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

July 30, 2014

Episode 4: Giant Sweater of DOOM

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 2:56 PM

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Please enjoy Episode 4!

 

The audio is really quiet, so please turn up your speakers!

 

Project Notes:

Vivid Blanket by TinCanKnits in Patons Superwash DK in Green Apple

Coral Top by Isager in Berocco Linsey in Chillmark and Denim

Stockinette Socks in Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Teal Tease

Giant Sweater of DOOM in unidentified super bulky wool

Child’s sweater design in worsted soft acrylic

 

Be my friend on Ravelry!  GreenStockings

Join the Ravelry Group!  GreenStockings Creative

Follow me on Instagram! green_stockings

Facebook: GreenStockings Crafts & Creative Events

Buy stuff from me on Etsy! GreenStockings (no current listings)

Also check out my TOTALLY INACTIVE Twitter feed! @Green_Stockings

July 15, 2014

Gluten & Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe

Filed under: Food — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 7:57 PM

It’s been a pretty ground beef-heavy summer around here!  We’ve been feeding not only the two grown ups and a toddler, but a hungry teenager as well, and for us like for a lot of families, money is tight too, and ground beef is a pretty cheap staple around these parts.  So there have been a lot of hamburger steaks and spaghetti stew dinners.  Tonight I said “enough”!  A quick google search for ground beef recipes turned up many the wheat-y choices, but when I saw meat loaf, I knew that the paleo blogosphere would definitely have come up with some great suggestions, and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

Many of the paleo meatloaf recipes rely on coconut or almond flour for their stick-together-ness, but with neither of those things in the house, I was pleased to find the SarahLynnSmile recipe which included sweet potato, which I not only had on hand, but would please our hungry crowd before they head off to Tuesday night archery practice.

 

Served with rice and raita (Indian yogurt dressing) for the bottomless pit of a teenager, or with salsa for the most paleo member of the household, this meatloaf turned out great!  So with thanks to Sarah Lynn, here’s my gluten & grain free meatloaf recipe

 

Gluten free, grain free, meatloaf – Yum!

 

Ingredients

2 lbs medium ground beef

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated

1 medium onion, grated (you can also food process your onion to get it to the pulpy stage)

6 to 8 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups lightly packed baby spinach, finely chopped (spinach is like brown sugar – you want to pack it in while measuring, because it’s the most disappointing vegetable for how much of it there actually ends up being!)

2 tsp salt

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp butter, melted

2 eggs, lightly beaten

 

Preheat oven to 400F

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well (I recommend just mashing it all together with your hands!), press into 2 loaf pans lined with parchement paper.  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until sweet potato is soft and beef is cooked through.

Turn out and slice, serve hot.

Pro tip: flavours will be even better if the mixture is prepared ahead of time and allowed to stand for a few hours.

 

July 3, 2014

GreenStockings podcast Episode 3!

Filed under: Uncategorized — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:16 PM

Hi Everyone!

Please enjoy the podcast,  Episode 3!

Project Notes

WIPs

 

Coral Top by Helga Isager; knit in Berocco Linsey in Bluefish and Chilmark on 3.25mm and 4.5mm needles

Vivid Blanket by TinCan Knits; knit in Patons Classic Superwash DK in Green Apple on 4.0mm needles

Plain Vanilla socks; knit in Regia Design Line by Kaffe Fasset on 2.5mm needles

Finished

 

SMASH shawl by Waterview Knits; knit in Susan Andrews Collection Alpaca Gold in Lavender and Purple with beads

 

Find GreenStockings on the web

GreenStockings on Ravelry / GreenStockings Creative group

green_stockings on Twitter and Instagram

Green Stockings Crafts & Creative Events page on Facebook

GreenStockings on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2014

GreenStockings Podcast Episode 2: Finally!

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

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for your patience while my life did a little bit of a roller coaster ride with work stuff in the last 6 weeks.  Here’s the podcast Episode 2: Finally!

 

Connect:

Ravelry Group: GreenStockings Creative

Facebook: GreenStockings Crafts & Creative Events

Instagram: @green_stockings

Twitter: @Green_Stockings

Etsy Shop: GreenStockings

 

Episode notes:

WIPs:

Ginny’s Cardigan, pattern by Mari Chiba (Unofficial Harry Potter Knits); yarn is a cone of mystery wool/mohair/rayon;  3mm and 3.5mm needles

Vinnland Fingerless mitts, adapted from the sock pattern by Becca Compton (The Anti-Craft); yarn is Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool in Dill; 3.25mm needles

Vivid Baby Blanket, pattern by Tincan Knits (Handmade in the UK); yarn is Patons Classic Wool Superwash DK in Green Apple; 4.5mm needles

SMASH shawl, pattern by Rebeka Darylin (Waterview Knits); yarn is Inca Gold 100% alpaca from the Susan Andrews Collection in Lilac and Purple; 4mm needles

 

Reading/Read:

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

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

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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

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