A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First thing from the garden

It was time to do a little snipping to my basil plants to get them to leaf out even more. By the time I finished snipping I was excited to see I had enough leaves for a small batch of pesto! MMmmmmm, pesto :)So I picked off all the leaves and tossed those into the blender. Then I threw in a few cloves of garlic and some olives. I then drizzled it with olive oil.
Other great additions, if I had been prepared, would have been grated parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and sundried tomatoes.
Then I pulse the blender. Because this was a small batch I had to keep pushing the stuff back onto the blades. Went you do a larger batch the stuff seems to stir itself a little better. I didn't mind the extra effort, we were gonna have fresh pesto tonight for dinner!!!
Still blending...but almost there!
As it settles, the oil will rise to the top and seal in the freshness. The flavors will start to blend together and by dinner time, we will be able to have pesto over pasta, pesto on some toasted bread, pesto in spaghetti sauce, pesto on top of crackers with cream cheese...oh my gosh, I am suddenly very hungry!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I L-O-V-E hats!!!!!

I am a hat person! Everyone who knows me has seen me in all kinds of hats. Baseball caps, country cottage hats, knitted beanies, berets, ear-flap hats, bandanas, ANYTHING! I love 'em!
Well, this hat sky-rocketted to the top of my list! I started it on a Friday and finished on Wednesday and my poor wrists were not happy about the constant knitting!
This thing is soooo cool. You knit it flat and sideways! So your row is the brim to the crown and back. There are short rows for the decrease in the crown and the band around your head is super cool too!
I have already cast on my next one! Duet Yarns of course and I am doing it double stranded. It's going to be sooo pretty!!!
A commentor was kind enough to pass on this amazing info!!!!
Just some info. you might want to know:I did some internet searching and found that the hat book can be downloaded in pdf format for £11.50 (or about $22.00 US dollars) directly from the author: http://www.woollywormhead.com/going-straight/The author also is selling some patterns from the book for $5.00 each through patternfish - and I think the pattern you used is one of them.PS: the hat looks great on you!!

Too hard to resist!

Admittedly, Duet Yarns are my favorite yarns and I realize I may be a little biased :)
I love the base yarn and I love the colorways. Of course...otherwise I wouldn't make it.

There are some batches, however, that I just cannot bare to put them all on the website and this was one of these batches!
These puppies just SCREAM summer!!!!
Daffodil, Peaches, Mandarin yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!
I do my best to resist keeping one of every color I make...but my will power was not strong enough on this batch. Yep, I admit it! I kept a couple colors for myself! If you want to get your hands on any before I keep them all for myself, I suggest you get on by the website as soon as possible!!!!!!!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Gwen's Preformance

Over the weekend, Gwen-a fellow knitter, was in a belly dance preformance at a local pub.
What a cool experience. I had never been to such a thing!
In addition, if you ask me, I think Gwen's preformance was the very best one!!!
Here is a little snippity of her preformance!