Saturday, October 31, 2009

Something Finished, Something New

Something finished: Spring Forward Socks, care of
Finally, a pair of socks for my feet. They came out wonderfully. A bit roomier than I would've planned but they're comfy. Made from some yummy Araucania Multi yarn on US 3.

Something new: Garter-Cuff Gloves, care of Weekend Knitting

My first set of gloves! I'm finally using the ultra yummy alpaca fingering weight care of Nu Leafe Alpaca (in VT) yarn I found at Rhinebeck back in 2007. The softest yarn I have ever felt! I thought knitting fingers would be difficult, but look how far I have gotten just tonight:

Next on the agenda: Christmas Stockings!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My "Saturday" Night

Another foray into the vegan unknown.
Tonight's installment: Vegan Lasagna.

I did a spinach-mushroom mixture with caramelized onions. For a mock ricotta cheese, I mashed up soft tofu, olive oil, rosemary and lemon juice. I also added nutritional yeast in the tofu mixture and on each layer. Sauce of choice was a vegan bechamel. This didn't impress me. For the next try, I'll make an arrabbiata with fresh tomatoes.

The roommate and The BoSox Fan liked it, and they are rather carnivorous. And I enjoyed making it (in my leopard fleece pants... with a tail!)

Knitting side dish? Second sock of the Spring Forward socks. I also ordered the Christmas stockings kit from knitpicks and am excited and scared. I couldn't decide on the blue/white or the orange/green ... so I got both! But first things first.

Mountain opens Nov. 20!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Christmas Ideas

Gift Idea:

Now, granted the recipient might be me.
Or The Bosox Fan.
Or Mom.
Or me.

What do you think?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Can Bake Too!


Banana bread was my first foray into not only vegan baking but high altitude baking. Let's just say this. Why did you need to learn how to add and subtract fractions? To bake at altitude. A conversation with my culinary-inclined mom surrounded every conversion known to man:

Tablespoons to cups
Cups to ounces
Ounces to pinches
A third of a cup into teaspoons (of yogurt!)

We laughed. We cried. It was better than cats. Baking at 8150 feet above sea level is hard. Add more water. Add less sugar. Raise oven temperature. Lower oven temperature. Man, my brain hurts. And then I had to start finagling my substitutions for animal products in my baked goods:

But, after Mom stopped laughing over the phone and I finished baking, I learned.... I can bake! At altitude!

Suggestions for my next baking foray?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Welcome to the 21st Century!

Yeah! I have internet!
Yeah! I have internet!

Guess what that means? Blogging! I have been a busy girl. In no particular order:
- Went to Las Vegas for my birthday (in June)
- Went to Burning Man with the BoSox Fan
- Found some incredible knitting mojo
- Watched my Mets crash and burn and then crash again

Blue Riding Hood Cape (for Burning Man)

Leyburn Socks (for Nana)

Furry Bikini (for Burning Man)

Tall Tales Cardigan (as it dries)

Spring Forward Socks

Plaited Cable Scarf (forgot about this one!)

Colonnade Shawl with Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool (below) and probably some KnitPicks black around the neck

(uh... and finish my CPH??)

I Miss my Sit n' Knitters!!