.” You just throw it together, put it in the oven and hope for the best!
Tomato Basil Quiche
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
- 2 tbsp flour
- several leaves of fresh basil, chopped
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (any kind will do, I used mozzarella and Parmesan)
- Salt & Pepper
~ Thaw your frozen puff pastry on the counter for approximately 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry a little thinner to fit into a 9″ pie pan. Push pastry down into pan and into corners. Line pastry with tin foil and place pie weights on top. Bake puff pastry for 8 minutes.
~ Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Put shallot and garlic into the pan and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from pan and add another 1 tbsp olive oil. Dust tomato slices with flour and basil. Fry tomato in the pan, 1 minute per side. Set aside.
~ In a medium sized bowl, mix together eggs and milk. Season with salt & pepper.
~ Put a layer of cheese on the bottom of pastry, sprinkle in some shallot and garlic mixture, layer in half tomato slices, then pour half the egg mixture on top. Repeat layering process.
~ Place quiche in the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to cook for another 20 minutes until edges are turning golden brown. Remove from oven and serve warm.
Every time I knit something for myself, eventually someone will ask me where I got it, if I made it and tell me that they love it. This usually ends in me giving it to them. This year I have decided to make knitted gifts for friends and family… on purpose.
I’m loving this pattern, Gluhwein. It combines my love of knitting with bulky yarn and my lack of attention span to knit large projects. It has a beautiful diamond pattern combing knit and purl textures. I can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out.
Do you make homemade gifts for the holidays? I’d love to hear all about your craftiness!
Just in time for the holiday season, I’ve added several new listings to my Etsy shop: lamb + wolf
There are sets of dish/wash cloths, trivets, and a few baskets. All are eco-friendly, machine washable, and made from 100% cotton. They will brighten up any room in your house!
Use Promo Code: HOLIDAY2013 to receive 15% off your purchase. All items are great for gift ideas!