Now Available: Starbucks Mandala Hat Pattern Monday, Mar 31 2008 

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Now available, Starbuck’s Mandala Hat Pattern. You can read or print it out online, or if you’d like a .PDF copy to have for your very own, shoot me an email at quirkyknitgirl@gmail.com.

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This is a super quick knit, just in time for the premiere of season 4.

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Enjoy!

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Friday Ramblings Friday, Mar 28 2008 

No pictures today–I’m still writing up the pattern for Starbuck’s Mandala hat, and knitting away on the Sawtooth Skirt and Lace Ribbon Scarf. (Dad’s socks are once again on hiatus while I search for more yarn to complete the toe.)

I’ve noticed a number of non-knitting entries creeping in here, and I’m thinking of starting a second blog for my non-knitting domestic pursuits. I have a number of goals that I want to pursue, but I don’t want to clutter up this blog with all of that so much that it detracts from the knitting. I’m not sure, though, if I want to juggle two blogs.

This weekend, my goal is to write up the mandala pattern, make some serious progress on the skirt, and do my taxes. Exciting, right? But they need to be done and the sooner I get them in the sooner I get my refund and Bush’s bonus economic stimulus check or whatever he’s calling it. I don’t particularly care what it’s called–all I know is it means I can get a new mattress and stop waking up with headaches every morning as a result of sleeping on a 30+ year old mattress.

I won’t, however, be buying yarn with it. As much as I’d like to, I really need to be knitting my way through my stash, not adding to it.  Unless I have a very specific project in mind–no more yarn. And those projects have to be balanced out with stash-busting ones.

Yeah. Let’s see how long I manage that.

Sawtooth Skirt….Mini? Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

I’ve been knitting away on my Sawtooth skirt by Kira K. for the Sawtooth Skirt class.

I love the colors in the yarn I chose:

Sawtooth Skirt Close

But it’s getting that black hole of knitting. You know the one, where you knit and you knit and you knit and somehow, it doesn’t seem get any longer.

Sawtooth Skirt--Mini?

That’s about the time I find myself thinking, maybe it could be a miniskirt…

I also started on the lace edging.

Lace Edging

It’s a nice break from all the stockinette. But why, oh why, won’t the skirt grow?

Spring Lace Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

As it turns out, I am incapable of not starting new projects. I was feeling pretty down last week, and I wanted to knit something bright and cheerful (and portable).

So I cast on for the Lace Ribbon Scarf from the latest Knitty.

Lace Ribbon Scarf

I’m using Classic Elite Aplaca Sox in Hot Pink, and I LOVE this colorway. It’s so bright and cheerful, and perfect for spring.

Ribbon Scarf

The yarn is amazingly soft too–I’m already hoping I can eek a respectable length scarf out of one skein, and then use the other for actual socks. I’d never want to take them off–this yarn is definitely one I’m going to want to use again (and again and again and…).

The Late, Late, Late Socks Tuesday, Mar 25 2008 

So, once upon a time I began a pair of socks for my father. They were lovely socks, but one was regrettably too short.

Once he finally gave them back to be fixed, the poor socks got put aside. First there was a move to California. Then a tragic needle loss.

But now–the socks are revived.

Dad's uber-late sock

There’s only one problem….

Eek, not enough yarn

I think I’m running out of yarn.

Starbuck’s Mandala Hat Monday, Mar 24 2008 

Remember that extremely bright, primary-colored yarn I posted a while back? Well, I finally finished the project it was meant for.

I present to you, Starbuck’s Mandala Hat:

Starbuck's Mandala Hat

For those of you who are looking confused, this is the first of (hopefully) many designs inspired by fandom. In this case, Battlestar Galactica. Starbuck (played by the always kick-ass Katee Sackhoff) paints this mandala in shades of yellow, red, and blue on the walls of her apartment on Caprica, not realizing that it has much greater significance in the search for Earth and her destiny.

I loved the colors and spiral-pattern of the design, and I thought it would make a perfect hat. It didn’t take long to make, once I sorted everything out with the spirals and stopped putting it aside for other things. Keep an eye out for better (modeled!) photos and a link to the pattern later this week.

Apple Dumplings Friday, Mar 21 2008 

My other culinary adventure last weekend was The Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings.

Apple Dumplings

The recipe is so easy–I made those on Sunday at 9:30 am, before I’d even had tea–and despite the oddness of some ingredients (Mountain Dew?) they are delicious.

More delicious apple dumplings

The pan is huge, so I’ve been eating them all week. They’re very rich and delicious, and everyone that tried them (read: unsuspecting coworkers who were forced to try them so I couldn’t eat the whole pan myself) seemed to agree. This recipe’s definitely a keeper!

Sad News Wednesday, Mar 19 2008 

This morning my mother called to let me know that they had to put one of the cats to sleep. Socksy had been my cat since childhood, and I wish that I could have taken her with me when I moved out.

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She was a great cat, the perfect pet for a little girl. She was the kind of cat who let you pick her up, carry her around, dress her up in doll clothes, whatever. She just purred and was happy about it. She’ll be missed.

Take that, Top Chef Monday, Mar 17 2008 

So, I love Top Chef. To a degree that is probably slightly unhealthy. The only problem is, every time I watch I get inspired to try to cook things I’ve never cooked (or even eaten) before.

Like souffle.

This week, however, the desire to cook new things dovetailed nicely with the fact that I’ve signed up for a CSA program and am getting weekly deliveries of more vegetables than I know what to do with.

So Saturday night I whipped up some spinach souffles:

Spinach Souffle

Aren’t they pretty?

Souffles

But souffle isn’t enough, so I also made some carrot ginger soup to go with them.

Spinach Souffle with Carrot Ginger Soup

Overall, it turned out pretty well–the souffles puffed up and turned a lovely golden brown color, and the soup was decent. It was more savory than other carrot ginger soups I’ve had, so I think I’ll try a different recipe next time.

Sawtooth Skirt Class Friday, Mar 14 2008 

So, I’m super excited. I’m a self-taught knitter, and while I’ve taught a few knitting classes, I’ve never actually taken one before.

Until this weekend that is–I’ve signed up for Kira K’s Sawtooth Skirt class at Knit One One. The skirt is adorable! I know knitted skirts get a bad rap, but this one looks great on lots of body types–check out Kira and Rachel modeling it!

I’m using a different yarn than called for–well, yarns actually.

Cotton Fleece:

cotton fleece

And Malabrigo Baby Merino:

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Don’t they look pretty together?

yarn for sawtooth skirt

I knit up a swatch–I’m slightly off gauge-wise, but I think it’s workable.

swatch for sawtooth skirt

I can’t wait for the class to start!

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