New Year's Resolution ACHIEVED!!!

I made a few New Year's resolutions last year, some of them I am still working on, but one I managed to achieve just in the nick of time!  I promised myself I would finish Venezia (started it in 2007) AND make another sweater for myself.  I live in chilly Upstate NY and it's downright embarrassing that I end up wearing fleece instead of wool 'cause I don't have enough sweaters!

My girl and I had a lovely Florida trip planned to see my family last week but the snow storms thwarted our vacation plans and we got stuck at home. What did we do?  We did not wallow and wail (okay, we did a little.) We MADE, of course! Miss B made the coolest diorama of "Shiloh" and I did this:

and this:

Not one, but TWO sweaters finished!  Can I get a Hoot Hoot (pardon the pun!)  One is Venezia by Eunny Jang from Interweave Fall 2006 and the other is Owls by Kate Davies.  I ended up using Schaefer Yarn's Esperanza for Owls and have rekindled a love affair I thought I was "over".  This yarn is scrumptious. It's got structure and loft at the same time, a combination that is excellent for Owls.  AND it only took me 18 oz to make the sweater, you gotta love that!  You can see my Ravelry pages for more details, but know that I LOVE both these sweaters immensely and it's going to be a struggle to decide which one to wear tomorrow when I wake up. 

Feeling Accomplished and Happy and Ready for the New Year....  I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are as ready to embrace this New Year with Strength, Creativity, Humor, and Peace as I am! 


Chubby Puppy!

Chubby Puppy was originally released in Fons and Porter's Fall edition of For the Love of Knitting.  The rights to the pattern have reverted back to me (already!) and so I can make him available to you as well.  So, for those of you who love puppies, especially stuffed puppies, here you go:

Chubby Puppy is really easy!  He's worked in the round and seamless.  It takes about 200 yards of a heavy fingering weight yarn to make him.  I used Schaefer Yarn's Nichole, a yummy plush superwash, which is perfect for this project!!!


Something Healthy this Holiday Season

It's important to me that there is still time to eat healthfully even when life is going full swing like it has been for us this holiday season.  It's the perfect time of year for me to share a quick healthy dinner option. My girl told me my recipe was secret... but I've decided to let it out of the vault and share it with you!

Quick and Easy Baked Tofu
(prep time: 5 minutes, baking time: 25 - 30 minutes)

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Block Extra Firm Tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tbsp Tamari (or soy sauce, but I like Tamari better!) + 2 tsp for later
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (raw is okay too)
1 1/2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat the bottom of a heavy baking pan with  sesame oil.  Place cubed tofu in pan and sprinkle with tamari, sesame seeds and nutritional yeast.  Stir gently to combine.  Place in oven and stir every 10 minutes or so until golden, about 25 - 30 minutes, take out of oven and immediately sprinkle another tsp or two of tamari onto the piping hot tofu.  (This is the secret step!)  Plate it up and EAT!

Our plate from tonight: Acorn squash and asian braising greens from the CSA, shitake mushroom nutrional yeast gravy (my girl's fav) and baked tofu

And more:
*I've been making this for years, when my girl was little I used to double and triple the recipe and keep it in the fridge to snack on all week.

*Wondering how food bloggers keep their dinner's from going cold while they take pics....

*Excuse the bad photos, my camera's batteries were dead (again) and I used my phone!

*I'm on a design "break" and am knitting owls for myself in Schaefer's Esperanza, can I just say, I am in LOVE...

*I've got a few new designs that will be posting in the weeks to come, stick around!


Mr. Popper Lives!

Have you ever read Mr. Popper's Penguins?  It's one of our FAVORITE books!  To pay it homage I designed Mr. Popper, the world's cutest hot water bottle holder.  Of course, if you live somewhere that you don't need a hot water bottle cover, or you don't use hot water bottles, you can close the bottom and make him a stuffie.  This is a quick knit, done on large needles and then felted, super easy to get done for the holidays, so go for it!!!!

Thanks to Knitty for publishing this wacky pattern of mine.  As always it was a joy to work with Amy and Kate.  You all know I LOVE designing with Schaefer's hand-paints, but really, it was a joy to work with black and white Cascade 220.  Sometimes it's the simple things in life that get our creative juices flowing, ya know?


In the works!

My latest design Eventide is almost ready for you...meanwhile, enjoy your holidays, and remember to take a break for a cup of something warm and scrumptious!

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