Monday, 28 March 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Knit Year's resolution 2016 pt 1

I actually did the first bunch of these just before Yule 2015, so i suppose they technically fon't count.  But they're lovely, and i can see me doing this pattern a lot.  great was to use up smal bits of yarn.  I also have a few earrings who's mates have been lost that could make great charms for these!

This is one of two crochet bracelet kits I have gotten in magazines.  They're great, little satisfying projects!  This kit came fromthe first issue I ever bought of Mollie Makes.  It's a lovely magazine with lots of craft projects (not just knit and crochet) but also nice artices about designers and trends too. 

The original pattern doesn't call for a tassle, but i hust couldn't resist.  This would be great for an tribal style belly dance outfit, or any bo-ho look.  Depending on what you can find for colours and charms, this idea could really go with just about anything.  And once you get the hang of it, you can whip them up in well under 30 minutes!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

2015 and 2016 Knit Year's Resolutions

Well it's been a long, long time since I've updated this blog. 2015 really got away from me!

My 2015 Knit Year' Resolution was to do something out of the pattern books my mother and sister gave to me over the last few years.  I did finally finish this lavender inspired sock pattern from Around the World in Knitted Socks.  Made with Regia yarn, and I really love the fit and colour!

I've also been working on a few projects for charity.  The Fleece Artists yarn co has given some of their lovely yarn to local knitters to make welcome gift for the Syrian refugees coming to our area.  I've got 2 skeins, and for the first I used the Gothic Lace pattern from Tin Can Knits.

Last year I didn't manage to complete my resolution (I did 3 of 5 books).  So this year I've devided to go with super-quick projects.  Since I buy quite a lot of knitting magazines I often end up with little kits, small projects to promote the materials or patterns in the magazines.  They've been accumulating in a box for a while now, so my 2016 Knit Year's Resolution will be to do up the kits!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Knit Year's Resolution 2015 part 2

I've been behind on both knitting my projects and posting the blogs.  I've had this done for a while, but haven't had time to block the piece, or write it up.

This is the second of my Knit Year's Resolution pieces for 2015.  The goal is to make something from each of the knitting pattern books my mother and sister have given to me for Yule over the last 5 or 6 years. 

This one is called "Etta" by designer Kim Whelan and it's the first pattern in Lace One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant (Storey Publishing, 2013).

Here's a few more pics.  I especially like the top-down view because it shows how the whole pattern, based on a multiple of 5, closes into a pentagle.  

And here's one with it hanging on a plate on top of a bowl.  It's has been wetted and it still drying.  Yep, smells like wet wool in my apartment #knitterproblems, lol.  This is a process known as blocking, which helps a knitted project take it's final shape. It is also the knitting equivalent of when musicians say "we'll fix it in the mix" ;)

 This was a lovely, quick pattern to knit.  Just interesting enough to not be boring, and just easy enough to not drive me nuts while making it.  The yarn is from Two Crows Dyed:  I picked it up when the makers still had the Ewe to You Yarn Shop in Lower Sackville, NS.  It sat on my shelf for ages waiting for just the right project, and this was it!  This yarn is a bit biger than called for in the book, so I did fewer reps and "shortened" the pattern.  I really love the look of this one.  I can see this being a piece I will wear quit a lot. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Fall 2015 Classes

 If you'd like to dance or workout with me, here is when and where to find me this Fall. 

Halifax REC, Sackville
(636 Sackville Drive, *downstairs in the Library building)
Wednesdays: September 16 – November 18 ((10 weeks)
7:30pm Belly Dance Beginner (bar code #351236); $57
6:30pm Belly Dance returning Students (bar code # 351237); $57

Halifax REC, Fall River
(Gordon R. Snow Centre, 1359 Fall River Road *same building as the Fire Station)
Thursdays: September 17 – November 5 (8 weeks)
6:10pm Belly Dance Beginner (bar code #349341); $46
7:15pm Bellyfit® (bar code # 349339); $34
(**We will add a Bellyfit®  "mini term" leading up to the holiday break if there is sufficient interest)

Mount St. Vincent University Athletics & Recreation Department
(166 Bedford Highway, Rosaria Student Centre, 1st floor *look for the blue walls)
September 7 – December 18 *subject to change based on participant numbers*
Mondays:     9:30am Cardio Mix 'N Pump
7:15pm Bellyfit®
Tuesdays: 12:10pm 20/20 Strength & Yoga
Wednesdays: 9:30am Cardio Mix 'N Pump
Thursdays: 9:30am Strength 'n  Stretch
Fridays: 9:30am Cardio Mix 'N Pump

*Please note:
- Bellyfit ® is for women only.  For more information please visit
- All classes are 1 hour except 20/20 Strength & Yoga at MSVU, which is 40 minutes.
- Classes at MSVU are open to everybody, not just students and staff.  Please visit this link for the various price packages:

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Roberts' Razor

I used to have this on Facebook in my "quotes"  section, but since that no longer exists I figured I should put it here so it doesn't get lost.

Roberts' Razor: Never attribute to bad speeling that which can adequately be explained by badtyping. 

My need of pointing this out is pretty obvious.  Can't type worth snot, me.  I was just recently watching a piece on the Idea Channel in You Tube about internet laws (Godwin's, Lewis's, etc) and realized I had forgotten to post this here after the last Facebook change.  

Saturday, 4 July 2015

#Saturdaynightcookin' Mushroom Risotto edition

' is a hashtag I've been using on Twitter and Facebook for some time now to tell people what I'm cooking and drinking on a Saturday night when I've got my food nerd mojo on.  I've been busy with school, work and charity stuff, so I haven't done one in ages.  I don't even know when I did the last one.  I dare not look. It has been too long.

So tonight I've decided to bring ' back!  I've been working on a recipe of my own for Mushroom Risotto.  I've been needing to write down the actual amounts and process, so here it goes!

1 cup arboio rice
1/2 cup white wine (I use pino grigio)
1 cup of stock ( I use chicken, but any would work)
1/2 a yellow onion finely chopped
1 cup of roughly chopped fresh mushrooms (I use a mix of white, cremini and portabello)
1/2 to 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Liquid Gold's Wild Mushroom & Sage Infused Olive Oil
Freshly cut chives

Heat some plain olive oil in a pan and add the onion.  Season with salt & pepper and saute until the onions are translucent.  Add a bit of butter and stir until it melts.  Put the cup of dry rice in the pan and fold with a spatula until the rice is coated with oil.  From this point on you will be adding liquid approximately 1/2 a cup at a time and stirring constantly.  Add the 1/2 cup of wine and stir until most of the liquid is absorbed by the rice.  The add the stock, again, 1/2 a cup at a time until it is absorbed.  Continue adding water and stirring likewise.  I usually use around 2 cups of water total.  Just before you add the last 1/2 cup of water, add the 1 cup of chopped mushrooms and a scattering of chives and fold in.  Let the rest of the water absorb.  Add more if needed. 
Once the riotto is basically done, turn off the heat and add the cheese and fold in.  Once plated, top the risotto with a few more freshly cut chives and a little swirl of Liquid Gold's Wild Mushroom & Sage Infused Olive Oil.
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