Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fun with crock pots

So this post isn't really for you, gentle readers. This is a place for me to bookmark some recipes I want to try, now that I have rediscovered the joys of crock pots.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Curry

Indian Crock Pot Curry

Vegan Sweet Potato Chili a la Crock Pot

Crock Pot Jambalaya (I made that, minus the shrimp. It turned out fine.)

Crock-Pot-Free Turkey Burgers

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bad blogger. No cookie.

I have been a very bad blogger. There's a reason for that, and it's not just that I've signed up for Twitter. This is primarily a knitting blog, and I hate my current knitting project. It's difficult to blog about knitting when you're studiously ignoring the thing you're supposed to be working on.

So I'm making my mom a scarf:

It's Londinium from SMarieK's line of cabled knit scarves all named after Firefly planets. Like the rest of SMarieK's scarves, this guy features very complicated cables, requiring the use of two cable needles at the same time. And it turns out that I hate very complicated cables. I can't seem to memorize the pattern, so there's constant looking at instructions, which is irritating. My second cable needle always falls out while I'm working the first one. It's just annoying. Every time I pick it up to knit, I mysteriously remember something else I should be doing. I need to finish this, because it's my mom's long-overdue Mother's Day present, but I can't bring myself to work on it. I've never hated a knitting project as much as I hate this one. I can't figure out what my deal is: I usually like complicated, involved knitting. Apparently complex cables are not my thing.

On the plus side, the yarn is soft and squishy and delicious. It's Mirasol Tupa, which I am loving and which I will definitely use again, hopefully for a project that I actually enjoy knitting.

My big news is that I'm moving to Iowa City. I have been job hunting, and the job I found is in Iowa. I was secretly a little scared that I would get a job somewhere warm and sunny, where I would never be able to wear the wooly things that I knit. Iowa does not present this problem. After I get my act together and power through my loathsome knitting project, I will get started on lots of hats and scarves and gloves to steel me for the freezing Iowa winter. I'm actually pretty excited about it.

Hopefully there will be more Iowa blogging in the coming weeks. Hopefully there will also soon be a picture of a finished Londinium scarf, but I wouldn't bet on it.