Thursday, February 08, 2007

Is this hat too short?

I finished that hat for my brother. I decided to follow the pattern proper as far as continuing the ribbing all the way and knitting it in the round (rather than flat). I did use larger needles because I only have one set of short circs and that is size 10 (the pattern calls for like a size 8) so I am sure it fits more loosely than intended. But since knitting is stretchy and ribbing is even more stretchy, it isn't TOO loose. For some reason I could not for the life of me remember how long I made the other hat before starting the decreases. I think I might have mentioned it here, however I was too lazy to look for a post that mentioned it ROFL. I ended it at about 11-12 centimeters, but I am thinking I should have gone to 15 cm before decreasing. Oh well. I don't think it was intended to be WARM, rather, to be worn as a fashion statement. Of some kind. You'll have to ask my brother exactly what statement he is trying to make LOL!

I think it might be just a touch too short. I don't want to start over (I don't have any more orange yarn left), and I don't want to rip back or take it apart. If you all say it is too short, I can add a row or two more of single crochet to the edge, how is that? So I leave it in your capable hands. Look at the picture (nice pippi longstocking braids, eh?), and comment your vote. Fine as is, or add some SC. Hey, just like a reality show! Only don't try to text your vote because my cell phone isn't on ;).

The sister of the birthday child that got a hat is now requesting her own hat. She likes the style, only she wants a blue one. Why do people always ask for colours that I don't already have in my "stash"? Never mind that my stash is not a RESPECTABLE stash of good stuff waiting to be used, but rather leftover crappola from mostly crochet projects from years before. And some donated materials. The two girls' mother donated a large box of navy blue and gray acrylic (those live five pound balls you see on sale? Yeah, those). She wanted to crochet a blanket but never managed to finish it. I would love to make a blanket for her in exchange, but navy blue and gray????? I don't know her well enough to establish a colour palatte. I'll keep working on that though. My sister wants a hat that will not ruin her hairstyle. My dad wants a hat to match the scarf I gave him for christmas. My cousin wants a black hat with white stripes like the one I made for my brother. What am I, a hat factory?

Actually, it's nice to have people WANT my knitting for once. They are even getting excited about it. "You can MAKE THAT?". Yes, I can. No, it is not cheaper nor easier to make it. But when you make it you can choose exactly which colour, decide the length, how far the ribbing goes, what KIND of ribbing, and so on. How often can we have something made special for us, exactly as we want? Not often indeed. Now I just need somebody to knit for ME while I am knitting those hats for THEM.

My scarf is still only like four inches long. I have not touched it. Such a bad girl. And no progress on the ribbing for the pirate mitten either. I did draw up my own pattern for a new pair of mittens and have the yarn, just haven't started yet. Plus the black silk tank that is waiting to be made. Perhaps I will finish in time for spring.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE! You only have until tomorrow because if I don't give him his hat soon he is going to drive me mental asking for it. And as we all know, that is quite a short drive.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Food fake out

Dh has been grumpy lately. Mostly because I have been extremely busy at work (even now, since clicking on the button to write this, I have heard three emails come careening in) and he has had to make dinner twice. Everything was ready to go, just the heat needed applying but he was planning on doing something other than applying heat during that time frame and it made him out-of-sorts. You see, every day he comes home and the house smells like food. GOOD food. But then there is nothing cooking for dinner. Where is that smell coming from, then? And if I was cooking BEFORE, why don't I have time to cook NOW? Each day so far I have made a big pot of something on the stove and something in the slow cooker. I have completely run out of soup from the freezer, and if there ever was soup weather this is it. Plus being so busy it is nice to just grab a container of soup and toss it in the micro rather than try to scrape up a lunch when I don't really have the time. I don't want to eat the SAME soup every day, so I like to make a few kinds and have a choice. So Monday I made veggie barley soup on the stove, pork cubes in the slow cooker (for shredded meat tacos/burritos on Thursday), then to top it off I roasted two chickens because I needed the skin/bones for stock and the meat for other stuff. The chickens were roasted right before bed. Dh was not amused, he said his stomach growled all night because the house smelled so good. Yesterday it was a beef roast in the slow cooker (we are having part tonight reheated in gravy and the rest is for sandwiches and maybe a touch for a different batch of soup) and a huge pot of chicken stock. Right before bed I tossed the ingredients for minestrone into the crockpot. See, I can sleep AND cook. I told you I could multi-task. Dh is put out that I can cook during the day (and while I sleep) but I am too busy to make dinner. Perhaps if I managed my time better (don't even get me started on that) I could make dinner and forget about all that other stuff. After all, that soup isn't for him, right? It's not that I wouldn't share, but rather the types and ingredients are not to his taste. Vegetable barley? His body would reject that like it was poison I am sure. I tried to explain that I did all the chopping on the weekend and that the most strenuous part has been dumping things into a pot or glugging marinade into a zip-top bag but he is still sulking. And it isn't letting up, either. That chicken stock? Pepper soup. My adaptation of a "white" chicken chili recipe. And while the roast has already been cooked and the gravy made, it still needs slicing and reaheating, also there are potatoes that need cooking and ricing and whipping. I can't guarantee I will have time to do that. Oh well. Next week should be easier, because all that needed cooking will be done and I should be able to drag something out of the fridge or freezer and pop it in the oven or micro and dinner is done. We shall see.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Now her, I can knit for

The birthday girl liked her hat. In fact, she put it on right away and gave me a big smile and pose, then looked disappointed when I said I didn't bring my camera ROFL. What a little ham. She liked the rest of the present too, which is always nice. Would you care to know how cold it is here today? Cold enough that after running my car for 15 minutes (with the heat on full and the defrost on) the windows were still frozen and the seat was like sitting on a klondike bar. I tossed a blanket over DD after she buckled in, but I don't know if it helped at all LOL. Also, our sliding door was frozen shut at the bottom. I think it happened because a heating vent is right in front of that door and DH hiked the heat this morning before he took his shower. It was COLD in the house when he got up, it's like the heat can't keep up with the wind out there. Anyway, I think the vent melted some of the snow that was in the track, which immediately refroze as ice - making the door stick. Poor Ruby, when she ran out to go poop this morning she looked so cold and pitiful, squatting in the snow. When she came in she ran around like crazy, I can only presume to warm up. We went to an impromtpu super bowl party at my parent's house last night. We only stayed until half time, but it was fun while it lasted. DD was a little disappointed when they changed the channel from the Puppy Bowl to the actual game. "FOOTBALL?!?!" - lol! I guess she didn't know what the super bowl actually was. And as far as the half time show? I have to say, I never really was impressed by Prince and I am still lukewarm over him. Dh has never liked him, and DD was not amused much by his performance either. Between that and not even knowing which teams were supposed to be playing, I suppose one could say we aren't typical superbowl people ;). When pressed to choose a team I chose the Colts to win, and I guess I make a good pick. Dh chose the bears, then later said he chose it because I had already taken the team he wanted. He is so full of crapolla. He picked them because the guys on his morning radio show said they were the favourites and the team to put money on, that's why. He knows nothing about sports at all. Either do I, but being a girl it's not as noticeable - tee hee! There is going to be a lot of cooking going on this week. I want to make a few batches of soup for the freezer. I've finished what was in there and I am really missing being able to just zap a container for a quick lunch. I also bought two little chickens to roast in my new open roaster pan. They will serve as dinner, some of the leftovers in a casserole and sandwiches, and the rest will be a base for some of that soup. I bought an eye of round roast, which will be marinated and served like typical roast one day, some for sandwiches, and the rest sliced paper thin and simmered in a broth for "italian beef" sandwiches next week-end after toboganning. For the soup so far, Mushroom Barley, Vegetable/Minestrone, and a green chicken chile type. I might throw together a brothy bean soup as well, and use smoked paprika and a bit of chipotle instead of ham or smoked turkey to keep it meatless. I would like to make a batch of chicken rice soup too but we will see how it goes. I might do cock-a-leekie soup instead. I never get tired of barley. Or even "italian wedding" style with little meatballs, small pasta, and beet greens instead of spinach. I need to make some healthy cookies and a batch of muffins as well for snacks this week. More for DH and DD than for me, along with fruit. And they better eat that fricken fruit too. Grapes are worth their weight in gold, and they always want them and never eat them. I am not allowed to eat grapes (and I'm not that fond of them anyhow, too cloyingly sweet) and it sure steams my butt to throw away $7.00 worth of mold every time. That money would buy some crusty artisinal bread and make another batch of soup, for goodness sake. I better go. My email has been pinging like popcorn since 6:30am, and I have been too afraid to look. Time to bite the bullet and see what broke now ;).