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Home salad bar!


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Happy Tabletop Day!


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Using the good plates & glassware for a change! :-)


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Baroque goes Funk

And this is what skulking around on Youtube netted me today.

Amazingly enough, this is the kind of thing that goes through my mind often. It’s the same kind of musical sense of humour that has one track down a copy of “Bach ‘n’ Roll” because who doesn’t want to play Nights in White Satin in the style of Debussy?

I still maintain that Guns n Roses “November Rain” needs bagpipes in the instrumental solo at the end.   Seriously. Someone hook that up.

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Silly human… Of course it isn’t a picture of a truly finished object unless it includes a kitty!


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Lots of socks

January didn’t shape up as I expected.  I did knit quite a bit…just not on the things I had intended.  Somehow, though, you can either roll with it, or allow yourself to be steamrolled.

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I didn’t feel well over the first half of the month, which put a bit of a crimp in things. I didn’t really have much ability to concentrate, so I stuck to socks.

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I made a valiant stab at getting a pair of mittens done, but I lost confidence after having some difficulty with the liner. I’ve been making liners using fingering weight yarn. Kroy is a bit heavier than that. It caused a lot of bulkiness and extra stitches that I had to try and account for. It took about two nights to get the liner to a point I was happy with it. I’m also realizing that the thumb hole on the outer mitten was knit a couple of rows too high. It makes the mitten a little too tight across the thumb, and there’s no way I can easily repair it unless I want to rip back the liner so I can get into the mitten so I can start picking it apart at the fingertips and thumb, re-knit the mitten….I’d be better off just re-knitting the mitten from start to finish.

So….mitten drama.  I put the mittens aside and worked on…

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Socks!
I started these on Christmas Eve while during a family party. I cast them off on January 24th. We were “social” during the second half of the month, so the only thing I could work on was something portable and dead-simple….like socks. They aren’t the ugliest pair of self-striping socks I’ve worked on, but they’re close. They never seem to look like they’ll be bad when you see them in a ball under store lighting…it’s only once the sock starts to take shape that you realize you’ve had the equivalent of a yarny Rick Roll.

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I guess I figured correctly that these will make excellent Hallowe’en socks — they’re bound to scare anyone who looks upon ‘em.

I have another pair of socks on the needles. More about those as we go through February.

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No spinning for January. As mentioned, being sick and then being out of the house isn’t conducive to spinning. The two nights I was setting aside for spinning wound up being taken up by laundry and fixing the mitten mentioned above.  February, however, will have spinning! I just have to decide which fiber to start working on, as I have some pretty wonderful bags of fluff to choose from.

Socks! Pair #1 is done.

My knitting output has slowed down a bit in the past month.  I’m blaming it on three things…finally having some time to relax, catching a cold, and video gaming.

The first one is easy…the big Yule rush is over, so I can take my time. No hurry, right?

The second and third?  Well, when I catch a cold, I don’t necessarily want to be sneezing into my knitting. I’m making handknits, not plague blankets. Last thing I need to do is to spread my winter cold to some poor, unsuspecting person who just happened to receive an item from my knitting basket. It just happened this year that I caught some tummy bug that manifested on the night of Christmas Day – and then just as I was recovering from that, I caught yet another cold that knocked me flat on my arse.

That said, there has been some knitting.

I’m not sure I should count these, however.  I’ve been casually working on these off & on for about a year.  Maybe more (yes, maybe more).  How is that possible?  You don’t totally fall in love with the yarn.

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Why does indoor lighting always have to have that weird yellow cast?

Yarn is Regia, I think. I can’t find the ball band, it’s been so long. I know this particular colourway was floating around a couple of different Calgary yarn shops. A quick check on Ravelry tells me that I made an almost identical pair a few years ago as a birthday present for my Mum.  Go figure. I seem to recall that I bought two balls of the yarn with the intention of making knee socks.  I think I attempted it, realized that there is no way I have the patience to knit knee socks, and used half the yarn on a pair of socks for Mum. This is the other half.  Sock is the standard vanilla sock – cuff down, 7″ leg, with a heel flap. I think they may be just big enough to fit me (and anyone with my foot size), and somehow I managed to get the stripes to line up.  Huzzah!

I realized sometime at the end of 2014 that if I just dug up a few old Unfinished Objects from wherever they were stashed, I’d have a pair of socks or a pair of mittens or some other finished project. This is one of those pairs that never was accounted for as being “cast on” as they were just a pair of vanilla socks. Nothing special about them, right? You can whip out a pair in a week or two, so why bother accounting for them. Just stuff ‘em in your purse and go, because you can knit on them *anywhere* (except you never do, because something snazzier always seems to come along).

Anyhow, they’re first off the needles for 2015.  Better late than never!

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Sherri gave us homemade pasta, so we made home made Alfredo!


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Chili Day

The Husbeast and I are trying to clean up our diet.  Which means less sugar, and more of what you’d call “natural whole-foods”.  Essentially, we get rid of the “fillers” that have the highest calorie and carbohydrate load.  It evens out our blood sugar (thankfully neither of us is diabetic), which means our moods are definitely more stable. Other side benefits include less headaches/migraine, less joint pain, and less muddled thinking.

And the way I look at it, it starts with chili.

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The pot isn’t dirty. It’s well-loved.

That chili has ground beef, onion, garlic, carrots, red & orange peppers, celery, and a jalapeno pepper…chopped up and mixed with something I’m coming to refer to in my head as a “spice bomb”.  The flavours are amazing.  And no…we won’t be having it with bread.  It’s hearty enough as it is.

I generally tuck it away in a crock pot on “low” and let it do it’s thing during the day. By the time we’re ready for dinner, it’s ready to eat. And we get leftovers, which make for excellent meals at work for the rest of the week.

See?  I told you it starts with chili!

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Latvian Mitten in progress

This spicy number is mitten #1 of the first of two pairs of mittens I need to finish up.  What I find awesome about it, is that it looks like handspun….but it’s Kroy.  Patons Kroy from Michaels.  I have mentioned previously that I am a fan of Kroy, and this is one of the reasons why.  This mitten is Kroy from the inside-out.  The liner is Kroy.  The outer is Kroy. These are going to be very warm hands indeed.

Don’t get your hopes up, Dad.  These mittens are too short for you.  They’re going to be used as chess pieces in the eternal battle of wits that is “Trying to get the Husbeast’s Grandfather to Accept a Gift”.  If all else fails, they should be large enough to fit Dad-in-law.  But that’s only if he fails in his mission to tactically stash the mittens in Grandad’s house while he’s in warmer climes.

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Yeah, that thumb can be decreased by about 4 stitches around…

But first…that thumb is huge.  I will re-knit it with a couple of decreases and move on to mitten #2 of the pair.