Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Boo Hoo


I was so excited to finish the second clue for the Boo MKAL and was knitting away on clue three when I realized I was off a stitch.  I was off a stitch because I hadn't stopped to read the instructions for row 7 which says to move your markers over 1 stitch.  I was at row 9 which was not coming out properly and after fiddling for over an hour I finally read the pattern.  Duh.  So now I need to tink (that's knit spelled backwards for you none knitters) back 2 rows or about 800 stitches.  My norm is to rip and go but this being lace I decided the more prudent approach is to tink.  Not a process I wanted to deal with so instead I cast on something new.

As Jim said "That's a big ball of yarn!"
And yes it is.
  1717 yards of Wollmeise Lacegarn in amethyst dark given to me a few years ago by a wonderful friend.
It has now been cast on to become Viajante by Martina Behm.
Yarn from Germany for a shawl by a German designer.
And what's even better I truly think this is a hard design to mess up - I hope.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Clue 2 Spoiler Alert

I'm a little behind on knitting the clues for my Boo mystery knit along but still loving the process. 
Tonight I finally finished clue 2 which was only 24 rows but I had some deadline knitting to finish and I also attended the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara over the weekend.
I now have 379 stitches on the needle.
Clue 3 is another 24 rows.
Clue 4 which I haven't even looked at was released today so I need to get going.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The First Clue is Finished


WARNING:  If you are doing the Boo Knits Halloween KAL 2013 and do not want to see spoiler pictures read no further!
I have participated in a few mystery knit alongs and have not always been happy with the resulting end product so I tend to stay away from them. 
One of my favorite go to shawls is called Heaven Scent by Boo Knits.
When I saw there was going to be a Boo Knits Halloween Mystery KAL I gave it some thought before deciding to do this one.

The shawl is called Morticia and if you can keep up with the clues you will be done in time to wear it for Halloween.
I had 2 skeins of Madelinetosh silk lace that I had gotten back when Amy was first starting in the business and would come by the shop with a basket of yarn she had just finished dyeing.
 These two skeins of silk lace she had done as a special order for me.
And I have been saving them and decided now was a good time to enjoy them.
There will be four clues in this mystery KAL.  The first clue came out on Tuesday, October 1.
 Dru Ann was still visiting so I cast on after I dropped her off at the airport on the 2nd to help cheer me up.
Knitting beads and lace makes me happy, especially when it's purple. 
 The shawl starts on a US 4 needles and after the first three rows you switch to a US 5.
I missed that instruction until after the first repeat of Chart A so I switched to the US 5 on the second and third repeat of the chart.
I decided I would make the large so I did one more repeat of the chart on a US 6.

The clues are scheduled to come out October 1, 8, 15 and 22.
I finished with the first clue last night and the second clue came out today.
Perfect timing.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Farm To Fork

Saturday, Jim, Dru Ann and I attended the Farm-to-Fork Festival at the Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento.  The festival was part of a week long celebration promoting Sacramento's title as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital of America".

According to the festival featured a little bit of everything. "From local chefs, farmers and other food producers to food trucks, animal displays, a kids’ zone and live music, festival goers can expect to learn about food from its source to the plate."
I had hoped to visit with the local farmers and their produce.  Unfortunately many of the booths were actually the middlemen between farmers and retail.  One booth we stopped to visit featured several varieties of pears but neither of the gentlemen manning the booth could answer our question of how to know when your pears are ripe and ready to eat.
We did managed to come across a few interesting finds.
While I have eaten endive I was not aware of how it is grown.
California Endive Company is the major American grower of endive. 
"Chicory seeds are sown in the spring producing a root the size of a large carrot by fall. Those roots are harvested from the field and then placed in dark, humid, “forcing” rooms to produce endives. Yes, endive is actually the second growth of a chicory root!"
We also bought two Mexican avocados.
These were black, smooth and thin skinned.
Their flavor is much milder then a Haas avocado.

And the pit is much larger.
Last but not least I came home with a chayote squash.
I am told this squash is commonly used in Mexican and Caribbean cuisine but I have yet to do anything with it.
I'm taking suggestions.
I only came home with one.