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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do you dream about knitting? on: December 31, 2005 06:34:38 AM
Last night I had my first dream (that I remember) about knitting. I was in some kind of dating game show contest and the participants had to knit something for each to prove their worthiness as future husbands/wives. Some guy had knitted a beautiful pair of lacey fingerless gloves already, so I was way intimidated.

We got to pick out our patterns though. I chose a pair of mittens that could become fingerless mitts by flipping the top. The last thing I remember asking is, "are you sure I can work these up on two needles?" (I haven't done any circular or dpn knitting yet, but will soon Smiley  )

Actually, I would really like to knit a pair of these on two needles now that I think about it.
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Nutty Cheese Ball recipe (a great Christmas gift or holiday appetizer) on: December 21, 2005 04:25:30 PM
This is a family favorite. We've been eating it since I was a kid in the 80s. I made it last year for a party and it went over REALLy well. Great as a gift too.

Cheese ball:

2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
2 oz. Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread (comes in a 5 oz. glass jar)
2 oz. Kraft Sharp Old English Cheddar (also in 5 oz. glass jar)
a couple squirts of Wercestershire sauce
a little garlic powder.
Package of chopped walnuts (enough to roll the cheese ball in)

Mix everything (except the walnuts_ together. Roll the cheese ball in the chopped nuts.
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Amazing summer sausage recipe (beef or turkey) on: December 21, 2005 04:21:35 PM
This makes a great gift, or a great appetizer at Christmas.

Summer Sausage:

Use at least one pound of ground meat (beef or turkey-lean turkey NOT extra lean)

per each pound of meat add:

1 teaspoon Morton's Tender Quick Salt
1/2 teaspoon regular salt
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/4 teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper

Mix ingredients well. Cover and refrigertae 24 hours. Mix again. Refrigerate 24 hours more.

Make into 1-pound rolls and bake on broiler rack for 8 hours at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. (You should turn it once to get uniform color all around).

These are truly cooked and safe to eat after being at this low temperature. This is our family recipe passed on to me by my grandparents. We always received this summer sausage as a Christmas gift and it is THE BEST!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas gifts-FO on: December 10, 2005 02:45:39 PM
The hat, mittens, and keyhole scarf are for my 'gift elf' from the knitter's review forum. (I'm pretty sure she doesn't come over here.) I had to show them off somewhere because I am so excited to be done. (My snow day off on Friday helped a lot.) The patterns were all free. The mittens are Kate Gilbert's gifted mittens, the keyhole scarf is the 'staples can kiss my a$$' scarf from chicknits, and the hat is free from the Lion Brand website. I knit these up in Elann's peruvian highland chunky, color 'spiced wine'.

25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Korean Soojong gwa--Cinnamon and ginger punch on: December 04, 2005 05:47:12 AM
I made this for Thanksgiving and it turned out SO well. It's also very easy to make

6 sticks cinnamon
3 tablespoons of fresh ginger, cut into slices (or ginger to taste)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
pine nuts

Boil 1/2 gallon of water and add the cinnamon sticks. Boil another 1/2 gallon of water and put in the ginger. Put both on simmer for 30 minutes (more if you want the punch to have a stronger flavor), then combine the 2 and add the sugar. Let cool, then drink, adding 2-3  pine nuts as decoration to each cup.

This is a not-too-sweet punch with a little kick. I love it!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Irish Hiking Scarf for my grandma on: December 03, 2005 06:35:53 AM
This scarf is for my (much loved) grandma for Christmas. The first picture is of the scarf in progress, and the second of the completed, blocked scarf. I knit it in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in 'chambray'. It took only a little more than 3 skeins, so it was only about $6 for this 100% wool scarf. Still amazes me!

27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Anyone interested? Here and There Cables from Scarf Style on: November 21, 2005 08:02:33 PM
I would like to knit the Here and there cables scarf (by Norah Gaughan) from Scarf Style. Has anyone knit this, or do you want to join the scarf style knit along site with me and knit it? http://scarfstyle.blogspot.com/

I'm also interested in knitting Ene's scarf , which is a lace shawl/ scarf
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / retro scarf from scarf style (Lily Chin) on: November 20, 2005 04:15:33 PM
I don't know how to crochet, but I saw this scarf in 'scarf style' from Interweave and fell in love. Has anyone made this? Is it difficult to crochet?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / waffle knit scarf on: November 19, 2005 06:15:05 AM
I want to knit a waffle knit scarf with bulky yarn (Knitpicks decadence) but I can't find a pattern I like or a pattern I understand. For example, I like this pattern: http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/plainmaf/e-waffle.html  but I'm having trouble understanding the pattern--especially the 3rd row.

Does anyone have a good waffle knit scarf or waffle stitch pattern?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kate Gilbert 'Gifted' Mittens on: November 12, 2005 08:54:13 AM
These were knit up in Knitpicks Panache and Rowan Cork. The mittens done in Panache are for my mom and sisters for Christmas. The rosy-colored cork mittens are for my MIL and the fun green ones (with the scarf) are for me!

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