Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Just because

My sister got the socks for Christmas. My nephew's socks were knit up quickly while I was in Germany because I felt like it - he wasn't born yet.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A little PS2 - in pink, green and yellow

I am sure that all the participants of Project Spectrum are creative, imaginative and resourceful when it comes to what to knit in the colours allotted in the months we're in. Nonetheless, I'll present you some beloved small knits (also called socks) made with Reynolds Soft Sea Wool, which is - ever since I touched it for the first time - one of my favourite yarns. Canadians, check here - ariadne is taking pre-orders!

The socks are featured in "Steppin' Out", a book with 12 patterns for socks in Soft Sea Wool and designed by Véronik and myself.

Mrs Hunter's socks in spring green by Véronik

Barberpole Socks in light pink by Véronik

Honeycomb socks in dark pink by me
(yes, I know it looks red, but it is the dark pink!)

Yellow Diamond Lace socks by me

I picked these because they are shown in the flavours of the months April and May - there are more to look at and choose from. Let me know what you think!

(The link for yarn and book was chosen randomly, I have no personal connection, I just liked the presentation. Except for the Canadian source, because Mary and Molly Ann are in the Montreal Knits group.)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Where's Waldo

aka "Upper Voltage" from Black Bunny Fibers.

You might have realized by now that I do have a certain fondness for what other people call "bad 70's colours". This particular colourway of Carol's is as good as it gets. While it doesn't vanish on my sofa (so what, I haven't sewn the new covers yet) it contains all the right hues and shades.

Before I show you something I finished for myself, I have to block it. Otherwise I am knitting on the green socks, and I really, really want to finally complete the Mackintosh Cardi.

In a nutshell, that'll be it for today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

We don't have any eggs

Thank you everyone who left birthday wishes in the comments - I am still working on the swing. The shoes, now the shoes I could totally do.

Lately I rather feel like I am struck by lightning than by knitting, there's not much going on with the sticks and string.

For your entertainment and tastebuds:

Quick and dirty Tarte Flambée, also called Flammekueche

Warning! this is neither kosher, vegan nor low fat. For the calorie counters out there, one of these babies has about 320 calories when you use Sour Cream.

You need Tortillas - as many as you want

For each Tortilla you need

- 1 slice Bacon, cut into fine strips
- 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped Onions
- 1 tablespoon Sour cream (or even Crème Fraîche)
some pepper and salt (optional)

I have seen recipes online that use yeast dough. I have to disagree with these because where we used to eat our Flammkuchen it was prepared with a very simple dough made of water, flour and some salt. No rising agent. So Tortillas seemed to be a good solution, uncooked ones would be perfect.

Place Tortilla on baking pan.

Spread with Sour Cream.

Distribute bacon and onion. Sprinkle with pepper and salt if so wanted.

Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until turning lightly brown at the edges.

Serve. As I said, quick, dirty and delicious.

This is where we used to get our fix. If you are ever in the area, go. And don't forget to have a Schnaps after you're done eating - you'll need it.

Friday, April 06, 2007

In the garden on the swing

That's me on my first birthday.

I tried to re-enact this version, but couldn't find an appropriate swing, not to mention the hat.

Instead, I will be unpacking my Mom's present which arrived about six weeks ago and had been banned to Rolf's office so I wouldn't have to look at it all the time. I actually forgot it was there for a while. Good thing I haven't reached the age yet where one doesn't remember at all...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Today is tomorrow, and tomorrow is just another day

I'm so glad of my self-deprecating sense of humor. Otherwise I'd be thoroughly humiliated. As it is I couldn't care (much) less.

Why, yes, we are silly like that. ("We" as in Veronik and I, I haven't gone that daft yet.)

Detail of front.

Pictures taken in natural light by Veronik who probably agrees that modeling is not a job I should do. (No, she cannot be blamed for the late appearance of these on my blog, they were actually taken March 19th.)

Something here and there

Ever have a question that could be answered with "yes" or "no" but have no one to ask? Here's the solution.

I have the German version, and while I don't believe it's accurate, it's fun. Sometimes with surprising matches.

Finally, there's this:

It started snowing yesterday and just wouldn't stop before there was actually A LOT of snow on the ground. Slushy wet snow that won't last long, but still snow. My fifth April in Montreal and I am still not comfortable with it.