28 August 2016

podcast / the august episode (VIDEO)


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tanyamarie on Ravelry
Coastal Knitting KAL ends Aug 31 / The Sampler Girl Podcast Ravelry group

Flax Sweater / size 6-12 months
Miss Marple Shawl

Winter Sea Shawl
Painted Windows Shawl

Other mentions
Knit Style Podcast formerly TV Knitting Podcast
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Invitation by Lucy Foley
Dancing Leaf Farm
On the Round yarns
QuiltKnitCraft - project bag

09 August 2016

a handknit sweater, from start to finish!

Dear Reader,
On Emily's podcast recently, she was knitting (which she has since finished in speedy time!) a Flax sweater for her son. I have seen this design by Tin Can Knits oodles of times but for some reason, this time was the time which grabbed me and declared it time to knit one! I am a first time Aunt this summer as I have a brand new nephew, a little over a month old, (he's the cutest little bugaboo) so I'm now forever thinking of things to knit for him. If you know my knitting story, then you know I don't knit sweaters. I lack that brain cell. Or so I thought. However, this design is a top down Raglan sleeved sweater which looked simple and my-speed from the get go AND the pattern is free! How could I not make it? 

I printed the pattern rather quickly and then headed to the yarn cupboard which needs more skeins to browse yet I had this caked up Miss Babs in sportweight, colorway Believeable which not only was the perfect weight but a colorway that would be great for a baby boy. I call it sweater knitting destiny. 

I knit the 6-12 month size; the sleeves have the garter detail at the top yet I opted for a stockinete arm because I discovered I do not like to purl in the round so that wasn't happening on 9" circulars. No way, no how. I like how it came out. As Stephen West would say, it's a design feature! (I took one of his workshops last January and since then, my knitting pieces have included many design features which truly make them mine and I'm OK with that.) 

The pooling of this yarn is really fun and whimsical. I recommend the design for beginner sweater knitters. All I need to do is wash and block it ... such a fast, satisfying beautiful knit to make.

Gather JOY!

02 August 2016

cilantro-lime chicken ... and peach PIE

Dear Reader,
I fixed a simple, delicious dinner tonight but first we had pie for a late afternoon snack.

Gather JOY!

skinless, boneless chicken thighs (yes, you can use the bone-in ones)
extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c chopped cilantro
juice of 2 limes
pinch/dash of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
cooked rice, for serving

Make marinade: Whisk together 2 T olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, red pepper flakes, garlic and cumin. Add chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. (I did mine all afternoon)

When you're ready to cook the chicken, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Pour olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet (or transfer when that time comes) to cover bottom of the pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Season both sides of marinated chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and pour in the marinade. Sear until golden, about 6 minutes. (Chicken will not be cooked through FYI)

Turn off the heat and transfer to oven-proof pan into hot oven; bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes more.

Serve ontop/with rice and drizzle with pan drippings.

No recipe ... just cut up some gorgeous summer peaches, tossed them with cinnamon and sugar then loaded them into pie dough, topped with pie dough, and baked till done.

winter sea shawl

Dear Reader,
It's August!!! Haven't blogged in a few weeks but it's still quite warm, humid, and I'm still knitting. The other night I cast on Winter Sea Shawl using some stash yarn, Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed in colorway Camper. It's such a relaxing, comforting, meditative knit. Just what I am in the mood for making.

What are you making these days? I'd love to hear about your projects.

Gather JOY!