Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sigh.

We did it. We caved.

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Are you surprised?

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Yeah if it wasn't for this little mooch, we probably wouldn't have done it.

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But when it's getting up to 90 degrees in his bedroom during the day, even a little rinky dink window A/C will help.

Plus I rationalized that with Dr. Mad Scientist going into the teaching field, chances are he's going to be home with the boys most summers.

Rationalize. Rationalize. Sigh.

We're actually pretty lucky. The way the house is set up even though this stupid thing only cools the dining room (because yeah who doesn't hang out all day in their dining room?) we didn't have to screw this money sucker into the window frame. It's in there pretty tight and if it does happen to fall out, it's going to fall out onto a low-banked rooftop that extends about 10'.

We can pull the stupid thing out come wintertime and seal up our windows like normal.

I can't wait til winter. I have no qualms bundling up Moochie this winter in a cold apartment.

If he's as clumsy as his big brother was at that age, he'll need the padding extra layers will give!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Symphony

Lately I've been bringing some of my Cookies of the Week to work with me. Now that Chunky's out of school and doesn't bring a lunch, he can't remember to eat a cookie after his lunch at home (weird kid, I know).

When I lay them out for the vultures my coworkers to enjoy in the kitchen, I leave a little sticky note with them with a kooky little saying/story/question.

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If they were called yellowies or greenies would they taste as good?

Maybe when I get my cookie book deal I'll write a little haiku to go with each cookie.

Anyway, I saw these on Amy's blog. They are the oh-so-easy and oh-so-fattening Paula Deen Symphony Brownies.

I didn't change the recipe a bit. And yes, I used brownie mix. I was a.) feeling lazy and b.) I recently scored two boxes of brownie mix for 88 cents each...regularly like $2.69 each.

I love Paula Deen. I love that she doesn't use a stand mixer and uses a hand mixer instead. I also love her liberal use of the word "y'all." If Dr. Mad Scientist wasn't recovering, I could seriously see a great drinking game being had from watching her show and taking a shot every time she drops a y'all! Ha ha!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Snowball in Hell

145 days til the official start of winter.

The 10 day forecast calls for highs in the mid to upper 80s.

The average humidity those days is about 80%.

Have I mentioned how much I hate summer?

HATE IT.

Abhor it.
Am disgusted with it.
Loathe it.
Am sick of it.
Am repelled by it.
Can't stand it.
Curse it.
Despise it.
Detest it.
Disapprove of it.
Disfavor it.
Have no use for it.
Look down upon it.
Am naseated by it.
Shudder at it.
Spurn it.
Spit upon it.

I do love thesaureses though!

I don't know how the boys do it during the day here at home. After two hours of this heat and no air conditioning, I want to kill somebody. It makes me so cranky.

Of course that crankiness could be stemming from the fact somebody has fallen into the habit of waking up at 11:00 p.m., 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. every night. You can set your watch by him.

So annoying.

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My cute little baked couch potatoes! We call this look "going Fabio" and it is the preferred way to dress in the house when the temp goes above 85.

And yet so damn cute. He's trained me to half-awakedly get up and play human pacifier. He's not hungry and 90% of the time I don't know I'm up and feeding him because I do it in my sleep. I'm being played by a 2.5' little man!!

So tonight, Dr. Mad Scientist and I will be sleeping on the couch you see up there. If we can break him of his nighttime waking habit, we can move him into big brother's room for good.

Look closely at the picture above.

Do you see that green lump on top of my t-shirt quilt in progress at the very far right?

That's my Chubby Fiefdom.

I'm really liking the pattern. However I'm not really liking the yarn. It's a merino/silk blend and already very pilly. It was pilling right off the skein. Thank god I didn't pay full price for it.

I'll leave you with a picture of some fabric I ordered. Right now I'm dreaming of these little guys.

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I ordered a bunch of snow/snowmen themed fabric from the Fabric.com Christmas in July sale.

And they effed up my order and sent me a 1/2 yard of sock monkeys instead of a red version of that green snowflake print you see up there.

Figures. I've emailed them. Hopefully I'll get my snow.

In more ways than just that.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Read The News Today...

..Oh Boy

indeed!

It's a proud day to be from New Jersey. And I although I can't really talk about it here--let's just say I am truly a New Jerseyian* today.

I saw the photograph.

I do have a few pictures to share!!!

Remember the cute sunhat I made for Moochie a few months ago?

Well the boys like to go for walks in the afternoon, and well, somewhere along the walk, Moochie tossed the hat out of the stroller. Dr. Mad Scientist and Chunky realized it was missing during the walk--and retraced their steps. But they couldn't find it. Which is really weird considering they were out probably a total of 45 minutes. Who could have picked it up in that time?

This ranks up there with the mystery of what happened to my Shark Bait t-shirt that my Youngest Younger Sister lost somehow when I was like in 4th/5th grade and when my sister T. decided to pitch my umbrella from the back of the wagon on a walk when she was like 3 years old (but I'm not bitter).

Anyway, last night I made a new hat for my fair little Moochito.

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Plain white on the outside.

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Thank you to Pongo The Panda for modeling while Moochie slept.

And Michael Miller "Zoology" on the inside!

I think I like it better than the old hat!

I normally don't sew on weeknights--but this weekend is special. We're taking our annual pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore.

I have stocked up on the SPF 50 and even bought Moochie a little baby beach cabana to keep him out of the sun.

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I can't wait!!!

*Although is that the right word? New Jersinian? New Jerseyite? New Jerseyino? Spell check wants me to change the word to Josefina. Ha!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

All Quiet on the Jersey Front

There's not much to report round these parts.

I'm chugging away on my Chubby Fiefdom. I've just started the waist decreases.

I've got a sewing project cut and ready to go--I just need to haul out The Beast from the closet (when do I get that craft room??). I'll give you a hint on what that project is: it's something I've already made, but have to make again because a trio of boys lost the first one.

My T-shirt wallhanging quilt is languishing. Mainly due to the hot weather. My goal was to get it done by CSU kick off. But now I'm shooting for finishing it up by Bowl Season.

Finally, it's hard to type when you have to share with this.



I guess that's what you get when a secretary and a computer nerd breed.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sock Summit!

I'm going to be at Sock Summit!!!!

Yes, I'm still not a big fan of the Yarn Harlot. I just don't get what makes everyone go ga-ga over her.

And while I knit socks and enjoy them, I'll be honest, under normal circumstances, I wouldn't ever dream of being at a summit being held expressly in their honor.

But I'm not going there under normal circumstances!

In fact the physical Bezzie will not be there at all.

But my work (along with the work of many other talented artists) will be there as Pam from Yarny Goodness will have a vendor booth there!

I've spent the weekend making special stock for Pam for Sock Summit.

I've whipped up some Mirror Yarn Balls Versions 2.0.

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And there will be a couple of new exclusively-at-Yarny-Goodness products there.

Yarn Tacks..

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And bookmarks!

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If you're attending Sock Summit--be sure to check out Yarny Goodness and the much more amazing artists Pam has selling at her store.

And if you're not going to Sock Summit--hell go browse Pam's store anyway!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Attorney Breeding: Or How My Cat Became a Superhero

I think this is the year of the attorney baby. It's the fourth one at my firm, and fifth one overall this year. Crazy.

Anyway, the latest one at the firm happened yesterday.

A little girl. And honestly I didn't find out that this guy's wife was pregnant until two weeks ago.

And then I promptly forgot until we got the announcement email from the one woman in the firm that seems to be the official Baby Announcer.*

Now I don't know this attorney very well. He works in Real Estate--which is the other half of our floor. But he's very nice--always offering to carry the 5 gallon water jug for me when I take the initiative to change it when I take the last glass or I'm changing it for some jackass that has decided to take the last glass and not replace the jug.

I never take him up on the offer, but it's sweet of him to offer. (I changed that water jug when I was 36 weeks pregnant with Moochie. I think I can handle it.)

But when I saw this link on the CRAFT blog, I thought it would make a perfect little something to make his little girl.

I had my doubts cutting it out--it looked awfully small.

Although I know I have large headed boys, the neckhole looked really teeny too.

The pattern already accounted for an 8mm seam allowance, so I thought that would help make at least the neckhole bigger.

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Hmmmm.

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I like to think my wrists aren't that fat--but this bib fit nicely around my wrist with just a bit of room to spare.

Big fail.

It's a nicely written very simple pattern, but I don't think I printed the original pattern full size.

It then ocurred to me that I could just take one of Moochie's bibs, trace that, and make a bib.

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Did I mention it too is reversible?

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Love it!!

I whipped up a little card and tied it together with a ribbon and voila!

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A quick 1 hour (if you don't eff up the first attempt) reversible bib!

Kudos to the original pattern for inspiring me!

Luckily the fail bib wasn't a waste.

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Ha ha! Super Squeaky!!!!

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Super Squeaky's superpower is laservision!

And before I go, as long as I'm on the topic of bibs. A certain someone who has been drooling a lot lately has cut his first tooth.

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Can someone tell me where I can find the "pause" button on the 2008 Moochie model? I can't seem to find it!

*Unless your baby is born during a massive snowstorm and everyone at the office wusses out and goes home early and then complains that you didn't call the office to say you had had your baby. But I'm not bitter.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Don't Tell Dr. Mad Scientist

But if I could marry a cookie. I would probably marry this one.

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I'm trying to get a bit less boring with my standard "Here they are on the cooling rack" shots.

I ought to publish a book: 52 Cookies: A Cookie for Every Week.

That Crock Pot A Year Blogger chick got a book deal. And that stupid cooking with Julia Childs blogger got a book and a lousy movie (I can't watch the preview without cringing seeing Meryl Streep do Julia Childs...oh god...the agony. The poor woman hasn't been dead for five years yet. C'mon Meryl. Let her alone!).

I just need to hire a bitchin' food photographer to snap my cookies (hm, that sounds kind of sexual).

Nothing too artsy fartsy. Maybe something with grumpy cats glowering in the background?

Anyway, let me tell you about these cookies.

They are called "Metropolitian Granola Cookies."

Some bakery (why the Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia it would appear) created them to schill their granola. You add it to the cookie batter.

But buying granola? I can't do that!

First you toast 4 cups of rolled oats (not instant) on two cookie sheets for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After the first five minutes is up--shuffle the oats around for an even toast.

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While they're a'toasting, mix together 4 tablespoons of melted butter, a tablespoon of vanilla, and 2/3 cup of honey.

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It looks nasty, but it gets better trust me.

Once it's toasted, add your oatmeal, a cup of coconut and a cup of almonds (not pictured--and honestly, any chopped nut would do, although my almonds were slivered).

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Mix the mixture well, and dump it back onto the cookie sheets.

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Spread it out on the sheets and again at 350 degrees bake it for 14 minutes--after the first seven minutes shuffling it around.

After 14 minutes, behold the toasty goodness.

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Let it cool for a bit and add any mix ins you want. I added 1 1/2 cups of cranberries.

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While the granola was baking, I made the cookie dough.

I creamed together 1 1/2 sticks of butter with 1 1/3 cups brown sugar and 1/2 a cup granulated sugar.

Then I added a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of kosher salt (although any salt would probably do I suppose), 1 egg, and a tablespoon of vanilla.

Me and Boopsie (my hand mixer)got to work getting these ingredients together.

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Next you add in 3/4 cups of white flour, 1 cup rolled oats, and 2/3 cup of wheat flour, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

Finally you add in 1 3/4 cup of the granola.

Drop balls o'dough onto the cookie sheet. Pat 'em down a bit, bake for 11-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

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The end result is amazing. I can only dream to someday become Mrs. Granola Cookie.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Brudderly Love

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Hey, Big Brudder, do you think I could get a bite of that cookie?

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No? Okay. I love you anyway.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

For Jo

Why yes, Jo, I have seen cucumbers that dumpy.

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I also discovered this today too--pot gardners represent!!! Ha ha!

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Chubby Fiefdom

Once upon a time in the mystical land of New Jersey, there were four fair knitter women who liked to hang out with each other.

The four fair women were all very busy chasing after their kids, nephews, or doggies and it took quite a bit to get them all together on any given weekend to hang out and enjoy each others' company.

But luckily, one day a few months ago the stars aligned and there was a kick ass yarn sale at a yarn store whose name escapes me (it's at the tips of my fingers--but I just can't remember!) and the four fair knitter women cleaned up in the yarn department.

I scored a bag of Mirasol Tupa yarn at a really good deal.

I perused the book Custom Knits, and cast on Skinny Empire.

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I got to looking at the finished Skinny Empires on The Place That Shall Not Be Named and oddly enough, most of the Skinny Empires on there are being worn by skinny chicks.

Therefore, I am dubbing my version of this sweater Chubby Fiefdom since I'm am not skinny nor do I have an empire*.

I am chubby and I do sometimes like to pretend that these three and a half men (Springs the neutered cat being the half) make up my mini-feudal estate.

What else could a fair knitter from New Jersey want?

*I probably won't knit the empire waist. I'm still up in the air about it.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Card Carrying

It's Meme Time!

IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL…
1. Did you date someone from your school? No.

2. Did you car pool to school? If you count driving w/siblings to school...then yeah I guess.

3. What kind of car did you have? None.

4. What kind of car do you have now? What does this have to do with my senior year of high school?

5. Its Sunday night…where are you now? Holy Peanutbutter Schnitzels, this has nothing to do with senior year nor is it Sunday night!!!!

Ok, screw that meme. I don't even care about what I was doing back then--why would you?

I'm starting a new meme. Based on the lovely thing I scored today.

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Yes, I already have a library card for the town I live in. But the library is closed on weekends for the summer.

I just finished my last books and I don't have time to go there after work. I have to get to my Moochie for a milking.

I was going crazy getting my moo on at lunch with my Magic Mama Milker with nothing to read. One can only stare at the massive bank of computer servers for so long without getting bored.

Today after my moo session, I took a little walk and I got myself a Newark library card. Because I work in Newark, it was free

Yes, yes, I realize there are people that don't have to pay for their library cards--but it really depends where you live. Every library is different--my hometown Alaskan library charges non residents for cards. And they should. I mean the non residents don't pay taxes to fund that library--why should they get to reap the benefits for free? I know my employer pays taxes to the city, and because they do, that's less money they can pay me, therefore indirectly I am paying for the Newark library system in a small way.

Anyway problem solved. I can now be occupied while I milk myself for 20 minutes a day.

I really like the design of the Newark card though.

Which is why I'm starting a new meme.

If you've made it this far--I want to see YOUR library card.

Post a picture of your library card and let me know you did in the comments.

Just make sure that you block out or blur the card number if it appears on the front of the card--we don't want people using your card to put in an inter library loan for 12 dozen copies of The Joy of Sex!

You can tag someone if you want...whatever. Just don't tell me where you were driving to with your boyfriend/girlfriend on Sunday night your senior year. Ha ha!

Here's a small sampling of my current and past cards. I couldn't find my Texass or Palmer, Alaska card. I know I didn't throw them away. Don't ask me why I hold on to that stuff.

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Top right is my Lansing, MI card; next to it is my Juneau, AK card; then Newark; and finally Bloomfield--probably the most snoozeworthy design of the four.

My favorite design is Juneau's.

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Perfect depiction of Southeast Alaska in that design.

It also reminds me of the day that I raven tried to kill me as I was walking through the woods one day in Juneau. But that's another post.

Have at it!

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Stroll Around The Grounds Until You Feel At Home

I haven't posted a pot garden update in a while.

These pictures are all from about two weeks ago...but not too much has changed.

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The crock-pot impatiens have done swimmingly. Sometimes when it was rained really hard in June, they were literally doing that in their crockpot...

You'll also see the lettuce there. It bolted and I cut it back. It's started to resprout again like it did last year. We'll see how it does now that it's actually getting hot out.

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Next up primroses, the hardy mum, and peas.

Primroses are done blooming for the year I believe and have really filled their pot. I'll probably give her a bigger pot next year. The hardy mum has really taken off. I've noticed a few yellow leaves though this past week--I got lulled into not having to water my pot garden in all of June and I need to remember to go out there at night and water!

And the peas? Well they're done for. It's too hot. They made for great drive-by snacking. I harvested about six mature peas that are currently drying in the windowsill. I'll plant them next spring.

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The offspring of my 2008 Mother's Day marigold. I hope to get some seeds from this one as well for next year.

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My taters and cukes. Taters are doing good and I've got two cukes. The only problem--I get weird round cukes that are about as long as my thumb. Weird. Maybe because they're in a pot? Who knows. Same thing happened last year too.

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A mess of bachelor buttons (that just started blooming this week!) and a pumpkin.

What's not shown are my squash plant, radishes (massive FAIL) and oregano. I love the oregano. But I'm finding little oregano sproutlets in my other pots. It's one hardy weed!!

Finally, I'll leave you with my favorite little pot.

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Remember the herb sale fundraiser I blogged about that Chunky's school was having?

It was $1 an herb. I sent in my order for basil and rosemary.

He came home with two yogurt cups with oregano and chives.

Allegedly the basil and rosemary were all sold out. Never mind that I returned my order form the following day after he brought it home. I figure the Soprano Moms at his school are part time basil racketeers and "bought" it first.

Anyway, the offerings he did bring home were pathetic. Whomever what overseeing the child labor fundraising of having the kids plant the seeds did a piss poor job.

Yogurt cups was a great idea--nice way to recycle.

But they neglected to punch holes in the bottom of the cups for proper drainage.

And the "dirt" yes, I used quotation marks there, was more like sand.

I mean OK, they were $1 each. You get what you pay for. But like I told Chunky, I would have been just as happy had they taken my $2 and I got nothing. Instead I get these pathetic Charlie Brown cups of chives and oregano (that should have been basil and rosemary) with seedlings clinging to life in a slurry of wet sand.

But much to my surprise, the little herbs are thriving and doing quite well. I had to take back all the grumbling I did.

And the best part? Oregano and chives are perennials. They'll come back next year. Basil does not.

Suck on that Soprano Moms!!

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Day After

I wonder what the 5th of July was like to our founding fathers?

Was there an afterglow? Fear creeping in after telling the mother country she could sit on a pin?

Hmm. Something to ponder.

Actually now that I wiki it--if it's to be believed--like any good government proceeding the actual dates and signing of the Declaration of Independence are all over the board.

Regardless, we had a good Fourth.

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We slaughtered a watermelon and enjoyed some urban grilling.

We're still riding the afterglow of that meal!

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Three on the Third

What does this man:

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This rubber rat:

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And this yarn:

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All have in common?

They would be named "Rasputin."

Everyone knows of the Russian monk...

...who shares and name with my sister's traveling rubber rat (because travelling gnomes? So passe!).

But it was the name of the color of the Crown Mountain pencil roving that made me buy it.

I bought 8 ozs. and the 4 ozs. I've spun sofar have been some of the most even I've ever spun. Probably because it's pencil roving.

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I was thinking of knitting something for Rat Mama Sister out of this--but what?

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