Mitered Squares!

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Well not surprisingly, I ended up getting bored with my last stash yarn project – the wool eater’s blanket.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love the pattern, the rounds were just getting way too long…and boring.  So I have retired that project permanently and decided to have a dig through my knitting library.  I came across one title that is all about squares, in fact it is called Knit to Be Square and has all sorts of patterns.   The pattern that I eventually ended up deciding upon was the pattern that first made me even decide to purchase the book – this lovely rainbow afghan made up of mitered squares.  Now, if I had been thinking about it, I probably could have just figured out how to knit this pattern without buying the book, but it was a bit of an impulsive decision several years ago.  In any case, it was a good thing that I found the book because I now have a new project to (hopefully) use up my stash up Vanna’s Choice yarns.  The colorways I’m using are mustard, terracotta, cranberry, scarlet, raspberry, sapphire, aqua, pea green, dusty green, wildberry, dusty purple, purple, and navy blue.

The colors do match quite well with those called for in the original pattern and the good thing about using the VC yarns is that it is worsted so the squares end up larger.  I have been exclusively knitting with skinny yarn (primarily sock) for the past few months so it was nice to knit with a thicker yarn that produces faster results.  Of course, I put on my “how can I make this project ‘better’ re: make myself crazy and likely not finish” hat and decided to widen the pattern.  I even knit the first row of squares adding more squares, but looking at it, I’m pretty sure that the finished blanket would end up being a behemoth so I’m going to rip back to the original pattern and go from there.  In addition to the eventual finished blanket being HUGE, I also considered that I would like end up buying more yarn to finish the blanket, thus completely defeating the purpose of the stash busting project in the first place!

So I’ve been just knitting away at my colorful squares!  There are going to be an insane number of ends to weave in so I should probably start on those sooner rather than later!

Try Something New Thursday!

I have been pretty off of my blogging game lately and I think that it is time that I get myself back on track! In the hopes of doing this, I am assigning myself a topic for each day of the week.  Right now I have topics for 4 of the 7 days so I have some other topics to think of; I could always leave at least one or two open in case something comes up that I simply must blog about ; )

As keeping with the themes that this blog offers, I’ll be discussing family, fiber, and food for the most part!

Without further ado, I give you my first “Try Something New Thursday” post! With these posts, I’m going to to chat about something new that I’ve done during the week – this can be recipes, a knitting or crochet skill, an outing to a new place – anything that is new that I haven’t attempted before!

One of these days, perhaps I’ll add a knitted sweater to this list, but for now I present a new recipe I tried today!  Now I’m going to be honest, Pintrest is a fabulous tool, but I am sorry to admit that I haven gotten some pretty bad recipes from there.  The ingredients in the recipes sound good in theory, the finished dish looks great in the pictures, but something goes wrong somewhere along the line.  I know my way around a kitchen after learning first from my grandmother years ago and continuing to try new things over the years.  So I find myself rescuing these disasters as they occur in my kitchen, making notes on recipes that are actually worth keeping and just throwing in the towel on those that are just beyond help.

Today I challenged myself to come up with something new to do with ground beef – there is always meatballs, hamburgers, tacos, meat sauce for Italian dishes, meatloaf, (Mr. YarnyCakes won’t eat shepherd’s pie ::insert sad face here::), but I wanted something new!  So to Pintrest I went, gingerly sifting through the various recipes until I came across one that kept popping up everywhere – Korean Beef from the Lizzy Writes blog.  After reading all of the glowing reviews, I just had to give it a try.

Man on man, was it DELICIOUS.  A complete and utter win.  I knew I was onto something when Mr. YarnyCakes walked in from work and immediately told me how good it smelled.  I knew that I had a definite keeper when he went back for seconds!

I only made a few modifications:

  • I added vidalia onion and red peppers for flavor, color, and to add some more veggies to the meal.  I sauteed them in the sesame oil instead of using the sesame oil with the ground beef; because I drain all of the fat and grease off the cooked meat, I didn’t want to lose too much of the delicious flavor.
  • I doubled the sauce, but did cut down a bit on the brown sugar – doubling the recipe would have called for a cup of sugar – I used a half cup for the doubled recipe.  Still a lot of sugar, I know.
  • I didn’t have any green onions to include on top so they were left off.
  • Didn’t measure the garlic, just added a bunch – we love garlic in the Yarny Cakes household!
  • Served over jasmine rice with a side of green beans.

If you are looking for something to do with ground beef one evening and need a quick recipe, I highly recommend trying this one!

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Ombre Hexipuffs

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Two posts in one day, what a treat!  I need to get myself focused againI’m completely unfocused over here!  I have always been the type of knitter/crocheter who jumps from project to project, but recently my rate of jumping has been absolutely absurd (and if I’m saying that, it must be really bad…)  I must have stopped and started at least 4 projects in the past month – nothing holds my interest.  A lot of it has to do with the balancing act of primarily taking care of Miss Emme, yarn dyeing, and chores (because while Mr. Yarny Cakes doesn’t mind if the house looks like a wreck, I feel out of sorts when the clutter takes over).
Part of the problem may be that now that summer time is my crochet season, but I have no idea what I want to crochet!  Lord knows I have enough yarn to make just about anything, but nothing is striking my fancy.  ~sigh~  At times like this, I typically revert to an easy, dependable pattern that will just keep my hands busy so a babette is always a possibility, but that is way too many ends to weave in.  So all that happens is that I end up right back at the beekeeper’s quilt.  All of my knitting roads seem to lead back to this easy portable project.  To that end, I rummaged through my yarn room and found some yarns that work for an ombre of pinks.

I’ll have to admit, my attention span these days is so short that the color changes every few rows of a hexipuff is keeping me interested in these little guys.  I fear that I will end up tired of the colors before long so I’ll have to change things up!  The yarns I am using are cascade heritage sock – love this stuff, lots of yarn, great colors, and the price isn’t outrageous.

Etsy Shop Update Friday!

I was able to dye up some of the new yarns about a week ago, but with a friend visiting for the weekend, I wasn’t able to re-skein them and get them posted to my Etsy shop.  Well, I woke up with determination this morning (and Miss Emme decided to sleep a bit late this morning) so I was get pictures and get my lovelies up in the shop.  The majority of my yarns up to this point have been extremely saturated so I decided to go with a lighter method.  I’m really pleased with the skeins and have decided to make these part of a new collection that reminds me of watercolor paintings.  Without further ado, I give you ‘ocatarine’ and ‘aleger’

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Felicity – A New Yarny Cakes yarn

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Things have been busy with the Yarny Cakes family so I’ve been away a bit. Miss Emme is really starting to get this rolling over thing down and she has shifted her bedtime so I’ve had to adjust my routine a bit. Ultimately this means that my naptime ninja act that was so successful in the mornings is now a bit limited as she wakes up earlier. Clearly I need to fall back and regroup – I’ve been a bit out of sync since we returned from our long road trip. Time to get it together, but I am at Miss Emme’s whim so I am following her lead!

That being said, I have been steadily dyeing more yarn, but haven’t posted any delicious pictures for a while. I have quite a few skeins that need ti be re-skeined and they’ll be ready to go.

I had wanted to get all of the previously dyed yarns sorted out and up in the shop before delving into my newest line of yarn.   I have missed dyeing yarn and think that tomorrow is as good a day as any to dive in!

The new line features a sock weight yarn consistibg of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon – (yum!) – still deciding on the name.  Somehow I ended up with names relating to happiness so I’ll stick with that. The front runner is felicity. Now I just need to decide on colors. I have been playing around with solids, but for these darlings, I may go back to my beloved variegated. Oh the possibilities!

In keeping with the Yarny Cakes name, I have also been baking a bit. My friend asked me to bake something for her yard sale and she didn’t have a preference on flavor. Mr. YarnyCakes recommended straight up vanilla on vanilla, but I thought that would be to boring so I stuck with the vanilla cake, but whipped up a raspberry white chocolate buttercream. For kicks, I topped each one with a sugared fresh raspberry. I leave you with the sneak peek pic I sent to my friend while the sugared raspberries were drying.