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What i am up to

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the last ten days were for rest and recovery from a bad cold, me Marco and DH ended up with flu! I've got time for struggling with my kid, reading, listening podcast (and set one myself for Italian friends of this site/blog, just check it by click on Podcast button in the left menu'), taking online classes, finding inspiration and listen my own me. Just a few days before the week end we gets better so I was able to design and create something new that will be soon in the Etsy shop. I am really excited about all the flowing ideas in my heads and I can't wait to share them, but I need time to "physical made" them into reality.

here is just a sneak pic do what I was up to this week end. 

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I've design this little girl that has to be free... Maybe she is inside you too? The market bag idea comes up quickly and here it is :)

I've also relised the Mariposa cowl, that is available for download on Ravelry at discounted price of $ 3.00 (use the code mariposa2014 at checkoutsince we will gave it a decent styled fotoshoot on a real model. (The pattern is ok indeed). 

have a very lovely week and stay healthy and happy!

xoxo, Giusy


Right now

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Spring is around the corner

sometimes what you need is just a cowl to protect your neck from the gentle breeze

A new cowl pattern is arriving at Ravelry. 

 

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Recipe of my Italian Ragù

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it's the week end again, did your weeks go fast as mine?

While waiting for the Big reveal post on my latest finished sweater (yes, it really is!) and other news I can't wait to share with you, (time, oh time where are you!!), I am going to post here my recipe for the Ragù I cook each Sunday to make then Pasticcio with my kid, it's great also to go with pasta and spaghetti.

What you need

- 450 g / 16 oz of minced beef meat or mist minced meat beef/pork  

- 750 ml / 25 oz tomato  

 - 1/2 onion

- basil 

- extra virgin olive oil (ie EVO)

- salt  

LET'S GO 

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peal and cut 1/2 onion into small cubes. Put them into a 10 inch diameter saucepan with 2 spoon of EVO and let it brown a little

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Add the minced meat and let it brown stirring to not  attach to the saucepan. 

 

when the meat is brown you can add 1/4 glass of red wine, if you have a very good one, this is optional and if you haven't it doesn't affect the good result of the sauces.

Let the wine to evaporate and dry for 5 minutes covered.

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at this point add a very good mashed tomato. I think that Pomì or similar is easy to find in other country too.

I love to use also some fresh basil to put into my pan, but if you haven't it at hand, you can select some good dried herbs, as Basil, Thyme, Marjoram and put them in your sauces.

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Ok we are almost there! Use the same quantity of water you used for the tomato, add 2 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of white sugar and cover your saucepan, slow the fire at minimum.

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Cook for about 1 hour and a half to reduce the sauce and stir occasionally during the cooking time.

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when the sauce look reduced and dense, the Ragù is ready to flavor your spaghetti, pasta, tortellini or use it to make the Pasticcio!

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That's all for now! Have a wonderful week end and if you try this recipe let me know how it was!!

Xoxo, Giusy

Post Script: I promise, next post will be Knitting related!! :)


Yarn Stash index (tutorial sort of)

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Hey there, how are you? As always in those last years, months seems to me they flow away in just one day! January as gone without blogging from me, except for the Instant - Right Now post, that hope you are enjoying. 

I didn't knit very much lately, I finished my blank canvas sweater, as posted last week,  It needs just the little finishing as knitchener stitching the underarms and weaving in ends, but I was too lazy or just I don't want to let go it from my needles as I enjoy knitting it so much.

 I've got also a bad bad cold this past week and I am still coughing and coughing, but tomorrow I will go to work and then at the doctor again. So, while I was at home and getting some new Filofax delivered from Ebayers, (getting a Finsbury A5 for only few euro is amazing)... Yes, yes I know I promised to save money, but I really needed once more to make my Yarn Stash Index. Did you ever thought to track your stashed yarn? Or built an index to use as reference when you are approaching a new knitting project? Yay, I know there is the Ravelry stash, but I am talking about a "real" one where I can check the yarn samples and all the reference at once.

Would you make one your own? Here is my "recipe", but feel free to modify or make one that fits your needs.

what do you need:  

:: A ring notebook or A5 Filofax;

::  cardboard;

:: washi tapes; 

:: hole punch; 

:: paper cutter

:: favorite colored pencils and pen; 

:: gather your yarn.... and let's go! 

 

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I used a 200g sketch / cardboard paper, cutted in a half and then I made the final cutting to obtain an A5 measure; as I use my new Filofax, I made the holes with the Filofax hole punch, you can do the same using a single or double hole punch if are you going to use another ring notebook.

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gather your yarn (you don't need to take out ALL your stash at a time or you'll give up immediately :)) and start cutting out a strand to double and stick using a lovely washi tape on your cardboard paper. Write down on the paper all the information you will find on the yarn label, maybe you will add some information based on your experience with that yarn, if you already used it before.

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easy! Isn't it? Finally I have all my yarn stash reference in just one place! Oh, you would like order them by weights, name, company, yarn colour, etc. I didn't with mine, but there are many possibility in making a yarn index!

 

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Enjoy and let me know if you made one!

xoxo, Giusy