Wednesday, March 28, 2007
"Christian Lagerfeld, his father, made a fortune in condensed milk; his mother, Elisabeth, played the violin."
If the story doesn't end with a death, a sexual violation, or a creepy visit to to the pastures of Switzerland, you're not thinking hard enough.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Ten things I like, at the moment
2. Shalom in the Home. Also, the name "Shmuley."
4. Girl scout cookies for sale at work
5. Getting excited about the cruise
6. Getting excited about my sister's wedding in Mexico. In December. Good one, sissy!
7. The Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibit. Surprisingly inspiring.
8. Having a washing machine.
9. Opening the windows again.
10. Ballet flats. I really want a pair of ballet flat-style shoes to wear to work. When my dear friend Pay Chequey arrives at the end of the week, Zappos and I have some talking to do.
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Monday, March 26, 2007
Vodka train, coming through
Ahem. As I wished last week, the snow is almost all melted, except for a few stubborn ice patches here and there. There are even a few crocus buds peeking up. In just five weeks, it will be cruise time! So I've been working on a new top for the warmer weather.
This is the Hopeful pattern, which I highly recommend (and which has been kicking around in my to-do list for at least a couple of years). It's a rather brilliant construction: knit in the round, divided for shoulders, short row sleeves, and a simultaneously knit and attached collar. Also, for every $5 pattern sold, the designer gives $6 to breast cancer research. And it's cute to boot! I'm knitting it in Calmer, which is a dreamy microfiber-cotton blend. Yes, I said dreamy. At $11 a skein, it better be dreamy.
I'm really looking forward to warmer weather, hanging out on the porch, growing new plants, and the continuing adventures of America's Next Top Model.
America turns its lonely eyes to you, Tyra.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The trade off? Is that you better have 24 hours between the urge to bake and the urge to eat, because it needs 18 hours to rise, another 2 hours for the second rise, 45-60 minutes to bake, and enough time to let it cool. Since it snowed this weekend and our cars were pretty well stuck, I had the time. Hurrah!
I used half whole wheat flour and half white flour, and what was probably too much salt. The top is dusted in oat bran. The whole thing was a very jiggly blob, very unlike traditional yeast bread. It all felt....wrong. And you know what?
It's magic bread! It really is delicious, all complicated and savory, with a mysterious hint of sweetness (there's no sweetener added). The crust is crackly and chewy, and the inside is soft but holds its structure. I think I better mix up another batch soon to try some variations. The recipe is apparently very forgiving, so you can add any kind of ingredients (herbs, cheese, dried fruit, etc.) to make a savory or sweet bread.
And while I found baking on a snowy Saturday cozy, I am currently finding doing laundry on a snowy Monday night to be tiresome. Enough snow, New England. Let's see some green.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
. . . admiring the local folk art...
. . . looking at crazy tropical plants (this makes bananas, allegedly) . . .
. . . taking in a bit of the local culture . . .
. . . and admiring the miles and miles of turquoise water.
Lovely, lovely. Thanks for all the sun therapy and 90210 episodes, Ang!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Down to business: I finished my sweater, and I think it's the best finishing job I've ever done. It only took 12 years to get seams down! (I'm not going to talk about how I broke one of the seams on my way home from work and had to repair it.)
I think it might be a good sign that people didn't say, "Did you make that sweater?" at work. I think "Did you make that sweater?" is code for "Did you really think you could leave the house like that?"
Anyhoo, I like it a lot, although the braided trim is completely unlike the trim shown in the photograph. Whazzah? It looks fine, but it kind of bugs me. There is not a correction on their website. Perhaps I'll write, because the decreases on one side were incorrect (I think) as well.
I also finished these socks in GGH Marathon.
Very denimy, no? I don't remember where I got this yarn but it's been discontinued, so I would guess I bought it quite a while ago. Gives me a bit of stash guilt. They're for me, but my next pair is for my cruise sock buddy, and I learned a new cast-on this weekend. It only took 12 years to learn a second way to cast on!
The knitting cruise is less than two months away. I can't wait.
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