I knit. And I cook, write, take pictures. All for one low price.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

...and she cooks, too!

This is my boss Lori who is the owner of Great Capers Cooking. I started working for her about 2 months ago. Three days a week I get to do something like what I am showing you today.

I bake fresh bread. I used to knead it all by hand, and I loved that. Then Lori got a new mixer, and it makes life just a tad easier.

The sandwich fillings are made from complete scratch:
Cooked white beans, mashed with salt, pepper, parsley, and a touch of olive oil.
Broccoli rabe sauteed in olive oil and garlic.
Sundried tomato spread (soak the tomatoes, puree them with - of course! - garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, smidge salt)

Ready to assemble:

You can find these on most Wednesdays and Fridays at the Honest Weight food co-op in Albany, in their deli case. Sometimes I make pita breads filled with roasted tofu, mashed avocado, cucumber slices, and a soy ginger vinaigrette topped with sprouts.

Guten Appetit!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


April and Pat W. both guessed right: there is Amy from Spunky Eclectic in a throng of people; Jonathan Bosworth of Journey Wheel demonstrating a charka; and Tsock Tsarina sock kits.
(I bought the Imbus and the Octoberfest kits. They looked the easiest. I am not sure I am up for any of the other ones yet, maybe in the next decade... Got them at the lovely Holiday Yarns booth.)

What nobody guessed is that a real life knitty designer and model of her own Convertible stopped right at our booth: Rebecca Hatcher. You couldn't meet a nicer person.

So if April and Pat W. would please send me their addresses, and a general idea as to what color they like...I will get your sock yarn out to you on Thursday. What'll it be? Purple? Green? Pastel? (Yes I do need to get pictures up...my bad.)


Monday, May 25, 2009

Massachussetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair 2009

It was a glorious weekend.
I'll let the pictures do the talking.

See if you can spot three celebrities of the fiber world. And I mean people, not animals. A fourth one is represented by her product. If you get at least two right AND one bonus, I will send you a skein of my handdyed sock yarn.

Happy sleuthing!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

warm welcome

This basket of my handdyed sock yarn will be on display and for sale at the MayFest this Saturday in Bennington, VT. Melanie of Dye-namics Yarn is there with her yarn and graciously took a basket of mine with her today. Thanks Melanie!! She is also hard at work getting her website re-vamped, so our yarns will both be for sale online!

This lovely lady is Liz Cassidy, the owner of The Spinning Room in Altamont, NY.
She recently began stocking my handdyed sock yarn. Prior to this armful, she had already sold 12 skeins within 5 days, and more orders were being placed by customers.

Today I went back because she needed more!

This is the new pile --- of you are in the area, go check it out.

I am glad my yarn has found yet another nice home. Thanks to all my and Liz's faithful customers!!
On Saturday I will be at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, at the Sliver Moon booth. I do hope you will stop by and say hello!
Pretty soon, those of you who live further away from me, also can order up some Roasted Eggplant, Spilled Wine, Stawberries and Cream, and a bouquet of Hydrangeas or Fresh Lavender...(Yes, I've been having fun with color names.)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

comings and goings

Sometimes life happens faster than one can blog about it. I'll catch you up on some recent comings and goings around here.

Last week on Monday, I went to see a wee little newborn. I only got to hold him for an hour and a half before grandma intervened. :)

On the way, I stopped to talk to my friend Melanie. She is offering me space on her website (thank you!!) to help me sell my handdyed yarn online. Here she is with some of her charges on her farm.

The Saturday before Mother's Day, Crafty Girl and I went to the 61st Annual Tulip Festival right here in Albany, where we saw some of the 209,000 tulips the city had planted.

Meanwhile, Dear Husband retrieved Tall Son from college, since his freshman year was over already. Time. Flies.
He came home all scraggly looking because evidently there are no hairdressers where he goes to school. Not that I cared what he looked like!

He even brought chocolate.

The backyard is having a bloomfest.

This little earflap hat is going to a friend's little guy.

Since his dad is a pilot, I landed a wee little plane button on top of the hat. The pattern is from knitting pure & simple, #253 It is available at your local yarn shop.

Thes two blankets went to afghans for Afghans. The squares had been arriving during the last two weeks, from knitters from all over the country. I then sat and assembled them. Thank you so much to the Thursday Knit Night Knitters who helped me crochet around each block. (This first blanket still looks a little wobbly and unblocked, because it is.)

These were made and donated in memory of Peter, Kay Gardiner's husband.
In other news, I sent the book proposal out on Monday. It is now in the agent's hands for review. The wait is on.
I am also waiting for the result of a RAST screening. I'd been having breathing trouble and finally needed to figure out what I am allergic to. I have a strong suspicion that I've developed an allergy to peanuts, but I have never wanted to be wrong about something this badly. I hope there was something in those 9 vials of blood for the lab to go by...meanwhile, I carry an epipen and take antihistamines daily.
And I think that's all the news that's fit to print for now! More soon.