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Friday
Sep122014

Newsletter 9/12/14

 

Kristin is back on the road! Join Kristin in Hartfort, CT next month for Stitches East!


Kristin Omdahl for Erin Lane Bags will debut at Stitches East in Hartford, CT next month! How gorgeous are these? I can't wait to get them all! The Erin Lane booth (811/910) is also the exclusive supplier of Bamboo So Fine Yarn Kits! I will be in the booth all weekend and all of my Bamboo So Fine samples will be on display (including some new patterns that will debut at the show)!

Kristin's Florida Retreats

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Have you heard?  In order to make room for all of the Bamboo So Fine kits I have organized a huge sample sale in my Etsy shop.  These are beautiful pieces I personally knitted and crocheted for some of my patterns and books.  There are still a few pieces left,  and they are all $29.99 or less; absolutely amazing bargains -  and worldwide shipping is available!  If you haven't checked it out yet, head over now, while there are still a few pieces left! Here's the link: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop   enjoy your shopping trip!

Two new kits added to my Etsy shop this week! The Birch Crochet Lace Vest takes only one skein to make sizes small and medium. And two skeins to make sizes large, x-large and xx-large. Both kits still include the Birch Vest Pattern, The Beachy One 6-shawl pattern eBook and a pod of Wrapture, Kristin's all natural, no-rinse jasmine delicate wash. Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop

KITTY CORNER

I've been watching Game of Thrones on demand (marathon style of course) and coveting the fur pelt blankets! OMG they look so decadent and luxurious. Not that I love the fur industry, or would ever spend the money to buy one, but I still love them on the show and can't stop thinking about them! So, one day last week I was early for a meeting and decided to walk through Bed Bath & Beyond and check out their end of summer clearance sales. Talk about manifesting! I found a faux fur KING SIZED duvet cover and matching king pillow shams for $20!!!!!!! I've never seen anything king sized for $20… anyway you know I snatched it up and OMG you KNOW Bjorn and Becker think I bought it for them. They are camouflaged when sleeping on it but mostly act silly rolling around on it. So cute. And I'm happy to announce they haven't outgrown crazy cuddling with me. They take turns telling me it's break time from knitting/crochet work throughout the day with belly begging cuddles. The last picture in this set is really funny to me. They found my bikini top upstairs hanging in my closet, somehow got it down, dragged it downstairs and proceeded to beat the crap out of it on the living room floor. When I approached them with my camera, they feigned innocence for the picture. So funny. Naughty little boys!!!

TIP JAR
Whether you are stepping away from your project for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or indefinitely, it is really important to secure your last loop (for crochet) or needles (for knitting) so you don't unravel all your hard work! There are lots of tools and gadgets out there, but here are my quick tips for safety!
For crochet projects that I want to put away, I draw up my loop about 2 feet long before packing away in a bag. That way a little pull won't unravel my work (I've also heard of using a small safety pin to secure the loop from unraveling). For my knitting needles, I wrap a pony tail holder (coated rubber band) around the knitting needle tips together and it holds them securely until I go back to it. I hate rubber bands in my hair so I don't want them snagging my yarn fibers either!

From Kristin's Kitchen…

This week was about easy, easy, easy! Sometimes I like to do semi-homemade foods (meaning I use a few pre-packaged ingredients) to create hands-free simple meals that keep me out of the kitchen (lots of knitting and crochet this week!) Here are my two favorites from this week.
Easiest Jambalaya
Ingredients

  • 1 pound chopped, cooked chicken breast meat
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 4 cups prepared salsa (I use Pace Picante chunky mild)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 4 tbsps flour
  • serve with rice

Melt butter and garlic in large pot on stove, on medium heat. Add sausage and chicken and mix together. Add flour and let it soak up the flour. Cook for 3 more minutes. Add salsa and broth and simmer on lower heat for 45 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes. That's it! Serve over rice.

 

Tomatillo, Green Chile & Tomato Soup
Ingredients

  • 1 box chicken stock
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans green enchilada sauce
  • 1 large can chopped green chiles

Mix all ingredients together in pot and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Let cool and puree in the blender or food processor. I served mine with a slice of fried cheese with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


 

 

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Friday
Sep052014

Newsletter 9/5/14

Kristin's Florida Retreats

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In addition to finishing TWO books this week (one knit and one crochet) and devling into another new book, I made a very big decision about SharkHunter's education! He began 7th grade as a homeschool student! We are using the very large online school called Florida Virtual and having a wonderful time. It gives him the flexibility of being able to spend more hours practicing on the tennis courts, too! He does part of his homework and lessons during lunch time and the rest after dinner. His teachers call him to make sure he is comfortable and I'm here to help him along the way, but it is up to him to do his lessons on the computer. After the first week, he has all As so far! Very proud mama over here :) we are very excited about our new adventures in homeschooling. And thankfully my job has the flexibility to offer him this opportunity.

 

HOMESCHOOLING CELEBRATION

Help us celebrate our new adventures in homeschooling! Use the coupon code HOMESCHOOL - everything in my Etsy shop is 10% off for the entire week and no limit! Sale ends Friday, September 12, 2014. Check out all the goodies in my Etsy Shop HERE: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop

 

Have you heard? In order to make room for all the Bamboo So Fine kits I have organized a huge sample sale in my Etsy Shop. These are beautiful peices I personally knitted and crocheted for some of my patterns and books. There are still a few pieces left, and they are all $29.99 or less; absolutley amazing bargains - and worldwide shipping is available! If you haven't checket it out yet, head over now, while there are still a few pieces left! Here's the link: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop enjoy your shopping trip! And don't forget to use the HOMESCHOOL coupon code to receive 10% off your entire purchase!

Kitty Corner

Bjorn and Becker are still sweet as ever and feel like tiny baby fur balls to me but the scale says otherwise! Bjorn weighs in at 5.0 pounds and Becker weighs in at 4.6 pounds this week. They play hard, sleep hard and are aggressive cuddlers, if that makes sense. When they want to cuddle, you better put everything down adn start rubbing their bellies! So fun. First picture is of hte boys hugging (how stinking cute is that???) and the second pic is of them playing in a box. You can have dozens of toys, but a Costco box trumps them all!

Tip Jar

I finished two books this week! Phew. They were books of lots of very small projets (but that's all the hint I can share at this point). I used zip lock baggies for organizing them and I wanted to point out that I use gallon sized baggies A LOT for organizing projects on teh go. My favorite reason? Because I can make notes on the bags with Sharpies! This works well for holding squares/motifs/medallions that aren't going to be sewn together untilt he end. Or for holding sleeves or other components to a project that will eventually need seaming. Here is a pic of all the labeled baggies on shipping day!

From Kristin's Kitchen...

What an extremist I can be! Wasn't I JUST saying last week I am on a diet kick lately? Well I blew taht this week with a sale on roast beef at the grocery store. Buy one get one free? On beef? Oh yes please! So it was a comfort food feasting couple of days and I'm afraid I let the clutch out on this one. Not the MOST fattening version of roast beef and mashed potatoes but certainly a "few more" calories than a salad... I do love the fact that by pureeing the veggies into the gravy not only do I get a thickened gravy but I also get some veggies on this dinner plate.

Roast Beef, Garlic & Bacon Mashed Potatoes and Veggie Pureed Gravy

Ingredients: 

  • 4 lb roast beef
  • box of low sodium beef broth
  • can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 pound chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 pound bag of red potatoes
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • salt & pepper to taste
Mix beef stock, condensed soup, carrots, onions and celery in the slow cooker. Place the roast beef int he mixture. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low double the time). While that is cooking, heat a large pot of salted water on the stove. Chop the potatoes and boil in the water until tender. Drain. Mash the potatoes with butter, sour cream, bacon and 3 of the minced garlic cloves.

Once the meat is tender, remove from the slow cooker. Add the last clove of minced garlic to the sauce and blend with a hand blender (or puree in a food procesor or blender but make sure it is cool before you do this).

This dish was so popular at my house it barely made two nights of dinner! Guess that's what happens when you have starving athletes to feed ;)

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Friday
Aug292014

Newsletter 8/29/14

 

 

Kristin's Florida Retreats

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News, Notes & Pictures from this Week:


There is now an option of a winding service for Bamboo So Fine yarn kits. For an additional $5.00 you can get the 650 yard skein wound into a perfect cake of yarn with a center pull. This is not only a time saver for you (especially if you don't have the swift and winder tools at home) but makes a wonderful gift too! Please check out my Etsy shop for kits, winding service and even international shipping here: Kristin's Etsy Shop


Have you heard?  In order to make room for all of the Bamboo So Fine kits I have organized a huge sample sale in my Etsy shop.  These are beautiful pieces I personally knitted and crocheted for some of my patterns and books.  There are still a few pieces left,  and they are all $29.99 or less; absolutely amazing bargains -  and worldwide shipping is available!  If you haven't checked it out yet, head over now, while there are still a few pieces left! Here's the link: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop   enjoy your shopping trip!

The Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a portable, compact handbag and knitting bag essential that is all natural, alcohol-free and vegan. It contains no preservatives, color or petroleum, and it comes in a durable tint hat won't leak. It isn't greasy, absorbs into the skin quickly and moisturizes dry skin and cuticles beautifully. Scented with the essential oil of night blooming jasmine, it doubles as a subtle, fragrant pick-me-up when used on your pulse points. Here is a recent product review on the Rock + Purl Podcast.


Do You Have YOURS yet?

Bamboo So Fine Yarn by Kristin Omdahl


It's a bamboo, bamboo, bamboo world!  The Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl craze is catching on, and YOU are invited to join the fun!  What makes it so special?  Bamboo So Fine is spun, milled and hand dyed in the United States of America. It's a lustrous and silky soft yarn that gets even drapier and silkier after hand-washing in your favorite delicate wash. The colors are bright, saturated and amazingly tonal, inspired by tropical flowers and candy. 

Each large skein boasts a whopping 650 yards and gives a whole new meaning to the concept of one skein projects! The $26 retail price also includes an eBook of Kristin’s latest 6 shawl patterns 
to knit or crochet (each are one skein projects!),  a mesh drawstring storage bag and a single-use pod of Kristin's delicate wash, Wrapture.  Purchased separately, these items would cost $34.99 - that's a savings of more than 25% - wow!

International orders are always welcome, and Bamboo So Fine is already a world traveler! Please be aware that additional shipping charges may apply. Check out my international shipping rates in my Etsy Store HERE: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Store

KITTY CORNER

Bjorn & Becker are wild and crazy this week! They have definitely acclimated into our home and taken over! They fight over my attention and even get jealous if one gets more pets and hugs than the other! Belly rubs are still their favorite way to tell me its time to take a break from knitting and crochet! They even fight over my Ott Light. Each one takes turns laying under the light while I work. I like to call it the Kitty Tanning Bed :)
They are eating more and more, and cry at meal times too. I've added wet food to their diet in the morning and considering adding a second meal at bedtime. I keep dry kitten food out all day for them as well.

 

 

TIP JAR
Weaving in ends is one of the most important parts of good finishing. Make sure your tails are at least 6" long before cutting yarn. I make sure to weave in multiple directions to ensure tails that stay hidden for a long time to come. I like to work in one direction for an inch or so, then turn and weave in the opposite direction for the next inch, and continue alternating until they are well hidden. While there are a few exceptions to the rule, I prefer to weave in loose ends on the wrong side of a fabric. And if you have a seam close by, even better. The bulk of a seam gives you a great place to hide tails.

From Kristin's Kitchen…

I've been on a diet kick lately. Making low calorie veggie soups for meals and in-between snacks. I overloaded on cabbage soup last week and was desperate for a different version this week. Being in a curry mood, I wondered if I could add some ethnic spice to an otherwise simple veggie soup and Voila! Success for me (and hopefully my waistline too!) If you wanted to make this soup more substantial you could add chicken, fish or shrimp, or even a can of beans for a boost of protein.

Ingredients
  • two boxes low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 16oz can tomatoes with chiles (Ro-Tel) but you could also add plain tomatoes if you don't want any heat
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 TBSP curry powder

In large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add the cauliflower and curry powder and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a slow boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes. I used a potato masher to chop the veggies smaller, but you could also puree the soup for a smoother finish. I like the broth though so keeping it a little chunky was optimal for me. 

Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl
Wrapture delicate wash and Fragrant Balm
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