Yes, yes I am still making the trivet. Yes, I am having more fun than anyone should be able to have with some felt and some string. No, I don't expect anyone else to understand the appeal. But I'm fairly sure you're all an obliging lot and won't begrudge me my odd obsessions. I started by cutting out three equally-sized rectangles (size determined by setting the teapot on various books until one looked right, and then tracing around that book). Then I held them together with a few pins and started stitching. There was no particular plan for the stitching, [...]
I like my dining room table. And I absolutely adore my teapot. But alas, the two of them don't quite get along. When I set the hot teapot on the table (something that happens about once a day if all is right with the world), it has a tendency to leave white marks on the table. Now I've discovered that these marks come right out if I rub them with a walnut (no idea why, but seems to be true). But that's a bit tedious if you do it too often. And of course I could just set a potholder [...]
Last Thursday found The Boy and I at an interesting event. It billed itself as a mixology class/showcase for OYO products. We're fans of OYO (stop by when you're in Columbus, and then walk next door to Brother's Drake Meadery for some really yummy drinks), and we've been known to enjoy the odd adult beverage from time to time, so it seemed like an interesting way to spend the evening. It was much as promised. Snacks, tasty drinks, and of course the requisite re-purposed warehouse as the venue. They even gave us recipes for their tasty offerings (I'm sharing my [...]
Preserve, Part II
Really, this is very easy. So easy I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking. Ready, here we go. 1) Juice several of your backup lemons. I usually need about one lemon per jar, and in this case I'm doing 5 jars. 2) Cut the tips off your Meyer lemons (optional, but it feels tidy to do it). 3) Cut your Meyer lemons almost all the way into quarters (cut most of the way through the lemon, leaving just enough to hold them together at the bottom). Don't panic if you slip, you can still use them. [...]
It's freezing cold outside today, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hole up at home and make something yummy. Today's plan is preserved (or salt cured) lemons. I made these last year and have fallen completely in love with them. They are delicious in any sort of vegetable dish (we use them most every time we make chicken or vegetable soup) and are called for in lots of Moroccan recipes. They've become a must-have staple in my kitchen. There is a bit of a seasonal aspect to them. They're best made with Meyer lemons, and those are easiest [...]
Not That Powerful
So it seems the sock, the pale blue, leafy, spring-tastic sock, has some limits to its magical powers of winter banishment. This is what I woke up to this morning. That's one of my office windows. This is another. It's a wee bit brisk out there. And gray. And windy. All of which is completely appropriate. It's January in Cleveland, this is what it's supposed to be like. But I am definitely going to spend the day in woolly socks to compensate. And I may set the leafy socks aside for today. Knitting on them when it's like this out [...]
You'll recall that this whole star thing started as a way to make it snow. It still hasn't worked, but apparently my furnace heard about my concerns and wanted in on the act. So last night, when it was just the tiniest bit nippy outside (even if it wasn't snowing) he stopped working. Well not quite, he kept blowing air, he just stopped heating that air before blowing it on me. Very refreshing. I responded with stoicism and wool. And another star. My office windows are now full, so it's likely time to stop. I'm sure the snow will arrive [...]
Huh, ok, you guys like the stars. Honestly, I'm a little surprised. I find it ever so slightly shameful that I like them (they're paper...folded paper...there should be fairly low amusement value here). I'm downright shocked that you guys do. I was expecting some folded arms and foot tapping and a little gentle prod back in the direction of the yarn. But who am I to argue? The first round of stars didn't do it (no snow yet), so now I've added a yellow one to the mix. It might be my favorite so far. I've got one more window [...]
My Misspent Youth
Earlier this week, I opened the windows in my house. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store wearing sandals. Something has to be done. It's December, it's Ohio, it should not be in the 60s. I need to make it snow. This is traditionally done by hanging either straw stars or paper stars in the windows. Now, let me back up. I'm not sure either of these things is a very traditional holiday craft in the States. But I grew up in Germany, and making both of these was always part of the season. The straw stars make a huge [...]
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