Monday Blog One Pot Meal/ Tree of Life Baby Heirloom Blankie / Cat Fun

Today is perfect weather for simple One-Pot Meal. The weather has been kind of gray and rainy and cold again with peaks of sunshine here and there so I felt like making something Retro and Comforting like Beef Stroganoff. This recipe is a winner. It comes from from Damn and you can use regular ground beef, lean ground beef, chicken , turkey, as much butter or little or no butter. You can use dry white wine or chicken broth You can swap out your meat and noodles .You can use brown Cremini mushrooms or white Snowcap mushrooms. I used no salt, everything including beef broth Hatbox packets to water.

I used a little chicken broth instead for the white wine called for to three tablespoons of all-purpose flour and instead of four cups of water, 5 1/2 cups of water and more later because my Noodle was thicker than plain egg noodles . The recipe calls little bit of onion, little garlic or thyme and parsley, I also used some tarragon along with Dijon mustard ,Worst shire sauce pinch salt and pepper just a little bit and you're good for a really I decided to package mine up in 2 cup containers for freezer meals so left sour cream out and will add it when I heat and use

Meanwhile I have been working on Nicky Epstein's beautiful famous" Tree of Life Afghan". using has a free download pattern made with "Pound of Love" yarn by in color way 099" Antique White , a 16 oz. skein for one Baby Throw. This yarn is suppose to be medium 4 baby weight but I found in 2 skeins it turns to a light 3 and 2 and at points breaks and into snarl fuzz I also would not use this yarn suggested again because after 3 rip outs for a section it changes the color to a dull or dirty looking white ,loosing its luster and antique yellow tones so if making again and I will I would use "Vanna's Choice By Lion Brand" a sturdier med 4 .... The pattern a six page download and PDF form of a miniature version of Nickys Heirloom beautiful blanket for a baby.

Many people are using these blankets for Christening blankets for Bassinet blankets and just for accent pieces for Nursery and later giving them to their toddler to snuggle with, then when they're older as a memory keepsake piece so you can substitute many different yarns most important thing is that you get gauge which is 28 rows and 18 stitches in garter for the Blankie and the suggested size needle is a 4.5 mm US 7 needle. If you're getting too many stitches you will want to bump up your needle size and if you're getting too little stitches you will want to go down in needle size and check your gauged swatch for size unblocked your good to go at 28 rows 18 stitches in garter when you have a 4x4 inch square or 10x10 inch centimeter square without blocking once you get that that will be your gauge.

Do not proceed with this pattern until you've gotten your gauge.
Today I'm working on the border which is to be sewn in and I'm also showing you Nicky Epstein original pattern in her beautiful book 'Cover up with Nicky Epstein from her personal Afghan Knitting Collection' where the original Tree of Life blanket was entitled 'Trees Breeze' and it's a larger Afghan. For the larger afghan she is using Lion Brand i Wool-Ease in the color way "Fisherman" 99 and that takes a bout 10 skeins , the gauge for that blanket is 26 rows 18 stitches in stockinette using a 5.0 US 8 needle.
The multiple of Tree Of Life or Trees Breeze Afghan or Miniature heirloom blanket for Twin Tree section is 44 + 4 and the Flower Garden section is 12 +1 knowing this you can make a dishcloths , Kitchen towels or pillow coverings or wall hangings from any part of the blanket you like to re create , just bump up your yarn to a thicker yarn just increase your needle size or reduce depending on what your making.

Nickys patterns are my favorite because shde mixes so many fiber mediums,a favorite book is "Cover up with Nicky Epstein from her personal knitting in Afghan" Her pieces look like tapestry using embroidery ,crochet and knitting also assembling boarders and panels and blocks with a special section for notes and a place for explaining all terminology and special stitches used.
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