Archive for June, 2008

Still Sewing

In case you were wondering, I haven’t given up on my latest hobby. After giving up on the way too complicated baby dress and reading a good beginner’s sewing book, I’ve moved on from very simple tote bags to bags that are a little more involved. Current WIP: Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag.

At this point, I’ve cut all the pieces out, applied the interfacing, and sewn together the outside of the bag to some canvas to make it sturdy. Oh, and there’s a cell phone pocket on one of the straps. Can you see it?

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I just love the shape of this bag, and in spite of the fact that it was designed as a diaper bag, I think it will serve as a knitting bag long after I’m done with my childbearing years. I love the fabric, even though the colors aren’t ones I would normally gravitate towards. The print reminds me of my Granny, who had a closet full of polyester pants and paisley print shirts.

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Name That Swatch!

I’m all done with Iris’s Flax Jax cardigan [Ravelry].

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Oops, did I say done? I meant, I’m all done except for picking up stitches around the armholes to make sleeves, and picking up more stitches around the neckline to make the collar. Sigh. No wonder I haven’t made myself any sweaters after the Big Blue fiasco! I’m knitting a baby sweater and kind of wishing it was a vest instead. But isn’t the seed stitch detail on the back cool?

Flaxjax2 Yes, yes it is.

You know it’s bad when you would rather make a swatch than work on what you have in progress.

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Anyone want to guess what I’m swatching for in my most favoritest yarn?

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Iris says “Hi everyb- wait a second, is that a kitty behind me?!?!?!!”

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What Iris is Up To:

Catwrestle

Perfecting her wrestling moves.

Rock

Helping Daddy rock out.

Wired

And catching up on the latest nerdy publications.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Do you happen to have three or four super ripe bananas laying around? So ripe that they are treading the fine line between "very ripe" and "grossly rotten"? I did a little earlier tonight, so I turned them into some really yummy mini muffins. If you're doing Weight Watchers, you'll be happy to hear that it's only 2 points for 2 mini muffins! And if you're not doing Weight Watchers… they are quite a tasty treat any way.

  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 3 large banana(s), or 4 medium, mashed
  • 1 large egg(s)
  • 1 large egg white(s)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/3 cup Silk Vanilla Soy Milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate candy

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. There's not much fat in these babies, so coat it good!
Blend together oil and brown sugar. Beat in bananas, egg and egg white.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Combine vinegar and soy milk to make buttermilk substitute. (Or just use buttermilk, if that's what you have laying around!)
Gently stir half the flour mixture into banana mixture; stir in buttermilk substitute, remaining flour mixture and chocolate chips.
Divide
batter among muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10
minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely. Or, do what I did and enjoy a couple while they're still warm and gooey. Yum!

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Incontrovertible Evidence

Proof that I am still knitting:

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This O-Wool started out as a Tomten Jacket [Ravelry]. I was about two inches in when all of a sudden, for no good reason I can figure out, I felt an irresistible urge to rip it all out and start the Flax Jax cardigan from Minnies [Ravelry]. I hope this is a case of the yarn telling me what it wants to be, and not a case of me losing what few marbles I have left.

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