Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Know These Mushrooms?

The last couple of afternoons Leeloo and I have been walking around the neighborhood for exercise and to expend some energy for her. ;-) She's loving the solo walks, but it really shows that I have made absolutely no attempt at loose leash walking. She's on a flexi and she's here there and everywhere. I'm paying close attention to cars, so that I can shorten the flexi and keep her out of the road. The last couple of days have been in the low 50s so she's walking without her t-shirt on.. I still need to knit her up a second sweater and want to sew her up a raincoat. The raincoats I have are too big for her. Should bring one over to Tammy to see if it fits Lily if they're interested in continuing their walks through the fall/winter weather. ;-)

In three different yards we've spotted different types of mushrooms. I have no idea what they are, so thought I'd take the camera today to capture them and put them out here for people to help identify them. I don't think they are edible, not sure if they would work for dyeing. I'm just curious.  Can you help?

 For some reason this one just seems like it should be edible, like a chanterelle.
 Almost flowery in the waves of the caps.
 Flat yellow-brown, along with the brown with white under sided one above. The cap is flairing up too.
 I don't know if it fell over on its own or if it had help. Yesterday it was upright and probably about six or seven inches tall and just as wide as you can see. Its a red-orange with white spots and then there are the white round balls to the left of them.

Three clusters of these in the lava rock.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kind of like potato chips.....

I've used up all the handspun samples that I had on hand. Turns out they made a total of seventeen blocks. Fifteen of them are 6-1/2x6-1/2 inches, one a little bigger and another a little smaller. I'm sure they'll balance out once I get more samples or leftovers from using stashed handspun.

Here's all the blocks:

 Biggest one in upper left, smallest in lower right. I didn't even try to get them that way....
 The oranges or lighter colors.

 The brights along with the natural yak/merino 

The blues/purples
I'm ready for something with larger needles. I have the yarn, pattern and needles in the bag to start Leeloo another sweater. The temps have been dropping down into the mid-40s this week, so she could use another.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

BSJ and a new addiction

With the many kind suggestions, I started a Baby Surprise Jacket for the cousin-in-law's baby. Her name is Alyssa and she was born on October 22nd in the afternoon and everyone is doing fine. The Ravelry group for the sweater is awesome! I joined the monthly KAL and with the help of the their wiki and helpful suggestions for each stage (its broken into five), the sweater zipped along. There was a bit of boredom but I trudged along and soon things were interesting again.

I showed my WWSiP day samples all spun up in the last blog post. I was trying to find something to do with them and others that I have in my stash when I was reminded of doing the Barn Raising Quilt blocks for Sock Summit 09. I've been busy knitting them since completing the BSJ. Perfect TV watching project or knitting with the ladies. Their kind of like potato chips right now, can't stop at just one. I've used up all the mini-skiens from this year's WWSiP:
I have a few small skeins left to become blocks and then the project will go on hold until more join the stash. I'm spinning up a 7.9 ounce batt of Spinner's Hill. Its a combination of wool-mohair-silk in a gorgeous burgundy color. I'm going to try to finish up the first bobbin this afternoon. There's Portland Spinnerati Tuesday night, Wednesday spinning and Spinning Bee next Sunday, so lots of time to get the second bobbin done.

At the family dinner a couple weeks ago we found out that it had been decided not to the family exchange, so that helped with some of my knitting. I have some other craft ideas in mind for gifts that don't involve knitting. I'm also considering quick knit projects for those that do, like slippers.

Our spinning group had fun this last week. We all brought pumpkin items to share. There was pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin curry soup, pumpkin cookies and bread, pumpkin pie and pumpkin fudge. I made pumpkin pie from a roasted pumpkin that I pureed. It was the third such pie from that pumpkin. I had already tried out Bobbie Flay's Throwdown pies and everyone liked those. The recipe as is made two pies for me. Brandon took one to work for their Halloween party and it was gobbled up. I had half of one left so took that along with the Pumpkin Struesel I tried out. I had enough filling that I filled a few ramekins. This made it so that Kim who is on a gluten free diet could have some. If I do the pie again, I'd make sure that I had pecans on hand (had to sub in almonds) and some more butter so that it would actually kind of caramelize. We enjoyed our pumpkin potluck so much that we've decided to do something similar for December. Maybe a cookie one? 

Still some roasted pumpkin leftover, so may try out these pumpkin drop biscuits. Have you tried using roasted pumpkin that you've made?