Monday, June 8, 2009

Upon Which I Am Revealed To Be The Long Lost Twin Sister Of Phil Spector

Frightening resemblance, isn't it? It's what happens when I actually apply a brush to my hair instead of just scrunching it.

Lots has been happening around Chez No-Blog lately:

The garden grows. It looks like another good year for bok choi:

This is my favorite cucumber support - an old ladder. Who needs to buy a trellis? Works like a charm.

A recent harvest made a great stir-fry. Onions, bok choi and broccoli. Yum.

I've been busy at the sewing machine too.

One of the pains-in-the-butt about being short is you have to hem practically everything. These came in regular length rather than my usual petite, but given the discount:

I felt it was worth the extra effort. That's what I refer to as a Shopping Conquest. Score!

I got creative in the kitchen too. This is Khoresh Gheimeh - Persian beef and split pea stew. I picked some up for dinner while I was at Purlescence on Thursday - and liked it so much I had to make a giant batch for us.

And there haz been knitting. Hey Teach is done.

It was a super quick, fairly easy knit. I went for 3/4 length sleeves rather than short - partly because I think they're more flattering, but mainly because if I'm going to wear a sweater, it's because I want to be a little warmer and don't want to leave my arms bare.

I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece - which is an 80/20 cotton/wool blend. It's pretty nice and has a little more memory than pure cotton, which I like. I pulled this from stash - always a plus. This is a size small - and if I'd stuck with the short sleeves I could have made it with just 3 skeins. The sleeves made me break into skein #4.

I think it I were to make it again (which I might) I'd be inclined to make it a little less of a scoop neck. I'm also still considering lining the back of the button bands to add a little strength.

Now that I'm done with Hey Teach, I'm going to finish up a couple of projects suffering from Single Sock Syndrome, and then start a pair of Monkeys, using this:

Why the sudden concentration on socks? Well because they're so portable - and I'm going on a trip! My birthday is Wednesday and my present is a trip to Vermont to hang out with my friends at my high school reunion, and also to see some family. It's going to be quite the packed weekend. See you when I get back!


margene said...

*scream* May oh my that's quite a look. Thanks for the wake up this morning. Love your Hey, Teach!!

Toni said...

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Soooooo jealous of the garden, though I keep reminding myself that cold climates provide WAY more knitting options.


Walden said...

Nice garden and your Hey Teach looks great! And the hair well . . . it's is unique :)

Jasmine said...

Thanks for the photo. It started my day with a laugh :-) I am so inspired to make that stew too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tikabelle said...

Nice sweater! I'm jealous of your Conquest pants. My problem is that they're always too short, and there's very little I can do about it after I've let them out. Poor me!

Do you have a good recipe for that Persian stew? I'd love to try it. :)

Have a good trip, bestest friend ever!

Cookie said...

Honey, he wears way more make-up than you do.

Love the sweater and the garden!

Have a wonderful trip and birthday!


Mrs.Q said...

Lovely sweater, lovely larval socks...have a fantastic birthday, and a great trip!

~Donna~ said...

Hurry!!! Burn your brush!!!!!

Your garden looks so scrumptious!

Oh, and one more exclamation worthy statement..

Happy Birthday!!!

neverenoughthyme said...

Vermont?? Where in Vt?

beany said...

i love the ladder idea! have a great weekend. happy bday! beany

AlisonH said...

Did you see the wigless mug shot of the guy? Just remember: hair isn't for machine washing and drying. I know, it's socking, absolutely socking, but it's the truth.

Have a great trip!

Linda said...

Fabulous photo of you next to the flowers, wearing Hey Teach: love those coppery curls, No-Blog!! No way do you look ghoulish like that...words fail me.

Norma said...

Vermont? Did I hear Vermont? Please don't brush your hair. Hahahahahhaah.