Archive for March, 2008

Afmælisgjafir

March 29, 2008

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Sunnudaginn fyrir Páska átti ég afmæli. Ingi gaf mér ekta silki undirkjól frá Viktoríutímabilinu, nýju Tori Amos plötuna með DVD, og MAC augnskugga. Prjónaklúbbinn minn hefur afmælisleik, og ég fékk yndislegar gjafir þaðan:

Frá Unu:
Kaffi, best súkkulaðihjúpaða lakkrísinn, og frábæran handunninn nálapúða

Frá Sigrúnu S:
Páskasúkkulaði (jippi!) og yndislegt sokkagarn

Frá Hörpu:
Fallegt Rowangarn og skrautprjónar

Frá Sonju:
Elisabet Lavold Silky Wool garn og hugmynd um hvað hægt gera með því, handunna sápu frá Ohio, og poka

Frá Berglindi:
Djúpur OG Lakkris Draumur! Nammi!
Mjúkt bleikt mohairgarn
FALLEG kerti frá Selfossi

Frá Kristjönu:
Kona getur ekki átt of mikinn súkkulaðihjúpaðan lakkrís
Aeðislegt fjólbláat alpakagarn

Frá Elínu:
DÁSAMLEGT Lorna’s Laces garn. Ég hef ekki prófað Lorna’s Laces, ég get ekki beðið eftir að nota það.

Sunday before Easter was my birthday. Ingi gave me a real Victorian silk slip, the new Tori Amos CD with a DVD, and the special edition MAC Fafi eyeshadow

My knitting list is having a birthday game and I got a bunch of great gifts from the participants, including Easter chocolate, chocolate covered licorice, handmade candles and soap, a really nice handmade needlecase, and some wonderful yarn (mohair, alpaca, great sock yarn, Elisabeth Lavold Silky Wool yarn, and Lorna’s Laces yarn, which I have never tried before and can’t wait to try out.) It’s very exciting to have all this fun yarn in colours that I love.

Gleðilega Páska

March 23, 2008

Garnstudio had some great Easter decoration patterns, and I couldn’t help knitting a few Easter eggs:

One of my friends is from Sweden and she always did great Easter tree decorations. I thought it was so fun, maybe next year I will make some more eggs.

We also dyed some brown eggs, experimenting with some different techniques.

The beautiful blue on the left is from red cabbage. About 4 or so cups chopped red cabbage and a tablespoon of vinegar, simmer in a litre of water for a half an hour, then put the boiled eggs in the liquid (strain out the cabbage) and let them sit in the fridge overnight. The one on top we used a rubber band to make a stripe.

The second one from the left in the front is the same technique but with spinach. Not as interesting a colour. Then the other blue, green, and red ones were food colouring, vinegar, and water. We tried a marbling technique on some by adding a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to the dye. They weren’t that interesting patterns, but the third from the left in the front row we spooned over with leftover bits of all the dyes with oil mixed in and that one came out really neat.

I have to go spice my lamb now or we won’t be eating dinner tonight.

My Knitting Is Going To Be On TV

March 11, 2008

…but I probably won’t see it. Ingi is going to be in a TV commercial for his work, wearing a hat that I knit for him. However, it’s going to be aired on cable channels that I don’t think we get, so I don’t think I will get to see it. (Plus I don’t usually watch much TV anyway).

Friday night I made some really great lentil soup. I used Better Than Bouillon vegetable base instead of broth. It was much cheaper than packaged broth and way better.

I also made a a really nice bread.
Honey-grain buns
50 g pressed yeast (or 17g dry yeast + 24 ml extra water)
3 dl milk
1 dl súrmjólk (buttermilk)
70 g butter
2 Tbsp honey
150 g rye flour
25 g wheat bran (I used wheat germ because I had no wheat bran)
300 g flour
1/2 tsp salt

Heat milk to lukewarm, add yeast, and let proof. Melt butter. Add buttermilk and honey into milk mixture (plus additional water if using dry yeast). Once it is mixed well, add rye flour, butter, wheat bran/germ, and half the flour. Now add the salt (in general, salt retards the yeast action, so it’s nice to not mix them directly). Mix everything well, then sprinkle the remaining flour over the top and let rise, covered, for an hour to an hour and a half. Knead the dough lightly, adding more flour if needed. Divide it into balls (around 22-24) and set into a greased sprinform pan (10 cm). Let it rise for around another hour. Brush the bread with an eggwash and sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Bake at 200C (400F) for about 50-60 minutes.

I forgot the eggwash and seeds because I was in a hurry to get it into the oven, and it actually cooked faster than 50 minutes (maybe 40 minutes), so I would keep an eye on it as it finishes baking. I was amazed that a dough with rye flour would be so light, but it was a very light, airy bread (yet with a lot of substance at the same time). I would like to try it in a loaf form (not really sure if this amount of bread makes one loaf? More?)

Baby Gifts

March 7, 2008

I am cursed. One reason I have not been posting much, is Ingi’s laptop died. While trying hopelessly to diagnose it, I decided to fix my other Windows machine. This just completed this week. (160 GB HD + old BIOS = Bad Combination). Then. My work laptop HD died. Luckily there was another machine I could use while it was being fixed. Now my Mac just spontaneously died. That’s MY machine. The Windows machine is just the extra machine for freelancing. Clearly, I have some kind of EM fields problem with my body and should not work with electronics.

Another reason I haven’t done knitting posts in a while is my knitting project was Top Secret. The recipient reads my blog on a regular basis, and she’s having a baby girl, and the project was pink, and I KNEW it would give it away. So now that she’s received her gifts, I can share.

The hat pattern is by Bergere de France, from their cute baby magazine Tricot Baby #137. I used Katia Mississippi yarn, a lovely cotton-acrylic blend… I think this is my new favourite baby yarn.

The sock pattern was a modified version of a pattern in 2-at-a-Time Socks. Yes, I knit them at the same time, with the magic loop technique described in this book. This was my first foray into Magic Loop, and I don’t know if I like it. It remains to be seen.

I’ve also acquired some fun new CD’s:

Kate Nash’s House of Bricks, which reminds me of a cross of Björk, Fiery Furnaces, CocoRosie, Feist, and the Arctic Monkeys. (If you know these bands and think, wow, that’s a very odd mix, you would be right, but it’s still really fun.)

and of course Tricot machine, which starts out with a great song with the lyrics (translated), “Do you know how to knit? To your needles!” This album to me really is the album of the year.

Pedicure

March 1, 2008

I’ve been wanting a pedicure, but I am getting paranoid of all the nasty chemicals that they use at salons. So I gave myself a pedicure today.

Step 1: Soak feet in warm water with 1 Tbsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of almond oil, and a few drops of lavender and peppermint essential oils

Step 2: Scrub feet with:
Brown sugar and honey scrub
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
2 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Step 3: Soak feet in 1 tablespoon of
Sea Salt Soak
1 cup coarse sea salt
2 drops lavendar
2 drops tea tree oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil

While soaking, take one foot out and scrub with a pumice stone and trim nails, then switch feet, then continue to soak.

Step 4: Dry feet. Moisturize with The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector

My feet feel SO GOOD right now.

(If after the all-natural pedicure you want to paint your nails, I recommend using Honeybee Gardens nail polish.