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Nov. 15th, 2010

My first pattern for sale...

wavecablehat

This is a picture of the Toddler Wave Cable Hat. I am hoping to have better pictures up soon, after people are done test knitting the pattern for me. It is available for sale, for $2.00. To download immediately, please go to Ravelry or click this

Nov. 11th, 2010

My first toe up socks!


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Originally uploaded by knittergoddss
I had this great sport weight sock yarn (ONLine Supersocke 6-fache) and could only find my size US 3s, so I decided to go on Ravelry and do a pattern search using those as the guidelines and there were a few options, but I settled on the Squiggle Lace Sox (http://www.p2designs.com/images/patterns/SquiggleSet.html) thinking that I could knit three or four pairs for charity. As you can see from the picture, the problem with knitting baby socks in a varigated yarn is that the socks don't match up color-wise. Oh well...they're still super cute! And they knit up in like three, maybe four, hours.

Nov. 8th, 2010

This week's WIPs (at least what's already on the needles)

Right now, the only two things on the needles are:
The frog hug scarf
The chainlink scarf (that I'm testing)

Oh, how pretty these mittens are...I LOVE them...

As I posted a few day ago, I am working on cutting down on my stash.  In my stash I had the most beautiful shade of brown of Cascade 220, and I decided to knit #56 Flip-Top Mittens from 60 QUICK KNITS.  I posted my progress pictures from when I finished the right handed mitten the other day.  Here are my finished pictures (sorry, they're not on my hands, but it's too hard to take pictures of mittens when they're on the hands...).

Top Up
Back:
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Front:
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Top Down
Front:
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Back:
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Nov. 7th, 2010

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Manicotti

Ingredients:

½ lb of lasagna

1 lb ricotta cheese

¼ lb mozzarella cheese

¼ cup flavored bread crumbs

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp parsley

1 egg

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

 

Directions:

1)      Cook lasagna and drain. Cut each strip in half.

2)      Combine remaining ingredients, except sauce and parmesan cheese.

3)      Spoon portion of cheese mixture on each lasagna strip and roll up.

4)      Spread your spaghetti sauce over bottom of casserole, then place lasagna rolls in pan, cover with sauce.

5)      Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

6)      Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


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Italian Style Stuffed Artichokes

 

Ingredients:

5 artichokes

15 slices of white bread

¼ cup of parmesan cheese

a couple shakes of garlic powder

a couple shakes of parsley flakes

1 egg

1 ½ cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce

 

Directions:

1)      Boil artichokes for 20 minutes. Drain, and then allow to cool.

2)      Taking about three slices at a time, run the bread slices under cool water, then gently squeeze most of the water out.

3)      Mix together remaining ingredients, except sauce. Divide evenly.

4)      Stuff each artichoke with the mixture, and place them in a casserole.

5)      Dribble the sauce over the tops of the artichokes, then cover.

6)      Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


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Grandma Barbuto’s Pie Crust

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco

½ cup boiling water

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

 

Directions:

1)      Combine Crisco and water. Beat with fork until creamy. Set aside.

2)      Combine all dry ingredients, reserving enough flour to roll the dough.

3)      Sift dry ingredients into the Crisco mixture.

4)      Cover with saran wrap for 15 minutes.

5)      Shape into pie crust (*if dough is stick, add more flour sparingly as needed)

*Sticky dough is more likely on damp/rainy days.

 
Notes from Grandma: “I put my pies in a 400 degree pre-heated oven, then reduce heat to 350 degrees until the pie is golden.”


Grandma's Pizza Recipe

Grandma’s Pizza

(Makes 4 pizzas)

Ingredients:

Sauce:

Ragu Italian Cooking Sauce

Toppings:

Whatever you want

8 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Crust:

2 cups warm water

1 tsp. salt

1 pkg. dry yeast

1/3 cup oil (and a little excess oil)

Approximately 2 cups of flour

 

Materials:

One large bowl

Four 14” pizza pans

 

Directions:

1)      Combine all crust ingredients (except the flour and the excess oil) and stir.

2)      Add enough flour to make the dough workable. Turn out into a floured board or counter. Continue flouring as needed and knead until dough is elastic.

3)      Using excess oil, oil a bowl. Place dough in the oiled bowl. Let rise at least one hour, or overnight in refrigerator.

4)      Grease pizza pans with “Crisco” (NOT OIL). Spread ¼ of the dough over each pan.

5)      Spoon Ragu Italian cooking Sauce over dough.

6)      Add 2 cups of shredded mozzarella to each pizza. Add whichever toppings you like on your pizza.

7)      Bake on top rack at 450 degrees until pizza is lightly golden (approximately 12 minutes), then put on bottom rack for five minutes.

Nov. 6th, 2010

Right Flip-Top Mitten complete

Flip-Top Up:
Back:
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Front:
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Flip-Top Dowb:
Back:
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Front:
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Yes, I realize these are not the world's greatest pictures, but it's not easy taking a picture of your right hand.  Will post a better set of pictures of the complete set when I finish the second mitten and can have someone else take the pictures.  :)

Nov. 5th, 2010

Some knitting related venting...from the princess of the evening...

As many of you know from my blog updates over the past two weeks or so, I have finally moved off washcloths/dishcloths (though, I admit, I still knit at least one of those a day).  My family had been on me to sell some of my stash, to get some much needed cash, and I decided that instead of selling it, I'd make functional things, like Christmas presents, with it first, and then later on this month and into next month I'll start listing what I have.
 
The whole knitting Christmas presents thing hasn't quite worked out the way I wanted to.  First, my second day at Stitches East, I was tempted into buying a skein of Cascade 220 after an emotional time at the Webs booth (although I admit I bought it from the Yarn Barn booth after frantically running from the Webs booth in tears) even though I said I would buy no yarn.  I got home and decided to knit something for myself, specifically to make something just for me to remember the whole weekend by in a positive way.  Then, I test knit the cutest fingerless gloves yesterday (the fos post is in here somewhere from earlier today), and I had fully intended to gift them, but they fit me perfectly...somehow I ended up buying a skein of Vanna's Choice at JoAnn's just to make myself a second pair of them that match my fall clothes better.
 
I was flipping through my 60 QUICK KNITS book this afternoon because I have loads of Cascade 220 and I was trying to pick out what to make for various family members, and decided to cast on the flip-top mittens in the most beautiful shade of brown (I'm assuming it's a discontinued shade because I can't find it anywhere on the web, and somehow in about five seconds lost the damn tag) for myself, because, well, I need gloves that flip open because I'm a smoker, and I do love the brown so much.
 
Can I just say I'm almost done with the first mitten, which, granted didn't take too long or anything, but still I'm looking at going..."Damnit, now I have to knit a second one???"?  This perdiciment is why I left the dark side in the first place...(and before anyone says it, yes, I know you can knit two at one...I'm getting there...but not anytime soon.)
 
Sorry had to vent to a world I knew would understand, seeing as all my friends are laughing at me at the moment because it is 10 PM on a Friday night and I opted to skip going on a date and instead stay home and knit and watch fake princess movies...(if you're wondering, SYDNEY WHITE, followed by ENCHANTED, and then I'm thinking a real princess movie...EVER AFTER...but I still haven't decided.  Depends on if I can find another fake princess movie in the house.)  I think nights like this should include a tiara...had I planned this better out before hand, I'd have bought one last night at JoAnn's, where all the Halloween costumes were on sale.  :)
 
Of course, the friends who aren't laughing at me are asking why I'm not packing for the move that comes in just over three weeks, for which I have to pack up 22 years of a lifetime lived...or working on my homework...but somehow knitting is so much more fun then either of those things.

What it looks like at this moment (yes it's a crummy photo...deal with it):
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