Monthly Archives: April 2010

Snowbird progress

I’ve been working away at the Snowbird cardigan, which involves a little bit of guesswork since I am using a smaller needle (5) than the pattern recommends. The raglan top-down construction is great though. I appreciate how it allows for making adjustments along the way.

Adjustments like….ripping out the whole sleeve. Ack, I don’t want to, but I think it needs to happen. I did that dumb thing where you keep going – all the while telling yourself “it’ll be fiiiine” – only to get to the end and realize that the self-deception isn’t going to pan out. I sat in my living room last night, wearing the sweater and holding the sleeve shut, and all I could think was, this baggy sleeve is going to bug me every time I wear this.

snowbird cardigan, WIP

 

So I’m fixing it. Starting with ripping it out on my lunch break. The good news is that the narrower sleeve will knit up faster :)

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Hipster Puppies

Samson is a study of contradictions. He is fat but quick, old yet oft-mistaken for a puppy, and while he has a refined taste in classical music and fine wines, he gorges on nasty, soggy, rotten compost like nobody’s business.

Sam’s take on the topic of hipsters is, therefore, predictably confusing. He tells me that his continual checking of a blog called hipster puppies is all because he is so over that scene. However I suspect he secretly pines away for a hip pup girlfriend who wears ironic, geeky glasses and whose favorite band is one you’ve never heard of.

I submitted a photo of Sam in the midst of his morning mockery and the blog author chose to use it to advertise a call for photo submissions for an upcoming book. Sam is claiming he despises the fame – almost as much as he despises hipsters – but if he gets a few phone numbers out of this he might change his tune.

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fitting

Yesterday my friends and I drove to Portland so I could get my dress fitted. I chose Tatyana’s Wedding Alterations after a quick google search. Wedding services tend to bring out the extreme emotions in folks – for most vendors there are reviews that gush and reviews that hate – but everyone loved this woman. After standing in front of a big mirror in her house for 30 minutes while she worked the straight pins, I’m a fan too. I could see the dress’s new outlines start to emerge like magic.

Tatyana wasn’t much interested in small talk (I got told multiple times to “stand STILL and face FORWARD”) but we did learn that she grew up in Russia and the Ukraine. Her mom pushed hard for her to pursue piano, but since childhood she wanted to be a seamstress. After attending a special school for sewing she got into the alterations business, where she’s been perfecting her craft for almost 30 years.

My friend Becca took that pic with her iphone and a $1.99 app called Hipstamatic. We both read the blog Dooce, which is where we first saw this app in action. It *is* pretty cool! Just look what it does with a sidewalk, my tired pink shoes, and some old petals…WHOAAaa. Makes me want an iphone.

hipstamatic iphone app in action

the birthday photo recap

My birthday was Wednesday…except it was more like a birthWEEK thanks to all of the fun things that helped stretch the fun from Saturday to Wednesday.  Here’s a randomized recap:

Tea Cup: I’ve been oogling over my roommate’s tea cup ever since she moved in. It’s an enviable blend of form and function, and the removable tea diffuser is so much easier to clean than the little round mesh diffusers you drop into a cup. Read was so kind and got me my very own pair – one aqua and one red.  Take a look at the company’s website – you’ll end up wanting a whole tea set.

Homemade potstickers: The roommate doesn’t just own nice teacups – she also makes some killer homemade potstickers. I’ve had a veggie version and a pork version and they’re both DELECTABLE. I’ve seen potsticker recipes but for some reason the process always intimidated me…it just seemed like a doughy disaster waiting to happen. Sandra’s recipe is mostly in her head (i.e. some of this and some of that) so I can’t really share it. But maybe a few notes on the process will be more helpful anyway, and will help convince you to try making them if you do have been intimidated. Here’s what I’ve learned:

- fresh ginger &  fresh garlic. You need plenty of both
- use an iron skillet, put in a healthy coat of vegetable oil, and heat it to medium/high
- brown the potstickers for a few minutes, then pour in a quarter cup of water and cover with a lid
- repeat the water/steaming process until the wrapper is translucent. You don’t necessarily have to flip them.
Sandra got me a pair of rice bowls for my birthday (see above). They’re so elegant and just the right size for noodle and stir fry dishes.

Shortcake: I’m not a big cake fan…but shortcake is a whole ‘nother story. I use Better Homes & Garden’s recipe from the classic red & white checkered book. Usually with Cool Whip but this time my friend brought over whipping cream.

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten & 2/3 cup milk

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Mix in egg and milk; stir just enough to moisten. Spread dough in greased 8 inch round or square pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut into two layers and alternate cake/cream/strawberries.

time time time

the “finished project” statement is always a hard one for me… i tend to have to just tell myself to stop at some point with a piece of work. i finally said ‘done’ with the birds and buttons a couple of weeks ago. here is the ‘finished’ product:

the dial is from a water meter my dad found at the local junk yard

button branches

button cluster

i have been reflecting on time, longing and patience for as far back as i can remember. i would love any feedback!

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