Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stockings Hung by the Fire

A little bit of Christmas! The drying rack is empty because the kids are out sledding! 19" of snow and counting, I LOVE IT!

Towhee Gymnastics

It's been fun watching the towhees, varied thrushes, robins, sparrows and stellar's jays eat up the last apples on the apple tree. When the snow stops falling for a moment, or the sun comes out, they all swoop out from their hiding spaces in the bush and every apple has a bird pecking its guts. Kinda fun to watch the birds try to balance and reach the apples without flipping upside down.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Room with a View

This is the view out my kitchen window. I took these pictures over the past few weeks and as the winter sun goes across the sky so low, the lighting changes dramatically throughout the day. The sun is also low enough to shine through the golden leaves lending a transparency to colors differently than the higher flying summer sun. It's just plain fun to watch the light change with the clouds.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Menu

For a long time now my sister and I have wanted to cook Ethiopian food for Thanksgiving. We finally worked up enough gumption to tell our families we were cooking Ethiopian and if they didn't want to eat it they could starve. So why Ethiopian? My sis and her family lived in Djibouti for a few years(Djibouti is next door to Ethiopia) and ate plenty of it there--so that set the precedent. Now I've got to find an Ethiopian restaurant so I can see how we did.
So from bottom right going clockwise:

Doro Wat--spicy chicken stew with hard boiled eggs. You use a (firey!) spice paste(bere bere) made from loads of paprika, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, coriander, garlic, red wine, red onion, etc. The eggs sound weird, but they are delicious in the stew. I told the kids the eggs were eyeballs(this "is" weirdo African food after all...gotta milk it!). Coq au vin on steroids?!

Injerra--a pancakey flat bread you use to scoop up the stew. So easy to make and yum!

Cous cous--put the stews on top

Mashed potatoes and gravy--for the faint of heart.

Alicha--a mild vegetable stew with potatoes, carrots, red onion, cabbage and green chilis.

Add in olives and lots of beverages, yum yum yum!

Of course I made four pumpkin pies for dessert--I would have been tarred and feathered if I didn't! A wonderful day spent with my sister cooking it all up at her house.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pretty Like a Web

A childhood friend crocheted this table topper for me as a wedding gift. Now I use it for a curtain on the basement door window just because the sunlight is so pretty when it comes through it, and in the winter when the sun is low it makes pretty shadows--both the branches on the curtain and the lace on the walls. Someday I'd like to dye it with some sort of natural dyes, like here I found this beautiful blog all about dying with plants and lichens and mushrooms.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Coat Design in Winter Knitter's Magazine

Cozy! Knit in Reynold's Lopi. I am NOT luvin those playboy bunny boots though! I would have styled it with a cute little short prairie dress over longjohns(tops and bottom) with Uggs. And an Elmer Fudd hat. Standing on a mossy log. Next to a babbling brook.

Crap Apple Pie

Nasty looking apples, but they are mighty yummy. Crisp and sweet. The scabs are only skin deep...
Two-fer, use leftover pie crust bits from Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, home grown apples from my tree and walnuts from sister's tree, add on crispy topping--Crispy Crap Apple Pie!!
Oh yeah, it gets even worse...drizzle it with maple syrup!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Celilo Hat

I can't believe it's almost been a year since my last post...very bad bloggery of me, but life is flux, tidal, seasonal, and so is my journaling habits. I can't help it. 40 lashes with a whip of Red Heart, eh?
I made this hat for myself, to use up two partial balls of Nashua Handknits Vignette. It's just a basic beanie, switching back and forth between the two balls every two rows. At first I wanted to embroider some kind of viney swirls with leaves, but that just wasn't clicking with the colors, which reminded me of stratified river cut rock at sunset, like in the Columbia Gorge.
As I was working on the hat I watched a PBS show "Oregon Experience" which asked the question if Celilo Falls are still intact beneath the Columbia River(they were flooded when Bonneville Dam was built in the 1950's). Celilo Falls was a sacred place to the Chinook, both as a place of power from the wild falls, and a place to catch salmon, LOTS of salmon. Sonar has discovered the profile of the falls is the same(matching the sonar readout up with old photos)--the river has not buried the falls with silt. The program ended with the enigma of Celilo Falls eventual resurfacing...the dams' lifespan is about 200 years, and by then it may well be removed.
So pretty little swirly vines just don't go with Columbia Gorge-y rocks above the river. Ancient petroglyphs are carved on rocks up and down the Gorge. I was feeling birdy, and found one of an owl. Perfect! This owl was carved on a fishing rock, either to claim it for a person, or (which I like better) as a guardian "angel"to keep fishermen from being snatched into water by river devils. I chose an embroidery color that wouldn't stand out too much--just like the old petroglyphs.
So now I have a hat that will be a good luck charm from falling onto rivers(or being dragged into them by river devils)--which I need cuz I'm not real good at swimming!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Faux Van Gogh

I painted this for my sister, and to play with Van Gogh's colors. Next, a landscape--or a sunflower sweater! 

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lefse Day

My sister and I continue to appease our Norwegian roots by making lefse every Christmas.  Here's a few pix from lefse day, a few days before Christmas....

Gotta start with coffee, as any good Norwegian knows!   We prefer Dutch Brothers.
Mash up cooked Idaho russet taters, flour, cream and a tad of powdered sugar, roll it out.  My sis can get it "light as a fairy's wing"(my lefse is, uh, more "rustic").  I'm the baker.  I'm turning it with a lefse stick.
Note the handknit mitten used for turning the hot dials.  The big round griddle is an official lefse griddle. Big YUM-O!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Fudd Hat

I'm working on a little book of hat patterns, here's the Fudd Hat prototype.  I used some old Bernat Whistler, a chunky superwash wool(great yarn, sniff! it's gone!).  

My Place in the Sun

My Place in the Sun

Ribular Hat and Mittens

Ribular Hat and Mittens
Buy my pattern at Ravelry! (Click pic!)

Jambo Afghan

Jambo Afghan
Buy my pattern at Ravelry! (click pic!)

Where You Can Find My Knit Designs

  • ZigZag Yoke Pullover for Women/Classic Elite Yarns
  • Swing Coat/Cherry Tree Hill Yarns
  • Generation Gap Kid's Scarf and Hat/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Doodles Hat and Pullover for Kids/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Headin' East Women's Kimono Jacket/Fall 2006 Knitter's Magazine
  • Snow Bunny Girl's Cardigan/January 2007 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Snowman Dance Kid's Pullover and Ornament/November 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Monster Pillows/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine
  • Pebble Rib Women's Jacket/September 2006 Creative Knitting Magazine