Sunday, February 20, 2011

About cookies and haircuts and even some knitting

(Warning: Spoilers for Vintage Purl and Knit Love clubs ahead.)

Today is wet and stormy, making it perfect for this kind of activity.

I made some cream cheese cookies from this recipe, adapting them slightly with my flour mix (potato, corn and white rice flours), a soy cream cheese alternative and less sugar. They still came out fluffy and delicious, though by now they are a bit heavy, so perfect for dunking in tea. Tea that I usually drink a bit stronger than shown. In fact, the other day, I was really amused to find these mugs printed with colours corresponding to the different strengths of tea. Back in my temping days, I instigated the practice of pinning a paint chart over the tea tray, matching everyone's favourite brew to the camels, beiges and lattes. Apparently, one of those charts is still in use, more than a decade later!

I also made Wee Davie a second batch of Best of Breed Dog Biscuits. Now there's only one left and I'll be baking another batch. He adores them.

Speaking of whom, here he is, having just had a hair cut. (He's busy eating a bone.)

We've had a rough few days. I was really afraid that we were losing Lola, my flighty, snobbish hen. She is rallying, though. Fingers crossed. She still manages to look miffed at me for fussing over her.

And after a broken needle incident, I'm back on track with the Charm Wrap. I'm nearly up to the sleeves and am already trying to decide on new projects. I'm really tempted to try Sylvi, but I'm hitting yarn issues. I was planning to use Bendigo Woollen Mills, but the colour I want - Mallard - doesn't come in the 12 ply. I am planning to use their Luxury in 'Ghost' for the Bandha Hoodie as part of a deliberate choice to add different colours to my wardrobe. Perhaps not oddly, given that my head is always turned by bright, pretty colours, greys and browns and other neutrals are in short supply.

But I really need to catch up on some sock club knitting. I figure most everyone has the yarn by now, but I've got my parcels from the Knit Love Club and Vintage Purl Summer Club.

Isn't it odd that the colours are on a theme? Lovely, squishy goodness!

I seriously need more knitting time.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Christmas presents are worth waiting for!

Isn't she lovely? One of my BKFFs was a little longer sending off my Christmas present, but I didn't mind a bit. She's gorgeous and silky and light in a Yarntopia silk and merino blend (the shawl, not my BKFF... although, I guess you could call her all those things too!). And those colours! Thank you, BKFF!

I would have taken more dramatic, wonderful action shots of my shawl, but not far away, this was happening:

Soggy puppy and shawl wouldn't have mixed! Incidentally, spot the apple crop behind Wee Davie and the shawl? I'm hoping for big things this year!

I've also discovered the tomato growing trick. Pop them in the chicken coop!

This is the biggest tomato I've ever grown (I'm really resisting the temptation to exaggerate and say it's as big as a pumpkin... but of course it is!):

Yes, it's still green, but since I don't trust the chickens or the local possums, I'm photographing my giant tomato while I can!

Okay, we're off to make homemade tater tots (slightly healthier, since they're baked in the oven). We went to the local market this morning (a kind of 'backyard garden' market where local residents often bring their crops etc) and found some wonderful tomatoes and squashes and a big lime tree that we cheerfully walked home.