Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

I ♥ Pinterest: September 2012

Ninja Kitten

Before I get going on this post, I first have a confession to make: I am constantly making things I pin off of Pinterest.   (I adore the idea of a visual bookmark application–trust me, you do not want to see all of my bookmarks still stashed on my browser.  Thousands of them with no rhyme or reason.  It’s chaos!)  So it feels sort of like I’m cheating to be participating in my friend Kitten‘s Pinterest along…. I’m not really stepping outside of my comfort zone if on a regular basis I go to the recipes I’ve Pinned and try them out, right?  For this month I think I’ll stick to my usual, but I’d like to maybe try something more daring when it comes to October.  With Halloween coming up–Best. Holiday. Ever!–that’s very likely to happen.

And another fun bit of trivia : I giggle like crazy at people who talk about, “Pinterest recipes,” as if the recipe actually came from that service.  Like Pinterest somehow gives or takes credibility from the recipe used and you know, not the website it was Pinned from.  I think there are a lot of people out there who are still confused about how it actually works and do not actively Pin, but merely re-Pin from their feeds.  Too funny.  Always check the recipe source, people.  Anywho.

For September, I tried out Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles from Elizabeth Barbone.   The Boy ADORES Snickerdoodles; they’re his favorite cookie. Other GF people probably recognize her name since she wrote a GF cook book awhile back.  (It’s not a bad basic book for starting out.  And oh wait, I see she wrote another one this year.  That one also looks pretty basic but has some interesting looking things in it none-the-less…ooh!  Mozzarella sticks!)  As I mentioned before, a very safe Pin since I am familiar with the source and her work.  I’m not at all surprised it was a success.  I followed the recipe except to substitute unrefined coconut oil for the shortening.  You will pretty much never catch me using that stuff.  Ever.

I’m planning to make another batch of these the day The Mister is due in.  I’m sure these along with some stew or other homemade meal will make him feel extra sorry he was away. ;D

Good Friday!

Well, kittens!  I can finally update something I was talking about in my video earlier this week: I’ve finally found pictures of the far side of other knitter’s Color Affection shawls and realized they had the same “problem” I did.  So it’s not actually a problem and I do not have to knit all of those extra section three pattern repeats! HUZZAH!  I am down to a single color of working yarn again…which makes me so very, very happy.    It’s crazy how out of over 5800 projects, almost no one shows that end of the shawl and the pattern doesn’t clearly say that there will be ____ stitches left over when done.  It leaves the impression that all of the body stitches will be consumed by the short rows.  (Now I need to figure out what I’m going to do with these small balls of leftovers.  They do not seem to be enough to use for colorwork, but they’re too much to just chuck out.  And dude, cashmere/silk blend!  I’m thinking of maybe holding them double and knitting a small luxury toy for myself? I’ll likely do a Rebecca Danger Monster or something else really simple.  We’ll see. )

So my thoughts have been turning to how 2012 Q3 Stashdown are going to end for me and man, it’s not looking so good.  At this point if I can stay at or above .1 yard out for each yard in, I’ll declare it a win.  I stashed this quarter and most of it was in the last month when I was so sad and lonely that I needed some fiber comfort.  (And I’m getting this sinking feeling that The Mister will be out of town again around Rhinebeck time…I doubt I’ll get to go this year which just compounded my SAD and spurred the impulse to purchase more.) I do not regret any of the purchases, but I am currently the most red person in the group.   Sorry Stashdowners, I didn’t mean to drag you all down with me!  At least if I finish my Color Affection in time, I should make my laughable goal.   Because of this, I’m thinking of imposing a No Buy Q4–and No Buy 2013 Q1– on myself to see if I can’t get some of that extra yarn knit up this fall into the winter.  One of the nice things about living where I am now, it will be much easier to want to knit: it will be so nice and chilly.

I’m half-tempted to do a Stash Flash post of all of the insanely pretty things I’ve been comforting myself with…but I can’t decide if that would be vulgar of me.  Hmmm.