Sunday, June 28, 2009

recipes i want to try...

mattar paneer, from manjula's kitchen

5 minute chocolate mug cake, from twinklyspangle (i am tempted to start it up now.. hmm)

homemade oreos, from with sprinkles on top

nutella-stuffed sugar cookies, from nibbledish

spicy roasted cauliflour, from chez cayenne

i have an entire folder of these in my bookmarks. we really need to get cooking over here...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

yarnage

so here is the stuff i mentioned in my last post. four ounces of superwash merino/tencel blend...

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which i spun into this!

roses for you

(here it is in my ravelry stash.) i didn't trust my instincts and it came out thicker than i meant it to, more like sport-weight. still going to try for socks though. i'd never spun anything with tencel in it before and i have to say, it is tasty. i have to resist ordering some more. okay, so i did put in another order with susan's spinning bunny. got some alpaca/merino/silk, which i have been admiring and not spinning. this must be remedied. anyway, they are supernice there and i kind of want everything in their shop.

other spinnings: i dyed up some of my plain wool from the sheep shed, threw in some easter grass and got:

ectokooler

this was one of the few times the boyfriend took notice of my spinning, and said it reminded him of ecto cooler. i really can't wait to knit it up, but other things must be finished first. (sigh) here it is on ravelry!

i've also been crocheting:

purples & pinks

these are new in the shop. i like the contrasting textures.. it's hard to tell but there's some velvety, fluffy, and sparkly yarns mixed in with the plain stuff. your dollies will dig it too. (=

i also listed some more strawberry shortcakes: lem 'n ada. it's been crappy and rainy here lately, so the pictures are not great. some re-photo-ing is on the list, along with hoping for better weather.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

the fiber fest!

this year, at last, i made it to the rhode island fiber festival. it's held at coggeshall farm in bristol, inside colt state park.

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it's a working historical farm, with people cooking and weaving and raising sheep... i had never been there before, and it is gorgeous.

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coggeshall farm

and now i wish i had brought along my film camera. bah! it was a really lovely, perfect day for the festival. there were lots of vendors and demonstrations, and food.. i should have photographed the super-greasy freshly fried clam cakes i got because damn, they were good.

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i was very good and only bought four ounces of superwash merino/tencel from susan's spinning bunny, who sell socially and environmentally conscious yarn and fiber (which is totally yummy). it is already spun, plied, and looking for an appropriate sock pattern. (photos soon...)

of course there was also sheep shearing!

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sheep belly
shearing

it was lots of fun, and i'm so glad we got to go this year! yarny pictures soon.

also... alpacas!

alpacas!