Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I'm insane

Yes ladies and gentlemen. I am even more insane than you thought. Why? Because after buying a fabulous top at LOFT (on sale of course) I decided that I need to have a super sweet capelet to go over it. It will make for the perfect NYE outfit. I will be adorable.

So I screamed and cried at it last night, but finally found help on the internet. (Thank you other knitters!!) And I then spent the entire day today plopped on the couch working on it. Mine is knit in a very different yarn so it is a bit different, but....


Thursday, December 21, 2006

I NEED this

Fucking fabulous, no? Apparently this very talented Etsy seller BandAmy makes it. I hate her for her talent and creativity. I do believe that I will put her work up on a pedestal and attempt to make my own. I'm sorry, Amy. I have the need to craft. I do not have the money to buy your crafts AND fulfill my need to keep my fingers constantly moving in some sort of knitting motion. I believe I am truely addicted. But it's a good addiction, right?

Last night I had a total breakthrough and now I think I can begin to do more complex patterns. Bringing me one step closer to that fabulous bag. I am working on a very pretty green wool scarf for my wonderful friend and fellow shoe and wine lover, Jenny. Jenny owns a freaking lot of scarves. So many that one might call her a bit of a freak. Her scarf addiction is good for me because I can make her a lot of gifts that are secretly practice items for me. After Jenny's green scarf I am going to make a scarf for Renae, my other boozy friend. I hope she will wear it. She is a bit tough for scarves.

Then I want to make myself a fun fur collar/shrug thingy. It is here on page 19. The blue one with the ribbon, but I want it in brown. How the hell will I use that in Florida? Trust me, dahlinks I will find a way. I also want to make the purse on page 15. The striped one, but probably not in stripes. That catalog had better arrive soon. I need patterns, damn it!

Friday, December 15, 2006

So, I've started knitting

And I have to tellyou I am on a quest to make knitting cool. Promise. I know there are a lot of cool patterns out there that have already done that, so I'm just going to follow in the footsteps of those folks.

Anyways, here are my two first projects.

This is a very simple but very soft scarf. I absolutely love this yarn. I'm sending this one to my SIL, but I will be getting some of this for my stash to make something for me.

This is my first felting project. It's a bag for the older of my two younger sisters.

I still need to sew it together, but that won't take too long. I think it came out alright, but I learned a lot.

Comments appreciated.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

I was shamed

I went to a party at my friend Jenny's house this weekend. The woman baked like a maniac. Seriously, the spread that she had was just ridiculous.

I am shamed. My parties do not have a spread like this. I am lazy in comparison. However, I do not have to bake for days. Also, I don't get sore legs from standing in the kitchen. I suppose it is a tradeoff.

It was very yummy, and I will be stealing some of her recipes and posting them soon.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I made some yummies this morning

So this afternoon at work we have a pot-luck lunch/holiday celebration. My lazy ass was too busy knitting and getting busy yesterday afternoon to make anything. So, I got up this morning and managed to make a pretty simple appetizer using my favorite white-trash ingredient: Crescent rolls. And I was only 8 minutes late to work.

1 container of crescent rolls
Some sliced hard salami
Italian seasoning
Shredded parmesean cheese

First off, crank the oven to 350. Then slam that crescent roll tube against the counter good and hard to startle your cat. This serves a practical purpose: those bitches don't open even after you peel off every inch of label. Unroll them into 2 rectangles onto a cutting board so you don't get crap on your counter.

Using a wet finger, pinch the perforations back together. Sprinkle with italian seasoning and garlic-from-a-jar. Lay 6 slices of salami outon the dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll it up into a log and pinch shut. Be sure to really roll it tight.

Cut the log into 8 pieces. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes. Serve warm with some spaghetti sauce.

What's the point?

Hey. I'm Kate. I was voted "Most Likely to Become Martha Stewart" by my sorority in college because I hosted some fabulous pre-parties and always had drunk foods and a very clean bathroom available for the after-party. The truth is that I'm a lazy girl who likes to be able to drink at her parties, but who is obsessed with having things look, taste and smell good. So the key is to have things that are easy, can be made ahead and popped in the oven when the goodies on the table get low, and that can still be handled when I get a buzz on.

This is my guide to fabulous party foods and tricks of the trade. And probably some crafts.

I don't eat pie

However, I do eat Boston Creme Pie. My version is super easy and if you have a slice with a glass of La Crema Chardonnay, you will have a small orgasm, I shit you not.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 or 2 boxes vanilla pudding mix
Chocolate frosting (pre-made)

Make cake in 2 8 or 9 inch rounds according to package directions. Make pudding according to package directions, but skimp on the milk or water - you want it to be a bit more solid. Put in fridge

When cake cools trim one layer so it is flat. Put on plate and then frost just the top (not the sides) with the pudding. Put on next layer. Put a bunch of frosting in a pyrex measuring cup with a pouring thingy. Microwave it a bit until it is pourable. Pour that shit right on top of the assembled cake, letting a bit of it drip down the sides.

Serve cool.