Archive for October, 2008


rice pudding

24 October 2008

Or, one way of keeping the house warm without turning on the furnace.

This might be the best comfort food ever. I use Nigella Lawson‘s recipe from this book, and it is both easy and delicious (although I do recommend using less butter than she calls for). I’ve been known to make it on a daily basis.

Knitting? Well, Christmas knitting has started in earnest, so most of it is unbloggable. I do have a few small projects that I’d like to post soon.


Finished: Ivy League Vest

2 October 2008


Pattern: Ivy League Vest by Eunny Jang, IK Winter ’07

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (fingering weight wool), from stash

Needles: Addi Turbo US 4 16″ circular

New techniques learned: steeking!

(ravelry details)

It’s a strange thing: I never had any intention of knitting a vest. But somehow, one day, I saw a picture of this vest on the most addictive website ever and thought two things:

1. That’s pretty cool.

2. I have that pattern.

Then I had the critical third thought:

3. Hmmm, I think I have some Palette in my stash. Maybe I should go look…

…and the next thing I knew, I was sitting on the sofa with an inch of corrugated ribbing on my needles and a dazed expression on my face.

For perhaps the first time in my knitting life, I worked on one project exclusively from start to finish. I was hooked; the shaping, the fair-isle patterns, the steeking…my God, the steeking! What an experience. It took me 27 days from cast-on to unpinning the blocked vest.

I wore the vest to work on Tuesday and really enjoyed it. It’s warm, fairly flattering, and well-fitting; I wanted to wear it on Wednesday as well! I have nothing but kind words for the pattern: it is well-written and extremely detailed. I’d knit this again, perhaps in a different color scheme.

In short: love love love this one!


Life in the doghouse; or, Random Wednesday in three acts

1 October 2008

When my father and stepmother came to visit a few weeks ago, we built this doghouse together (or, more accurately, my dad designed and built it, and the rest of us helped wherever possible). The professor and I put the shingles on the following weekend. Now, all it needs are a few coats of paint.

A few things I learned from this project:

  1. Measure twice, or maybe three times, probably only cut one time. 🙂
  2. When doing a project like this, make sure you have the proper tools; the job will be much more difficult and time-consuming without them.
  3. Avoid working with tar or glue if possible. Especially avoid glue with tar in it. This is impossible to remove from clothing, and very difficult to remove from skin.
  4. If you want the dog to learn that the doghouse is a nice place, you should put some treats in there.

The professor ran his first 5K race that same weekend! I’m really proud of him. This picture shows him a little while post-race; he’s still got his number pinned on and everything.

A tiny sneak preview of the completed Ivy League Vest, my secret knitting from the last post. A full reveal tomorrow!