Apparently I haven’t felt the need to blog. Believe it isn’t because of a lack of projects or stuff going on, mostly by the time I try to write down what happened and take photos the desire to share has passed me by. Here is a quick rundown of what’s been going on since my last update.
Discovered that the 5 min artisan bread recipe makes tasty naan, especially if you pan fry it in ghee. Yeah that was a good AND bad discovery.
Tossed my first attempt at blue cheese. The Fourme d’Ambert was just scary, I don’t have enough cheese mold skills to recognize ‘mmm tasty’ from ‘have fun at the ER’ mold. The cheese was tossed and the waxed wheels of farmhouse cheddar and the cooler were sanitized just to be sure.
Found a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding Bars and then promptly made it 3 times within a week with minor modifications each time. Second attempt was the best but the third attempt with cupcakes was pretty good.
Made a couple batches of a Chinese pork jerky (Long Kok) which is pretty damn close to the stuff I ate as a kid in HK. It’s a little time consuming but way cheaper than the $20+/lb price you can expect to pay in the US.
I finished the Honey Cowl in Malabrigo, somehow managing to not only make it a mobius but a double one at that by twisting the first row twice. Cast off just as temps in Seattle warmed up of course.
Took a break from knitting in order to save my hands from permanent damage. Managed to knit 1 dishcloth @ Madrona but have put the rest of the yarn away for the foreseeable future.
Finished the old bobbin of grey sweater yarn leftover from 2011 TdF. 8 down, 5 more to go.
LTQ ready for quilting. Am hoping to get estimates on longarm quilting services before I admit I’m too cheap to do anything but try do it myself on the Singer. Will post about this in detail later.
2 raised planter boxes have been built using pine crates from the craft store and 15″ table legs from the nearest building supply store. A few coats of sealant, some old burlap coffee bags as liners and I have some raised beds for my balcony. I’m still keeping my plots of the community garden so these boxes are mostly for herbs and pretties.
Sammy is slowly adjusting to being an only kitty, he is more affectionate and more needy than before but we are muddling through the loss of Nicki together. If and when the time is right we might become a family of 3 again but for now I’m taking advantage of the chance to bond more closely with Sammy than I had before.