Monday, February 01, 2010

OYW : Sew Along 2010 : February

Hey Donk,

I'm pretty impressed that other people made the hat, since I realized about a second into that published decision that I maybe didn't choose the easiest pattern to get the new year started.

Sorry, folks, I was distracted by the notion of a new hat. And I love hats. Let it be known.

Thankfully, some of you folks are brave souls and went ahead with the hat-making even though the pattern called for such mysterious items as fusible interfacing and impromptu math (which I bungled to the power of Pi. Sorry. See noricum's comment for proper calcs. Hey - you knew I didn't do math. Whaddya want? For the record, though, my fuzzy math actually produced a fine usable lid, even though it was mathematically erroneous. Story of my life.)

Also thankfully, you chose an easy and good recipe for the hat-fearful so that we could all experience some ~along success at the starting gates. Thank you for that. I enjoyed my spicy garlic dressed Brussels sprouts very much.

And, finally, big congrats love to  laeroport, this month's winner and the first One Yard Wonders : Sew Along 2010 project hero.

You won my heart over with the skirt-turned-awesome-hat, you total over-achiever, you. You're going to get a lovely surprise in the mail from moi if only you'd just send your full name and mailing address to me at finnyknits AT gmail DOT com, soonly. Though you can begin bragging about your wild success to just anyone who will listen right now. Go ahead. People will understand.

Moving on to February, though, when people get distracted by chalky candy hearts stamped with misspelled love notes (which are not welcome in our house because we both find poor grammar as unattractive as dudes in skinny jeans) and greeting cards clearly created for those who forget they love their sig other except for one day a year and therefore choose to express sad and trite cliches to the tune of "For my husband on this special day. I love you more than the moon and stars. Will you be my Valentine?", when we have projects that have nothing to do with any of those things.

Thank god. Because, blech.

Sorry. I'm a Valentine's scrooge. I won't go into the details. You understand. Bubba and I rekindle our love regularly over pizza night dinners and repeat viewings of Battlestar Galactica because we are just that sophisticated and glamorous and also our love is very mature and dynamic. I also find the asking of one to be one's Valentine to be about the most retarded request on the planet because what the hell does that even mean, but I'll stop now.

Because I said I wouldn't go into details and, whoopsy, there they were. Some of them anyway. Know that I spared you my "Long Valentine's Day Rant" and be grateful.

SO - instead of that rant, let's talk February projects.

Kelli's Fabric de-stasher from One Yard Wonders: Folklore bag by Lauren Booth

My Fridge de-stasher recipe:  Roasted spicy cauliflower with capers

1 head of any type of cauliflower (regular , Romanesco, purple), cut into florets
2 T capers
2 T olive oil
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T kosher salt
1/2 T fresh ground black pepper

To make
Preheat oven to 425.

Toss all ingredients in a 9x9 glass baking dish, making sure to coat the cauliflower evenly.

Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, remove to stir them up a bit and return for another 10 minutes until some of the cauliflower has gotten dark and roasty. Serve warm.

And now y'all can just go off into the sunset of February and return to post photos of your masterfully executed projects to the pool by February 28th knowing that this year is not a leap one. Sorry. HURRY.

Kidding. You needn't hurry. I didn't see any fucked up math in either of this month's projects so you probably won't have a total meltdown over your kitchen table as you're trying to cobble together the sum of your life's math skills even though you nearly flunked out of college algebra and just desperately want to finish your project or anything totally theoretical like that.

No, you should be fine. This project looks fairly straightforward and cute. And delicious, also. Eat your vegetables damn it! That's right - because I says so.



  1. Oh yay! Been looking for a reason to make this bag! And double-yay, because Feb 28th is my birthday since there is no Feb 29th this year. And no, please don't ask me how it feels to be born a Leap Year's baby because, frankly, it's the same as any other day, except that three years out of four, your birthday comes a day early. A factoid that most people find more fascinating than it is, and are sure that there should be something faintly other-worldly about me, like maybe a second set of nostrils secretly embedded just behind my ears, because how can you be born on a day that only happens once every four years and NOT be strange? Can you tell I just got back from my lunch time walk? Those CRAZY exercise endorphins are whooshing around my brain!

  2. Boo to veggies. (I was going to put "vegs" but then thought maybe that looked like "vag" too much and then I would just be a hyprocrite, wouldn't I?) I adore the bag. I just can't sew. :( I am even contemplating tossing my new jacket because the button is floppy. *sigh*

  3. OK I totally chickened out of the hat, for multiple reasons. But I'm totally going to make the bag this month, I love it!

  4. I love me some homemade bags and cauli. Thank you Fin!

  5. Be sure to check out the publisher's website before you start. There was a printing error on the pattern for the pleat. I found out after the fact and had some trouble with excess fabric on the band.

  6. Does this mean you won't be my Valentine? Damn. Guess I'll just have to make do with Hugh Jackman.

  7. Yay! I just discovered your blog last month but there was no way in hell I was taking on that complicated-looking hat. Not to mention the fact that I never wear hats because my hair's already flat enough without the added compression. But I've been wanting to make this bag so assuming I don't suddenly develop a life between now and the end of the month I hope to finish one in time.

  8. Good god. That looks so delicious, it's not even fair.


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