Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy birthday, EZ!

In honor of Elizabeth Zimmerman's 100th birthday, I will knit on my shawl fearlessly!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Really, I did!

Sorry 'bout the radio silence! I did finish the Tour de Fleece, spinning every day - even if only a little bit. That's a big thing for me, so I'm very proud of myself for it.

I've been pretty busy at work these past couple of weeks, and I don't really want to do anything when I get home. This is making my progress on the swap shawl a bit slow, though at least I've figured out the ratio of the knitted edging to rows. This will make it go a lot faster once I've finished the body of the stole.

Barb from Foxfire Fibers sent me another four oz of the cormo blend, so I'll have enough to make the entire thing one color. I think I'd prefer it to be body one color/edging one color, but my swap partner likes neutral things, so I don't want to give her something she'll hate. I really hope she likes this; I've put a lot of work into it, but that means nothing.

In other news, I'm getting a Kindle for my birthday. I know - I said I'd never get one, but when the price went down and I found that the books whose copyright had expired are available for free, I couldn't resist. This birthday will also be my "coming of age" birthday (if I was a hobbit), so I think I should do something quasi-special. Anything to make the day something to look forward to, rather than dread, is welcome.

Right now I'm in the process of making some egg-free ice cream (NY Times link) for my brother's doctorate party. If this works out, my sister and I will be making iced-creams left and right...I'm planning on a maple-bacon-praline one for the fall.

Has anyone had any experience with Lush? I'm trying to decide if I want to buy some of their stuff; reading the reviews is only marginally helpful. I'm really wanting to buy these little sauna tabs, though I bet I could make them myself.