http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ifdefelseif/25-top- and http://www.ravelry.com/projects/tatty152/25-top- ), and shawls using this lace pattern ( Lily of the Valley Rosea shawl by Alla Borisova, Raspberry Dream Stole by Dagmara). I found the original pattern motif in a book from 1983 I bought on Ebay ,( pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maiglockchen-603-115 ) which is in the book:
. As I don't usually knit shawls or dresses, I set about adapting the lace fabric into a vest. Swatching clued me in to the
irregularities of the lace pattern as originally designed ( stitch count in one rep goes from
19 to 47), so I tweaked and modified and swatched and re-charted the design to get it to lie flatter in the linen
yarn and be easier to knit. Calculating the cast on number was tricky,
so I went with my numbers for the Floral vest in the same yarn, and was
pleased to find this lace to be roughly the same gauge. Width of each repeat turned out
to be a wonderful 5 inches, so aiming for 40 inch sweater gave me 8
repeats to work with, a nicely manageable number. I made the first one a bit longer
than my other floral vests ( 96 rows to the underarm instead of 80), and while I liked it, I think I prefer it shorter. I like where the leaves fall on my body., and it was really fun to knit. So, I had to make 3 of them in order to write up the pattern.
Friday, May 27, 2016
After a bit of tinkering and many experimental trials in the kitchen, I have come up with a delicious and not too dietarily indelicate recipe for Apple Crisp.
Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp, May 27, 2016
This version is not very sweet and has a delightful texture. Serves 6, or heat individual servings in microwave for 30 sec. and top with vanilla ice cream. Heaven in a bowl!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
5 Medium Granny Smith apples, cored and diced. Can leave peel on for extra texture
1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger, pinch of cloves
Mix together in an 8X10 or 9X9 baking dish
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp chia seeds
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
Melt 3 Tablespoons coconut oil in measuring cup (30 sec in microwave). Pour into topping mix and mix together. Spread this mixture over apples in baking dish.
Bake for 45 minutes until top is lightly browned and apples are bubbling. Cool and serve hot, or refrigerate, covered, for up to 4 days. Serves 6: approx. 260 calories per serving.
I think I will make some right now...
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Spring is coming around again, here in unpredictable Massachusetts. The urge to see greenery and growing things leads me to dream of gardens, and inevitably, to my mother, who was a passionate gardener for a lifetime. I revisited my photo archives recently to find photos of her gardens and the dramatic rock ledge beside the house, and found a few from last June. My mother loved her garden and enjoyed seeing what came up every spring. I miss being able to drop in and see her and the garden. And I will always love blue flowers!
|Campanula and ferns cascade in the rock wall|
|Dianthus in one of the raised beds|
|View of raised bed filled with alpines|
|Campanula flowering in the chinks of the rock|
|Lush flowers in the chinks of the rock|
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ziggy Cowl on Ravelry.com, and the sweater pattern is here:
Raglan Cardigan Happy Knitting!