Archive for May, 2009

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professor sweater

15 May 2009

When the Professor pointed out that this year I have made four sweaters for myself and zero sweaters for him…well, it was time to get to work. I had 14 skeins of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes stashed away, in a nice professorial color (camel heather), so all that was left to do was find a pattern.

I looked everywhere, but the answer was right under my nose.

Remember the Ardent Jacket? Only my favorite sweater in the world?

What’s on the page right next to it?

The article is called “K2Tog”. Clearly, it was meant to be.

DSCN1636This in-progress shot captures a critical moment in the creation of the sweater: I stood back to admire my work, only to realize seconds later that I had knit the body in the 42.5″ size and the sleeve in the 45.5″ size. Sigh. Luckily it was the sleeve that needed to be redone (and just to be crystal clear, the error was entirely mine, no fault of the pattern at all), but still. I had to rip out about 3/4 of the sleeve. Let us speak no more of it.

As I write, the sweater is virtually done. I’m hoping to show finished pictures before we leave for England; stay tuned!

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spring mix

2 May 2009

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Last night, the professor and I went out to First Friday, a gallery walk downtown. We were running late, and we needed a quick supper before we left. This fit the bill.

Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrettedscn1616

For the dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon honey

salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

Mixed greens

Half of a pear, roughly choppeddscn1619

1/3 cup pecan halves

2 oz. goat cheese

1/3 cup dried cherries

Toast the pecans in a dry pan until warm and fragrant. Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss the greens with about 1/2 of the dressing mixture (you’ll have enough left over for two more salads). Divide the dressed greens into two bowls and divide the pear, cherries, and goat cheese between the bowls. Add half of the pecans to each bowl. Serves two.

We returned from the gallery walk with a solar etching by Jennifer Li and some chocolates from the shop next door to the gallery. Add some sparkling wine, music, and candlelight…what a lovely night!