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yarn sinfest // _mattykins
I assure you, I do more than knit. Much more. I've been having really deep thoughts out the wazoo. But knitting seems to be what I'm most articulate about at the moment. So without further ado:

Meet the Tribble.



The Tribble is actually a ball? hank? whatchamacallit of Artful Yarns "Portrait" yarn, from which I am trying to extract a lace scarf.

I've finished one pattern repeat, and in a good light -- in this case, my flashbulb -- the scarf looks like this.Collapse ) The pattern is a little more obscured otherwise, both by the fuzz and perhaps by the darkish color. Nonetheless, it still looks pretty, so I'm going to soldier on.

I made one previous attempt at knitting the Tribble, and it ended badly a few rows into the pattern. Lace is lovely, but it's also a complex balance of decreasing and increasing. In some places, you join two or more stitches from the previous row with one new stitch. In other places, you wrap the yarn around the working needle without inserting the needle into a stitch, thus making a new loop out of nothing. The combination of the two produces the holes and shapes of lace; it also produces a headache if you can't keep them all straight.

In my previous attempt, I achieved such a headache, tried to unravel what little I'd done, and ended up breaking the yarn because the stitches just wouldn't come apart. (It's all that damn fuzz.) I probably could have salvaged the scrap, but as I was ready to curse Artful Yarns and its employees' offspring unto the ninth generation, the scarf bit wound up in the trash.

Last night, I plunged into the fray again, this time properly armed.Collapse ) I made up for lost work, and then some. I have renewed faith that I will conquer this pattern, oh yes, I will.

I will face this project. I will permit any problems to pass over me and through me. And when it is done, I will turn the inner eye to appreciate its beauty. Where the Tribble has been, there will be nothing. Only lace will remain.



stelic, bless his dastardly little heart, enjoys imitating me as I knit in front of the TV. An approximate description of his rendition follows:

(with somewhat dour look on face)
*stare at knitting*
*knit knit knit*
*cast withering glance at TV for a nanosecond*
*stare at knitting again*
*knit knit knit*
*mutter expletives*
*unravel*
*knit knit knit*
*cast withering glance at TV for a nanosecond*

... and so on. (I deny everything, of course.)

Jun. 16th, 2005

jesperanda (green)
A Google search for

"granny square" OR motif crochet

gave this as the first result:

Granny Square Crochet, crochet granny squares, granny mature sex [...]

While I am all for grannies having plenty of sex, I was looking for something more along the lines of this

Definitely NOT 'granny mature sex'

which I made two days ago. I made another last night; we're using them as coasters. I don't think I'll be making an afghan of them any time soon, but it's good to keep up my crochet skills, even if knitting is my preferred yarn art.

The yarn, by the way, comes from a skein of inexpensive acrylic that I've been using as a practice skein. I SHOULD be using it to practice working on double-pointed needles. Or I SHOULD be finishing that second blanket for the niece and nephew. But the grannies won out. For now.

The power of Eros

jesperanda (green)
Not the deity, nor sexual love, nor the Freudian life instinct. The yarn. I made a scarf, using this pattern hosted at ChicKnits.

Here's a peek:
Eros, knitted

Here's another. And another.Collapse )

Also in the craft department, I was amused by this crocheted thurible for aspiring acolytes. (A thurible is the swinging incense-thingy used in Catholic, Episcopal and other high-church services, and quite possibly in other religions' rites.)

My next new project? I'm seriously contemplating a pair of Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from Stitch N' Bitch Nation. (There are pictures of a finished pair in this entry at jejeune.net.) My yarn is a different colorway, though -- green, hot pink and, yes, purple. Will I wear them? Who knows; it does get chilly here in the winter (for values of "chilly" in the high 30s-low 40s). If nothing else? Gifts!

stelic is poking at me ... guess we're off to the gym.

Jan. 5th, 2001

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Cookbook library

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Copied from a post of mine in dustycookbooks.

Updated 14 May 2006; added some titles; cooked from Whole Foods Cookbook.

I've noted the dates on some of the older cookbooks and pamphlets that belonged to my (now deceased) grandmothers. I'm actually curious to try some of the older recipes. Anything in bold is something I've actually cooked from. (This list leaves out the tons of recipes I've clipped/printed and tucked into file folders, or that I still have on my hard drive.)

  1. 3 Cheers for Meal Times: Eckrich Smoked Sausage, 1965. This book wouldn't look out of place in The Gallery of Regrettable Food. The Individual Dreamboats feature squash halves with halved smoked sausages desperately trying to climb out. I will admit, though, that some of the recipes do look appealing.
  2. 49 Delightful Ways to Enjoy Karo brand corn syrup, 1937. I note with some amusement that Microsoft Word flagged "49 Delightful Ways" as though it were a street name. See also The Vegetarian Way, below.
  3. 100 Grand National Recipes, Pillsbury.
  4. 125 Years of Cooking, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Niles, Ohio.
  5. 500 Years of American Cooking Cookbook II, HER Realtors. I didn't realize we HAD 500 years of American (as in U.S.) cooking, unless some Native American recipes are included here.
  6. Amish Taste Cookbook, 1977.
  7. Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss. More an herbal medicine bible than a cookbook, though there are health recipes contained therein. Some even look edible.
  8. Beer-Can Chicken, Steven Raichlen. Mounting a chicken ("we're not THAT desperate") on a beer can and grilling it apparently turns out a moist and lovely bird. This book gives the proper technique for doing that and explores using cans of other fluids to achieve the same effect with different flavors. Can be done in the oven, apparently, for those of us *raises hand* who lack grills.
  9. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 1976 edition, and
  10. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 1996 edition. The earlier edition belonged to my maternal grandmother. The 1996 edition has come in handy when either stelic or I have wondered how to cook certain pieces of meat. Fear of cooking meat properly is probably why I have so many vegetarian cookbooks. I'm not a vegetarian, but I often enjoy eating like one.
  11. Better Homes and Gardens Quick & Easy Recipes With Kraft.
  12. Betty Crocker's Bisquick Party Book, 1957.
  13. Betty Crocker Holidays on Parade, c. 1966.
  14. Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book, 1950 edition.
  15. A (U.S.) Bicentennial Commemorative Cook Book. At least that's what I'm calling it. The actual title seems different in different places.
  16. Bisquick Breakfasts and Brunches.
  17. A Bit on the Side, Silvana Franco and Nicola Duggin. Relishes, sauces and other condiments.
  18. The Book of Tofu, William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi.
  19. The Cake Bible, Rose Levy Beranbaum. Beautiful-looking and -sounding confections. Food porn at its finest.
  20. Chip & Dip Lover's Cookbook, Susan K. Bolin.
  21. Chocolate: A Sweet Indulgence, Karl Pletzke and Sara Slavin. As I recall, I bought this because it contained a few savory chocolate recipes, and I was intrigued.
  22. Collection of Favorite Recipes, Mahoning-Trumbull Area Coalition of Labor Union Women. The Mahoning-Trumbull county area of Ohio is where I live used to live, so this is semi-local.
  23. Come Into My Kitchen: Favorite Recipes Gathered by the Troyers. A family sort of project; I have no idea who the Troyers are, though.
  24. The Compassionate Cook, PETA and Ingrid Newkirk.
  25. The Complete Encyclopedia of Vegetables and Vegetarian Cooking, Roz Denny and Christine Ingram.
  26. Conveniently Vegan, Debra Wasserman.
  27. Cookies Cookbook, 1986. Looks like a pullout from Woman's Day magazine. I also have pages of a similar-looking leaflet, also from Woman's Day, although it's from 1964.
  28. Cooking Thin, Kathleen Daelemanns. She does a show of the same name on the Food Network, and although her advice is very commonsense, it depresses me somehow.
  29. Cooking With Cider, Bruce Carlson. Not about the alcoholic sort.
  30. Cooking With PETA.
  31. Cooking With the Dead, Elizabeth Zipern. Recipes from devoted Grateful Dead fans who follow the band around and vend food in the parking lot. Described on the cover as containing "Over 65 fabulous kynd and caring vegetarian recipes"; should add "plus at least one that contains tuna." The various fans' stories of the road and fandom are delightful. (Note: I'm not a Deadhead, just thought the recipes looked interesting.)
  32. Cookwise, Shirley O. Corriher.
  33. Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé, 1975 edition.
  34. Dinner at Miss Lady's: Memories and Recipes from a Southern Childhood, Luann Landon.
  35. Easy! Breakfast to Supper, from Bisquick.
  36. Eating Ohio Cookbook, Rus Pishnery. This book's an odd little one, peppered with bizarre anecdotes.
  37. Ecological Cooking, Joanne Stepaniak and Kathy Hecker.
  38. Edible Flowers, Cathy Wilkinson Barash.
  39. The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Mollie Katzen. Who would have thought of using cottage cheese in cookie dough? Not I, until I made some little filled cookies from this book for a fund-raiser in college.
  40. The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook, Diana Shaw.
  41. The Everything Bartender's Book, Jane Parker Resnick. *hic*
  42. Family Fare: Food Management and Recipes, 1960, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Stamped "From your congressman Michael J. Kirwan."
  43. Fancy Pantry, Helen Witty.
  44. Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Nigella Lawson. Everything in it looks good. Mmmm ...
  45. Fields of Greens, Annie Somerville.
  46. Floral Fragrances, Hilary Walden. Nestled in among the salves and perfumes are recipes for violet sorbet, rose junket and other bits of floral cuisine. I bought it at a used-book store and have owned it for years, and it still smells faintly of ... cinnamon? Not sure.
  47. Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions, Rynn Berry. Not entirely a cookbook, but has some recipes.
  48. Forever Summer, Nigella Lawson.
  49. For Variety -- Cook With Ketchup, H.J. Heinz Company. Another candidate for The Gallery of Regrettable Food. Fortunately, Shrimp Ho-Ho seems to have nothing to do with Ho-Hos chocolate snack cakes.
  50. From Loaves to Fishes, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Canfield, Ohio.
  51. From the Trading Post: Texas Recipes. This pamphlet, plus Recipes: Texas Agricultural Products and Texas Pecans, is courtesy of the Texas Agricultural Department. The pamphlets aren't dated, though they do indicate who was state agriculture commissioner at the time. A Google search informed me that the second pamphlet dates from between 1977 and 1983, when Reagan V. Brown was commish; the other two date from between 1950 and 1977 during the term of John C. White. Ain't the Internet grand?
  52. Gift Box Butter Cookies. No date; appears to be a collaboration of baking-products manufacturers. Vintage.
  53. Gold Medal Fall Cooking, put out by Gold Medal brand flour.
  54. A Guide to Royal Success in Baking (1940), from Royal brand baking powder.
  55. Happy Days With the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver. OK, so across the pond he's considered a bit overexposed, no pun intended. But there's just something about his cooking style that makes the whole prospect seem plausible.
  56. Hartford Orchard's Apple Cookbook, from an area orchard.
  57. Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin. Primarily a book of (wonderful) essays, but there are recipes therein. There is also a sequel, More Home Cooking, but I'm on a book diet which I also own.
  58. Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé.
  59. How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson.
  60. How to Eat, Nigella Lawson.
  61. I'm Just Here for the Food, Alton Brown.
  62. I'm Just Here for More Food, Alton Brown. Including a recipe for cheese bread called Cheesy Poof, with a shout-out to "a little boy in South Park, Colorado." Sweeeeet.
  63. Intercourses, Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge. A delightfully sensual cookbook.
  64. Iron Chef: The Official Book. Facts, statistics and general fannish stuff about "Iron Chef," including some recipes. If I ever get the urge to make Thinly Sliced Sea Bream With Smoked Organs, I'll know where to turn.
  65. Jamie's Dinners, Jamie Oliver.
  66. Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver.
  67. The Latest Cake Secrets. Well, not exactly "the latest," since it's dated 1934. Something put out by the General Foods Corporation.
  68. Laurel's Kitchen Caring, Laurel Robertson. I feel cozy just reading this. Tips for caretakers on how to feed ill folks, and comfort food.
  69. Ladies' Home Journal: The Cookie Book '81. "A Christmas without cookies is like a world without love," the cover asserts. True, that, if a little hyperbolic. On the back, readers are wished a "Merry Christmas from Loretta Lynn and Crisco."
  70. Living on the Earth, Alicia Bay Laurel. A lovely tome done all in handwriting; "hippie homesteading" might be a good way to describe it. Not a cookbook specifically, but it does have recipes.
  71. Madhur Jaffrey's World of the East Vegetarian Cooking.
  72. Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian.
  73. Mama Dip's Kitchen, Mildred Council (Mama Dip herself).
  74. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 40th Anniversary Edition, Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. All bow down to this cultural artifact. I blame the now-defunct Julie/Julia Project for this acquisition, though I'm not as brave (crazy?) as she. (ETA: All I've made from it thus far is hollandaise, but that counts, right?)
  75. Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. II, Julia Child and Simone Beck. Heck, why not complete the set? I saw it in a used-book store, and it begged me to take it home.
  76. Meatless Meals for Working People, Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler.
  77. Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Café, Mollie Katzen. Vegetarian breakfast-y stuff.
  78. More Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin.
  79. More Low-Carb Meals in Minutes, Linda Gassenheimer. My mom-in-law-to-be was trying to offload some books, and this was one of them. *shrug*
  80. The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver.
  81. The Naked Chef Takes Off, Jamie Oliver.
  82. The New Laurel's Kitchen, Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders and Brian Ruppenthal. I made a green bean something-or-other and didn't care for it, but so many other things in the book look good.
  83. The New Vegetarian Epicure, Anna Thomas.
  84. The New Basics Cookbook, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.
  85. The New Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen. My lasagna recipe comes from this, and it's only failed me when I've tried to add vegetables to the mix (the experiment came out watery).
  86. Nigella Bites, Nigella Lawson.
  87. Nikki and David Goldbeck's American Wholefoods Cuisine.
  88. Off the Eaten Path, Bob Blumer, a k a the "Surreal Gourmet." Some offbeat recipes (pound-cake slices shaped like French fries, with a raspberry topping that looks like ketchup?), and some interesting menus. And lots of wit.
  89. Old-Fashioned Pie, Bear Wallow Books.
  90. Old-Fashioned Strawberry Recipes, Bear Wallow Books.
  91. The Passionate Vegetarian, Crescent Dragonwagon. A huge doorstop of a book, just over 5 cm (2 in.) thick. At least it's a paperback ...
  92. Patchwork Cooking, Bazetta Historical Society. Another local community cookbook.
  93. Piece of Cake Cookbook, containing recipes from "friends and supporters of the Alden Library," the main library at Ohio University. A former colleague who is also an OU graduate gave me the cookbook as a going-away present when I left my old job, both because of our affiliation with the university and because I had worked at the library as an undergrad. The cover has a transparent overlay that looks like a decorated cake; when you lift the overlay, it becomes a sepia line drawing of the library.
  94. Pier 1 Smoothies, Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening and Lori Lyn Narlock.
  95. Pier 1 Wraps, Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening and Lori Lyn Narlock.
  96. P♥m, apparently produced by the good folks at P♥m Wonderful. Yes, they use a heart throughout the book in references to p♥megranates.
  97. Prime Time Emeril, Emeril Lagasse. Over here, he's considered overexposed. But I do find his show(s) entertaining, although not "must-see TV." My mother apparently picked this book up and thought I might like it, although my sister Charlene is the true Emeril-ite.
  98. The Quaker Oats Wholegrain Cookbook, 1979.
  99. Recipes: Texas Agricultural Products, Texas Agricultural Department. See From the Trading Post: Texas Recipes.
  100. Regal Kitchen Pro Breadmaker Guide and Cookbook. I don't use the breadmaker often, but the French bread recipe is reliable, and I've adapted an apricot bread recipe in it (made cranberry-orange bread instead) with great success.
  101. Royal Cook Book (1937), from Royal brand baking powder.
  102. The Second Calico Collection: 1986, The Women of St. John's Church of Worthington and Parts Adjacent, Worthington, Ohio. This is my mom's former church; not quite sure how I came to possess the cookbook. Probably by way of my maternal grandmother.
  103. Sarasota Herald-Tribune Culinary Creations.
  104. A Slice of Paradise: Fresh and Inviting Flavors From the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. I'd seen articles touting Junior League cookbooks before, so I decided to purchase this one, by a Florida group. Definitely some tropical influences -- Penne Pasta With Black Beans and Mango, anyone?
  105. Still Life With Menu, Mollie Katzen. I believe I made a spinach soup out of this one; didn't care for it overmuch. Recipe said it could be made with water or broth; should have used broth, probably.
  106. Strange Foods, Jerry Hopkins. "What is repulsive in one part of the world, is in another simply lunch," sez the author, and that about sums this book up. Mainly describes his encounters with such foods around the world, but includes some recipes. Placenta paté or horse tartare, anyone?
  107. A Taste of Heaven and Earth, Bettina Vitell.
  108. Tempting Banana Recipes, 1961. Not just any old banana recipes, mind. Looks like a leaflet from Chiquita Bananas. Banana flank steak with a "tropical" stuffing of bananas, bread crumbs and seasoning? Why not?
  109. Texas Pecans, Texas Agricultural Department. See From the Trading Post: Texas Recipes.
  110. This Can't Be Tofu! Deborah Madison. Oh, but it can be. In many, many ways.
  111. A Treasury of Southern Baking, Prudence Hilburn. One advantage of working at a newspaper is that staffers occasionally clean out their copies of books for review and/or old books, and put them up for grabs. Hence how I came by this one.
  112. The Uncheese Cookbook, Joanne Stepaniak.
  113. Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables, Elizabeth Schneider.
  114. United Church of Christ, Unionville (Ohio?) put out a cookbook but apparently didn't title it.
  115. The Vegan Sourcebook, Joanne Stepaniak. More guidebook than recipe book, but there are recipes therein.
  116. Vegan Vittles, Joanne Stepaniak.
  117. Vegetable Heaven, Mollie Katzen.
  118. Vegetarian Burgers, Bharti Kirchner.
  119. Vegetarian Chili Cookbook, Robin Robertson.
  120. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison.
  121. The Vegetarian Compass, Karen Hubert Allison.
  122. The Vegetarian Epicure, Anna Thomas. An excerpt, on serving some nibbles several hours after supper: "This two-hours-later course is especially recommended if grass is smoked socially at your house. If you have passed a joint around before dinner to sharpen gustatory perceptions, you most likely will pass another one after dinner, and everyone knows what that will do -- the blind munchies can strike at any time." I find the matter-of-factness about pot amusing (well, it WAS written in 1972). The recipe I tried was an apple-Roquefort omelette, and did not involve pot, though it did use a pan.
  123. The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two, Anna Thomas.
  124. The Vegetarian Lunchbasket, Linda Haynes. This is the revised edition; the recipes are considerably more lowfat.
  125. Vegetarian Sandwiches, Paulette Mitchell.
  126. Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons, Nava Atlas.
  127. Vegetarian Sushi Made Easy, Hiroko Fukuhara and Yasuko Takahata.
  128. The Vegetarian Way, Virginia Messina and Mark Messina. A guide to meeting various nutritional needs via a vegetarian diet; book also includes recipes. Microsoft Word also flagged "Vegetarian Way" as though it were a street name (cf. 49 Delightful Ways to Enjoy Karo, above).
  129. White Trash Cooking, Ernest Matthew Mickler.
  130. The Whole Foods Market Cookbook, Steve Petusevsky and Whole Foods Market Team Members.
  131. The Woman's Home Companion Cookbook, 1946. This may have been a wedding gift to my paternal grandmother, given the year of publication. In any case, it seems well-used, and there are recipes stuck into it that are in her handwriting.
  132. What Shall I Cook Today? 124 Thrifty, Healthful Tested Recipes from Spry Shortening. Vintage, but I can't find a date on it.

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ABANDON ALL DESPAIR


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CHALLENGER
A character from my 2005 NaNoWriMo attempt.

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CHEAPER THAN THERAPY
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  • Background: I drew my own notebook paper. Getting the hole to come out right was a pain. (The hole is visible against colored backgrounds.)


CREATIVE URGE
So I was thinking about creative urges, and then my mind leapt to the title of the Ed Wood movie/MST3K ep The Sinister Urge, and, well, THIS happened.

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MORTGAGE
An 1894 mortgage.

ON THE OTHER HAND
An entry for the "Take My Hand" icon contest in obsessiveicons. I won second place! Results are in this entry.


POINT/COUNTERPOINT
This is no mere chat log; this is online sketch improvisation!


POST NO BULL


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"When my master and I were walking in the rain, he would say, 'Do not walk so fast, the rain is everywhere.'" -- Shunryu Suzuki

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