Archive | January 2008

Finally, the pictures…

I finally got up the energy to take pictures of some things… works in progress, that is.

This is the lace scarf (Town and Country from the Elizabeth series).

scarf Jan 08

close-up, lace scarf

Here are Bug’s socks in progress.  I’m thinking  I will try the 2 socks at a time on one loop – toe up again next time.  I saw some tips on keeping the yarns from getting tangled.

Bug’s socks

I took a class on Saturday about Tribal bellydance costuming.  Here is a good use for acrylic yarn.  Give it to someone who dances and they will make about a ga-jillion tassels.  I also started on a coin bra (goes over a long sleeve shirt).

tassels

I’m leaving you with pictures of Bug (taken this morning), who loves her Lily-cat…. grin

Bug and Lily

Bug and Lily

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Again, still alive

January is difficult for me. I feel so tired. I’m still knitting on Bug’s socks (second one now) and the Elizabeth lace scarf. The new computer is doing well except I think Bug messed up the ‘o’ key as it looks a little off kilter and doesn’t seem to work much. Ok, just fixed it. I only have one complaint to far – the touch pad is extremely insensitive even when the sensitivity is turned all the way up. We didn’t have classes today, so Bug and I just hung around, went to the park (bundled up well) and the bookstore (to play with the trains). I bought a book called “No More Mondays” in the hopes of fighting this burnt-out feeling. I danced with the Gypsy Sistars at a hafla in Nashville on Saturday evening. The CD player was skipping really bad, so it wasn’t that great.

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This was my first performance since Bug was born. My other group kind of abandoned me when she was born – they didn’t even come to see me/her at the hospital or after. They only came by once when they needed to borrow something.

Still alive here…

I’ve been setting up the new laptop (a pretty red XPS from Dell), working at getting ready for school (starts tomorrow), knitting, trying to stay positive (or at least not sad), going to the gym, and trying to cook healthy and new things.  This week was Saag Aloo – Indian spinach dish with potatoes.  This particular recipe wasn’t really a keeper.  It was a “healthier” version from a weight watchers cookbook.  I’ve nearly finished the Bug sock (#1) and will take pictures soon.

A good start…

In keeping with the good things for each day in January …

Jan 5 recipes in the newspaper (broccoli cheese soup)

Jan 6 a DH that lets me go to knitting on Friday and Sunday

I made the broccoli cheese soup (from The Tennessean who got it from Cooking Light)

I don’t know how long the link will be live, so I copy/pasted the recipe below.

broccoli cheese soup
Broccoli-cheese soup

Makes 6 servings of 1 1/3 cups each

 

Cooking spray

1 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 (16-ounce) package broccoli florets

2½ cups 2% reduced-fat milk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 ounces light processed cheese, cubed (such as Velveeta Light)

1. Heat a large nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 3 minutes or until tender. Add broth and broccoli. Bring broccoli mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes.

2. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Add milk mixture to broccoli mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Stir in pepper. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts.

3. Place one-third of the soup in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Return pureed soup mixture to pan.

Calories 203 (28% from fat); fat 6.3 g (sat 4 g, mono 1.8 g, poly 0.4 g); protein 15.6 g; cholesterol 24 mg; calcium 385 mg; sodium 897 mg; fiber 2.9 g; iron 1.2 mg; carbohydrate 21.7 g

and Spinach Chicken from the Ro’s Simple Pleasures cookbook.

spinach chicken

Both were good.

I’ve been working on the alpaca wrist warmers and (re)started Bug’s socks. These socks are going so quickly – I love knitting small things!

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Here are the finished object pictures for the Rosalind DNA scarf for DH. There are 135 rows of 2 grey/2 black for the shadow knitting. It is in Classic Alpaca and took 4 balls total (about 1/3 of 1 ball of grey and 1 ball of black are left) .

DNA scarf, finished

DNA scarf, finished

I’ll leave you with an adorable Bug and Dad picture…

Bug and Dad reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I get kind of blue this time of year when all the holiday items have been taken down making everywhere look “naked” without the ribbons and lights.  Also, the gray, rainy, cold days of January don’t help.  To combat this I’m going to try and find something each day that is fun/happy/pleasurable to share, at least for January…

Jan 1: when Bug, Dad, and I all fell asleep and napped together

Jan 2: new electric blanket to heat up the bed

Jan 3: finally finishing a scarf for DH that was 19,512 stitches!

Jan 4: leftovers, so I didn’t have to cook

As noted above, the Rosalind scarf for DH is finally done.  I’ll take pictures and post the particulars tomorrow.  I ripped and re-started the Elizabeth “town and country” scarf again, but with 3 repeats this time instead of 4.  Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye.  We’re just trying to stay warm…