Wednesday, January 30, 2008

yay and hooray


Julie at Team Knit was sweet to let me know that my blog makes her day--thank you! It's a really nice thing to hear. Now I have to make a list of 10 blogs that I enjoy reading that make my day too.

That's hard, though--I subscribe to more than 200 blogs. That probably sounds like an awful lot, but many of them (especially the knitting ones) don't post much anymore. I think they all had babies or got book deals or something. So I'm always adding on new blogs while keeping the older ones just in case.

Anyways, I couldn't pick just 10, so here's a list of some of my go-to blogs (not just knitting) that I, um, go to first when they're updated:

Inspired Living
Norah Gaughan (Berroco)Cosmicpluto
Team Knit
Another Shopgirl
Knits and Pieces
Broke Knits
Code Purl
ssailorss
Craft Pirate
Tres Chic Veronique
Whispering Pine
TECHknitting
Wind Loop
Sulala
Sticks and Tones
So KnitPicky
New York Minknit
Pikku-Kettu Knits
52 Projects
lomester
Lolly Knitting Around
An Abundance of Lisa
machen/machen

The rules are as follows: Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Foodie Friday :: intro

I've been knocking around the idea of starting a food blog, but I decided against it, thinking that once I had started it would become a task instead of an enjoyable part of my everyday. I often want to share experiences I've had with cooking or eating, but I don't want to take away from the crafting aspect of Lekkercraft. I think for now, I will test out the waters by doing a weekly posting on something culinary--links, reviews, recipes, etc.--and see how it goes from there. No pressure!

I subscribe to a lot of food blogs. A lot of the recipes I've tried this year are ones that I bookmarked from many of them, and many of which are keepers (you should SEE my clippings folder in Bloglines!). Through the Epicurious blog, I found a blog of submitted Best Recipes from Food Bloggers of 2007. There are a LOT of foodie blogs out there. Here are some of the recipes (in English) that caught my eye.

Veggie Lasagna at Chez Denise.
Pasta with Braised Lentils at Joanna's Food.
Neil Perry's Sticky Toffee Pudding at Milk and Cookies.
Herb and Spice Bars at Einfachkoestlich.
To save all of these recipes (and others from anywhere on the web), I use an application for the Mac, called MacGourmet that looks a lot like iTunes. It lets me clip recipes directly from the web (no re-typing!), has a great search functionality, lets you publish recipe collections, make shopping lists, and figure out some nutrition data. [This is the closest similar software that I can find for the PC, but I have no experience with it and can't recommend it].

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Drops sleeves

Sleeves for the Drops jacket were started LAST weekend, and not a stitch added over the entire week. 
I haven't been able to work on this nearly as much as I would like. Today is about nothing but knitting and movies. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thing-a-day 2008

One of my resolutions this year is to challenge myself more creatively and to explore things besides knitting, so I think I will participate in this:I think a half hour to hour every day is manageable. Or, can be made to be manageable. I like how it isn't limited to any one particular craft. Browsing though the blog from last year, I see sculpture, recipes, sketches, bits of research and list-making. I've never been a great artist, but maybe I could explore some abstract watercolor. Maybe I could work with words, or fonts. Put up some recipes. Do some photo manipulation. Endless possibilities...

I'd better start a list.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Drops Spring/Summer '08

The Drops Spring/Summer '08 patterns are up, and I thought I'd post my favorites. I always like looking back on some of the things that caught my eye in an issue, even though there are never enough hours in the day to knit everything that I wish I could. Some comments, clockwise from top left:
Pattern Z-322: I think this would be nice in the spring when it isn't too hot yet.
Pattern EE-083: These are cute and look quick and fun, but I think they'd feel pretty obnoxious to wear.
Pattern L-087: Oh, but how I love thee, simple, uncluttered stitch pattern!
Pattern W- 359: I love the simple construction and the garter stitch yoke. Not to mention that shoulder buttons rule!
Pattern Z-319: I might like this better just as a photo or on someone else, though the flare looks like it could be flattering on a lot of different body types. Maybe it would actually give me some curves. Plus, it looks fun to knit. I wonder how it would look in just a single color...
Pattern Z-321: This could be a great sweater for the office to ward of the evil central air freezer burn.

The spring/summer designs don't seem to have many links to the patterns yet, but a note on the site states that Drops will be adding them slowly through the month of January. Better not tempt me too much anyways, I'm still working on that darn jacket from last fall! I

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Huacaya!

I never posted about one of my Christmas gifts this year.

Alpaca!
I've been on an Alpaca kick recently, and Michelle was sweet enough to be my enabler and gifted me my first alpaca. He's super-soft and from Peru.

Like lots of fiber enthusiasts, I daydream about having alpaca someday. For now, this guy will do me just fine. Anyone with me?