Sunday, May 29, 2005

It's Taking Forever!

I've been under the weather and tiny bit depressed which is why I haven't been around as much. Plus it's Memorial Day weekend so I think I've also been lazy. I did get more progress done on the serephina. People, the next time I say "Ohh this shawl would look great done in a fine, thin yarn and small hook" please shoot me. I could have been done with this thing ages ago had I just conformed and used a WW or bulkier yarn. But nooooo I needed it to be unique. *sigh*

I have a package at the post!! I am hoping it's the threads from Jackie. It's been a 3 weeks or so and I feel so bad they're not here yet. Plus this has been my first real transaction on crochetville and I certainly hope it doesn't look like I'm conning someone hehehe. Jackie offered to resend my order out if it truly is lost which I think is very professional and extremely sweet of her. Let's hope it doesn't come to that and that the effing postman has it. Oh man, imagine if it was just sitting at the post office all this time?? I'll prolly find a doily inside the box with a note that says "Hey nice thread!! When are you getting more?? Love, the mailman." Bastard.

Yes, PMS makes women completely irrational.

Updating my WIP list now.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Winged Hair Kerchief

Winged Hair Kerchief

I got bored with regular kerchiefs so I added buillion stitches and shells along the edge. I like it!! Especially since it's bright orange. Bright colours, YUM!

I am in a good mood because my mum is home! YAY!!!! She's fine. I am so happy! She's taking a week or more off and I think we're gonna use the time to get her to rest and to look for a house. It should be fun.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Dyeing Dark Yarn



The colours are slightly of on my screen (the green should look much darker) but you get the point. I had a lot of fun dyeing...although the smell of the vinegar and kool-aid was enough to make me want to barf. Oy.

The doctor told me my mom has either a polyp or tumor in her colon. I actually don't even want to talk about it. I'm just so sad and lonely. I wish someone, anyone, was here with me. I got some yarn I'm aching to work with so I think I'll go spend time with my little brother and crochet something for my cville secret pal.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Can you see this?

Actually can I see this? I can I can!!

Update on my mom: She's back in the ER. :( They think it's an ovarian cyst. I'm trying to keep upbeat for my little brother but deep down I am scared sh-- well, you get the idea. Sigh. Send happy thoughts her way, eh? Thanks.

My mother is sick

She was rushed to the emergency room last night after being sick Friday and Saturday. So obviously, not much crafting going on...

Actually that's bullshit. Crafting is what I do when stressed so I actually crafted a lot. I'm just too beat to locate everything, scan, and share with the world at the moment. Will resume normal annoyances sometime today. Must sleep. Love, Tiggz.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Kari, I could kiss you


Kari, I love ya! Everyone go over to Kari's blog and give her a hi-five.She sent me yarn needles after reading my "My Empire for Yarn Needles" post. My poor FO's won't have to cry out "Knots! Knots! Those horrible knots!" Also, now I can weave in the ends on the Serefina shawl. Gracias again, Kari. This really really really means a lot to me.

Serefina Shawl-WIP

Serefina Shawl - Work In Progress

I've done about 5 rows since this pic was taken but I've still got a long long way to go. There is no way in hell I can finish it by mum's day. :'( Ahhh well. It's still pretty, right? The colour is a very nice green not the blueish/grey I see on my screen. My camera was running out of batteries and went nuts haha.

I think I'm going to lock myself in my bedroom with some Luna bars, a pitcher of lemonade and rice and beans until I finish this. I also need to send my aunts a gift in Florida. Oy!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Stewed Eggplant with Plantains

Verenjena Guisada con Platanos

I'm an awesome cook. This is a family recipe I feel like sharing. Cooking crafty right?


1 tblsp Goya Sofrito
1/4 cup of chopped green bell peppers
1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tblsp of olive oil
1 medium-large eggplant
4-6 green plantains (green bananas can be used too)
salt and pepper
1 envelope of Goya Sazon (con culantro y achiote)
1/4 cup of tomato sauce


Large skillet with cover (I just use whatever cover I find that fits or foil haha)
4 quart pot -or- pot big enough to place the chopped plantains/whole bananas in

*Please note that A) when it comes to ingredients my English is limited, hence the pictures B) I don't work for Goya, I swear lol. I just think they're the best national brand for hispanic cooking. C) If you don't use Goya, make sure to check the label. Actually check the label anyway. Some typical spanish spices and whatnot use lard (ick) and whatnot.


Peel the eggplant and slice it. Cut the slices in half. Set aside on a plate with a pinch or two of salt.

In the meantime saute the green peppers, onions and garlic for five minutes. Stir in the tablespoon of Sofrito and the packet of Sazon. Add the eggplant and saute for about a minute. Add 1 cup of water or more. You want it to just cover the top of the eggplant. Cover the skillet and set heat on low.

Put about 7 cups of water to boil with a tiny pinch of salt.
Peel the plantains. (Some people omit this step and simply boil the plantains with skins on. I grew up peeling platanos so it's easy peasy. If you find it hard, by all means skip the peeling. Also, if you use green bananas leave the skin on and drop them in the water whole) Cut each plantain into three pieces and drop into the boiling water. Boil for 30-40 mins or until tender.

In the meantime stir the eggplant occasionally. When it starts getting tender, raise the flame to medium and remove the cover. When a lot of the water is gone, add in the tomato sauce and stir. At this point you can taste it. If it's too flavourful, fear not: the platanos will balance the dish. If it's too bland, try another tablespoon of sofrito and some salt and pepper.

When the platanos are tender, remove from water and serve with the eggplant mixture spooned over.

This is REALLY tasty. My eggplant hating family loves this dish. It's the only time I can get eggplants on the dinner table. BTW the leftovers work well in a pita, with rice and beans, whatever. Also, I usually chop up whatever cooked platanos I have left over and toss them in the eggplant mixture. It's a quick and easy lunch the next day.

Joann's = Dangerous

Aluminum Crochet Hook Size D

Aluminum Crochet Hook Size G

Aluminum Crochet Hook Size F

Aluminum Crochet Hook Size H

Bernat-Animal Farm

Soft Boucle Yarn-Soft Rose

Satin Yarn-Sea Shell

Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn- Hot Orange

Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn- Hot Green

Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn- Hot Pink

Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn- Hot Blue

Sugar'n Cream Cotton Ombre Yarn-Playtime

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn 8 oz Black (3)

Simply Soft Brites Yarn-Blue Mint

Simply Soft Brites Yarn-Limelight

Simply Soft Brites Yarn-Papaya

Simply Soft Brites Yarn-Watermelon

Satin Yarn-Ebony

Satin Yarn-Crimson

Spending Money I Don't Have
Evidence Exhibit 1

Guess what was the one thing I forgot to buy?? I'll give you a hint. Look at my "My Empire for a Yarn Needle" post. Yep. Forgot the damn yarn needle. *mutters* I also didn't get one thing on my wishlist. D'OH! Oh and I did make that kercheif I said I wasn't going to make. I am sooo sooo bad.

Really I blame Drew. Yes, blame you Drew. You and those dishcloths! I wanted cotton yarn...darn you Drew!
And when I say "darn you" I really mean thank you for being so inspiring. :) Same goes for all the other blogs I read. You people rock the casbah.

Monday, May 02, 2005

I had a vision

Caron Simply Soft. Legwarmers. Watermelon and Limelight. Stripes. *pulls out credit card*

You know I blame you guys right? You fellow crocheters and Crochetville people? Yeah, it's all your fault. Totally.

Train of Thought

I've GOT to finish that Serefina shawl. I must. I can't no...must have it done for Mother's Day. I must...I...*surfs internet* Oooh that's a cool kercheif pattern...NO! No I must finish Serefina. *eats cereal* NO! No no eating. Must finish...OWW! Stupid wool! *grabs Band-Aid* Okay, I gotta finish this now. 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, must repeat that in my...Ohhh mohair...I forgot I had this in my stash. This would make a great-NO! Bad bad bad. Must finish shawl! Ohhhhh pretty beads! No! NO! Danger Will Robinson! Danger danger!! hdsoifhdosfhosdhfosdhfosdhfohsf!! AHHHH!


I'm okay.

3 dc, ch2, 3 dc. 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc. 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc. 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc. 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc. 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc....Ohhhh so that's where my sketchpad was...