Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Healthy Post

Okay, so we don't really have Thanksgiving in Australia.

I still love the concept. Perhaps because I love pumpkin and yams. So, when Thanksgiving whirled around last week and I happened to have the day off, I decided to make a Thanksgiving feast and prepared a marathon of Thanksgiving episodes (Buffy, Chuck, Gilmore Girls...). I made roast turkey drumsticks with roasted pumpkin and potatoes and then whipped up a salad, which I've dubbed "Romancing the Salad".

It was incredibly good.

You just steam up some quinoa. I used a mix of about 1 part red to 2-3 parts white to give it a bit of extra colour. Let that cool. Whip up a dressing of the juice of one blood orange, a splash of olive oil, a little trickle of balsamic vinegar (I don't measure... it makes life more exciting!), salt, pepper, and one garlic clove minced up. When the quinoa is cool, add a couple of chopped up qukes (I madly love qukes!), half a chopped spring onion (I actually cooked it a bit with the quinoa to make it mild), a small handful of pine nuts, a small handful of chopped up parsley and a good handful of dried cranberries. Then add the dressing. The salad will just soak it up and give you lots of shininess. I added the left over turkey the next day and... oh yes! This is the stuff!

"It is a sham. But it's a sham with yams. It's a yam sham."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Household Madness

I spotted Gigi earlier today: "I laid an egg! It's THIS big!"

Meanwhile, if you have a dog in the bush, what do you have in your hand?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I like him. He says okie dokie.

Remember that I was waxing lyrical about Socktopus? Well, I won a copy! It is everything I hoped for. It includes one of my favourite patterns, 'Rumpled!' Doesn't hurt that it's named after a fairy tale character, either.

But that's not the best bit. The best bit is the bit I wasn't expecting. There are Supernatural themed socks in this book.

I mean, how cool is that? All in all, this is a sock book from which I must spontaneously knit all the socks! There's not a better review than that.

In the meantime, I've started on something I've been wanting to do for ages. I've started designing my own pattern! Okay, that's still a bit ambitious, since I've only got my first swatch sorted, but I'm excited. I've been pouring over stitch patterns, sometimes while eating mousse.

(Yes, I have a weakness for tinned mandarin slices. Jamie Oliver once said they are the exception to the rule and I agree with him completely.) And I do have a first swatch. Here's a peak.

Okay, that wasn't an informative peak, but you can see that there is knitting. I picked up some Vintage Purl lace that is in a gorgeous TARDIS blue, so you know in which direction my mind began to tick. The design was half in my head before I'd put the yarn down. I thought 'can I do this?' Then I thought 'why not?' Since then, my mind has been buzzing with design ideas and I've already learned heaps. It's all kind of fun. And if it doesn't work out in the end, so what?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Red Booties

Whenever I hear that a little girl is going to be born now, I whip up a concoction of red yarn and buttons. Because every girl needs to start life with red footwear, correct? After all, even Cinderella's slippers are made of red velvet (do yourself a favour and catch D'Aulnoy's Finette Cendron, which is far more fun than the Perrault or the Grimms versions).

I haven't actually blocked these yet, but they looked so dang cute sitting on the book I was working from today, that I snapped a quick photo. It's been quite mad of late and knitting booties has been quick and gratifying. They're Saartje's Bootees again (and I can easily believe there are 11000 pairs of these bootees and counting), this time in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 'Sunrise'.

I do have something peculating away. It's a big, exciting project for me and a steep learning curve is definitely involved. Now that all the upcoming tiny toes are taken care of, I'm all focus!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Snuck In

I was grading papers. I was trying to reorganise long neglected, half-written manuscript chapters.

I was knitting bootees.

Well, I wanted to gift these next week, so it made sense. And I'd always wanted to try out Saartja's Bootees. So I found some Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury, some vintage buttons and had "Feeling Froggy."

We were in two minds about the buttons, but they grew on me. Just a bit frog-like is kind of cute, right? The second bootee has slightly wonky straps, but I'm hoping a little wash and block will sort that out.

They are kind of adorable. Bootees always are, aren't they?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sneaking towards the stash...

Finished! I bound off the Through the Loops Mystery Socks. Shhhh... don't look here. These are totally 2011 Mystery Socks. They're definitely not 2010...

I've called them my 'Grapiness' socks, because Knitabulous's 'Purple Palace' is fully of grape-y goodness. Cute, aren't they? I admit, the cables on the cuffs were a pain, but they are just worth it. And having tackled a few cabled socks inbetween, the second sock definitely went much faster.

I'm on a mission to try to clear WIPs, so I'm trying very hard not to sneak back to the stash and pick something new and pretty. See how my willpower is holding out???

Okay, back to grading papers. I've got a chorizo and baked egg dish cooking for lunch, which will hopefully see me through an afternoon of avid reading.