Show + Tell

What a beautiful Saturday.  Joyous, relaxed and inspiring I spent yet another afternoon with my darling friend Kayla of Fig Cottage.  We have taken a pledge to inspire one another to post more effective and interesting content, and to remain active on our blogs.  I cannot tell you the value of having a True Friend.  Someone who is not afraid to tell you anything, negative or positive, and who is willing to lend a hand with truly crap work.  If ever you are unsure of a friends character, simply ask them to help you paint the ceilings of your home.

After a particularly interesting discussion on the importance of documenting our knitting for the purpose of writing proper patterns, among other things, I have been inspired to challenge myself to create at least 10 “real” patterns this year.   I am hopeful that you darlings will be excited to see some of my upcoming work!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you would like to see (or not see for that matter) insofar as layout and content of the pattern.

Now, back to the Show + Tell !!
Firstly, I am very excited to be dusting off the shelves and weeding out the cobwebs from my blog.  You will be seeing a few changes in formatting, theme and tab options in the upcoming months.  It has been an arduous but incredibly enjoyable project to get things better suited to my personal tastes.  So far my brand new pretty pink banner and fresh floral background have already much enhanced the look around this place.

Second, I actually have some finished knitting things.  Now, I am very new to photographing myself.  I am not one to normally take a GPOY so this was quite the hilarious experience.  I finished two lofty, slouchy, wonderfully soft merino hats.  Both with very simple fair isle, both comfortably large and both still in need of a stern blocking … BUT … I just couldn’t wait to share!  I love the freedom of working without the constraints of a pattern, instead following the intuition of the yarn and the yardage I had left.

The autumnal red, yellow and green hat was started a couple days ago.  I just had to share how many outtakes i had to do in order to finally capture some detail in the hats.  If you click on the photo, it should enable you to see it a bit bigger if you wanted to see some more details on the hats.

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Happy knitting everyone!

How very Edwardian of you!

My big huge take-a-bite-out-of-it love/obsession this week is Downton Abbey.
They say true love is hard to find, but I’ve found it easy to come by with Downton Abbey.  From the very first episode, I found myself enamored   The plot, the writing, the characters, Maggie Smith (naturally), the clothes and the beautiful misty, romantic colour story have kept me drawn in and thoroughly obsessed.

After some research into potential fangirl knitting patterns, I have discovered this totally wearable and satisfactorily geeky option:

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The pattern is Lucy Cloche from Knitscene, Winter 2012

Just plain love it; and a girl can never have too many hats.  From looking at others projects, this looks best when it is a little bit oversized.  Must knit in olive merino with a purple and/or plum velvet “ribbon”.

If you haven’t checked out this series and you get weak in the knees for absolute romance, broken hearts, beautiful cinematography, historically accurate dress and Edwardian sensibilities, than this is the show for you!  I strongly recommend it.

And just a small sampling of Lady Dowager’s wit

 

It’s all about the (de)stash

We’ve all got them.  Stashes i mean.  It must be an intrinsic habit of the crafty-minded to acquire an abundance of materials for their trade.  I’ve taken a bit of interest in other people’s collections, if only to make myself feel a little bit more normal.  Some collect scrapbook paper, some fabric, some collect cooking ingredients like spices and cupcake liners.  Still others collect scrap metal, car parts, driftwood and buttons.

Despite all my inquiries, i do still feel that knitters and the fibre community are a unique breed.  The most extreme case I personally know of is one of my friends who has resorted to renting a storage locker to contain her stash which still mysteriously continued to grow.  As an avid knitter, and magpie, i live with a very real fear of being found buried alive under a mountain of delicious wooly cupcakes.

Therefor, I have given myself a challenge.  I have shaken hands with myself and agreed to knit solely from my stash.  I celebrated by casting on a very simple hat in some worsted weight Malabrigo left over from other projects.  I look forward to discovering new patterns that will help me work with what i’ve got.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know!!

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Recipe: Happy Husband Muffins

Happy Husband Muffins

I am a huge believer in the bulk section of my grocery store.  Those little buckets of budget wonder are always full of interesting potential flavour combinations.  Don’t be shy to try different nut and dried fruits for this recipe. This particular nut combination is my husbands decided favorite as he “doesn’t like cooked fruit”.  Once cooled, wrap individually in plastic wrap for easy on the go lunches.

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NOTE:  If you omit the oats, omit the maple syrup as well, and vice versa.

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1/4 cup REAL maple syrup (optional – see note)
1 medium apple, peeled and grated
2 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup whole pistachios
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup baking oats

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
in a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Set Aside.

In mixer with paddle attachment, combine oil, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and apple.

Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer, until just combined.
Fold in carrots, coconut, pecans, pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds and oats.

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Grease or line muffin tin.  Fill cups to JUST full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25min.  Check muffins at 17min to be sure by inserting a clean knife into center of muffin.  Once knife comes out nearly clean, muffins are done.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes in the tin on a rack.   After 5 min remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

Happy Baking!

Can i brag, just for a little bit?

so i was surfing Ravelry, looking for the scoop on what’s new and exciting in the knitting world, and discovered a wee little something …

My Hurricane Hat Pattern is currently #10 most popular hat pattern on Ravelry!  can i just freak out a little bit? is that too dorky?    Just because it’s blurry, doesn’t make it any less true …

This comes at a wonderfully serendipitious time, as i am planning on releasing some patterns in the very near future…

Think sweet, simple accessories for Christmas knitting.

 

 

Pepper Poached Eggs

Ok,
As promised here is my rendition of the Bell Pepper Poached Eggs from Recipes from my Kitchen.  This website is incredible – recipes for everything under the sun.  I strongly recommend it as all the recipes are original and totally approachable.   Anyway, back to the food.  See my slideshow at the end for how it all turned out!!

I used:

1 Red Bell Pepper
1 egg
1/3 slice german butter cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce hearts (trust me on this one)
red pepper bits (leftovers from red pepper lid cut off of pepper “cup”)
large pinch garlic powder
large pinch chili seasoning
1 drop Blair’s Golden Death Sauce (only 1 drop/pepper)

I did it in the following order:

1. Sliced top off pepper
2. put in muffin tin
3. Added egg
4. Added lettuce, cheese and pepper pieces
5. added spices and hot sauce
6. stirred it all up (wanted more of an omlette)

cooked for about 35 minutes

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Love, Hestia

Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern


Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern
Copyright Andrea Goutier – Love, Hestia – 2008.
For personal, non-commercial use only.For use with Vitreous Humor yarn. approx. 60yds (70-80yds per skein from insubordiknit)
can substitute any other bulky/superbulky slubby yarn, but it won’t be as awesome.
needles:
size 13 16″ circs
size 19 16″ circs
pattern:

-cast on 35sts using smaller circular needle-
-work back & forth in garter stitch for 3 rows, slipping last stitch of each row-
-switch to larger needles-
-work in stockinette stitch for 5″-
-work in garter stitch for 3 rows-
-bind off really loosely-
-push eyeballs through the stockinette stitch as buttons to fasten-

Ta Da!
now run off and scare your neighbors.