Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hibernation.

I am ready to put away my Pas de Valse cardigan for a very long time, possibly forever. It just wasn’t working out. I’m not sure if my gauge was off or if I didn’t size it correctly, but the body of the sweater is about a size or two smaller than I’d prefer. It doesn’t seem to flow or drape at all. The stockinette is so open from using larger needles that weaving in ends invisibly seems impossible. It also makes my short rows very obvious and it was difficult to hide the kitchener stitch. All these things combined made me really dislike knitting it, so when Corey suggested I put it away I decided to listen to him. It’s hibernating in a box now.

I started the Boundless cape two days ago, and have been enjoying it immensely. Cables! Texture! Bulky yarn!

I’ve tried out another quinoa recipe as well, Heather’s Quinoa Recipe from 101 Cookbooks. It was delicious! Love the combination of flavours: pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds… The tomatoes were roasted with olive oil and brown sugar before tossing them in the salad. I will definitely be making this again. I paired it with some prawns we had in the freezer, marinated in garlic and Korean ssamjang sauce.

Love for Mushroom & Herb Quinoa.

This cookbook has been highlighted at Chapters for a couple months now, and I finally managed to get it from the local public library. I would have bought my own copy, but I’m trying not to buy cookbooks without trying them out first.

Corey hates mushrooms, but I love them, so I thought I would make mushroom & herb quinoa since he was going to be out of the house this evening. He ended up staying at home because his game got rained out, but I made the quinoa anyway and it was so incredibly flavourful. I’m used to light tasting quinoa salads with tomato, zucchini, etc. This was like down home, earthy, comfort quinoa. I am definitely making it again.

The freshly grated parmigiano was perfect. Who knew parmigiano goes with quinoa? I normally substitute cilantro for parsley, but the parsley in this recipe was a great addition. All of the flavours mixed really well: the vegetable stock, butter, garlic, mushrooms, parsley, and parmigiano. I will definitely try a few more recipes from this cookbook.

Drawing Nature, Boundless.

I ordered myself a copy of Drawing Nature by Jill Bliss and it arrived as I was away camping last week! (Camping was great, I have no upper arm strength for canoeing, and we got rained out on our second last day but it was lovely canoeing back in the mist.)

Drawing Nature is essentially a tutorial sketchbook; there are some pages about drawing at the beginning with a couple of beginner tutorials, but about 85% of the book is a sketchbook with a helpful hint or suggestion on every second page. It’s beautiful; I love Jill Bliss’ work and I can’t wait to use it. If I lived in Oregon, I would love to take her drawing workshops.

The new Twist Collective also came out recently and I am determined to knit Boundless.

Image from Twist Collective.

It’s really cute. It’s something that I have never worn but wish it were part of my style. I love that shade of green but I’m tempted to make it red, although I’ve already got a red riding hood style coat in the making… I’ll see what my local yarn shop has.