Tag: vegan

kira makes out like a bandit at the potluck/swap

Last night’s Twisted Stitchers RVA (our stitch & bitch group) was a potluck/swap. I made the crowd-favorite Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (was a hit, again), and a recipe I hadn’t tried before: Cold Soba & Cucumber Salad. It’s more of an assembly recipe than actual cooking; super quick to put together (I made it during my lunch break, on the day of!), and was also very tasty. I polished off the leftovers today for lunch!

Swap Books

But, look at the books I snagged! Super stoked about the Zimmerman books and Walker’s Knitting Treasuries (1 through 3! just missing #4!). Plus, No Sheep for You is good for looking into other non-wool yarns as a mostly-vegan — I still eat honey, and occasionally use wool. Because, things like felting, and other awesome wool properties…

Speaking of wool, I also took a ball of Berocco Sox in a really neat colorway (think it was 1425 John Moores, but not sure if I remember properly — it only had the colorway number and not the name on the ball band).

And speaking of socks, my first pair is coming along. I was gifted a skein of lovely sock yarn (The Twisted Knitter Hand Dyed Originals Platinum Sock in “Naughty or Nice”) by my friend. And, I decided that this sock yarn should actually become socks!

Naughty or Nice Socks Progress

After a few false starts (CO edge too tights, too loose, etc), I made my way through the toe and onto the main body of the sock. I was concerned for a bit that the sock would be too large, but I think that was just the needles pulling the yarn when I was trying it on in the initial stages. Now to knit just a bit more before moving onto the heel.

I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, with the additional help of this video for figuring out the CO for DPNs. I am using Fleegle’s Toe-Up No-Flap, No-Hassle Sock Pattern; after looking at several different toe-up heels, I became intrigued with the Fleegle heel, and figured I’d give that one a go. And, at the end, I plan to use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. I divided the skein into two equal weight balls, and plan on knitting until I run out of yarn! I anticipate having an inch or two of ribbing at the top, on otherwise stockinette stitch socks (and depending on how tall/long they become, I may do some increases to fit over the calf).

[Ravelry project notes here]


kira makes lunch. It counts as a thing.

Since I just recently moved, all of my craft and art supplies are packed away in boxes. This makes it hard to post on my blog that focuses on things that I make.

So, making lunch totally counts.

I didn’t have anything to eat for lunch at work (Lie: I had a can of soup, but I wasn’t very excited about it), so I decided to jaunt back over to my apartment during my lunchbreak and whip up some delicious food.

Inaugural use of my new apartment’s stovetop!
Curried chickpeas and spinach with savory coconut rice.

Lunchtime Cooking