Monday, September 18, 2006

Off to a bad start

OK, here's my first post to my first KAL and I'm already whining and emotional. I wanted a project that would bring to mind my Mom's mother Alta. She was a big influence in my life and we practically lived at her house when we were little. She was a woman ahead of her time , very well read and intelligent. Oh, and fittingly she was also somewhat high maintanence. For example, when my grandfather died she had to have a mantilla like Jackie Kennedy wore to JFK's funeral. Nothing else was going to work for her. My mom went crazy running around trying to find the perfect Jackie O mantilla to appease my grandmother. Finally one was located and she was a grieving yet stylish widow. I wanted to do a "mantilla like" scarf, triangular in shape but not too big. I found the pattern that I wanted to use at free knitting patterns central called the Kevat shawl. It has a leaf motif, which I love and was flexible regarding the finished size of the piece. The perfect yarn had escaped me, that was until I stopped at Neighborhood Knits to pick up some Cascade Fixation last week. There in all it's fall color Glory was Schaefer Yarn's "Anne", a really lovely merino mohair blend. Sunday AM I was all geeked to wind up my skein and start in on my scarf. I had by ball winder set up and ready. As I was getting ready to start my DH was leaving to watch football at a friend's house. I thought "no problem I can do this myself". No sooner did I start to unwind and wind the mohair kicked in and within about five minutes I had a complete disaster on my hands. So my weekend was not spent knitting my lovely scarf but unraveling the holy hell of a mess that my beautiful yarn had become. After 18 hours (no kidding) of tedious and tearful work you see the finished result. I am hoping this will not be a trend and I will have some knitting to show on my next post.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


  1. I think I've finally decided on a Day of the Dead project. :op I was doing some random blog hopping last night (mostly looking for socks because I'm SO going to do some socks soon) and came across an idea that I'd considered before but never really followed through on. Knitty has a very cool pattern called Perdita that I'm going to attempt to do. It'll serve many purposes if I can actually do the project...

    1. It incorporates beads and lacey like knitting which I've never done so it'll be a learning experience for me.
  2. It'll be a fabulous cure for when I need to cover my wrist tattoos but don't want to load up on bracelets and watches (although I don't mind doing so most days).
  3. Two of the names for the three projects listed are names that remind me of my Grandma. Lily of the Valley: Her maiden name was Lilly (and I hope to have a daughter named Lily one day) and lillies are my favorite flower. Lilac: Her favorite color was lilac. :o)

So I think if I can ever finish my freaking moderne baby blanket for my nephew (countdown: 18 days left!) then Perdita will be my Day of the Dead project. :o)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

September KAL Madre Garcia Recipe of the Month - Mexican Rice

Madre Garcia made this rice when hubby and I were dating so I didn't feel left out at family gatherings because I was a vegetarian - the first bite I was hooked!!!! I found that this recipe needs to be seasoned to taste - if you want more spices, add more cumin or be creative and add some jalapenos or habeneros. This recipe is very simple but packs a good taste for the buds!

Madre Garcia's Mexican Rice
2 cups rice (slow cooking, no instant)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic
1/8 teaspoon cumin
salt (to taste)
chopped onions
chopped green pepper
chopped tomato
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 cups water
Again, it is about personal taste with how many vegetables you choose to add, I added two tomatoes, 1 green pepper, and 3/4 of a large yellow onion. It works best to cut them into strips or coarsely chop:
In skillet, add oil and fry the rice to a light brown color. Stir in all the spices, onions, green pepper, tomato, and tomato sauce with 4 cups water and bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender and