Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Garden Pests

I didn't grow this--Basement Neighbor did.

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It's his first zucchini of the season. And he was nice enough to give it to us!

I have plans to grate half of it for zucchini bread and do something with the other half and eat it with dinner tomorrow night.

But before I could do anything with it--a garden pest got to it.

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It gnawed the whole top off!

Was it a moose?

A deer?

A bunny?

A squirrel?

A starling?

A caterpillar?

A snail?

Nope.

It was this--a fine conneseiur of homegrown vegetables and homemade jams/preserves:

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Basement Neighbor handed it to Mooch right off the vine and the little booger started going to town on it! Ha ha!

Ah well, at least he eats his veggies!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jueberry Blam

When I used to commute into Anchorage with my Old Man for work, sometimes we'd stop at the Carrs (grocery store) in Muldoon (a neighborhood of North Anchorage) and buy a "bayberry blugel." Mmmm...those were good blugels. I know what these NYCers and even NJers say about their bagels beging the best, but I'd love a Muldoon Carrs bayberry blugel right about now.

Where am I going with this random memory of baked goods meets spoonerisms?

Because this weekend I had my own encounter with blueberries--apparently a high-production Jersey fruit.

Specifically I encountered five pints of blueberries.

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That I promptly gave a shiatsu massage in a freezer bag.

After that, I tossed them in a hot tub with a nice sugar scrub--four and a half cups of sugar to be exact.

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And then I turned up the heat on them and they cooked...

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...and cooked.

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After two hours I had 7 half-pints of jueberry blam--or maybe it's technically pruberry bleserves since there are bits o'blueberry in there.

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Whatever the hell it's called, it's freaking delicious!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Chocolate Sunday School Socks

This was a fun knit.

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Sunday School Socks!

But I knit them out of brown instead of white/light colors like 66% of the people who knit these on The Place That Shall Not Be Named.

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The details--

Pattern: Sunday School Socks by Kim Wagner; Creative Knitting, September 2009

Yarn: Collinette Jitterbug in some color I don't know because I didn't have the band.

Needles: US2

Notes: This was a quick easy knit. The only mod I did was that I did not knit the foot in reverse stockinette. I noticed that everyone else (at least from what I can tell from squinting at the pictures) knit theirs with the seam of the sock where you pick up the ankle to the lace showing.

I did a g-fab move where I started knitting the opposite direction when it was time to hit the part of the foot that would show. This created a hole, but it was easily fixable by picking up a stitch or two the next time I came 'round the ankle.

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Not too excited about the Jitterbug. I had heard stories that Jitterbug is notoriously short in yarn. They weren't kidding.

I only have size 7 feet and these are pretty much anklets. If I was a size 8 I probably couldn't have pulled these socks off.

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Maybe I'm just spoiled by cheaper sock yarn!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Off to See the Wizard

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Stay tuned, I've got some knitting and some deliciousness coming down the pipeline!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cute & Sweet

While I'm in between projects I've been knitting baby sweaters.

No, not for me.

For the anticipated wave of procreation I'm expecting in a year or two. Right now I'm riding a wedding-wave. And you know how the old adage goes: first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the happy couple with the baby carriage.

Therefore, I give you my latest stockpile knitting:

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A boring little strawberries n'cream colored Tulips baby sweater. I had wanted to knit this out of black and that pink, but I didn't have any black acrylic that was the right weight.

Bummer!

Now for some sweets--an army of cookies for the coworkers tomorrow.

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They look like they're about to attack!

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Double chocolate chunk macademia nut.

Officially called "Dreamy Chocolate Chip Cookies." Like a cookie you would see in TigerBeat magazine, if freshfaced teen hearthrobs were cookies instead of wannabe men.

I'd much rather make out with this cookie than Justin Beiber.

But maybe I'm getting old.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

In Between

I'm in between knitting projects right now.

I hit a knitting stitch dictionary I got at Half Price Books in San Antonio while we were experiencing the Texass Debacle for a little inspiration.

I know I've blogged about the little note I found from I'm assuming the daughter of the book's former owner, but I'm publishing the entire note now because it makes me laugh and lately I've been obsessed with forgotten family ephemera--so many interesting or not so interesting stories!

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Dear Mom & Dad,
Just received your note. As soon as Bob comes home from work I'll get the requested measurements off to you. Can't wait to see the finished products. I'm sure they'll be gorgeous as is everything you create.

Bobby's blue/red stripe sweater is just too much. He'll model it in the Xmas photo we plan to take tonight. Wish Bob & I had ours for it!

Hate to tell you this but Bobby thinks the horse is a cow! Most interesting connections. He's also doing very well with potty training. Insists on: "I'll go myself, you go away & close the door!"

Bob is confirming trip plans for Thanksgiving. We'll let you know times & dates soon.

No need to wait until Thanksgiving to see Bobby. You are very welcome here anytime.

Love,
RM

Measurements (arm in-seam)
Rita: 21 Chest: 36
Bob: 24 Chest: 40

If I had to render a guess on how old Little Bobby is based on the vintage of the ball bands of yarn I also found in the book, I'd say Little Bobby is maybe in his late 20s. Possibly around my age.

Regardless, Little Bobby's potty training story and love of his grandma's sweater will always live on thanks to the power of the internets! Ha ha!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Ain't No Mountain Big Enough

As promised--real knitting content!

I present to you Summit.

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This was a pure "Ooo...that looks like fun to knit. I'll knit that." project.

There's about a bajillion other Summits listed in The Place That Shall Not Be Named. I stuck mine in there because no one else models theirs in full babushka mode.

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Everyone seems to wear there's their's this pattern (!) as a wrap like it's intended. Pishaw. What fun is that?

The details--

Pattern: Summit from Spring Knitty.

Yarn: Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Montana in Nantucket Blue.

Needles: US 6 I believe.

Notes: This was a really fun knit. It was entertaining to unravel the stitches to separate the columns. I didn't have a problem flipping the thing back and forth either. Some people have reported knitting backwards on this shawl to minimize flipping.

The only mods I made were that I did 10 columns instead of whatever the pattern called for (16 I think, but I can't remember). I also didn't estimate the amount of yarn I would need for the final binding off process so I didn't have enough. I had to wing it and create my own way to bind it off. I think it turned out just fine the way I fudged through it.

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This was the perfect project for this gigantic skein (550 yards) of yarn that had been sitting in my stash forever just waiting for the right project.

Now I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the finished product since, well, I'm just not a shawl wearer.

But I think it looks great on the back of the couch, so that's where it will sit--collecting cat hair.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Take Us Out to the Ball Game

Last week, Big Boss offered me his four Yankees tickets for Saturday. He's got season tickets and for whatever reason couldn't go.

They weren't the best seats in the house--but I thought they were awesome.

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We had to climb all the way up to the Grandstand where literally his seats were one row away from the very final row in the stadium!

But the view was just fine.

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I've heard people say that at the new Yankee Stadium there are no bad seats.

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It was military appreciation day so they had the Army Golden Knights parachute into the stadium. That was pretty awesome because it reminded me of when I was Chunky's age and going to the Elmendorf AFB Air Show every summer where the Golden Knights always performed.

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After we found our seats, the boys got lunch.

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I'm embarrassed to tell you how expensive lunch of four hot dogs, two fries and two drinks was. But--we knew it was going to be expensive and considering this was our first and possibly our last Yankees game as a family, we figured what the hell. Dr. Mad Scientist picked up an extra sub job this past week, so it was cool. (He only has to sub twice a week to cover the cost of a certain Mooch being in daycare anything above that is golden).

My coworker P was also at the game (her season tickets are at the end of my Big Boss's row...what are the chances of all the seats in Yankee Stadium, they'd be seated so close?). Anyway she was sweet and bought the boys some softserve in little novelty sized Yankee helmets!

I'm not a big baseball fan and thought the game would be boring. But it really wasn't! We watched Jeter hit a home run as the first one up to bat for the Yankees and we watched Jorge Posada hit a grand slam. I guess he hasn't done that in 6 years.

However, by the bottom of the 6th--right before Jeter hit another home run--Mr. Mooch was getting too cranky to go on. He normally takes two naps a day of about 3 hours total. By this time it was like 3:30 and he hadn't taken ANY naps all day. So we packed it up and called it a day.

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But not without getting Chunky a Yankee's hat!

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On the subway, Mooch fell asleep in my arms. I know your seasoned NYer will say this is easy to do on the subway, but I don't think so. The thing is always lurching and screeching.

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And he slept all the way from just past 161st Street on the subway to Newark Broad St. Station on the train.

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Overall it was a great day and we really enjoyed it!

Oh and the Yankees won! They beat the Houston Astros! This was the second Houston team I saw clobbered in two weeks. On June 2 I watched the New York Red Bulls cream the Houston Dynamo on the soccer field. I met amazing people in Texas, but the one thing I've taken from the whole Texass Debacle is that I will NEVER root for a Texas team in any sport. Sorry Texas!

Next up! Knitting content!

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

While We're On the Subject

Of me feeling like a blog-blob--

This little piece of junk mail gave me a chuckle.

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Can you hear are collective laughter?

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Blue Blob

I'm so close to finishing Summit.

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I've been feeling like a blog lately. Work has been insane. I've got another attorney I'm working for--now my total is up to five.

I guess I can't complain until I get 8.

Until then, it's pretty tempting to call up my local union rep...

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

If Only Every Weekend Were 3 Days

Imagine how much MORE I could get done!

I cast on a new pair of car socks.

I finished baking my Fall Knitcircus cookies.

And I finished sewing a blouse.

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The details--

Pattern: JJ Blouse from Burdastyle.

Fabric: A purple cotton/poly poplin

Notes: As you can see, I modified the crap outta this pattern. I didn't do the ruffles and I didn't do the sleeves as the pattern called for.

But dude, I modified the pattern! You know how it is when you're a knitter and you modify a pattern for the first time because you're confident you can do it and it will work, and it works and you feel like the schiznit? Same thing here except sewing.

My modifications worked!

Oh and I didn't do buttons. I did snaps! Very cool! I bought a cheap snapsetter from Joann's online (not to be confused with those crappy ass snap pliers that apparently suck) and used some purple pearl snaps I bought off of Etsy.

The only thing I wish I had modified was the collar.

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Trying not to laugh!

It's a little too stand-up for me.

But that's OK.

I liked this pattern a lot and could see myself making it again. Except with a modified collar.

And a better finished-product-photo shoot with less little man to worry about getting in the shot.


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