Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October Sunset

The sky has been so beautiful at my house lately. October tends to be warm here with Santa Ana winds, and in the evenings this week there's been a dense marine layer (fog) just below us at the beach. I drive down from my house and descend into a big cloud reminds me of the cloud wall in Winter's Tale.

I sent Anna & Mary into the upper part of our yard to take these pictures a few days ago. Isn't the sunset gorgeous behind that palm tree? Don't you wish those phone lines were gone?

I look out at the sky when I'm cooking dinner, which happened to be quiche that day. The camera was out, so here's the quiche portrait as well. The crust is a snap in the food processor, although you could fake it with frozen stuff if you want, and the ingredients are anything you've got handy. In this case: a cup of finely chopped onion, a cup of diced ham, some broccoli florets, about of cup of whatever cheese I've got around shredded up. Beat four eggs in a bowl, add about two cups of milk/half & half/heavy cream or a combination thereof, a little salt, a little pepper, pour it over the filling. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to 300 and bake until done, about 30 minutes more.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I just love neckwarmers. They're a great project and they look so polished! I only wish I could wear them here in Windanseaville - I'd knit a bunch for myself, because I like how they hide a questionable neck. I even have several in my Ravelry queue. Luckily, someone in Vermont has a cold neck, although I doubt she's pulled this particular garment out yet.

This little number is Tudora, knit in Malabrigo in the Red Mahogany colorway. It's a beautiful color...deep. And I fastened it with a hammered copper button - gorgeous in person. It takes no time at all to finish, and would make a great holiday gift. Go cast on, you'll love it.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall is Knitting Time

Dear readers, it's been almost two months since the last time I posted! In that time, I've been a busy little bee. I've been to Vermont twice - once to deposit Fiona at school, and once to visit over parents' weekend. I've been working. I've been cooking. I've been knitting.

I've also been trying to work on a few graphics projects and pay attention to my family and friends while doing this. See me? That was the day I learned a) not to wear white in photos and b) not to let the skinny broads push me into the middle ever again. But it's okay, my hair was really straight that day.

The project shown here is my version of Dark Victory. It's one fat luscious piece of knitting, so warm I nearly passed out trying it on here in La Jolla. You can see how happy Fiona looks in it, back in August. I think it was about 80 degrees that day, and that sweater was the knitted equivalent of locking yourself in the trunk of your car in the parking lot of Costco (I'm not sure how that would happen, now that I think about it. But I ask you, why is the Costco parking lot always hotter than the sun? Global warming: actually caused by 10-gallon vats of mayo.). It lives in Vermont now, more in its woolly natural habitat. I'm hoping it won't come back looking like a potholder with arms.

Seen at Whole Foods

I wonder if they're organic?