Archive for December, 2009

Mailbox Crafting Gone to the Dogs?

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Neighborhood crafting on a humble mailbox post.  Clearly the work of a family of folk art dog lovers.  Enjoy!

Who knew what fun was at 9427?

Mr.. or Ms. Muscles, I think the collar looks like a necklace.

Nice Necklace

Wow Bow

Wow Bow

Weiner Dog 1

Weiner Dog 9427

Weiner Dog 2 with Good Night Moon Dog

Weiner Dog 2 with Good Night Moon Dog

Poodle Woo with Sausage Chain and Doggie Majorette with Bone Baton

Poodle Woo  All Dressed UP

Forever Plaid


Feed Me

Grow Your Bones Water

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He’s Got the Moves

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Weston and Brennan try out their new Bibs!

I made some bibs for our friends Lisa and David’s twins Weston and Brennan.  I think you can see that Weston, on the left, might have the size advantage, but Brennan has the moves!

Inspired by Mason Dixon Knitting, and Barbara Walker , and my own free pattern; these boys are well covered for now!

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The Best Camera

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Is The One That’s With You!

Taken with an iPhone through the sidelight of our front door.

Figured it out yet?


Colored mini-lights outside our house distorted through the obscure glass.

This book is a great inspiration.

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Koah’s Bibs

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Woke up on a Sunday morning to an email from friends Stephanie and Dan that now they are 5!  Koah joined his 2 brothers Northern and Denver on May 26th!  What a surprise!

Hey Steph and Dan, what’s going on there in Copenhagen?

For fun, I adapted the log cabin pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting to bib proportions.  I used a technique from Lucy Neatby’s – Knitting Gems 4,

to make a nice selvage edge on the garter stitch side which made it easy to pick-up the stitches when I made the turn for the log cabin strips.

All in all, lots of fun with color, and lots of ends to weave in.


Never Pay a Credit Card Late Fee Again

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I have been reading Nudge and I had to make my pitch for behavioral economics since I am taking a short break from knitting.

Here’s my nudge suggestion that I think would reduce and possibly mostly eliminate late credit card payment fees for consumers and provide a win for card issuers, too. (not that they need it!).

Read more…

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Beanie Babe

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

This is the first in a series of Beanie posts.

Noro Kureyon Beanie. Takes one skein. Knit in the round.

Get your gauge, then cast on the number of stitches based on your head circumference (make the number divisible by 8, more on that later) and how you want the hat to fit. If you want it tight fitting, subtract an inch. If you like it loose fitting, do not subtract.

Garter edge for 1 1/2 inches then stockinette stitch for the desired length (depends on your head size and how you like to wear your beanie: high on your forehead or low near your eyebrows. Measure a hat that you like the fit.)

Note: Garter stitch in the round is: knit a row, purl a row. Repeat these 2 rows for a garter "ridge" or 2 garter stitch rows. Be sure to mark the beginning or end of the round so you know where to change from knit to purl.

When it is time to begin the crown decrease, divide the total number of stitches by 8, (you will have 8 sections) then knit to the last 2 stitches in each section and knit 2 together. (k2 tog) for the entire round.

Knit the next round, no decreases.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 8 stitches remaining. Try the hat on to see if it fits. If so, cut the yarn, leaving about a 6" tail.

Thread a tapestry needle and thread the yarn through the open 8 loops. Pull tight to close hole. Weave in all ends, block as appropriate for your yarn, and enjoy! this website explains it really well.

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Wild Rice

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Click to enlarge, the detail is delicious looking!


1 lb wild rice, which is approximately 3 cups wild rice.

2 bay leaves

8 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in a bundle

Cook wild rice as follows: Rinse wild rice in a sieve/strainer under cold water. Combine 1 ¾ c. chicken stock with ¼ c. cold water to make 2 cups liquid for each cup of wild rice. So, for the pound of wild rice, 6 cups of the stock/water mixture is needed. Add 2 bay leaves, a bundle of fresh thyme (8 sprigs), 1 tsp salt.

In a heavy pot, bring to boil, and then simmer for 25 to 35 minutes until rice is chewy, but tender; individual grains plumped but still intact (start checking at 25 minutes). Drain any excess liquid. There will be excess liquid, possibly a few cups. Not to worry! (This method of cooking the rice is courtesy of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine which has been a favorite subscription for many years).

For vinaigrette

Puree all ingredients except olive oil in food processor or blender. With the food processor running, add olive oil in steady stream until olive oil is incorporated/emulsified. Make vinaigrette at least one day ahead for flavors to meld.

1/2 cup fresh orange juice or I have used OJ concentrate undiluted
6 tablespoons chopped shallot
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-2 T sugar

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup jasmine or basmati white rice. Cook white rice as follows: Rinse rice according to package directions. Sauté rice for 2-3 minutes in melted butter and salt in sauce pan you are going to cook it in on low to medium heat. You are coating the grains of rice with the butter as (similar to risotto) and lightly toasting the rice. Add water and cook until rice is done, 10 minutes +/-. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes.

2 T unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups water, boiling!

½ t salt

3 cups hickory nuts (!) or chopped pecans, toasted
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (you can use more)
1 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
1 cup dried cranberries or sour cherries (I chop them)

Assemble salad:

Stir together the rices, vinaigrette, nuts, parsley, dried fruit, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve at room temperature.

Cooks’ note:

• Salad keeps, covered and chilled, 3 days.

• If making ahead of time, you can combine the rice and vinaigrette. Add the dried fruit, parsley and nuts up to an hour before serving for best flavor.

Serves 12 (I think it serves more than 12)
Gourmet Entertains, original recipe, see Epicurious: additions and revisions by CatKnitz
February 2000

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