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.
Liquid Gold and all their goodness can be found here:


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Knit Year's Resolution: Project 1

Project 1 = Done!  

As promised, here's the pics of my first project for my 2015 Knit Year's Rsolution.  Please see my previous post on the details of the resolution.

The project is "Nordic" from Bags that Rock: Knitting on the Road with Kelley Deal of The Breeders (2008). I used Cascade 220 for the knitted work.
Here's the piece fully felted, dried and assembled:

And here's a peak inside, lining, magnetic snap and all.  I threw my wallet in there to give a sense of the size.

I really enjoyed doing this project.  I'm not great at multi-strand knitting so I only do it with projects that will be felted and therefore hide my gaps and lumps.  It's funny, I have never struggled with any other knitting skills, but multi-strand continues to elude me regardless of how much I practice.  I also don't love sewing in linings, but it's a good excuse to marathon watch a TV series.  This was such a nice project I couldn't leave it un-lined, and now that I've done it I can see me getting faster and smoother with the process.  The lining fabric is just a quilter's fat-quarter that I picked up for a few bucks, so there was very little cutting involved.

There's lots of great projects in Kelley Deal's book, plus it's a pleasure to read her stories of how she came up with her designs.  I can see me making a few more for sure, and using some of her ideas as a starting point for some designs of my own.  Gonna start keeping my old bass strings in my knitting gear!!

Project 2 is already underway.  It is a lace sock pattern from Lace One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant (2013). 

And now for a little of Kelley Deal's band, The Breeders:

PS:  My dad built the table that this project is stitting on, btw.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Knit Year's Resolution

Should've posted this in January buuuuut... grad school. 
So here it is, my Knit Year's resolution! 

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions because they're usually so negative and most people give up. So a few years ago (I can't recall when exactly) I decided since I'm going to knit all the time anyway, I might as well make that my resolution and guarantee myself some success, lol!

I've done one most of the last several years.  It started with my desire to knit socks :).  I've also done felting, and cables and mutli-stranding (that one was a dud) as my knitting theme for a year.  This year I've decided I have to make a point of using the knitting patterns books I've recieved as Yule gifts over the last few years.  I've taken these 5 books, each given to me as a Yule gift from my parents or my sister, and I plan to do a pattern out of each by the end of 2015:
Knit for Nerds
Lace One-Skein Wonders
Around the World in Knitted Sock
Bags That Rock
Knitting Wizardry

I have actually already done a pattern from Around the World in Knitted Socks, but they're all so nice I should really get more use out of this book.  Plus.... socks! Here's a pic of my "Traditional Costume: Austria" socks:

Stranded colourwork = not my best thing.  But I love these socks even if the tulip design is kinda lumpy:) 

I've already started a pair of socks out of Lace One Skein Wonders and a purse out of Bags That Rock.  I'm actually nearly finished that one, I just have to sew it together and felt the piece. 

Pics soon!