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A halloween headache

I've got a bit of a headache

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It’s that time of year again. The Curling season has begun. We spent this Friday evening, all day Saturday and most of Sunday at the Cathy Kerr Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel. Mum’s team came last (again) – but they seem to have had lots of fun….and isn’t that what counts.

A weekend of curling equals many hours of knitting. So, what did you knit this weekend? I started and finished a hat, booties and mitts for a wee one won’t appear in this world until early next year.

Photos will come tomorrow – the cord (now located) is on a different floor from me.

(Ack, LS just figured out that I’m blogging from her computer instead of editing her cover letter! She’s acusing me of being a bad blogger and telling me that there are places for people like me who blog about nothing…and of course, writing this is making her nuts. tee hee)

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Pictures!

Mags Kandis and the felted skirt

Mags Kandis and the felted skirt

Mags and the Vogue Travellers

Mags and the Vogue TravellersShawl by Kate Gilbert

Mags Kandis at work

Mags Kandis at work

Gayle Bunn wows 'em

Gayle Bunn wows

Gayle Bunn

Gayle Bunn

One guy

One guy

This poor guy was the only man on the Vogue tour. He was someone’s exceedingly patient, and exceedingly bored, husband. I felt sorry for him, but he toughed it out and seemed impressed with the felted boots he’s holding in the picture.

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I managed to finagle my way into an after-hours event at Yarn Forward last Friday. They were hosting the Vogue Knitting tour group, with Mags Kandis and Gail Dunn as speakers. Under the guise of “helping out” (which I did) I was able to listen to both speak about new projects and their own inspirations and design processes. I wore Daffodil because if you’re going to meet Mags Kandis you might as well wear Mission Falls.

I have photos, but the camera cord is at home, so you’ll have to trust me for now. I’ll tell you this – Mags Kandis speaks with her hands, so most of the photos are blurry, except the one where’s she’s knitting. 

The best moment of the evening took place when I was winding skeins for the Vogue shoppers. Mags Kandis came over to the winding station and introduced herself to me. To me!! And then she told me that she really liked my designs.

That’s going to hold me for awhile. Which is good, because I lost the ability to think rational thoughts when Mags complimented me.

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I love to cook. I browse food blogs with the same devotion as knitting blogs. On weekends I take great care to create lovely meals for Mum and I. On weeknights, well, that’s another story. I’m tired. There’s usually lots to do and, of course, cooking cuts into what little knitting I’ve got left at the end of the day.

Pre-grocery meal planning seems to be the key to my weeknight meal successes. Not the “plan while you’re in the grocery store” kind of menu, but the “sitting down and thinking about what to make before I lose myself in the aisles” type of planning. In the past, I’ve accomplished this occasionally, but it never seems to last more than a month or so. What does happen during that month is that we have better, more varied meals, less waste and nicer looking meals.

In an effort to continue menu planning, I’m going to start documenting some of those meals. When there’s a recipe, I’ll link to it but beware: I’m “one of those cooks” who make up things as they along. There may not be a lot of recipes.

Tonight’s effort: Zucchini Tart. Here’s what I started with:

That’s a small block of gruyere cheese (I used about 3/4 of that mound), three eggs (I only used 2), two largish yellow zucchinis (I used one whole one and a couple of slices), finely chopped red onion, herbes de provence, dried mustard, black pepper, grainy mustard, soy milk and two generous spoonfuls of sour cream and one pie crust. (I used the already made kind.)

Before the oven:                                                      After the oven:

We devoured our slices with a big green salad and glasses of lemony water. Yum!

Once the dishes were cleared, I attacked the Big Green Shawl (BGS). I’m 16 stitches away from the second corner – that’s two more edge repeats, or 2-1/2 hours of knitting. I’m thrilled to be so close. Equally thrilling is the fact that when I fold up the BGS it looks finished. So I don’t have to hide it in baskets around the house. It’s just living life on the coffee table and teasing the cats.  My guess is that they’ll be curled up on the BGS by Sunday night.

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LS – BS – BL

LS is my Little Sister. Get it? She nicknamed herself in an unusually cute moment a couple of years ago and I made sure it stuck. Almost immediately I realized that that would make me BS. Even though LS reminded me that I’m “z”, BS has lingered (jokingly) in the shadows of our conversations since then.

When I answered the phone one day this week, I heard LS chirp into the phone “Hello BL!” and I had no idea what she was talking about.

Bunny Lady.

Here’s why:

Now with thumbs!

Now with thumbs!

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I seem to have resolved the technical challenge of importing my posts from Blogger into WordPress, so I’m going to hang out here for awhile. Welcome.

More posts shortly – right now I’m dealing with a bunny sweater that doesn’t want to be knit. I think the sweater’s going to win, but I’m not going down without a fight.

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