A Lifeline

Lifeline Added


Somehow my pictures are looking particularly bad lately.  I think I might have a fingerprint on lens of my phone….


Yes.  This really is Strokkur for the hundredth time.  A added a lifeline this time so that I will not rip back past the ribbing.  I do have to say the Lett Lopi withstands some serious abuse however it is feeling a bit spindly lately.  Not much else I can say about this sweater than I haven’t already.  Cannot maintain gauge.  Keep ripping and restarting.  Determined to own this beauty.

In other, non knitting, news:

I was reading, and enjoying greatly, Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek but my husband reappropriated it.  If you can get through the first page without being compelled to read on you are made of sterner stuff than I.  So now rereading Fagles translation of The Iliad.  I had to dig it out of the middle child’s room.  Apparently they read Homer in High School these days since both Zoe and Tyler have read it.

Last week was a wash food wise.  My Lentil/Walnut/Mushroom burgers got overcooked and dry but I have made the recipe more than once so recommend it heartily.  You can find it in Vegan with a Vengeance.  I made a corn salad from Salad Samurai and it clocked in at @1200 calories a serving but was otherwise delightful.  Re that serving–recipe claims to make 2 servings but I think it could easily feed 4.  I trucked down to The Hill, our Italian neighborhood, to pick up more oil cured olives for Puttanesca sauce.  I serve it on pasta not quinoa.

yarny days and knitterly evenings


A Non-Knitting Post & Picture Free To Boot


I have been thinking about this for a bit.  I don’t want to get too far away from knitting but I am currently tinkering with my cooking which is another hobby of mine.  Notice how my hobbies tend to be domestic.  Anyway I LOVE to cook.

My mom was an excellent cook and studied nutrition thinking of having it as her major for a while.  She made everything from scratch.  Everything.  Bread, mayo, pasta, pasta sauces, spending hours on some meals.  A habit I picked up.

When I was a poor college student I read cookbooks for fun dreaming up meals I would make.  Vegetarian because when I was 14 I read Diet for a Small Planet and stopped eating meat.  My mom said I was horrible during those years.  She always had beans and rice in the house.  We are Brazilian after all. But I had to cook for myself.  I would throw tantrums and wash all utensils and pans if she cooked sausage or bacon before the eggs and then make my own eggs throwing some shade around in the process.

By the time I was 20 I worked at a Steakhouse, a diner really, and had given up my vegetarian ways but still cooked a vast majority of vegetarian meals for myself.  My mom, being from Brazil, land of cows, feels no meal is complete without meat, despite having lived in India when I was a baby and the amazing lack of meat eating in most of the area we resided. But even so my mainly vegetarian ways have finally convinced her I am just a vegetarian at heart.  Good news to get some parental validation!

Anyway, when I married, I purchased my first ever cookbook of standard american type of foods.  Cooks Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen type of compendium so that I could learn how to make a roast and meatloaf and stew etc to please my carnivorous husband.  When we separated I went back to my veggie cooking ways and only made meat stuffs for when the kids were with me and complaining about beans *again*

Nece, my youngest still will not eat vegetables or beans but my other two do enjoy a mom type of meal  and my husband will eat almost anything I put in front of him.  In our almost 10 years together I can only recall one meal where he said eh I would rather not have this meal repeated.  This general kitchen freedom, coupled with the recent news from Dr that my triglycerides are a bit on the high side,  is a lead into a more and more vegan kitchen.  Not too hard given I haven’t had a glass of milk in years nor do I reach for cheese or eggs often.  But my love of grilled foods, especially pigs in the form of ribs, has kept me from going whole hog, so to speak, until now. *

I am currently cooking my way through Isa’s Vegan with a Vengeance and trying hard to expand my repertoire.  Being a bean lover I don’t get too excited about the non meat proteins such as tofu or tempeh finding them bland.  Mind you I like soybeans cooked up into a stew but the soy products are a big meh. However I am having a difficult time getting my protein intake without the magical soybean protein concentrated products.  My in Isa We Trust mentality has been sorely tested by the thrown away tempeh and white bean sausage and nearly inedible scrambled tofu.  Okay the scrambled tofu wasn’t too bad but since she admonishes us to leave it in chunky crumbles the center of the chunkier crumbles were the bland flavorless dreck that characterizes tofu instead of the flavorful bits.

I plan on mentioning the flops and winners on my blog kinda as a post script to keep track of my progress.


*I am not a vegan nor do I believe I ever will be given the annual fish fry and said ribs, which I eat a few times a year, and the occasional pot of carnitas.  I certainly am not ever going to throw a fit at a restaurant or somebody’s  home.  I did Veganuary this year and there were a couple of days, when I was unexpectedly at work due to my replacement not showing, that I was stuck eating tater tots from local pub for diner.  Never again.


A YOP Post Week 21



At least *I think* we are starting week 21..


So I was laid off of work on the 11th and that explains why I wasn’t up to posting last Sunday.  I also didn’t much feel like knitting this week.  Or rather I did but I was busy resume writing, LinkedIN updating, applying for unemployment -on advice of several people who told me that job hiring tends to be on hold during holiday season, and applying for jobs as well.  I haven’t heard back at all from those.  Not even a thank you for applying auto response.

A thing about me is that I really like shopping when I am feeling a bit blue.  I don’t think this is particularly unusual although I realize it is not the best reaction to anything, negative or positive.  Still my inner magpie likes something new and shiny and pretty on a semi-regular basis and I have had an overwhelming desire for nail polish.  Other than yarn, cosmetics totally snag me in and just like yarn, I will never, ever get through all my nail polish or lipstick or perfume.

This weeks picture is more nail polish than knitting.  I finished the first sleeve and despite my gauge reading as being seriously off the finished sleeve matches schematic.  I am almost done with the second sleeve and I shot a picture of my nail polish which was kinda matched my little kitty cat stitch marker and my lopi yarn.  I will not be finishing this sweater this month as I had hoped but que sera, sera.


Glitter Daze Chemise A La Reign polish, what I recall being my first fancy stitch marker, and Lopi in progress

Glitter Daze Chemise A La Reign polish, what I recall being my first fancy stitch marker, and Lopi in progress


Okay so its a little thing that made me smile this week.  Wishing  you all

yarny days and knitterly evenings~ Elka

YOP Post Week 19



I am so glad I love knitting with the Lett Lopi because the bamboo didn’t work.  I started *again* and am knitting super slowly.  If this doesn’t work then I will just do maths. Did I say that about the bamboo? Anyway the yarn is starting to look icky on the cast on bit.  I doubt I will be able to use the first few yards for another cast on.  No picture this week.

I feel like this year has flown by incredibly quickly.  On Ravelry I am part of Stashdown, which follows the calendar year, and the fourth quarter has arrived too soon.  One thing we were asked on the encouragement thread for this quarter was to access our stashing habits. Perhaps because of the prompt I a feeling rather philosophical at the moment about my stash, my library, my time etc.  I suppose this is just a seasonal thing as well.  End of year is a good time to look back on the past year and make plans for the next.  I realize it is a bit early but not too early 🙂

Ah well.  Sorry for the lack of pictures and knitting news.  Really more in my head right now than on my needles!


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