Sunday, July 3, 2011

Raindrops on Snowdrops

It is entirely possible I built up the aforementioned 'The Plan' a bit too much. But it made me smile. Remember my Bingley socks? Remember how a certain Artificially Mythic nagged me into starting the second sock after I finished the first in... ah... January? Well, yesterday I noticed that the snowdrops were out and recalled that I was at just about the same place on the Bingley socks when they had a photoshoot around just this time in... ah.... oops, 2009. So... I recreated the shot with the second sock! It's not exactly the same. I can probably totally recreate the shot in the next couple of days, but I'm not 100% sure I'll get the chance, as much will be happening, so... in the meantime... I give you...

Second Bingley in progress in the snowdrops!

I'm much more confident this sock around. The great thing about projects like this is that you can see how you've grown as a knitter by how you approach the second sock. In the meantime, I've tackled more difficult patterns that have helped me to understand the knitting logic of this pattern - a logic I loved, but found challenging first time around. Now those tricky 'ktog with 4th st to right's just slip off the needle with ease.

The only thing? I'm going to really really miss these socks when they're done. I love these socks. These socks have awesome memories of Chatsworth and Lyme Hall knitted into them, not to mention the perfect fusion of Bingley yarn to Netherfield pattern. Somewhere, I do have the Jane Bennett yarn and I might have to dig it out for a matching shawlette to make me feel better about missing Bingley.


In fact, mid-post, I went and trawled through stash for Jane and ran outside to take a photo of her by the snowdrops, which is slightly blurry, because my neighbours started to look at me weird for taking a photo of a hank of yarn in the garden in the rain...

Which shawlette? You have only a couple of days to give me suggestions! She must be cast on in a couple of weeks time. It's a good luck thing.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Geek Dinner and TV Night

Tonight I'm stealing away for myself! I made one of my favourite soups for dinner and have now dubbed it Destiny Soup, since I was watching SGU and knitting for a bit while eating it.

The soup is inspired by one I saw ages ago and can't find now. It's the sort of soup that makes you feel super virtuous, because of all the greens. Greens that, I might add, come from my garden. You just chop up some red onion, garlic, carrot, celery and red pepper, fry them off a bit, add lots of stock (I usually cut it with a bit of water), a handful or two of brown lentils, plenty of chopped up greens (there's silverbeet, perpetual spinach and another one whose name I don't recall in there), some thyme, cayenne pepper and chilli, a bit of salt, and I like it with lashings of cracked pepper.

I was so happy with that, I thought I'd treat myself to an episode or two of Firefly. This was the perfect opportunity to try out a couple of ideas I'd seen. One is an icecream made from frozen bananas and cocoa powder (you just whizz them up until smooth - my whizzing machine was a little off colour, so it didn't come out quite as well in terms of appearance), the other is whipped coconut milk. As I had some fresh strawberries on hand, this was dying to be a sundae... so...

Kaylee's Serenity Sundae! And it was fantastic. I have to stay relatively dairy free, so this was a pretty great way to get away with a sundae.

On the other hand, Wee Davie's dinner tonight smelled of feet. This didn't seem to bother him. In fact, I think he enjoyed it all the more for the fact that it smelled like feet.

Okay, I'm off to watched Warehouse 13 and knit some more. I have a plan tomorrow.