Thursday, December 29, 2011

Knitter cramp, cooking ensues.

Secret Santa project: so close. Finished one sleeve today. Hand is cramping up an insane amount, so I took a brief hiatus to make Cooking Light's Coconut Shrimp with Fiery Mango Sauce.
I love coconut shrimp and anything that claims to be spicy...
But...but...It was only calling for 1/4 of a scotch bonnet pepper? 1/4?! Yeah, no. It's all or nothing.
Of course, 'all' is what the right answer is.

It was also calling for some grated ginger and garlic and onion...so rather spicy sounding. The mango nectar was a little tricky to find, I found a giant bottle at Stop and Shop which was $5.00; almost cancelled plans to make that recipe, until I realized there was tiny cans of it in the Spanish section that was like $1.00.
Thankfully, after mincing the pepper, I did not make the mistake of trying to push my glasses up on my face(even though I am wearing contacts...) until after I washed my hands. Come on, don't tell me you don't do that. It's a habit. Anyway, face burning averted, always a plus.
Yes, yes, I know. The end result is rather boring looking. But the mango sauce was delicious and spicy..Should have put some scallions on it, maybe some cilantro? We had it with some jasmine rice (jasmine rice is really lovely) and I will probably be venturing into the kitchen shortly to drink the rest of the mango sauce. (I'm kidding.) (Am I?)

I can't bring myself to post pictures of my knitting. I know I did on the last post. But, this morning I blocked the body of it, and finished one sleeve. So it is too close to completion to share. I'll post pictures of it after this weekend. I'm about to cast on the last sleeve this evening, maybe after I take a break and read some Game of Thrones, which I started the other day and am really into right now.

Oh, and I have been watching some seriously awesome (garbage) movies on my knitting vacation. I watched Hello Again, which might be one of the most irritating movies in history, but features one of the best lines I've ever heard:

"Sometimes you can get incredibly strong vibrations from brassieres. Yours just had a slight hum. Well, I have to go see a man about a unicorn."

You're amazed, right? Me too. I almost cried tears of pure joy when I heard that, and cursed the stars above that the script writers didn't win an Oscar.
That was coupled with "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger", which is always amusing.
I think perhaps Lifetime Movie Network will suck me in again tonight, once I cast on the second sleeve. Maybe this will be on! Or this!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mystery! (Not so much)

In terms of impossible deadlines that are self imposed, this might be the worst one yet.
I have frogged something I began for someone this September, and decided to restart the project 1 1/2 weeks before I need to give it to them. I realize this is completely insane. And yet...and yet...I'm actually doing it. Finished the back of the pattern in one and a half days. Finishing left front today, and going to start right front. Then all that's left are the sleeves...which I know from when I made one this summer, I can complete the sleeves in one day.


I'm also using my Christmas presents for this post and project - I got the Harmony Wood interchangeable needle set from Knit Picks, and I loooove it. The wood is really slidy but still is holding this yarn well; and the tips aren't too pointy so it isn't totally killing the tip of my pointer finger which my rosewood needles helpfully cut (the tips of the rosewood needles are basically, well, needles. But sharp ones!). Also I got a Sony camera that took some luscious yarn pics! (Luscious?)

Enough. Back to work. Ugh! I'm at a C8 row. C8 is the most annoying row.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Who's got two thumbs and is procrastinating? This broad!

So, I have officially finished the semester. I did fairly well as far as grades are concerned, but my knitting has suffered.
Here we are again in ... oh, for the love of pants. It's a week away from Christmas. Did I start knitting for my Secret Santa presents? Well, yes. I actually did. One of them I started in August, but has been hibernating in my knitting room. It's rather ambitious (of course) and there's a slim to nil chance that I'll actually finish (of course).
As always, I'm cooking instead of knitting. What else should I do? Well, I'm kind of knitting. No. I can't show you. Ugh, fine. Whatever.
Ha! You thought it was going to be knitting, didn't you?
That's dinner I made when I should have been working on Project 1.
Here's something that isn't a Christmas present that I've been working on:
Exciting, eh? It's a two row pattern. Totally easy. I'm using Encore Worsted held doubled on size 8 needles, and it's pretty quick. Almost at decreasing for the top of the hat. I am going to have to put this aside, at least until January 1, when my Christmas presents are fini. I'm going to be on vaca from the 23rd until the 2nd, so hopefully I'll be able to get stuff done. Goober's going to be at daycare for that week - so I can totally focus on knitting. It's probably the best vacation I can think of. Knitting, non stop? Maybe watching terrible movies throughout?
I've got some more cooking planned for tomorrow, so I totally have knitting time management down. Most likely making: Butterfinger truffles, caramel-dark chocolate truffles with fleur de sel, and triple chocolate hazelnut truffles. We shall see how this works out.
For now, c'est fini. Watching Christmas Vacation for the 8000th time, working on Santa project #1, and just finished making a batch of butterscotch oatmeal cookies.
Fantastique!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Knitting, panic edition

Feverishly knitting since Saturday. Backyard Leaves scarf.
I'm not sure how successful this will be. Or if you can tell anything from the picture. I should get a better camera, other than my dumb blueberry.
The pattern is quite nice...I just wish I could enjoy knitting but it's difficult right now between writing papers and trying to get ready for the holidays.
Yes, I'm an old broad wearing Hello Kitty socks. I don't care.
I am anxious for Christmas to be over, actually. Then..one whole week. Knitting. That's it. (probably not, but a girl can dream, right?)
The irritating thing about this pattern is that the chart fell off of my magnetic holder and now I don't know what row I was on. I hope I choose correctly! I can guess how this will turn out, though.