Thursday, March 31, 2005

Green day

As I finished writing the title just now I remembered the band of the same name. I'm not talking about the band. I'm referring to waking up in my green room with the green cupboards (I have no closet) and the green plants and picking up my chartreuse (that's a shade of green I learned only yesterday) yarn to knit some more on this green sweater.
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Yep, I am starting Laura's Top Down Cardi, a pattern that's going to be featured in the next issue of the knitzine. I tried the original on already at SnB the other week so there's no Michelin man fear with this project. One of my big draws to this project was the promise of very minimal finishing (body's one piece, sleeves are knit on circs). Not sure what I'll add to fasten it though - buttons? zipper? something else?
I'm knitting it in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. The colour's Willow Leaf, with some Olivette and maybe even a bit of Coral Sunset. Does pink in the mix sound like a bad idea to you? I often feel this pressure with creative things to make 'em a little less ordinary because if I wanted conventional, I should just buy something instead of making it myself.) I've been big on reds (and sometimes pinks) for a long while now, but I seems that I am broadening my colour pallet. I credit my green love, at least in part, to Michelle who seems to go for green anything everytime there's an option.

If you go to Laura's current posts you'll see that she's actually knitting a second one in Noro right now, so it's like we're having our own little unproclaimed knitalong! (I have yet to understand the inspiration behind knitalongs - if there were a whole bunch of other knitters out in the world knitting the same project as me and I could see how much faster and competently they were proceeding, I expect my rather competitive nature would get really frustrated. If anyone can shed a more positive light on knitalongs, by all means lemme know.)

I am hesitant to spend too much time knitting in bed this morning as it is so beautiful-looking out, so I think I'll get ready for a bike ride. My bike, sadly, is not green but yellow, with rust accents.

Afternoon addition:
If you would like to order a zine, please contact me directly after carefully reading the instructions. Both my e-mail and the instructions are in the sidebar. There's sumpin' screwy going on with my Haloscan account I think, because if you leave a comment I can't access your e-mail, just your "homepage" if you left one.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Today was the day

So today was the day that submissions were due for the spring/ summer edition of Take Back the Knit. I am certainly excited that so many came in by the deadline, and surprised by the percentage from ladies who've been connected to the zine through knitblogs (mine and others). It gives all the Toronto knitters that have to see me face to face for regular heckling a bit of a break.

I gotta ask though (and please don't kick me if you're one of the submitters who raced for the deadline because I certainly appreciate it) for a few key pieces. If you can muster any interest or inspiration, these are some of the topics I still have my heart set on (I have four, count 'em 4, bag patterns. They need to be offset by other things):
* halter top, tube top, or tank top patterns
* light shawl, caplet, sun hat, sun dress, skirt or sock patterns
* sunglasses case, bike seat (Brenna?) or pillow case patterns
* washcloth or dishcloth patterns
* patterns for babies and kids
* something related to picnics or travel... perhaps a pattern for a knitted gameboard?
* organic yarns/environmental and/or animal-rights aspects of knitting
* submissions from men and transpeople (not all knitters are womyn!)
* intro to yarn dying (Jodi?) or felting
* and finally, comics and drawings (please, please, please!)

Take till Friday, or contact me if you need to.

Now, away from the begging and pleading, here are some sites I got exicted about today:
Knit Wit - Missy reviewed the first issue of the knit zine here!

Big Cedar Co-op's blog - This is the intentional community in Peterborough where I lived for a year and where I'm moving back to for the summer. I put in a post while I was visiting this weekend because Paul hasn't been inspired in a while.

You Grow Girl - Now I've had a link to this site for a while, so of course I've been there, but today I really looked at it. Maybe it's because spring's on the way and things'll really be coming out of the ground soon, but I'm so impressed with Gayla's site. (I wanna do something just like it, but all about food.) So impressed even, that when I walked into the Toronto Women's Bookstore tonight to teach the last class in this beginners' knitting workshop, the first thing did was pick up a copy of her brand new book.

Somedays I feel no need to roll my eyes at the internet. Instead I feel grateful for high-speed. (And thanks for the felting suggestions Kathy and everyone else - I'm gonna try some spot-felting.)
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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Neapolitan

I was inspired two Sundaes ago when these two ladies came into Lettuce Knit and one of them was wearing this felted Sophie bag that the other one had made. It looked like Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate on the bottom, vanilla in the middle, strawberry on top and for the straps. I thought back to raiding my high school boyfriend's parent's freezer with his best friend Page, and me eating all the chocolate and Page eating all the strawberry and leaving a wall of vanilla in the middle for my boyfriend's cranky mom to find later... but I digress. I asked about the bag. The one who'd made it said she used Lamb's Pride Bulky in Roasted Coffee, Aran and Victorian Pink. Being the kind of grrl who's easily steered in the direction of new knitting projects, I immediately set my mind to making my own version of the bag.
So here's my bag (and my first real felted project):
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Start to finish: March 20-24, 2005.
Here are my alterations to the pattern:
I knit it in Lamb's Pride Bulky in lieu of Cascade 220, and on 9mms in lieu of 6.5s. It took the better part of 2 skeins of Roasted Coffee, and then wee bits of Aran, Victorian Pink and Orchid Thistle.
I only decreased 4 times instead of 5, on rows 10, 22, 34 and 46. I bound off a few rows early, too. The i-cord handles are both from 4 sts in lieu of 3, and I didn't twist 'em. (I ought to say here that Laura, Aven and Deny were quite helpful when I required advising with all this, so thank you ladies.)
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pre-felting:
width: 15 1/4" to 18"; height: 18"; straps: 40"
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post-felting (and smushed out the way the the pref-felted one was, to get an accurate comparison):
width: 14" to 16 1/4"; height: 13"; straps: 42" after wearing the bag around for a few days (oh dear...)

To felt I put it in a zippered pillowcase and ran it through my mum's ancient top loader on a hot/cold once with a pair of old (but clean) Converse All Stars. Seemingly nothing much happened. I ran it though again on a slightly longer cycle and added a pair of jeans that were too big on me (when else would you ever wash jeans on hot?!). It came out transformed. I am now realizing that the straps are a little too wimpy/stretchy to hold the amount of stuff that can fit in a bag this large, so it may go back into the wash once more. It's kinda too bad though, because I really wanted to be able to fit a binder in there! (Not that I even carry a binder with me that often... I can really afford to let go of the idea.)
If you have any suggestions from your own felting experience, I'd be interested to hear them. (And does anyone wanna write about felting for the zine??)
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Friday, March 25, 2005

Good Morning, Muffins.

The extra bit of daylight that we're getting as we head into spring has not gone unappreciated by me. It makes me want to get up earlier and appreciate the day. And with this little extra time in the morning, there's another reason to make muffins.
Baking muffins isn't such a procedure, really. In a mere 30 minutes from the time you start grabbing ingredients from your kitchen shelves you could be pulling fresh, warm, aromatic muffins from your oven. (Okay, you'll need to give yourself sometime for clean up, too.) Try these:
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Apple Oat Bran Muffins

These babies have no refined sugar and are also free of wheat, eggs, and even dairy if you like. Their flavour is so great that they're undoubtably my favourite muffins.

1 medium-large apple, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup chopped pitted prunes (raisins or dried unsulphered apricots could be okay in a pinch)
2 cups oat bran
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup plain organic (soy) yogurt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup canola or sunflower oil
2 tsp. freshly grated organic orange peel (lemon's okay, too)

Preheat oven to 400oF. Line a muffin tray with unbleached paper muffin cups.
Prep apples and prunes and set 'em aside so they're ready for you when you need 'em.
In a large bowl, combine oat bran, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
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Add all remaining ingredients and mix just until all the oat bran is absorbed. Stir in the apples and prunes. Portion batter even into the muffin cups - you can fill them almost to the top as the muffins don't rise a whole lot when they bake (don't worry you're not making hockey pucks though).
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Bake muffins for about 20 minutes, until golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Eat warm, or allow to cool completely on a rack before storing.
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-adapted from Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant (- one of my favourite cookbooks!)

Why didn't I think of including step-by-step photos with recipes before? It's so much more fun!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The knit list

The rock star wrist cuffs are done (I decided to go with my basic pattern for these ones):
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(Doesn't it look like the wearer of these wrist cuffs would wanna hold hands with the wearer of this armwarmer?)

And now I present to you the knitting project line up (and their status):
Hurry up Spring Armwarmers ... 1 done (it looks kinda shoddy for some reason), the other cast on.
Sophie bag from Magknits ... I'm using Lamb's Pride Bulky in lieu of the worsted-sounding weight yarn called for.
Ballet Wrap from the cover of the current issue of Interweave ... half the yarn purchased.
Romantic Afghan ... cast on and 3 rows knit.
Under the Hoodie from Stitch'n'Bitch ... waiting for the Manos I wanna use to come into the yarn store.
Peppermint Twist from Stitch'n'Bitch ... bottom to mid-chest knit on circs, top of body and sleeves to do still. (I became totally deflated once I realized that I was knitting it one size too big.)
Rogue ... cast on.

As you may notice, I have a bit of a casting on/attention span problem. I've decided I'm not allowed to start the Ballet Wrap until I've finished the Armwarmers, just like I wasn't allowed to start Sophie until I finished the wrist cuffs.

Oh hey don't forget, submissions for the spring/summer edition of Take Back the Knit are due next Monday. Get 'em in, folks!
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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Checkin'-off-the-list day

So the herringbone stitch scarf is done:
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(I got Kim to come outside and take this pic - she'd already taken a bunch before she understood that the whole point was to get the scarf in the picture. I don't really like having my picture taken which possibly explains why I am smiling with clenched teeth at this point.)
It matches my down vest, no?
Let's recall its close-up from a week-or-so ago:
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The details:
The My So Called Scarf pattern (her colours are far more springy), knit on 6.5mm needles in 2 skeins of Manos del Uruguay #111.
Width: about 5"; length: about 80".
Start to finish: March 4-19, 2005.
Manos being Manos, the second skein of wool is noticeably brighter in colour and thicker than the first which super frustrated me for a few days before I could apply some Buddhist principles of acceptance and carry on with the knitting.
I am pleased to think that this'll be one of the last warm and woolly projects I'll knit this season. Laura pointed out to me the other day as I was rhyming off my list of 13 projects that I've got on needles or plan to start shortly, that at this time of year it may not be appropriate to focus one's energy on wintery things. Whew! That was in no way obvious to me, but I can now knock four things off my list and make it a more manageable nine.

Other things I'm glad I've done so far today:
*spent a few hours with my favourite five month-old
*washed my bed sheets
*baked lemon-cornmeal biscotti (They're quite good, I'll have to give you the recipe sometime.)
*made a phone call I've been putting off for a number of weeks
*had my third standard driving "lesson" with Michael (A lesson is basically me driving around the empty part of the Rona or Home Depot parking lot and trying to negotiate a smooth balance of clutch and gas when starting the car.)
*biked down (gee, it feels nice to be on a bike again, even if my chain's all rusty) to Soundscapes to get tickets for the Constantines/Weakerthans all-ages show that I'm taking my 14 year-old brother to and for The Organ/Stars show at the Phoenix (uhg) mid-April.
*dropped off patterns to my aunt for a bag and some t-shirts she's gonna help me sew on Tuesday.

And I think I'm about to tidy up this disasterous space I inhabit, so after that I expect I'll really feel accomplished. Sometimes little things feel big, you know?
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Friday, March 18, 2005

Thanks Mom.

So here's the ink job, about 31 hours post completion:
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(You try taking a picture of your own back.)
I am pleased. I keep checking it out in the mirror to make sure it's still there.
Little things to mention: It took two hours to do. Reading while being tattooed may inspire sensations akin to motion sickness. Whoever told me that filling in hurts substantially more than the outline wasn't kidding. (The parts in the petals that look pink are gonna turn white - I'm cosidering adding more colour later but I wanna keep it simple for now.) Leah (the artist) was really great - and she's a knitter!

I think Yarn-a-Go-Go has a knitters-with-tattoos gallery, so perhaps I'll get in touch once this baby heals up a bit.

So how 'bout a recipe from my mum, who laid down the rule when I was a teenager that I could get anything I wanted pierced, but if I got a tattoo she'd cut off all financial ties. (I gave her advanced warning about this tattoo plan and she received the news surprisingly well.)

Mum's Apple Crumble

My mum always does this recipe by feel. It was a little tricky to get measurements out of her but I think this is close. I've never had a better fruit crumble.

Fruit bottom
4 largish apples, peeled
1/2 cup blackberries (optional)
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Crumble top
1/3 cup margarine or organic butter
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Core and slice apples and mix with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a baking dish (about 9" in diameter). Gently mix in blackberries if you've got 'em.
2. In a separate bowl, rub the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt into the marg or butter. It should be kind of clumpy.
3. Spread crumble over prepared fruit and bake at 350oF for 35-45 minutes.
4. Serve warm with non-dairy/organic whipped cream, ice cream or yogurt if you like.

* Peaches, nectarines or pears can substitute for apples depending on the season and your taste. Juicier fruits may require another tbsp. of flour mixed in.

I made this for Jamie this aft' and he was really into it. It's wonderfully warming in the cooler months and you can use local fruits!
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Thursday, March 17, 2005

A marriage of sorts

I've just come back from S'n'B, but what's on my mind is not knitting but this:
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(Tilt your head about 15 degrees to the right to get the proper angle.)
In just twelve hours the process of this image being permanently inked into my lower back will have begun. Gawd, that sounds dramatic. But yeah, it feels like a big deal. A good part of me knows not to panic because I've been really thorough about the whole process. First had the idea when I sat Vipassana last fall, got my sweet artist-friend Sarah to spend a lot of time working on the design at the beginning of January and have had the image posted up next to my bed and have carried another copy around with me in my daybook since. Did quite a bit of asking around before I found Urban Primitive and Leah, who's the artist who's doing the deed.

I can't type a moment longer. I'll let you know how it goes. Do you think I can knit while I'm lying on my belly, being drawn on?

ps. Thank you all so much for your wrist cuff suggestions/comments - I have some pretty great ideas for future designs now. This particular pair is about 75% done and I'm pretty pleased with 'em.
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Sunday, March 13, 2005

A quick question

So I wanna make some wrist cuffs for a friend of mine who's coming to town next month. He's touring, with very little access to the internet, so we're safe to discuss this. I want them to be pretty great. They inherantly have to be great because I'm using Koigu (beware - some weird music'll play if you click on this link) KPPPM P436, I think.
Pictured here is the intended yarn, one of the wrist cuffs I knit with Koigu last summer (two strands held together, few rows garter stitch at start and finish), and the Clover baby circs I knit wrist cuffs on (I'm tempted to say they're 5mm):
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Any ideas on ways to fancify this next pair so that they'll look wholesome yet punk rock? I've been told intarsia (which I'm not even particularily familiar with) can't be done on circs. A different stitch pattern perhaps, or should I stick to what I know?
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Friday, March 11, 2005

Brunch, d.i.y.

Last Sundae's post got me thinking that folks might wanna do brunch even if they don't care to leave the house. These recipes'll be delicious (vegan) additions to an enjoyable weekend.

Faye's Creamy Orange Juice

My godmother, Faye, used to always serve me this drink when I'd go to her house for breakfast as a kid. Something about aerating the juice makes it taste like creamsicles. Ooo, did I ever used to love creamsicles!

orange juice (preferably not from concentrate)
a dash of pure vanilla extract and/or a drizzle of maple syrup (optional)
a blender (not a hand blender)

Pour orange juice, vanilla, and syrup into a blender, put on the lid and give it a good whirl on the highest setting for, oh I don't know, about 30 seconds. You could try adding a couple tablespoons of soft silken tofu for protein and extra creaminess. Pour into glasses and drink immediately. If it's been sitting for more than a minute, just give it another whirl.

Tofu Scram

This recipe was inspired by a breakfast I had in a restaurant on Commercial Drive on the morning I arrived in Vancouver to start a summer of traveling around the continent. What a treat to arrive in a not-entirely-familiar city and easily find a nourishing vegan breakfast!

1 lb. medium tofu, cubed or chopped
2 tbsp. tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger root
1 tbsp. oil
1-2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

Allow tofu to marinate in tamari and ginger for a bit.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high. Add tofu and marinade. Sprinkle in the nutritional yeast. Stir with a spatula until heated well through. Serve with toast and homefries... ooo, and carmelized onions... and slices of fresh organic tomatoes if you like.


Enjoy the morning with a full belly and the knowledge that we're getting three more minutes of sunlight every day!
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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Project projections

I was holding off on posting because I hadn't had photos in quite a while and the batteries in my camera were dead and I hadn't read the instructions on my new rechargeable batteries yet.

I thought I'd follow in the bootsteps of other knitbloggers who show off their projects in the snow and step out into my front yard in my p.j.s to capture this herringbone scarf at the nearing-half-done point:
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I'm not sure it you can tell at all from the pic how much yarn I have left on my first ball - part of me's wondering if the scarf won't be as long as I want it to be, but maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself.

And here it is inside again by the window:
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My camera is frustratingly not close-uppy enough for these kinds of things, but most of the time I'd rather spend my money on yarn than a nicer camera to take pics of WIPs, so there you have it. Notice that I am not showing you the beginning of the scarf - it's a little wonky and I just hoping that a it's nuthin' a li'l blocking can't fix.

On a non-scarf note, I have a bit of a romance going with the Ballet Wrap pictured on the cover of the lastest Interweave:
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When I saw it in magazine I liked it okay. When I got to try it on for real at Lettuce Knit, my feelings deepened. I now have to "try it on" pretty much every time I go into the shop. People say "The colour looks great on you," and I beam as if I'd made it myself, and not the Lettuce Knit employees. I get a little on edge when other people try it on, and I resent having to take it off when I have to go home. All this suggests that I should make one myself, but here are my reservations:
First, the yarn is not cheap - I could buy a similar sweater for less money - but I don't want to substitute with another yarn. Second, I have a problem with starting projects and not finishing them and I'm thinking I should pull up my socks a bit, so to speak, before I invest in a project like this. And finally, I am not a ballet dancer. Throughout my childhood I took too many dance classes to even mention, and I was always the kid off to the side who couldn't always make it through a pirouette, didn't point my feet enough, and was always staring at everyone else for what to do next. Knitting something called a Ballet Wrap might make me feel like a bit of a poser.

(And, on a distantly related note, the friend I was always watching for the next step in my high school dance classes is on the cover of NOW this week. Ha! I can't say I'm surprised, mind you.)
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Monday, March 07, 2005

Ahh, brunch.

Having not had weekends to myself since October, really, because of this Chicago Project, I've had a good long while to romanticize the notion of weekend brunch. Earlier on in the week when Jamie and I were trying to reschedule our plan to have a meal together I said: "I finally have a weekend off, so how about Sundae? How about brunch?" Agreed. But where to? I suggested Morning Glory, one, because I'd read an impressive review in NOW magazine for it back in my pre-available-for-brunch days, and two, because although Jamie and I both grew up in the east end of the city it seems it's a bit of a rarity that either one of us spends much time east of Yonge Street anymore.
Morning Glory, located on King St. just east of Parliament, is simple and cheery inside and there's a bit of wall that's the same colour green as my bedroom. It's like a modern high-quality dinner and has a similar feel, in my humble opinion, to Easy in Parkdale (or The Planet in Peterborough to a lesser extent) - only it's smaller. Morning Glory's the only cafe I know of with a blog, which I thought was kinda neat (if only there were pictures!).

Feeling more vegan-oriented today I ordered a bean and corn soup with a great chipotle smokiness. It came with a slice of tasty sesame-crusted toast (I silently wished for a second slice). Jamie got a ham sandwich, which I tried not to think of as a ham sandwich, and as he was finishing off the first half of it he said: "This is just my kind of sandwich, which is why..." he paused to take a bite, "this has got to be my new favourite restaurant." I think he had a crush on our server (not that I doubt his genuinity - can that be a word? - of his proclamation).

So I got coffee with soymilk, good conversation and food before 1pm - my brunch craving was filled. (The service was efficient, and we even got cute and tiny fruit-flavoured candies with the bill.) But here's my deeper want - meals in Toronto with free-range eggs, organic dairy products and fair trade coffee. There are days when I want to be just veg and not vegan, but my political thinking gets in the way and I struggle to rationalize supporting the conventional animal-by-product industry.
The experience got me thinking about how I'd like to have a brunch place that was organic and relatively cheap (is that combination possible?) with the great vibe of some of these Toronto brunch joints, even though I'm sure I could never really have an eating establishment of my own because I am not that kind of cook.

Okay, perhaps I could throw a "yet" at the end of that sentence - I am known for my muffins in more than one province...

(Apologies for the lack of photos. I didn't bring my camera to brunch.)
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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Rooted

I was finishing that Fancy Scarf in such a hurry because it was my mum's birthday and we were going out for a raw foods lunch yesterday and I am tired of always giving her presents late. Needless to say (she's my mum afterall) it was greatly appreciated. I love how non-knitters can be so impressed with pretty simple patterns!

Got home and looked up the woven-looking scarf pattern that I've been wanting to make ever since Allison mentioned it in a post. The pattern's here. I started it for a fourth time this afternoon. I don't know what was going on with me exactly. First I started it on US 11s like it says, but it was so loose that I ripped it out and started again on 10.5s. Then I was like Why does this look like a fancyfied garter stitch scarf? and so I looked at the pattern and clued into the fact that I'd been doing the same thing every row, which is incorrect (rip again). Then I thought that if I was following the pattern properly 11s might be appropriate, but no, still to loose (a final rip), so I went back to the 10.5s. Good ol' 10.5s/6.5mm - they're my favourite needle size.
I'm pleased with the way it's turning out, but does anyone else ever notice that bits of Manos yarn can get unreasonably thin?

Friday it is. And though you may not be able to find winter coats in the shops anymore, it's still winter. So let's all eat satisfyingly warming foods.

Maple Roasted Roots

For this dish you can use all sorts of root and other winter vegetables - carrots, parsnips, turnip, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash - and at best, all of 'em.
Oh, for goodness sakes, go ahead and use organic produce so you don't have to fret about pesticides and you can just scrub and rinse the veggies real thorough-like instead of having to peel 'em (okay, I'd peel the squash anyway).
Grab a large baking pan or two. Preheat the oven to 400oF. Chop any or all of the afforementioned veggies, plus some onions, in relatively equal-sized (a li'l bit larger than bit-sized) pieces. Peel a gerenous handful of garlic cloves and throw 'em in whole.
Glug in some olive oil, some pure maple syrup, and shake in some sea salt and thyme. Toss it all together so that seasonings are dispersed evenly. Make sure that everything can rest in one layer in the pan(s).
Slide in the oven to bake. Pull the trays out every 10 minutes or so to stir. They'll likely take the better part of an hour to be done (I didn't time it).
Serve hot alongside some cooked grains, salad or steamed greens, and a protein of your liking.

PS. I'd make lots. If you're worried about being uninspired by the same dish the following day, puree the leftovers and you've got a roasted veg pasta sauce. Yum!
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Sumpin' screwy

Truth be told, I am suffering. The February Blues have hit me, even though it's March, and they've hit me hard. It's hard for me to believe that spring even exists because I want it so bad. I have lost perspective and thus, everything I do just feels far more challenging than it should.

I came home last night determined that this was finally the time to find a winter coat that was actually warm. And somewhat attractive. I remembered trying on this down coat last fall and really liking it, but not being able to afford it. I called around to a handful of stores, one in Oakville even, but everyone had been sold out since Novemeber or had, like, one XL left. Until I got a hold of this one place in the Eaton Centre where the guy on the other end of the line told me that he was surprised but he had one medium left in burgundy. Thrilled, I ran out the door and leaped on the subway to get down there. Tried it on. I looked (and the ladies at SnB can confirm this as I modeled it for them later,) like a walking sleeping bag. If I'd looked like a walking mummy bag (downy but fitted), that'd be one thing, afterall Canada is a country known for cold, but I looked like one of those boxy (often plaid flannel lined) sleeping bags that kids get sent off to summer camp with.

(Hillariously, Kim found this somewhat-relevant pic in the Toronto Star this morning.)
It seems the one I'd tried on a few months ago was a small. As I was desperate and lacking any skills in the decisive department, I bought it anyway. I thought maybe I could take it to some expert alterations place and have it fitted. What was I thinking? (It's going back to the store today.)

Like I said, everything's been feeling harder than it should, which is why, as SnB was winding down for the evening, Joyce came over to my end of the table to see if she could put an end to my whimpering. I was missing a stitch on the Fancy Scarf I'm finishing. I counted, Joyce counted. Aven got in on the discussion. We examined the scarf pattern carefully. We ripped back a number of rows, but still, the 42nd stitch was missing. Or, it coulda been the 28th stitch or someother stitch in there, but that one was still missing. The weird part is, every fourth row as I'm doing the k2tog's and the yo k's I have to have all 42 sts there, but we ripped past a few of those fancy rows and still - 41. As I could easily end up ripping my hair out over this, I am just going to plug on (and omit a decrease on the next round).
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"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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* Vida Vegan Con in Portland, OR, August 26-28, 2011.

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    foodie fridays (posts with recipes)

    the tuesday review

    tutorials

    * Fasting and Cleansing
    * Spring Cleansing
    * Warming Up to Better Digestion
    * Kick a Cold
    * Wholesome Holiday Feasts
    * Realistic Resolutions: Developing a Wellness Plan You Can Actually Stick To
    * Grains / Wheat Alternatives
    * Vermicomposting
    * A Foodie's Guide to Scotland

    free knitting patterns

    Unbiased Scarf
    Cozy Cabled Toque

    recent posts

    Thursday Love List: Spread the love
    Monday starts a month of more deliberate health-se...
    Pretty "down there"
    Foodie Fridays makes a comeback with the best gran...
    Lucky Sunday, week 1 in review
    New Year's Special, part 2: Here we go, 2012!
    New Year's Special, part 1: Thanks for 2011
    Give a gift, get a GIFT FROM ME!
    Thursday Love List: Watch it
    Wednesday Q&A: Freezing Up

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    links

    plant-based: veg blogs
    bittersweet blog
    cake maker to the stars
    the conscious kitchen
    a crafty vegan
    the discerning brute
    eat me, delicious
    everyday dish
    fake sheep
    get sconed!
    have cake, will travel!
    just the food
    kamutflake girl
    lunch box bunch
    101 cookbooks
    post punk kitchen
    swell vegan
    28 cooks
    the urban housewife
    vegan knitting (and then some...)
    vegan blog tracker
    vegan lunch box
    vegan yum yum
    veg cooking blog
    we like it raw
    what the hell does a vegan eat anyway?
    world vegetarian
    yellow rose recipes
    your vegan mom

    in the loop: take back the knit contributors' blogs...
    cosmicpluto knits!
    everyone is doomed
    femiknits
    is it a sweater yet?
    jodi's weblog
    knit freak
    knit wit
    mason-dixon knitting
    mk carroll
    pens and needles
    stoneview
    sweet little domestic life
    titanium rose
    tricky tricot
    a view from sierra county
    yarn harlot

    other blogs...
    bienvenue a mon monde
    brainy lady
    dirty sugar cookies
    domestically challenged
    fig and plum
    french word-a-day
    glampyre
    knit and tonic
    lovely purls
    marmalade
    men knit.net
    michelle knits
    montreal knits
    neoknits
    passioknit
    sock crazy
    super eggplant
    ten thousand stories
    yarn-a-go-go
    you grow girl

    veg-specific resources... (see also FOOD below)
    Happy Cow (veg restaurant guide, etc.)
    In a Vegetarian Kitchen
    superVegan (NYC)
    Toronto Vegetarian Association
    Taste Better
    VegDining
    Vegetarians in Paradise
    The Vegetarian Resource Group
    VegNews
    VegSource
    VegWeb

    food related...
    The Biodynamic Agricultural Association
    Canadian Organic Growers
    Caroline Dupont
    The Center for Food Safety
    Cornucopia Institute
    David Wolfe (raw foods)
    Euphoric Organics
    Family Farm Defenders
    farmers' markets in Toronto
    Farmers' Markets Ontario
    Food First
    Food Routes
    FoodShare
    Forever Healthy
    The Garden Diet
    The Global Gourmet
    Go Dairy Free
    Greenpeace Shopper's Guide: How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Food
    Grub
    International Federation of Agriculture Movements
    Karma Food Co-op (Toronto)
    Living Nutrition
    Local Harvest
    The Meatrix
    Mighty Foods
    Mollie Katzen
    Ontario Natural Food Co-op
    Organic Consumers Association
    Organic Volunteers
    Park Slope Food Co-op (Brooklyn, NY)
    Raw Family
    Raw School
    Real (Raw) Milk
    Rebecca Wood
    Santropol Roulant (Montreal)
    Shazzie (raw foods, UK)
    Slow Food
    D. Smith & Son Two Century Farm (amazing u-pick soft fruit near Grimsby ON!)
    Store Wars
    Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    Toronto Food Policy Council
    TransFair Canada
    True Food Network
    World's Healthiest Foods
    World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF Canada)

    environmental
    Co-op La Maison Verte (Montreal)
    The Earth Council
    Global Resource Action Center for the Environment
    Greenpeace Canada
    Greenpeace International
    International Dark Sky Association
    Living Tree Paper Company
    The Rooftop Gardens Project (Montreal)
    Santropol Roulant (Montreal)
    Sierra Club of Canada
    Small Planet Fund
    Soil Association (UK)
    Spacing: covering toronto's urban landscape
    Toronto Environmental Alliance
    Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative
    Voice Yourself

    'alternative' health
    Alive Magazine
    Association of Ontario Midwives
    Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors
    Canadian Association of Naturopahic Doctors
    Canadian College of Naturopahic Medicine
    Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
    Corpus Diem naturopathic clinic (Montreal)
    DONA International (doula association)
    Clinique Elementerre (Montreal)
    Engender Health: Improving Women's Health Worldwide
    Fertility Awareness Method
    Harmony Health Centre (Montreal)
    Hassle Free Clinic (Toronto)
    Head & Hands youth clinic (Montreal)
    The Healthy Breast Program
    Holistic Online
    International Institute of Concern for Public Health
    Kokoro Do Jo Zen Shiatsu Therapy and Acupuncture (Toronto)
    Living with Our Fertility
    Dr. Mercola
    National Network on Environments and Women's Health
    Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
    Scarleteen (Sexual Health for Teens)
    360 Health Care (Toronto)
    Whole Health MD
    Women's Healthy Environments Network

    knitting & craft related...
    church of craft
    craftster.org
    crochet my crotch
    get crafty
    knitknit
    knitty
    microRevolt
    oh my stars
    revolutionary knitting circle
    readymade
    spun
    super naturale
    stitch'n'bitch groups

    zines/indie media...
    Microcosm Publishing
    projet Mobilivre/Bookmobile project
    Rabble: news for the rest of us

    inspiring ladies...
    Action Grrrlz
    Ayun Halliday
    Bitch Magazine
    Blood Sisters
    Code Pink
    Evalyn Parry
    GirlSpoken
    Guerrilla Girls
    Hip Mama
    Inga Muscio
    Kristin Sjaarda
    Margaret Cho
    Michelle Tea
    Sarah Merry
    Shameless Magazine
    You Grow Girl: Gardening for the People

    other...
    Fellowship for Intentional Communities
    Free Will Astrology
    Ontario Women's Directorate
    Oxfam Canada
    Public Dreams Society(Vancouver)
    Puppetmongers
    The Ruckus Society
    Urban Harvest
    Vipassana Meditation