Thursday, May 07, 2015

What is a slump?

It's been a strange start of the spring.  I have not gotten anything finished in knitting or crocheting.
Sometimes those inadequate feelings just wrap me around like a blanket.  Which reminds me that I have an unfinished granny square blanket somewhere.  Not that I really care.
To be critical of oneself is sometimes dangerous for someone who wants to create art.  Any which way, drawing, painting, sculpting , knitting, crocheting, and any other method.  Because it might stop a person to continue with a project. 

My slump blanket is decorated with self doubt, and "I am no good in this".  There was a time when that didn't matter, whether I was good or not.  I kept going and being happy. 

I am not saying that I am unhappy now, I am just full of crappy thoughts and those thoughts make me
doubt my creativity.  Am I repeating myself?

Sometimes I wonder if I ever fit with any other group of people.  I am only pushing myself to participate but still feel like an outsider.

On the positive note, I have learned some new tricks in Brioche knitting.  I had known the basics, but increasing and decreasing were a mystery.  I think I have nailed the increasing quite well.  I still have to stop and think the decreasing, since there are two leaning decreases, left and right.  Important in
A designed pattern. 


Next step would be two colors, but that can wait, I have other projects started (did I mention that I have not finished anything for a while - started a few)

This one would be (haha) a summer vest or top, on top of a tee-shirt.  This will be done in Patons Grace cotton yarn.  I am on a stash diet.  Meaning I will use only yarns that are in my stash.  Although I have a very itchy feeling to go and visit Yarn Guy, and see if he has any other colors than what I have.  However, for those itches will disappear if I work on something else.  Sad, isn't it. 

Next on my started things is almost finished top.  I have no idea when I started it, and why stopped.  But here it is, in an unfinished form, and somewhat wrinkled, since it's been wrapped like a pile of yarn in a bag, for years. 

The other project. Is also with Patons Grace cotton yarn, a mitered squares top or something.  I have tried to make summer tops many times, only a few have been finished.  I might get these two finished before the summer is over.


I made a Sima Drink for May 1st, but was not successful.  I had dumped a whole bag of dry yeast, instead of miniscule amount.  Also, I didn't have enough liquid.  The Drink was somewhat alcoholic.  Most of it I threw out.
Some I drank, and felt oddly lightheaded, even though the alcohol amount
Was very slight.

The other day I made another dose of this Sima, and so far so good, but not ready for drinking yet.
                                            
And one more link .  I am making a Mediterranean salad for a group that is meeting soon. I have all the ingredients already. 

Now, if only I could get my inspiration come home, and sweep all the crappy thought webs from my blanket, and leave me with a fresh mind to finish something. 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Leaf (hopefully)

It's time to adjust the way I waddle thru my days.  I love that word "waddle" it reminds me of our Missy, the two and a half year old cat, who is slightly overweight.  In human charts she would be obese.
I have been thinking of ways to get her to walk with me in the hallways.  She needs a leash.  I am a little bit concerned that she would strangle me with it, or worse, use her claws like Garfield cat does.




I have a nasty habit to sway off the topic, and this post will be full of detours. If I ever get to the end of it.

Let's see, Yesterday I took the subway to go somewhere.  Did you notice, there are no escalators going down in some of the stations?  I counted some of the steps, but lost count since I had to stop and do some calming breathing.  Of course there is an elevator, but what the heck, the stairs would be
Good exercise for me. 

Coming back, you guessed it, I was able to use the escalator.  My exercise for the day was done.

This morning was another exercise session.  20 whopping minutes.  Excuse me, that is a lot for me,
The one who sits on the chair most of the day.  I cannot think of going to the gym anytime soon. 

I reached my toes, when standing up and bending down, including knee bending.  I could tell you that
To touch the toes without bending those cracking parts of your legs, it's a very remarkable achievement.  Penny, from Big Bang Theory, does it very nicely, have you seen that one
My touching isn't like hers, but more like Sheldon's.

Love that show.

This is going to be a good goal for me, to touch my toes.  Perhaps pedicure would then become an
Easier task.  Well, I can touch the dang toes, but not the gymnastic way.  Let's not go there. 

Talking about goals, Another football (ahem, it IS football) game on telly right now.  Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid playing
No goals yet at that point when I linked it.  Should I let them know about my goals? 

This year has been full of reading books, knitting and crocheting.  One of the most touching books I read was "Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.  What a beautifully written book.  No wonder I've been a
Bit lost continuing my reading with other types of books.  Mainly some fluffy detective mysteries.

An other book by Hannah, The Firefly Lane I borrowed from the library, and is on my "Overdrive",  however I cannot get the right feeling of the story, so I took a break, I still have a few days left before I must return it. 

What did I knit this year?  Hats, scarves cowls and socks.  I crocheted a blanket, which should be slightly bigger but the cats have decided that it's good enough for them.
 
And then there was some other kind of crocheting, too
 
 
One more cat picture.  Merlin checking the Vet's supplies.
Time to go and get some coffee.
 
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Projects done this summer

Some knitting, not too much crocheting and some drawing (doodling)













Perhaps continuing

With knitting, since I have so many projects waiting for finishing.



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Exciting Yarn Day

So, it was finally DK Frolic here in our city.
My friend Kathleen picked me up in the morning, and
Another friend had picked another of my friends, Sherri up, and we met at the
Japanese Cultural Center.

It was a bit cool in the morning, so cool that I gave up and wore my
knitted jacket.

Once we got in, it was walking and checking the vendors` booths and
all the good stuff they had brought in to sell.

I fell in love this yarn:


It will take some time before I figure out what to use it for.  Probably a shawl, a big one, since
there is quite a bit of yardage in each hank.  
The Yarn is Breathless Lace, from Shalimar Yarns.
75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk

I also bought a fabric bag that has cat designs on it, and a small cat pin for my 
key ring (it`s tiny, though, but I think it will do)

After we had walked around enough, and bought what we had seen and wanted,  we headed 
Halibut and French Fries, Cole Slaw and Tartar Sauce.  Oh, my it was yummy.
The coffee was good too, I had two refills and no extra charge.  

Well, then it was time to decide if we would go to another yarn place, this time
to see what is on sale in a yarn store not too, too far away from 
the restaurant.  Off we went to Sew and Knit Store.

I decided to get some sock yarn to make gifts, as I don`t wear hand knitted socks
too often. I do like knitting them though, and I would say that 90% of the socks
I have made, have been given as gifts.  It`s a pleasure for me.

It was a great way to spend a Saturday Morning, Noon and Afternoon  with
good friends.  
It was time to come home, time to take a nap, time to take another nap, and
organize the thoughts of what has to be done next.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday off work

It's a sunny looking day, and the wind is hugging the trees.
I am off work today, needed some time to think about things, and finish off
the FreeForm crochet project for the Annual Challenge for International Freeform Fiberart Guild.

We now have two cats, Merlin, who came first, and then Missy, who arrived February 14th this year.
This one is Missy, the wicked one.  Merlin looks on, I love that picture, actually both of these.  The personality of both shows well in these pictures.

I also made two hats,
 We had a weird winter, long and cold, lots of snow and it kept the spring waiting.  But now it looks like we have warmer weather around us, at least in our area.
This snow came on the 15th of April this year (2014).

I had also made a doll for a baby who was born late 2013.  There is no pattern for this doll, I am sorry.
It's done with stash yarns, and using my imagination and creative fluids.


This Shawl is for me, I think it's one of my favourites.  I used Koigu yarns, and the pattern is from here.


I have always been crazy about Karelian pies. I decided to try my skills on them, and they
looked like this before going into the oven.  I tried, well, I think next time I have the urge to eat a pie,
I will buy them, if I can catch them in a Finnish bakery here.  

Don't they look as homemade Karelian Pies?  They were not too bad, but I had made a few baking
mistakes, and that is the reason they were not those yummy ones I have eaten before.

There will be more posts in the future, as I might have more time to finish some knit and crochet projects.





Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rye Bread story continues

I made the bread last weekend, and it was not bad at all.  The taste was better the next day.

Today I decided to make some more, since I have only some small pieces left.

Found a nice recipe in this blog, She has explained the method very clearly, even I can understand
and follow it.  The recipe is in Finnish, though, but my translation skills are not developed enough to do it here.

BTW, here is a picture of my test bread:


And then I made more after the test ones.  I still have two small ones in the freezer for lunch tomorrow.

And here is our beautiful Merlin

Back to knitting, Chau!



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rye Bread

I decided to tell you about my favorite foods, from way back when.  When = when in Finland.
First thing I must have is rye bread and home-made cheese, with butter milk.  Yes, I am slightly
strange, but that's me.  Fortunately you can now buy that cheese in the grocery stores over there,
and I don't even warm it up, I eat it while the wrapping is on...yes, I open it little bit first.

The bread has to be the one with a hole in the middle, that's the best.  Well, at least on top of the list.  Buttermilk?  It's much better than what I can buy here.  Maybe the process is different, who knows, but it tastes so good, I could drink one liter just like that, with bread and cheese.

A cousin of mine told me about making rye bread without the root, and of course I was immediately interested.  I found the place and here it is (in Finnish, though, but the translation is
pretty good).
There is also a Pulled Pork recipe, which looks delicious.  I might try that one, too, one of these
days.

I also found some "homemade" - like cheese, Spanish fresh cheese, and also some other, but forgot the name of it.  Also, in some Italian grocery stores you can find Fesh Cheese, but I prefer the Spanish one.

I took a picture of the rye bread dough, with my phone camera.


I tell you about my knitting.  I made a cowl for myself, which I will not wear unless the temperature outside is -20 or colder. The cowl, though is quite pretty, so I might use
it for five minutes in a warmer weather, just to show off.
I've also made some snowflakes.  They are not your normal flakes, mine have colours.




After the snowflakes, I went back to my attempt to make a wide wrap with cables.  Not sure if
    I finish it before the spring (it's for winter), but I will try.
Doodling done, finally, it's been a while. 


And then the test bread.  The dough is still
rising, but I could not wait for to taste.  Not bad
at all.