Many years ago I had huge dreams of homemade blankets.
Piles and piles of glorious homemade goodness.
I thought about quilting with vintagey pale calicos, but it's too technical for my pea brain.
I am wishing on that one still.
Then I had a dream of throwing clay on the wheel, and I got really obsessed with that.
I would make clay things from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Then I made jewelry like a mad woman.
Then I bought my weight in yarn.
Then I bought more clay.
Then I became soldering obsessed.
Then I made a great wall of blanket and forced myself to stop after adding for 8 years (maybe more).
Then I started the blanket below on December 23rd 2013.
And finished it last week.
Forced myself to stop.
It was the hardest thing ever.
And did I tell you about that time I decided to start blogging???
Wait wait, I am still obsessed with all those things.
(here's the newest blanket below just completed)
Well, you know where this is leading.
I suppose it's no secret.
I have a bit of ocd.
Tell me you do too.
What is your obsession (s)?
Sometimes it's a burden, like when I have to check doors and locks 35 times.
(for some reason that faded when I moved to the country house full time)
But, it was to the point that I would have to talk to myself.
And remind myself that I did check it, and that everything is okay.
Brain gets tense and stuck, goes bonkers.
Drives hours to go recheck something.
And since I am coming clean, I count things too, but less now that I am older.
Letters and numbers and boxing in words, all in the mind.
OY, my brain.
What is wrong with me?
The part that annoys people (like ML) is that I have been known to ask the same question several times.
I just want to be sure :)
Maybe that's why I love crochet?
Doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over again.
I find such comfort in it.
I can breathe and relax.
And not to mention, count!
Hey, epiphany moment here.
I can listen to the same song over and over all day for years.
It becomes part of me, my daily thing.
I have a very complicated brain I guess.
Then I decided I needed to make homemade pasta...
But before I go there, let's talk about...
The blanket I forced myself to stop last week.
Like I said, I made it fairly quickly.
Dec 23rd to last week.
So, a few weeks.
And the whole family has enjoyed it.
It's about 69" x 50" in size.
I decided to hide out and watch scary movies to break it in last weekend.
Popcorn, shirley temples?
Keep 'em coming, keep 'em coming....
So here it is, smaller than the great wall of blanket of course.
It's prettier up close because I double up many yarns, and it's super sparkly too.
You can not see hardly any sparkle in photos.
Below is the great wall of blanket, which you have heard about for years.
I worked on it for 8+ years.
I finally stopped when it was 100" x 70" in size.
You can tell I started it when I had a really really really stressful job.
The weave is sooooo tight and obsessive.
It's not even funny :)
I remember my hand always aching when I would work on it.
Years and years of weaving.
Super sparkly too.
And because the weaves are so tight, it is extra warm.
I personally think it would made an awesome coat.
It is so heavy, it's astounding.
After this pic below, he didn't want to take it off.
Soooo warm and cozy.
So, while he cuddled up with the yarn...
I decided I needed to make homemade pasta.
I tried Ree's recipe.
It was good, next time I will try Mario Batali's for fun.
It takes some elbow grease doing it by hand.
2 eggs for 1 cup flour.
I did 6 eggs and 3 cups flour.
I kneaded my heart out.
About 10 minutes.
Adding flour when sticky.
Then I rolled it out super thin.
I plastic wrapped and refrigerated half of it.
And made the other half last night.
Using my pizza cutter to slice.
It was fun actually.
I made it in batches.
When you pop it in the boiling salted water it sinks to the bottom.
Then a few seconds later each noodle starts to float.
Ree said to cook it for about 2 minutes.
But that was a bit too dense and al dente for us.
3-4 minutes was even better for our mouth likes.
I had some homemade summer pesto in the freezer, so I heated that up real quick.
It was such a fun thing.
(The doggies reaaaally loved it, they like basil and they love pasta. They get homemade food sometimes, and their doc says pasta is a go, so, yay.)
This morning I decided to make the refrigerated dough, and it was even easier to work with and roll out.
I made a go to dressing, because it's sunny and I wanted a cool light pasta for lunch.
The juice of 1 lemon, the grated peel of 1 lemon, a heaping spoon of honey, a heaping spoon of mayo.
Then add a drizzle of olive oil and two slurps of white vinegar.
So fresh, so yumm.
It makes a lovely dressing for anything.
I love it with roasted chicken shredded, as a salad, with peas and diced veggies.
Or pasta, salad like, dishes.
Which is what I made.
You can also put in canned fish if you need some protein in there.
I did some tuna fish and peas.
I love peas.
I eat lots of frozen peas.
Stir, and yumm.
That was a real pasta fill.
I am not a HUGE pasta lover.
But, from time to time, it really hits the spot and I want some.
So, we have homemade pasta, and crochet blanket dreams come true.
2 stacked blankets.
But, ocd says, more more more more!
I think I am like cookie monster, honestly.
Well, I started the scalloped edging for a new blanket last night actually.
I will only use yarn I have on hand.
As I did with the one I just made.
I enjoy having something as such to do late at night.
Are you ocd-ing on anything lately??
ps: Is everyone on vacation, bored, tired, hibernating, in a holiday fog still????
Oooo, vacation, yumm.
pss: here is a video that has the most views on youtube for crochet beginners.
psss: Here is an easy video, also on youtube, for crochet flowers.