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 Instagram (@green_stockings), Facebook (Green Stockings Crafts & Creative Events). We also have a Ravelry group (GreenStockings Creative), and feel free to friend me (GreenStockings) on Ravelry.

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

January 17, 2015

Welcome 2015!

Filed under: Uncategorized — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 11:58 AM

Bye bye 2014, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

2014 was a rough year for our family. We end it with two unemployed grownups in the house, and no definite prospects for regular employment. Into this void has stepped the possibility of real self employment, if I can just reach out and grab for it.

In the meantime, though it is a relief that it finally arrived, the bank has put a hold on the cheque which ought to have paid our January rent two weeks ago. All the positive thinking and good intentions in the world can’t do everything.

Self-employment is hard enough for A types, it seems impossible for someone who struggles with mental illness. So watch this space for… all the fun stuff I have planned but never seem to make happen, or dead air because our internet got cut off. ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

December 26, 2014

Natural dye tutorial: blue yarn from black beans!

Filed under: Uncategorized — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 11:51 AM

GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events:

I have decided that I am crazy and that one of my 2015 projects along with my #5in2015 sock project will be an elaborate lace shawl. I have a cone of white laceweight, and I would like for it to be blue! I am looking forward to using this tutorial.

Originally posted on knitbyahenshop:

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post, but at least I have a really awesome fiber dye experiment to share! As you can see from above, we got several lovely shades of blue —a difficult color to achieve —in a process that took about 4 days from start to finish.

A little background: now that I have a spinning wheel(!) and some wool, I’ve been wanting to learn about natural dyeing. SInce blue is my favorite color, I gravitated toward information about natural blue dyes. Turns out there aren’t that many (indigo and woad are the main ones) and they sounded like a lot of work for a first time dying project. Then I came across web posts on black beans as a blue dye. My favorites were blog posts at waysofthewhorl and brambleberriesintherain, which then led me to the discovery that there is a

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November 13, 2014

First Tricots de Rue Pattern Released!

Filed under: Uncategorized — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:54 AM

Hi Friends! 

I am so excited that the first knitting pattern in my new collection Tricots de Rue (French for “Street Knits”) has been released and is available for sale on Ravelry.   The Mentana Seamless Pixie Hood has an ingenious construction which gives the adorable pixie shape without seaming, grafting, or pesky finishing. Sized from baby to adult in super bulky yarn, it’s a quick knit which makes a great gift.

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Mentana Seamless Pixie Hood on Ravelry

The pattern is still being test knit, so you can save 50% on the pattern using the coupon code TESTKNIT

October 16, 2014

Paleo Squash Sausage Bake

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:28 PM

This is our new favourite dinner!  It is best enjoyed with steamed asparagus and Hollandaise sauce (which is amazing on the squash, too!)

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Serves 2 hungry adults
Prep time: 15 mins + 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1 butternut squash
6 spicy Italian sausages
1 cup Hollandaise sauce (we use the Joy of Cooking recipe)
1 bunch asparagus
1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 450F

Cut squash in half, removing the top half and concerving it to use in another meal
Cut the bottom half of the squash in half, scooping out the seeds and pulp

Remove the sausage meat from the casings and form into 2 balls
Press sausage meat into the cavities of the squash

Place the two squash halves cut ends together in a deep baking dish
Brush the top surface of the squash with melted butter
Bake uncovered for 1 hour

Halfway through the cooking time, remove from oven and turn the sausage balls over; pierce the squash several times with a fork; scoop any sausage liquid that has drained out back into the squash cavity.

Return the squash to the oven for the remaining 30 minutes

While the squash is finishing cooking, prepare the Hollandaise sauce and steam the asparagus.

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Serve and enjoy!

September 20, 2014

Episode 7: Return of the Missing Sock

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — Tags: , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:53 PM

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for checking out the podcast this week!

I think I am finally happy with the recording/sound/video quality for the podcast! Yay!  If you are new to the podcast, I recommend you start with this episode!

Happy knitting!

 

 

Notes for projects mentioned:

 

FOs

Vinnland Fingerless Mitts by Becca Compton from The Anti-Craft on 3.25mm needles in Red Heart Ecoways Bamboo/Wool in Dill

 

WIPs

Ginny’s Cardigan by Marie Chiba from the Interweave Unofficial Harry Potter Knits in mystery wool-blend yarn on 3.0 and 3.5mm needles

Pinwheel Sweater from elann.com on 5mm needles in StahlScheWolle Haiti (100% cotton) in pale yellow

Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm on 4mm needles in Fleece Artist 2/6 Merino in the Stone colourway

Missing Vanilla Sock which returned, though its mate, needle (2.5mm circular), and spare yarn are now missing.  Yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Teal Tease.

 

 

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September 8, 2014

Primal Steak & Kidney Stew or Pie, with Extra Veggies

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 5:31 PM

Ingredients:

1 beef kidney, chopped into small chunks, making sure to remove any white parts
1 large chunk o’ beef, (equal or up to twice the size of the beef liver) chopped into slightly larger chunks
4 cups chopped greens (spinach, kale, collards, beet greens, whichever you prefer)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 large or 6 small garlic cloves, minced or crushed
3 cups broth
Butter
1/4 cup potato starch
2 to 4 pinches each powdered spices of your choice (thyme, rosemary, chili powder, mustartd, salt, pepper, etc.)

Optional:

For a more traditional pie style, add a gluten free pie crust, like the one from this recipe. Note: if you are going to add a crust, make sure to prepare the filling enough ahead of time to allow for cooking time for the pie crust as well.  You will have a lighter, flakier pie crust if you allow the filling to cool completely and skim off any fat from the top before adding the crust – some traditional recipes recommend preparing the filling as much as 48 hours in advance.

Specific Tools:

Frying pan
Bakeable casserole dish
Ziploc bag
Mixing bowl, measuring cups, spatula

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325F

Sauté kidney chunks in butter until they are light brown, and empty them into a stariner and pour off any liquid.

Sauté onions in butter until they are soft and slightly browned.

Put the potato starch and the spices into the ziploc bag, and combine. Toss the beef chunks in the potato starch mixture. Adding a little more butter to the pan, sauté the beef chunks until they are browned on the outside.

Combine the kidney, beef, potatoes, greens, and onions in the casserole dish

Combine the broth and garlic, and pour into the casserole dish and stir. You can use a little of the broth to deglaze your frying pan if you would like.  Stir in any remaining potato starch and spice mixture.

Cook for 1 and 1/2 hours. Serve and enjoy.

If you are going to add a crust on top:

Allow the filling to cool, if desired,  skim off any fat which rises to the surface.

Preheat the oven to 350F

Prepare the dough according to the directions. I used half butter and half lard for the pastry.  This gluten free pastry recipe (same as above) has great tips, including the importance of chilling the ingredients.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes (or the amount of time specified by your pastry recipe).

Nom!

September 5, 2014

Episode 6: The All Owl Podcast

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — Tags: , , , , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:49 AM

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for checking out the podcast this week!

So in the continued adventures of making this podcast, this episode was recorded on my tablet. I’m happy with the video quality, but there is a low-level whine in the background of the whole episode. If that sort of thing bothers you (or if you use earbuds to listen) you might want to pass on this episode and join us for the next one. I have, however, figured out what caused it, so we should have none of that issue the next time!

Notes for projects mentioned:

 

Owl Puffs by Jenna Krupar (Retro Lemon) in Bernat Softie Chunky on 4.5mm needles

Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm in Fleece Artist 2/6 in Stone on 4.0mm needles

Ginny’s Cardigan by Marie Chiba in mystery yarn on 3.0 and 3.5mm needles

 

Books mentioned:

 

Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton

 

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Episode 5: The Title-less Episode

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:36 AM

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for hanging in there! Episode 5 was recorded a while back, but computer issues prevented it from being uploaded until now – so you get back-to-back episodes this week!

 

 

 

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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

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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.

 

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