Saturday, October 27, 2007

Diagonal Baby Blanket

Pattern: Sandy's Diagonal Baby Blanket
Source: Jimmy Beans Wool website
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 5.5 skeins (1 of each color except 1.5 dark blue)
Needles: US9 Clover bamboo circs
This is a very easy pattern to follow, and it's nice not to cast on or bind off a ton of stitches. I made the stripes wider than the pattern, and I substituted aran weight yarn for chunky. I wanted the blanket to be soft, floppy, and cuddly, so I went up to size 9 needles. In retrospect, size 8 would have been better. The final segment comes to a strange point. I may end up adding the corner tassels as per the pattern just to disguise the goofy corner.

Recent favorites in the kitchen:

Curried Lentil Soup
Modifications: Added 2 medium carrots, diced, along with the lentils. Substituted chicken stock for water.

Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas
Modifications: Substituted light cream cheese for fat-free. Added Tabasco sauce to the filling mixture. The soy crumbles have a little soy aftertaste, but they're so darn easy to use that I would do it again in a heartbeat. Alternately, browning lean ground beef with the onion would work fine.

Bell Pepper Chicken with Feta Orzo
Modifications: Made extra orzo. Used only red peppers, no green. This recipe is a long-time favorite! Highly recommended.

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