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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.

Much Better

I ripped out the sleeve on the squishy sweater and started over again with the decrease rate doubled. It’s going much better. It’s still a little looser than I would make for myself, but it will certainly do.

I finished the second first Crusoe and it’s just the right size, I think. The now officially second sock is being knit as we speak and these should be in the mail Monday morning. Then it’s on to Daughter of the Regiment for, I don’t know, the next 2 years?

I like this one much better than the first. I had a choice of patterns to knit and I chose Crusoe because I thought the slipped-stitch pattern would break up what I assumed would be the yarn’s tendency to pool. The first sock came out very pretty but still pooled a bit. It sort of did that barber-pole thing. The new stitch count did just what I was originally imagining. There’s a bit of pooling here and there, but the colors are much more evenly distributed so you really get to see the blue and yellow (well, the periwinkle and peridot) play off each other.

Oh! And I made a new friend this week. This is Davy:

(Davy Crock-Pot)

Expect more posts about food, ’cause between Davy here and my CSA subscription starting up in June, there’s  going to be so. much. cooking. around this place.

Starting Over Again

Never really ends. Seriously. You can knit and knit and make sock after sock and really truly (I promise) understand both math and the concept of gauge. You can have measurements for the foot you are trying to fit and all these helpful notes about how the sizing given is just a wee bit off – and you can even try to plan for that when you cast on – and you can still find yourself with a sock that won’t fit. You can find yourself here:


Second first sock.


I’m-a make these fit, I swear! But I’ll be a week off my promised due date. I hate missing deadlines. But I’d also hate sending socks that don’t fit.

In other restarting news, the planned year. of. sweaters. second. sweater., Francis Revisited, has not made a lot of progress (she says as though it’s the sweater’s job to make sure it gets knit). Once I saw the half-done chunky cotton raglan in the batch of stuffs I acquired through a coworker I rebooted my second sweater plan. The body was almost done and it looked like it would fit me. So we are here now…

I’m makin’ my picture face!

…and I think I have to start the sleeve over. It’s a little loose, especially compared to the minimal ease in the body. I need to do some math before I rip, though. I hate ripping without a plan.

In Which I Throw A Bunch Of Stuff Your Way

I missed my traditional weekend update, but working from home today made it feel like the weekend wasn’t over yet, so…there? I don’t know.


Crusoe the first is relaxing on the medium blockers. This is not a very stretchy stitch pattern so I want to make sure it’s going to fit before I go kitchenering any toes or starting any second socks or anything else foolish.

Zoe would like you to know that she is the most helpful of cats when there are socks to dry (even if she’s not sure why she’s only showing up in thumbnail form tonight).

And, as promised, I have more photos of my dinner as I continue to play around with my phone camera.

Tonight I made portabella paprikash over whole wheat egg noodles, which of course means this is happening in my head constantly now and I don’t know when it will stop:

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