summer fare :: guac-ish delicious

sometimes i share a recipe.

this is our new favorite snack served with red hot blue chips.  i hope you make it, i hope you love it.


2 ripe avocados

1/2 red onion finely chopped

juice from 1 lime



mash the avocados in a bowl using a potato masher or… a fork should do the trick, stir in the red onion, lime juice, and salt to taste.  top with a generous heap of cilantro and EAT. monday & workshop reminder

ok. i have casted on for the cap sleeve KAL and this is as far as i’ve gotten. hmph. i like the pattern quite well since it seems simple enough and well written but i find myself facing seams once again. i considered working in the round and saying damn it all - but - i suppose i’ll do as told and knit along merrily so. i’ll post more about the colors once there’s enough to actually see what i’m doing. it’s nothing more than a simple slip stitch, but i didn’t want a striped sweater and the slips are creating subtle little scallops - just enough to break it up.

this is another baby blanket for one of my mother’s friends. it’s not any sort of pattern but i think it’s going to turn out just as sweet as can be. i told you all i had lots of interest in that picot edge for other things and i think it’s just the frill this blanket was crying out for. one and a half sides are finished now and i hope to have it tied up and blocked by the end of the week. i’m really eager to see how it blocks. the yarn is knitpicks superwash in worsted weight so it’s snuggle soft and springy. i keep pulling on it this way and that to see if i can eye up the size it will end up.

sadly, that is all for now. i had a full week last week and will have an equally full week again. which reminds me….

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this weekend is the first of three mama & me classes!

info via homespun workshops & gallery:

Mommy & Me Knitting
Instructor: Pink Brutus Knits

This workshop meets for 3 sessions.
Saturdays May 19, 26 and June 2 2012, from 1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m., all sessions

This class is a beginners knitting class (ages 5 & up) and no experience is necessary. There are three different projects presented and completed during this workshop depending on the age of the student.
Parent- Simple Ribbed Cowl
Children-5-7 Tooth Fairy Pouch
Children-7 & up Hood Cap

Workshop Fee is $80 (for parent and child pair)
Students must provide their own supplies. The supply list will be given upon registration; items can be purchased locally and are readily available.

Courtney is a mother, wife, knitter, spinner, pattern maker, gardener, baker, crafter and a wearer of many hats. She is also the owner and creator of Pink Brutus Knits and Lucy & the Bird which is sold online and at our own Homespun: Modern Handmade.

to sign up, contact homespun:modern handmade

i’m very excited and still have quite a bit of work ahead me! thanks for all of your support xo

magic has it's place.

have you seen this?  i mean, i know it’s six years old but… what evs.  it’s still pretty damn magical and really, really versatile.  why can’t you make leg warmers this way?  why can’t you make hats this way you know, for your sister who had twins.  why wouldn’t you just start knitting two of everything!?

so, for my first ever official monday…. i present this.

after knitting this little swatch i can tell you why i haven’t seen the method before.  in all of my web crawling and knitting related searches it was the first time this particular method arose… because it’s a bitch.  not the actual knitting - the cast-on.  i tried following the pattern as written and thought i was off to a good start but then SCREECH!  what is going on??? the stitches are going this way and that and if i do as instructed i won’t be alternating colors after the first four stitches!  so, i went to youtube (my go-to for all knitting brain farts).  low and behold.  not one single video demonstrating the cast-on.  there were lots of videos showing how to knit through the thick of it and every comment read, “this looks neat, but HOW DO YOU CAST ON?”  hmmm.  so, maybe i’m not as dumb as i seem.

i cheated.  i cast on this many of this color and on one needle and that many of that color on another and then slipped them alternately onto a third needle.  then i distributed the alternating stitches onto three needles to work in the round and TA-DA!  the rest was pretty easy and it’s true that once you begin you find your rhythm quickly.


after working about an inch and a half i could start to see the two pieces emerge and i noticed the oddest thing.  the inside piece was much larger than the outside piece.  somehow the gauge of the two pieces is completely different.  now, i can deal with two socks or what ever being two different colors as i practice, but two different sizes also?  that’s ridiculous.

i’ve decided that this method is very magical, very clever, and once mastered, very practical - i’m just not quite ready to put the time in to really master the tension.  i’d be very interested to hear from you.  have you tried this method?  what were your results?  

have a happy monday, all! xo