27 December 2011
Here's Henry: (he's sure no Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)
Catherine of Aragon:
Anne of Cleves:
(In the course of googling to try to confirm which wife was which, I found that they are for sale as a set and individually. If you'd also like to have an English-themed Christmas tree, you can! The set seems to be different than the individual ones.)
Elizabeth I is mine! The 4% (redheads) have to stick together.
The overall effect:
26 December 2011
They became Gentlemen's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks.
I love this pattern. I started it before, and didn't like the yarn. This time, I think the match of yarn and pattern was great. I did do the pattern toe-up instead of top-down, but the way the patterns in this book are written makes it VERY easy to adapt them to your own preferences. (She outlines several toes and heels at the beginning and throughout the book that are interchangeable.) The pattern is deceptively easy, and most of it is stockinette, though it doesn't appear that way. I did a 64 stitch sock with a flat toe and a short-row heel.
I don't have an FO picture of these yet. I finished washing and blocking them Christmas Eve at about midnight, so needless to say, I didn't take the time to photograph them before I wrapped them. They were a gift to my sister so I know I will have an opportunity to photograph them in the future.
Pattern: Gentlemen's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock Ease in Circus Peanut
Needles: US #1s / 2.25mm
Ravelry project page: http://ravel.me/JessSacto/kihgg
18 December 2011
I had to give it a try. I have a ton of crafty stuff to get done before Christmas (in a WEEK) so I thought I'd add to that by spending hours staring at blue yarn waiting for it to exhaust.
I used Knit Picks Bare in a discontinued variety that is essentially Stroll. First, I had to divide in in half so the socks would match.
16 December 2011
These are Knit Picks Stroll in Dove Heather (grey) and Aurora Heather (forest-y green). Each time I knit with this yarn, I fall more in love with it. I'm going to knit a sweater in it one of these days. I particularly like the Dove Heather, but I have an unusual love of boring greys.
I started doing some non-stockinette stitch socks (Paraphernalia) and realized that what I love about socks is that they are mindless. Paraphernalia may be headed to the frog pond.
10 December 2011
I have at least three pairs of socks to knit before Christmas. My sister wants a yarn tree before her Christmas party tomorrow, and the only hot glue I have is black. Not going to work for a white tree. (I'm sitting here debating doing a dark green one, but the white yarn I have is super perfect. Dilemma!)
I am heavily relying on lists and sticky notes.
The last of my hot glue was used making this wreath. This was the cutest garland I could find at the dollar store. I have another wreath form saved for when I can find cuter stuff. Did I ever mention how much actual Styrofoam sucks? Unless you want to look like you have either been playing in the snow or have a horrible dandruff problem. (Hello weird search results people!) Closed cell foam is so much better to work with.
It started with my cousin's grandma on the other side of their family and spread. We always thought it was some kind of heirloom thing. She told us recently that it came off the back of a mayonnaise jar in the 60s. No glamourous origin here!
Everyone has their take on this recipe but here are the basics:
- cream cheese, 4 oz
- garlic, peeled, 3-4 cloves
- 1 heaping tbsp mayonnaise
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- slice of red onion
Mix cream cheese and mayo. Squeeze garlic through garlic press and add to taste. Add three (or more) dashes Worcestershire and Tabasco to taste. Put onion slice in garlic press and just squeeze juice into dip.
Serve with potato chips.
That's it! Pretty basic.
I generally use almost double the garlic. I LOVE garlic! In one batch I made last summer, I used triple the garlic and a ton of Tabasco and it was great! (Adding a ton of hot sauce without upping the garlic makes it hot with little other flavor, so I wouldn't recommend it.) Definitely take the cream cheese out to soften if you're mixing this by hand. I make this in the Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment when I can. It can certainly be done by hand but it's a work out! Be careful if adding too much mayo. The texture gets too soft if you do. We always ALWAYS make a double batch. (Which meant in that batch with triple plus garlic, I used like 14 cloves!) it tends to go pretty quickly!
Just make sure that if you have some that your significant other does too. It'll give you some pretty epic garlic breath.
05 December 2011
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24 November 2011
Paraphernalia is the pattern, and it's been in my queue for a while. I really like that the cable is off-center. That is about where my like of the pattern ends. Firstly, it's top-down. I don't knit top-down socks unless I absolutely have to. (This is partly why I'm considering frogging the Crossbones socks already. That and they just aren't fun. I'm a process knitter.) The pattern also has a flap heel, which I don't think will work very well with my sis's narrow feet. I'm rewriting the pattern with the only thing the same being the cable pattern and placement. The cable chart and key are kind of weird and not very clear. Luckily I have decent cabling experience, so I know that when you have k3, p1, k3 that crosses front/left, you need to put the p on a separate needle to the back or it's wonky.
Maybe I'm just rewriting the whole goddamned pattern.
I've got four short-term WIPs going right now. Three are socks. Two plus hours of travel time tomorrow ought to put a dent in them I have a finished sweater that hasn't been photographed. May wear it tomorrow, who knows. It's green, so it'll be perfect for the Holidays. Also, this is my newest tattoo. I love it.
21 November 2011
pattern: Knucks from knitty.com by Pamela Grossman
needles: US #3s
yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Bark
Evidently one ball of Swish was not enough. I was, however, very impressed with how soft the Swish is. I love it!
20 November 2011
I was worried that the Glimmer was going to be overwhelming with the sparkle effect but it's not. At all. I really want the green or the peacock-y blue for a future pair of socks.
Pattern: Hot Crossbones socks, $1.99
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in black; Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Chrome
Needles: US #1s (2.25mm)