Fancy going to Edinburgh? (Ep 17, Along The Lanes)

I make a big ol’ stew to weather the cold stormy weather we’ve been having, share my knitting and foodie projects, and take you to Knit Night at the pub with me. Excitement abounds as Along The Lanes nears 2000 subscribers, and I make plans to go to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Join me there? 😀

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Peace, love and cozy toes,
Vero

Show notes

Reasons to be Cheerful socks
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reasons-to-be-cheerful

Nikka Vord by Gudrun Johnson
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nikka-vord

Edinburgh Yarn Festival (18-20th March)
http://www.edinyarnfest.com

Music by Jeff Kaale on Soundcloud.com

Vero’s storm-weathering bean and ham stew

I used the following ingredients, but change them based on what you have, or what you fancy!

– Cooked ham, cubed
– Pumpkin, cubed
– 2 red onions, chopped
– 4 cloves of chopped garlic
– 1 tin of Pinto beans, rinsed
– 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
– Vegetable stock, if needed to add a bit of liquid

Spices & herbs (to your own taste): Ground coriander, cumin, paprika, chilli powder, smoked salt, pepper, cinnamon and a squeeze of my favourite BBQ sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Sweat the onions for a few minutes. If you need to cook the meat, do this before adding everything else in. Otherwise, throw all ingredients in on medium heat, stir in your spices and add the vegetable stock.

Cook it on medium heat for at least half an hour, ideally an hour, until everything’s softened and the sauce has become nice and thick. Add fresh chopped coriander if you like.

Serve with white or brown rice and, if you’ve made yours spicy, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream to balance out the spice. Perfect with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

Enjoy!

Spinning, Sushi and a Giveaway (Episode 16)

Welcome to my craft room once again. Today, some spinning, sushi and a sweet, sweet giveaway winner announced.

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Peace, love and fuzzy stuff,
Vero

Show Notes

KnitPicks Hawthorne Sport
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-hawthorne-sport-multi

Gemini by Jane Richmond
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gemini-3

Holland Handmade
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hollandhandmadeco
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08Z6appRg1ojf009qRVmQw

Lina Knits
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb54mo7ImX6P_6xXBeWxaqg

Music by Jeff Kaale on Soundcloud.com

Fancy Some Chilli? Ep 12 of Along The Lanes

Vero’s Warming winter chilli recipes for meat-eaters and veggies

This is a very loose recipe, so use your creativity and use the veggies and meats or meat-alternatives you enjoy the most.

Today’s chillies both contained:

  • Onions and garlic with olive oil to get started
  • A mix of courgette (zucchini to the American-speaking viewers), mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, roasted butternut squash… but you could add green beans or any fresh veg you have at hand
  • Beans; Butter beans, canellini beans, red kidney beans and one tin of Heinz baked beans
  • Tomato paste and a tin of chopped tomatoes (unless you have tons of fresh ones at hand, of course!)
  • A good glug of red wine (and another for the cook!)
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of ketchup

In the veggie one, I used 100g of soya mince. In the meaty one, I went all out with a mix of pork sausage meat, turkey mince and ground beef mince. Choose a combination that makes you happy – we’ve been known to throw in leftover pulled pork or ribs meat!

Start by frying off the onions and garlic, then add the meat and cook it until it catches just a bit and starts browning nicely. Add a glug of wine and let it mostly evaporate. Add in the veggies from the hardest to the softest, and let them cook down a bit.

Once the veggies are partially cooked, add the beans, tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, spices – and the soya mince if usnig the dry version – and mix it all together.

Give it plenty of time; An hour or two will allow the flavours to merge together. Leave to cool, if you can help it, or grab a nice big bowl to enjoy!

We love to serve it with steamed rice or tortilla chips. Even small amounts of leftovers are great in a burrito wrap with rice, guacamole and cheese. So tasty! 😀

It’s All Getting Messy! (Episode 11 of Along The Lanes)

This week, I’m getting my hands dirty with some mixed media painting. Also, you get to dive into my yarn and fibre stash head first!

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Peace, love and messy creativity,
Vero

Show notes

Karusellen colourwork hat by Erica Knits:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/karusellen

Voolenvine’s Favorite Socks:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/favorite-socks-2

Festiwool:
http://www.festiwool.com

The Sheep Shop, Cambridge:
http://sheepshopcambridge.co.uk

Yarns mentioned (listed on Ravelry.com):
Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted
Cascade 220 Heathers Worsted
Colinette Jitterbug

Music by Floppy Circus on Soundcloud.com

Back from Canada and it snowed! (Episode 10)

I’m back from Canada and I have so much to tell you! This episode is filled with new projects, poutine (yummy!), bonfires and travel tales.

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Peace, love and poutine,
Vero

Show notes

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, NY:
http://sheepandwool.com

Francine J. Séguin – Mixed media artist:
http://fjseguin.com

Vitsippa by Joji Locatelli:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vitsippa

Karusellen by Erica Knits:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/karusellen

Ishbel shawl by Ysolda Teague:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ishbel

Casey Neistat, YouTuber extraordinaire:
https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat

Aladdin Magic Carpet Prank by Casey Neistat & Jesse Wellens:

Music by Andrew Applepie: https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie

Ep. 5 – Great London Yarn Crawl

Join me on the Great London Yarn Crawl; Three yarn shops and an amazing pop-up marketplace, all in one day!

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The yarn shops we visited and the yarn I bought at each shop:

The Handweavers Studio & Gallery where I purchased “Regoledo” unlabelled sparkly nylon yarn
http://www.handweavers.co.uk

Nest, I purchased Blacker Yarns’ Special Edition Cornish Tin 4-ply
http://nestknitting.com
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/blacker-yarns-cornish-tin-4-ply

Loop London where I bought some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light & Eden Cottage Theseus Lace
http://www.loopknitting.com/news.html
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/madelinetosh-tosh-merino-light

http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/eden-cottage-yarns-theseus-lace

The Great London Yarn Crawl organised by Yarn In The City:
http://www.loopknitting.com/news.html

Music by:
Safakash: https://soundcloud.com/safakash
Floppy Circus: https://soundcloud.com/floppycircus

Along The Lanes: Episode 2 – Time Travel

Last night, I published Episode 2 of Along The Lanes, my new podcast about knitting, crafts and fluffy things. This week, I’m sharing some progress updates, the story of my most worn and least worn Finished Objects, and opening some exciting post.

episode 2 along the lanes

You can watch it now on my new YouTube channel.

As I’ve moved to a new channel, please re-subscribe to be notified when I add new videos! I already can’t wait to record the next one, and I suspect I’ll have some great stash acquisition to share in the next few days.

And THANK YOU for watching! 😀

Show notes

My Hitofude project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/hitofude-cardigan

Trillian by Martina Behm:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trillian-2

Alegria by Manos del Uruguay:
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/manos-del-uruguay-alegria

Strokkur project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/strokkur

Hogwarts Express project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/hogwarts-express

Pompom magazine:
http://pompommag.com

Along The Lanes: Episode 1 – New knitting podcast

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After talking about it for… months? or years? I’ve finally got my act together and recorded my first podcast / vlog about knitting, crafts and squishy yarny things.

I had so much fun recording and editing the first one that it’ll hopefully become a regular thing. It’s a good chance to play with video editing in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be suitable for work-related videos, and I get to waffle on about my favourite new yarns, patterns and projects – and anyone who’s ever got me started on those will know I’ve got a lot of love for the wonderful designs that are being created in recent years!

There are about a million crafty podcasts out there, so I won’t be the first or the last, but I hope I can make mine a fun and bright place for viewers to spend a few minutes with me in their week. I promise an avalanche of wildly colourful yarn, tales of WIPs, frogged projects and beautiful FOs. 😀

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Why I'm in love with IKEA's "Cat herding" campaign

In case the news hasn’t made it to your corner of the office yet, here’s a YouTube video perfect for a Friday.

IKEA’s campaign involved releasing 100 cats into a London IKEA store and letting them roam free. Whoddathunk hanging halogen light fittings made such great cat runs…

Aside from the fact that I’m a total cat lover (an anomaly in my family), the reason I’m head over heels for this campaign is that, for once, Marketing doesn’t take itself seriously. Sure, IKEA isn’t at the awareness-building stage of its business lifespan and can afford to do some pretty creative marketing, as they did with their Facebook campaign in 2009.

It’s refreshing to see a campaign that’s purely done for fun, an idea that doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t try to preach or sell us anything. Have a laugh, spend Friday afternoon spreading the video around and gain that little bit more love for the almighty brand that is IKEA. “Simples!”, as Aleksandr Orlov would say.

I wonder if they just shook the box of Whiskas biscuits to call all the cats back at the end?

Happy Friday!