A Long Weekend Ahead

We’re getting ready for a holiday weekend, with Memorial Day on Monday. We’ll also have an Update for you on Monday evening so be on the lookout for that. (Want to know what’s going up? Madelinetosh DK, Atenti Overnighter Bags, Into the Whirled Pakokku, Shibui Linen, and Rowan’s new sock yarn. Also, bead and needle re-stocks. Check back on Monday night! For those of you doing Camp Loopy with us this summer, we added in the camp t-shirts this week.

Here’s a great recipe that my dear friend Monica shared on her blog, The Yummy Life. I made this this week and it was delicious. I used it in a salad – lettuce, grilled chicken, and this salsa on top. (Trying to replicate Qdoba’s Mango Chicken Salad, which I love.) It would also be a great salsa on top of burgers, grilled fish or chicken, or as a side dish with chips.

Mango-cucumber-salsa-the-yummy-lifeMango Cucumber Salsa from The Yummy Life

1  1/3 cups chopped mango (2-3 mangoes)
1/2 cup chopped cucumber (peeled for regular cucumbers, or unpeeled if using a Persian cucumber)
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1-2 Tbl. diced jalapeños (for less heat, remove seeds and membrane. I did!)
1 minced garlic clove
1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (mint or parsley may also be substituted. I used the cilantro.)
1 Tbl. lime juice (from approx. 1/2 lime)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix and serve. You can also chill it for several hours, but be sure to drain any accumulated liquid before serving.

In addition to this Mango Salsa recipe, check out Monica’s Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa and her Strawberry & Red Bell Pepper Salsa. (And if you wonder how in the heck to chop up a mango? She has a post for that, too!)

Have a great weekend and get some knitting done! I’m happy to say my seven day “no knitting” streak is over. I’m working with a new yarn that we hope to have soon at the shop, and it’s awesome.

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Hello, Baby!

This was a project made with lots of love. My BFF Monica (author of the crazy-popular blog The Yummy Life) is getting her first grandbaby soon. So exciting! And of course when I first heard, I immediately thought of all the fun things I could knit for that new little person. I finally settled on a baby blanket, because when I had Web Guy oh-so-many-years-ago, someone sent me a wonderful handknit baby blanket and I used it all the time. I wasn’t even a knitter at the time, but I loved that sweet blanket. Here’s the one I just finished:

I have had the Pine Forest Baby Blanket on my favorites list ever since Knit Nighter Robyn made one last year and worked on it on Thursday nights. It’s such a beautiful pattern and a little more interesting than the same old knit and purl baby blankets that are out there. I picked Spud and Chloe Sweater because I like that it’s machine wash/dry, and it’s 55% merino, 45% cotton (so not as hot as all wool). I used these cute heart stitch markers between repeats, and it was a nice visual of all the love I was knitting into that blanket as I worked along.

I think I’m going to have to send Little Loopy along with the blanket, as he’s a bit enamored with the whole thing. Plus, he loves babies. Every time one comes in the shop, he hops into their baby carriage. I’m not sure the moms always appreciate that.

I might need to make this baby a sweater for next fall, too. And I’ll definitely make this blanket again. I love how it turned out. Baby things are so much fun to knit.

Sheri nobabiesinmyfamilyrightnow,soIhavetoborrowthemfromfriends

P.S. This blanket would also be beautiful done in Dream in Color Classy, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and Cascade 220 Superwash – all yarns that are machine wash and dry, which is important to moms with young kids.