Finished Object Friday and Contest Winner

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Also, the winner of the Citchen Cabinet Contest, selected by this list randomizer, is Jen at Knitting Kitchen! Congratulations to Jen and thank you to every who entered. Sage decided on the bronze knob, although I have to say that after a while the bronze bar pull really grew on me. Hah.

Happy Leap Day, everyone!

WIP Wednesday 5

(Click on the photos for Raveled details.)

A quick note: this is probably the last time you will see this yarn and my attempts to make it into something useful. I know in my heart of hearts that the yarn will soften and feel a lot less like plastic with its first washing, but I just. can’t. stand. knitting with it. So I’m moving on, people. I’m going to be designing a yoke sweater for Mr. Interrupted (more on that later) and procuring some yarn for the Tangled Yoke cardigan for me. Bye-bye Red Heart Super Saver in black, hello KnitPicks March catalog! w00t!

Master’s Monday 7

There had been a shameful lack of progress on my master knitter swatches lately. In all honesty, I think I was avoiding it. That is until I got this message from my friend (and co-masterknitterconspirator) via private message on Ravelry:

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and my competitive side took over.

WIP Wednesday? Too busy with the swatches to post. Also, it was the only thing I was working on. I finished 15 of the 16 required swatches in about three days and cast on the required hat.

Since I still need to do the knitter’s choice cable, I picked up a half dozen stitch pattern books at the library on Friday. Also, I requested this and this via inter library loan as research for the written work. So, finally some progress on the TKGA master knitter front. Yay! My goal is to have my package sent to the guild by the end of March. Which, barring any unforeseen circumstances, is reasonable and totally doable. :-)

Citchen Cabinet Contest

My friend Sage is installing new kitchen cabinets, but she’s having a hard time deciding which hardware to use. Can you help her decide? Head on over to her blog to vote for your favorite knob or handle and then come back here leave me a comment on this post. On February 29th at 8 am EST, I’ll choose a winner from the commentors here by random number and send him or her a prize. How about some pretty kitchen cotton to make a couple of dishcloths for your own kitchen?

D is For…

Doozer, our cat. And today is his birthday.

Last Valentine’s Day, a Nor’easter left much of Connecticut buried in snow (I think I measured 36″ on our deck). A few days later, a young cat was found on the street, attempting to birth her kittens in a snowbank. Luckily, a good Samaritan scooped up the inexperienced mother and her kittens and brought them home, keeping them safe and warm until they were old enough to adopt. Doozer was the last of the kittens to find a home and we are so glad he waited for us. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. Happy birthday, Doozer!

What Master’s Monday?

Sadly, I have no new swatches to show you today. Enjoy this recipe instead.

Sausage Soup

1 package (of 5 links) Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages
2 boxes Kitchen Basics chicken stock (MSG free)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 lb new potatoes (I like the red, white, & blue mix from Trader Joe’s), cut into about 1 inch pieces.
1 cup (or 2) fresh spinach
1 Tbsp fresh chopped basil (or 2 or 3 cubes of the frozen stuff)

Squeeze the sausages from their casings, crumble and brown (discard the casings). Dump in the chicken stock, the diced tomatoes, the potatoes, the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are done (tender, but not crumbling). Top with the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted.

–WW friendly, only 2 Points(r) per cup! (According to their eTools Recipe Builder.)

2/21/08 update–I forgot to mention to brown the sausages in about a tsp or so of olive oil.

C is for…

my car

Chevy–the make of my minivan. I wouldn’t say I love my car, but I sure enjoy it and get a lot of use out of it. There’s room for all of our crap and I’ve been known to sneak in a few rows if the kids fall asleep. I do love my bumper sticker, though.

Don’t Forget to Save the Yarn!!

We live on the second level of a ranch style condo. Recently our condo association decided to build a parking garage underneath the first story. So, we were all hanging out in the kitchen, visiting with someone (it isn’t clear who but I think it was my Totally Awesome Sister) when my husband said suddenly, “Hey, does the floor feel like it’s swaying back and forth?” We all looked out the window and became aware of a seesawing motion. I ran downstairs and outside to see what was going on.

Beneath the condos, I could see where the builders had been excavating for the parking garage and where the supports of our condo had shattered. It was balanced precariously on the center support beam! I hurried back upstairs and managed to evacuate everyone safely. Then, I decided to go back in and save my yarn (I am not making this up). I ran up the stairs, bracing myself against the wall to counter the violent sway of the walls and floor. I opened the closet where I keep my yarn and agonized over which skeins to rescue when the lurching motion became rather too intense to ignore. I grabbed a fluffy hank of roving in a colorway similar to this (only it was richer and flecked with glittery bits) and ran outside.

It was windy. I watched as the gusts pushed at my home, which continued to teeter back and forth in the most alarming manner, until it fell to the ground in the most spectacular and sickening thunderous crash. It was horrifying. I ran up to see if anything could be salvaged; if, by some miracle, any of my yarn had survived. Strangely, our big 42″ LCD TV was still working. Only, I realized that the builder had taken the TV. He was looting my condo! I started to lecture him. “First your BREAK our HOUSE and now you’re STEALING our TV?!” Boy, was I mad.

Then, I woke up.