Thursday, August 20, 2009

Benched

My knitting mojo has been benched. Why?

1. It's in the 90s (degrees Fahrenheit) here.
2. I am in the 100s (also degrees Fahrenheit). I have strep throat, which is losing the antibiotics battle, but I still feel cruddy.
3. T -2 weeks to new job.
4. Every time I work on the Blueberries cardigan, the yarn or the needles aggravate the skin on my hand. I'm hoping this is the weather and not a developing wool allergy. Cause... dude.
5. My bust size has changed drastically... yet again. I'll avoid TMI, but the fallout is that the Blueberries cardigan may be too big.
6. And really... knitting a sweater that fits is hard enough with a static target size. A moving target is just... disheartening.

I've also given up on getting a spinning wheel. Too much other stuff is going on, now that they're back in stock. And, if my knitting mojo is this low, I don't want to invest a wheel's worth into it. I'm thinking about getting a smaller spindle, though. Maybe an Ashford? I have a huge Schact that's uncomfortable. And maybe some pretty fiber...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Trains and Unicorns

My knitting mojo seems to have left me. I've got some projects on the needles, but nothing thrilling and... that's fine. I'm starting a new job in a couple of weeks and it will take most of my 'brain time'. I got a new book on canning (and some other accoutrements) to try out later this week.

But... my kids wanted bathrobes. And I couldn't find any that I liked. And I have a sewing machine. Yesterday was a field trip to the fabric store and today...



Simplicity pattern 2826, with a few mods. Mods are dangerous because I really know very little about sewing. I went for a top stitching to hold the facing down, rather than understitching and the iron (I think those terms are right, but maybe not). They're both a size 4, and it's a bit big on the Little Dude. But they're a huge hit. And my sewing machine and I are becoming closer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Whole Wheat Tortillas, Redux



We've been making our own tortillas for several months now, and I don't think I'll ever go back. I first posted about them here, and have been making them at least once a week ever since. They're fast, easy and made out of things that I keep on hand. Sweet Pea is getting really good at rolling them out, and Little Dude has even tried a few. A few friends have asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd post it here.

I got the original recipe here, but have tweaked it slightly for taste and texture (my recipe follows at the end). I substituted milk for the original water and the addition of more protein seems to make the entire thing stretch and hold its shape better. I also use vegetable oil for taste, but olive oil for frying.
  • 2 c White whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur's White Whole Wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup room temperature milk
Combine flour, Baking powder and salt. Add olive oil and stir until well combined. Put in milk 1 T at a time until dough can be gathered into a ball. Add more milk if needed 1 T at a time until all of the dry ingredients have been worked in.

Knead on floured surface 15-20 times. I do this in the bowl used for mixing, and this decreases the mess. Let dough rest for 15 minutes, or as long as it takes to get the fillings together. I've even let it rest up to an hour while I cooked and shredded green chili chicken.

Divide dough into 10-12 equal portions and shape into balls. On floured surface, roll out ball from center into a circle.

Cook in olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat on each side about 30 seconds or until puffy. Once bubbles start to form, it's time to flip. I used a wide, non stick spatula to turn them, because they're very soft.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Scarf Found!



I did it! It matches this hat, and is 359 yards of Alpaca Treasure. Plain 2x2 rib with a slipped stitch edge but, to be honest, that's about as complicated as I can get these days.



Speaking of... Another set of ribbed scarf and Turn a Square hat. This used up 172 yds of Swish DK from stash (leftover from this), and a tiny bit (12 yds) of Heirloom Easy Care 8 ply for a grand total of 184 yds.

What's up with all the sets and plain patterns? Knitting is taking a back seat to life. Or, rather, I'm relying on it for the soothing combination of 1) being something totally within my control and 2) a process that creates something snuggly, useful and matching.

ETA: Yeah, I know the picture on the top is crooked. Blogger hates me and it's 1 am. It's scarf. You can take my word on it.