Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dial B for Booty

I went to the "other LYS" today (I'm pleased to say they were very nice) and bought a beautiful skein of cashmere yarn for a pair of booties I've been meaning to make for a friend's new baby. Of course, I wasn't going to risk a $25 skein of cashmere yarn on something I'd never made regardless of its ease, I had to test the little bootie pattern with some crap from the stash. After all, as Yarn Harlot's book diagnosed, I'm a Scientific Knitter. I liked it so much I gave it a little bow with a length of Tiffany ribbon. I think it's really sweet but alas, it will have no pair, not while there's cashmere in the house!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I learned yesterday that Estelle Getty had passed away. She was beloved by millions of TV viewers -- including me. I love the Golden Girls and still watch it regularly. She will be dearly missed in these parts but remembered always. In her honor, tell a colorful story tomorrow! Arrivederci, Sophia!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Yarn Porn, Dinner Porn & WTF

Knitting Essentials first! My purchase from Ironjohn04 arrived in the mail a few days ago and I couldn't be more pleased. My niece wanted socks in exactly these colors so the search is on for a pattern that won't be lost in the colorway. Any suggestions? Now don't get carried away, I've only made one pair of stockinette socks so we can't be getting too technical or intricate. Don't forget how little help I have here in the knitting mecca that is Florida when I run into a problem.

My second bit of porn was dinner tonight. It's my new favorite meal, I call it Lemon Shrimp Pasta and it's a Rachel Ray creation with protein. You take chicken stock, soy sauce and sliced, zested lemons and let that go a while. When the pasta is almost done you add some shrimp to the mix and add the drained pasta. Throw in the reserved zest and some chives! It's so simple, bright and fresh. I love it and have it regularly these days. When there's whole wheat pasta in the house, it's actually pretty healthy!

And finally, WTF is growing all over the lawn? These disgusting mushrooms are popping up all over the well-manicured lawns of my community. They're ugly and mushy and yet another piece of proof that Florida has the worst, hot, sticky, and frighteningly humid weather on the planet. Too strong?

Bon appetit and happy knitting!