Completed Crusoes

Things I accomplished this weekend:

1. I finished the Crusoes.

Pattern: Crusoe by Marilyn Roberts
Socks That Rock Lightweight in Peridot & Periwinkle
2 mm bamboo dpn’s.
Mods: All the Ravelry notes said the size as written was very, very small, so I cast on the number of stitches given and used that as my gauge swatch. My first attempt didn’t go so well. I finally settled on 68 leg sts and 58 foot sts (34 instep and 24 sole). I worked the toe as usual except that I didn’t start the decreases on the sole until the instep sts were down to 24. Aside from the gauge/size issue, this was a very easy pattern to follow and memorize and an enjoyable pair of socks to knit. I hope they fit their intended recipient and she finds them enjoyable as well.
March 12, 2011
April 24, 2011

2. I made risotto in my Crock-Pot.

Recipe: from A Year of Slow Cooking
Mods: I used short-grain brown rice instead of Arborio and vermouth instead of white wine and I added 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts. I also doubled the cheese, but I saw no reason not to.
Thoughts: I like brown rice risotto, but I don’t exactly consider it risotto, because there’s no way for it not to taste like brown rice. This was pretty tasty, though, and pretty easy to make. It was a good lazy weekend lunch dish. Most of the Crock-Pot recipes I’m looking at call for all-day cooking, which is what I’m more interested in. Since I’m the one in the house who really loves to cook but I don’t always have the energy or time during the week, coming home from work to a hot meal is what really sold me on the Crock-Pot. Since this only takes 2.5 hours, it doesn’t quite fit into that category, so I don’t know how often I’ll make it, but it was certainly worth a try.

3. I bought nice clothes for work that fit and I didn’t have a meltdown in the store! This is a breakthrough for me. I hate clothes shopping. I’m both too short for clothes that fit my width and too narrow for clothes that fit my length, so it usually involves 8 hours and 6 stores to find one pair of pants. But on Saturday there were, I don’t know, pants gods smiling down on me or something (I can still believe in pants gods even if I don’t believe in any others, right?), because there were pants everywhere, and some of them fit me!

Finally, in things I started this weekend: Alcea. I will still finish the squishy sweater by the end of the month, but it’s been about a month and a half of working on the same projects and I told myself as soon as I finished the Crusoes I could cast on something pretty and shiny and new. I got through the cast on row (331 sts!) the first time thanks to some forward thinking and stitch marker placement. I’ve knit 4 rows and so far I don’t think I’ve missed a stitch. In a much-needed change of pace from the Crusoes, I’m not worrying about gauge on this project at all, since I have twice the yardage I need in this skein. What a lovely skein it is, too:

Just believe me when I tell you that all you want to do right now is squeeze this yarn.

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