LYS Weekend

I had a great weekend. I ended up at my LYS for a few hours. I am working on my Nikoline socks and I got lots of compliments for the progress that I am making. One lady was surprised that I am working on new socks and with color work. I told her that I already knew how to do color work and that I prefer challenges while knitting. I didn’t want to make lace socks because I am not that confident in my abilities to keep up with the increase and decreases.

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On a lighter note, a cool thing happened to me earlier last week. I like to buy a magazine, but I wasn’t in love enough with the newest Knitscene Accessories. I found only two patterns that I was interested in. I finally broke down and bought the magazine because I bought the yarn for one pattern. But through my move to the new place I was unable to locate where I put the magazine. On last Thursday I got an email for magazines on sell in Interweave and I took a chance that they would actually include the Knitscene that I needed. $2.99 for the digital copy of the magazine was the best thing I have purchased. Now I have a project that can distract me while knitting socks.

Unkept Promises

Hello Knitting Buddies,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here. I promised myself last year that I would keep up with this blog, but life kept me busy. I’ve applied to several jobs and conference scholarships with no avail. Moving, re-creating my commute to work, and exercising three times a week have changed how I feel (in a good way). I’m trying to keep my head from spinning. I completed my cousin’s toddler blanket which I have yet to block. I have also moved early this month to a fabulous place. This place has gotten me so happy. Every time I come home from work, I’m so excited and smiling to get home. This new place has strong, positive energy. One good thing is that the move forced me to do is organize my stash. Let’s just say that I need no more yarn. Most of my yarn is finger weigh– probably because i want to knit a spring cardigan, but I am so scared to make a mistake. I know buddies you would say just take a chance. The worst thing that could happen is making mistakes. This is what my LYS is for to help me when I get lost.

ImageMy next venture is making socks. I bought this wonderful sock yarn from my LYS. Wandering Wool is a fabulous yarn and the dyer works at my LYS near work. Blue Gentian is a beautiful blue color and has a blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon. The skein is 400yards. I hope that I can make Nikoline socks to fit me. A knitting buddy wants to knit the socks together so we have an unofficial KAL. In past four years, I’ve said that I wanted to make socks and have never done any. I looking forward to the challenge.

Photo Credit (pic #1) by Fierybug08 ~ Photo and Design Credit by Dianna Walla (pic #2)

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Hello 2014

I like the start of the new year. It allows me to reflect on the goals that I wanted to focus on. I searched my inactive blog and came up with a lot of things I wanted to focus on. I have New Years day goals for 2011 & 2012, but not for 2013. 2013 was a challenging year, but also a year to improve myself. I finished my library course work and I am waiting to complete my comprehensive exam in February 2014.

Highlights for 2013

  1. Attended 2 national library conferences
  2. Completed LIS course work
  3. Visited two new states (Illinois and Kentucky)
  4. Grew confidence in my knitting projects

My new goals for 2014

  1. Have fun
  2. Attend one national library conference
  3. Knit a sweater and 2 pairs of socks
  4. Read 5 books
  5. Blog consistently 5 times per month
  6. Workout 3 times a week (yoga; running)

Cheesy Fever

Dear Knitting Buddies,

Things have been so crazy lately and I haven’t exactly been knitting. Things are slow around the office so I can say that I am glad there are only 3 staff members here the day after Christmas. I think I might of outdone myself with my macaroni and cheese. In my opinion, if the mac and cheese is not slamming then no other dish will be either. I am so happy it came out so great unlike my false attempt to make crock pot greens. So there is always New Years Day. Perhaps then I can attempt to make so more. It’s difficult for me to make the greens in a crock pot and it should be easy as pie. I have a wonderful Christmas with my Sweetie. Bless her heart she was tired. But we survived. Dinner was good– too bad I was so hungry I didn’t take a picture. Shame on me. Here’s a glimpse of the mac and cheese that satisfied my cheese obsession.

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Macaroni and Cheese Southern Style

Kitchener Goddess

WOW oh WOW oh…

Dear Knitting Buddies,

Remember several post back I was complaining about how impossible it was for me to perfect the Kitchener bind-off in the round. Well the Knitting Angels heard my cry. Confessions of a Knitaholic blessed me with a video specifically of Kitchener in the round. You would have thought I won the lottery. Well….I have. Thanks for the support everyone. I will report back soon.

http://youtu.be/ZhFbOA0E4Eo

Modification Mondays

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Progress

Hi Knitting Buddies,

I haven’t completely forgotten about you. My plate is literally full with our upcoming move next month. I also got engaged!!!! I am really happy and I wasn’t expecting it at all. We also adopted two twin kittens. They are so cute and active. Things are definitely shaping up in a good way. Here’s a photo to show that I am still working on Madalynn by Leah B. Thibault. Cooking while waiting for the rice to get done. 

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Lemon Chicken Stew

Good morning Knitting Buddies,

Have you ever had that moment where you forget important things on your to do list and you find yourself 30 mins away from home? Yes– that would be me. I am in transition and moving to a more convenient location to travel to/from work. Through my heist I grabbed my yarn, but forgot to grab my pattern. All I can do is chuckle at myself. Sometimes things happen for a reason. I don’t question the reason. I try to go with the flow. It ain’t gonna change a thing. I had a productive weekend, which involved knitting, moving, and making dinner. A special thanks to foodieCrush for providing such an awesome stew and my first time eating leeks was good.

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Ingredients

5 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 carrots, sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 leek, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup orzo pasta
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped

Instructions

  1. In an 8-quart casserole stockpot, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium high heat. Add the flour to a shallow bowl and season with about 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shake off the excess and place half of the chicken in the stockpot but do not overcrowd. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side then transfer the chicken to a bowl. Brown the remaining chicken in 2 more tablespoons of the oil.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and the carrots, celery and onion to the stockpot and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the sliced leek and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the orzo and chicken to the stockpot and cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until orzo is tender.
  4. Stir in the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with tarragon. Season immediately.

Rainbows in the Fall Season

Greetings Knitting Buddies,

I am so excited to share my ‘almost’ finish Gap-Tastic Cowl (free pattern on Ravelry). It was too cold for Halloween and many people think that we are in for a wicked Winter. Hmm…all I know is that I am putting away the Summer/Spring clothes. Out with the warm sweaters and corduroys. Here’s my quick picture. It’s coming along fine. I’ve had to get used to bigger needles as this project requires a 13. 

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Gap-Tastic by Jen Geigley (see ravelry)

 

Semi Long-term Knitting

Semi Long-term Knitting

Madalynn designed by Leah b. Thibault

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