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Easy Lacy Scarf

Lacy Scarf

For my last Christmas gift, I am knitting this lacy scarf 🙂  I am so proud of the results that I am carrying it around in my purse to show to everybody!  The amazing thing, is how easy it is.  It looks much more complicated than it actually is.  I used the pattern from “101 Designer one-skein Wonders”  called “Marialis End-to-End Scarf” and the yarn I am using is Blue Sky Alpacas: sport weight 100% baby alpaca color 512 a beautiful burgandy.  I am using US 5 circular needles.  It is basically a “feather and fan” lace stitch with a seed stitch for the border.  You can find a similar pattern for free at Louet, but the free pattern is for a shawl that is about 3 times as wide.  I would definately suggest buying the book.  It is my favorite so far with lots of easy, quick knitting patterns (hats, scarves, socks, shawls, bags, headbands) all perfect for last minute Christmas gifts!

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Kick-Ass Knitting Night Pasta!

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One of the great things about our knitting gatherings is the great food that we prepare!  We crack open a bottle of good California wine and get to cookin’  Caroline and I threw this pasta together the other night and we were blown away by how good it was.  She brought some veggies from her organic food delivery and we scratched our heads for a moment then came up with this:

Kick-Ass Knitting Night Pasta

Ingredients

1/2 package (8 oz. or .5lb) Bow-tie pasta
1/2 med. onion chopped
1 chopped a portabella mushroom
1 can (15.4 oz) of sweet corn
1 bag of spinach
3/4 c white wine
1 c freshly grated Parmesan
1 Tbs dried Italian Herbs blend
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1/2 c toasted pine nuts (just throw in a skillet on med. heat until golden brown: no oil!)
1-2 Tbs Truffle Oil (you can substitute olive oil)
3-4 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Directions:

Boil water and cook pasta according to package.
Add olive oil to lg. skillet and saute onions (4 minutes.)
Add mushroom (4 minutes)
Add slosh of white wine, dry Italian herbs, salt, and spinach.
In seperate small skillet on med. heat toast pine nuts.
Add pine nuts, grated Parmesan, and drained sweet corn to large skillet with onions and shrooms.  Mix real good and let meld for a few minutes.
Drain pasta and add to large skillet with veggies.
Add fresh rosemary leaves and truffle oil.
Mix real good.
Finish with salt & pepper to taste and any extra parm.

Serves 2.5 people.  Double amounts for 4.

We loved this pasta soooo much we had to post it!  It was so easy and quick to prepare.  We also ate this pasta the next day cold and it was still unbelievable!  Move over Racheal Ray and Emeril!!! LOL!


Last Minute Christmas Knitting! Easy men’s scarf.

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Thanks girls for last night!  Good food, good nog, and mentally challenged husbands/ boyfriends.  I am too embarassed to post Simon wearing the blue sweater with tennis balls as boobs.  So here is our first post… I am getting things started with the first scarf that I have ever completed and it was instantly stolen off of my needles by my husband, Simon, who won’t wear it “without tassles.” (unless it is wrapped on his head like a turban.)  Anyway, thank you Rob for modeling the scarf the way it was meant to be worn 🙂

Easy mens scarf

Easy men’s scarf: 
Yarn: Katia: Tundra Color 6701 (orange/yellow, Plum/moss) intertwinded “changy-color yarn”
1 1/2 skeins approx. 300 yds total (197 per skein)
Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm)

Pattern:

Cast on 26 stitches
garter stitch everything
knit all rows
(not much of a pattern LOL!)
stop when you have the right length.

OK ladies! Post away… Happy knitting all!