Thursday, January 31, 2008
2 chicken breasts cut into pieces
8 tortillas (you could easily use more or fewer)
2 tblspn flour
1 tspn cumin
A pinch of chili powder
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 cup shredded cheese
1 can refried beans
2 tblspn buter
2 tblspn oil.
Optional: salsa and sour cream
Put the flour, cumin and chili powder in a ziplock back to mix. Add chicken and shake.
Heat oil and butter in pan. Add garlic, sautee for 1 minute. Add chicken. Cook until it's done.
Put tortilla in a pan, spoon on desired amount of refried beans. Add chicken. Add cheese. Top with another tortilla. Heat until cheese melts. Turn. Leave on burner just long enough for top tortilla to get crisp.
Take quesadilla of burner and cut into pieces like a pie. Serve with rice. Would also be good with salsa and sour cream if you have it. Eat. Enjoy.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I'd like to make her a lace scarf that starts with 47 stitches and reduces to 32 in the middle - there are two sides that have to be grafted together. A quick calculation indicates that there are about 400 rows in the scarf. That's 40 rows a day, if there's no frogging. The only thing I have to compare it to is the Secrets of the Stole. That has 99 stitches in a row and I was able to get only 10 to 20 rows done in a night. The difference is that is a complex ever-changing pattern. The scarf I'm thinking of uses four different patterns, but they are predictable.
I am not a slow knitter, but I'm not particularly fast either.
Also to be considered, I have a hat that I am very close to finishing and I really want to have it done before I start. I don't actually have the yarn for the scarf, although I know where I'm going to get it.
I could send my friend a box of chocolates with the promise of the scarf to follow shortly. I could pick an easier pattern with thicker yarn. I'd like to lock myself in a tower and just knit it until it's done, but that's an unlikely scenario.
So back to my original question - is doing the math before hand a smart way to make life more manageable or should one just go for it figuring that the more you try to get done, the more you get done even if you don't get it all done?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I have cast on for yet another hat out of some scrumptious yarn I found at Windsor Buttons in Boston. I read the pattern from the 101 Designer One-skein Wonders many times. I swatched. I cast on. the complicated part - the cable band went smoothly even though I knit it while on a play date with (I'm not exaggerating) six 5yo and two 2yo and their moms. I feel like I've had some sort of a breakthrough because I really had memorized the pattern after just a few repeats. (I still have to write down every row to know when to do the cross over for the cable).
Then I started the "easy" part - the crown of the hat. It would have been easy if I could actually follow directions. When a pattern says *k9, do some fancy stuffy, k9* repeat - it does NOT mean k9 do some fancy stuff, k9 do some fancy stuff, k 9, some fancy stuff.... That didn't dawn on me until I was at the end of a 100 stitch row and had three stitches too many (or six stitches too few). Thankfully, it didn't take me long to figure out what I'd done wrong, since I've done that wrong before. We're back in business.
The shiny yarn is Artful Yarns Heavenly -mohair, nylon, acrylic and metallic. It's essentially a strand of mohair plied with a ribbon yarn and a metallic string. The solid is Lamb's Pride worsted, wool and mohair in wild violet.
The book is one of those things that was on my Christmas list but didn't make its way under the tree. I sneaked out after the holidays and played Santa to myself. I'm glad I did. The book is great. There are a lot of fun patterns that are great as is or will serve as fantastic inspiration. The pattern I've chosen for the hat calls for a cotton wool blend. I think the substitution will work out, fingers crossed.Tomorrow, dh leaves for South Africa to meet with doctors, patients and others involved with a massive HIV/AIDs project. He will be writing about it for Harvard's Website. Thankfully, just as I drop him off, I'm picking up mom (my calvery from Wisconsin) She will be helping me to keep track of all my kids. I'll be helping her finish her purple hat and casting on for a new project.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"These are surprisingly toasty," he said just before taking them off.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Aren't these mishaps an opportunity to shine? If we are truly organized, or at least earnest or creative enough, can't we not only recover but turn mistakes into minor victories? I had the missing parent's number on my cell phone and dd was picked up within minutes of my finding out she'd been forgotten. She learned that it's okay if she's scared, things can work out. I was able to quickly round up the kids and get them to the dentist because I'm fanatical about knowing where they are all the time. I still haven't fixed the school issue, but I think I can.
Anyway, for anyone who is wondering how I do it - I don't, I'm just really good at faking it.
That and I call on God a lot.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
As for my latest too big hat...it was a Foliage Hat made in Malbrigo. I really, really wanted that hat. Every night I worked on it, I'd think this could be it, I could be done tonight and wear it tomorrow. Then I'd mess something up and have to go back and fix it. And yet, I persevered. I love the pattern. I learned a lot. The yarn is a delight to work with. The day finally came. I was done. I put it on and... too big. It's my own fault. I didn't really get gauge. I just bumped down a couple of needle sizes and hoped it would work out. It didn't. In hindsight it's clear that what I should have done is used the pattern for the bulky weight. C'est la vie.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
When I was young, I wanted to be a boy because the girls in all my stories just sat around and waited to be rescued and I that didn’t sound much like fun to me. As I got older, I found more positive female role models who taught me that it’s possible to be strong and feminine.
Disney has come a long way making the heroines in its stories more proactive and involved in their own rescue. They no longer sit around and wait for the prince to show up and slay the dragon.
There is something appealing about princesses. They’re beautiful. They’re clever and creative. They’re sweet and charming. They live happily ever after, at least until the next calamity befalls them.
And yet, I don’t think we should aspire to being princesses. They are naïve in their youth. They have no idea what the world can throw at them. It’s okay to want to be beautiful, clever and charming. But how about adding in wise and powerful? Enough with the princesses. Bring in the Disney Queens – smart, attractive, seasoned women who get things done, who create their own happily ever after and do it all while running the kingdom.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Every project has a rhythm - you start full of enthusiasm. The knitting speeds along as you create something out of nothing. An inch and then two and then three - each row is great progress. You're engaged and challenged learning a new pattern, figuring out a new design. This continues for awhile. Then you've learned the pattern, you know the design and even adding an inch seems like you've added nothing. You get bored. Your attention wanders. You see that soft, gorgeous yarn in your bin calling to you, beckoning you to knit it now, NOW! And you reach for the needles...
Is there a solution?