My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Why I Need to Knit From My Stash

(Hey, thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes!)

L-B and I had a phone conversation yesterday, discussing something we’d both like to knit using Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

L-B: It takes 5 skeins of Kidsilk Haze.

Me: I know I have some Kidsilk Haze in my stash, but I don’t think I have 5 skeins of any one color.

L-B: I don’t think I do either.

Me: I guess I could sub something I do have.

L-B: Agreed.

After the conversation I ventured into my stash room and discovered that I have 5 skeins of each of three colors, 4 skeins of another color, and 3 skeins each of 3 more colors of Kidsilk Haze.

Yeah, this is why I need to knit from my stash.

And it leads me to another rule for L-B and me — we can trade stash if we like. (I offered to trade her some of my Kidsilk Haze for something else.) I saw somewhere in my blog surfing that someone else added this rule, and I think it’s a good one.

Another Excellent Idea

I saw on her blog that Kim is keeping track of the stash yarn she uses in 2007 and is planning on donating a set amount per skein used to Heifer International. What a great idea! I’m going to do the same thing.

I’ll start with the first new project of 2007. I’m still working on finishing up 2006 projects: the Bohus and my current socks in progress. The sock in progress has had almost no work done on it since I’ve been off work for the holidays. I return to work tomorrow, so I’ll resume work on the sock on the train.

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Postal Hijinks

Today I mailed the last of the prizes for the Heifer Raffle. So those of you who won a prize yesterday will be getting it in the mail within the next few days.

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In among those packages is one for the Red Scarf Project. I read a reminder on the Red Scarf Project blog that we can mail our scarves now, so mail I did!

Lucy Sez

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“Cripes! Just go back to work, will ya? You are interfering with my nap schedule!”

The Candle Does Not Lie

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Ay-yup. I’m 50.

And I’m Still Knitting the Bohus

I finished the first sleeve and have just barely started on the front. The back is done.

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Heifer Winners!

It is time to announce the final winners in the Heifer Project. as usual, I used the random number generator at Random.org to first generate 6 numbers for the weekly prizes, and then once again to generate the number for the grand prize. So, here are the weekly prize winners:

Janet “Fire Dragon” wins 600 yards sportweight icelandic wool.

Vivian F. wins 2 skeins Knitpicks Simple Stripes sock yarn.

Lois A. wins 2 skeins lama/wool yarn from Mountain View Farm.

Pat J. wins Inspired Cable Knits by Fiona Ellis.

Laura in Berkeley wins a set of stitchmarkers.

Dawne L. wins 3.5 ounces of handpainted organic merino wool from Elliebelly.com.

ETA: Yikes! I forgot one winner!

Deb wins the instant sock yarn stash from The Sweet Sheep.

All winners have been emailed. 🙂

And the grand prize winner is . . .

Debi! Debi wins the Canon Rebel Digital SLR camera with 28-80mm lens, 2 batteries, battery charger, carrying case, neck strap, and 128mb Compact Flash card.

Congratulations to the winners, and heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated. You all have made this project a success way beyond my wildest dreams. I’m going to leave the registry open for a while . . . just because I can. 🙂

Lucy Sez

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“Happy Birthday, Momma. Now give me a treat.”

Guacamole!

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Several of you asked for my guacamole recipe. I never measure anything when I make it, so I’ll do the best I can.

Scoop one ripe avocado out of the skin and put in a bowl. Mash it with a fork, but leave some lumps in.

Add 1 – 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion, 2 tablespoons finely diced tomato (with seeds removed), a couple of teaspoons fresh lime juice, about 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder (not garlic salt), and about 1/2 teaspoon of chili paste, and blend together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two for the flavors to blend.

Chili paste — it comes in a tube and looks like this:

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You could use chili powder or chopped up jalapeños if you can’t find the chili paste.

Our favorite way to eat guacamole is as a dip for mini salt-free pretzels. Yum!

Thanks for all the New Year wishes. Lucy, the KOARC and I had a nice quiet celebration last night with movies and champagne for us and catnip for Lucy.

I did cook some shrimp plain for Lucy. I cooled, it, cut it up, and offered it to her. She said:

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“What? You expect me to eat this?”

Clearly, she is not a fan of the shrimp.

I did a little spinning today on my Good Vibrations roving. Here’s half of it all plied up into sock yarn:

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I actually finished that last week. I’m working on the second half now. And that reminds me, I can show you a very cool gift the KOARC gave me for Christmas:

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A digital scale. Woo! You can set it to ounces or grams — currently it is set on grams.

Okie doke — I’ll be back tomorrow with the final drawing for the Heifer project. Happy New Year!

Lucy sez:

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“I partied too much last night.”