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Dear Santa . . .

In Knitting on November 18, 2010 by Queue

I know it’s a little early.  As Thanksgiving is not yet upon us, it is therefore not even Advent yet, so why am I contemplating Christmas wishes?

Well for one, I’ve been working on Christmas presents since July or August.  Also, I’ve been assaulted of late by a barrage of sweaters and other toasty knitted lovelies that has inspired a bad case of knitting lust.  So to stave off my impulses, I’m putting in a request.

Santa, next year I would like to knit the following:

Greenway

Leaving

Chambord

Blair

Skalva

Cadence

Mythos

Milly

. . . and a whole lot more. Now, I can come by yarn pretty easily, patterns too. What I need you to do is to flex some of your time/space continuum bending powers in my favor so I can have the time I need to knit them all and still work and sleep and take care of things. I know I’m asking a lot, but I hope we can come to a mutually acceptable arrangement.

Yours,
Queue

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Bree – defender of the stash

In Du jour,Knitting,Life,Observations on July 16, 2010 by Queue

For any of you out there who may be wondering about alternative methods for deterring moths around your wool – I highly recommend a puppy. No, seriously.

A moth (not likely the dangerous kind, for one it was a bit too big) just landed on my knee.  We see a lot more bugs in this apartment than we did in the last one (probably because I count an ant infestation as one single bug), perils of being out in the country.  I’ll trade more bugs for the semi’s that used to rattle our walls, any day!

Anyway – the moth didn’t stay long on my knee, and shortly made it’s fatal error – it flew across the puppy’s line of sight.  That was it – it was toast.  She pursued it through the apartment with the single-minded focus of a zealot.  First paws, then teeth, and finally (I believe) she ate it.  A few more of those and she will have totally made up for the times she’s tried to eat my yarn!

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Make Ahead Day

In Cooking,Knitting,Life,Spinning on April 14, 2010 by Queue

I’m not subbing today, so I planned our meals for the next week and went to the store.  When I got home I proceeded to make two dinners simultaneously, neither of which are for dinner tonight.  I got my receipts this week from Smitten Kitchen. I love this blog – she does great recipes and her photography is stellar!  I want light that good in my kitchen.

Today I made Spinach and Cheese Strata, which needs to chill overnight before cooking anyway, and Stuffed Cabbage Rolls which I intend to bag and freeze for sometime next week.  Tonight we’re having Tomato and Sausage Risotto.

It was a fair bit of prep work – though not as labor intensive as some things I love to cook.  But now I’ll have two nights of reheat dinners, basically.  Tomorrow is another subbing day, so the strata will be an easy dinner after a longish day.  Friday is birthday dinner for the boy, so we’re having (by request) fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and hopefully asparagus.  The asparagus at the store today was HUGE and a bit past its “expiration date” if you know what I mean.  Ew.  And to top all that oh so healthy food off, I’m making him a Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake.

There may have also been some knitting.  I started spinning a 4 oz. braid on Saturday, finished the singles on Sunday, plied, soaked, and dried on Monday.  The braid was three large sections of color.  I split each color into sixths and spun them in such an order than when I wound the singles on my ball winder and plied starting from the two ends and working towards the middle I’d get stripes.  Then I proceeded to cast on a hat.  I’m working a top down toboggan type loosely based on Brooklyntweed’s Turn a Square.  I’m going to keep going ’til I run out of yarn, so this hat may have a sizeable “cuff.”

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A little discipline

In Baking,Cooking,Gardening,Knitting on March 16, 2010 by Queue

I’ve said it before, and I’ll likely say it again.

I’m going to make an attempt to post more regularly.  My goal is weekly.

So let’s see, what’s been going on around here . . .

Well, I’ve told you about the puppy.

I’ve got one finished sweater and one that’s nearly done.  I’ve finished a couple pairs of socks.  I’ve got a couple hats I made back when my head was cold.  I’m working on a really pretty lace piece and I have a shrug to finish for Curly. When I’ve got some good light, I’ll get Seth to help me get some pictures!

Also, I’ve decided not to garden too seriously this year.  I just don’t want to play with tomatoes in big pots and the hazards of dry weather, or cool weather, or a lack of sunshine.  One of the nearby farmer’s markets has a CSA, and I’m going to try to get us subscribed.  Between that, my garden crazy MIL, and the other farmer’s markets around we should be just fine.

I’ve been using my copy of Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day more lately.  It’s fantastic to have dough on hold in the fridge for when you want some warm bread with dinner.  Or burger buns, which I never remember to buy or make until we’ve already dug the ground beef out of the freezer to make patties.  I found some great instructions for making sliders here.  And we had a great time making and eating them.

We’ve been having some good fun here.

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The Pull of Fall

In Knitting on August 6, 2009 by Queue

I can feel it coming. It doesn’t help that the fall knitting magazines are hitting my mailboxes both real and virtual. And what with the weather being unseasonably comfortable of late, it’s easy to think it’s nearer than it actually is.

For those who are unfamiliar, fall has a strange power over knitters, especially the wool lovers. She is a siren whose song grows stronger right around august. It’s the promise of cooler days and a growing need for layers. We relish fall. Autumn is our mistress. Normal people get caught up in spring cleaning; knitters get caught up in fall knitting.

Add to that the fact that I, like at least a few others, measure our year by a school calendar, which means renewed vigor for a new year comes now, rather than between Christmas and New Years. You don’t want to see what happens when I smell a new box of crayons around this time of year; it’s downright silly.

But back to the wool. I’ve just finished leafing through my copy of Interweave Knits Fall ’09 and I’m so inspired. All I want to do is stockpile some yarn and park it on the couch and knit until I can’t move my arms anymore. Not helpful when one is still unemployed – no new jobs to be found on the couch. I, however, would be blissfully unaware of this fact. Just look at what I’ve been eyeing. Not all of these are new, but still exciting.

fall 09

fall 09

Fall 09

Fall 09

Fall 09

Fall 09

Nantucket Jacket

Winter 06

Fall 08

Fall 08

Winter 08

Winter 08

Fall 09

Fall 09

Spring 09

Spring 09

Winter 08

Winter 08

Spring 09

Spring 09

Fall 09

Fall 09

Winter 07

Winter 07

Winter 08

Winter 08

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The Year of Natural Fibers

In Knitting,Spinning on February 10, 2009 by Queue

I have no idea who decides these things, but 2009 is the year of the natural fiber. I’m a huge fan of natural fibers, so I’m fine with this. Thought I’d share a little inspiration.

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From top left:
1. Cotton Boll 2. Silk Noil, Ingeo, Acala Cotton, Bamboo, and Cormo Wool 3. Naturally Dyed Wool 4. Natural Colored Cotton 5. Handspun Artyarn 6. Handwoven Scarf 7. Wool and Bamboo Yarn 8. Flax Fiber 9. Hand Dyed Wensleydale Wool

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where my head has been lately. Enjoy!

Ok, that mosaic making thing is really fun – I might need to do that some more!

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Tuesdays are for taking pictures

In Knitting on February 3, 2009 by Queue

Time for an update.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

I’ve been finishing things.

I’ve started some things.

I’ve had some interesting things on my mind:

Snow White
This whole book
Girasole
Demi

I think maybe I’m on a texture kick.