Sunday, August 15, 2010

Testing, testing...


I've finished writing up the Grumpy Cat sweater pattern and am starting testers on it now. I particularly like how the actual pattern layout and photos came together on this one. I know, I know, that isn't the point, but I feel like I am learning so much so fast with all the photographing and graphic design "side items" that everything is starting to look much more polished.

Maybe not.

Fake it until you make it?

Monday, August 9, 2010

MagCloud, ftw.

So I've  been puttering around on MagCloud a bit to see how things might look (and cost) to do printed hard copies of booklets to wholesale, or distribute myself, etc, and I have to say I am very happy with them so far! I did a quicky little market bag pattern that is available in very nice stiff paper, color printing now ($3) and is free through the MagCloud Ipad app. I would love to know how this looks on the ipad, so please do let me know if you have one and can take a look.





Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lovely Sundays... and a recipe.

I am a knitter, but I am also a pretty serious cook (I won't say chef because I am primarily interested in traditional home cooking, not so much haute cuisine) and very concerned/interested in nutrition. I won't bore you here with all my experiments in the kitchen, but tonight's bore mentioning.

Schmaltzy Garlicky Dill Mayonnaise
1) Collect grease from 2 chicken's worth of stock and deposit into a bottle with a drip spout (like the refillable ketchup and mustard squirt bottles, or, in my case, one of the unused dye bottles with all the yarn stuff in the garage, see! I brought it back to wool, totally reasonable to write about mayonnaise in my knitting blog if it relates somehow...)
2)set aside acid of your choice (I like a combo of lemon juice and rice wine vinegar), salt, dill, and 2-3 cloves of garlic
3)separate 3 yolks (preferably from your backyard flock, but if you don't have chickens just get the freshest best quality eggs possible) into a metal bowl and begin whisking.

4)Drip tiny amounts of the schmaltz into the egg yolks and make sure everything is completely beaten up and combined before adding more.

Continue step 4 until the burn in your upper arm reminds you that you are really cut out for knitting and not this. Eventually (about half way through the fat) give up and dump the whole thing in a blender, turn it on and continue dripping the fat in with the motor running. until you run out. Add the garlic, salt, dill and acid to taste. (I like mayo quite acidic)

Drape lovingly over grilled or poached salmon (which is in season and quite affordable right now in the Great Northwest!) and dig in just in time for Poirot on pbs. A meal worthy of the great detective, I think.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I could get used to this...

Getting a package of hand dyed wool (hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester no less!) and a check in the same day? yes, those are a mess of crumbs all over the counter next to the cutting board, it just shows that this is real life people. right? So I guess  I'd better get knitting, and writing. and editing. whoooboy....



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Armenian Knit Ladybug Sweater

is available in sizes 2-6 at now! I'm so pleased to have finished this, the charts were a real bear, but I think they are really good  and clear now. I just hope others think so too!