Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Give You....

Le Sock!

"Oh, but Petsura, surely it must be les socks!" Do you say?

Mais, non!

I made a sock. Just one sock. I have no plans to make its partner.

Why? Because I bought enough yarn to make a couple of pairs of baby socks. That was before -- when naively, I thought that making an itty bitty sock would be easier than making a big one. BIG mistake. For the record, it's hell of a lot more difficult knitting itty bitty socks when you're totally inept and you feel like you're knitting on toothpicks while wearing oven mitts. So, a quick change of plans and I decided to make my first adult sock, not my first pair of socks, mind you, just one sock, using this yarn.... and there isn't enough for another.

So, introducing, my first sock ever. I taught myself how to knit a sock. I'm so pleased with myself.

But I think my next project will be a complete pair. I want to find out why so many knitters (and their spouses) are crazy about hand knitted socks. People go crazy for hand knitted socks. Did you know that? I never knew socks were something to go crazy for.... but then again, we all thought that about coffee before Starbucks.

Pattern: Butterfly Socks from Chicks with Sticks (Knit Two Together) -- didn't realize it's a book for young adults when I checked it out from the library.... awful read for a grown woman, but decent pattern.

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

Color: Amethyst Stripe 503

Needle Size: 0

Result: Rib is a bit too tight, three needle bind off is too bulky, but for a first time effort, ain't so bad. Next time, I'll try the kitchener stitch.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Finally, Some Knitting

I finally have an FO of the knitted kind.

I haven't had much time to knit after the little guy was born. Well, perhaps this isn't true. I actually do have time when he's napping, but I'm often so exhausted that I don't have the mental capacity to start knitting. I should -- since knitting relaxes me so much.

Here's my most recent FO.

Pattern: Ribs & Cables Scarf by Knitting Arts

Yarn: Blue Sky Worsted (Color 2012) x 3

It was a super easy project, but I really wish I used cashmere for this like the sample at the store. The wool is chunky and slightly itchy and it's not as soft and light as the sample. I cheaped out -- though at $19.50 x 3 skeins, it wasn't super-cheap.

Not sure if I'll actually use this scarf. Another one for the "Made but Never Wear" bin until I figure out what to transform it into next.

Just Because....

....I am so neurotic, I give you, another Orange Bubble Loaf.

I needed to make it with a Bundt pan. I needed to incorporate the lemon rind into the dough. I needed to see if the bottom of the Bundt pan would caramelize the orange-sugar syrup. I needed to do it, I needed to do it even though I just made it two days ago -- it was bugging me too much. I am THAT neurotic.

So, I made it again, for breakfast this weekend. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The Kid and Hubby loved it. My hips, not so much.

Tumbling Tumbleweed

Last summer, we joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) called Two Small Farms. They deliver a box of organic produce each week from two local organic farms. We enjoyed it so much that we've joined again this season.

At first, I was taken aback by all the vegetables I've never used before. I think of myself as a fairly adventurous cook, but since I've been married, I've mostly cooked husband-friendly foods -- typically Asian. So, to receive all these vegetables I've only seen on display at Whole Foods, but never tried before, was a bit intimidating in the beginning. But luckily, this CSA makes it easy by including weekly newsletters with descriptions of the vegetables and different recipes from famous local chefs and its members.

The Kid and I have grown to love so many new vegetables we've tried through this service -- chard, kale, spigariello, parsnips and this year, tumbleweed.

Yes, tumbleweed. Tumbling tumbleweed. Well, a close relative of tumbleweed called agretti.

The Kid loves this stuff. I do, too. It tastes great -- a little salty, a bit sour, great texture. But what I love most about agretti is that it puts his imagination in super-drive.

"Did cowboys stop and pick the tumbleweed?"
"Did they cook it in the desert?"
"Did cowboys cook it with olive oil?"
"Did cowboys saute it with garlic, too?"
"Did the cowboys like the tumbleweed?"
"I think I'm turning into a cowboy now. You think?"

I must get at least a hundred cowboy related questions each time I serve it up. It's nutritious and good for the imagination.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Orange Bubbles

The Kid has been home all week for spring break and there have been activities galore -- Play Doh, painting, swimming in the hot tub, riding his new scooter, playing all sorts of pretend games. I needed another activity and my friend inspired me to lug out the bread machine and make some bread with the little guy.

Funny thing is, he was so tired from our morning activities that he actually fell asleep during quiet time and wouldn't wake up. The first rising was done, I put the dough in the fridge so it wouldn't over-rise, but I had to bake it off before the witching hour -- so I ended up doing the actual fun part of rolling tiny pieces of dough and dipping into the orange syrup. It was quite fun. For me. The end result was amazing -- crunchy goodness on the outside, soft and light on the inside.

Orange Bubble Loaf from Bread Machine Magic

Changes necessary:
  • The pan I used was too small and the bubbles started popping out from the top. Next time, I'll use a Bundt pan.
  • I forgot to incorporate the lemon rind in the dough. It tasted fine, but it would probably taste better with it.
  • Maybe I'll make 1.5 times the amount of syrup next time.

Result: Not too sweet, crunchy on the outside, soft and light on the inside. Success!

Here's the bread after the second rising -- the bubbles are about to pop out.

Here is the golden goodness right out of the oven.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Here We Go!

So, here we are, the first post. Again.

My other blog started out as a knitting blog, but morphed into a blog about my life with the little emperors. Friends and family who check over there aren't exactly interested in my knitterly endeavors. But how can I leave comments at other knitters' blogs if I don't have a crafty blog of my own!

So, here we are again. Welcome to my blog. Most likely, you won't find me unless I tell you about this blog, but welcome.