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2014 Knitter’s Yearly Review

Well, my 2014 knitting year has been much more eventful than 2013.

My tally stands at:

  • Cowl 4
  • Mittens 4
  • Mitts 4
  • Scarf 7
  • Shawl 2
  • Socks 11
  • Sweater 1
  • Sweater, Rabbit- 1
  • Toy-Bunnies 2

So that is 36 knits for the year. Not bad at all.

I wrote new patterns.  A lot of new patterns for me.  I wrote 13 new patterns.  Some of them were free.  Some of them won’t be released until next year.  I partnered with Tina at Black Sheep at Orenco and committed to a year of monthly sock patterns.  At this point I have five of the patterns completely written and have started on the sixth. Nothing like flying a little dangerously, right? 🙂

I have more designs in the pipeline. Plus I’m planning a few knits that I just can’t resist. I’m hoping to be even more creative in the coming year and release even more lovely patterns. Something about the winter really makes me feel like pattern writing.

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Two New Mitt Patterns!

I have two new mitt patterns to introduce today: Blackout Mitts and Lights On Mitts. Both of these patterns are single skein patterns and use only 50 grams, under 120 yards of worsted weight yarn. How nice is that? I just love mitts.

Blackout Mitts
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I have been coveting the yarn I used for these mitts for months. I finally bought a ball and had so much fun finding just the right stitch pattern to show off the halo. It had to have just enough pop to not be obscured, and yet have texture and zing. In deference to the name of the stitch pattern, I decided to call these the Blackout Mitts.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Balsam Bog

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.

Lights On Mitts
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The Lights On Mitts are the companion pattern to the Blackout Mitts. While I was designing the Blackout Mitts, I thought the Blacker would also look great in lace. A little thought and a little work resulted in this great, quick knit.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Summer Sea

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.


2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  It is so interesting to see how my thoughts have traveled.  I hope you enjoy looking through the stats too. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Lasagna Recipe

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Ingredients:
1 pound Italian sausage
1 large onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper or the equivalent in mini peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 crimini mushrooms, diced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup merlot
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup Roasted Tomato sauce or equivalent
2 cups tomato puree
1 tsp. thyme, oregano, and basil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
8 oz. ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan
2 cups mozzarella
12 sheets of oven ready lasagna noodles

Brown the sausage. Add the onion and garlic to the sausage drippings and cook until soft. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil, the mushrooms, and the bell pepper. Cook until soft. Add in the merlot, heavy cream, roasted tomato sauce, and tomato puree. Bring to a boil. Add in the thyme, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Mix the ricotta and parmesan together. Layer 1 cup of sauce in the dish. Add 3 sheets of lasagna noodles. Layer in 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 1/3 of the sausage, and another cup of sauce. Repeat the Layer 2 more times. Top with 3 more sheets of lasagna noodles, pour on the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the 2 cups of mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, bake for 5 more minutes. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

I’m adding this post so I don’t forget what I did to make it! 🙂


Making Yummies

I spent a little time cooking and baking finally. This flu/head cold thing has really kicked me. I’ve been knitting madly, but the idea of standing and cooking or baking? Ah. No. That was not appealing.

So, I finally felt well enough to start cooking. I made a pizza on Christmas Eve, which was good except for the sauce. Never again will I buy that one. I made chicken parmesan, polenta with roasted tomato sauce, panko roasted cauliflower, and buttersquash for Christmas.

Last night I helped Avi make aloo parathas. This morning I made blueberry muffins with some of those blueberries I spent weeks picking carefully from the bushes as they ripened then lovingly froze. Tonight, I made a lovely lasagna with lots of vegetables and some of the tomato puree and roasted tomato sauce I canned this fall. I’m feeling happy that I am finally using the fruits of all my summer labors.

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This One Is a Fly-By

I’m working on socks right now. I know. Socks are such a surprise, right? Well, I have a quick knit to share soon too. My mom requested a short cowl that would stay upright and be close to her neck. So, of course I obliged. I’ll have pictures to share soon I’m sure. I’m percolating some other ideas for knitting patterns too. I’m going to be ready for some lace after all of these socks!

With any luck I will have more new patterns to share in the coming year. For those of you who are curious, we are planning to offer the sock patterns for the Black Sheep Hoppy Feet year of socks 3 months following the debut. So, January’s pattern will be available in April, and so on.

Well, back to work. I have socks to knit. lol