…… time to get moving on the new year in Blogland.
Have had some (unfortunately not fun) issues to deal with, since 2008 began. 😦
Won’t bore you with those details; suffice to say…..please do send all the good vibes, thoughts and prayers you can…this way. We are not out of the woods yet and not a good way to start off the new year but heh, I’m still hopeful it’s going to be a wonderful year.
In the meantime and on a much more positive note, I’ve been saving up some goodies for my first post of the year so here goes:
On the knit/crochet front (not to mention…. back and sleeves….LOL) see, I can still laugh and that is a good sign.
One of the things I REALLY like about crochet, simple stitches like this sedge stitch can look very intricate and difficult but actually not hard at all, just fun.
I was so pleased with the results of these washcloths, featuring the sedge stitch, that I decided to start an afghan using this same stitch throughout. I am stash-busting big-time already and went with this gorgeous Bulky Lopi I had on hand, in deep rich burgundy shade (it’s not the purple as it’s showing for this photo, perhaps just on my screen).
Again, looks difficult but isn’t. And the BIG, BIG hook makes for quick progress. I hope to have this afghan done and ready for snuggling in the next week or two at most.
Have really been making an effort to put some meditation and relaxation techniques to good use. Knitting and crochet can be so relaxing, anytime. Tara Jon Manning’s book has been very helpful. To take it to the next level and ‘mindful’ is the key word in making a success of the more contemplative, meditative aspects of the craft.
I also think it’s important to chose your patterns wisely. For me, too complicated = just more stress. And simple, well-designed patterns can yield wonderful results, don’t you agree?
If you haven’t already read this book, you might enjoy browsing through and picking out some of the suggestions you can personally use and relate to. I’m not crazy about the patterns in this book but that really doesn’t detract from the author’s good advice otherwise. It’s not just about patterns in this case. Have any of you read this book? What are your own thoughts on the knitting meditation practises suggested?
Speaking of knitting and fun, fun and more FUN….have you checked out the upcoming Stitch and Bitch cruise or as I like to think of it, The Knit Boat? LOL
This should be such a blast, wish I was going but perhaps next year? Anyone tempted to take this knit-journey extraordinaire? It sounds like a yarn-packed time will be had by all.
I promise, if I win the lottery in the next year….you are all invited to meet me onboard and I’ll have the tickets ready to hand out, ok!!!! 😉
Speaking of Stitch and Bitch, have any of you made the Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan from Stitch and Bitch Nation? My copy of this book is not easily accessible at this point but I finally managed to borrow a copy and plan to get this cardigan cast on in the near future.
I think it’s long overdue that I gave Fair Isle knitting a try. I’m hoping this isn’t too much of a challenge but reading the pattern over, I don’t think it will be. Life may be throwing some hard balls right now but the knitting and crochet projects are coming along nicely…probably a good way to cope, right?
Cooking is also therapy for me, and I have a couple of gorgeous desserts to share with you from Allrecipes.com. :
Both very delish and so easy to make.
As with most recipes, I did a bit of tweaking and in the case of the cake, made half the recipe (measures can be adjusted right on the Allrecipe site, I used 8 servings instead) and made the following easy but rich and creamy icing to finish the cake:
Easy Cream Cheese Icing
1- 8 oz. block light cream cheese
3 Tbl. pineapple juice
1 Tbl. lemon juice and the zest of one lemon
4 Tbl. liquid honey (or a bit more, to taste)
coconut shreds and/or crushed pecans for topping .
Combine icing ingredients and allow to chill in refrigerator at least one hour to firm up. Ice cake and add desired toppings.
For the 8 serving size, I used an 8″ x 11″ pan and reduced baking time to 45 minutes. Other changes: Omitted raisins used pecans instead of walnuts and reduced sugar in cake slightly, to taste. This cake is a keeper!
For the cookies: Changes I made, toasted the coconut and wheat germ slightly before adding to mix, omitted dates, reduced sugar by half and made 40 larger cookies instead of 60 as the recipe states. These are moist, chewy and very satisfying. Another keeper!
On to feline news:
How’s this for a hoot…..check out this link for a ribbed cat sweater pattern and photos.
I am considering making this cat sweater for the Mitz. Our little girl (20 years young this year!!!) is always chilly it seems, searching out heat sources and never one to miss the opportunity to burrow under the covers. I really don’t know if she’d wear this sweater (maybe the vest?) but heh, it might be worth a try. How cute she’s gonna look, hard to imagine!!! Right off the cute-o-meter, I’m guessing. I’ve got some burgundy worsted weight in my stash that I think would work well.
I will definitely be sharing a photo IF the Mitz allows it, we shall see.
Another feline- craft find, this time in crochet. I think this Pussycat throw/afghan is really gorgeous and if you check the stitches really closely, they resemble cats sitting on a fence, one row after another…isn’t this a beauty? The pattern is suppose to be quite complicated but again, reading it over, I don’t think it would be too hard to tackle. This one is on the distant back-burner but will not be forgotten. For some reason, downloading this file to print took FOREVER but finally came through. It was worth the wait, I love feline themes in crafts and this one is exceptional I think.
The Veggie Bookstore (sidebar) is now updated with some new suggestions for the new year…..do stop by when you have time for a browse!
Thought I’d finish off this first post of 2008 with a link list to some of my most popular posts to date. I continue to be amazed at the diversity of search terms that bring people to Veggies…. I am grateful for everyone who stops by, especially when they leave a comment! It’s so gratifying to know that people like what you are blogging about and here’s some of the posts that have gotten many a read:
Whatever Happened to Ed Allen (this is my most popular post to date, visits in the thousands!!!)
Recipes that get almost daily visits:
and one of my poems to add to the list:
‘See’ you all soon and please do keep those positive thoughts and vibes a-coming! 🙂