Monday, 29 September 2008

Back to our regularly scheduled knitting...

DSC02854, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Now that I've returned the on-loan spinning wheel to the guild, the mad spinning frenzy is on hold until I get my own wheel and the knitting, which was feeling a tad neglected, is getting some more attention.
My lounge room also looks a bit more organised now that it doesn't have a raw fleece rolled up in a sheet resembling a dead body on the floor in front of the telly.
The February Lady Jacket is progressing smoothly. I love how easy it is to try on a top-down as you go to check the fit. This is going to be just right. I've only got two balls of the 12ply (200g each) left now so I've started on the arms which I'm sure will take less than a ball each (I've done a very rough calculation in my head based on the yardage consumption in the body). Then I can use whatever is left over to finish off the main body. Just in time for summer.

Friday, 26 September 2008

A little word of encouragement

I don't like to be preachy - people in glass houses an' all that - but every now and then it can't hurt to give out a little reminder.

Natalie's husband has just reached a milestone, having made 100 blood donations. I've got a long way to go before I catch up.

I was about 30 when I started giving blood. I should have started earlier, but it was always one of those things that I just never got around to even though I knew I should. You know - procrastination rears its ugly head yet again. But now I go regularly. The nurses there are always lovely, they're pretty adept at finding my sometimes-reticent veins and I leave feeling that even I do nothing else, at least I've made one tangible contribution to the community that I know will be valued somewhere down the line.

Australians can check their eligibility to donate blood and make appointments with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service here:

an omnivore's 100

I came across this via Genevieve. It originates from Very Good Taste.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results.
(this link is also really useful if you don't know what some of these are - he links to Wikipedia explanations - quite educational)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (it would have to be a bean-free version)
4. Steak tartare (I love the idea of this - one day I will be brave enough to order it in a restaurant)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (this was one of my dad's favourites but I've never tried it. I think it might be very rich)
7. Cheese fondue (this would really depend on the cheese - nothing to strong)
8. Carp
9. Borscht (beetroot? blech)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (I don't like peanuts)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (I don't do pongy cheeses)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (Char Siu Bao! I love these)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans (I don't do beans)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (qualifier - I might have had a cheap and nasty version of this from the supermarket deli when I was a kid, but I remember that being really horrible)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I'm not a masochist)
27. Dulce de leche (I'd never heard of this - it sounds yummy - and similar to the "caramel" we used to make with tins of condensed milk)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda (never heard of this one either - sounds good)
31. Wasabi peas (wasabi - blech, peas - blech)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (this sounds tasty)
33. Salted lassi (I've drunk mango lassi, but not salted)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (but I've drunk plenty of lime spiders - lime soda with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (cognac yes, but no cigar)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (I like to taste my curry)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (never again - my face was a sight to see)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (on the rare occasions I go to Macca's I always have the Filet o Fish Meal)
56. Spaetzle (I'm learning so much - never heard of this before - but again - it looks good)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (I don't drink beer)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (this stuff may well be delicious, but the smell really puts me off)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (the whole possibility of leftover faecal matter just puts me off)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (never again though)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (this is my aunt's favourite. The smoky smell is a bit strong for my taste but it seemed too extreme to strike it out completely)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (to be completely accurate, I'm not sure that it was Kobe beef - but it was definitely Wagyu - and delicious)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (when I was very small - I wouldn't touch the stuff now - blech)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (yum, oh yum, oh yum)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

OK - all this talk about food is making me hungry. Is it lunchtime yet?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

This one time.... at spinning class.... I bought a fleece.

So now, bit by bit, picking out grass seed after grass seed, the fleece is turning from this...


into this...


which in turn, gets plied together, washed and finally appears as this.

I have 5 skeins completed so far. Each skein is about 80-90g. Eyeballing the weight, it looks to be about an 8ply/DK - perhaps a smidge heavier in parts. I'm thinking cardigan - I've gone cardigan mad on Ravelry and have been favouriting nearly every cardigan pattern I come across. I think it's the adjustability and the possibility of slight temperature regulation that attracts me to cardigans rather than jumpers.

Spring is definitely here now. Yesterday I sat out in the back yard to read a bit more of Breaking Dawn (this one is taking much longer to get through than the first three books - the story is interesting, but it seems to be dragging) and although it was quite windy, the air had that warmth to it which feels soft on your skin.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

the new Knitty....

Here we are moving into Spring and the new "Fall" Knitty has just gone up and 9 new patterns have made it into my Rav favourites. What a spectacular issue. I dare not add anything to my queue right now but it's very tempting - right from the front page with that stunning purple cardi.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Another hat starts

DSC02841, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A beret for me. This coming Sunday is our last spinning class and one of our aims was to have a finished article from our handspun.

Pattern: One Day Beret Recipe
Yarn: Handspun Corriedale Finn.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

It's beginning to look like a cardi

DSC02837, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Seemingly endless garter stitch has now made way for seemingly endless gull stitch.