October 29, 2010

Carrot Curry Soup (Vegetarian)




This is a wonderful hearty soup for Fall. It is very pure and natural. Even though is has spices they are not over bearing. Ash and I cooked this up in no time and had it gone in just a few sittings. Tastes amazing with sliced honey crisp apples on top!





Ingredients:





  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 1 large onion, diced


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  • 6 large carrots, sliced


  • 8 red potatoes, quartered with skin on


  • 2 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)


  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  • 2 teaspoon curry powder


  • sea salt and pepper to taste






Directions





  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook stirring often until onion is translucent. Add carrots and potatoes, and cook for just a few minutes.


  2. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot, add ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are tender.


  3. Puree soup in small batches using a blender. Enjoy!

October 16, 2010

Free Pattern: Preemie Felted Winter Boots




An old friend of mine asked me to design a pair of winter booties for her preemie son who is now just 7 lbs. It took me three time to get it right but I finely got it using size 2 US needles and good quality felting wool. These are great for little preemies who are born this fall and winter season, it is impossible to find warm footwear for babies that tiny and being 100% felted wool they keep baby extremely warm and toasty!



You will need:

Size 2 US straight needles
Good quality felting wool (worsted weight)
Tapestry needle


Cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Break yarn.

Using the same needles, cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Do not break yarn. Take both knitted sections on one needle and knit two rows over all 34 sts.

For the instep, put the first and last 11 sts on a stitch holder. Knit 24 rows over the 12 middle stitches. Break yarn.

Pick up first 11 sts that you put on the stitch holder, knit along them then pick up and knit 12 sts along the right side of the instep, knit 12 sts along the upper edge of the instep, pick up and knit 12 sts along the left side of the instep, knit 11 sts from the second stitch holder. 58 sts.

Knit 9 more rows.

Place a stitch marker between the 28 and 29 stitches to mark the middle.

Decrease as follows:

Knit first and second stitch together using SSK. Knit the two stitches before the middle marker together using SSK. Knit first and second stitch together after the middle marker. Knit to the last two stitches then knit two together.

Knit next row.

Continue to knit in this manner...decreasing four stitches every other row until you have 35 sts left on your needle.
Cast off.
Sew together seams.

To felt place in the washing machine with a load of laundry using hot water and laundry detergent. Place in dryer on regular temp (throwing in a tennis ball will help!) Re-shape when finished.

October 12, 2010

How To Dry Your Own Cat Nip!

If you grow your own organic cat nip and have always wondered how to properly dry it...look no further!

First wait until your cat nip plant is approx. 6" tall, it actually won't take very long until it reaches this point as it is a fairly fast growing plant. Take scissors and clip it off right at the base.

I take about 6-8 stalks at a time and wrap my knitting yarn around the stalks from one end of the bundle to the other to secure the stalks together. After securing the bundles take them to a dark and cool area (like a closet) and hang them so the bundles are hanging upside down. Try to keep the closet door closed while the drying process occurs it is important that as little light as possible gets into the closet.

It takes roughly 6 weeks for the cat nip to completely dry out. After the drying process is complete take small bunches of the cat nip and insert into some fun hand knit little cat toy fish or mice and watch your kitty go crazy!!!

This is "Boots" and his hand felted organic cat nip fish!


Here he is again...judging by his expression the cat nip is setting in!

Thanks to Heather for letting me post photos of "Boots" and his Hipknitized organic cat nip fishy :)

October 7, 2010

Hipknitized Photo Shoot 2010, cont...













Here are a few more!
***Note my little man with the playful expression wearing a hat that's too small for him and hoarding all of his "momma's knits!" What a character!!!


October 5, 2010

Hipknitized Photo Shoot Day Oct 3rd 2010









Last Sunday was our photo shoot day and it was absolutely beautiful, I honestly couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! I gathered up a few collectible items for props, an old vintage train case, old heirloom quilts from grandmother's past and a few vintage golden books from my son's collection and away we went headed for Hillsdale to par take in the photo shoot!
The children were AMAZING they beamed in the sunlight, laughing and giggling. Everything flowed nicely as the sun set in the October sky. Allison Milne is a fantastic photographer and had a true beauty when it come to capturing moments in time. Here is the link to her site http://www.allisonmilne.com/ I highly recommend her work for yourself or a loved one, you will not be disappointed.
I will post the photos from the photo shoot on here over they next couple of days but if you cannot wait then please link to Allison's blog to see them in full view! http://www.allisonmilne.wordpress.com/
Thank you to everybody for participating, love to you all and thank you to you all who follow my blog and read my posts you are my inspiration to keep moving forward and I am here because of you! Hugs!!!

October 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Thanks to SallyBelleDesigns for Septembers giveaway! The winner is Sherry, Sherry please send me your mailing information to hipknitized@gmail.com so I can mail you your prize! Thanks to everybody for your entries!