Sunday, October 29, 2006

This week

This week is the official Day of the Dead week. Please continue to post pictures and stories about how your DOTD projects are going, and if you're having any kind of celebrations or events, be sure to post about that too.

And for those of you who may not know, please take some time this week to send Kristi of Red Dog Knits (blog and email on the right sidebar) your thoughts and prayers. She's the co-host of this KAL, and this week she and her husband received the awful news that one of the triplets she's carrying has died. This is got to be a horrible time for her and her family, and she can use all the good thoughts, prayers, wishes, karma, whatever she can get.

The KAL will continue, so do post. The yarn prizes will be awarded next week as planned. Remember, post pictures of your project in progress, and post pictures of any DOTD celebrations you attend/host to be eligible for the drawings.

This week

Hello everyone,

Many of you have probably already heard this, but for those who haven't:

Kristi of Red Dog Knits, who is the co-host of this KAL, received some horrible news this week. She's pregnant with triplets, and she and her husband learned that one of the triplets has died. I can't imagine how devastating and frightening this is for them. Please, if you have time, visit her site and leave a comment or send her an email (on the sidebar on the right) with condolences.

And if you're celebrating Day of the Dead this week, either with a gathering of your own or on your own, please take a minute to remember baby Elijah.

The KAL will go on; please keep posting pictures and stories of your projects and how they're going. Prizes will be drawn next week.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Last minute knitter

Apparently when I join a KAL, I treat it as I do my homework... I wait until the last minute and then whine like a champ about how much I have to do. :o) It's been that kind of semester though.

I attempted to start my KAL project this weekend but after fighting with it for an hour or so I gave up and decided to instead work on something mindless that I could do while also watching the baseball game. :o) I haven't given up on the project, I've just put it on hold, again. Hopefully though I'll make some progress this week after my midterm and this weekend so I'm not knitting up to the very last minute. :op

I love seeing what the rest of you are up to! Keep the posts coming!


Sunday, October 22, 2006

More Progress photos

Well - this is the second large piece that I have finished. I have a basic pattern I am working from but am making up the intarsia as I go along. The Day of the Dead is fast approaching!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Let the Games Begin - or something like that...

I have finally been able to start my project.

More to come...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Well I finally decided what to knit for the Day of the Dead KAL. I decided to knit Grumprina's Odessa hat from Mag Knits. I knit this hat for my friend Steph about four month's ago. She passed away this September from cervical cancer, and she has been in my mind ever since. While Steph was really sick, she was also very strong. As a nurse and medical student, Steph pursued all of her treatments head on. Let's just say she had faith in the medical community. Now some of us were bitter she was mis-diagnosed with "stress", but Steph just wouldn't want that. She would want us to remember the good times and move forward. On a different note, I found out this past week that her family will be use the money from her malpractice suit for a nursing scholarship. Anyways back to the Odessa hat, I loved making the hat for her. It arrived soon after she lost her hair and she loved the hat! To give you an idea of how funny this girl was, she referred to her bald head as the solar panel for her sex machine. She was just a riot. So I thought I will knit this great hat and remember a great Steph. I left the beads off, as I am not a bead person. I hope I will get to meet some of you soon. Maybe at the Day of the Dead KAL get together. It looks like I might be able to attend. Hopefully my second job will not schedule me to work on that day!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Off like a herd of turtles...

It's a start ....a slow start but a start...

Actually this is 45 rows! Those of you who have done lace projects before know how slow going it can be. The chart that I have only goes to 48 rows but I was assured by Amy; one of my fellow Tuesday night knitters, that the chart follows a several row repeat and should be easy to follow. With that assurance I am moving forward albeit at a snails pace. It's amazing how this project has taken on a lot of my grandma Alta's quirky habits, the slow pace and procrastination being the two that are outstanding at the moment. I hope to make a little more progress on it tonight if I can get through all those nagging domestic duties that I have let pile up.

Friday, October 06, 2006

More Prizes!

How gorgeous is that yarn Amy picked up???? Here's something else to sweeten the pot a bit...two skeins Koigu KPPM in Painter's Palette.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Prizes! and Yarn! Yarn prizes!

We can't really have a KAL without a prize, can we?

The biggest problem with prizes, though, is how people can go about winning them. Kristi and I are in full agreement that we don't want to be in the position of judges--I really can't bear the thought of saying, OK, this one's the best. Ick. Because in all likelihood, I'd have a hard time choosing anyway. Drawings and random number generators seem pretty dull, but it's a lot easier on the ol' psyche than trying to subjectively pick a winner.

So if you have any better ideas, please let us know! In the meantime, what we're considering is this: a prize drawn from all participants who send photos of their DOTD items by Nov. 2, and a prize drawn from all who send photos showing participation in DOTD festivities (in your home, in someone else's home, in the community) by Nov. 8. We were going to say a prize for those who host an event--but I'm hosting one, so that's not fair either. Wow--who knew this would be so hard! :-)

In the meantime, here is one of the prizes that will be given:

Schaefer Yarn, Laurel, in the Frida Kahlo colorway. This is 100% mercerized pima cotton, approximately 400 yards. In very colorful yarny goodness.

Who knows? It might be yours someday!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Frida Kahlo's Chicken in Pipian Sauce

Hey, everyone! I hope the DOTD knitting is well on its way. I'm giving Kristi a break from recipe acquisition. I don't have a MIL who's an expert Hispanic cook, but I do have a copy of the cookbook, Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frieda Kahlo, by Guadalup Rivera and Marie-Pierre Colle (Clarkson Potter, copyright 1994). There's an entire chapter on Day of the Dead. The publisher of the book has given us permission to publish a recipe from that chapter here:

Chicken in Pipian Sauce
2 chickens, cut into parts
6 cups water
2 carrots, cut in half lengthwise
1 onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 celery stalk
2 parsley sprigs
4 teaspoons salt
4 black peppercorns

1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup blanched almonds
1 tablespoon corn oil or lard
2 teaspoons powdered chicken bouillon
6 guero chiles
3/4 cup olives
2 teaspoons capers

Cook the chicken with the water, vegetables, and seasonings in a large saucepan until tender. Strain, reserving the broth. Skin and bone the chicken.

To make the sauce, toast the sesame seeds lightly in a skillet, stirring constantly. Puree the sesame seeds with the almonds and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Heat the oil, add the blended mixture, and cook for 5-8 minutes, until thickened. Add 2-3 more cups of the broth and the chicken bouillon and simmer for 5 minutes more. Add the chiles, olives, capers, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes more and serve piping hot.

Sounds perfect for a fall meal, doesn't it?