Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shalom now in Polish

Thanks to Kate (Truscaveczka on ravelry) the Shalom cardigan pattern has now been translated into Polish! It can be found here, or through the link on my sidebar. I'm still so flattered and surprised at the popularity of this pattern. For those of you who are thinking of knitting one, be sure to spend some time browsing the many great modifications made by the talented knitters on ravelry.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer grilling

I'm staying at a new place for a while, where there's a really nice, easy-to-use gas grill. It has inspired me to make a couple grilled meals in as many days.

Kebabs for me and LQ
[note: you must pronounce Kebabs like Jemaine in 'Flight of the Conchords']

A really really yummy fattoush salad with grilled veggies and pita. I changed it up a bit by adding a generous helping of za'atar spice mixture (my newest obsession from Israel), and I left out the cheese and olives this time. It was great! Oh, and I should note that this second dish was my first attempt at grilling by myself! Success.

And I'm back!

I'm back from Israel, and have a knitting surprise to share! It wasn't all-work-no-knitting, after all, despite my blog silence. I had enough free time to whip up a lovely version of Heidi Kirrmaier's Buttercup sweater. I followed her modifications for the second version with longer sleeves and ribbing bands. I also knit it in a smaller gauge with Frog Tree Alpaca Fingering weight wool. I'm extremely pleased with how the sweater fits, and the clarity of the instructions.

Here's the ravelry link to the sweater, for you knitters out there.