So, I’m making a thing. I don’t know what it is yet.
I really liked this lace-vine pattern. I really want a lacey shawl/wrap/poncho thing. I was looking for other stuff in my stash several years ago and stumbled across this yarn. I started knitting.
The yarn itself I like. It is bulky, it is soft, the color is pretty. The yarn ball, not so much. It is tangled and HUGE to the point of almost being unwieldy.
At the moment, this is in my “on pause” collection because the yarn ball was annoying me. I’m sure I’ll get back to it before too long. I kinda like having no idea where this is going.
I found some big-ish craft beads cleaning out some craft supplies. They are blue-ish and might become a part of this at some point.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/clwu
Super Awesome Nummy Bars
These are inspired by the dark chocolate cherry granola bars that my husband loves and our local store stopped selling, and “Car Snack #2” from The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila. Basically, I’m using Alana’s process with my own recipe. Once you have the proportions down, you can put in any ingredients you like.
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or 1/3 cup more honey or 1/3-1/2 cup peanut butter)
- 2 cups of rolled/old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of dried cherries
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds without the shells
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds without the shells
- 1 1/2 cups nuts (I did 1/2 cup each of peanuts, almonds, and pecans for this batch)
- 1/2 cup shaved, unsweetened coconut if you like coconut
- 1/4-1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
You will also need chocolate chips/chunks. I usually use a mix of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate, but you can do whatever makes you happy. Peanut butter chips are also delicious.
- Melt your syrup ingredients over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until it is all melty and delicious.
- Mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl. Do not add chocolate (or do, just be aware that it makes the whole process a lot more messy if you add it now).
- Once the syrup is all melty, mix it with the dry ingredients so that they get completely coated.
- Heat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. You’ll have to decide if you want thick or thin bars. If you want thick (more chewy) bars, go with a small cookie sheet. If you want thin (crunchier) bars, go with a large cookie sheet.
- Cover the parchment paper with as much chocolate as you want on the bottom/top of your bars.
- Cover chocolate chips with the other ingredients and smooth down with a spoon for an even layer.
- Bake 15-35 minutes (depending on thickness) until the edges are a darker brown.
- Cool completely.
- Flip out of pan and cut into bars.
- Try not to eat them all in one sitting.
I prefer thinner, crunchier bars, but the majority of this batch is headed to my husband’s stash at work, so thick and chewy it is. I also recommend making the chocolate layer the “top” when eating these, because it can get messy on the bottom.
Store in sealed plastic. May be refrigerated or frozen.
This is one of my favorite spindles. It has shell casings in the whorl. It is also one of my heavier spindles.
This roving is one of my early experiments in Kool-Aid dying. It is shades of blue and purple. I used the sun-tea method of dying this. I’m now finally getting around to spinning it up. It is sport/worsted weight-ish.
It did get slightly felted in the dying process, so it is a bit of a pain to spin.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/ju77z
This is yet another ongoing spinning project. I have a LOT of them. This is some alpaca pencil roving that I’m spinning on a supported spindle. It doesn’t technically need to be spun supported, but I wanted to practice on something that wasn’t spiderweb lace. I’ve got an equal size ball of dark brown alpaca in the same pencil roving and I will eventually ply them.
Spinning supported takes so much of the risk out of spinning. That is nice because I can loose focus while spinning.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/qev7d
This is a stranded knitting scarf for no one in particular (I would say it is for me, but I have PLENTY of scarves. I live in New Mexico, you don’t need that many). I ran across some old filet crochet pattern collections and downloaded a bunch. I’m using those patterns since stranded knitting stitches are roughly square. There is a little motif at the bottom and I’m half way through a rose pattern.
I’m using one ball of Aade in greens and yellows and one ball of Kauni in browns. So there with be some long striping.
This is just something fun for me. I always like having a stranded project going. I’ve put it aside for the moment to focus on Christmas knitting, but I’ll pick it up when I have a handle on that and/or need a stranding fix.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/u2n1o
Progress on the Green Bay socks! I’m currently about half way done with one of the heel gussets and ready to start the heel gusset on the second! They go so fast once you get the heel done. I’m really hoping to have both heels done this week. Craig’s birthday is at the end of August and I have no money, so he is getting socks if I have to stay up all night, every night to finish them. (He LOVES socks) If I can get these done soon, he might get a second pair (much less involved).
I am using the Andersson heel for these.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/zh86f
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon gluten
- 2 teaspoons fiber (optional, I try to sneak soluble fiber in everywhere)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- fruit, sliced thin and in small pieces
- This dough recipe is for a bread maker, you may have to adjust the water/flour/gluten ratio if you are doing this by hand: Put all of the ingredients except the fruit into the bread machine in the order your machine likes. Set to dough setting. Let-her-rip.
- While the dough is rising, slice up your fruit. I used strawberries, cherries, and apples that needed to be used up, but pretty much anything will work. If you use very wet fruit, increase covered baking time.
- Once you’ve got a good first rise out of your dough, divide it into two balls (this recipe is a 2 lb recipe, so ~1 lb each).
- Flour your working surface and roll out each ball into an oblong. You want to go about 1/4” to 1/2” thick. This is a stiff dough, so you may reach a point where it just doesn’t want to get thinner, and that is fine.
- Spread out your fruit pieces homogeneously. Make sure you leave about one inch free of fruit at the short end closest to you.
- Roll up the dough from the short end furthest from you to the short end closest to you. Fruit may fall out, just shove it back in somewhere.
- When you only have a couple of inches left, stop rolling and pull up the closest end to meet the roll. Pinch a seem (see the 4th and 5th pictures) all along where the edge meets the roll. Then fold up the ends.
- Put pinched side down into a greased bread tin/Pyrex/pan/etc. Some people grease and flour, go for it if that is your thing.
- With a sharp knife (serrated and fruit don’t mix well), cut a slit down the middle of your bread two to three layers deep. I’ve found with the fruit breads, you want to cut the slit before the second rise, not after. If you wait until after, the bread is much more likely to collapse. It does make the bread look more like and explosion at the end…
- Cover because every fly and fruit fly in a ten mile radius is heading strait for that bread. Then let rise. It is important not to let it rise too much. You just want it to get to the top of the pan or there about.
- Set oven to bake at 350 F and put the bread in roughly the middle of the oven. Bake uncovered for ~10 minutes or until the top isn’t sticky and just starts to brown.
- Cover lightly with foil. Bake for 20-30 more minutes. You want the entire loaf to be roughly the same browned-ness. With fruit breads, over cook. That will help keep them from falling once they cool. I shoot for 10-15 minutes more than I would normally bake the bread if it didn’t have fruit.
- Let cool in the pan for a bit until it is cool enough to handle.
- DO NOT flip the bread out of the pan (unless you want a mess). Loosen the sides with a knife if you need to and lift it out.
- Cool completely on a wire rack. There will probably be some falling (the middle deflates, but the outside crust is too crunchy to deflate with it). This batch didn’t do too badly. I think they could have stayed in the oven another 5-10 minutes.
- Definitely store this in a sealed container. Don’t worry, it won’t be in there long.
- Eat! I’m eating some of this batch right now, lightly toasted and with a dab of butter. Mmmmmmmm!
This is a fantastic recipe if you love pie, but don’t like making pie.
I finally finished my falling leaves hand towel. I made this as I was perfecting the chart on: http://chartgen.orangellous.com/index.php#chart So there are some mistakes, ‘cuz I screwed up the chart a couple of times…
I really love how it turned out though and I think I’m going to use this leaf pattern and the trellis pattern on the edges to design my shawl idea, or at least the first iteration of it.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/dsc2t
Feel free to use the chart to your heart’s desire.
I don’t think I’ve posted this shawl on my knitting blog since I made it before I had a knitting/crafting blog.
Here is the ravelry page: http://ravel.me/scitchet/c8bjl
It is in Noro Chirimen, so it is machine washable! I made it as sort of an every day shawl.
This morning the house is cool enough to wear it. I always smile when I pull it out of the closet.
I finished this rug for the back door a few weeks ago. It is for Mooch’s wet feet after she luxuriates in her swimming pool.
I used Peaches ‘n Creme’s double worsted held triple.
I love the rugs I make like this, but damn using a needle that big for long hurts my hands.
Eventually I’ll put some grippy stuff on it, but at the moment I want it to relax. It is actually doing pretty well in that regard. After two or three weeks it is almost flat.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/c1xw4
I tried to find the pictures from when I spun this yarn, but I can’t. I swear I posted them on tumblr…
Anyway, this is the first handspun that I’ve used for something for me! I believe it was corriedale, but I could be completely wrong about that. It is lovely soft. It was kind of boring to spin, but I was able to appreciate the color while knitting it.
I really wanted a giant cowl/hood, and this seemed like the perfect yarn. I would have liked a few more inches on the cowl, but it will do its job.
It is just a tube of knitting. I started it at a two day workshop to keep from killing people and then finished in classes while I was walking around helping people. Knitting keeps me from grabbing pens and pencils out of student’s hands and doing problems for them…
I’m looking forward to winter hiking so I can use it!
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/3mg4d
This is the second swatch I’m doing for my leafy lacy thing. I took a bunch of uncharted lace patterns and charted them by hand. I am then using http://chartgen.orangellous.com/index.php#chart to chart them out into the swatches I want to try. This will be a hand towel that hangs in the kitchen.
I really like http://chartgen.orangellous.com/index.php#chart It did everything I wanted. I highly suggest that if you are doing anything big, that you type it out in a word processing file first and copy and paste it. The site lets you preview your charts, so you can find whatever mistakes you made (I only made one mistake in 55 stitches and 20 rows) and you can fix them in the file and re-paste them into the site. The window that you have to work in on the site is small, making it hard to find what you are looking for if it is a big chart.
Edit: I realized after this posted that I had put in the wrong chart (all of the even numbered rows were backward, I forgot to check the box), but now the correct one is there. Odd rows read left to right, even row read right to left.
This is my first test swatch for the lacy thing in my head. There will be leaves in the lacy thing and something else, so I was testing out a leaf pattern and a something else pattern.
I sent this dishcloth to my mom with a tube of Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Cream. They are having a super sale right now. I love there stuff. It helps me stay moisturized in the desert and feels soooooo good. I got myself a Belly Bar and hubs actually noticed how smooth I feel.
I’m making a rainbow version of the Kauni Feather and Fan Stole for me. I made one for a friend a few years ago in purples. Progress is slow because I have so many projects I’m knitting for other people. But every time I pick it up and knit on it I just smile and smile. The colors make me so happy. I can’t wait to wrap up in it.
Also, I’m using the yarn bowl that my brother bought me for Christmas a few years ago. That also makes me happy.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/zbe9k
I started a small version of my No-Stretch Washcloth because someone found a problem (turns out that I had a typo in row two, dooh!). I decided to keep knitting on it, because why not.
It is currently my in-class knitting, which means it isn’t getting done very quickly. We are in the home stretch to finals.