Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafter alike...

There is a major blizzard blowing through the Northeast regional cluster of states this month. Some states getting hit harder than harder but everyone in Blizzard Juno's path is truly suffering to one degree or another.

While online to check the status of state of New Hampshire where I live and also Massachusetts where my family live, I came across an interesting article about what not to say to a knitter. Being a knitter myself, the article obviously peak my curiosity....so much so, I had to share. It is worth knowing and learning for those who do crafts but mostly for those who do not so they can understand, appreciate, and properly compliment a crafter.

click here for a good read

Below of some of my projects
Working on a thumb for a how-to video

The pattern for these cute booties is available on the Garnstudio website but you can also refer one of my
earlier blog post for links to the pattern and video(s) Click here for video and pattern link

A lil biker friend whom I also made a safety helmet for to wear
when riding along its cyclist dad, my brother
Here is the sane lace piece drying during a process known as  Blocking: a process to finalize
the knit item to give the fibers a nice clean professional finish look

Modeling a knit lace bandana type scarf

This winter weather inspiration is another free pattern on the Garnstudio website.
There is a step by step how-to video on how to knit this ear flap hat on YouTube: "How To Knit Ear Flap Hat on the Estellos Best channel Click here How to knit Earflap hat
Twin bunnies made for a very special lil' girl

Monday, January 12, 2015

One Color Beautiful

While the scene is all covered mostly in white, it only takes the splash of one small but very bright bold color to fill the entire scene with such beauty; a Cardinal...just outside my window pane.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Top It Off

What better way to cover up and stay warm...well, cover up one's head any way, now that the first snow has fallen here on the East Coast but with a super-duper warm, soft, and comfy ear flap hat.

This cute item is a first knit. I knit this ear flap hat for the first time and pretty happy with the finish product. It is knit slightly larger on purpose for better coverage not just over the ears but also the back of the neck and under the chin like an attached mini cowl. The braid ties are the perfect finishing touch for a perfect snug fit every time it is worn.

For the knit enthusiast or just plain curious, a link is below to the Raverly website with more detail about the cozy knit hat including a link to the pattern. A video tutorial will soon follow so check back here (and there) often for updates. "happy crafting".

Ear flap hat on Raverly.com

Friday, November 14, 2014

Putting The Best Foot Forward...

In a cozy pair of knit cabled slippers.

It took sometime (and some procrastinating) but finally bit the bullet and upload a how-to on YouTube.
This particular lesson has been in the works for over a year almost; having a how-to creative channel has been longer.

It is a very satisfying feeling to finish a project. I get and have seen many questions about tips on how to finish (or sew) this one in particular project I shared in a well known Raverly craft community. The project is Drop Design's Lil' Red Riding slipper on the Garnstudio website.

I have to agree, the pattern is somewhat vague and confusing to understand let alone knit. I myself am more of a visual learner rather than an analytical one. So you could imagine my delight to find a video to clarify the rock science of knitting instructions. However, I was equally disappointed that some steps along the way (in the video) were left out. As a scroll down to read comments from other viewers on YouTube, I saw I was not alone. There were others who also desire to see the steps not include for viewing. I did figure out how to fill the gaps of missing information on my own but also decided to record the process to share with others so their troubling mind on how to fill the void of missing visual could be answered as well. The link below is answer so many, including myself, are looking for. Or at least I hope it will be the answer for others.

You can also click the following words that are links to the following:
 Click on the words "Free Pattern" for the Lil Red Slipper (on the Garnstudio website)
Click on the words, "Cabled Slipper" to view more pictures of the Lil Red Slipper as the slipper was being created. Here the video:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Foliage...

... also transcends its kaleidoscope of color; dancing and popping into dishes (drinks and deserts) during the most colorful season of the year...the fall.

"A nice thing about the fall season, is the the harvest. There are so many beautiful dishes cook at this time of year that are so colorful, full of flavor, and smell absolutely amazing. The side dish I got to cook with my team mate, Mark, who help prep the food, is one of those beautiful dishes. It's is Kale with peppers. Also included was Swiss Red Chards. It came out so well, I brought some Kale and Chards to make some tonight for a dinner side dish".
                                                                                                              - a Facebook comment

Much like looking out the window, driving down the road or standing on a mountain trail, you see so many different colors amongst the tree all around you during the fall season in New England. However, it does not stop there. We see fall foliage in the harvest of plenty in so many other ways like the food we cook today at the NH Food Bank in vegetable side dish; a Kale with Garlic & Peppers dish. It is a dish cook with Red Swiss Chards, Kale, Green Peppers and Garlic. They are few ingredients with many colors. The vibrant red bursting through the veins of the Red Swiss Chards, the stems from the same plants are a color wheel of red, yellow, green pink and white. Mine you, this is only the take on just one of the ingredients. " Is not a sight?!" Do not take my word for it...let the images below, speak for themselves. 

Note: The images you are about to view where taken and edited on my cellular phone; I cannot take photo with a camera it is a classroom and all silly-nilly. We gotta get dishes cook. "Phfff!" ;-)

Outside of contrasting deep leafy greens poking out, all these color came from the one vegetable; the stem of various Red Swiss Chards

The one leaf resembles a tree trunk rich with deep red hues 

Look at this, wow! It immediately catches your eye, doesn't it?

Monday, September 29, 2014

More Than 1 Way to Skin a Cat...

...or cut a bird; poultry bird that is. Or should I say, "A chicken".  If you have not read my blog in a while, I should first catch you up. I am taking a culinary class. I am fours weeks into to an eight week program learning about culinary and safety for commercial cooking. In the class we cut a whole chicken in different manners; a more traditional breakdown of poultry: legs, wings, thighs and breast. The second lesson is where things got interesting and new. The cut is a "Statler Breast" cut. The knife handling class is taught by visiting Chef Paul, Head Chef of Mountain Spirits Tavern located inside Mountain Edge Resort in Sunapee, New Hampshire. Below is a link with some interesting facts about how taking a part of chicken in this fashion got its name. It is a good read even if it is found on Wikipedia. Ha ha ha Sorry. I just find it a tad bit funny because wiki is just NOT the most reliable source for information but that's a story for another time. This is is about a bird and its elegant cut; Startler Breast. "Onto the link"...Statler Breast chicken cutting style.

Cutting demonstration is about to begin

The stars of the show

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Two Great Causes Collide...in a good way

The NH Food Bank's Recipe for Success culinary instructor with the aid of a few students from the culinary course volunteer to help him cater the 7th Annual Inspred Recovery event event for graduating addiction step program hosted by the NH Art Institute at the French building, Friday night. The event itself was from 5p to 11pm and NH Food Bank gladly is catering from 5p to 7p. However, we did not leave at 7p; still going strong after 7p to help the event continue to be a great success.
Not a fan of them but these are biggest and best hot dogs

Last horah selfie of the crew

Before the magic begins; we prepare

Less five minutes; all setup and ready

Local performer doing a sound and light test

Cannot leave without a group shot

...and one more with our insructor, Chef Jayson
The place where magic is taking place..."The French bldg"; a NH Art Institute campus

Behind the scenes earlier in the week, ingredients are made Pasta Salad for the event

Tomatoes are also clean and ready to prepare for a dish

Cookies are a part of the menu in this behind the scene image

Dozens of cookes are baked and waiting