Blaithin Swatch

October 23, 2012

In May, Kate Davies introduced her Blaithin and Blaithin Junior Cardigans. You can find them here.

I immediately liked them both, but was more taken with the Junior because the sweater design for the yoke wasn’t interrupted by a change in colour. I thought about making the adult version in a similar way.

I ended up taking graph paper and coloured markers (I know, so non-techie of me) and I worked through some colour combinations with paper swatches.

I finally decided on the colour combination Kate originally used.

I just tweeked the pattern a little bit.

I have to say I’m really pleased and can’t wait to see what happens as I continue knitting. My next class, at the Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio with Venessa Bentley, will be in December, so once I finish the sleeves this project will be on hiatus for a little while…waiting for December.

I know there will be lots of opportunity to wear it…even if finishing the project is delayed for a while.

You can see the finished version on Ravelry here.

My Thanksgiving Appetizer: Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic with Goat Cheese

October 6, 2012

And, so I take my first baby steps.

What have I created today? Mmm…how about some wonderful vine-ripened, oven roasted tomatoes?

I’ve made them twice now and am wowed by the amazing flavour that pops in my mouth when I’m eating them. It’s fantastic what 12 hours in the oven (at the lowest temp), covered in olive oil, some garlic and pepper can do to these tomatoes. The best part–I was sleeping while this creation was taking place.

The second tasty item that’s in my oven right now is some roasting garlic. Yum!

I will be heading out today to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s place and will bring the tomatoes, the garlic and some goat cheese to enjoy on some crispy toast. Can’t wait.


Pour a little olive oil onto the bottom of the pan you’ll be using.

Cut tomatoes into thin-ish wedges. However many you want…just don’t overload the pan.

Add some roughly chopped garlic…maybe half a head. Sprinkle on the tomatoes.

Grind some black pepper on top and add a bit more olive oil.

Turn oven to the lowest temperature and leave tomatoes there for 12 hours. (I have gone to sleep and woken up to this amazing dish.)



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop the tops off your heads of garlic—just enough to expose the cloves inside.

Pour a little olive oil onto each.

Leave in the oven for approximately 35-45 minutes. Just check the garlic to make sure it’s turning a lovely golden colour, but not burning. You’ll notice some of the cloves pushing themselves up out of their skins.

Enjoy on some crackers with goat cheese. Mmmm…