Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My happy place

Well, all I can say today is I'm so glad I knit.  It's always great to start a work day with a pile of paperwork that should have been turned in before end of the year billing, right?  It's even better when you get a call from the mechanics, with someone telling you that, yea, we couldn't get hold of your husband, so we need your approval to fix the truck he drove into the ground, that'll be $1200 give or take thanks!

All I could do was look at my meager beginnings of Girasole and be happy that the yarn was stash, the pattern was a relatively cheap splurge, and that the fridge was full of food!

Speaking of food, it's chili time at the ninja house!  My mom's chili recipe is so very basic, yet so deliciously delicious, I have to share it with you guys.  I remember when I first moved out on my own, calling my mom in near tears because damnit I wanted chili, and all I could find on were fancy chilis that didn't interest me.

       Ingredients :

  • 2lb ground beef
  • 2 BIG cans of chili beans (we use mild, but get whatever suits you best of course)
  • 2 cans corn (optional)
  • 1 or 2 chili seasoning packets (again to taste.  When I was single, it was just one.  But DH likes things just a little more flavorful, and who can blame him?)
  • 1 large can diced tomatos
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • Optional - shredded cheese and sour cream


  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet until its cooked through (we don't want anyone to get sick!) and add in the seasoning packet(s) with just a little bit of water.  Stir until the meat has soaked everything up, then dump it into a soup pot.

  • Add the beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce and corn, and cook for 15-20 minutes (until the corn is cooked through and the beans are soft and warm)

  • At this point, I add about a third of a bag of shredded colby jack cheese and a spoonful of sour cream.  
  • Then dish it out.  I add more cheese and sour cream!

The great part about it is that this will last a family of 2 or 3 for a couple meals.  If you're really in a pinch and need to stretch it further, just increase the number of cans of beans you put into it.

I haven't actually started mine yet, but I'll be sure to post a picture of the deliciousness (minus the kitchen mess) tomorrow.  Barring DH getting home and eating it all before the camera shutter snaps of course!

What I do have pictures of, however, is the beginnings of Girasole!

Girasole, Chart A Finished

And just for scale, because I was immensely proud of my beginnings until the yarn monster decided to show me how tiny they were :

My little yarn monster, Daisy.  Maybe she should be
called Girasole instead? XD

Ravelry : Girasole Done with Cascade 220 colorway 2414

So far I'm finished with Chart A, which was painless, all things considering.  You try flipping that PDF back and forth on your phone, juggling DPNS and try to figure out what an upside down carrot with a dot in it means!  Especially when you're sitting in your car before work starts!  See how painless that is.  All in all, it's taken me 20 minutes up to this point, but I'm sure things will start to crawl soon enough.

That's all for now!  Don't forget to check out yesterday's post for a giveaway celebrating the beginnings of this blog!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Post

So, I've spent years lurking around on teh interwebz, stalking my favorite knitting bloggers and thinking to myself that 'wow, I should start one myself, it'd be fun!' and not following through.  So my new years resolution was to do just that.

I'm Beta.  I'm a wanna-be novelist (just completed my third NaNoWriMo this past November), a knitter of 4 years, and a loving wife.  I'm sure there's some other quirky stuff in there.  And I'm also sure that over time, it'll all show up on its own.

I just started a new job recently, which I'm so excited about, and hope it sticks, because it's a fun, albeit slightly stressful job, with good people and a relaxed (mostly) atmosphere.

So, because no blog post is complete without pictures of finished objects, may I present to you my lovely not so handspun 'handspun mitts'

They fit so pretty don't they?

I loved the way the pooling worked out on this set!

Ravelry Page

I've just started Jared Flood's Girasole in Cascade 220, so I'm in for the long haul here people!

Also, just because I like giveaways myself, I figured I'd give it a shot.  If anyone out there is actually reading this post, I have a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Periwinkle

that I'll give away to a random commentor.  Just tell me what's on your needles right this moment!  Or if you have nothing on the needles (you need to tell me how you manage.  I have off the top of my head 4 UFOs right now just waiting for me to pick them back up) gimme one random fun fact about yourself!  Random number generator will choose the winner next Friday, 1/14/2011.  Good luck!