Saturday, September 29, 2007

Drunken Apples Recipe

Here's another recipe that I kinda cobbled together from various recipes I'd seen in the past.

Drunken Apples

Brown Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350. Cut each apple in half vertically then hollow out the core. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and then top with a heaping spoonful of brown sugar. Bake until the brown sugar has melted into a liquid and the apples are soft when you poke them with a fork.

This is technically just a baked apple recipe but for some reason when I made these tonight the liquid that gathers in the center of the apple tasted vaguely like alcohol. These go particularly well with chai tea. Dylan recommends something creamy like vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. I like them as is.

Monday, September 24, 2007

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Look, it's colorwork!!

Look, I did colorwork. And I liked it. I look really... odd in this picture. My face looks... long. *laugh* Makes me look thinner, I don't care. Look Ma, cheekbones!!!

And here's a closeup of the band of colorwork. I opted not to do the second chart and just decreased while working plain with the main color instead. I didn't like the flowery thing going on with the original pattern.

Pattern: Fake Isle Hat by Amy King (Not THAT Amy King Mom) Magknits November 2006
Yarn: Patons SWS in "Natural Crimson" and "Natural Coal"
Needles: Size 7 16" circular and dpns
Modifications: Omitted chart 2 and decreased as I would in a basic hat
Notes: I love this hat. It's warm and the fair isle turned out absolutely awesome. If I could work every fair isle pattern on circulars and never ever ever come near it with dpns I'd be completely sold on it. Look how perfect the inside is.

Also included is my pretty black nail polish. And this other picture is a sneak peek of coming attractions: the car seat blanket I'm working for little miss O. It's waiting on the last 3 rows of edging and two ribbons.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Post #102

No way. I hit 100 posts and didn't even notice. Well hell... Oh well. The news I posted yesterday was more exciting anyway. *grin* So what am I giving out for my 100th post celebration? Uh... A really good oatmeal recipe? That's all I've got. Really. No finished objects. No book/yarn/goodies giveaways. Really. Sorry.

Really Good Oatmeal (I know, real original. The recipe isn't too original either!)

This is the first time I've done oatmeal from scratch. You know, not "Get out a package, dump in some water, pop it in the microwave". Real oatmeal. I figured it was a good start to our first day back to eating real food. lol

3 cups water
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups "Quick Oats"
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 of a large apple, chopped into chunks
cinnamon and brown sugar to taste

I followed the recipe on the back of the bag of quick oats, which basically said to boil the water then add the salt and the oats. For my variation I added the apples and the raisins at the same time. Cook until the oats are done and creamy. At the last second add the cinnamon and brown sugar and stir to combine. Vanilla extract would be good at this point too, but I'd only been up about 15 minutes, so I wasn't thinking about "Huh, what else could I put in this pot?" Mmmm, or nutmeg. Next time I might leave out the raisins. This makes a lot. I had a bowl, Dylan had a bowl, his mom had a bowl, and there were still leftovers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Olivia Danika*
2.5 pounds
12 inches long
Number of weeks finished ahead of schedule: Almost 9 weeks
Number of baby projects not yet finished: 4
Number of times I've looked at this picture and wished I wasn't too sick to go visit her and her mom: Too many to count

*Not sure of the spelling or even the order of the two names. Updates when I get a chance to talk to her mom or dad

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Jesus in a Mango!

Ha ha Krystal, I used it before you did... If you're not in on this particular little joke just... nevermind me. Really. I'm... I'm just not right. *grin* Moving on...

This post today is actually about Krystal. I was looking back through my blog archive and I found this post and and it got me thinking. I'm insanely proud of Krystal. She's doing things that I couldn't have done when I'd been knitting as long as she has. I think she's actually pretty much caught up to me in knitting skill. I'd still beat her in a knitting race, but she's starting to catch up to me on that one too. Which I think is pretty freaking awesome. Sometimes we get a little competitive (possibly why she caught up to me in skill so fast? lol) but that's all part of the fun. Plus I love her like the sister I never had and always wanted so it's great that she and I are into the same thing now. Well, that and Hanson. But we're not going there because then I'd have to tell you how jealous I am of the fact that she's going to a Hanson concert very very soon. Anyway, enough with the mush. I'm gonna go read a book and eat mac and cheese. lol

Friday, September 7, 2007

Bad Blogger! No yarn for you!

So I'm apparently really really bad at this blogging thing. lol I try to blog with some regularity, but I always fail. I don't know why that is. Ah well. Ready for a FO roundup?

Ok. Let's go.

Pattern: Mine (I'll post the pattern here on my blog once I do the second one)
Needles: US size 8/ 5mm
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in "Rosewood" 2 skeins + enough to do the four biggest rows of the edging

I love this. It's a little smaller than I'd like. I may reblock.

Here, have a closeup of the edging:

Yummy! Dylan says this yarn makes him think of neopolatan ice cream.

Next up, Krystal's Kiri. She loves it already and she hasn't even seen it in real life.

Pattern: Kiri (That's a pdf, click at your own risk if you're on dial up)
Needles: My favorite size 7 circs
Yarn: Angora Alize. Not Angora though. Mohair. Ugh

I loved this pattern, absolutely hated the yarn. I don't know if I'm allergic to mohair or just this yarn, but this was truly a labor of love. My favorite part? The icy blue cracked glass beads that refused to photograph without looking neon blue that I knitted into the points of the edging.

Now on to the stuff I've done for Zana. I'm safe posting this as she's safely housed at the University of Saskatchewan Hospital for several more weeks while we all anxiously await the arrival of her munchkin. He's going to be early, but it's better that he's early and they get her blood pressure down.

First up, my variation on the Little Devil Hat

Pattern: My own, loosely based on Lil Devil Pattern
Needles: Favorite size 7 circ again
Yarn: Cheapo acrylic. I know, Krystal, I know. lol

I started out doing the original Lil Devil pattern, but I didn't check my gauge first and well... it would have fit Octavia by the time it was done. lol So I ripped back, cast on 50 (48 sts for pattern 2 for seaming) and called it good. The "horns" aren't exactly centered or even with each other, but as long as it keeps little "Buddha"'s head warm I'm happy.

And here are two blankets I made

Fuzzy Wuzzy One:
Pattern: My own. I'm sensing a theme here
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Clouds 3 skeins (One each Lavender, Cloud and I think Pastel Multi)
Hook: Size N

The One with the Tags:

I did this one from a tutorial I found somewhere on the internet. Just sandwich two receiving blankets together with some ribbon "tags" around the edges and stitch together. Ta da!

Here's a photo of the hood on Fuzzy Wuzzy

Next, the baby bolero from One Skein

I don't have the specs on this one anymore because I did this when I first found out Zana was pregnant. I know it's acrylic and I'm 90% positive it was done on my size 7 circular, just like everything else. lol

Zana requested baby washcloths, so here's the first one. I plan on doing several more.

Pattern: Love Cloth (I'll post the link later when my hubby isn't wanting dinner)
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter
Needles: Size 7 circs

Haven't woven in the ends yet and I need to wash this first because the yarn bleeds. (The color on this one is way off. Well, at least the sheet in the background is. The washcloth is pretty close)

And here's a picture of the grand total as of today.

And last but not least, the head scarf thing I'm knitting for Jean for her birthday. Yes, our birthdays were months ago. Maybe I'll just keep it for Christmas. lol We got her other stuff!