November 2006

Mama Cate and BitchPhD linked to this guy who’s trying to track the progress of memes through the blogosphere.  (See a better explanation here.)  He’s planning to use it for a panel at the (apparently upcoming) MLA conference.  So let’s see how well this works, shall we?  To participate, write a post explaining the study, link to his post, try to get other people to do the same, and ping technorati via the original post. 


I tried to get a Thanksgiving-y picture of the clock tower (I think it’s the "old Met Life building") that I posted last week, but they all came out horribly blurry.  I did, however, get a picture of the Empire State Building that I really like.


Doesn’t this make it look sinister?  It was a lot darker in real life, just foggy… 


I spent several hours yesterday cooking yummy food.  (Yay, "vacation"!)  Pictures and such are in the extended entry.


I actually didn’t knit as much as I’d expected to this weekend, but I did get a bit accomplished.


This is the sock I’ve been knitting since mid-August.   I finished it on the train home from NYC on Saturday, leaving just enough time to start the other sock before  going off to see Enter the Haggis on Saturday night.   


On Jody‘s recommendation, I tried out the magic toe-up cast-on.  It’s amazingly wonderful, and I can’t see ever using the figure-8 toe again.

You may have noticed that these socks are going to be definitely fraternal twins, if not more like cousins than siblings.  Aside from my usual laissez-faire attitude toward exactly matching stitch counts, or different toe techniques, the yarns are totally different.  The first sock was Spirit Trail yarn, but this one’s Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport.  They’re both fiery colorways, but the patterning is not at all the same.  Ah, well.  I will wear them and love them anyway.  (It is often a very good thing that I’m not a knitting perfectionist, although I suspect I’ll be pickier about sweaters if I ever start knitting them (again).)


By the time you read this, I’ll be in New York for Thanksgiving, where I’ll have this view.  The lights will be autumn colors instead of springy colors (this photo is from Passover a couple of years ago), but it’s a lovely sight either way.

I am in the middle of a just-over-two-week period which has/had all of three days, I think, with nothing [social] scheduled.  I wound up cancelling some of my plans and diverting an evening or two to alternate plans, but things have been busy.  There’ve been lots of things to blog, but very little time with which to do so.  Here, then, since I am still quite busy, are a few bits.

Food.  After the end of the One Local Summer challenge, I decided that my next cooking challenge would be to cook "real food" at least once, preferably twice, each week.  It hasn’t been going as well as I’d’ve liked, but I’m still working at it.  Last week, however, I managed twice, with one meal large batch of food being mostly local, and one batch of food being OLS-compliant.  Here’s a picture of the partly-local food, in its reincarnation as lunch:


That’s sautéed local rainbow chard, with bulgar salad adapted from Mac‘s recipe–the carrots were local, the cranberries, almonds, and bulgar were not.  (I also toss in a good bit of sumac in this stuff, but it can be hard to find.)   The other batch of cooking was locally made whole wheat linguine with local tofu, carrots, and broccoli.  I still have some left, and it turns out to be much better with [local] cheese.


Plants–because what kind of catch-up post from me would it be without at least one picture of a plant?


This year, my christmas cactus decided to honor Veterans’ Day.  I had hoped, when I saw the buds, that it would be a birthday cactus, but ’twas not to be.  Still, I’m always happy to have flowers on my plants, especially as they’re getting scarcer outside.

Fiber.  The conspiracy is sucking me further in.  I have now played with handcards, and it was fun. 


Three rolags from last night, hanging out at Sarah‘s, with a 20p coin for scale (a bit bigger than a US nickel).  Pretty much all wool, with a couple of teensy bits of alpaca and silk, mostly the brown corriedale I bought when I first got my spindle and then decided wasn’t pretty enough or enough fun to spin.  I like it a lot better now.  (It doesn’t show up all that well, but the rolag on the far left is sorta greyish-brownish-greenish, and the middle rolag is reddish-brownish-slightly purple.)

This is what I saw out my bedroom window last Saturday. 



The Japanese maple has since dropped all its leaves, but they were lovely while they lasted. 

Jody posted last month about a pact she’d made with Christy.  They agreed that they were each going to knit half of their 2006 festival purchases before MDSW 2007.  Partly inspired by that and partly inspired by the desire to have less stuff*, I’ve gone through my records of things I bought at the three festivals I’ve attended.  The annotated composite graphic is in the extended entry, along with my plans and goals.

*which was, in turn, partly inspired by the process of moving last summer


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