Its all true, the boogie girl is real, and you've found her. She knits, sews, spins, does pottery and writes it all down in this blog.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I've got big balls
I've got big balls
And they're such big balls
Handpainted big balls
And he's got big balls,
And she's got big balls,
But we've got the biggest balls of them all!
I figured I'd borrow a little from AC\DC for the introduction of the biggest balls of them all. Girl Beast wasn't too sure about wearing the yarn on her head. She had to sit still for several seconds. It's an immense ball that is the same size as her head.
This is the yarn that I've fallen head over heals in love with. Adrian mentioned this stuff a couple of weeks ago. It's fantastic stuff. Soft, huge and inexpensive. Just how I like it. I really don't know how to describe this stuff without sounding like an ad or a love sick teenager.
There is Worsted weight and Bulky weight. I started a sweater in Bulky weight. This is what one ball got me: 2 sleeves and 6 inches of a 40 inch body. It should only take 3 balls to finish this thing. 3 balls! Weaving in ends will be easy! I'm hoping to have it done by SPA and have the free pattern to give away.
I'll be updating the site this afternoon with super big ball sweater yarn, sock yarns, fibers and the new kit.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Not Banana Bread, Banana Muffins.
Don't call it banana bread. I've been informed that Banana bread is yucky but banana muffins are ok, especially if you use the skull muffin tin.
2c whole wheat flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
2 large over ripe Bananas
1 cup Applesauce
1/2 tsp each - Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon
1 cup of severly chopped pecans
1/3 c oil
Optional - 1 cup sweetener (sugar, brown rice syrup, etc)
Mix it all up
Throw it into your grease tins.
Put it in a preheated oven - 400F
It takes about 20-30 minutes to cook and there you go.
Strange as it may sound, banana muffins are good with peanut butter. I may be channeling Elvis but really, I like it. It's an extra protein kick for your day too.
We had good mail this past week.Boogie Baby has taken a shine ot the awesome safety goggles that Chris sent me. She was concerned for my eye safety since I seem to be a slob. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. I'm not sure what Baby has on her, but I guarantee it didn't get in her eyes!
I finished this sock the endof last year. It's the sock from January's club. I love that colorway. So much so that I've dyed the new yarn in it and am almost half done with a sweater. Tomorrow, I'll show off that sweater....
Friday, January 26, 2007
I shot the cow
It was a quick death. Easy decision.
It's tax time. Yes, this is long, work with me. Tax time last From January until April 15th for me. In January it starts with the Sales tax payments and estimated taxes to the federal government. Fun stuff. But it doesn't end. I need to diligently chip away at the pizza box of receipts I have.
Back to the dead cow.
In filing taxes I realized that if I opened a shop under a name different than my business name, I would need to get a new Tax ID or change the business name altogether. I didn't want to completly change it. I would rather eat my wool than file another set of tax documents.
The argyle cow will now be turned into a mascot. Spunky the argyle wearing cow. Or maybe I'll put argyle on a sheep. Maybe I'll put argyle on a whole barnyard full of animals. It's a compromise I can live with. So I suppose the cow isn't dead, it's just been kicked to the sidelines.
Thank you for all the yarny compliments on the last post. The yarn finishing is with good timing. This happened earlier this week:That crumpled up look, is pretty much how it got all felty. And what you can't tell is that it was the size for a 7 year old and is now the size for a 2 year old. If only the arms weren't felted closed, Baby boogie would have a warm bunny sweater. Bunny INTARSIA that is.
Did you read that?
I hate intarsia.
I avoid intarsia.
The bunny sweater will become a tote bag and the new sweater will have to replace the bunny one. There will NOT be bunnies on the new one. Again, I'd rather eat the wool than make another one with intarsia.
I would say I would start on the sweater now but I had gotten in some new yarn the other day and I'm smitten. I'll have to tell you about that next week. The love is so new, it makes me all giggly and giddy.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I've spinning tons lately. Less knitting more spinning. I've been working at finishing up projects and starting new ones. I've been up since 5 with no coffee and the brain isn't thinking in words. I can however provide photos.
Remember Twisted Knitters? This is my project for that. I had been spinning it on spindle here and there in between other projects. I finished it up last week, wound it into a center pull ball and am plying it. It's 3 ounces of South African Fine in the Hot Rod Colorway. I could have had the plying done by now but I'm bringing this to SPA with me for a plying on the spindle demo.
Speaking of SPA - I added a ticker to the top of my page. Just over 3 weeks to go. I can't wait!
There is still more spinning:
A new sweater project. I'm 3 of 6 or 8 bobbins into it. I'll be writing an article for Knittyspin to go along with it too.
This is yarn that I started when I first got my Louet almost a year ago. I don't know why but I chose to test out the newest wheel to the stable by making a navajo three ply that is DK weight. Sock yarn of course. I finally finished up the second skein. It's not shown because it was drying and wet yarn can catch a cold if it goes out in the snow. The colorway is Boogie Woogie and I wouldn't mind making more in this color.
This was a club fiber. Berry Pickin' in BFL. I had sampled it as a thick and thin but I loved it so much I had to do a 2 ply. Those white flecks are snow, I took the photos as it started to snow the other day.
Finally, I finished the yarn for GirlBeast's sweater. I have more to say on this but it's a whole other entry and my brain still doesn't seem to be able to form words.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Today we're having toast.
You put one, maybe 2 slices if you're feeling brave, into the toaster. Wait for the ding or the popup. Take out the toast, don't burn yourself on the hot goodness. Then spread on an even coat of margarine. If you're feeling really daring you can add some cinnamon and sugar. Nothing heavy though, not today.
Toast, how exciting.
I don't really want to think of anything bigger or better yet.
The house was hit with the stomache flu. I know where we picked it up too. The damn doctor's office. I should boycott that place this time of year. Baby Boogie had a check up last week and a flu shot. I figured her being sick at the end of last week was just the flu shot. Boy was I wrong.
We are recovering though, slowly but surely. I should be able to work today and start getting club packed up so it can ship this week.
In lieu of anything else because I'm tired and saving energy for work.... Check this out Environmental Defense. It's worth checking out. Melting ice caps have been on TV and in commercials lately so it's not being completly ignored anymore. Hopefully you've heard about it. It's worth checking out and putting a slow on Global Warming if we can. Thank you Dianna for passing this on to me.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
That's the degrees in Farenheit today. I feel bad for all the people that have to work outside, like Boogie Dad, but frankly it's not winter without a little cold weather. I might actually light a fire in the fireplace this year, something I thought I would do without. Not to mention, knitting on cold days is somehow much more satisfying than knitting during the hot days summer.
So what have I been working on?
Miss Kate is collecting fun fur hats for the kids at Children's Hospital. If you click the link you'll get the poop on what's up and why fun fur. So I left my warm little house and bought some fun fur-ish stuff. The actual fun fur I could find seemed scratchy so I spent my time at Joann's fondling balls. Of course if the balls don't already belong to someone, you don't get ejected from the store. It's hard a lesson to learn. Only fondle balls that don't already belong to another knitter. So I settled on nylon stuff that has a fun fur like appearance. It's not that mass of porcupine quills but it doesn't feel like porcupine quills either. See that whitish one? It's so riculously soft and slippery that the ball of yarn is falling apart. Luckily that means it doesn't knot up either so tangles aren't hard to get apart. Which means I haven't thrown any projects across the room lately.
Just to make sure I have an overabundance of projects on the needles...Yes that would be a sleeve. A big sleeve. I'm not giving up what it is yet. It's a new pattern. Most of the yarn being used is Cascade 220.
Because some of you have asked....
Slowing down? I'm spending more time trying to figure out how to get out of having to slow down than actually slowing down. I've not begged my doctor for valium or some other mind altering drug to aid in the "slowing down". I'm still not convinced that I HAVE to slow down. Yeah, the last words of someone being shut in the large van taking her off to the boobie hatch. mmm, padded rooms.
Monday, January 15, 2007
It is a holiday here in the US. It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I wonder if we had him still today if all the people in this country still struggling for civil rights, would have it any easier....
I'm taking the day off. Husbeast is home after being away on business for 5 days. I'll be sitting next to him taking up space on the couch with my knitting. I'm making you wait until tomorrow to see what it is though. I'll give you a hint, I cast on for new projects.
It's also a snow day! The storm is supposed to be a big one but we have yet to have a lasting snow, unlike New Mexico.
On to the food, because even though I'm taking the day off from work, we all have to eat. Today is a Mock Twofer. Or rather a twofer of mocks. Mock chicken fingers and Mock beef stew.
Mock Chicken fingers.I made these with roasted vegies last Tuesday, even the picky Girl Beast ate them.
2 Tbs Soy sauce
1 Tbs Red wine vinegar
Frying oil if you so choose.
Cut the Tempeh into 1/4 inch slices. Place in the bottom of a sauce pan. Add in the Soy Sauce and the red wine vinegar. Add enough water to just cover the tempeh. Heat on medium until boiling, then simmer for 15 minutes. Let them cool so you can touch them.
If you eat eggs you can roll them in eggs and then bread crumbs, otherwise just wetting them a bit and rolling in the bread crumbs works. I usually season my bread crumbs with Garlic salt and pepper. Sometimes I add in other spices like oregano or Basil but for the kids, I kept it simple.
I chose to fry mine in 1 Tbs of Canola oil. It doesn't soak up much of the oil so I didn't worry about the extra fat, you can bake it under the broiler until crisp if you want to avoid the whole oil thing.
Mock Beaf StewPart of the reason this is a twofer is that I made extra roasted vegies the night before and that's what I used for the vegies for this dinner. Planning makes things easier sometimes.
1 large onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
2 cups baby carrots
1 cup of seitan chopped (optional)
3 Tbs Soy
2 Tbs Barley Miso (or other brown miso if you're avoiding wheat)
1 cup Vegetable stock
1 cup white wine
1 cup of water
2 Tbs Arrowroot (or other thickener)
I roasted the vegies with garlic, salt, pepper, basil and oregano. It gives them more flavor and makes the 'stew' quicker especially if you've cooked the vegies the night before.
If you are adding in the seitan, sear it first. It will give it that little bit of crust that you get on beef.
In a pan I add in the stock, miso, soy, water and wine. I heat on medium and blend together, never boiling just making it warm. I scoop up some of the hot liquid in a cup. I add the arrowroot to the cup of liquid and make sure it's blended well. Then I return it to the big pot to thicken it.
When that's done, the sauce is hot and thick, I add in all the vegies and seitan. Let it warm through (especially if the vegies were cold from being in the fridge). Eat. I made chease biscuits to go with it. It's breakfast time and just thinking about this, I want my mock stew for breakfast.
I'm saving my knitting projects for tomorrow, but I had to show you some mini's I got for Christmas. They arrived after Christmas but I keep mini's hanging about all the time. Left to right are 1: Monogrammed sweaters from my friend Jackie, 2: A wreath with a sock from Joni, 3: a pair of socks from Rachel that look like they were knit in Spunky yarn Berry Pickin'. I'm tempted to try them on some of Girl Beast's smaller dolls but I don't want to give her ideas.
I'm off to enjoy the day off and the new falling snow. The girls might actually get use of their snow suits yet.
Friday, January 12, 2007
What is this "slow down" you speak of? Is that what happens when you die? Just laying there all still like? Or do you get to still do stuff? I only have 2 speeds, all go or all stop. I'm not sure there is an in between.
I better find the in between speed.
I went to the doctor and while there are some more tests to run (I think she's just trying to be thorough), she told me I would probably just need to slow it down. This is going to be a learning experience. So I spent yesterday afternoon trying to find some place that has classes in "slowing down". Can you believe it? Not one course. I bet most of you out there already know how to "chill".
Then I read Margene's post. My wheel has been in the shop. I figure it's a good little demo and Baby Boogie likes to play with it too much, pinched fingers owie. I've been spindling lately but the wheel is a little more relaxed. Sure it goes through fiber faster, but I move less. I tend to walk around when I spindle. And then I set the spindle down and someone decides to pick up where I left off.I think she was trying to figure out hwo to make it spin.
Chill out part 1:
I made this:Sugar free of course.
Then Spider Gus came back into the house:
That bag on there is 8 ounces of Cashmere.
If that isn't luxury and calming spinning, I don't know what is. The goal is to spin it as a light sport weight yarn, and to make enough of it for a sweater.
The sweet husbeast suggested I find a knitting and/or spinning group to hang out with. I had hoped that my big shop would be open in February and I'd have one there but it looks like it will be a bit longer. I do have room for a small group of spinners with wheels or a good sized group of knitters. But if any of you Mainers know of a good one in Lewiston/Auburn or the Topsham/Bath/Brunswick areas, let me know.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Toot toot toot
Oh, my. Things happen fast over here. Woosh! so I have a few announcements I want to share with you all. Most of it is business related but since my business is also knitting and my passion, it's worth mentioning here.
1Do you recognize this wheel?
If not, it's a Schacht matchless single treadle. You might know the double treadle better. Well, the Matchless wheels, the Schacht-Reese Saxony wheels, the spindles, the little flip looms and more are coming to Spunky Eclectic! You can see them HERE
The looms and one wheel will be here for the SPA show. The rest will follow shortly. I can't wait to get these all set up in the shop. I only have one Fricke and my Louet set up for display but once the Schachts get here, I'll have the little showroom all set up pretty. The argyle cow is almost here, I can feel it.
2Project Spectrum is about to start again!
You probably all knew this already though, didn't you?
The club will work within the color ideas posed for project spectrum. Funny thing, I have colors planned out until May and they already fit in well with the ideas posed for spectrum. I'm excited to be starting this again.
I also have another little thing. I'm doing to try and do a new kit for each section of spectrum. The patterns are all drawn up, I just need to dye all the various yarns and get them test knit.
3Tomorrow there is an update and a sale will start on the yarn. I know I'm telling you a day early, but I've been forgetting to blog about my updates so I'm telling you now. Spend $40 on yarn and get a free 200 yard sampler of the Skinny sock. It's a $9 value. Each $40 spent on yarn gets you a sampler. With the samplers I usually make a pair of 4 inch ankle socks for myself. The sale will run until the 17th or until I run out of samplers.
Ok, that's it. There is more going on over here but for some reason the brain is stuck. Too much work and not enough rest. I figure once the shop is up and going good, I'll rest then, right?
Monday, January 08, 2007
I'ts been a long time since I've done one of those. It feels like it's been months since we've had a full work week. I've been cooking and eating so I have plenty of recipes to share. Last Friday I started to feel really sick and well, Saturday I was a couch jockey but this soup helped immensely. Unfortunately, I ate it all before remembering to photograph it.
Boogie Hot and Sour Soup
1 lg Onion
2 cups Mushrooms
3 stalks Celery
1-2 Summer squash (or Zuchinni)
4 large Carrots
1/4 Cup Red wine vinegar
2-3 T Good Soy Sauce like Shoyu
1-2 teaspoon Ginger if it's dry - fresh you can use 1/2 teaspoon
1-3 teaspoons red pepper Flakes
1-3 teaspoons Cayenne
1 teaspoon Black pepper
1 teaspoon Corriander
2 Cans of Vegie Broth
Saute the vegies - adding them to the pan in the order that they show up in the recipe. When they're starting to cook down add all the rest of the ingredients. Sauteing the vegies isn't entirely necessary but it creates a different flavor that is worth the effort. If you want protein in your dish, flesh needs to be cooked before you toss in all the vegies, tofu can be added in at the end.
The key to this dish is to let it simmer on low for at least 3-4 hours. I mentioned to Miss Purlewe that the soup was good but didn't make the back of my teeth ache like a good sour soup should (say that 5 times fast). I had eaten a bowl for lunch on Friday about an hour after starting it. My bowl for supper was much better and had that good back of the teeth ache. yum.
I did some of that this past weekend. Very little though. Since I was sick and off on Friday and Saturday, I worked Sunday. I also did very little knitting. I laid down on the couch with an afghan and watched Band of Brothers. I did manage to finish Dad's sock though. The sock is a little stiff sitting on the wood pile today. I swear I'll stop these sophmoric puns eventually.
Friday, January 05, 2007
It's that time of the year
Everyone is talking stash and FO's. They're talking about a great desire to finish up their UFO's or as Scout suggests, Just Frog it!.
Then there are all those that are setting up groups where you talk of yarn diets and stash only knitting pledges.
Of course there are bunches of other groups that are centered around clearing up the stash, the UFO's and WIP's. I admire you all for putting your
I have a tendency to rebel against these things. Even though I have a crazy stash (I'm still working on cataloging it all), you won't see my name up there. Rules are made to be broken. I'm on the anti-diet. While I really want to finish UFO's and knit from stash, I know I'm a rule breaker. If I sign up, you know I'll cast on for 12 projects and go on a yarn buying spree just to give myself some cushion to survive it. You have your yarn diet, I'll be over here on the wool pig plan stuffing the rafters with bags of yarn. 1. is mostly cascade, elann finds, and miscellaneous stuff. 2. is all Noro 3. is peace fleece, cotton ease, rowan, and some patons in there too. If only there wasn't all this duct work down there, I'd have more space. Silly duct work, taking up valuable yarn real estate.
I wish I had a good knitting project to show you. The big project of this week has been to organize the shop. I don't think I've gotten much knitting done. All my knitting time has been eaten up with organizing. It's looking better though: Over the holidays everything became pretty crazy and things were left in the boxes they were shipped in. Well, technically they're sitll in the boxes they were shipped in, it just looks better. I couldn't see what I had in stock. I knew what box they were in, but I knew it could be easier than that. Now I have it all nice and neat. I did have another good reason to clean. These two devices of supreme torture held all the boxes. Now they'll be what I use to run myself ugly.I'll be doing at least 100 miles between now and April. I'm hoping this is what gets me healthy and out on the road running this spring. My pretty pink sneakers that I bought 2 years ago have yet to be punished on the roads. Slowly but surely, I'll get there.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I woke up to this:
Or at least, I woke up and a couple of hours later, I saw this. With such a successful photo under my belt, I'm thinking that I can take a good photo of Dad's sock.
I think of all the unsuccessful photos I've taken of this one poor sock. I think there are more unsuccessful photos than there are stitches in it.
1.On the leather couch, there is too much shine from the flash. You didn't think I could remember to take a daytime photo? So I played with positioning on the couch, it's a nice neutral background. Nothing works. 12 photos, gone.
2. On the white-ish rug. It's the ISH that gets me. I knew this would happen. This rug stayed rolled up after my move here from CA 10 some years ago. I knew what kids and dog and men would do to it but we needed a rug and she shal be scrificed. 2 photos and we deside to change venues.
3. On the hard wood floor. Everything looks good on this. 27 photos, I had to count. Flash, no flash. Flash is icky and no flash is blurry. I obviously jiggle too much to not have the camera stabilizer on and I haven't figured out yet how to shut off the flash and keep on the stabilizer. No, I haven't read the manual. Do you think I'll find something in there?
4th venue. The wood pile.
6 photos later, I get this: The sock likes wood. Wood is manly. I got carried away on the leg and now have 10 inches....
I swear I'm as bad as an 8 year old boy because the subject of wood and 10 inches is killing me. Maybe I just need more sleep. I'm sure there was more I wanted to say but I just lost it.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Knitting in the New Year
I did indeed spend some couch time over the weekend. Not as much as I would have liked. Short of gluing my butt to the couch and hiring a servant, I don't think anytime would have been enough.
Last year on new Years day I cast on for a new project. It was a quick project that was done the same day but none the less, it was a new project. It set how the year was going to continue. I ended with 27 UFO's. I want to try and wittle that down by half. I spent the weekend working on an old project. Baltic.I finished the front and I'm 3/4 up the back. I don't know why I set it down, this sucker is easy.
I also spent some time with Dad's next pair of socks, already on the needles. The photo for those looked weird and frosty so I'm not even going to bother posting that. I had swatched and written the pattern out for Mom's new sweater last week. I wanted to cast on for that, but I avoided it. We didn't want any new project juju slipping into our New year. Yes, it's a silly notion but it's my notion.
For those that are questioning the magknits pattern:
Here it is laid out on the floor so you can see it better:
And an action shot taken before the holidays.