Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I finally took the plunge and ordered some Knitpick Options. They look like my Inoxes, I am anxious to give them a try. I ordered them in my common sizes-5, 6, 7.
There was a white box today-it IS summer knitting time, after all. Wouldn't you know that a cold front came in last night and dropped us 30 degrees?
I also got a big box from Kohls with a Dockers jacket for DH. You know the drill on that-"I broke my zipper on this coat, can we see if I can get a new one, 'cept in black? I really like that coat, I've had it for, what, 5 years?" Later, "But it's not the same-I don't liiiikkkkkke that waistband..." I think to myself "Shhhhh. It's 70% off, it's black, and it's a tall for your monkey arms. I am ordering it and you WILL try it." Heh. Shush up and listen to the wardrobe manager. At least she makes sure your jacket shows up on the day you will freeze your tuckus off.
I also got a box in from Penzeys! If you have never shopped there, oh, for God's sake, get ye on their mailing list yesterday! Seriously, we've been trying to eat clean this year, and haven't done too terribly. A good variety of Penzey's products helps a lot. If you don't order anything else, Fox Point and Mural of Flavor are the two blends you must try. Do it. Your family will think you learned how to cook or something.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
They are probably mine. (It's soooo sad that I know this.)
I got to my house before the postman did, and guess what was on my front porch?? A bursting at the seams box from Ram Wools. Gulp.
It's been years since I ordered anything from Ram Wools. I liked the little zippy bags. I am showing off two colors of Fresh (1.47 a ball) and Watercolor Mix (2.06 a ball). It's a good thing DH wasn't home. I got in about 59 balls of yarn.
I need to zen with my Bond. SOON.
Monday, January 21, 2008
1) Sweater drying. I Euclanned and spun out two sweaters, and wrapped them up in SuperShammies. The shammies (it really bothers me that I am not typing out chamois, and thanks for letting me say that) got damp. Not damp enough to wring anything out of. Meh.
2) Hair drying. First, let me say that I have a fairly big head. It was tough to actually wrap it around my head. The shammy soaked up some water-but not enough for me to wring out. However, my hair didn't drip. The jury is still out on that.
Definitive finding: It smells when wet. Smells like chickensaladwetdogdousedcampfire. Don't say I didn't warn you. One went thru the wash with regular laundry soap, and still retains some stenchiness.
On to my second topic. I was screwing around on Ravelry, signed myself up for Hat Attack, and looked at some of my opponents blogs (the ones with fun personalities.) Mrs. Aytch did a thing last fall called "Walking to Omaha" where she promised herself a yarn splurge after she walked the equivalent of a trip to Omaha. (She's in Illinois, can't believe she picked Omaha. She promised herself some Lime and Violet yarn.)
I looked at a map. Unlike any other state in the union (except Alaska and Hawaii) it takes for-freaking-ever to leave Texas, so I chose Brooks Yarns as my destination, which is just up the road a piece.
In the great tradition of an Australian Walkabout (where you go on for years trying to find your ass) I have started my trip to Brooks Farm Yarns. Because I would like to find my happy ass.
I did my first mile/4 laps/23 minutes today. In the rain. My calves were pissed.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I found a new group on Ravelry. (You can find them on Yahoo too.) They model themselves after Sock Wars. I am pretty stoked, because hats in worsted weight are both fun and easy! Sign ups continue thru the end of the month.
On a side note: they turned DSL off at the cafe yesterday, so I will be surfing at the speed of sloths until we move (hopefully this year.) Hi-speed isn't available where I live. Don't be mad if I don't come visit.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
That set me back on my heels. I wrote her-
I think it's weird to be thought of as a Texan-I am pretty sure I can make decent salsa AND guacamole with fewer than 6 ingredients total (and the garlic and cilantro are totally optional), but ya know, Texas is just where the military sent me.
I think we might be kind of like New Yorkers, except we say ma'am and y'all, and aren't so twitchy.
So I did a tally-
12 years in Chicago
10 in Colorado
4 in Texas (Fort Worth)
4 in Germany (KL/Winnweiler-Hochstein)
4 in Alaska
3 in Texas (East Cupcake)
2 in Germany (KL/Mehlbach)
7 in Texas (East Cupcake)
So far, the greater Chicagoland area still wins. I know Joan will embrace her inner Vamanta when she gets a Subaru (which is, by the way, one of the favorite cars of the Anchorage-Matsu region). I don't know what it would take to make myself believe I am Texan.
Horses? Sorry, I ride English. Baking, State Fair-nah, I did that in Alaska. Big Hair-c'mon, I have Japanese hair. Bling-oh, give that a rest too. A boob job and blonde hair....well, ok, maybe.
The funny part about living in East Cupcake-when my dad was a young guy and left the Wauconda/Kenosha area to seek his fortune he went west. He ended up working for a pig farmer about 30 miles west of here. I have pictures that prove that. I have a sneaking suspicion Dad ran out of money.
Do you live where you are FROM?
I am still Cobblestoning away. I started sleeve 1 last night.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
The show is going well... lots of people looking and ordering. Had Annie Modisette, Cat Bhordi and Clara Parkes in yesterday... they all admired your tam. It is quite the hit.
Hope things are well
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The problem is my figure. And I am not lying there. I've been living on the high stress potato chip diet for almost three years, I am pushing 50, and holy crap, all of a sudden I look like this:
That's only a slight dramatization. The thing is, I didn't start out this way. If you look at my family, you wouldn't suspect that I would be the chunk-a-miss. Actually, that's not true-if you look at the Japanese side, they are all what I think of as regular sized-somewhere between a size 4 and a size 8. The British side, well, they are another matter entirely.
But I can only blame so much of that on genes. I can only blame the most recent 7 lbs on stopping my 30 year smoking habit. The rest is up to me.
I think two things that give ME trouble are diet lies the media taught me in the 80s, when I was a little tiny stick girl and care passionately about my weight.
1) Carbs don't have fat. Eat some.
2) Eat more smaller meals.
I've looked at the way I eat. These two statements have done a lot of damage to my waistline and to my eating habits. Any more, I just shove a lot of starch into my mouth at all hours of the day. And it shows.
I have to move my mouth less and my ass more. I REALLY want a Fifi. And I can't cast on for it until my scale numbers have moved down significantly.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
These days, I seem to be finding a lot of Buffalo Serendipity. (Much nicer than finding buffalo chips, I'll tell you.) Last year, I asked Ron Miskin of Buffalo Gold if he was going to Kid 'n Ewe in Boerne. He wrote back and said "I wasn't planning to, but since you asked." And he exhibited.
Chris (aka Scullyknits) went to K'nE twice. WE went on Sunday. The day before, she went with her family. They stopped at the Kid 'n Ewe booth, where the Divine Miss M charmed the socks right off of Ron. He gave her a small buffalo toy, which she toted around all weekend. I thought that was just great, that the guy I asked to come 1) showed up, 2) had a busy booth (i.e. it was worth his trip) and 3) was flat charmed by Miss M. I happily bought my skein of laceweight.
Monday, I sent my Prairie Star Buffalo Tam in to Wild Fibers as a contest entry. I really wanted the "runner up" prize of a basket of buffalo goodies. My entry bounced. (They must be changing emails at the magazine??) Anyhow, I thought "Oh, no, I just finished this, I am on time, I am SOOOOO not going to give up." So I sent a copy of my entry on to Buffalo Gold (the contest sponsor) , and explained that my entry had bounced. I got an Auto Response, and thought, ok, fine, it made it to someone. A few hours later, I got a phone call from Ron, who said "We were sitting around, admiring your hat, and we want to display it at TNNA next week. We'll send you some yarn."
You WHAT???? I wanted to do a butt-shaking happy dance, but had to sound reasonably dignified and coherent.
I mailed my hat today, and wrote up a little blah-blah for them to keep with a small yarn sample (leftovers!!!) that explained the method, the pattern and the results.
And he wrote me back and said
Wonderful!!... Dad is truly excited about the Tam, and we are getting ready, and our display for this show is sort of an art gallery format. I have a canvas all ready for the hat, and it will be a featured piece. I am putting a bio card on the board as well, and I would love to put any information you would like on it.
Thank you again, and I will get some yarn on its way to you today.
Have a Happy New Year.
I am absolutely beside myself with excitement.
Bread-that took 8 hours (that's not 8 monitored hours, that's mix the dough up and look at it an hour later to see what it's doing) and stew that cooked for 5 hours. That was stew I browned and chopped for an hour, and then put it to frolic in the oven for several hours.
Wow. You'd think I could cook or something. DH had to comment a little-"cut the meat up smaller" and "you need a chainsaw to cut that bread". I threatened him with "ding-ding" microwave food and he shut the hell up.
The stew process was a little different. Brown the meat, then cook the onions. THEN add flour, then your liquid, blah blah. I threw in beer. It was really good.
The bread was different too-crank up the oven as hot as you can get it, preheat a dutch oven, then throw the dough in the dutch oven, cover and bake. My bread came out very much like a German loaf, with rustic crust and chewy insides.
The how toos are in Cook's Illustrated Feb 2008 issue. Dang, dinner was good around here.