Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Mishmash

No time for blogging, I have knitting to do!  Actually, I'm caught up with my "must finish" projects for Christmas, and now I'm just playing around with fun stuff.  But I do find myself rushing through the things I have to do so I can settle down and knit...knitting has become one of my favorite activities.

While I can't show you everything I've finished just yet, because certain recipients read my blog, here's another windmill bag that I made for a secret Santa gift exchange with my knitting guild:
I could practically knit this bag in my sleep at this point...

And look - I also knitted a "gift card-igan" - a sweater for a gift card!  I got to try a new technique with it, too; I had to put some stitches on a cable needle and knit around them, and then go back and knit the stitches on the cable needle.  Very technical explanation, I know...one step above my usual "you take the thingie and put it on the doohickie" description.
 
This only took me a few hours and it was really cool to see the pattern develop.  I might get brave and try a bigger cabled project next!

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My friends at Oh Nuts once again offered to send me a couple of items of my choosing for holiday baking.  As I rarely bake anymore, I incorporated the ingredients, which were shelled pistachios and dried red sour cherries, into my Hippie Granola.  You can find the basic recipe for the granola here; all I did differently was reduce the amount of pecans to 1/4 cup, add in 1/4 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds, and 1/2 cup of pistachios.  I coarsely chopped up 1 cup of the dried cherries and added them to the mix after it had baked and cooled down.  Here's proof that I am not a food blogger some pictures:
 
 
Why YES, I do love my granola!

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I can't believe tomorrow we are only (ONLY!) running 6 miles.  Amazing how your perspective can change after so many 9, 10 and 12 mile runs...6 miles?  Pfft.  That's nothing.  Not really, but it just sounds like nothing.  I'm sure I'll be more than ready for it to be over, right around mile two four.  This is the last long run of the season with our running club before our goal race.  But I'm not going to think about that race just yet.

Have a great weekend!

18 comments:

  1. Only 6 miles ... the sooner you're home to knit again. I love it how you picked up knitting and how much you started to love it.
    Have to admit I don't knit that much at the moment but every time I read your Friday's post I want to start again which I have forgotten by the time I get home :)

    Enjoy tomorrow's "short" run and have a great weekend.

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    1. Fran, you need to pick up your knitting and post pictures so I can be inspired - I loved seeing your sweaters develop!

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  2. Gift Cardigan!!!

    That run tomorrow will be a piece of cake. Or maybe I should say pancake. Or Clif Bar. It's so true that on the way up 6 miles sounds like forever and on the way down, eh.



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  3. Those gift cardigans are adorable. Please tell me you sell these on etsy so I can order up a few.

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    1. Thank you! I don't have an etsy shop as I'm not that fast of a knitter.

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  4. I love your granola too! And I like how you arranged your ingredients into hearts - proof that you would make a fine food blogger! :)

    I love that gift-cardigan! Super cute!!

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  5. Gift cardigan! It looks like it can hold a phone! Cute! have a great weekend!

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  6. That is a good idea. If its not big enough for a phone, you could adjust the pattern just a bit!

    I love how you have embraced knitting! Its fun to have a 'healthy living' friend who is obsessed with the fiber arts too!

    And 6 miles. The last time I walked 6 miles (which was a long time ago) it beat my butt!

    And yes, heart shaped granola ingredients? I think we have a budding food blogger on our hands!

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  7. Gift cardigan is adorable! What a darling idea.

    Thanks for you comment this morning. You pegged exactly how I was feeling.

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  8. That gift cardigan is so clever - I've never seen anything like it!

    Good luck on your run tomorrow - six miles will seem like a piece of cake! (coming from someone who only runs 5ks!)

    Happy Friday!

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  9. And you say you aren't a food blogger - you made purty hearts!

    You do beautiful knitting.

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  10. Only 6 miles. Doesnt it blow your mind to say that!!

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  11. I think those hearts make you a food blogger "extraordinaire".
    REALLY REALLY lovin' the knitting projects. Hope your run went well today. (Saturday)

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  12. That card-igan is adorable!

    Did you make your ingredients into heart shapes before using them in the granola? that's really freaking clever and photogenic.

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  13. Oh, knitting! I used to knit bags for my socks and underwear... I really should start again, I was loving it... thanks for reminding me!

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  14. OMGOSH I LOOOOVE THE GIFTCARDIGAN!

    to etsy with you!

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  15. Love the knitting! Makes me want to pick up some of the crafts I used to do -- like crewel embroidery, etc. I was going to say I don't know when I'd have the time, but I could always do it when watching television.

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