Friday, June 27, 2008

hot fuzz in the summertime

I've been pretty proud of the stash busting I've been doing lately...I'm trying to force myself to think in terms of what I can do with what I already have.

I've also wanted to do this fuzzy beret from Kim Hargreaves for a while now-- Thought it would be a good excuse to try out some Kidsilk Haze for the first time just to see what all the fuss was about. (er fuzz was about?). But then I DIDN'T. I went to the stash and pulled out some angora instead.

Pattern: Foxy beret by Kim Hargreaves
yarn: La via dell'angora Angora 70 (70% angora, 10% lambswool, 20% nylon) almost 3 balls, knit double-stranded
needles: 3.75mm
mods: knit in the round (no seams...)

It hasn't been very beach-y weather around these parts lately, but we trundled off there none the less to take these pics. Overcast skies really make the turquoise pop.

I've often daydreamed about having the classic 50's pin-up sweater-girl angora sweater. Never mind the fact that it would take about a million expensive balls of the stuff to accomplish this task, it PAINS me that I'm so allergic to it. (I'm starting to suspect this with Iceland as well (which, oh yeah--is back on the needles baby!). Even a miniscule amount of mohair has me sneazing, and I suppose kidsilk haze would have been no different.

I might actually be able to get away with some angora in "hat" form though. If I can suffer through one of the cats sleeping on my head every night surely I can wear a fuzzy hat once in a while?

My stack of berets is growing ever higher.

In other news, how 'bout a recipe? The bulk of the meals I make are usually asian-inspired, and this was a new and easy one I tried recently so I thought I'd share it.

Grill yourself some tofu:

(I only had medium on hand--firm would have probably been better)

and some bok choy:

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(use baby bok choy-- again I only had regular on hand)

boil yourself some udon noodles, and voila:

slurpy goodness!

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the actual recipe for this can be found HERE.


joy said...

LOVE the beret!!

Julia said...

The colour of that beret looks more delicious than the food!

hernamewasgreta said...

the beret is so pretty! it's going straight to my to do-list.

jackieknits said...

the beret is such a pretty color!

hahaha good luck with the stashbusting, i definitely know your pain!

knitlit kate said...

that beret is stupid cute!