I’ve fallen

And into what? you’ll ask.. I’ve fallen into online s.e.x. (nice acronym for Stash Enhancement eXpedition, eh?).

I got myself 250 grams of Suffolk worsted to heavy worsted wool, hand-dyed in a nice colourway called Autumn Heather, for a nice warm winter hat (still pattern undecided, maybe I’ll go for the Kittyville Hat from S`n`B handbook) – my head and ears freeze on the way to university, and they’ll freeze more in Belgium, so I’m in need of one that at least I can handwash. You can see the wool in this pic:

autumn heather wool

And also indulged in 200 grams of pure new wool, DK weight, hand-dyed in Incan Forest shade. This one will be for making myself fingerless mittens/gloves (downloadable pdf pattern), with cabled ribbing. My hands tend to freeze when I’m at the computer or I need to write a lot, which is always, so these will be very handy too. And here you see the Incan Forest shade:

Incan Forest DK wool

If you’re interested in these yarns, I bought them on ebay, but the seller has her own website www.thenaturaldyestudio.com where you can know a bit more of their work:

Here at The Natural Dye Studio we hand-dye the historical way, using flowers, roots, leaves and heartwood’s. We believe our products are safer for your skin and safer for the enviroment.

We only use dyes and mordants that will not harm the environment, all our spent dye baths and dye materials are composted and used to fertilise our organic garden.


We only use 100% natural materials and whenever possible use unbleached fibres and fabrics as this eliminates an uneccesary and toxic procedure in the manufacture of textiles.

Some weeks ago I also got 200 grams of nice fleece, washed and carded, from Ryeland sheeps, in dark gray, that I’ll use for learning to spin(!). I want to learn this other fiber art, it looks very interesting and another thing to spend my little free time on. The fleece is waiting for me in Belgium, where I’ll hand-make a couple of drop spindles (both top and bottom drop spindles), and (try to) learn to spin. Pic of the fleece bought at Forest Fibres:


It was nice s.e.x. It felt good (but I’ll try not to boost my stash too much, I’m on a student budget).


FO: Phone Sock

I’ve been playing around with dpn’s and my very first project was a phone sock (phone cozy, phone sleeve, as you prefer to call it). I made up the pattern myself (you can read the pattern on the side bar). The dpn’s were really slippery aluminium ones – old ones my mother had, since she is using the new ones, and the yarn is leftover sock yarn from a pair of socks my mother knit for herself. Anyway, see the pics:

phone sock


sock and phone

You can see the little sock for my smaller phone (yes, I own and actually use two different cell phones *geek*). I will also knit one for my bigger phone, and one for Jan’s (he asked me to, before even seeing mine!).


I’ve got news!

I’ve got very good news! I’ve got a job! I will be web-designing for a department, and doing a bilingual site for them (helping them getting into the 21st Century). That means I’ll be slightly more busy – in the mornings work and class, evening study at home and trying to knit after dinner.

Mum finished another two pair of socks, one in green for herself (no pic) and another clown-colourful pair for me, with shorter calf. So with 100gr she’ll be able to make a short calf pair and an ankle pair for me, that I really don’t like high socks unless I’m wearing boots.


And a pic of the lovely roses we have at home this week:


My baby blanket is coming along nicely, tho slowly due to the amount of stitches, so the pic is about the same as last time.


Recipes: Pumpkin Cake & Guacamole

These two recipes were acomplished during the past week while Jan was here. They were fun to cook, and Jan was very helpful in the kitchen :)

Pumpkin Cake


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 500gr clean pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup candied fruit mix


  1. Chop the pumpkin into small pieces and cook until very tender, about 30 minutes or more, depending on pumpkin and size of pieces. Drain well (even pressing out excess water) and puree the pumpkin flesh.
  2. Beat both sugars, margarine and eggs with an electric mixer on medium for two minutes, scrapping bowl occasionally. Stir together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, vanilla and salt. Add flour mixture and pumpkin puree alternately to margarine mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until combined. Stir in candied fruit.
  3. Turn batter into a greased an floured 25cm fluted tube pan. Bake on 175C oven for about one hour, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for ten minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Yield: 14-16 servings.


  • This cake can be mixed by hand with a simple fork, beating enough to mix well all the ingredients.
  • For decorating, brush with 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice, sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of coarse sugar, and garnish with 6-8 small marraschino cherries.
  • Refrigerate cake, covered, up to three days, or freeze wrapped in foil for up to two months.



  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 1 small red ripe tomato
  • half onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (or cumin seeds, grounded)
  • juice of one lime
  • salt
  • olive oil


  1. Mince onion very thinly. Peel the tomato and chop into very small cubes as well. Cut the avocados in half, pit, and spoon flesh out. Mash the avocado flesh to puree.
  2. Mix the avocado puree with the tomato and onion. Season with cumin, lime juice, salt and olive oil to taste. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Serve with popotos (fried corn tortillas).

Yield: a bowl.

Tip: If the avocados aren’t ripe enough, wrap them in newspapers, put them in a pot covered with lid, and let them rest in a warm place, until they’re tender enough. This will take from a day to a week, depending on the ripeness of the avocado.

Bon appetit!


It’s My Birthday!

Yes, I am a year older, who would say, eh? I’m still as silly and childish and playful as a kid!


“Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeee
Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeee
Happy Birthday dear meeeeeeee
Happy Birthday oh Yes!”

(a little egocentrism on *my* day doesn’t hurt, does it? :p)

You can pass by and get a piece of cake and a pot of hot chocolate to celebrate!


Back In Town

Jan is already back home :( I miss him! But we had a great time together. We were slightly lazy, but we went to see the Portabandieri dil Calcio Storico Fiorentino (pics coming up soon) that was fun to see how they handle the flags, turning them and throwing them.

We cooked pumpking cake (I’ll post the recipe some other time), and had some quiet time alone. Of course I had to go to uni, and poor him came with me to become totally bored there. We did a little shopping here and there, visited a nice soap shop ( Bubbly ).

We enjoyed a nice japanese dinner at Mikado (Calle Pintor Juan Gris, 4 – Madrid), to celebrate my mother’s birthday (late) and mine (early) and it was great (as always – a very good japanese in my opinion).

Saturday eve we went to see Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (in english, of course). It’s a really good movie, loved it. After it, we had dinner at a nearby Ginos – it was pouring, so the closer the better.

We had lots of fun these days, but it was too short – as always.

I also got my birthday presents (a bit early): Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse, and the cutest tiniest digital camera on earth: the Olympus [mju:]-mini Digital S in sexy black (and a spare battery, and a 512MB xD card). I feel totally spoiled! It means, I’ll be able to post more and better pictures from now on (most of the previous pictures were taken with my phone’s camera).

No knitting (as I said) was done during these days. I checked the blogs and tried to keep up to date, and so I discovered some people were curious about a certain reader (see: this post on affiknitty).


More updates soon!


Lithium Sunset


Such a beautiful sunset on tuesday 1st, November. Sometimes Madrid gives out good pics too. It deserved some lyrics to go along.

Lithium Sunset – Sting

Fill my eyes
O Lithium sunset
And take this lonesome burden
Of worry from my mind
Take this heartache
Of obsidian darkness
And fold my darkness
Into your yellow light

I’ve been scattered I’ve been shattered
I’ve been knocked out of the race
But I’ll get better
I feel your light upon my face

Heal my soul
O Lithium sunset
And I’ll ride the turning world
Into another night
Into another night
Into another night
See mercury falling…

On other news, the Hoover Blanket is already at 18% and going up. It’s a small blanket, about 65 x 50 cm – enough to cover the baby in her stroller. You can see the actual progress and how it looks like the double knitting in the next pic:

Blankie 02

Also, and action picture of the clown socks!

Socks In Action!

Now, back to knitting!