I have been a bit neglectful of this part of my larger blog for some time now. As I have been drawn to larger more complex pieces of lace knitting, progress is slow and not terribly amenable to photography. At the same time, I have watched the overall activity in knitting blogs to have slowed, perhaps because Ravelry makes it so easy to show projects and find other patterns and knitting. In any case, I have been struggling to find things to write about here. This week it came to me -- I think it is time for the sun to go down on this part of my blog. My current plan is to end it on the last day of this month. You'll still find me writing in the other parts of the blog and from time ti time I will post pictures there. I hope you will follow along there as I muse about my work. And don't forget, HBO's In Treatment starts again this fall and I will be blogging each episode as I have in other seasons. I will also be writing more about the issues surrounding fat and bias, something I started doing this summer. So please join in.
Good heavens! You all, whoever is left after my neglect, must have wondered what happened to us in the hurricane that wasn't. In a word, nothing. We got rain, a lot of it. And some wind, not so much of that. And that was that.
So how about a little knitting update?
My lovely daughter tells me the socks I have knit for her have developed holes in the heels. So she ordered requested that I knit her some new ones. Now I haven't knit any socks for a while so of course I wanted to find something new to do. And I decided to try knitting from the toe up, this time using Wendy Johnson's Nanner Socks pattern.
I like the method, so far, and the pattern. This colorway, from Lisa Souza, turned out not to be as bright as I'd hoped but my daughter likes these sort of earthy tones so she should like them.
I guess I am going to have to buy some sock yarn.
And here is Spike catching some of the last of the summer sun recently
Gotta get back to the socks.
Remember the old rhyme -- Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky at morning, sailor take warning? This morning, with tropical storm warnings in place, I saw this
In these parts, 3 days with temperatures over 90F is officially considered to be a heat wave. We are in day 5. The longest heat wave since 1993. And we are braced to be hit with Hurricane Earl tomorrow night. Are we having fun yet?
So it is too hot to knit.
Or do much of anything.
Seeing all of our cats in one place is a rare event, but the heat drives them to find cool spots. Yesterday this appeared to be the winner --
This morning Moe and Spike have claimed the living room windows --
A couple of things have happened Chez Cheryl in the last few weeks. First came my iPad and you know how sometimes a wonderful new tools just grabs you and runs away with you? Well, that's what happened to me. I am so delighted by this device! I use it for most of what I do online now and I love reading books on it and... and...
There are apps and apps and more apps. I am doing my best to curb my desire to try keep trying new ones.
Technolove is a stern master indeed!
But an even greater event was my son's wedding last week -- see, I have retained sufficient perspective to know that the wedding is bigger than the iPad. It was beautiful. I cried. His dad cried. My daughter cried. My son cried. The bride cried. And we all laughed and smiled until our faces ached. It was such a wonderful day. I don't feel the liberty to show you pictures of it all because I haven't their permission. But I can share what I read -- I was asked to choose a reading about love and what would a Jungian mother choose but something that has a Jungian feel to it!
Last week on Ruth Reichl's blog, the recipe for tomato cheese pie caught my eye. Friday we got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market and we had cheese on hand so it seemed the perfect time to make this dish.
Here is the recipe as Reichl posted it:
James Beard’s Tomato Pie
Begin by making biscuit dough. (I like buttermilk biscuits for this recipe, although any biscuit will do – even the ones that are in the freezer case of your supermarket.)
Buttermilk Parsley Biscuits Combine 2 cups of flour with 2 and a half teaspoons of baking powder and a half teaspoon each of salt and baking soda. Cut in 1/3 cup of butter until it’s the size of peas, and add a little flurry of chopped parsley (mostly it looks pretty). Stir in ¾ cups of buttermilk until the dough holds together, turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few minutes. Pat it into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan.
Cover the biscuits with 4 to 6 ripe tomatoes, sliced into nice fat rounds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shower a couple of tablespoons of shredded basil on top.
Thanks to a small windfall, I was able to buy myself an iPad. I can't say that I *needed* an iPad but I have coveted one since they were introduced last spring. Mine arrived Monday. And I have been obsessed with it because it is ridiculously seductive, easy to use and fun!
So knitting fell by the wayside until last night. Though I think I have figured out how to position it so I can watch something on Netflix and knit at the same time.
It's hard to show you how really beautiful the Knitterain design, Amile, really is because it is rectangular and knit in the round. But here you can get an idea of it -- this is the center.
Now I have to get back to Peggle on my iPad -- I just know I can get to the next level!
After a week of really nice dry cool weather, we are in the dog days now. Today, though it is only 82F, the heat index makes it feel like 87 -- and believe me, 82 by itself is enough.
And when it is hot I tend to think more about knitting than actually doing any knitting. So really nothing exciting to show you.
I did get some raspberry vinegar made. It stays in this big jar for 30 days, then gets strained and bottled. But isn't it pretty?
Spike seems to have the right idea on what to do on a hot day like today --
The bane of my summer existence, the Celtic festival, has come and gone so I can settle in and enjoy the remainder of the summer. I know there are among you some who simply love Celtic music, but really, two and a half days of it playing outside my living room is a bit much, don't you think? Anyway, it's done for this year.
My birthday is this week -- what I call my Beatles birthday as I will turn 64 -- so my kids were here Saturday for a little party. My daughter and her husband and my son, his fiancee and her daughter(soon to be my granddaughter!). I think being able to be with my grown up kids is an incredible treat because they have turned into such interesting and fun adults. And their chosen partners are terrific too.
We planned to have our little party outside but Saturday brought this --
Rain. And even though it stopped by noon, the grass was wet and it was pretty damp out there.
But we had a great afternoon with good food and an incredible cake my daughter made.
That would be yellow cake with butterscotch ganache filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. And pretty purple sprinkles.
Maybe it is the heat or maybe it is the cumulative effect of having been sick a couple of weeks, but I am about the most unfocused knitter I know right now. I have so many lace projects in progress -- and I use that term very loosely -- and yet this week I started knitting the Summit stole from the Spring Summer 2010 issue of Knitty.
I am using some lovely soft silver silk from Colourmart and I love the clever way the pattern works. I have become an expert backwards knitter thus avoiding all the turning of the work to purl. I am not impressed yet with the ends and will need to devise some kind of edging for both ends. And I do miss beads. It's not like I don't have lots of them in other projects but you, the magpie in me just loves the sparklies.
Here is a shot of the sunset here the other day -- fire in the sky