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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Life is a rollercoaster!

Talk about ups and downs! The mittens that should have been mindless for some reason are a disaster, and I saw the cutest hot water bottle cover on Knitty and ran out to buy the stuff to make it and then realized that it would really only be decorative...since hot water bottles don't get that hot anyway...bummer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hello World!

Yes, it has been a long, long, time since I have posted on my knitting site...mainly because knitting has taken a far, far backseat to my Masters degree.

So what, you may ask, is prompting me to start posting again? The answer is:

I found a great new way to Kitchener and I made the perfect poached egg!

First the Kitchener.
I was trying to join a headband done in a cable stitch and I knew there had to be some way to weave them together. I would have been happy with "close" to the cable and associated knit and purl sections and found "Musing on Kitchener Mantras" You will want to read Suzi's post but the summary is to look at the stitch (usually the right side on the front needle and the wrong side on the back needle...just look at the stitch. Once you get past the anchoring step, you will always be touch two stitches, one comes off and one stays behind.

The first stitches are anchored by: Front needle: Opposite On; Back needle: Opposite On

The stitch that follow you alternate Front to back touching two stitches on each needle thus:

Front needle: Same off, Opposite On
Back needle: Same off, Opposite On

That's it! Look at the stitch and if your directions is "Same" then knit the knit and purl the purl. If it is opposite then purl the knit or knit the purl...just like that. There is a strange 1/2 step jog that someone will figure out but I actually didn't notice it in my knitting....I just loved that it made it harder to find the woven edge...thanks to Suzi I have one gift finished!

Now about poached eggs.
I saw the movie Julie and Julia this weekend and just LOVED it! It made me want to rush out and buy Julia Child's "Mastering French Cooking" cookbook...particularly if I could find an old, well loved copy! But there is one scene where Julie is poaching and egg for the first time and I just wanted to cry! I remember going through the same agony and same glee the first time I made eggs benedict from scratch. They were the best things I had ever eaten. Last night I made myself a poached egg for the first time in 5 years and "Yum!" I had dreams of all the ways to use poached eggs. I got up this morning and poached another and put it on a piece of sourdough bread with a little brown mustard and fresh spinach. "Yum!"

Back to work for me and hopefully I won't be gone so long this time.