Friday, July 31, 2009
In other news - the February Lady Sweater is off the needles!!! Well, for a short time anyway. I finished the body of the sweater last night and now I am moving on to the sleeves. I wanted to do the sleeves with DPNs but I didn't have any in the correct size (can you imagine?!?!?!) so I ordered some from Knit Picks. As soon as they get here I'll be picking up stitches and moving along.
The yarn is Knit Witch DK weight in colorway Aphrodite (two different lot numbers obviously). I'll probably overdye it once it is finished just to even out the coloration a little.
WARNING!! Snake picture ahead!!
Wayne found this super cute little guy living under some cardboard. I love him! He is adorable.
Wayne has been working on a super big project lately that I can show you some pictures of next week I hope. Here's a "teaser". I'll let you take some guesses at what he is doing.
Note to my mom and dad - no fair spoiling the surprise in the comments!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
That is cilantro that I pulled from the garden the other day. To be more exact - it is SIXTEEN POUNDS of cilantro that I pulled from the garden. I tell ya, I have never seen so much cilantro in my life!
We LOVE cilantro and I learned how to preserve it. You just go through it and cut it into useable pieces (get rid of all the tough stems, bad leaves, roots, etc), wash it, mix it with just a little bit of oil (just enough to coat it lightly), place it in freezer bags and freeze it. It sounds like a really simple process but when you are doing 16 pounds of it - it takes a while! I am almost done though. When you preserve it like this you just go to the freezer and take out however much you need. The oil on the leaves just makes it easy to separate the amount you need even though it is frozen. You have to use it right away though - don't let it sit around on the counter and linger - take it out and use it in your meal right then. I am so excited to have fresh cilantro all through the winter now! Woo hoo!!
Oh, and the main reason I am posting this information and the pictures should be stated. If you are expecting yarn from me this week or early next week (and there are a lot of you out there), your yarn may very well smell like cilantro. So sorry about that........I can think of a lot worse things it could smell like though!! :)
That's just a joke. I don't think the yarn will REALLY smell like cilantro but just in case........
I may actually finish the body of the February Lady Sweater tonight! So, I could (theoretically of course - you understand) have a picture of some knitting tomorrow. Knitting that actually does not have needles in it!! Wow.
I am working my way through all of these orders for the Dye for Glory yarns. I think I may almost be caught up! I am hoping to have all the pending orders that I currently have out by Friday so you should be getting your yarns soon!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Luckily, to help with all of our canning and drying herb adventures we also made another purchase from our local book and wine shop - woo hoo!!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Watercolors - "Waters of the Willammette"
Predictable Stripes - "Illumination"
Pooler - "Brewtopia"
Dipped - "Portland Rain"
Shaded Solid - "City of Roses"
Out of the Box - "Oregon Merlot"
If you have named one of these colors you are contractually bound to vote for it!! Haha - just kidding - vote for whoever you like but we will appreciate any Knit Witch votes. Thanks in advance!!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The cats were playing in one of the trees the other day and I snapped some really cute pictures of them.
Whoops!! That was a close one!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
That stuff pouring over the edge is squash and the really tall stuff is corn and sunflowers. Is that not crazy looking?? This is her first year for a garden on this property too. Mushroom compost is the key here I'm thinking - amazing stuff. You can't even see her house anymore!
Friday, July 17, 2009
This year the Red Eared Sliders that we bought last year were no where to be found. We figure they probably moved on during all of the pond work that we had done last year. Like I said, we still have about 3 snapping turtles in the pond though. But, we really like the sliders so we went and bought a couple. They are SO CUTE!!!
Wayne says they are box turtles because they came in a box. Not so.
Slim wanted to check them out too.
And then all the fish had to check them out too.
Tomorrow we are going to pick up 40 bass for our pond. The catfish we got a few months ago are already getting huge and those bass will be getting huge also. Fish fry anyone??
Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Again - not MY knitting. I came across Cristi's blog post the other day and thought she had SUCH a cute idea for her latest sock design project. You should all go check it out HERE and she has the pattern for sale on her post as well. I love the idea behind these socks and the story - so cute! Besides, Cristi is totally awesome so you should all buy her pattern anyway - just because she is a great person. I don't think she will mind if I steal one of the pictures and put it on my blog to pimp out her pattern. But seriously, you must go to the link and read her cute story about them!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Anyway, back to Kefir. Someone here on the local free cycle offered up some of her Kefir grain and of course, Wayne jumped on the deal. Now, I spent some time in California and while I was there I drank A LOT of Kefir. I happen to really like the stuff and it is great for making smoothies. But, I really know nothing about it. Basically, as I understand it, Kefir is a culture that you put in milk and the culture makes really great pro-biotic additions to your diet. You use it to make smoothie type drinks and you can mix it with fresh fruit, honey, stevia, whatever you like really. It is a culture so you have to feed it and it grows. So, now we have this Kefir grain and really have no clue what to do with it. Wayne put it in about 2 cups of milk and left it at room temperature to culture. Any help/tips/advice/anything from the blog land would be most appreciated! Here's a picture of Kefir - this isn't our Kefir it is just a picture off of the internet. Our Kefir is buried in milk right now!
I was just talking to Wayne yesterday about how little I actually blog about knitting on this "Knitting Blog". Is that disturbing to anyone out there? You must enjoy the non-knitting or loosely reltated knitting stories though because you are all still reading!
I have been asked to speak at the Charlotte Knitting Guild in October - which should be LOADS of fun! I need to make some hotel reservations soon. I have been working on my speech for this event. I have been dyeing all of the Sock Summit yarn (thanks so much everyone for your pre-orders! I can't believe how much of this wonderful yarn we have already sold!). I have also been working on some new yarns and new surprises that will be coming up soon - some that we will be debuting at SAFF in October. Knit Witch has been extreemly busy lately and we are so grateful for that. We love all this Knit Witch busyness and some of our customers have been throwing out some GREAT ideas for us!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
What else? I did A LOT of canning over the weekend. I'm pretty sick of squash and I know we have a lot more coming! I canned zuchinni, scallop squash, yellow squash and lots of green beans. That took half the day. I have a new pressure canner though and I love it! I can put a bunch of stuff into it at one time so that is really nice.
I'll be starting on all of the sock summit pre-orders today so that I can hopefully get those out next week for everyone who has already placed an order.
Seriously, I need to get back to work on the February Lady sweater!