These are so adorable and fun to knit with scrap yarn!  Stuff with some catnip and get a head start on your Christmas Kitty gifts!

By Delicious Stitches

This cute fishy is knit in the round from the tip of the nose to the end of the back tail.  Then stitches are picked up along the top and sides in order to knit the fins. The entire fishy is then felted in the washer machine. This would make a great gift for a little one or for any fish lover in your life.

Materials

-Approximately 250 yards of any worsted weight 100% wool yarn(I used some hand
dyed Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool)

-4 size 6 double pointed needles

-Two buttons for the eyes

-Needle and thread for attaching the button eyes

-Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

4×4 inch swatch in stockinette stitch

20 stitches x 26 rows

Pattern

Cast on 9 sts using long tail cast on method, place 3 sts on each needle. Join being

careful not to twist.

Purl 4 rows.

1. *k1, kfb, kfb* repeat from *to* around

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. K2, *kfb, kfb, k3* repeat from *to* to last 3 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k1

5. K3, *kfb, kfb, k5* repeat from *to* to last 4 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k2

7. K4, *kfb, kfb, k7* repeat from *to* to last 5 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k3

9. K5, *kfb, kfb, k9* repeat from *to* to last 6 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k4

11. K6, *kfb, kfb, k11* repeat from *to* to last 7 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k5

13. K7, *kfb, kfb, k13* repeat from *to* to last 8 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k6

15. K8, *kfb, kfb, k15* repeat from *to* to last 9 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k7

17. K9, *kfb, kfb, k17* repeat from *to* to last 10 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k8

19. K10, *kfb, kfb, k19* repeat from *to* to last 11 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k9

21. K11, *kfb, kfb, k21* repeat from *to* to last 12 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k10

23. K12, *kfb, kfb, k23* repeat from *to* to last 13 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k11

Knit 30 rounds.

You will now sew the eyes on. You will place one eye right before and one eye right after

the third set of increases. Make sure you attach them securely or they could come off in

the wash.

1. K12, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k22, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k10

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. K11, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k20, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k9

5. K10, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k18, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k8

7. K9, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k16, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k7

9. K8, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k14, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k6

11. K7, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k12, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k5

13. K6, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k10, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k4

15. K5, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k8, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k3

17. K4, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k6, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k2

18. K3, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k4, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k1

Tail

Using your 3rd needle k3 from your 1st needle, using your empty needle knit remaining

sts on your 1st needle and knit all but the last 2 sts on your 2nd needle, k last 2 sts

together.

You now have 2 needles with 10 sts on each as shown in the picture below.

You will now stuff the body of the fish and then we will continue making the tail. Do not

stuff the fish too much, you should put just enough stuffing to make sure that it keeps its

shape. If you stuff it to much the yarn will not be able to shrink when you felt it. After

you are done stuffing it you will continue knitting the tail.

1. Kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. Kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1

5. Kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1

7. Kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1

9. Kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1

11. Kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1

13. Kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1

15. Kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1

17. Kfb, k23, kfb, k1, kfb, k23, kfb, k1

Bind Off

Knit 1st stitch from front needle and 1st stitch from back needle together *knit next stitch

on front needle and next stitch on back needle together, pass 1st stitch on right needle

over 2nd stitch and drop it* repeat from *to* until all stitches are bound off. Break yarn

and slide through loop and pull tight, weave in end.

Top and side fins

Pick up every OTHER stitch in between the increase and decrease stitches as shown in

the photo. You will pick up a total of 16 stitches for each fin.

Join a new piece of yarn.

1. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

2. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

3. *K1, p1, pass 1st st. over 2nd, *k1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

4. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* k last st.

5. P1, k1, pass 1st st. over 2nd, *p1, k1* repeat from *to* p last st.

6. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* k last st.

7. Repeat row 3

8. Repeat row 4

9. Repeat row 5

10. Repeat row 6

11. Repeat row 3

12. Repeat row 4

13. Repeat row 5

14. Repeat row 6

You will have 10 stitches remaining, bind off remaining stitches.

Winter Creamy Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup Cooked Grain like wheat berry, barley, brown rice, faro, etc.
  • 2 cups Shredded Red Cabbage
  • 2 cups Washed Baby Spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 1/4 cup Golden Rasins
  • 1/4 cup Pecan Pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Pickled Red Onions *see recipe
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Cinnamon Dressing *see recipe

Directions

Step 1
Pickled Red Onions:
½ each – red onion, sliced
1 cup – seasoned rice vinegar
¼ cup – granulated sugar

Combine ingredients and let sit for at least 1 hour, overnight if possible.
Step 2
Creamy Cinnamon Dressing:
¼ cup – orange juice
1 Tbs – apple cider vinegar
2 tsp – minced shallot or 1 smashed garlic clove
2 cups – vegenaise or mayonnaise
1/8 tsp – ground cinnamon
Pinch black pepper and allspice

Whisk all ingredients except vegenaise or mayonnaise together and let sit for 30 minutes. If using the garlic, remove garlic. Slowly whisk into vegenaise or mayonnaise until it becomes a thick dressing.
Step 3
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together including the pickled red onions. Adjust flavor with agave nectar and salt. Toss with Creamy Cinnamon Dressing.

Tall Glenn’s Lime Grilled Tuna Steaks

Ingredients

  • 6 1" Thick Tuna Fillets
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, Finely Chopped

Directions

Fish
Step 1
Preheat grill. Set aside 6 nice tuna fillets about 1” thick. In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ a cup of lime juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil,1 finely chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon each of salt, and pepper. Brush the fish with about one-third of the dressing and reserve the rest. Place steaks on the grill, and grill until the steaks are golden on the outside and done to taste inside. Place them on a serving platter. and drizzle with the reserve mixture. Serve immediately.

Millie Sonoda’s Special K Cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cubes Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Crushed Special K Cereal

Directions

Step 1
Cream butter and sugar well.
Step 2
Mix Flour and Soda well.
Step 3
Mix butter, sugar, flour, soda and crushed cereal. Roll into little balls.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -12 minutes.
Step 4
Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet and press with finger to flatten slightly.

Grilled Corn and Crab Dip

Ingredients

  • 3 Ears of Grilled Corn
  • 8oz Soften Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Scallions
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 16oz Drained Crab Meat

Directions

Step 1
Grill three ears shucked fresh corn over high heat, turning occasionally until lightly charred on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Cut kernels from cobs, in a medium bowl combine 8 oz. soften cream cheese, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped scallions, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning and then grilled corn. Add 16 oz. can drained crab meat and gently combine. Spread mixture in 1-1/2 qt. baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until heated through, about 45 minutes. Serve with Pita Chips.

Aug 06

Don’s Dove

Don’s Doves

Directions

Game
Step 1
Every hunter, not angler, is always faced with how to prepare their doves. Today I learned the secret to preparing your doves for a meal. Don, who is an expert marksman, gave Tom and I a lesson at the Triple B Shooting Range. Not only did I learn how to shoot properly, I learned how to prepare my kill.

Take only the breast meat, skinned and filleted, place them in a plastic bag and gently pound them to break up the meat. Take the breasts and soak them in salty water, as you'd prepare a brine, I would say at least an hour or three.... then take the breasts and soak them in milk... now this is the part that is new to me... if the milk turns pink, you have to rinse them again. The breasts are ready when the milk stays white. Then, prepare as you like, breaded and fried? sautéed with garlic and butter?

Don is off to TX for the big shotgun contest - we all wish him well and he promised to bring us back the trophy!
Thanks Don for the lessons and the recipe.

11 Anglers landed 16 White Seabass to 50 lbs.  Larry Fukahara winning the jackpot…again!  Way to go Larry.

Jul 30

Big Butt!

July 18, 2012 - Big Halibut Scored - Approx. 32 lbs.  -  5 Halibut, 5 Seabass, 114 Calicos, etc.  Chances at big Yellows - the Yellows won…. to be caught another day!

As the gray rose we started hanging WHITE SEABASS, we went 1 for 5.  One big knot head enjoyed a seabass breakfast and the rest the boys couldn’t stop.

YELLOWTAIL showed up with a nice up hill current, the water temp started at 60 in the morning and was at60.35 within an hour.  We went 5 for 12 on the yellows.  Fish loss was mainly - big fish and angler error.

Later in the day we found cleaner water and marked fish.  We had a nice steady pick at the Calicos and every once in a while a big bruising home guard YELLOWTAIL would get hung.  We went 1 for 10 on the big boys -  the only one landed was a 47 lber.  by instructor/deckhand Chloe.  The boys were out fished again by a girl!  Chloe used a light 1/4 oz. white light lead head, 40 lb. test, pulled hard and never gave up.  Chloe was working as a private instructor to teach knots and fishing, when Darlen told her to “school” them, she didn’t mean “SCHOOL” them!  The boys were very gracious, no one wanted a hand-off, and they were in awe watching her fight the fish.

Final Score:  1 Seabass, 6 Yellowtail, 92 Calico Bass, 14 Sheephead, 42 Blue Perch, 10 Sculpin, 10 Whitefish, 1 Bonito

We only had 16 anglers today - that’s sad on a Saturday - but those lucky anglers hooked 10 big yellows, landed 3 from 35 to 37 lbs.  They hooked about 12 White Seabass and landed 5 all cookie cutter fish at about 25 lbs. each, 2 nice butts - one at 12 lbs. and one at 30 lbs.  The boys left Sat. night for another wild adventure … with only 15 anglers, I hope they can put the wood to them.  Pinky