Weekend Wrap-up : The Fifi redux

I have been working on my projects for Blue Moon. I was stuck on what to do next. So I knit my little mannequin a vest. It was super fast and I had a laugh when churchable asked what I did that day. Sunday, I sifted through my stash in preparation for a yarn swap today in Portland. I also decided to go through my fiber stash and figure out what I would not be wanting to spin because I don’t feel the hard pressing desire to spin. I know how, but I would rather knit all the time and find my yarn elsewhere. Of course I have the hard position to be in that I get a free fleece each year and I don’t know what to do with it. Well while looking through the fibers, I stared in shock and kept saying “OMG” until churchable asked what was up. As you see on the left, there is a bag of fiber dyed by Tina. I had heard about Blue Moon. I had loved her colors. This was my last fiber purchases before I realized that my fiber stashing was growing but not moving from fiber to yarn. I keep some of my fiber because I may one day start again, but right now I am happy to know I can. This weekend was rather low key. I wish it was enjoyable fruitful knitting but I had some frustrations. I knit the object below to the same point it is at in the picture 3 times before I was satisfied with the fit. This is Fifi, which I am knitting with the Sexy Knitters Club. I love the pattern. For some reason, when I swatched I thought I got gauge so I cast on. When I tried on the top the first time to check the neckline, It was super small almost crew neck like. Not me. SO I cast on 140 instead of 120. This was also wrong, which made me look at my lying stinking 5 x 5 in swatch. It was not 20 st to 4 in. It was more like 20 st to 3 1/2 stretched if that. Grumbling all the way, I hunted down my US 8 circulars and realized that A) one was at a students house in her first sweater, B) so were my DPNs, C) my other US 8 was in a sweater that languished because I liked knitting other things. So I had one choice, finish off the sweater. Which I did and it was blocking on WIP Wednesday. It is in the finishing pile which is larger than I remember. I will have to tackle that this coming weekend. Come to find out this circular was the right size when I swatched with it, but the cable was too long to start the project on. Dragging my feet but knowing what I had to do (since I needed the US 7 circular that Fifi was on for work), I headed to my LYS. I grabbed the correct length US 8 circular and scampered home to switch things and start work. Finally Fifi is correct and fits. I have passed the dreaded 25th round. I cast on 120 (I probably would have been happier with 140 – I might...

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Can I get your help?

I am starting to design for my mystery project. I have the industry standard measurements, which don’t give me enough details. So I would like you my readers to help me, you can do two things. 1. measure yourself (details will be below) I promise I won’t share this 2. post on your blog asking people to come over and help. So pull out your tape measures and help. You can send me the details at EotasteATgmailDOTcom with all the little bits pulled out and changed of course or in the comments and I won’t post the comment. Mark the subject line Garment measurements. Thanks in advance. bust circumferencewaist circumferencehip circumferenceshoulder width length from shoulders2 bust2 waist2 hips2 underarms head circumferencelength from neck to top of head Now take a good fitting top and measure length of top or your preferred preference preferred neckline and depthwidth of the neck across the...

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Weekend Cookbook Challenge #18 – red and white

Weekend Cookbook Challenge #18 – red and white

Sara of i like to cook posted her recipe for Weekend Cookbook Challenge and I realized that I had just made something that would meet the requirements. I have been cooking a little bit more now that my life is getting back to normally. I just had a big life change plus all the family changes (we have had 2 funerals this year). Raspberry Tarta deviation of Everday Foods Issue 24Serves 10 For the crust 1 1/4 C for all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) plus more for dusting 1/3 C sugar 1/4 t salt 1/2 C (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces For the filling 6 C fresh raspberries (rinsed and dried) 2 T cornstarch 3 T lemon juice pinch of salt Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F. In food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter; process until large moist crumbs can be smooshed together and they stay together. Transfer dough to a round tart pan with a removable bottom; press into the bottom of the pan, working from the center to the edges and up the sides. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake crust until golden, 20-25 minutes; cool completely. While the crust is cooling, start the filling by reserving 1 C of your prettiest berries for the top. In a saucepan, bring 1/4 C water and 1 1/2 C berries (I used frozen blackberries since I was short on the raspberries) to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to break down, 2-4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 2T water; stir into the pan. Add lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring until mixture begins to thicken, 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3 1/2 fresh berries. Immediately pour hot berry mixture into cooled tart shell, and smooth the top. Place reserve berries on top, pressing down lightly to help them stick. Refrigerate until cool, about 30...

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WIP Wednesday – with a few weekend happenings at the end

This weekend was crazy and a little mixed up. We were supposed to go to Spo Vegas for the 4th through the weekend but we decided we had been in the car a little too much. See what we did at the bottom. So since we did not do much but stay home, I got to got to the first PDX knit blogger meet up at Knit/Purl. Kathy over at Vast Amount of Spare Time has a great list of all who attended. I was busily finishing up a few projects so that I could have needles free to start my projects for Tina. They are due at the end of August so I will be a little busy. My entrelec sock has gotten many ohs and ahs lately. It especially caused many passerbys at Fabric Depot to stop and pet it and comment on the fact that I was not even looking. My response would have been why do I need to look at my knitting when it is all little tiny squares of knit stitches, but I was brought up to be nice and accept it. My inside voice was screaming STOP PETTING the SOCK people. I might understand now about the whole people petting pregnant women’s bellies. Totally not ok. Ok it was fine for a few knit bloggers but not the entire group of people that I did not know and who did not ask. My sweater with cables from Rebecca 30 is coming along well. I think I might only have enough to seam and crochet the neck. I don’t know how much I can do with the sleeves. I have one small ball left. It is currently blocking and waiting for me to seam it and figure out how much yarn I have. I started this project happy if it only becomes a vest. I have restarted Fifi with more stitches in the neck and then realized that I was lazy and did a swatch but did not measure it. I just cast on willy nilly. It’s not good to toss about starts. So I got the sweater with cables off the size 8 needles and I will be swatching tonight and hopefully casting on tomorrow morning before I start work. I just got my yarn today for my big project for Tina over at Blue Moon. Now on to the big weekend event. If you don’t care about my crazy life move along there is no more knitting till Friday. So I finally decided that I had had it with cousin It and he had to leave. I mean what good is a tree that is supposed to flower and has only flowered once in the 4 summers you have been spending time at this house. You must first know that cousin it is most likely about 40 years old. SO it was not easy. Now the house looks a little bare but much more to my...

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FO Friday – the socks are finally done

The Orange socks that almost didn’t make itPattern: Mine – Basic Toe-up Short-row heelYarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Krokodil / Crocodile color 17 (wool and something else)Needles: Crystal Palace US 1 DPNsThoughts: I hate this yarn. It takes me forever to finish a project in it. I am done knitting with it for socks. I won’t be buying anymore. I only have the remnants of this skein and the one I used for Gee’s clothing. I think Gee gets the rest of the yarn for other clothing. Mittens have been called for and I am sure a sweater is not far behind. The great thing about churchable is that he will wear these and love these even though they are not a perfect fit, because he wears the first pair I knit him which one is too tight and the other is so loose it falls to his ankle when he puts it on, and to make matters worse I did not know that I was supposed to knit a tighter gauge for socks. He shows those misshapen socks off to everyone and tells them that I knit them. To me I wish they would disappear in the wash but he loves them and displays them proudly. What more can I ask for in a...

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What I have been doing for the past 3 or so weeks?

I want to quickly catch you up and hopefully I don’t miss anything. The past couple of weeks has been busy/lazy. We headed down to Sacramento to a memorial service. We of course had adventures on the way down. Two hours into our drive from home we discover that the front passenger tire is flat and has been for a while (we would stop every couple of days and pump it up since we saw no holes). Strangely odd. We also had left at 8:30 pm hoping to stop at a campground and sleep and then jump back on the rode. The campgrounds on I-5 between Portland and Grants Pass are slim if not nonexistent. So churchable’s grand idea was to sleep at the Salem fairgrounds. Ok fairgrounds don’t sound too great, but after I got over being freaked out at camping in the middle of a city, I got a good nights sleep till a big fat drop of Oregon hit me in the face. I don’t know about you but I don’t appreciate sleeping without a tent in the rain. We ended up sleeping at a rest stop. The rest of the drive down was pretty good. After the memorial we headed off to see on of my HS buddies who lives in the Bay Area. We got to meet their baby who is very active but he is a year and half old. Unfortunately we stayed with them for a very short time since they were expecting family and leaving for Europe shortly afterwards. The rest of the time in the Santa Rosa area of California. My SIL and family live in the area. We had good times. I spent a lot of time knitting. I finished a few things and started something very cool. During this time was my FIL’s birthday which was celebrated by going to Santa Cruz and riding on a narrow gauge train up a mountain. During this time everyone was suffering or recovering from a stomach flu. Bud, Frog boy and I did not get it, but churchable was attacked by it the day we planned to head out to the base of Mt Shasta so that he could summit it. I ignored his delusioned requests that I drive and all I would need to do was pull over so he could puke. No thank you. So we headed back to the Northwest a day late, which just meant no Mt Shasta. At this point both front tires were trying to see who could be less deflated. While the tires bickered, we made a detour to see Crater Lake, which was amazing. I can’t wait to come back in the winter and go snowshoeing around it. Churchable wants to ski some parts of it (no not into it.) On saturday we woke up and I complained that I thought I needed a warmer sleeping bag because I froze most of the night. Well come to find out it was freezing that night and my bag is not rated for that cold of weather. So if you go to Crater Lake and camp, bring a warm sleeping bag. My body might have been cold, but my mind was quickly waking up to thought that I would be at the Black Sheep Gathering...

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Announcement

Hey Everyone, Do you know what all that is in the picture? Well of course you do. Do you know what it means? Well I do it means work. I have been diligently following some bizarre leads (ie not from my usual sources). I had one random knitter at Madrona suggest that I go volunteer for this company that is a mere 45 min and 25 miles from my house. I ignored this sock knitter that was fondling Kogui, because who was she but some random knitter. Well back in march I bought the Yarn Harlot‘s book Casts off to amuse myself since humor was needed in those dark hours ( I had as of yet never read one of her books). Halfway though the book I glanced at the cover and stared in shock. This was the random knitter that suggest I go talk to a yarn company. Um oops. After getting back in the routine of being home and no longer caring for Meemo (my MIL), I went on a small PDX yarn crawl of my own making. I stumbled into Farm House Knit Shop. I petted the yarn. Bought some yarn and talked to the owner, who suggested that I apply for a job at the same yarn company. Well I bounced along said path of application and eventually met Tina of Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I had no clue what kind of job I would be offered, but I was willing to take anything. What art school graduate does not want to work in their chosen field? Well I got what to me is a dream job. I get to play with yarn all day and imagine and bring to actuality designs that are dancing in my head with Blue Moon Yarn. So Yes I am now a designer for Blue Moon Fiber Arts. What this means to you my dear readers is that I will not be posting as often. I will try to post at least once a week, but I will let you know when a deadline is close and you will see me slip into the dark world of knitting my fingers off to create something. Hopefully something people will...

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WIP Wednesday – skipped

So I was in PDX all day doing yarny things but not knitting, my WIPs have not moved. I did get some design advice from Sandy at the Farmhouse Knit Shop in Beaverton. I also got closer to narrowing down a yarn choice for a comission. Other than those small things, I am leaving on family business for the next week and a half (back 6/24). I might be able to post while gone but please don’t count on it. When I get back I will show you lots of FO (hopefully) and pics of Black Sheep Gathering.

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Weekend Wrap up – late

So I know I have been less than posty this last week, The reason behind this is that I am knitting a mystery project. The blob of blue above. Last week, I did not get to work on the socks till Friday night while I waited for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee speak at Powell‘s bookstore in PDX. I had this event on my calendar for over 2 months. I was planning it and asked my friend who just learn to knit to join me. Things were going without a hitch. Churchable would stay with the doggies while we laughed about yarn. Fast forward to Friday, my friend called to say that Stephanie was on TV. We flipped it on and ate breakfast in front of the TV. When they announced that Stephanie was speaking tonight at Powell’s, churchable looks at me and states “Do you want to go?” Ummmmmm…….. “Yeah, we are leaving at 4.” “Oh cool”. “So do you want to come?” “Yeah I think that Stephanie is funny and I would like to hear her talk.” Click on the pic to find out what Stephanie did to the pink sock. Let’s just say I was amazed that my hubby would join us. My poor friend has a husband in the camp of extreme CHOKE (Cultural Humiliation Of Knitters Everywhere), but that caused her to laugh even harder because she was going through it. Let’s just say that she knits rather fast for a beginner but her projects take a while because she can’t knit or crochet when her hubby is home. Poor girl. I got three of the yarn harlot’s books signed. Yeah. I love having such a great bookstore near me that brings in authors. I have done to a few signings. I typically am more interested in the talk than the signing but it is cool to meet them and ask individual questions. This weekend was weird. Friday was amazingly hot. I wish that we had worked in the yarn but no we waited to do that on Saturday. Well we awoke to rain and that is all it did for the rest of the weekend. I knit on my mystery project and finished the sock. I cleaned up my studio so I can knit in it again. The sock? you ask. Yes I have finished a pair of socks in less than a month. Hmmm … I think this is a Blue Moon conspiracy to have me only knit socks with their yarn. Why knit with anything else if Blue Moon is the...

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Weekend Wrap up

So I did not do much this weekend but knit, hey my husband was at a men’s retreat. I only had to feed myself and two dogs. So what better than to have a weekend to become one with the couch. I did get up and go to the farmer’s market to get produce for the week, but that was all. What do I have to show for all that laziness? Why a Blue Moon STR sock! I might have to un pick the toe. It is a little long but I was teaching myself how to knit a heel gusset and using the magic loop method. I liked the gusset unlike when I tried to teach myself 8 years ago. The magic loop is ok, but I like my dpns. I am with Stephanie in my love for them. I hope she gets her sock back before I see her in Portland this weekend. Since not much happened here this weekend and I did not post about our memorial weekend, I will leave you with some pics and a video of our weekend. We headed to Bend, OR to hang out with Tradja and Jess. We hiked, skied, ate and shot things up. It was a blast. This video is our Lab/Pug mix playing in the snow. She was such a wild thing that the snowmobilers had to come find out what kind of dog had that much...

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