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Cabin Fever

I’m sick of snow.  No more snow!  You hear that, Mother Nature.  Far be it from me to tell you how to do you job, but please.  No more.

I woke up early and braved the wind and snow drifting to go to the grocery store yesterday.  I had to get out and I didn’t care where.  All the cold weather had me craving stew as well, so getting the fixings for that seemed like a good idea.

But before I get to the stew (which took ALL AFTERNOON to cook – good stuff!), I want to post my most recent FO.


  • Project : No Purl Monkey Socks
  • Pattern : No Purl Monkey (based on ‘Monkey’ pattern by Cookie A)
  • Yarn : Superwash Merino/Bamboo in ‘Spumanti’ by StashUp Yarns

I LOVE this yarn.  This is one of the two skeins John had given me this past Christmas.  I feel that this photo does not do the color work in the yarn justice, because I’m in lack for natural light.  (I’ll make the light box one of these days!)  But the yarn is super soft and I know these will get worn on a frequent basis!  As for the pattern, I know so many people who have worked it by now, that it was almost a reason that I DID NOT knit myself a pair.  I don’t like jumping on the bandwagon for anything, no matter how cool it is.  But now, after all the attention has died off, I allowed my lurking to become action.  The leg is a little snug, but not tight, on me.

Now …. are you hungry???


The above tasty delights came from Cooking … By The Seat Of My Pants.   I found this food blog while looking at articles on bread from Craft Magazine’s blog.  There are TONS of amazing recipes on the blog!  The Irish Stew was hearty, using basic ingredients that even the shyest of kitchen dwellers can fix.  The only note I will say is on the beer used.  I would go with something really dark, like Guinness, but it is really up to you.  The Ale Bread was delicious.  Unlike yeast breads, this one calls for none and only takes about 45 mins to cook.  The only change I would make in the future … no scallions.  I thought it made it too bitter.

Tomorrow is the kick off party for Team Wink, for the Ravelympics.  I need to wind up some yarn and print some patterns, but other than that, I am ready to go!  Let’s see how many hats I can make for Warm Up Winchester in two weeks,while also trying to knit a shawl in that amount of time as well!



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No, not into that dream house that I had a really great dream about the other night.  But after much debate, I have decided to join the Dark Side *tee hee*, and move from Blogger to Word Press.  I like the look of this site more …. it’s cleaner and more structured.  I feel like I can do so much more with my page as well.  And I’m going to do my best to actually tag things now (unlike in the past, when I never EVER did that.  Not once.)  Also, my Live Journal account is about to exhaust itself as well.  So I figured … new year, new blog host.  Why the hell not?

And for all of you who sent me the most wonderful “Get Well” comments, thank you!  I’m feeling better, not 100%, but better.  I managed to convince myself to get out of the house yesterday, so John and I had a ‘date night’.  We went for sushi after a matinee of National Treasure : The Book of Secrets.  Don’t listen to the critics people, just don’t do it!  This movie was fantastic and amazing and truly a wonderful sequel to the first addition.  We both loved it.

I’ve also been playing with my new toy.  I LOVE my Kitchen Aid mixer.  I’ve already made three loaves of bread and whip cream.  Now I can’t wait to get the attachments!  I feel more empowered in the kitchen now and believe me you, there will be much more cooking and baking now.

The rest of the night, I’m taking it easy.  I have a couple movies to watch, and plan on knitting a bit, since I’ve been too sick to even do that.  I’m working on a pair of socks for myself, but I need to get my butt moving on the baby sweater, Pay It Forward projects 2 & 3, and the socks for my SITMT partner.

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