Knitting Updates & Low Carb Cooking

Hi All! You may have noticed that I haven’t really had a lot of knitting posts recently. That’s because I haven’t been knitting much. I’ve gotten a few rows knit here and there…however most days are spent not knitting. Yep, the CTS flared back up and since I work full time on the computer, knitting has once again been put on the back burner.

I did sign up for a Craftsy class called Knit Faster with Portuguese Knitting by Andrea Wong and tried my hand at it this past Saturday. It’s a very interesting technique and will take awhile to master; however seems like it might be easier on my hands and wrists once I can figure out the proper technique.

I have to remember that when I first started knitting, my tension wasn’t great and it also took time. My stitches are extremely tight using this method and I need to figure out the correct way to hold the yarn to maximize tension. I’ve worked on the same swatch over and over…pulling it out as I get frustrated and then re-casting on. The cast on and purl stitch are pretty easy…like I said, it’s a matter of getting the tension right. Does anyone familiar with this technique have any tips or tricks? I do have a knitting pin that I’m using instead of wrapping around my neck.

In other news, I have been trying out some new recipes that I wanted to share with you. I’ve gotten a few from Whole 30 and some from South Beach (low carb) that have been really delicious. With this post, I’ll share what I made last night.

Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp, Sugar Snap Peas, and Red Pepper by Kalyn’s Kitchen

My hubby is on a low-carb diet, which makes finding new recipes a must to keep things interesting. He does not like eating the same thing every week. I often find myself heading to Kalyn’s Kitchen to source new recipes because almost everything I’ve tried from her has been delicious. This was amazingly full of flavor and also hubby approved. He has requested that I make it again and since it made four servings, we are having it for dinner again tonight. I can easily see this being a side dish to a low-carb beef and broccoli stir fry. Even if you don’t like cauliflower, I urge you to give this a try. It’s that good!

I will warn you that this is a lot of prep because you must have everything ready to stir fry before you begin cooking. I made this exactly as the recipe states; however used raw shrimp, which I deveined and removed the outer shell. I left them whole instead of cutting into bite sized pieces and cooked directly after the onion / cauliflower rice. BTW, if you like caramelized garlic and ginger…don’t throw the pieces away after you flavor the oil. My hubby is Italian and loved the addition of the whole garlic cloves to his bowl.

Sorry for the not so great lighting on the images. These were all taken with my iPhone, which doesn’t take the best pictures at night. Either that, or our lighting really sucks in our kitchen 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Cooking!

 

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FO – Sockhead Slouch Hat 2

Hi All!

I’ve been promising a post on my latest finished object and here it is! This hat is something that I’ve been working on for over a year. A whole year, you might ask? Yes, an entire year. Why, you might ask? Well, because it was a take-a-long project! That means this was only worked on when I was out and about.

It’s been to quite a few places and could tell a few tales. We’ve been together on flights to Indiana, Florida and Hawaii. We’ve been to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, San Jose, Livermore, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino and Oakland…all in California. We’ve been together in dentist offices, periodontist offices, doctors offices and hospitals. We’ve been together standing in line waiting to get into concerts, as well as multiple wineries, book club meetings, parties and other sundry events. We’ve been together for a lot of passenger side car knitting.

I’m going to miss knitting on her and can’t wait to gift her to my cousin, Nichole. She’s been waiting a long time! I have since cast on and am working on another one. I’m hoping this one doesn’t take over a year to complete. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Hat 2 (Free Pattern called Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure)

Started / Finished: 7/31/15 – 9/26/16

Yarn: Patons North America Stretch Sock in the color Grape Gumball (62 grams / 1.25 skeins)

Needles: US 3 – 16 inch Bamboo Circulars and US 3 DPNs

Modifications: Cast on with 136 instead of suggested cast on amount as my first Sockhead Hat was a wee bit too big. Since I cast this on, the pattern has been updated to state that as long as you cast on in multiples of 8, you are good. I think this is a good size for a large head.

And here are some pictures with the brim folded and not folded! I love the way this yarn knitted up and have gotten a ton of compliments on it whilst out knitting at all those places.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock

Hi All!

It’s Thursday and it’s usually All About the Socks…notice the name change for this post? That’s because there has been a little behind the scenes discussion about weekly sock posts for our merry band of knitters who have linked up to post about socks. Posting every week is kind of hard because, let’s face it, you don’t always get a lot of progress done in one week. Especially if you have a deadline for another project. So, we have decided to change to once a month posts about our sock progress on the first Thursday of the month. In addition, we thought a name change was in order so we could be consistent within the group. We tossed around several ideas and then decided on “Once Upon a Sock”. Pretty catchy, huh?

So, you guys know that I am recovering from cubital tunnel syndrome. Last Thursday I finally started feeling well enough to start knitting again. I even finished one of my WIPs…more about that in another post. I thought that if I knit a minimum of one row (x2 since I’m working TAAT) per day, I would make some serious progress on my socks. What have I knit since last Thursday? Exactly one row. Yep, one row. At least it’s progress! I’ll show you a picture of what it looked like the last time you saw it as it’s not worth taking another picture for just one row.

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Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson

If the thought of posting every week about your socks stopped you from joining up with us before, maybe you’ll think about once a month? All you have to do is post about your sock progress on the first Thursday of each month and link up to the other sock knitters participating. Just let one of us know in the comments section. Let’s see what kind of magic we can make happen between now and the next post on November 3, 2016! BTW, I will be out of town that week for my BFF’s 40th birthday; however I will still post.

Before you go, please check out our current sock knitting group…Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance. I’m sure you’ll be delighted with their offerings.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!