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Fair Isle knitting…my first pattern

I had to teach myself Continental knitting. 

I wanted to try Fair Isle (FI) knitting and for FI you work with a minimum of two colours. 

I had tried FI just having the two colours in my right hand –like normal– and it worked well, but I saw a video of a women knitting with two colours using English knitting with her right hand and Continental with her left. So, naturally, I wanted to try too. 

Tension is controlled much better when using both types of knitting! This is great.  And it’s faster! I’m alllll about efficiency, so I’m quite pleased with myself over this tiny triumph.

Being able to use Continental knitting is going to be very beneficial for more than just Fair Isle knitting. Check out this interesting post on Craftsy about both styles.

I still can’t get over being able to make clothing with two sticks and some wool. I highly recommend learning to knit. 

UPDATE: Here’s the pattern so far.

  

At least this one is more like a vest than a sweater AND I’ll be knitting with cotton yarn instead of the recommended wool yarn, so it should be great for summer/autumn.

This is the third time I’ll be using this mustard-colored yarn. Hahaha
The other two projects I previously started were just not working out for me. Third time’s a charm, right?!
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This time I’m more confident with knitting fitted clothing…maybe it’s better to think the other two sweaters with this yarn were just trial runs.

I’ll be making this versatile little number, called Sandy.
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I think my plan is to work through all of the patterns by Quince & Co. Very realistic, I know.

india

10 places I would be inspired to knit…(or not knit)

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

I’ve always wanted to visit a tea plantation and why not here…in Sri Lanka?!

Nuwara Eliya

 Île de Ré, France

Lighthouses and the views that surround them.

Île de Ré

Micronesia

Ever since I thought I had won a trip to Micronesia, I’ve wanted to visit this incredibly gorgeous archipelago.

Micronesia

Indonesia

Pretty much anywhere in Indonesia would be fine by me.

Indonesia

Cambodia

Same as Cambodia…I would love to visit any part of it.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Northwest Territories, Canada

In discovering more of my homeland, I’ve still got to visit the north…

Yellowknife Area, Canada

Maritimes, Canada

…and the east.

Peggy’s Cove

Denmark

I never really thought of Denmark as a place I’d like to visit until I moved to Europe.

I’m starting to notice a distinct WATER theme to these places that I want to visit.

Copenhagen, Denmark

New Zealand

I’d go back there anytime! What a gloriously diverse country NZ is from its rain forests and beautiful towns and its beaches and mountains.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

 India

My biggest desire is to spend a LOT of time in this mesmerizing country: Its colors, vegetarianism, people, spirit, landscapes, food…

India

felted bowl process

Making 10 wooly, felted bowls

A custom order for 10 felted bowls has me knitting furiously!

I love making these bowls and could knit them for hours.

Would you like to make your own? Here is my pattern for the bowls. They are very easy to make and you can get very creative with them by adding more than one color, making stripes or changing the texture with different wools.

Don’t want to make them? You can also buy them in my Etsy shop! I take custom orders too.

Wooly, felted bowls

cheesy, veggie lasagna

You-can-make-this-anytime lasagna

It all started because I spotted fresh lasagna noodles at the local market. Then I loaded my basket with cheese, veg and extra protein (vegetarian) for the sauce. Sorted.

I’m pretty sure that one of the Lasagna rules is that you must cover the entire top the layered goodness with mozzarella. Not a flakey smattering of grated mozzarella, but a side-to-side, wall-to-wall coating. You should see nothing beneath the cheese. And then, add some freshly-grated parmesan as well.

Cheesy, veggie lasagna

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Milk, Soy, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Mostly, I don't measure. This is such a recipe. Add or subtract any of these ingredients and slap it all together with your own creative, cooking talent!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet soy mince (I call it 'pretend mince')
  • lots ofgarlic
  • leeks
  • kale
  • mushrooms
  • roasted butternut squash
  • roasted red pepper
  • oregano (fresh)
  • marjorram (fresh)
  • basil (fresh)
  • chili flakes (optional)
  • onion powder
  • cream cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • mozzarella
  • parmesan
  • canned tomatoes
  • passata or tomato paste
  • lasagna noodles (either pre-cook them or use non-cook lasagna sheets)

Directions

Step 1 Cube the butternut squash (after peeling it, of course) and chop up some red pepper. Roast in oven or barbecue in the same pan you will use for baking the lasagna.
Step 2 Fry up the soy mince + garlic. Careful not to brown the garlic.
Step 3 Add spices. Stir + cook for about a minute.
Step 4 Add tomatoes and paste. Stir. Cook on low heat for a few more minutes.
Step 5 Add some cream cheese to the sauce, stir and let it melt in.
Step 6
Layer your lasagna however you want, but start with a layer of sauce. I usually start with sauce, then a layer of noodles, cottage cheese and a sprinkling of parmesan, then veggies. Repeat.
adding the veggies!
Step 7
End with a layer of mozzarella and parmesan.
final layer = mounds of cheese
Step 8
Lasagna Rule - Cheese goes to edges and covers everything beneath it.
This was my second pan of lasagna that will go in the freezer.
Lasagna rule: cheese covers everything
Step 9 Cook in 350°C oven for about 45 minutes.
One night sweater by Pickles

Sweaters, sweaters, sweaters

Heh. Yay! Just in time for summer!! I can’t control when an urge is going to take me over. So, if I want to make a sweater, I’ll make a sweater. I was actually just really keen to get my first sweater out of the way, but along my journey I discovered more patterns that I liked.

This is my current collection of sweater porn. I have big, big plans to make each and every one of them.

Tourist Sweater – making it now.