March 2007


is running out of inspiration.

I’ve been in a virtual knit desert. Everything the same. Colorless and sweaty. Until today.

Guess what came in the mail? Hand Maiden’s Sea Silk in the Berry colorway. It is luscious. Soft and supple. I bury my face in it and sigh, inhaling deeply a delicate scent of seaweed. Yes I’m still talking about yarn! Get your minds out of the gutter. This yarn is destined to become the Melon Shawl from “Victorian Lace Today.”

I’m worried about being a project whore. Currently, my needles are churning out the “Flower Basket Shawl” and with some diligence it’ll be done before my trip to Louisiana. But I really want to start working with sea silk!!

One interesting note about the sea silk colorways: I also picked up Moss and both colors are very rich but Berry has a range of pinks and reds throughout the skein and Moss is more of a solid tone. Subtle series indeed! Moss is going to Martine, she’s suffering from wedding planning overload and needs some knitty goodness.

Photos to come, it’s too dark now for decent pics. But here is Zoe, the sweetest knitty kitty.Zoe!

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You asked me to blog about the yarn harlot. I don’t really have much to say except that she is indeed a knitting rock star.

Her speech was a little shocking. A woman can’t get a mortgage on property with a 50% deposit just because it’s for a yarn supply. Her husband, however, can because it is for fishing equipment. And not said, but strongly implied, because he is male. My lovely mate says “well fishing is a huge industry” ACK! I thought my man was well versed in the knitting ways. I didn’t realize he was a secret supporter of “CHOKE”.

I’m curious to hear how many knitters actually showed up. And whether or not we made any impact on people’s perceptions of knitters.

I’d like to say something interesting regarding the cumulative effect phenomenon, but it’s Monday. Talk amongst yourselves.

Sometimes vegans have no idea what they’re missing. Case in point: the Vietnamese hoagie. Anyone who has tried one will tell you of the near religious experience it brings along with the dichotomies of sweet and salty, hot and cool, tender and crisp.

Maybe it was crazy for me to think I could replicate this at home; crazier still to think I could substitute delicious pork with a texturized vegetable protein. But judging from the reaction of vegans and nonvegans alike the first-ever vegan bánh mì knit night was a total success. It was so good we almost forgot to knit.

mise en place

ingredients:
1 daikon radish
3 carrots
2 C water
1 C white vinegar
1 C sugar
2 French baguettes
1 English cucumber
3 jalapeños
bunch of cilantro
2 packages Smart BBQ
1 package Smart bologna or other fake meat bologna
Asian chili garlic hot sauce
Nayonaise

Directions: Cut the daikon and carrot into julienne strips. Combine water, sugar and vinegar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a bowl, add daikon and carrots, and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.

Prepare cucumber and jalapeño into slices. Separate cilantro into sprigs. Heat up veggie BBQ on stovetop. Cut each baguette into quarters, crisp in 400° oven. Assemble and enjoy!

Bánh mì

Serves 8.

Dear Valley Berkshire Yarn,

I know we’ve been having a rough time lately. It seems like no matter what I do I’ve been pissing you off. You (ok, use I words) I feel like when I get home there’s this tension between us. (3.5 stitches per inch to be exact. was that below the belt?). Well, even when I try to please you by picking up 7 more skeins for the saffron cables project you laugh me off, call the yarn store behind my back and explain to the lady that I am a woman on edge and shouldn’t be allowed to have any more yarn. I don’t understand. I thought things were going great between us. Is it that merino I picked up last week? It doesn’t mean more to me than you do!!!!! We need to reconnect, have some fun. Let’s go out. I’ll even spring for dinner.

love always,
Cassandra

I’ve been working for a few weeks now on gauge swatches for my friend’s wedding gift: the stunning Saffron Cables afghan from Interweave Knits Fall ’06. Funny thing about these swatches, no matter what size needle I use I end up with 3.5 stitches per inch. Doesn’t matter. U.S. Size 9 or size 4 it all ends up 3.5 stitches per inch. I know that stress (and wine consumption) will have an effect on gauge but this is a little ridiculous.

Since gauge isn’t my friend I’m going to pick up more yarn. Since I am math-impaired an engineering pal helped me figure out how many more skeins I need to finish this thing. SEVEN! that is a total of 987 extra yards. DUDES! this blanket will be freaking HUGE! It will cover her, her husband to be, their future children, and the neighbor’s children. and there will be room left over to keep the cat warm too.