Knitting

End of the Year

You know, I could  do a big end of the year retrospective of the things I have made and the yarn I have acquired this year, but that just isn't going to happen. So relax.

Here is the start of my adaptation of Peacock Feathers into a stole:


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The yarn is a 3/84 cashmere/silk that I am knitting doubled. The color just glows and looks like coppery red hair. I was using a 3mm needle but decided the fabric is too open so I started again using a 2.75mm and like the look better. The beads are 11/0 in a peacock mix of teal, purple, green and gold. 

And yesterday's mail brought this beautiful pumpkin Infinity Silk from Fyberspates -- 3000 meters of it! I've no idea what I will make with it. Petting it is delightful.

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We're not doing anything special for New Year's. Belfast has a lot of activities today and tonight culmination in the bonfire on the waterfront. Tomorrow we plan on immersing ourselves in a Doctor Who marathon. No football here!


Restless knitting continues

My son is getting married next summer, so of course already I am thinking about what to wear. Big family events like weddings are especially interesting for people like me who are divorced, because it means seeing people who are no longer part of our ongoing life and so there is a twinge of anxiety about wanting to look especially good -- not that anyone notices the mother of the groom, but you know how it is. So, I have been playing with yarn and beads and patterns. I have two that I like and will knit both. I think my daughter kind of has her eye on the one I will show you tomorrow -- maybe because she told me it perfectly matches her hair.

Anyway, I started Hydrangea in cash/silk in a lovely lilac with teeny lilac beads -- here's a glimpse --


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I am liking it a lot and this is a pattern that I think is absolutely beautiful. I am making it wider because I prefer wide shawls.

Venison Goulash

My son-in-law got a deer this year so one gift we received from him and my daughter was a nice package of venison stew meat. Yesterday we decided to make venison goulash.

It's actually a very simple recipe -- brown the venison with some onions and garlic. Then salt and pepper and sweet paprika plus smoky paprika, if you have it -- be generous with the paprika, at least one tablespoon. Add 1/2 can of tomato paste, 1 cup of stock of your choice, 1 cup of wine. Simmer slowly for 2-3 hours, until meat is tender. Serve over noodles or with biscuits as we did. Yummmmm!


Merry Christmas!

Today is baking day. My good intentions for doing it a little at a time fell by the wayside, so today will be devoted to cookies and finishing gifts. Tomorrow we are off to my daughter's in Bowdoin, a teenier town about an hour and a half from us where we will eat great food and enjoy each other's company, which is what this time of year is all about for me.

I'll be back on the weekend with knitting updates, some recipes, and pictures.

Meanwhile, from our house to yours, Merry Christmas and may the new year bring you all that you hope for

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The Box Boys

All three cats remain enamored of the box the pears came in. I think they may revolt when we finally throw it away.

Roscoe and Spike:

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Roscoe:


Roscoe and Moe -- don't tell Moe he is way too big for the box!

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Blue Cheese Walnut Cookies

I ran across this recipe from the Washington Post the other week and being a blue cheese lover thought it sounded good.

The recipe as given in the Post:

MAKE AHEAD: Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 days. The dough can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. For best flavor, do not freeze the dough or the baked cookies.

Makes about thirty 2-inch cookies

Ingredients:

• 3 1/2 ounces good-quality, mild blue cheese

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

• 1/2 cup flour

• 1/4 cup cornstarch

• 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped


Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Combine the blue cheese and butter in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until thoroughly blended.

Add the flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper; pulse until the dough resembles coarse meal. Add the walnuts and process until a moist dough is formed.

Gather the dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight, until thoroughly chilled and firm.

I've been remiss

Or so I have been told by my daughter who tells me I should be posting recipes more often. So starting later this week, I will be posting recipes for the Christmas cookies i will be making this year plus anything else that strikes my fancy. That might make her happy.

I haven't frogged anymore projects but I am iffy about this one. I love the yarn -- it's a 2/28 merino/cashmere/silk blend from Colourmart in this beautiful color, black currant. The color is rich and wonderful, the yarn soft with a nice sheen from the silk. But it is quite fine and I am not sure this is the right pattern for it. I am trying it out in  Susan Pandorf's Iris, which have made wider so it will be a stole. I am using 11/0 purple iris beads which look green or purple or blue depending on the light. What do you think?

My future daughter-in-law's mother sent us a lovely box of pears. Right after we opened it, Spike pounced on the box. There has been a competition between him and Roscoe for 4 days now to see who has possession. Roscoe fits it but Spike... well, see for yourself.

Cleaning house

This past week I was seized with the desire to take a good look at the projects I have going and discard the ones I wasn't happy with for whatever reason.

First up, Eve's Temptation2

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I like elements of the pattern -- the edging is beautiful and I like the tree, but I decided that starting from a point just wasn't working for me and I wanted to alter the little trees that come after the big one. So I frogged it. And will be working on redoing the pattern. The yarn is exquisite and the idea is good, but it needs work.

And this -- with no name --

Lovely pattern, wrong yarn and gauge. Frogged.

The pink blob known as Snow Peacock, remains, growing very slowly as it takes FOREVER to do a row --

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The mystery project is looking good --

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A look at the others that remain next time.

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