"Like as to make our appetites more keen" a new gadget has arrived in time for weekend experiments. I'm going to implement that "use what you have" strategy so successful in the Iron Chefs' ice cream makers. I'm looking through the cabinets and thinking tea-flavored sorbets and candied fruit and nut frozen custards (herbal teas from flu season and leftover Easter ingredients).
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Netflix suggested this dvd - I think because I liked Waking Ned Devine (small village pulls together) and Slings and Arrows (Canadian comedy). The knitting was good - esp. a gansey Germain wears in an oatmeal color with bits of rust in it - I would use Blackwater Abbey's bracken worsted weight.
I've been looking at the Hanami stoles on Ravelry and thinking I could manage a scarf version. The cherry blossoms make me think of carbonation bubbles or fermentation bubbles as in a rootbeer scarf, or lemon mint soda scarf. Aha! I've just downloaded the pattern and in Melanie's notes section I see she discusses champagne bubbles and rain and gives directions for just bubbles and drops! I'm there.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I used a skein of Alchemy's Haiku for the Wisp scarf from Knitty. I am so surprised by the power of a small blue cobweb to keep my neck so nice. Whenever I take it off I feel so chilly and vulnerable! I feel a Summer addiction coming on: flavored ice teas and Haiku scarves. Perhaps I should pair the flavor I am working on with the color? That would make a nice gift, a jar of syrup with a poof of a lace scarf folded on top - hibiscus, lime, ginger, mint, Meyer lemon, grapefruit, orange - rose, lavender?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This month's Vogue had two articles that caught my eye - a short blurb on the Cranford series on PBS and an article on Virginia Lee Burton's textile designs. I'm very late to the Cranford party. I just caught the last episode on Sunday night. I immediately googled the knitting of Cranford and was happy to find this and this.
I have always loved Burton's The Little House and would love to see more examples of her work. I like the idea of printing some napkins with green hills and the Little House herself.
Posted by Mrs. Lear at 12:18 PM
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
This is a large jar half full of rosemary bush clippings and filled with vinegar. I'm going to leave it in the sun and give it a shake whenever I pass. Hopefully after 3 weeks or so I will have a lovely hair rinse (I usually dilute it 1 part vinegar to 6 parts water). This is from Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal. This weekend I need to work on ice tea mixtures.
Posted by Mrs. Lear at 5:49 PM
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I'm running out of jars - jars for lime syrup and jars for rosewater and jars for yogurt and jars for ice tea mixtures and jars for vinegar hair rinse. A slight heat wave is headed our way reminding me of what Summer really feels like. This year I am going to try to keep Summer in a jar.
Posted by Mrs. Lear at 1:13 PM
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Jitterbug sock yarn is still my favorite. I prefer the semi-solids, but these multi-colored ones are great little lessons in color. As I knit these I'm always thinking, "look at the dark green next to the burnt orange, the bright blue". These are combinations that don't come easily to me. I think of my sock projects as color classes. I'm wearing my hand knit socks about once a week, washing them on cold and throwing them over the railing to dry.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
The young Miss Lear has been making crochet accessories for Barbie because she does not have the patients to make hats and scarves for herself. Making doll clothes can be so rewarding, so much quicker than baby things, and Barbie never grows out of them!