Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mitts are done!

Yay! Finished the Endpaper Mitts on the train this morning, they are beautiful! I wore them at work today and they did keep my hands warm. here are two pics with Lisa, hers are nearly done too!

Mitts!

We didn't plan this but they look nice together!

Lisa and my mitts! We were told to pose like this to show off the colors better.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Endpaper mitts!!

Holy Cow! I was just on the train frantically knitting the ribbing on my last mitt (yes nearly done!) when a woman walked up to me and said "Are those the Endpaper mitts?" ! Wow! I don't think I've ever had someone say that before! I am excited! We chatted about the yarn I used and the pattern in general and then she left. Yay! That was fun. AND I am like minutes away from finishing them.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Knitting!

I know, I haven't posted anything knitted FOR EVER! So here are two things I've been working on.

I did actually finish the last baby sweater and in my hurry to get it to the parents I DID NOT TAKE A PICTURE!! I could cry. yeeesh. So it was this sweater:




In this beautiful green and cream colorway. I like the green a lot more than the pink, its so soft and creamy.





Its a good thing the baby was a girl (no known gender when I purchased the yarn!) because what I thought was a very gender neutral color was super girly! But I loved loved loved the Sock Pixie yarn, nice to work with and pretty colors. I would totally use this yarn again, for socks even!







This is my Endpaper Mitt from Eunny Jang, posed in front of Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. They are nearly done now, but I will have no way of taking a picture this pretty out here. So this the start of number one and probably later in the week a pic of them completed.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Comfort

Yes, I have not blogged in FOREVER and no, there is no knitting content in this post either.

I was just reading Posie Gets Cozy (Linda keeps me updated on corgi sightings over there. They are about the cutest things EVER. And a gaggle of corgis, well there is nothing like that. Watch "The Queen", at the end you'll see what I mean.) Anyway, she had a post there about food from childhood that's comforting. I read that as something different than comfort food, I think that can change, or is about the same for everyone (mashed potatoes?) . But the food your Mom made that was special just for you or for when you were sick. I read a lot of the 220+ comments and saw a lot of similar things ( tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, who doesn't love that) and a lot of things just special to the posters family. It of course made me think of the things that I ate as a child and loved at the time. So here is my list, much like people posting on that blog some things everyone ate and some things I really don't think so.

Toasted Cheese- toast with cheese melted on it, for breakfast. My sister can remember coming downstairs on a school day and smelling that and being happy. I still eat that for breakfast probably once every couple of weeks.

Fried Egg sandwich - NOT a healthy breakfast really, but sooo good. It is what it sounds like, a fried egg, toasted bread and mayo. I can taste it now, it was so good. Also a school day breakfast. Usually we had cereal so these were special and memorable days. (All I can say is that she came from a family who ate fried toast. Toast fried in bacon drippings, really good but damn that could really kill you. Fried eggs have at least some nutrition!)

On the weekends my Dad (while he was alive anyway) would make breakfast and my Mom would get to stay in bed and read the newspaper drinking coffee. I learned to cook (at least breakfast) from Dad on these days and he made all kinds of things. One of his favorites was fried spam and eggs, I know, I know, Spam, gross, but I really loved it when I was kid.

One of my Dad's favorite lunches/snacks that he would share with me was peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. Again, I know, how could I eat that, but it was good! The peanut butter brought out the sweetness of the bologna. deeelish! Try it, seriously, you'll be hooked.

I also remember my Mom would make a dinner on cold snowy nights that wasn't really dinner but so good. She would make a big bowl of popcorn (real popcorn, not microwave crap) and then slices of apples and slices of cheese. We would sit in front of the fire and watch a movie and it would be all snowy and blowy outside and we would be cozy and eating popcorn!

There are other odd things that I liked, hot dog sandwiches for one, that would be cold hot dogs with mayo on bread. I LOVED hot dogs that way, in a bun, not so much. I know I was weird.

Creamed beef on toast, I think that was a military thing, and not chipped beef, it was hamburger. I tried to make it a few years ago (because I can still taste it and its comfort) but I can't make it as good as Mom.

Bread pudding as only my Auntie Glad could make. Hers was simple, quick and the best I've ever had, no fancy restaurant has ever gotten close to hers.

Those are my childhood foods that were special or comforting then. Probably my ultimate comfort food is tacos, loved them as long as I can remember eating food, and will until I can't remember what I am eating. But thats not the same.

What did you find a comfort?


Here is a pic of me drinking my favorite beer over Christmas, notice my joy!


90 Shilling happy