Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
The story gets worse. I talk to Celtic Consort about how this fell out with school. The principal said that this was not like calling someone four-eyes because this is a choice these people make. This is a lifestyle that people choose to live. Ummmm, okay, so does that mean if I call this woman a witch that I'll have to write an apology? After all, it was my choice to be wiccan. Celtic Consort pointed out to the principal that Elder Celting's godmother is a lesbian. This woman would not be swayed away from the idea that my child must be assimilated to the conformity of what seems to be passing as "acceptable" school behavior. What happened to love thy neighbor? It's not love they neighbor if they happen to be like you. Monday out comes the can of "Whoop-Ass" for the principal. I'm not backing down on this one because part of the reason that kids get upset when called gay or lesbian is due to the reactions of people like her.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
So did anyone else catch Yarn Harlot on Knitty Gritty today? I TIVOed it and thought it was good. Didn't pick up anything that I didn't already do but loved how she shared the demystification of the sock. I also LOVED the yarn when I saw it all over again. It was a beautiful green with some variegation in it. See Heather? No one likes GREEN. :)
Friday, April 13, 2007
I also stopped over to Julia's blog today and saw her Bohus stuff. Why am I not surprised that the colorway I've been leaning towards is the one she picked? Lucky girl. :)
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Hey look at that! I finished my socks. And they're really comfy! I feel so much cheerier when I wear them. I was just disppointed I couldn't get a finished shot with them with some actual sunshine. We've been grey here in the 'Burgh. I finished up on these Friday nite at Knit night despite a small run in with the staff. So now I'm working on a shawl based on this swatch with the second variation mirrored. I'm using my sparkly yarn I got at the Knit & Crochet Festival (shots tomorrow when I can get a decent one.)
So I came home today and guess what was waiting for me? Yep that's it the wheel!!!! I'm being cautious about setting up because I want to do this right. I had a ton of packing materials to move out of the way before I could get to all my goodies. I almost lost a whorl in all of that stuff but fortunately, I read the papers that come with this stuff and noticed it was missing. I ended up digging down into the bottom of the box again to find it. I even got two oil bottles and a free bag. It was much like the holidays here. To answer Rani's question, this is my first wheel but I have test driven. I opted for a wheel after having no luck keeping a rhythm with a drop spindle. I'm thinking of taking tomorrow off just to spend the day spinning. Off to play, more updates tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Next comes Elder Celting's bday. As I mentioned yesterday, I waited to have him until after the potato salad. He has now come to associate potato salad with his birthday in the same manner as I have done with apricot pie and Easter. Smart kid. This year we will be bowling with kids from school at the local cosmic bowl. This means time away from the new wheel on the first real weekend I'll have it. (UPS has it on time for Monday. Curses!)
I also went birthday shopping today for someone else. I found some things that I thought would be useful in her next projects. She's so hard to buy for because I see so many things that I know she would enjoy that it's hard to pick just a couple. Hopefully, I picked correctly today. If not, well I could bribe her with yarn.
To keep myself busy, I'm working on some socks. See how pretty? (sorry it's blurry the other photo didn't capture the colors well) It's Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Sport in Flames. So not what I usually pick of the shelf but that's why I bought it (with a little push from Laurie.) I'm so glad she shoved me. I kept thinking about it while I made the Indecisive Socks. The siren call of the bright colors. So I cast on at Harlot's speech on Friday. As you can see, one sock is done, and I'm on the leg of the second. Nothing fancy. Just let the colors sing their siren song.
Monday, April 2, 2007
In response to Julia's comment from yesterday, I whole heartedly agree that we need to corrupt more peeps to spin. This was part of my distraction today. I figure if I could start a rowdy knitting group at B&N, I could probably get a group of spinners together somewhere. Besides, it will only encourage me to A) get out in public more and B) stay faithful to my spinning. So any spinners out there who are reading this and are in the Greater Pittsburgh area and are interested, give me a holler will ya?
Now here's something that will really distract a girl at work. My exchange partner, Mary Pat, sent me this lovely box for our spring exchange. She nailed my spring outlook right on the head, folks. See that tea? It's APRICOT. What's the deal with apricot? Well my grandmother always made apricot pie and cookies for Easter. It always makes me think spring. She also made her potato salad with a mustard style dressing at Easter. It was so good, I waited an extra day to be induced with Elder Celting so as not to miss it. Now as for the rest of the package, those blue candies are dark chocolate. YUM!!! I'm a big fan of dark chocolate. And what to say about that yarn! I'm thinking purple pansies. The colorway is LimeNViolet in honor of the podcast. And it's so soft. I'm just trying to think of a project which will do it justice. So a big spring THANK YOU to Mary Pat for being so good to me just when I need it.
And since Heather asked and she's always so good to me, I'm sharing my grandmother's apricot pie recipe in honor of the season.
Grandma Bea's Apricot Pie
1lb dried apricots
double pie crust for a 9 or 10" pie
1/2 - 1 cup sugar (Splenda works too)
Put the apricots in a pot with enough water to cover them and let soak overnite. Recover apricots in morning with water and stir in 1/2 cup sugar. Place on medium to medium/low heat and cook until either the "juice" has thickened or the apricots have burst their jackets depending on your taste. Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and ginger to taste. Use lemon juice and sugar to taste. I like mine tart, my mother likes her's sweet (that's another story). Mix a few tablespoons of the "juice" with 1 Tbsp of cornstarch and add to pot. Stir over heat to thicken. Place filling in the crust and put second crust on top. Seal crusts and pierce with fork. (I like to put an A into the crust because Grandma did.) Bake in 425 degree oven for 30 - 45 minutes or until golden brown.