Thursday, June 22, 2006

I found Rhubarb!

I got an idea in my head while going to sleep Saturday night that I should make a strawberry-rhubarb pie, since strawberries are all on sale right now. So I made my crust dough, put it in the fridge and went off to buy strawberries, rhubarb and other groceries while it chilled. I knew i'd seen rhubarb at SuperFresh, and they DID have rhubarb, but IT WAS ALL ROTTEN!!! I was so pissed, and it was late, so I left without it. So my crust had to stay in the fridge.
Then on Monday on my way home I stopped at two more grocery stores, and not even the GOOD Safeway had Rhubarb! I'm so frustrated! I wanted my pie damnit! So i had to put my crust in the freezer.
On Tuesday I went out for drinks with friends and it was suggested that I try the Asian Grocery. I had overlooked the Lotte Mart because Rhubarb is a singularly American plant, and I've only ever seen it used in American food, so why wwould it be at the Asian Grocery?
Never underestimate the Supremacy of the Asian Grocery!
They had a whole bin of lovely, ripe Rhubarb :) YAY!
SO I made my pie! And the crust was AWESOME!
I don't think I'll do a lattice crust again though, it doesn't do a good job of keepingthe filling IN the pie.

and also I found these beautiful little hot peppers! I put a few in out spaghetti sauce last night WHOA were they hot!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thursday's Sit N' Knit/Spi N' Spin

Last Thursday I joined the K1P2 Sit N'Knit group for some lovely lakeside socializing! We sat out on the patio at the Lakeside Cafe in Columbia, munched on lovely sandwiches and smoothies, and listened to live jazz-fusion! It was great :) Also great to see some friends I haven't seen in a while.
Thanks to JavaJem for this photo of me spinning!

Some would perhaps say that I "Look like I need a sandwich" in this picture, however, what did not make it into the photo was the huge chicken salad on croissant sandwich sitting in front of me, next to me awesome banana/coconut smoothie! mmmmmm I love their food!
Unfortunately, Sit N'Knit happens to fall on my clubbing night, so I don't often go. After July (when NATION in DC closes) I'm sure I'll make it out more Thursdays :)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Merino Tencel yarn

At MD Sheep and Wool I got EIGHT OUNCES of merino tencel blend roving to try spinning, which is the largest amount of fiber i've spun of the same kind yet. I'm slowly chipping away at it 2oz at a time or so. I'm spinning it to about fingering weight (on my drop spindle), then Navajo plying it. It probably would have been a better choice to do a simple double ply with it, but I wanted practice Navajo plying :P I'll figure out something to do with it.. I think it's about worsted weight when plied, but I haven't measured.

From this:

to THIS:

hhmm.. that probably would have been prettier wound in a hank, but I was too excited. Here's a detail:

This stuff is a JOY to work with, it practically spins itself! I've had no problems with it at all :) I still have a lot of it to spin up, but I wanted to share!

I was going to make a Navajo plying tutorial, but I need a few more hands to do it AND take pictures, so you can learn how I did, from HERE. Except, I seem to do it better with my other hand, but to each his own.

Fiber Trends Raindrop Lace Socks

Remember this yarn I got around x-mas?

I'm finally getting around to making some socks with it!
I love this colorway SOOO much! I want to dye my hair to match!
I needed a small, portable project to bring to my Granny-nanny job, and this is perfect :) Easy to pick up and put down, and the lace pattern, larger sock needles (sz 3) and beautiful yarn is keeping me interested :)

I decided on Fiber Trends Raindrop Lace sock pattern.

Here's my WIP!

And here i'm stretching it so you can see the eyelets. I think I'm going to give them to my Mom :)