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Archive for July, 2012

FO: Vintage Kitchen Socks

Posted by Andi on July 28, 2012

Vintage Kitchen Socks
Pattern: Gusset Heel Basic Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Sophie’s Toes Merino Sock in Vintage Kitchen, 1 skein
Needles: US 1
Date started: July 8, 2012
Date completed: July 26, 2012

I now know that if I want to make a plain vanilla sock, if I really wanted to I could do it in less than a week. I made the first sock while traveling and during some free time. I made the second sock mostly in three days. I cast on the second sock on my way to the Blackhawks Convention last Friday. Although I was on the train back and forth each day, the only time I knit on the train was Friday on the way there. I was able to knit during some (though not all) sessions. I went home Sunday afternoon only needing to knit one more round and bind off. I could have finished Sunday evening, but I had other things to do. I finally got around to finishing Thursday night.

How much do I love these colors? I decided to make a plain sock because I knew the colors were going to be interesting. Any stitch pattern would have been lost among the colors. But that’s okay, that’s why I bought this yarn! I love the color combinations Sophie’s Toes has.


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Garden 2012 Part 3: The First Haul

Posted by Andi on July 16, 2012

Saturday afternoon we went to my mom’s house to help in the garden. It was the first day there was a significant amount of food ready to be harvested.

Radish, Daikon, Green Beans, and Green Onions

We pulled up the radishes and daikon, and planted some more seeds in their place. There were plenty of green beans ready to be picked, and there are still enough small ones and flowers left on the plants to yield a lot more beans. We picked four pea pods, but my mom kept those. We took some green onions off the shallots.

The first tomatoes of the year

Some of the tomatoes have ripened as well. There are a ton of green tomatoes on the plants. See the itty bitty ones, the ones that make the cherry tomatoes look big? Those are my favorite. I can pop those like candy.

I think our first bell peppers will be ready to pick this week. The plants of tons of tiny little peppers on them, so we will have peppers for a while too!

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Hexipuffing, Month 11

Posted by Andi on July 15, 2012

Hexipuffing Month 11

Why is there a picture of just one lonely hexipuff? Because in the past month it is the only one I made. Between traveling, social events, and it being just too hot to knit regularly, this is the only one that I managed to do. The total is now 112. At this rate it will take me nearly 4 years to reach my goal.

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FO: Spider Socks

Posted by Andi on July 11, 2012

Spider Socks 1
Pattern: Spider Socks by Terri Knight
Yarn: Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in WD Ebenholz
Needles: US 1
Date started: April 15, 2012
Date completed: July 8, 2012

These were socks I made for Tim. He chose the pattern and chose which yarn I used (with some assistance from me – I limited him to solids and semi-solids).

Here is a closeup of the large spiders on the leg.

Spider Socks 3

And here is a closeup of the smaller spiders on the foot.

Spider Socks 2

The heads of the smaller spiders are French knots. I really did not get the hang of those, and had to redo two of the three French knots on the first sock. They still aren’t perfect, but they are sturdy so that makes me happy.

The back has a bit of a design element.

Spider Socks 4

As I was knitting the first sock I realized I missed one of the faux cable rows. I knit several rows past that, and I really didn’t want to rip back, so I carried on. I made sure to do the second sock the same way. Tim seemed okay with that.

Now we both have great socks for Halloween made with Wollmeise! For your recollection, here are my Boo! socks!


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Garden 2012 Part 2: Progress

Posted by Andi on July 8, 2012

There has definitely been some progress in our garden. I can’t believe how tall the daikon plants have become. They have beautiful purple flowers. Yes, I know they look white in this picture, and they were when I took it. But I swear the next day they were purple.

Daikon flowers 2

The green onions growing out of the shallots are starting to flower as well.

Shallot flowers

For a while, after we put the green bean plants into the ground, they weren’t looking too good. However, they have perked up nicely, and I think we will be having yummy green beans soon.

Green beans

The first two bell peppers continue to grow, and they are just starting to turn red.

Bell pepper 2

The tomato plants are flowering.

Tomato flowers

The cucumber plants are starting to take to the trellis.

Cucumber plant

Look, a future cucumber! On the day I took this photo it was the only flower on the cucumber plant. The next day there were a few more.

Cucumber flower

The day after I took these pictures we harvested some of our radishes! We will be planting more soon.

Not everything is going well, however. The eggplant, cabbage, and lettuce plants have yet to come out of the ground at all. I’m guessing at this point they won’t.

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Our first cookout

Posted by Andi on July 7, 2012

Ever since we started the garden in my mom’s back yard, I kept saying that Tim and I would buy a grill to leave at her house. That way we can work in the garden and grill simultaneously, maybe even grilling some of the things we grew ourselves. We never got around to buying the grill, but apparently our threatening to do so inspired my mom, because a few weeks ago she bought a new Weber grill.

We used it for the first time on the Fourth of July. We didn’t grill (or include in any of our dishes) anything from our garden because outside of the green onions coming up from the shallots there was nothing ready. So we bought things to grill. Tim, being the man, manned the grill.

For protein, we had steak.

Our first grilled steaks

My mom already had a basket, so we were able to grill some vegetables. I can’t wait until the vegetables in our own garden are ready to pick so that we can make a similar dish with only things grown from our back yard.

Grilled vegetables

Tim also wanted to see what grilled strawberries taste like.

Grilled strawberries

Turns out, they are pretty good! Once they are warm they have the same consistency as the strawberries in the topping on a strawberry sundae, but without the syrup. The strawberries are kind of mushy, and a lot sweeter. I think it would be cool to grill a bunch of strawberries and put them in the refrigerator for use on ice cream. I bet it has a lot less sugar than sundae topping, and it was just as yummy.

I made a cherry tomato salad with basil and mozzarella. I used both yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and bought the mozzarella already in little balls instead of having to cut pieces.

Cherry tomato salad with basil and mozzarella

If you like caprese salad I would recommend this recipe. The dressing involves making a reduction of balsamic vinegar, a shallot, and the tomato juice from the cherry tomatoes, then adding olive oil, salt, and pepper. It was really good. At first I wasn’t going to do that at all. I was just going to use balsamic vinegar and olive oil, even after I printed out this recipe. I thought going through the step of creating a reduction was going to be a pain. But Tim convinced me otherwise, and I’m glad he did. I love how this turned out.

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Ravellenic Games Part 1: Projects?

Posted by Andi on July 1, 2012

I haven’t been knitting much lately. Between being busy and it being really hot outside I either haven’t had much time or much desire to knit. Outside of making progress on the Spider Socks I’m making for Tim on my last trip I haven’t accomplished much.

What I have been spending a considerable amount of energy on is pondering what project or projects I will try to complete during the Ravellenic Games. Months ago I planned on knitting the Garter Yoke Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre, using the sweater’s worth of Dream In Color Classy I got at the warehouse sale a couple of years ago. I’m already working on a cardigan, though, and that’s going slowly, so I didn’t really want to start another one.

My next thought was the knit a shawl. Jane, a member of my knit group, was recently in Peru and brought back some lovely naturally-colored alpaca DK weight yarn, and she was kind enough to let me buy some from her. It’s actually slightly more beige in real life than it is in the picture.

Michell & CIA Indiecita DK

I found some patterns I really liked for it, such as the Stockholm Scarf (which is really a cowl), Stellaria, and Anjeli. Such soft yarn definitely should be around my neck!

But a few days ago I looked at the Olympic schedule and my schedule and realized that my schedule won’t allow me the knitting time I had two years ago. During the last Winter Olympics I managed to finish my February Fitted Pullover with enough time to sew the pieces of my Big Sack Sweater together. But this year Lollapalooza falls right in the middle of the Olympics. I also might have a three-day trip right after that, which means out of 16 days there will be 4 days I won’t be able to knit at all and 2 days where I will be lucky to get an hour or two in. So I definitely have to scale back my plans.

I’m thinking of starting with a much smaller cowl than the Stockholm Scarf. I have some gorgeous handspun yarn that I got from my friend Beth.

Birthday yarn

I think it will make a lovely cowl. I actually think I could finish this in one day, so I think I will also try a pair of socks. I have this skein of sport weight sock yarn.

Fibranatura Yummy

Since it’s a little thicker than fingering weight yarn I should be able to knit a pair of socks much more quickly. I think these Red Brick Road socks would be perfect. Only, you know, green.

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