Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stitches West 2011

We left last Thursday for StsW at 6:30 am with snowflakes falling all around us. Thankfully we got out before the storm, because Paradise and Magalia were hammered while we were gone.
Tirzah and Kezziah came along this year. Our first girls road trip. I was so blessed to have my girls there. It reminded me of when I was pregnant and felt them move for the first time. No matter where I went, I wasn't alone. They made me braver then and they make me braver now.

This year when we arrived, we knew what we were doing since it was our 5th event in the last year. Which meant this year I was not so nervous that I didnt eat for DAYS. I ate. I ate well. Persian on friday was amazing at a santa clara restaurant something like Chelokebabi, (its on El Camino Real and Wolfe) amazing food! The menu was in arabic so i text pix to my brother. After all if your brother speaks arabic, there should be occasional perks like menu assistance.
Jeff and Debra of Debra's Garden are my fave dinner companions, so along with my dear friend Leslie Wind and new friends Lizette and Don, we had amazing food, and laughed well.

I briefly got to see Merike as she was teaching classes. Romi was there, Marisol and Carrie (irish girlieknits,) Lisa and Rod, Brenda, Diane, Lynn, Gryphon, and ofcourse the wonderful Lionnesses of Lion Brand, Zontee, Lindsey, and Kendra. Top it all of with WonderMike of Fiber Beat and some of my favourite people in the fiber world were in one place. (jennifer sadly did not join me, i am thinking of forgiving her since she was after all dying yarn for my designs....) Really there is no way for me to mention and hyperlink everyone, people of great importance will be left out.

Spinolution needed to park some wheels which turned out to be great decor for the booth. 2 wheels may have come home with me, but i am not admitting to it at this time. the bee fits into a carry on! seriously!

Before we go any further, let me say that there are 5 knitters and 3 spinners in our house. Sometimes sharing is an issue. so try not to judge.

Lynn had bags of yarn , BAGS OF YARN, for $20 Shelia Earnst was there with coblat glass needles. seriously amazing to knit with once you get it out of your head that its glass. 9they will fix them if you break them)
Jordana Paige was lovely as ever, and Kezzi took her money she saved up and invested it into a Bella Bag from JP. LJ Kaelms in green needed to come home, the amazing african baskets acrossed from us, they gifted us a few b/c of our loaning of containers so the baskets could be shaped.
Picked up some new books one on weaving, JC Briar's charting book, Betty Fryer's Lace Primer (made with intwined), Omas Strickengeheimmisse (grandma's knitting secrets).

New patterns from Gryphon (BEOWOLF SOCKS) and Kollage and somewhere else i cant remember
Llama Sparkles yarn, baby llama and silver.
Jill of fibersphere had namaste buddy cases and needle cases, which coordinate to the new JP bag very nicely.
oh this lad had magnetic scarf claspy things, which i am going to use for shabbat shmatas.
a larger tunisian crochet hook from stitch diva, new della q project bags for shawl cases.

pictures will be added later. breakfast needs to get finished, and jaden yanked a tooth out of his head....

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Here we are in February, and its all hearts and flowers and fiber.

This month Exclusively thru Holiday Yarns is a special Valentines Kit of a sock I designed, Pictures will be posted soon. The yarn is so yummy for this sock which is in 2 colours.

The first installment of the Greek Mythology Lace Club will have my first shawl design. I really enjoyed Stefanie's shawl design class. There could be more lace designs in my head now. scary and dangerous I know, but it is possible since socks and lace are my 2 favourite things.

If you are interested in signing up, you still have a chance to get in on one of the clubs, but not for much longer.
Greek Mythology Lace Club
Stellar Socks Club

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Blah Days Need Good Food

yesterday started out in frustration and stress. a general feeling of overwhelmedness. is that a word?
so when Sam asked "what's for lunch?" I was not really in the mood. Being frdgeless for the last 15 wks has definitely cramped my life. I am bored to death with brown rice, potatoes, pastas even if the are whole grain. I just couldnt take another sandwich as well.

So out of the recipe files came Middle Eastern Pizzas. I havent made these in about 10 years. When Rupesh and Ashish would come over several nights a week we were curried out and I threw these things together.

The great thing about these, okay maybe it is the great thing about my kids, EVERYONE eats these! some eat it like pizza and some like a pita pocket sandwich, but they all eat it.

Note Tali's Don't bother me, I am eating face

Zemeira wouldnt even look up as she ate


Middle Eastern Pizzas
Pita Bread in a pinch, if you have the time a big yummy home made foccacia bread
grape tomatoes- quartered
Balsamic vinegar and pomegranate vinegar
red and yellow sweet peppers
1 lemon
Tahini in a can
Plain nonfat yogurt
black olives

1st take the quartered tomatoes and cover them with a blend of the vinegars, set aside to marinate.
slice the peppers and place them and olives in dishes for garnishing

Take the yogurt and tahini and place in a food processor, with the juice of one lemon and a lil salt (to taste) blend into a nice smooth sauce.

warm pitas in the oven, or use the fresh warm foccacia, spread tahini sauce on top.
because everyone likes things a bit different, AND Zemeira is allergic to tomatoes, we keep it all separate and top them as they like. dolmas on the side just because you can always eat dolmas.

so yum!
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