Green Stockings Craft & Design

October 4, 2012

This is Green Stockings!

Filed under: Books, Crafting, Events, Food, Kids, Montreal, Nerdliness, Podcast — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 7:20 PM

Welcome!

You’ve stumbled across the corner of the internet taken up by the crafting empire, GreenStockings, ruling overlords of a small ground floor apartment in Montreal, QC.

GreenStockings is a small time crafting outfit immensely concerned with knitting, but also with sex-positive feminism, life with a toddler, sewing & other crafting, the city of Montreal, and Unitarian Universalism. GreenStockings is a one-woman operation with immense support from a spouse affectionately known as the HusBear. GreenStockings may not be much of a money-making outfit, but it’s definitely a fun-making, clothes-making, décor-making, mess-making (just ask Bear), laundry-doing, rarely-cooking, but frequently nap-taking crafting adventure!

Please feel join us by following the blog, following us on Twitter (@Green_Stockings), Instagram (@green_stockings), Facebook (Green Stockings Crafts & Creative Events). We also have a Ravelry group (GreenStockings Creative)

You can reach us by email at greenstockings@gmail.com

April 2, 2014

GreenStockings Podcast Episode 1

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 7:53 AM

Hey you guys! I made a podcast!

I had such a blast making this first episode! It’s a little rough around the edges though, so please bear with me as I work to get the best image quality out of my camera. The things that I’ve learned so far are:

1. Set up the camera closer! I’m sorry that the sound isn’t the greatest – if you turn up your speakers you should be able to hear most of it, but it’s a little scratchy sounding, and I’m sorry that I sound like I’m mumbling a lot!
2. MORE LIGHT. I’m looking more than a little orange in this first episode, but I think a couple of extra desk lamps should make me look much more like my gorgeous self! (and get a better focus from the camera)
3. The batteries run out in the camera at almost exactly 25 minutes… so I get cut off in this first episode, I’ll know better for next time!

I am so looking forward to recording again next week.

 

Show Notes

Contact Links:

Find me on Ravelry as GreenStockings

Find our Ravelry group for the podcast and our creative events – GreenStockings Creative

Follow me on Instagram as green_stockings

Like the Facebook page Green Stockings Craft & Creative Events

 

Project info:

Vinnland Fingerless Mitts – Bernat Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool in Dill, 3.25mm needles; pattern by Becca Compton from the Anti-Craft

Mystery Ginny’s Cardigan – cone o’ mystery teal wool/mohair/rayon yarn, 3.5mm needles (3mm for ribbing); pattern by Mari Chiba from Interweave Knits Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

Glittery Lace Stole – Patons Lace Sequin in teal, 3.25mm needles; pattern by Felicia Lo (Sweet Georgia)

Vivid Blanket – Patons Classic Wool Superwash DK in Green Apple, 4.5mm needles; pattern by tincanknits from Handmade in the UK

 

Stash Enhancement:

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Cousteau

 

Comfort Shawls:

New design stripe shawl (publishing soon!) in Bernat Mosaic in Calypso and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in off-white

 

See you next week!

March 15, 2014

Super Easy (Paleo) Stuffed Peppers

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:55 PM

This is a great, easy dinner, and easily multiplied.

Preheat oven to 400F

Combine in a bowl:

1lb ground beef

1/2 cup cooked basmati rice

1 cup chopped spinach

1 small onion, very finely chopped

2 or 3 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped

salt, pepper, steak spice to taste

 

 

Slice 3 or 4 red peppers lengthwise (so that you have 6 or 8 “boats”)

Using your hands, mush all of the filling ingredients together and press into red pepper boats.

Sprinkle grated cheese on top if desired.

Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for 5 minutes to brown the cheese if desired.

You may want to line your pan with parchement paper to prevent stuck on cheese.

Enjoy!

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February 5, 2014

Podcast Frenzy!

Filed under: Crafting, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:24 AM

Hey Knitters!

While I was off on maternity leave last year, I discovered knitting podcasts – clearly I must have known that these things existed (I must have, right?), but had never actually sought one out.  My tolerance for scripted television is pretty low (the misogyny! the terrible tropes! the bad writing!), so it was a pleasure to discover a plethora of charming knitters and spinners who give an hour or so of their weeks to share what they’re working on, show off their yarnie acquisitions, and make a more-or-less-home-bound-mum-of-a-small-baby feel like she’s (even more) part of a genuine online community of crafters.

The forum nature of Ravelry definitely gives a connection to others with similar interests all over the world, and it’s wonderful.  The added fun of a podcast is actually hearing someone’s voice, and (even better in my opinion) getting a feel of their personalities!  Obviously we are adept at sharing ourselves online in a certain way, and it’s all performativity anyway, but there’s something wonderful about seeing someone on video that I seem to have only discovered in the last year.

So here’s a round up of the podcasts I’ve discovered and loved – and I’d welcome your suggestions, since I’m all caught up on them!

The Knit Girllls – http://www.theknitgirllls.com

It seems they’re the classic!  Laura and Leslie have been sharing their knits and spins by video for almost 4 years now.  I have had occasion recently to mention them to a friend recently on account of the really lovely way that they model a very close friendship between adult women, even though they now live in different states.  The Knit Girllls are also the hosts of the Super Summer Knittogether (SSK) retreat annually in Nashville, TN.

Knitting in Circles – knittingincircles.blogspot.com

A charming wife (Aimee) & husband (Darren) team of knitters – they knit lots of socks.  Lots of socks.

Yarnraising – http://www.yarnraising.com

A spinning-focused knitting videocast from the lovely, lovely Malia.  I love that she distinguishes between her handspun knitting projects and commercial yarn knitting projects.  She knows SO MUCH about spinning, and is so self-effacing about it.  She has really made me want to not give up on spindle spinning.

Knitting a Story – knittingastory.blogspot.com

Ok, full discolure, one of these podcasters (Lex) is a childhood friend of mine! (Maybe sometime I’ll get to meet her co-host, Jenn)  I enjoy that they host a Canadian podcast (I feel like there’s another prominent Canadian podcast that I can’t think of?); this is an audio podcast (the only one I listen to), which honestly I find harder to follow with a toddler underfoot, but it’s still super enjoyable!  I love that their yarn acquisition segment is called “It Followed Me Home” – I also love that they list off the segments that they have in the episode.

More Podcasts!

I have also tried and not really gotten into: The Fat Squirrel Speaks, Round The Twist,  Dramatic Knits, Stockinette Zombies, Knitabulls, and Single Handed Knits.  This is not always about content/style (though bad lighting, and sitting too far from the camera to be able to see the things you’re showing do not hugely endear you to me), it’s mostly about playback on my Android tablet – if I need to play your podcast directly from youtube/blip (on purpose, or because whatever video platform you’re using on your webpage/blog just won’t load in my Firefox), I’m a lot less likely to watch, because it’ll stop playing if I surf over to Rav to look at the thing you’re talking about.  If I am watching in an internet browser tab, I can continue to play your podcast in the background while I chat with friends, check Rav, or whatnot.

So blog friends, what am I missing out on? Should I revisit any of the podcasts I’ve tried and not loved? What do you love in a podcast?

November 4, 2013

Green Tomato Relish Variation

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Green Tomato Relish Variation

We had a small bowl of unripened tomatoes that we rescued from our garden before the frost (we never managed to eat any of the ripe tomatoes, the squirrels got to them), so we tried a variation of this recipe (used about 1/3 of the recipe).  We used cranberries instead of raisins, more onion than was called for, omitted the fennel seeds, allspice, and cloves.  I also tossed in the one tiny green pepper that I salvaged unripe from the garden.

November 3, 2013

Oven Meat Balls Variation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:10 PM

Oven Meat Balls Variation

Tried out this recipe with the HusBear tonight.  Put in only 1/4 cup coconut flour, and only 1 egg – used fresh red pepper and sent the garlic (still raw), pepper, egg, flour, and spices through the food processor, then added half the ground beef. The second half of the ground beef was folded in with a spatula.

Great flavour, but a little dry.  Served with (not paleo) mango chutney, and rice. Nom!

October 24, 2013

Pattern Journal: Keener Boots

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 4:16 PM

Yarn: Bouquet Polar Bulky Wool (Spinrite Yarns); 113g/4oz; 100% Wool (Made in Canada); Dyelot 9/20 (dark royal blue); yardage unlisted (Ravelry listed as 80yds)

Needles: 6.5mm or 10mm (6mm recommended to give 3.5 stitches/5 rows to 1″

Gauge, unfelted:

6.5mm: 2″ = 5 stitches, 7 rows

10mm: 3″ = 6.5 stitches, 9 rows

July 8, 2013

Eggs Carmelite aka Non-English-Muffin Eggs Benedict, Because Nuns Are Awesome

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 5:19 PM

Ingredients – for 4 people
Prep time – 1 to 1 1/2 hours

1 cup Hollandaise Sauce (from this recipe, thanks Simply Recipes!)
6 onions
2 medium sized sweet potato
4 cups kale, veins and stems removed
4 to 6 slices of bacon
2 eggs per person
Cooking oil of your choice (butter or coconut oil are best)
Salt & pepper

Directions

Caramelize onions: do this step before you start anything else! slice onions and place in a covered heavy frying pan on low with 1/4 cup butter/coconut oil for about an hour

Preheat oven to 350

Peel sweet potato and slice into long oval slices 3/4″ thick. Coat with oil and salt and pepper, add garlic powder, rosemary, and other spices according to your tastes. Bake for about 45mins until crispy on the outside. (or less time at a higher temperature if you’re in a little bit of a time crunch, but watch them to make sure they don’t burn!)

Prepare hollandaise sauce.

Cook bacon until crispy, allow to cool, and crunch up into bacon bits.

Leaving bacon fat in the pan, sauté kale with the bacon bits until it is soft. Add a little more oil or butter if it looks dry.

Poach eggs according to your favorite method – we have silicone cups, but if you can manage that swirling water & vinegar method, have at it.

Layer sweet potato, kale, onions, eggs, and then hollandaise sauce.

Nom!

Updated 11/07/13 to include the caramelized onions, which were the brain child of my friend Nanette, who suggested them when I explained that I thought this recipe sounded like it had caramel in it. She’s so awesome we invited her for boozy brunch :)

June 9, 2013

No Buns Allowed Hamburger Salad

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:12 PM

I seriously need to take pictures of our food…

Ingredients – for 2 hungry adults

Salad
1/4 of a large red onion, diced
2 Italian tomatoes, diced with goopy bits removed
4 to 6 slices of bacon, cooked into bacon bits
Romaine lettuce
Baby spinach
1/2 cup each old cheddar and mozzarella, shredded
2 1/2lb hamburger patties*
2 avocados, diced
Corn chips

Dressing
2 dollops, 10% plain yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sriracha sauce
salt

Directions
In two large bowls or serving dishes, divide onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach for two people.

Mix up diced avocados with dressing, and add to vegetables. Toss veggies until coated with dressing.

Chunk up hamburger patties and sprinkle pieces over each salad. Sprinkle each salad with bacon bits, cheese, and crunched up corn chips. Serve & nom!

*the best hamburger patties for this salad are no-filler, just-ground-beef-and-spices, barbecued or pan fried burgers. Other home-made meat or veggie burgers will work well, but pre-packaged, frozen burgers will probably be a disappointment.

June 5, 2013

Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:18 PM

This was so yummy that my paleo husband wanted to share the recipe with his friends – I might start taking photos of our food!

Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing

2 heads of broccoli, cut into very small florets, with as little stem as possible
1 package of white mushrooms, cut into small chunks, stems removed
1 package of grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, diced
2 avocados, chopped into small chunks
1/2 package of bacon, cooked into bacon bits

Dressing:
2 large dollops of 10% yogurt (we use goat yogurt for the lactose intolerant)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp horseradish with beets
Salt to taste

Adjust dressing flavours to taste.
If desired, blanch broccoli and allow to cool completely – this will make a less crunchy salad
Toss all salad ingredients, reserving bacon bits to sprinkle on top after the salad is dressed, if desired. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

November 1, 2012

Awesome Baby Craft

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 4:56 PM

http://craftingagreenworld.com/2012/10/24/diy-toy-crinkle-toy/2/

Love this!

 

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