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4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

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6.  Qiviut Cowl

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Thursday
May262011

Bartender

Or rather, why I'm not a bartender.  You know you've seen them--movies, videos, podcasts of bartenders shaking drinks and straining them out, perfectly chilled, into cocktail glasses.  I found a recipe that sounded tasty, I had all the ingredients, and I follow directions fairly well.  It's amazing the things that can hang you up.

I muddled the lemon, gently crushed the sage, added the tequila, honey, water, and ice.  I put to top on the shaker and started shaking.  I shook until the metal was frosty.  I attempted to take the shaker apart.  It wouldn't budge.  I waited a bit and tried again.  Nothing.  My ice was melting and diluting the drink.  I tried again.  I looked up "stuck bar shaker" on Google.  (Google is my friend.)  One suggestion was to whack it on a fence, but that seemed to have a high chance of disaster.   

 

I settled on the roll and jiggle method which was potentially messy, but glass shards wouldn't be flying at me.  I rolled and jiggled and rolled some more.  After a while, I gave up.  I walked away, played a little WOW (World of Warcraft, if you don't know) and let the ice melt.  Later,  I used my hands to warm the metal part of the shaker.  I rolled and jiggled again.  I heard a tiny little hiss.  I rolled and jiggled and there was a faint popping noise.  Finally, I was able to pull the top off and strained it into the glass.

There is no picture of the finished drink, garnished with a sprig of sage.  It was all warm and diluted and yucky and by now it was bedtime.  Maybe one day I'll try it again.  Well, actually, I won't.  I threw the recipe away.  It's really pretty clear that the universe didn't want me to try that drink and I think I'll listen.

 

 

Tuesday
May172011

Step on a Crack

 

Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett, #1)Step on a Crack by James Patterson

I read this book while David was in the hospital having his knee replaced.  Detective Michael Bennett is the chief negotiator in a hostage situation involving the Who's Who of society.  It kept me entertained and was a perfect hospital book.  The story was easy to follow and I didn't get lost putting it down and picking it back up again.  The bad guys were bad and the good guys were good.  It was a little far fetched (this from a person that reads Science Fiction and Fantasy) but still enjoyable. 

Saturday
May072011

First Farmer's Market

Last week, my friend Kim and I went to our first Farmer's Market of the season.  That just makes me so happy.  It was in Stockton, NJ.  

 

There are baby greens, garlic shoots, chives, thyme, hummus, and cheese.  The raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry (notice a theme here) macarons didn't last very long.  They were quite tasty.  Oh yes, and the pickles, hot dill with jalapeno slices and basic dills.  I didn't try the habanero pickles.  I also picked up some crab claws from the fish monger which we promptly ate for dinner.  

I need to go back because there are a few things I didn't get to try.  The mushroom stand wasn't ready. There was a barbecue shop but I couldn't have crab and barbecue for dinner.  Kim was looking at the waffle dipped in chocolate but we had just eaten lunch and dessert.  The alpaca shop was closed and I found something I won't mention because I want to get it for my sister's birthday present at another stand but he was closed too.  

 Oh those macarons are calling to me.

 

 p.s.  The West Windsor Farmer's market opened today.  Hedgehog mushrooms, baby spinach,  and fresh eggs.

Wednesday
May042011

Granny's Quilt

Granny's quilt blocks are all done.  Here are the last four.

You cannot see from the picture, but the blonde hair was colored in with something, almost like paint.  I don't ever remember Granny having blonde hair!

Granny always wore a hat when she went outside.  I have heard that she was a wild woman in her younger days so maybe that explains the cowboy hat.

And here is the last one.

A close-up of the pine cone.  There's quite a bit of work there.

The next step is sewing them together in rows.

Tuesday
Apr262011

Pleased with Myself

I knitted a sweater!  I am so pleased with myself I almost can't stand it.  Especially because it actually fits.  Thank you Mary for taking these pictures.

 

This is the first sweater I ever knit.  The pattern is Sonnet from Knitty.com  It is knit from side to side instead of from top down or bottom up.  You can use any yarn.  You just have to figure out your gauge and do the math in the formulas that are given in the pattern.  

 

I wish I had made it just a bit longer and if I knit this one again I will.  

 

I hope you can see some of the detail on the back and sleeve.  The yarn is a hand dyed alpaca from Twisted Sisters.  I got it ages ago at the quilt show in Houston.  (Don't ask,  I always seem to find yarn at quilt shows these days.)  

It itches so much I can't see straight.