We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled TdF Knitting

In a few days we leave for vacation in CO, to visit our family reunion we have every 5 years. While at the reunion we have an auction to raise money to compensate the family that puts the reunion together and organizes everything.

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So I am attempting to make some washcloths to auction off. It’s for a good cause, and they take nothing to complete!

See you when we get back!

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Team Time Trials

So yesterday was the team time trial (TTT) of the Tour. The group over on Ravelry decided to do their own version of the TTT, by knitting for an hour, calculate your hourly stitch rate, and then averaging the top five from the team.

In order to get in my best showing, I decided to work on the Cobblestone sweater, since it was the least fiddly UFO I have in the running for the polka-dot jersey.

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So far my sweater measures 10.5 inches from the cast on edge. I’m supposed to knit until it measures 16 inches, where it will join the arms. To me, this is looking a bit short. 16 inches? still looks short. So I held it up to get a better feel for the length.

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Yeah, it will probably be fine. Might need to add an inch or two for Husband#1 depending on his liking.

And my stitch rate? 1431 sts per hour. Not bad.

On to stage 5 today, and a visit to the Dr’s office for some shots! ‘Yay’! (If I start rambling incoherently, it’s because I have a cranky post-vaccination girly at home!)

No Progress Today

Today I watched a few seconds of the tour, and did not do any knitting. Instead I was busy buying fabric for kitchen curtains that Husband#1 has demanded, and fed the baby.

I did some cooking last week though, enough that it sounds interesting, so here goes.

On Monday I had made some rice, then added minced jalapeno, cheddar, and some chopped tomatoes to the hot rice, which accompanied BBQ chili beans and veggie dogs. Very good! Didn’t get pictures though.

Later in the week I made my comforting Soybean Corn Chowder, which I have a bunch of times a year, because it is so good! Again, no pictures.

Then, I got the baby to sleep a bit, and made a chocolate silk pie with dark chocolate silken tofu. The only picture I got is when I added the chocolate chips after I prebaked the crust.

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I didn’t get a picture of the finished product. It was good, trust me! Next time I might not bake the crust as long, it turned out a bit hard, so I might take off a minute or two.

I also made some other stuff that was good. I can’t remember what it was. But for drinks I made rhubarb sodas!

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This was the syrup. It says to cook the syrup until it turns pink, but mine didn’t, so I added a small drop of food coloring. It was good regardless.

Then I made some bean dip for the party I went to on Saturday. I put the recipe below. It’s pretty easy, and you can season to taste! If you don’t have the beans, you can substitute whatever variety you want. I usually use one can of white and one of black, but I went with pink beans this time! (Again, no pictures)

Hope you had some good food this weekend! I did!

 

Simple Savory Bean Dip

1 15oz can of white beans

1 15oz can of pink beans

2 tbsp minced parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

2 tbsp cashew butter (if you don’t have cashew butter, you can substitute tahini or other mild nut butter)

salt and pepper

3 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil

Rinse and drain the beans. Add all ingredients to food processor, except the olive oil. Process until a thick paste is made. Taste for seasoning. Start processor again, and add olive oil in a slow stream to mixture until it reaches desired consistency. Serve with chips, pretzels, or veggies!

So Beings the Tour

de France, that is.

I’m working on gaining my polka-dot jersey this year, which means I will be attempting to wrangle my UFO’s into completion. Today I started with my stripy baby pants, which I would like her to wear before she grows out of them (I still have some time, but she grows fast!)

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This is what I have completed thus far. Hopefully I’ll get more of a chance to knit, I have about another 4 inches of waist then the drawstring!

A Sewing Project

I have two diaper bags, even though I mostly use the one, I have a smaller one that I can take short trips to the store and a larger one that I can take on outings that might last a while. And between small samples and such, I have enough of most things to make both bags fully stocked. The only thing that I thought might be essential that I did not have two of was a changing pad. So I made one.

I had some vinyl tablecloth material I bought for a variety of uses when I was pregnant. I purchased a yard, and then cut that yard into two fat quarter and had a half-yard piece left over. The half yard I believe will go in my trunk for times I might need a piece of material that is waterproof. One of the other pieces I have left as is, and the other I made into my second changing pad.

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I decided to use a cloth diaper as the backing, but you could use any fabric you wanted. I also decided a bit of padding would be nice, since I might need to lay the baby on hard surfaces. So I cut batting to size, and held everything together wrong sides together. I did not pin it because that would make holes in the fabric, rendering the waterproof-ness void. I also did not quilt the pieces together, which would have been nice to keep it more stable, but that also would have left holes. I thought about quilting just the batting and backing together before sewing them to the vinyl, but that was after the fact. Either way would work if you tried this.

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I the stitched along the edge, leaving a space to tun it right-side-out. I clipped the corners and any excess before turning, turned it all right ways, then topped stitch along the edges.

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It definitely is not my best work, but after looking at her modeling on it, I realized it will be needed when she gets too big to fit the one that came with the bag!

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I Finished Something!

(Note – Do not ruin my joy by pointing out that it only takes an hour to make one. I know this. I, however, consider it a major triumph that not only did I finish not one, but TWO objects, and have figured out how to knit/crochet while feeding a baby!)

Yesterday I went to visit my grandmother so she could teach me how to make scrubbies!

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Scrubbies are made of netting that has been cut into strips, then crocheted into a little pouch to make a device you can use to wash dishes, clean the house, or wash your car (plus some other things that need scrubbed). My family have been using these for decades. My grandmother said she learned it from a pattern, but no longer remembers which pattern it was.

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The are not hard to make, these scrubbies. You basically start with a few chained stitches, increase for a while, do one row even, then decrease. It is a fairly quick process. One trick is to crochet loosely, which was hard to do, and I made some mistakes on my stitch count, so my first one was a bit misshapen. Which doesn’t matter in the long run. The blue one is my grandmothers, and the red one is mine.

And since they go so fast, I made another one!

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Yes, that is correct! I made two in one day! That is two hours of craft time I spent yesterday!

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My cats think that they make great toys, and they would probably happily play with them even more if I stuffed a catnip sachet into them!