Make do and blend

So yesterday was a wonderful holiday and we got to eat some really great food. Now, what to do with a whole spiral-sliced ham and a glut of roasted potatoes? Easy!

The ham lends itself well to sandwiches because it’s already sliced, so that’s a no-brainer. The potatoes were a little trickier. I’m a little pleased with myself for dreaming this up, though. They were roasted with a bit of olive oil and some rosemary, garlic, and thyme, then topped with freshly grated parmesan for a nice crispy crust on top. When putting them in the storage container, I got the bright idea to add some whole grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, and dill/paprika/salt/pepper. Shook it until it was thoroughly combined, then into the fridge it went for the night. Today I have a lovely German-style potato salad to eat with the ham sammys. Try it the next time you have leftover potatoes and let me know what you think.

Best of all: am meeting a friend for lunch, and we’re going to eat all these lovelies as a picnic while the weather is still [barely] nice! Yay! :)

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Oh my goodness.

There just has to be a Ghostbusters joke in here somewhere, but I can’t quite grasp it:

crossed cat tails

How can anyone not like cats? I just don’t get it. Maybe they didn’t have sweet kitties in their homes when they were small? I did, and boy, did my “SQUEE, MEOW-MEOWS!!!” exuberance ever stick.

The good thing is, I do know how to turn fiber into yarn, so when people call me a “spinster,” it will be terribly apt. *wink* (“Spinster” is preferable to “crazy cat lady” methinks.)

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Captain’s Log, Stardate 32612.352

Blast. I had to rip back quite a bit of Shetland lace…can’t get my work to match my chart and don’t want the pattern to be wrong. After taking it off the needles to snap the photo posted below, it looks like I didn’t have enough stitches around the outside anyway, so it’s a good thing to find that out now instead of later. Thankfully, no adult beverages were harmed in the frogging of this shawl. (And I didn’t have to frog the whole thing, so it’s not a total reset.)

Shetland Lace Shawl

Oh well, my hat is going much better than the shawl. It is knit crown-down from the inside out (i.e. knit side facing) so that it works more quickly, and has lovely little ribs of brioche stitches. The idea was to mimic a sea urchin’s “test” (i.e. the shell that remains after the fleshy parts and spines of the urchin are gone). The yarn shown is Caress Luxury Yarns two-ply worsted-spun laceweight in a hue of softest, buttery sunlight.

Beret in Royal Baby Alpaca

So many designs crawling anaerobically off the needles. So many patterns lazing around the pool inside my computer. Time to get going and get this stuff out the door!

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Now I’ve heard everything

Spinning with Scottish Highland Cattle fiber. I love it! They are so adorable…I think I need some, but they won’t fit in my apartment.

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Yay, they still have it!

Spotted this morning when I got off the streetcar to go to work:

anthropologie freeform crochet afghan

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Food Prawn

kale polenta asparagus

Pics, or it didn't happen...

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Verse, chorus, verse

Am reprising my Woodsy Kale dish from this post for dinner tonight. Side of polenta and broiled asparagus that I found in the fridge at a friend’s house (am petsitting for them). I hate to snatch it, but they won’t be home until Tuesday, and asparagus doesn’t keep all that long. They will probably learn of my little theft via my blog before they get home, so: sorry, D, will replace it when you get back! :)

Haven’t made polenta before, but am thinking some parmesan cheese, garlic, veggie stock, and butter should do quite nicely to round out its flavor.

First time I’ve been this excited about dinner in a while. Am going to put the new fry pan to the test, for sure.

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Set-The-Mood Sunday, Vol. 1

Feeling a little empowered by my loooong walk around the neighborhood today—and, to a much greater extent, the margarita I had at happy hour—I have grooveshark cranked to some super sing-along friendly tunes. Just what I need to make muffins with my clone and stay awake late enough to watch the episode of Grimm that I missed on Friday and Worst Cooks in America at the witching-to-me-hour of 9pm. Goodness. (I crapped out fell asleep last night at about 7:30pm. Oh, the weaksauceness of it all.) I’m also swearing to post photos of some WIPs tomorrow when I have better lighting.

Off to make muffins. Ta ta for now!

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::rotates horseshoe 180º::

Just scored the last set of these from anthropologie.com this morning! YAY! Looks like my luck is starting to change…albeit temporarily.

Cloud Sprigs sheet set // Anthropologie.com

The weather is gorgeous here today. Just as well, I need a lot of exterior motivation for too many chores and to-do list items. Time for more caffeine!

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Cloudy, chance of rain 82%

I have a new design brewing in Mountain Meadow Wool’s Kaycee. It’s one of my favorite methods of shawl construction. Photos to come, perhaps tomorrow.

Am tossing around a few names for the design, but nothing is firm yet. It’s so good to finally make some progress on some knitting again! The last month and a half has been a real whirlwind.

Am thinking I need to watch Magnolia again to really solidify the design. As if the other 300 times weren’t enough…

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