Monthly Archives: July 2013

Owl and Tree Baby Blanket

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Completed Baby Blanket

So this spring while I was losing my mind editing a documentary (here’s the link to the finished project! We Graduate People: Trans* Experience at Smith College) and completing work for my seminar plus two other high intensive courses, I still managed to squeeze in a baby blanket for one of my favorite professors and her partner before she had her baby!

I began the project on April 6, 2013 and completed it on June 11, 2013.

The pattern is as follows:

Two outer strips used the following owl pattern:

Cast on desired number of stitches (remember to include at least 32 for an alternating owl pattern with no space in the middle between them). I cast on 37 stitches, 11 for each owl, 5 for the middle and 5 for each side.

Owl Pattern: (11 stitches and 18 rows)

1. *P3,K8*, *rep to end
2. *P3,K8*, *rep to end
3. *P3, C4B, C4F, *rep to end
4. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
5. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
6. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
7. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
8. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
9. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
10. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
11. *P3, C4B, C4F*, *rep to end
12. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
13. *P3, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1*, *rep to end 14. *P3, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1*, *rep to end 15. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
16. *P3, K8*, *rep to end
17. *P3, C4B, C4F*, *rep to end
18. *P3, K8*, *rep to end

Abbreviations:

C4B: slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at back of work, knit 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from the cable needle.

C4F: slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from the cable needle.

begin with owl on far right or far left and then alternate owls for 10 owls.

Photo on 2013-05-22 at 22.43 #2

Twin Trees Pattern:

This pattern was pulled from the Tree of Life Afghan

STITCH EXPLANATION:

2/2 PLC (2 over 2 purl left cross) Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, p2, then k2 from cable needle.
2/2 PRC (2 over 2 purl right cross)
 Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k2, then p2 from cable needle.
2/1 PLC (2 over 1 purl left cross) Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, p1, then k2 from cable needle.
2/1 PRC (2 over 1 purl right cross) Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back, k2, then p1 from cable needle.
1/1 PLC (1 over 1 purl left cross) Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front, p1, then k1 from cable needle.
1/1 PRC (1 over 1 purl right cross) Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back, k1, then p1 from cable needle.
2/2 LC (2 over 2 left cross) Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
2/2 RC (2 over 2 right cross)
 Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop.

ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog.

PATTERN STITCHES

Twin Trees
Row 1 (WS): 
K12, p4, k8, p4, k12 — 40 sts.
Rows 2-15: K the k sts and p the p sts as they appear.
Row 16: P12, M1, k4, p8, k4, M1, p12 — 42 sts.
Row 17 and all remaining WS rows: K the k sts and p the p sts as they appear.
Row 18: P12, k1, M1, k4, p8, k4, M1, k1, p12 — 44 sts.
Row 20: P10, 2/2 PRC, k4, M1, p8, M1, k4, 2/2, PLC, p10 — 46 sts.
Row 22: P8, 2/2 PRC, p2, k4, M1, k1, p8, k1, M1, k4, p2, 2/2 PLC, p8 — 48 sts.
Row 24: P6, 2/2 PRC, p4, k4, 2/2 PLC, p4, 2/2 PRC, k4, p4, 2/2 PLC, p6.
Row 26: P5, 2/1 PRC, p5, 2/1 PRC, k2, p2, 2/2 PLC, 2/2 PRC, p2, k2, 2/1 PLC, p5, 2/1 PLC, p5.
Row 28: P5, k2, p5, 2/1 PRC, p1, 2/1 PLC, p3, 2/2 RC, p3, 2/1 PRC, p1, 2/1 PLC, p5, k2, p5.
Row 30: P4, 1/1 PRC, 1/1 PLC, p3, 2/1 PRC, p3, 2/1 PLC, 2/2 PRC, 2/2 PLC, 2/1 PRC, p3, 2/1 PLC, p3, 1/1 PRC, 1/1 PLC, p4.
Row 32: P3, 1/1 PRC, p2, k1b, p3, k2, p5, 2/2 LC, p4, 2/2 LC, p5, k2, p3, k1b, p2, 1/1 PLC, p3.
Row 34: (P2, 1/1 PRC) 3 times, 1/1 PLC, p3, 2/1 PRC, 2/1 PLC, p2, 2/1 PRC, 2/1 PLC, p3, 1/1 PRC, (1/1 PLC, p2) 3 times.
Row 36: P5, (1/1 PRC, p2) twice, k1b, p3, k2, p2, 2/1 PLC, 2/1 PRC, p2, k2, p3, k1b, (p2, 1/1 PLC) twice, p5.
Row 38: P4, (1/1 PRC, p2) 3 times, 1/1 PRC, 1/1 PLC, p2, 2/2 RC, p2, 1/1 PRC, (1/1 PLC, p2) 3 times, 1/1 PLC, p4.
Row 40: P3, 1/1 PRC, p6, (1/1 PRC, p2) twice, k1b, p2, k4, p2, k1b, (p2, 1/1 PLC) twice, p6, 1/1 PLC, p3.
Row 42: P2, p2tog, p6, (1/1 PRC, p2) 3 times, 2/2 RC, (p2, 1/1 PLC) 3 times, p6, p2togb, p2 — 46 sts.
Row 44: P8, 1/1 PRC, p6, 1/1 PRC, p1, 2/2 PRC, 2/2 PLC, p1, 1/1 PLC, p6, 1/1 PLC, p8.
Row 46: P7, p2tog, p6, 1/1 PRC, p1, 1/1 PRC, 1/1 PLC, p2, 1/1 PRC, 1/1 PLC, p1, 1/1 PLC, p6, p2togb, p7 — 44 sts.
Row 48: P13, 1/1 PRC, p1, 1/1 PRC, p2, k1b, p2, k1b, p2, 1/1 PLC, p1, 1/1 PLC, p13.
Row 50: P12, p2tog, p1, (1/1 PRC, p2) twice, 1/1 PLC, p2, 1/1 PLC, p1, p2togb, p12 — 42 sts.
Row 52: P17, 1/1 PRC, p4, 1/1 PLC, p17.
Row 54: P17, k1b, p6, k1b, p17.
Row 56: P16, p2tog, p6, p2togb, p16 — 40 sts.
Row 58: P40.

I put approximately 15 rows between each and repeated the pattern 3x.

Photo on 2013-05-22 at 22.42

Photo on 2013-04-09 at 16.42

Photo on 2013-05-27 at 00.12

Finally, for the leafy border I picked up stitches along the sides and used the “Spud and Chloe Leaf: A Scarf or Bookmark” pattern in order to do the border.

Abbreviations:

p: purl
yo: bring the yarn to the front between the needles and over
the needle
kfb: knit in the front and back of the same stitch (increase 1 stitch)
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)
skp: slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitch
over the knit stitch and off the right needle (decrease 1 stitch)
sk2p: slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches together, pass the slipped
stitch over the knit stitch and off the right needle (decrease 2 stitches)
ssk: slip 2 stitches separately and purlwise and knit the 2 slipped
stitches together through the back loop (decrease 1 stitch)
Leaf Scarf:
With Peat or selected color, cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1: k3, yo, k1, yo, k2 (8 sts)
Row 2: p6, kfb, k1 (9 sts)
Row 3: k2, p1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3 (11 sts)
Row 4: p8, kfb, k2 (12 sts)
Row 5: k2, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4 (14 sts)
Row 6: p10, kfb, k3 (15 sts)
Row 7: k2, p3, skp, k5, k2tog, k1 (13 sts)
Row 8: p8, kfb, p1, k3 (14 sts)
Row 9: k2, p1, k1, p2, skp, k3, k2tog, k1 (12 sts)
Row 10: p6, kfb, k1, p1, k3 (13 sts)
Row 11: k2, p1, k1, p3, skp, k1, k2tog, k1 (11 sts)
Row 12: p4, kfb, k2, p1, k3 (12 sts)
Row 13: k2, p1, k1, p4, sk2p, k1 (10 sts)
Row 14: p2tog, bind off 3 stitches, k1, p1, k3 (6 sts)
Repeat rows 1-14 for a total of 15 times OR to desired length.

Photo on 2013-05-30 at 16.33 #3

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Chia Seed Rampage!

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Lately I’ve been going on a chia seed rampage, ever since I purchased a bag from the local bargain/resale store called Deals n’ Steals, here in Northampton. Image

(I know it’s backwards, but I was taking crappy photos with my photobooth)

However, in my rampage to eat ALL THE CHIA SEEDS, I paused because, well, after I purchased them I wasn’t sure how to actually EAT them. (cue inspirational music and montage of browsing of webpages)

I finally came across a blog that I’ve been meaning to utilize for a while now entitled “Oh She Glows” which has vegan recipes and other things. 

The author helped me with my chia seed rampage by providing many recipes that I could use them in, including an “energy” drink, a vegan pudding, a breakfast bowl, and many other options. I also found via the NYT a smoothie recipe that isn’t half bad, though due to my lactose intolerance can be a bit painful for me to consume (though it is pretty delicious) which can be found here

So, the recipes that I’ve tried with the Chia seeds so far have been the NYT smoothie, good for those who are not lactose intolerant (or if you are if you take precautions), and the Oh She Glows recipe for the breakfast bowl and the “energy” drink.

 

The energy drink was amazing, and while a bit funky with the texture was completely delicious. The recipe, by the author of Oh She Glows is as follows:

Chia Fresca

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Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water or coconut water
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice, or to taste
  • Sweetener, to taste (I like 1/2 tbsp maple syrup)

 

1. Add chia and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up. I like to use a jar with a lid so I can shake it up really well and break up the clumps of chia.

2. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine and enjoy!

 

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/03/01/chia-fresca-a-natural-energy-drink/#ixzz2YXcQJdTM

The notes that I had for this recipe are as follows:

  1. I used an entire lemon for this drink, which turned out to be a great decision. I really enjoy citrus juice, and if you do too I’d suggest using more than the original called for.
  2. I used Honey, which complemented the lemon and chia seeds well. Although not vegan, it is pretty delicious.

For the breakfast bowl recipe:

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

I like mashed banana in this because it thickens the mixture while adding a lot of volume. If you aren’t a banana fan, you can omit it, but you might need to reduce the milk and I also suggest adding in your own sweetener and/or other fruit in its place. This porridge is especially creamy when made with Homemade Almond Milk. The thickness of the chia pudding will vary based on the kind of almond milk you use, so you can add more if necessary. If your pudding is too thin for you liking you can add more chia seeds and let it sit for 10 more minutes. Finally, if you aren’t a fan of the tapioca-like texture of chia seed pudding, try blending it until smooth.

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Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

Chia mixture

  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 – 1.25 cups almond milk (it’s great made with Homemade Almond Milk)
  • 2 small bananas, chopped small
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • two pinches of cinnamon

 

Toppings:

  • 2 tbsp raw buckwheat groats, soaked
  • 2 tbsp raisins, soaked
  • 2 tbsp whole raw almonds, chopped and soaked
  • couples pinches of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

 

1. Mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in chia seeds. Whisk in the almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined. Place in fridge overnight to thicken.

2. Add buckwheat groats, raisins, and chopped almonds into another bowl. Cover in water and soak overnight in the fridge or on the counter.

3. In the morning, place your desired amount of chia pudding into a bowl. (Note: at this point, you can blend your chia pudding if a smooth texture is desired, but I don’t bother). You can add more almond milk if you want to thin it out in the morning. Or, if it’s too thin, add more chia seeds to thicken it up. Drain and rinse the buckwheat/almond/raisin mixture. Sprinkle on top of chia mixture along with a pinch of cinnamon and a tablespoon of hemp seeds. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days.

 Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/02/18/chia-seed-breakfast-bowl/#ixzz2YXd2yrDv

My notes for this recipe:

  1. I substituted vanilla soymilk because I didn’t have the almond milk, but it was still pretty good 🙂
  2. I also didn’t follow the topping at all. I ended up mixing in craisins and walnuts (not soaked) because I had none of the ingredients that the original recipe called for.
  3. My sweetie really dislikes cinnamon, so while he wasn’t going to be eating any of it this particular time, I tend to avoid using cinnamon ever (also I didn’t have any to use 😛 )

Here are some pictures of my chia breakfast bowl!

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So, I’m going to try to cool it with the chia seeds (though I have made enough breakfast bowl to last me the rest of the week for breakfast) so that I don’t blow through my expensive on sale bag that I snagged, but look out for more recipes that I find in the next few days!

Stay cool everyone in the face of this July heat wave!