Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Knitters RULE

So last night a newcomer came to Stitch n Bitch, Katie, and she never knew how to knit and at the end of the night she was on her way to a beautiful scarf!! I am so excited for her. The group has decided to try to make it to yarn heaven (Meyer's House), its THE BEST place to get yarn around here. Next week we are meeting at Rebecca's house and her mom is a knitting pro, so we can have the chance to get some nice techniques from her. I can't wait. So now my most recent project is a really cute beret and I will start a cute scarf for Mikey's sister. We are going up to Chicago this weekend and I wanted to bring her a little something. I have the perfect yarn for her.

Job hunting is so stressful! I actually talked to a person yesterday, which is nice, instead of talking to someone's voicemail! We'll see what happens.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Birthday Week!

This Friday is my 23rd Birthday. This week I have big plans. Thursday night work friends are meeting me at a salsa club for a night salsa dancing! I'm so excited! Friday night my friends and my boyfriend are going out to dinner somewhere. Not sure where yet, but I need to decide soon so I can make reservations. Here are some places I am thinking about going.

1. Miso (sushi bar - I went here last year for my birthday, so I am not sure if I want to go there again..)

2. Copia (Urban Winery & Market - I have been there twice and their food is so delicious! $10-$33)

3. Mosaic (Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, $31-$51)

4. BARcelona Tapas Restaurant (Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, $30 and under)

Hopefully I can figure out where I want to go! Tomorrow night is Stitch 'n Bitch! I think I am going to make some yummy Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting! I got the recipe from Giada's Everday Italian on Food Network.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed
3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly. The muffins may be eaten warm or cooled completely and frosted.

To frost the cupcakes: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone cheese and then beat in the honey. Spread the frosting over the muffins. Sprinkle with the walnuts.

I am almost finished with the Totally Tubular Skirt. It has taken me longer than I expected to knit this one because I have been working on other projects, like my Dad's birthday snow hat that I had to get done for his birthday. The hat looked well on him.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Another fun night of knitting

So last night we had our second Stitch 'n Bitch! It went really well. This time there was tons more food and a fire in the fireplace! I think we are going to start our own yarn exchange! Its like a chain letter or secret pal. I am going to start knitting a hat for my dad for his birthday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

First Stitch n' Bitch!

So we had our very first meeting last night! Sarah, Cori, and Rebecca came! Karina still hasn't had the chance to come, but hopefully next week she will be there! It was Cori's first time, so I had to help her get going but after a while, she got the hang of it. She started off with a simple garter stitch scarf. Sarah is a beginner too, but she was more daring and dove into a multi stripe scarf! Rebecca's mom is a pro knitter so she helped her on her way with circular needles. I am still working to finishing the Totally Tubular skirt. It's coming along!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wristbands and grillz

My boyfriends cozy slppers that I finished.. he loves them!

The wristband I knitted for my friend Tommy Guns.. it says "guns" on it and I gave it to him last night at our work Christmas Party. The other gift I got him was an awesome grill from This was probably the coolest gift of all last night. Tommy was so excited, he was wearing the grill all night! It was awesome.

So I just found the cutest skirt pattern on The pattern is called intolerable cruelty. I really really want to make this skirt, and I don't know if any knitters out there who have tackled this project, but I would like to know. Maybe start a knitalong? It seems like a difficult project but soo so cute.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Holidays are officially over.

I finally finished my boyfriend's slippers. They turned out good, he says that they are comfortable! So that's a good sign. My next knitting adventure, is a knit wristband for my friend Tommy from work. We all picked secret santas at work, and I picked Tommy's name. The work Christmas party is tomorrow night. So I am knitting him a gray wristband and I will sew "guns" in black yarn on it b/c his nickname is Tommy Guns. He plays in a band, so hopefully it will have this punk rock look to it.

Some girls from work and I are starting our own Stitch n' Bitch! I think tonight we are having our first official meeting. I have to make a few calls to the girls to make sure they are coming! I am so excited! I think we will have meetings every Tuesday night and work on projects together! More on that later.

I was in Barnes and Noble, one of my favorite stores, and I got lost in the knitting books! There were so many good knitting books that I wanted to buy! But I must stay away because I have spent so much money recently on yarn! I have to start budgeting. So instead I bought "The Diary of Marie Antoinette" which I started reading earlier this afternoon. I told my boyfriend that I haven't been reading as much because I have been knitting more, but if I get audiobooks then I can get my knitting done as well as my literature!

New years resolutions
1. work out and lose ten pounds! (everyone wants to lose weight)
2. keep the job hunt going
3. read more books
4. knit of course!