Monday, April 07, 2014

spring cleaning

Ness at Bunnies and Bettas is hosting a spring cleaning KAL, and I'm all aboard this train. Spring's the perfect time for a fresh start, and quite a few projects in my knitting basket just need a few more rows, buttons, blocking, or (gulp) sleeves. Here's project no. 1, destined for a friend's new baby:

pattern: diagonal box-stitch crochet blankie
6.5 skeins, haze heather
hook: G/4.0 mm, Clover Soft Touch
my ravelry project page

I love this pattern! It's intuitive and easy, and working from corner to corner eliminates those pesky foundation chains (mine are always too tight). I've made at least four of these blankies already. The yarn is terrific, but sadly all the colors aside from marshmallow (natural white) have been discontinued. I needed just a smidge more yarn, and a fellow Raveler came to the rescue. Thank you so much, Sarah443!


How about cleaning out the fridge, too? I usually have the ingredients for this soup on hand (I keep ham in the freezer), and it's perfect on a rainy day.

Slow-Cooker Yellow Split Pea Soup

8 C. chicken stock
1 lb. dried yellow (or green) split peas, sorted and rinsed
3 medium carrots, diced (~ 1.5 C.)
1 medium onion, chopped (~ .5 C.)
1 medium stalk celery, chopped (~.5 C.)
8 oz. chopped ham or Canadian-style bacon
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
freshly ground pepper, to taste

- Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.

- Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or until peas and veggies are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent the split peas from clumping.

- Serves 8.


Sharon said...

Baby blankets are such pretty and also useful gifts - and you don't have to worry about size :) My daughter in law has knit the corner to corner in garter stitch for many many babies. She says she's gone to knitting bibs instead!

Anonymous said...

That soup sounds DELICIOUS. Now, I'm sad my husband hates peas.

Tracy Altieri said...

I never quite got the hang of crochet. Slow cooker soup though - yes! Thanks for the recipe!

Jodi said...

Split peas aren't the same as regular peas! My husband hates peas but likes this soup.

Ness said...

It's a beautiful blanket! Ah, if only I had a slow cooker big enough, I could also clean my fridge. :P

Hilary said...

Wow, that soup sounds amazing. Thank you for the recipe! And what a gorgeous blanket! You always make me want to pick up a crochet hook...