Thursday, December 1, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Craft Sale at Knit-One-One in Berkeley this past weekend was a success. We had a great spot outside the studio across from Bag It Designs who we met at the Louden Nelson Winter Fair in Santa Cruz last year.
I debuted my single-ply worsted weight hand spuns and they were well recieved. I sold a couple hanks to the lovely owner of Bubbles and Boo who plans to use them in her product photos before knitting something beautiful for herself. I’m pleased they turned out so well, and I think I’ll be doing many more of them in the future.
During the sale, I set up my spinning wheel and answered questions from dozens of curious folks about the mechanics of the spinning wheel. Many were most surprised to find out that my wheel was not antique at all, and that the company that produced mine is still doing so. Though spinning yarn is a craft associated with times of yore(Remember sleeping beauty?), the skill has been passed through families and friends and has grown so much in popularity that many yarn shops now also sell spinning fiber and some even host classes.
Though sales were not as high as we’d hoped, we did meet a lot of lovely local crafters, Hedgerose got commission work, and I discussed the possibility of teaching a drop-spindle workshop at Knit-One-One in the future. While a spinning wheel is a major investment, costing anywhere between $300 and $700, drop spindles sell for closer to $15 and are a great way to start learning without having to make a huge dent in your savings. In fact, that’s exactly where I started in 2007, and since I was given a wheel by my aunt, I spend much of my free time at home consumed by this hobby.
I’m still dreaming about someday making it a full time job. For now, occasional fairs will do just fine.
*This entry cross-posted from peculiarpurls.com
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The fair is from 10-4 at 3360 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703. There is a lot of free parking and it is close to the Ashby BART. Here is a link to the official website: http://knitoneone.blogspot.com/
We look forward to seeing you there! If there is anything you would like to see there, please let us know!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
A few weeks ago I learned to pickle quail eggs from Kitty Sharkey of Havenscourt Homestead. They turned out so well that I thought I might just try to put together something of my own.
I developed a delicious recipe for sweet pickled pearl onions which go well in salad or as a zesty side to sandwiches, burgers and barbecue. Best of all, they are super easy to make and I’ll tell you how!
Peel and trim 2-3 cups of red pearl onions. White pearl onions will work too but won’t be quite as sweet. Though I haven’t tried it, you could also coarsely chop 2 large onions. In a bowl, cover the peeled onions with boiling water and let them sit for 5 minutes. Drain them and fill the onions into a jar or two.
In a non-reactive saucepan combine the following ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
- 1 c. white vinegar
- 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
- 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 tsp. kosher or pickling salt
- 1 cracked bay leaf
- 2-3 large cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 tsp. cracked pepper corns
- 1/2 tsp. ground clove
- 1/2 tsp. celery seed
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Pour the brine over your filled jar(s) of onions without filtering out any of the spices and allow them to soak up flavor for at least 5 days before serving. They will keep in the refrigerator for at least 1 month.
If you would like to keep these for longer follow proper canning process as recommended by a reputable agency(USDA, FDA, National Center for Home Food Preservation, etc.) once you’ve filled the jars. If they are canned, they ought to keep for months and months.
Now, I’m going to go enjoy some of those onions!
*This entry cross-posted from peculiarpurls.com
Monday, February 28, 2011
Germany was a perfect winter wonderland. The photo above was taken in full color! Celebrating a real white Christmas was truly special.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Earlier this winter, I did a lot of shawls. Like, a LOT of shawls. I had shawls coming out my ears. I think I knit five slightly different versions of the Swallowtail shawl.
When that was all said and done, I decided I wanted to knit something radically different. So, naturally, I decided on something for relatively the same part of the body, knit with similar yarn on similar needles.
Having looked through the cowl patterns on Ravelry and on Knitty, and not being able to find one I liked, I decided to make up my own pattern. I wanted something slightly lacy, but with enough body that it would keep my ears warm. This is what I came up with!
Unnamed Cowl (seriously, does anyone want to name this for me?)
ETA: WILDHOOD COWL! (Thanks, Naomi. It is perfect!)
Yarn: less than one skein Malabrigo lace. You could, I suppose, knit this longer and use an entire skein.
Needles/notions: I used 24" circulars in size 6 (4.0 mm.); it was a bit of a stretch at times. You could use shorter needles or DPNs easily. You will want a yarn needle or crochet hook to weave in the ends.
k2tog: knit two stitches together
kfb: knit through the front and back of a stitch.
CO 120 stitches loosely. Join, being careful not to twist.
Rows 1: Place marker at the beginning of the row, then k all
Rows 2-3: k all
Row 4: [yo, k2tog] to end of row
Rows 5-9: k all
Row 10: [k2tog, yo] to end of row
Rows 11-15: k all
Repeat rows 4-15 until the cowl is as long as you would like it to be; mine is around 15 inches. Stop at the end of row 13.
Row 1: [k2, kfb] to end of row. You should now have 150 sts.
Rows 2-3: k all
Row 5: [yo, k2tog] to end of row.
Rows 6-10: k all.
To bind off: I used the elastic cast-off found at the end of the Swallowtail shawl pattern; make sure to cast off loosely.
This is long enough to be worn as a hood or as an abbreviated scarf-thing. It's much warmer than it looks! Enjoy, and please let me know if you find any problems with the pattern or have any questions!
(I have mostly been blogging over here of late; I promise I'll do more knitting/spinning posts soon!!)
Monday, February 7, 2011
I have casted on (successfully finally) and knit much of the Annis shawl. I am liking it once I finally got over the first few rows. I am knitting on larger needles with fingering weight wool instead of lace. I also cut out 10 repeats, so it wasn't insanely large. There is a user on Ravelry that listed the solution to the short rows with a different number of stitches. I don't want to link without permission, but I found it by searching Annis and then searching helpful notes. I am really loving the short rows. I may have to cast on another shortly. I see why Sarah has become addicted to the shawls.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I am in my first year of teaching in a Montessori classroom. I love the methods, I love the theory, I love the kids. I am struggling, as all first year teachers do. I have read account after account of similar struggles. I have read several books detailing what to do. I have the luxury of a head teacher who is extremely experienced and willing to explain why we do what we do.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I went over to Sarah's (Hedgerose) house and crafted and ate. That woman is an amazing cook. She has a food blog at http://rosemaryandroux.blogspot.com/ She made me risotto. I chose not to eat many meats, but I do still eat seafood. She made scallop risotto with a crab broth that was amazing!