The blue and orange quilt has been mailed off to Cleveland and I got texted a photo of one very cute baby enjoying it.
This was the second quilt I’ve made using the Double Trouble block, which I’ve already described as the perfect level of wonkiness for me, but it was the first I’ve quilted using thick embroidery floss (specifically DMC 116 8-93 Pearl Cotton Thread Balls, Variegated Cornflower Blue, Size 8). I loved the look of it. For no more than I quilt, I’ll probably stick to this particular pattern/floss combo for a good long while.
The other combo we’re into is smoked salmon and egg sandwiches on Bricco Panneteria’s olive bread. The bakery opens super early, so we make a point to stop by on our 6:30am visits to Boston’s North End on summer Sunday mornings.
Today is my favorite day in Boston – MARATHON DAY!
I get very emotional watching people run races. Short/long, road/track, elite/average…doesn’t matter. I could stand there and cheer for hours. Races are all about individual performance and yet they feel so collective, especially these past few years in Boston.
The other reason I love Marathon Day is that it’s often a truly spring-filled vacation day. Not the version of spring with gloves and snow-covered forsythia, but the version with green grass, flowering trees, and no jackets.
Because this was just two weeks ago:
And this was us at mile marker 20 today:
My efforts to rest my wrists by limiting knitting have been mixed. I did a full one-week break and then tried taking it up again, but for slower and shorter periods of time. Things still hurt, so I should probably cut back more. It’s easier to fill evening hours without knitting though as the nights get warmer and the sunsets later.
We ventured out this morning at about 8am and ours were the only footprints in any direction. Except for a couple of snowplows and a lady walking her greyhound it was very quiet. The roads were empty, every business was closed, and the sidewalks and front steps were covered in pristine drifts.
Already as I type this I can see a few more people out walking and the neighbor kids are busily tunneling away at a fort. It’s supposed to snow a few hours longer, and once it quits I expect a lot more shoveling, plowing, and driving. But I think we’ll enjoy one more day lounging around in pajamas…hopefully the landlord comes tomorrow to plow our driveway since there are some waist high drifts between my car and the road.
Yesterday we watched a bootleg copy of Django Unchained, the remainder of season 1 of The Hour (so good), and I spun up a couple hundred yards of the alpaca/wool that I’ve had sitting around for a while.
We have a roommate for a couple of months. He’s great. His wife (my former coworker) moved and he’s just taking closing up shop in Boston before joining her in spring. She has snow-day-envy and asked for some pics of Nemo today. He texted her something along the lines of this…
I guess she was hoping for something more like this…
I used a 3-second exposure and ended up creating these kind of dream/ghost images. It’s supposed to keep on snowing through the night so we might wake up to a whole lot more of it.
Sam walked with us for a half block, then cut through the neighbors’ yards and sprinted home. He was waiting on the porch for us when we got back around. He’d much prefer spending snow day as shown below…
I’m a few days late in putting together my salute to 2012, a year not terribly different from 2011. It was our coasting-comfortable year – same job for me, same apartment, same program for R – a welcome respite after so much change the two years before and what I’m sure is more change to come in 2013.
Compared to 2011, there was not quite as much experimentation in the kitchen this year. There was more sewing though, inspired by my trip to the fashion district of L.A. in early spring. Some mittens, a couple of dresses, a maxi skirt, two shirts, and my biggest accomplishment with the sewing machine: the chevron baby quilt.
Still a lot of knitting. I think Holl was my favorite FO of 2012. I published two hat patterns – Joyride and Ryegrass – and my goal is to do more of that in 2013.
We did a little more traveling in 2012 – Ohio to the park where I found Sam, Oregon, South Carolina, Cape Cod, Los Angeles. Everyone splurges on something, and R. and I have talked about how we’d rather have a tinier house in the future if it meant we could afford more travel (tinier house, but still yard enough for some sheep 😉
Much love to you and yours in the coming year! I’ll sign out with one more photo collage, this one of the person (and pets) that make this space a home.
Another fave coworker has flown the coop 😦 Last time this happened I sewed a dress in sadness. This time we took personal days together and drove all over town so C. could experience her Boston Bucket List. I feel both are good plans, it’s just a matter of whether you want a garment or a cannoli at the end of the day. The Bucket List included (from top to bottom), the lookout at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Paul Revere in the North End, and Mike’s Pastry for some florentine cannolis. C. has moved to Seattle and made me promise to visit when we go back to Oregon.
For Thanksgiving we stuck around Boston…our third annual friendsgiving. I whipped up this Pear, Goat Cheese, & Honey Tart. I looked at some things online and then just kind of winged it. Nothing quite so delicious as honey whipped into goat cheese.
Pear, Goat Cheese, & Honey Tart
8-10 oz. of plain goat cheese
1/2 cup honey (reserve a few tablespoons for drizzling)
4-5 ripe pears
1 piecrust (I used premade but click here for my go-to homemade recipe)
1 tart pan
Preheat the oven to 375F. Press the crust into the tart pan. Cream the goat cheese and the honey until smooth, then spread to the edges of the piecrust in a thin layer. Peel and slice the pears and arrange on top of the honeyed cheese. Start with the outside ring of pears, and then arrange an inner ring. Drizzle the reserved tablespoons of honey on top. Bake until golden brown (30-40 min). Let cool and remove from the tart pan for serving.
We’re dog-sitting this weekend for Louise, a young tawny-colored terrier (if you want to see her as a little puppy click here). Louise wants to play and sniff and go places. Sam wants to sleep in, followed by some couch naps, followed by bedtime. Saturday we played things Samson’s way and showed Louise how nice mid-morning naps can be. Is she convinced??
Early afternoon I left the nappers to visit Fiber Revival in Newbury with my friend Christine. It was an easy hour’s drive from Boston, and the happenings took place at a beautiful historic 17th century farm.
I thought the $6 admission fee was totally worth it, because in addition to the vendors and food there were tents and chairs set up so you could just sit and knit/spin. Despite ominous skies the rain held off, and we had a great time just hanging out and talking with fellow fiber nerds.
I fell in love with two things. First, the color of this roving from Enchanted Knoll Farm:
Second, a double-treadle Hitchhiker spinning wheel.
It’s a little guy designed for portability. Small enough to put in a bag and fit in the carry-on compartment of an airplane. Also – and this is what caught Christine’s ears – it’s small enough to put by your feet so you can spin while riding in a car. WHAT? I tried it for a while and it was really smooth. I think Christine and I both know what we want for Christmas.
This morning Louise was looking especially bored. Aww, okay little pookie. Let’s go out. We took her and Sam to the Sheepfold off-leash area of Middlesex Fells and she got to roll in some stuff and chase some dogs.