Friday, October 24, 2008

Adventures in commuting

I met a bus newbie named Dave, who took a photo of me with my bike at the bus terminal.

Why is the little airplane a pigeon chaser? The hum of the propeller spinning in the wind isn't just whimsical, it's enough of a sound that pigeons (and even gulls) hear it and walk out of the way before the bike and I are near them!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Men's Book

The booklet that has the pattern for Paul's sweater is actually for sale at Summer Breeze Books. And the price seems very good! I've never ordered from them, and don't know them, but they have a lot of interesting knitting items under "Vintage 10 cent items, etc."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A sleeve begins

It's another stage in the Journey of the Fine Gauge Sweater: the beginning of the first sleeve! When I started this sweater, out of sock yarn, over a year ago...


It's the beginning of a sleeve!

I've finished the front, which looks almost exactly like the back, and I'm so happy to have started on the sleeves because they're going so much faster. Being a "vintage pattern," the instructions for the entire sweater are very brief; the pattern assumes a lot of knowledge. For the sleeves, I've written out row-by-row instructions for myself--in the original pattern, the instructions for the sleeves (above the cuff) consist of seven lines, and I've filled an entire sheet of binder paper with rows 1-45. And I'll be writing out the rest. Because that's the kind of knitter I am.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008


We love this challah, and make it often. It's the King Arthur Flour's "Challah" pretty much as written, with the exception of using agave syrup instead of sugar. I let the braided bread have its final rise on a parchment paper covered baking sheet, because the glaze can make a royal mess out of the baking sheet, and don't have an instant-read thermometer--I find one can tell when the bread's done without one!