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Why crochet over knitting

I just love to crochet, it hasn’t always been this way though.

Back when I was in college, and worked as a teacher assistant, I had little time for hobbies (once I had to stay up 2 nights in a row in order to  get ready for some finals).

Whenever I had the chance to go home visit my family, Mom and I liked to sit back, chat and keep our hands busy. At that time I liked knitting much better than crochet ’cause it seemed so much faster, in fact I believe it is, once you get  the hang of it, and have an expert by your side -such as my Mom- to fix those stupid mistakes you may make as you go.

I also had the  feeling that when you are knitting it is as if you are creating an exquisite  piece of fabric. I left crochet for my granny doilies and baby outfits.

Never knew that years later I would be so in to crochet. I adore it, it really became my passion. It all started when I was getting too stressed at work-teaching is enchanting but tiresome – and I wanted to pick up a hobby I could perform while I was with my, then, baby daughter.

I tried to get back to oil painting, too smelly it didn’t work out, then learn how to sew, had no talent, knitting again -ops the needles are too long, pointy and I was not that fast anymore, besides I just couldn’t stop in the middle of the row when the baby needed me.

Then crochet crossed my mind. I thought about making a crochet toy Tasha the hippo in Backyardigans cartoon for my daughter. I followed this pattern I found on Lion Brand site, and for the red dress I followed a Brazilian pattern .  She loved it so much, unfortunately I never took its picture, and it was passed on.

I have learned to like crochet ever since. I tend to think that when you learn to love something it gets into you, becomes part of who you are, I can’t resist the colors and so many possibilities that are being unwound by crochet and these  great designer minds full of creativity and unlimited new arrangement for the same old stitches.

That is amazing!

I am recently revisiting my Vogue Knitting CROCHET magazine issue for the 100th time.

If you haven’t gotten yours yet, I would reconsider. It certainly is a splash of color and inspiration to say the least.

Gotta go now,

Take care,

Drikka.

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Brazilian Soccer, and a quick Pasta recipe for supper

Dear ones

Life has moved forward, so many things have happened since I last wrote here! I’d better just mention them as follows

– my daughter `graduated`-kindergarten, that was Big, she is now going to REAL school!
-we moved into another townhouse where there are more kids for her to play with-and fight with too- she is much happier this way, and the TV is seldom on.
-I quit that job, kept a few friends in there, still visit them, but I quit.
-we have been to Vancouver, through the Rocky Mountains, now that was big for me, I’ve always wanted to see them!- promise future pictures on them.
-We are going to stay here longer than we had originally planned, now we’ll stay until June 2013, my dear husband was granted another post-doctoral in Education now, we are both thrilled! I wish we could skip the 2014 World Cup -which will take place in my city too, and it will be so much more complicated to be living in.
-My dear soccer team won yesterday the most important championships in Latin America Copa Libertadores title without losing any match! Congratulations my dear CORINTHIANS.  – soccer in Brazil  is still taken seriously, out of 4 greater teams competing in Sao Paulo mine was the only one which had never won that title before, that caused the biggest soccer moking jokes in Brazilian history! We are even now, I feel glad and relieved.

On with the recipe:

Baked Pasta:

500 ml tomato sauce

500 ml white sauce

250 grs ground beef

500 grs pasta -(the small type  just like those used for macaroni cheese

200 grs Parmesan grated cheese

50 grs Parmesan grated cheese

1 small  thinly sliced onion

2 cloves of garlic chopped into

4 spoons of olive oil

Optionals:

celery salt, and black pepper to your taste

1 bay leaf

chives and parsley  and basil.

Directions:

1. Boil the pasta with a little salt and 1 spoon of the olive oil,

2. While your pasta is boiling, stir fry the onion in the olive oil use medium heat, as the onion gets transparent toss the garlic stir and add the ground beef, in case you are using bay leave add it now, together with salt and pepper.

3. Add the tomato sauce stir, turn off the heat, let it rest.

4. Meanwhile watch your pasta  it must be `al dente` -not too soft,  resistant to your touch. Drain it and reserve.

5. In a bowl mix the 200 grs Parmesan cheese to the white sauce, Slowly pour thebolognese  sauce -you just made it tomato+ground beef, take the bay leaf off, add the rest of the optional seasonings.

6. Mix it really well, take your drained pasta and lay it in a baking pan, I like the glass ones just for the visual effect.

7. Cover with the 50 grs Parmesan cheese . Oven pre-heated at 180 C or 350 F. For 20 minutes or until the top is brownish.

Help yourself!

Drikka.