Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Linked by Casseroles

So, I'm tooling around other blogs yesterday and Nake-id Knits mentioned that a friend was going to have surgery. Leslie was looking for casserole recipes. Fan of 50s cooking that I am (water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, anyone?), after a few suggestions sent her off to the Cambpell's Soup web site for more uses of condensed soup than a sane person should know.

Side benefit of this bit of cooking trivia -- I've been linked! In a matter of two days, I've gotten a comment and a link. Whoa.

Thanks, Leslie. Feel free to come back any time.

On the knitting front, I've cast on the remaining Broad Street Mitten which will be a Christmas gift for someone in my office. I can mention that since she doesn't know I blog. The photos from my iphone don't do this yarn justice, but here is one completed mitten. This was my first attempt on something with fingers and I'm pleased. (It's not blocked -- be kind when you comment.)

Now an idea. My girls go to an aftercare program at their school. The aftercare ladies (who are wonderful) are outside with them on nice days, but that's still cold at this time of the year. Would knitting up quick Caliometry head warmers be a good idea?

I have a ton of really great hand spun Shetland wool from Maine (gift from my SIL last Xmas), that would be really warm. Any other ideas for something quick that can be knit four or five times between now and December 21? Thanks.

BTW - if you comment and leave an email address, or your Ravelry ID, I'll write back and "friend" you on Ravelry.

Monday, November 26, 2007

My first time!

I'm so excited.  This is my first post.  Now, if I can just figure out how to post my photos of what I've been working on, I'll be in good shape.  
A little about Chez Knithound.  You can find me on Ravelry by the same name - Knithound. Don't you just love Ravelry?  I'm trying not to be an addict.  I'm an attorney.  I love yarn.  I love my two daughters -- ages 8 and 4.  I love my wonderful husband who more than tolerates my fiber problem.  I love our two retired racing greyhounds, Mocha and Flirt.  Please consider adopting a retired racer -- they'll run right over your heart.  

From a knitting standpoint, I've been knitting hats, mittens, scarves and sleepy socks in this Classic Worsted colorway.  Generlly, I avoid wool/acrylic mixes, but when making winter wear for two girls who are hard on clothes and likely to loose items, I'd rather go with an easily washable wool/acrylic mix than go to the expense of a superwash which may be lost in a matter of days from first wearing.    I found four balls of it in a clearance bin at Ewe & I in Bryn Mawr, when shopping with Older Daughter at the end of October.  Since it is the colorway of our house (pink and purple -- all girls, all the time), it has become hats for Older Daughter and Younger Daughter, mittens for both, a scarf for both and sleepy socks for both.  (Sleepy socks is a term of art in our house -- they are the comfy socks one puts on before bed so as not to complain that mom has turned down the heat too much.  Generally worsted weight, generally knit from my generic sock pattern.)  

Of course, I'm working on the obligatory Christmas knitting.  Some Broad Street Mittens, some Fiber Trends felted clogs and a few other things.  Not much time left, though.  Should have started sooner.  

Hope to hear from folks.  I'm always looking for ideas and inspiration.