the first round is over!

Congratulations to Barbara, ummeyusuf, strickbar and Avis — the winners of the first installment of the Great Yarn Giveaway! Please send me your mailing address, and I’ll get that sent out Monday. Thanks so much to everyone who commented and participated- all of your kindnesses and enthusiasm is really what’s made this so fun.


So today, I’m giving away two skeins of laceweight, again- this time, from Cherry Tree Hill.


This is Cherry Tree Hill’s Merino Lace yarn (Ravelry link, Yarndex link), a two ply laceweight in the colorway Wild Cherries. I believe this is one enormous skein split into two cakes, which would set these at 4 oz and 1200 yards each, approximately. (Seriously. CTH doesn’t mess around.) This was an incredibly sweet gift; I’m just not a pink person, sadly, and I can’t see using it to make a gift, either, because I don’t know if I can knit pinks for that long.

My husband, S, suggested we take advantage of the
digital treasure hunt and selfishly use it to our own gain. Normally,
I’d object, but his idea involves Indian food, and I’m pretty helpless
to resist that.

One approximately 4 oz, 1200 yard cake of yarn will go to the first person who can comment with a recipe for one of our favorite Indian dishes (one of the few for which we haven’t been able to find a recipe ourselves) called Chicken Balti. We used to order this all the time at our local curry place in England, and that may be part of the problem; my Hindi teachers gave me to understand that this may be more of a British bastardization than traditional fare. Be that as it may- if you have a good recipe for this, I’m more than happy to trade for yarn!

For the other approximately 4 oz, 1200 yard cake of yarn, I’m asking that people comment with a haiku about whatever it is they see out of their bedroom windows, because haiku is fun. I’ll pick out my favorite on Wednesday, 5 February 2008, at 1200 eastern time. If no one can meet the first challenge- the Chicken Balti recipe- the second winner will be selected this way, too.

Good luck!

  One thought on “the first round is over!

  1. Crystal
    February 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    The view from my bedroom windows (perhaps the grey February day is getting to me):
    Route four ninety five
    The steady stream of traffic
    On-ramp to nowhere

  2. layne
    February 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm
  3. layne
    February 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    new motorcycle
    of my neighbor; was not the
    traintrack loud enough?

  4. layne
    February 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    SERVES 4
    4 tablespoon Greek-style yoghurt
    Half tablespoon black cumin seeds
    4 cardamom pods
    6 whole black peppercorns
    2 tablespoon garam masala
    2.5 cm or 1 in cinnamon stick
    1 tablespoon ground almond
    1 teaspoon (tsp) garlic pulp
    1 tsp ginger pulp
    1 tsp chilli powder
    1 tsp salt
    675 g chicken, skinned, boned and cubed
    5 tbsp corn oil
    2 medium onions, diced
    3 fresh green chillies chopped
    2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    120 ml single (light) cream
    Cooking Instructions:
    1.. Mix the yoghurt, cumin seeds, cardamoms, peppercorns, garam masala, cinnamon stick, ground almond, ginger, garlic, chilli powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the chicken pieces and leave to marinate for about two hours.
    Step 2
    Heat the oil in a large karahi or deep round-bottomed frying fan (skillet). Throw in the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    Step 3
    Pour in the chicken mixture and stir until it is well blended with the onions.
    Step 4
    Cook over a medium heat for 12 – 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through.
    Step 5
    Add the green chillies and fresh coriander (cilantro), and four in the cream. Bring to the boil and serve garnished with more coriander, if desired.
    This Balti dish has a lovely thick sauce and is especially good served with a lightly spiced rice.
    another recipe, this time from here:
    can you tell i am a pink person and in love with that yarn?

  5. mudlarque
    February 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    The old power plant;
    steam clouds in the light shimmer
    and shift the shadows.

  6. ummeyusuf
    February 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I won! Yay! that’s my first time. Thanks

  7. ilovewool@ravelry
    February 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    From my window now I see:
    The stars shining
    The snow snowing
    The wind blowing the snow that’s snowing
    And the itty bitty clumps of snowflakes.
    I love the stories about the ducky and her lil’ ducky one and the ducky saying, “quack, quack!” and the lil’ ducky saying, “quack, quack!” Only much squeakier. It’s so rhythmic. Also my Mom sounds hilarious reading it to us kids.

  8. March 1, 2008 at 12:00 am

    In darkness, the trees
    are outlined by street lights, while
    snow falls, undaunting.
    Hey, how was Beowolf?

  9. March 1, 2008 at 9:42 am

    outside there is grass
    very small trees try to grow
    then more apartments
    I love pink and monday is my birthday so I hope I can win, even though my view is uninspiring!

  10. ummeyusuf
    March 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Yarn can make me do strange things, like making a fool of myself by attempting haiku:
    The sun rising
    Bright over the rooftops
    A promise of spring

  11. Tibbers
    March 2, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I have a good recipe for balti vegetables that I add chicken to frequently.
    3tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
    1 onion chopped
    1tsp garlic paste
    1tsp ginger paste
    2tsp ground coriander
    1tsp chili powder
    1/2tsp ground turmeric
    1/2 cauliflower broken into florets
    2 carrots diced
    2 potatoes diced
    1cup thawed frozen peas
    1 small rutabaga diced
    3/4cup green beans cut into 2″ pieces
    1/2cup corn kernels thawed
    4 tomatoes peeled and chopped
    4-8tbsp stock or water
    heat the ghee in a large pan. add the onion and cook over low heat, stirring occ. for about 10 min or until golden. stir in garlic and ginger pastes and cook 1 min. add coriander, chili powder, and turmeric and cook until they give off aroma about 2 min.
    add all vegetables but tomatoes and stir cooking 3 minutes. add tomatoes and salt to taste, then add 4tbsp stock or water.
    cover and simmer for 10 min or until vegetable are tender. stir occ and if starting to stick, add more liquid. serve and garnish as desired.
    I hope that you enjoy as much as we do!

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