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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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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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Crazy 80’s music and stuff . . .

In Spinning on June 7, 2007 by Queue

Allow me to properly introduce my little friend, he’s from Maryland. He needs a name, any ideas??

And this is the booty from that trip – 80/20 Alpaca silk. It’s so soft, and since I think it’s sliver (or combed top) it spins up into nice smooth thin singles.

Thus far I think I’ve spun up about 1/3 an ounce of the 4 ounces that came in the bag. I’m kicking myself for not getting two bags, as I’m trying to spin this up as lace/fingering weight to knit myself a scarf/shawl for Spun Stitches (check out the link on the left towards the bottom of the page, we may be insane, but we’re all insane together!)

See? A happy little football of yarn-to-be. I hope I like the final product, but if it turns out too girly . . . I think I know where it needs to go.

** points to anyone who names the reference in my title.

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I didn’t buy any yarn . . .

In Spinning on May 15, 2007 by Queue

. . . but I’m getting to be very fond of the spindle. We’ve been hanging out in the evenings. This is my first two ply handspun, isn’t it cute?? All of about 40 yards and it varies in weight from lace to worsted, but I did it.


This is my new project – 80% black alpaca 20% Silk, and thus far I’m keeping it fairly even. I may dye it, once it’s plyed to make the white bits of silk have some color, maybe deep greens, blues, and purples. I’m hoping for enough lace/fingering weight yarn to knit myself a lacy shawl or scarf.