Wednesday, 22 February 2012

OMG! k2top, ssk or ssp, p3tog

Yes, I’m learning a new language!  The knitting language.

So far I’ve been able to fool everyone with my knitting skills. I started knitting when I was my youngest daughter’s age, on my own and probably with some French knitting books.  So when I converted to ‘knitting in English’ it took me a while to figure out what was a Purl stitch and what was a Knit one (endroit ou envers?).  I managed, checked books, scribbled reminders… Everything went smoothly until I started something more adventurous than simple stockinette (jersey endroit?).  But once one starts knitting lace, one needs to speak a totally new language: ‘slip one, knit one, pass slipped over’, ‘ slip slip knit’, ‘double yarn over’… OMG! I’m knitting Jared’s Juneberry.

Jared is this mad magician master of knitting (OK – I might be pushing it a bit far!).  Everybody’s knitting Jared’s designs and as I love to be ‘in’, I had to knit a Jared.

First things first, I did a swatch (another knitting word for sample), washed it and blocked it (did I ever block in my pre-Ravelry life? No, I did not even know what it meant!).

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And off I go, knitting my Juneberry.  Note for the non-knitter: most of the time the right side of the knit is the complicated part where the lace pattern is worked out, where you get to knit stitches together, slip stitches, wrap the yarn around the needle (and have so many opportunities to make errors).  But the wrong side of the knit is the nice easy side where you knit the stitches as they come, take time to count them and feel happy because everything fits.  That does NOT happen here: only one resting row out of 4, the 3 other ones you count, pay attention, don’t speak, don’t watch TV…

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I wanted a challenge! I found it and enjoy every single stitches.  So let me carry on, and I’ll come back with the finished product, hopefully very soon.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Tea, anyone?

I just finished this little project.  I bought the pattern while we were travelling in Australia over the summer.  I don’t like to have nothing to do with my hands and I must have ran out of project, so this one was nice and easy to carry around.

It is from Ella & Skysie Designs (# 575).  The design was pre-printed on a piece of calico, I don’t think I really liked it: I found the printing a bit to thick to be covered by 2 strands of embroidery thread, and I would I’ve used a prettier fabric.  Anyway, I made a copy of the pattern so I can do a second one later.

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Obsessed

Since coming back from Japan, I’ve been ‘obsessed’ by Japanese food, so simple, so fresh.

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This was our dinner a couple of days ago: Chicken Teriyaki with rice and Asian salad.

Asian salad recipe:

  • white cabbage
  • cucumber
  • red pepper
  • red onion
  • sesame seeds

Slice all the veg very thinly. In the salad bowl, mix 3 tablespoon of light soya sauce, 2 tbsp of Japanese vinegar, 1 tbsp of sesame oil and a teaspoon of sugar.  Then add the veg, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds (black and white). And Ta Dah! Ready.

And here is what we had yesterday nigh:

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Fish marinated in Teriyaki sauce (Teriyaki is my new found best friend in my kitchen) with simmered lotus roots and snow peas.  The recipe for the lotus roots can be found in this book:

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I also bought another book:

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Didn’t I say that I was obsessed by Japanese cooking!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My sewing machine and I

I have not spent a lot of quality time with my sewing machine recently.  And I did not realise I missed her (yes, she can only be a HER), but after the few days I spent in Japan at Tokyo Dome, I could feel I needed some one-2-one time with her.  So I did, yesterday, while the kids were ready before switching the lights off.

I finished my second Schnibble, I just had 2 borders to sew, and now that this top is finished I like it as much as my first Schnibble.

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Now I only need to go through my fabric and find some backing!  Anyway, this will have to wait, I now have a backache that prevent me from bending.  Grrrrrr…..