Happy New Year! I wish I could say that 2014 was a stellar year for my knitting, but honestly for much of the year my heart just wasn’t in it. I did do a little bit, however, and I am feeling much better about knitting in general after Christmas knitting and finishing a few things. All of the information for the pictured finished objects can be found on my Ravelry page, of course.
Not pictured is the stack of dish towels I started back in June as a kind of motivation to keep me knitting (and also to use up a bunch of scraps) which actually worked haha! I made 4 since I created the project on Ravelry and I’m probably just going to keep the project going to see how many I can make. It’s a fun pattern, quick to knit up and very portable, but my favorite part is since you are knitting in wedges, it has a lot of stopping points along the way so you can put it down any time, or decide, like often I did, to knit just one more section.
Also not pictured is the Teeny Tiny Santa I made for T’s tree this year, for which I somehow completely neglected to create a Ravelry page or even take a picture! You’ll have to rest assured it is exactly as cute as the one I made back in 2011.
So that was my knitting year. Not too horrible, I think, and I definitely got more done in 2014 than in 2013. Well. If you count the stuff that I’m not counting for this post haha. Oh well. Here’s to a great 2015!
It’s a winter coat for my toddler! She might even get to wear it if the temps ever drop below 75° (which is the point at which I start to feel cold. Yes, I am a tender-footed Floridian now, apparently). I’m so happy with the way it turned out, even though it felt like the damn sleeves were cursed. I had more trouble with garter stitch in the round than I thought I would. Silly.
I honestly don’t know if there’s anyone out there reading this blog any more but I figured this was as good a place as any to put this out there. I am going to start destashing some of my premium yarns, Wollmeise, Yarn Pirate, etc. as well as some other woolen detritus I’ve got languishing in my stash (probably some of my own hand spun too!).
I just… Well, I just do not knit as much as I used to (wool + South Florida = bad combo) and frankly I can use the money. So. If you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram. I am hoping to start putting things up on Monday. I’ve got some really good stuff hanging out back there, so spread the word! Tell your friends! And don’t forget to check out my Twitter for updates.
A couple of weekends ago, I was watching America’s Test Kitchen with E8. They made an amazing Italian Wedding soup* that he begged me to make for him. I really don’t have the time or energy to be making real meatballs so I came up with my own lazy version. It was really good, even though none of the kids would eat the kale (IT’S A SOUP WITH KALE WHY DID YOU ASK ME TO MAKE IT ARRRRGH!). Hubs and I quite liked it.
1 package mild italian sausage
4 carrots, sliced
1 box chicken stock (I use the kind from Kitchen Basics.)
1 box beef stock
1 Tbsp Italian herbs (I use the Lighthouse freeze-dried herb blend. It’s delicious and almost as good as fresh herbs.)
2 cups quick cooking gluten-free pasta (I found Gefen macaroni in the local Publix. It was good, although it did thicken the soup.)
Kale (I used about 1/2 a bag of chopped kale from Trader Joe’s)
Remove the sausage from the casing and form into 1/2″ meatball shapes. Brown the meatballs in a few Tbsp of canola oil. Add the carrots and cook for a few minutes. Pour in both of the broths and bring to a boil. Add the pasta. Cook until tender. Don’t forget to stir! Reduce the heat and add the kale. When it has wilted down, the soup is ready to eat.
This was really tasty, but I do wish the kids had done more than just pick out the sausage. :-\
*link may or may not be behind a registration wall
Well, clearly I am failing at this blog thing. Maybe eventually I will post more. Right now? *shrug* Mean time, here is a recipe:
Really Good Beans and Rice, very pithy directions
Sauté some chopped vegetables (I had a few carrots from the CSA, some onion, a bit of celery) in some olive oil with a bit of salt until they are tender and just starting to turn golden. Add 2 cans (any kind) of beans (rinsed and drained)* along with some garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and about a tablespoon or so of hot sauce. Shimmy the pan around and add a box of stock (chicken or beef if you are not doing the veg*n thing, vegetable if you are). Bring to a boil and then gently (GENTLY DAMN YOU) stir in 2 or 3 cups of left over (or pre-) cooked rice. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes, until the flavors are combined. Eat.
It’s fucking delicious.
Huh, I just realized I probably could have cooked rice right in there if I didn’t already happen to have left over rice on hand. Well. I guess that’s something I could do in the future. Anyway, enjoy!
*Or you can use dried beans which you have already softened. I can’t seem to get the hang of that shit, so I use canned.