Monday, March 31, 2008

Favorite Color Questionaire

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire
1. What are your top three favorite colors? crimson red, rich lush oranges (not bright) and blues
2. What crafts do you really enjoy? knitting, scrapbooking, cards, spinning, beads
3. What products do you really covet? any nice sock yarn
4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? kids, family, outdoors, reading, yoga
5. Is there anything you collect? yarn. lol. I would like to start collecting little sheep to display, so far I have three and they need friends.
6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Leo, Ox
7.What are your favorite……scents/smells?I like earthy rich scents, nothing flowery
…types of music and/or bands? alternative, modern rock
…authors? Amy Tan, Anita Shreve,
…animals? Cats
…places to shop? Target, LYS, JoAnne's
…season?fall and spring
…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? I like it all. Really would love to try some alternative yarns..bamboo, soy, corn etc
…candies or goodies? Anything chocolate, caramel...pretty much anything sweet
8. Do you have any wish lists?No
9. Are you allergic to anything? Nope
10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 2 cats
11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. Also, if you have a Ravelry ID, please include it here.
I am pretty easy to please. My ravelry ID is Creativeprocess

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Yarntopia Follow Up

I finally got the time to knit up some swatches of the yarns from Yarntopia Treasures. The yarn on the far left is bamboo, the center is the wool sock yarn I ordered, and the right is her best selling rayon boucle. I made two swatches of each yarn and tested one of them. The other set I simply got wet and blocked. Here is the first round of soaking in warm water. And this is the water after 30 min. I did a second soak, but I guess I forgot to take a picture after that one. On the first go around it looks like the bamboo bled the most. Cute little Pablo.

After the second soak I gave the test swatches a wash with a spot of dish soap. The bamboo and the rayon were clear but the sock yarn still bled some.
I gave the sock yarn one final soak in warm water and it bled minimally.
The control is on the left and the experiment on the right. This yarn is the one that faded the most, but not a whole lot more than other sock yarns I have bought from other big name manufacturers. It is still very pretty and I will most like purchase sock yarn from Tammy again.
The bamboo, again control on the left, which actually looks a little muddied from when I wet and blocked it. So I imagine that it would clear up if I subjected it to the same process. This one bled a bit at first but ran clear pretty quick. It is still just as vibrant however and has a beautiful sheen. I think I might order some more of this but don't have a clue what to make with it. Any suggestions? It is sock/fingering weight and I could probably get enough for any project so I am open.
Lastly the rayon boucle. This one, while bleeding a bit at the first bath, really looks the most like the original. It is super vibrant and lush, a very beautiful yarn indeed. Not sure what I will do with this one either, time to break out the One Skein Wonder book.
So in conclusion I am happy with the yarns I received from Tammy at Yarntopia. I appreciate her sending me the complimentary bamboo and rayon to test. I hope that my experiment was impartial and informative. I think there has been further clarification that Tammy is NOT MYC and is not affiliated with Danielle. I deleted a comment that sympathised with Danielle on an earlier post because I do not want anyone to think that I in anyway approve of the fraud that Mystical Creations has committed. I find it abhorrent to fake an life threatening illness and to steal from honest people. I hope that this experiment will allow others to have the opportunity to purchase from Tammy and enjoy her beautiful creations.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mmm Dinner

One of my other favorite creative outlets is cooking. Using fresh ingredients and cooking comfort foods are some of my favorite inspirations. This past week I did quite a bit of cooking and I thought I would share with you a few pictures of the process. Tuesday we had homemade pasta. If you have never made your own pasta before I highly recommend it. All it takes is flour, eggs, a bit a of salt and a splash of olive oil and you have a endless possibilities. Maddie's favorite part is cutting the dough into the noodles. The whole process is indeed easier with an extra set of hands. We made both skinny spaghetti and big thick fettucinis. The spaghetti is in the freezer for future use.

Just a simple tomato sauce is all that is needed and some sausage makes it complete. Strike that, good Parmesan and Romano make it heaven.
Thursday we had Shepherd's pie. I had some of the filing from the rice balls from Santa Lucia left over in the freezer. I made some more and mixed it all together.
Then I made homemade ricotta cheese. Another delicacy that I highly recommend. See that spoon there, it is for tasting the warm soft cheese as it strains. Mmm...the best stuff in the world.
The cheese gets added to my mashed potatoes which also get flavor from a whole stick of butter. This is not a low fat meal by any means, and not something I cook often.

Mmm...the richest potatoes you'll ever taste.
And here is the shepherd's pie all ready to go into the oven.
Not everything do I make from scratch however. I do cheat occasionally and use this for my brown gravy. It actually is a good substitute for the real thing when I am lacking drippings for a proper sauce.
I had made two pies and froze one of them to give to my IL's but my children insisted that I keep it. So I guess I will take that as approval. Now with the rest of the ricotta I will be making ricotta gnoccis this coming week. They are like the potato ones but w/ the cheese instead of the potatoes, sorta like a ravioli all in one package.
But the only dilemma I have is where to put the left overs.