Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Recipes

Welcome, dear friends, to the final day of my Recipe Countdown.  On June 1st of last year, I started keeping track of every recipe we cooked.  I fell a little short of 365 new recipes in 365 days, but I'm pretty proud to say that we managed 238 new recipes!  Tonight's success involved Prosciutto-Wrapped Tilapia (adapted from America's Test Kitchen Simple Recipes) and Warm Broccoli Salad.
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I'm working on classifying and categorizing all the trials (and tribulations!).  Would there be interest in the actual recipes?  If so, I can work on making them available on another site.

I wonder what to cook now...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inishturk: A Lesson in Blocking

At the beginning of last winter, Mr. Book expressed interest in a new handknit sweater. After the planning dust settled, there were two in the works - a monstrously cabled one out of commercially spun yarn, and enough fiber for a simple handspun.

I specifically tracked down a commercially spun BFL, then dyed it grey.  Halfway through the last sleeve, I realized I was going to need more and I carefully dyed a second batch, then alternated 'dyelots' I knit it all up, sewed it together.  Too impatient to wait for blocking, I threw it at him and asked him to try it on.

We both silently cringed when it was too small.  He's been married to a knitter long enough to say something soothing about blocking, then take it off and put it on a shelf.

A month passed and I finally got brave enough to block it (as per my last post).  I couldn't decide whether I'd frog it or keep it myself if it was still too small.

Luckily, the superwash blocked true to form, and it now fits!:

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1297 yards of Kickitat from Ashland Bay, dyed with Jacquard Acid Dyes.

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The pattern is Inishturk, and free from Lion Brand yarns. It's a drop shoulder, but I changed it to modified drop for a slightly more fitted feel. The pattern was quite easy to follow and has a great, traditional Aran look.  The slightly tonal variations of the kettle dyed yarn is a bit distracting from the cabling, but I'm still pretty happy with it.  More importantly, he loves it.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Block Party

I've been quiet, but I haven't been idle!
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It's a blocking party, down in the guest room.  Project details can be found here, here, and here.  Individual entries for each sweater to come!