On Knitting

As of this moment I have two sweaters, two pair of socks, a washcloth, a shawl and a hat on the needles. I also work full time. I just finished that sweater and am about to cast on a bigger project for my husband. I have Brussels sprouts in the oven, wine in my glass, freshly colored hair and a new, non ookie shower curtain in my bathroom. I am happy.

Gaining Skills

{{unknown}}The thing about a craft is that you have to learn. You could just keep doing that same bit you do, the one you know. Or you can expand your skill set and your knowledge. For years all I knew how to do was knit long rectangles. I made horrible scarves. Absolutely terrible things out of horrible yarn. It was fun, but I realized at some point that I had no real skills as a knitter. I FINALLY learned that Continue Reading ››

I am a terrible blogger

Sorry, dear blog. I stink at blogging right now. Knitting continues. This is Mr. Pumpkin’s new vest made from more Sundara yarn. This was DK Merino the 2nd in Lichen over Slate. Yummy yarn that is, sadly, no longer available. I got it from a knitting friend who wasn’t going to use it. I made this same vest two years ago for my Dad. I’ve learned so much since then. I didn’t understand why the armholes were weird, now I Continue Reading ››

Golden Finishing – Winner!

Winner of the absurd hat is Anne! (I went to Random.org and entered the number of comments, and VIOLA! It came back with 1.) I love this shawl, a lot. It’s done and lovely. I hope to get better pictures at some point, but again, if I waited to get wonderful pictures, nothing would ever be posted. There was another shawl that had been languishing for awhile because. I finally finished it last week when the I got The Dreaded Continue Reading ››

Golden Progress Reports

I’d love to be able to knit miles and miles of yarn at a clip. I just can’t. I’m not slow, but life. I’ve reached the end of my first skein of 200 yards on my His Golden Lair shawl: Don’t look at the foot in this picture! When we last visited this project, it looked like this. I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’ve got so many more projects I want to do. There are sweaters, hats, shawls, Continue Reading ››

Mostly Spinach

Simple is mostly better. Mostly. Simple spinach is just dang boring. This was my lunch today. My work provides china and silverware. 😀 I like that very much, thank you. Anywho, lunch. Last night we had these wonderful steaks that Mr. Pumpkin grilled. I had a bag of spinach and 2 strips of leftover bacon from breakfast. What to do…. Mostly Spinach Bacon grease, 2 tablespoons, maybe more 1 chopped shallot 3 cloves of garlic, sliced and then chopped. * Continue Reading ››

His Golden Lair of Butter Yellow

His Golden Lair is a lovely Hobbit inspired pattern by Kourtney Robinson. She offered it for free earlier in the year and I snapped it up. This is her description: I read the Hobbit as a child, and I clearly remember the cover illustration. Smaug (the dragon) was coiled about his gold and he had one eye slitted open. This shawl is inspired by that image – the cabled stitches form both stacks of coins and represent that narrowed eye. Continue Reading ››

Chicken and Rice

There are a few things so wonderful that you know God made them just to please us. Chicken is one of those things. It’s a flexible meat, it will do almost anything you want it to do. But, that means it is also bland and boring when you do it wrong. Most people do it wrong. Here, let me show you…. Chicken and Rice – Serves 4 -6 Chicken – white or dark. Just have it. It can be bone Continue Reading ››

Pork and Beans

Pork. I love it. Mr. Pumpkin loves it. Pork. Beans are great too. This is a spicy pork and beans that will rock your world. 2.5 lb pork sirloin roast lardons of bacon or salt pork, about 1/2 lb 3 large carrots 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped 1 small can chipotle in adobo 1 packet tacos al pastor salt & pepper to taste 1 Continue Reading ››

Lentils & Sausage Part II

So I went back, a week later, and reworked the Lentils & Sausage recipe. This time I think it’s right, simpler. The Lentils 1/2 pound French green lentils (I got these in the bulk section of Whole Foods) 1/2 box chicken stock (not broth, stock) pinch of salt 1 bay leaf 1 tsp chicken base 1/2 bunch parsely, chopped water (some, maybe another cup or more.) Rinse the lentils, pick out the bits that aren’t lentils. In a pot on Continue Reading ››