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Kristin's Knit and Crochet 9/26/14 Newsletter


Newsletter 9/19/14


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


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!!!

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

  • 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

  • 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.



Wrapture delicate wash and Fragrant Balm
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