The Perfect Shawl

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Uraidla Shawl
New England winters have me wanting to knit again, after a ~2 year hiatus!

I purchased yarn and downloaded a pattern at the Rhinebeck Yarn Festival this past autumn, and just recently put the finishing touches on this Uraidla Shawl in O-Wool O-Wash Fingering Weight Yarn in erdenheim, a subtle blue-gray color. The simplicity of the garter stitch balances the froofiness of the lace, and the pom-poms are just an added bonus of nonsense on top. I really like this pattern. It's fairly easy 2/3 of the way through (garter & lace), and then starts adding in tricky elements - a braid and one million knit baubles.

Next up, I have 3 skeins of some old Rowan 4ply Soft destined for another of these shawls. It's lots of fun, despite the numerous partial frogging I had to endure.

Uraidla Shawl - Blocked
Uraidla Shawl
Uraidla Shawl Uraidla Shawl
Uraidla Shawl
Uraidla Shawl

Puddles of Ink

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fountain Pen Fun
I've taken to fountain pens lately. Mostly because last semester, my grading chewed through three separate green pens (1 - the classic Bic Xtra Comfort, 2 - the gloriously overflowing Sakura Gelly Roll Classic, and 3 - some other awful pressure-required ballpoint that shall remain nameless). Grading requires a lot of writing, a lot of ink, and not so much hand-strain, if using the proper pen. Enter the Lamy Safari, extra-fine nib, filled with Noodler's Gruene Cactus ink and the TWSBI Eco with a stub nib, and Noodler's bulletproof black.

In the photo above, you can see how I've been doing faux-calligraphy instead of doodling. The Postman's Knock has a nice intro to faux calligraphy, my current style is some version of Flourish Formal.

Fountain Pen Fun
Fountain pens require a bit of maintenance (refilling, cleaning between semesters, etc), but they don't require as much pressure to be applied for ink to flow. In fact, the clear TWSBI Eco pretty much bleeds ink through its nib. I consider this a nice feature, but if I wanted less ink flow, I could get a smaller nib.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snowy Chair Lift
We've been settling in here in the northeast, which somehow means buying used ski gear and hurling ourselves down the mountain at any given opportunity. I've gotten considerably better than the first few attempts, although that's not really saying too much. Practice makes perfect?

Bunny Hill From the lift house
Groomer Corduroy in the Morning
The cat also appreciates her new territory expansion, and elevated window views.
Window Cat

Success: Cheesecake-marbled Pumpkin Slab Pie

Sunday, February 4, 2018

cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie
This beautiful Cheesecake-marbled Pumpkin Slab Pie recipe came from SmittenKitchen, you pretty much can't go wrong with her recipes.

Next time I'll swirl the dollops of cheesecake into the pumpkin, so it doesn't just sit on top. You can't really taste the cheesecake when it's spread out so much! 'Makes a really lovely creamy pumpkin pie filling either way.

I used two Pillsbury premade crusts from the refrigerated section instead of making my own, like so, and that also worked super well.

cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie
cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie

Success: White Mulled Wine

Sunday, January 28, 2018

German Mulled White Wine (Half batch)
A half-batch of this German Mulled White Wine Recipe from Baked Bree still involves 4 bottles of dry German wine! But it is very tasty. I didn't have cinnamon sticks, so I just used some cinnamon chunks (meant for my chai tea) in a tea bag in the simmering white wine. Came out well, 'would maybe use more cinnamon next time.

White & Red Mulled Wines
White & Red Mulled Wine Recipes

Success: Red Mulled Wine

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Red Mulled Wine
For this red mulled wine to accompany the white mulled wine, I started with two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, but as we ran out throughout the night I also added a bottle of Pinot Noir and a bottle of Malbec. I very loosely followed a recipe based off a FoodNetwork/Ina Garten suggestion, but only just barely. I used less apple cider, a Penzey's Mulled Wine Spice Mix, and a shot or two of rum. It really does need to simmer for 15+ minutes, and is best served in a mug of some sort.

Between the red and white mulled wines, we used about 8 bottles of wine, for about 10 people or so. We had about 32 fl oz of the red mulled wine, and 16 fl oz of the white mulled wine leftover. When you get to the 16 fl oz level, it gets pretty tricky to serve.

White & Red Mulled Wines
White & Red Mulled Wine Recipes

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