October 27, 2009

Calendar time!

Finally, the calendar is out. If you go to the page and click on view pages, go to May. That is Alan's photo and me!!!


Support knitty and the free patterns that I love an get one for next year.


Here is one I did not send in...

Here is a link to all the photos I liked from the shot.

October 25, 2009


We carved! We visited Northern Lights Christmas Tree farm yesterday. The field was full of wet, moldy, rotten pumpkins so we were nervous we wouldn't get good pumpkins. They charge a $5 fee and you have to pay for the pumpkins on top of that. Not a good deal, the pumpkins were not great, and one of the 3 did not have a single seed. Whaaat! I love my roasted seeds so this was tragic. The biggest pumpkin had no seeds. Turns out that you can get a pumpkin from Market of Choice, it is from a local farm called Me & Moore, it looked more orange, it was cheaper in terms of cents/pound, and no cover charge.

We also picked up a white Casper pumpkin at Gray's. A good deal with my Gray bucks.

Anyway, enjoy the pumpkins we carved. From left to right we have Ubi Recreated, Tiki Man, Jack's cousin John de'Lantern, and Ro's flying mouse.


mmm... cheesecake

A Seattle friend visited Eugene on Thursday and we had him over for dinner. Chicken tacos and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

I found a recipe in one of my pumpkin cookbooks but I changed it up a bit. I made more crust and added more spices. It took 15 minutes longer to cook than the book called for so I was worried it didn't turn out. In the picture you can see the candied ginger topping. The crust is made from crushed ginger thins (Destropper ginger thins are so good, they even have chunks of ginger in them). The recipe called for ginger snaps for the crust so I figured ginger thins were close enough. The only problem was that I need 3 boxes of ginger thins to get enough crushed cookies for the crust.

The result was one of the best cheesecakes that I have made. Definitely worth repeating... perhaps even for Thanksgiving in St. George.

October 20, 2009

Ha, great timing

I hurt my foot. Yep, at the beginning of September. I didn't want to bother with going to a doctor before I went to Europe so I ignored it.

Dumb. I walked all over Europe with a stress fracture. Now wonder it hurt so bad.

Silly me.

Knitting on the trip was also fun. I had made it to chart A on my Ishbel in Frosch only to discover several mistakes halfway back. I had to frog it and start over. Negative knitting.

I did manage to finish Alan's neckwarmer AND find terrific buttons for it. There was a market in Juelich and the nice lady didn't speak English but when I brought the neck warmer there and pointed to the buttons she smiled and found the perfect ones. Such a wonderful yarn, Malabrigo Aquarella.
I am now just trying to readjust to time here. Here is a link to the pictures from the trip.

As for the picture I talked about in the previous post, it looks like it is real. Alan took some pictures of my Mrs. Beeton wristwarmers from Knitty and I submitted some photos to the calendar contest. One of them was selected and will be in the calendar!!! Even better that I think that it will be the picture for the month of May. Why is that so cool? Well, Alan's birthday (30th), our wedding, and my birthday (30th) all fall in May 2010!!! I will keep you all posted because I know you will want to purchase a calendar. Hee, hee.

I am so proud of Alan and am so grateful that he doesn't mind my hobby and the cupboard of crazy yarn that grows but never seems to shrink.


October 11, 2009

Holy terrific crazy batman

I got this message in my email. I am stunned.

Hi, Misty!
Congratulations! You are one of our runner-up winners! (as long as you can provide the attached pic according to the contest guidelines:

The winning entrants must provide, within 7 days of this e-mail notification, a high-resolution version [300dpi or higher] of their winning photograph[s] sized 11" wide x 8.5" tall. Entrants that are unable to provide the high-resolution picture to these specifications within 7 days will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. )

And include your full snail mail info so I can send your prize.

You can blog that you won a prize, if you blog, but please don't share which photo it was, okay? You know how we are about building suspense at Knitty.

[editor, Knitty]