Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vegas Socks - revisited

Vegas Socks
February 2016
These were fun socks to knit - the striping was consistent throughout the yarn and resulted in matching socks without any fuss.

Knitting notes can be seen on this earlier post.

One ounce of yarn remains and will be adequate to knit a baby hat.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Veggetti - a review

 Zucchini "noodles"
I've debated purchasing a Veggetti for over a year, but when Kmart had one at a reduced price ($11), I bought it. Veggetti has quickly become an indispensable kitchen gadget, as it makes either thick or thin noodles. The photo above shows the thick option.

Zucchini "noodles" are now a favorite snack either raw or tossed with a bit of Walden Farms (no calorie) Sesame Ginger dressing, which gives the noodles a slightly oriental taste similar to stir fry.

The instruction/cookbook that was in the package suggests using zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, carrots, and potatoes. I tried an English cucumber (it was more watery), but I didn't like it as well as zucchini. I doubt that I will ever use the device for potatoes; however, it looks like it making hash brownies would be pretty easy.

The Veggetti is extremely easy to use and doesn't create a mess. Clean-up is easy, too. It is top-rack dishwasher safe, but I usually just rinse it under running water after using.

Have you tried the Veggetti? Did you like it?

Note: I did not receive any compensation for this review: I am just a satisfied consumer. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Single Skein Socks - revisited

Single Skein Socks
February 2016
It's odd that the cuffs of the socks do not match, but the foot sections do.

Knitting notes can be found on this earlier post.

Two more skeins eliminated from the stash. The remnants (.5 ounces) will be used with other scraps to knit a scrappy baby hat.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chair Socks

four, well-dressed chairs
February 2016
About eight years ago, I purchased some "socks" for my kitchen chairs, and I was never happy with them: they wouldn't stay up and even with rubber bands, they slipped down around the "ankles" of the chair legs.

After grumbling about the state of the chair socks, it suddenly dawned on me that I could knit the socks from scrap yarn. (I know, it should have been obvious, but sometimes the obvious escapes me)

I found several patterns on line, but the actually knitting did not occur until last week when I decided to use the scraps from the two Faroese shawls I just finished. The scraps were sufficient for sixteen socks - two chairs from each color.

    100% merino wool scraps from these two projects

    Two 16-inch circulars, US size 8

    Protect-Your-Floor-Socks by Red Heart

Cast on 24 stitches and knit 1x1 rib for 4 inches then begin decreases.

The pattern is written from the "toe" up, but it was just too fiddly to begin with only four stitches, so I started with the top and knit down. I also shortened the socks because I thought 6 inches of ribbing was excessive - 4 inches was adequate for my chairs.

Now, I plan to knit socks for my desk chair.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sod House

Sod House
Prairie Museum of Art and History
Colby, Kansas
August 2015
The sod house on the grounds of the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas was built on site by volunteers. I was particularly interested in the exhibit because my maternal grandparents built and lived in a sod house.

I always wondered what sod houses might look like on the inside and was surprised when I walked into the display house.

kitchen area of the one-room sod house
Colby, Kansas
August 2015
The display home was cozy and inviting. I'm sure the depth of the windows is due to the thickness of the sod walls. While the display house had wooden floors, I assume many of the prairie homes had dirt floors.

bedroom section of the one-room sod house
Colby, Kansas
August 2015
The sod house on display was one room and had few furnishings: a single bed, a bookcase, a trunk, a small dining table and chairs, a cook stove that also heated the house, a small pantry cabinet, and a washing machine.

my maternal grandparents with their children
Edgemont, South Dakota
circa 1912
I'm guessing from the photo of my grandparents that they had a loft area for the children to sleep. Their soddie looks quite a bit bigger than the exhibit in Colby, Kansas.

The Prairie Museum of Art and History has an Online Sons and Daughters of the Toddies Database with a gallery that is fun to browse.

Did any of your ancestors live in a sod house on the prairie?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vegas Socks

January 2016
This skein of yarn was purchased at Sin City Knits in Las Vegas last April. I love the colors, and I like how the yarn is striping. It feels good in the hands and is a delight to knit.

You might remember that I used Heritage Prints to knit one of Brenda's Nymphaidea shawl.

    Cascade Yarn Heritage Prints (color #8)

    US size 2 - 16 inch circulars (addi Sock Rockets)

    Simple Ribbed Cuff

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