Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Person 1 – See, this is how you enter the code on the keypad to get into the room. It's as easy as pie!
Person 2 – Easy as pie? What does this mean? Easy. As. Pie.
Person 1 – I don’t know. It just is. It's easy as pie.
Person 2 – What's pie?
Person 1 – You know. Pie. Pie! Like, kidney and steak pie….
My bestest friend and I nearly burst a gut laughing. (We were a little sleep deprived at the time… Almost everything was hilarious.) It is ridiculous to have two non-native English speakers discuss an English saying. And more importantly if you asked me to name a type of pie, the first one I'd think of would not be kidney and steak pie!
After that event things on the trip were always “easy as pie!”
Which begs the question, why do we say that pie is easy? Cause let me tell you, pie is not exactly easy. (Not that it is super complicated either.) The crust can be kind of tricky, and depending on what filling you do, there can be a lot, a lot of steps!
So while you can’t count on pie to be easy, you can count on it to be good. And is it ever good!
Pi day this year has sort of been a pie week for me. I made three pies this week!
On pi day I made an apple/raisin/cranberry crumble top pie. It was fabulous if I do say so myself. And I do! It was so good that it was gone before I could take a picture, which is unfortunate because it was pretty on top of being tasty! I should have taken a picture while it was cooling, but I planned on taking a picture so you could see the inside of the pie. Um… it was gone with dinner. Oops?
But here are pictures of pies that I made for my work’s Pie Contest. Each year we have a pi day pie contest. (This year we had to have it a week after pi day because too many people were going to be gone on the day itself, but working at a geeky engineering firm we had to celebrate pi day!)
Rhubarb with Lemon-Yogurt Mousse:My recipe was actually a little different than the one I found but only because I didn't have enough Rhubarb. I thought I had a TON in the freezer. Turns out, I didn't. My roommate reminded me after I took everything out of the freezer trying to find said rhubarb that I'd used it in a crisp a few months ago. Silly me.
So I added some strawberries to get to the right amount instead. Still fabulous.
Apple Blackberry Pie:
I made it with honeycomb top, since I thought the circle cut outs made it more pi like.
For this pie I just sort of made the recipe up as I went along. The crust (an all butter crust) came from what I call the Pie Bible, but for the filling I just cut up a bunch of apples, mixed it with sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc and then added in some blueberries. I thought it was fabulous.
Yet, sadly, I did not win. And there were some amazing William Sonoma pie plates as prizes this year!! I wanted one!
But to be fair, the pies that won were really good. Okay. I admit it. They were better than mine. Drat!
Interestingly though, I think that the pie that I won with last year wasn't nearly as good as either of the pies that I entered this year. Isn't that always the way? My crusts were definitely better this year. But no need to worry. Now I have something to aim for next year! It gives me a great excuse to practice.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
What does busy have to do with jellyfish? you might ask.
Busy is what happens when work suddenly explodes at you two days before a visitor arrives. So I spent two long days at work and then I've been off the last few showing my sister around the Bay Area! Fun!
Although, unfortunately this is what happened when we went to the Golden Gate bridge:
But if that isn't San Francisco weather, I don't know what is! It was a gorgeous day everywhere else in the city, but as soon as you got close to the bay: BAM! Fog. Typical. You couldn't even see it from where we parked. It was in a cloud. And even when we were right at the uprights, you couldn't see the top.
But we didn't let that get us down. From Fisherman's wharf we did get a good view of Alcatraz. And we walked the gorgeous streets. And we had an amazing view for something else in the city:
We saw Wicked on St. Patrick's day! It was sort of fitting - a show about a green girl. I loved it! We had really good seats and the whole thing was fabulous. awesome. super. spiffy. Dare I say... wicked!? The acting was great. I loved the story. And the music. And the costumes were ridiculously gorgeous. I liked it so much, I'd go again!
Then yesterday we went to Monterey and Big Sur. It was my about fifth time at the Monterey Bay aquarium, and it never gets old. I love it so much. The fish. The jellies. The otters. The penguins. All favourites!
So, there are some non-crafting pictures to tie you over... But expect other crafty type things soon...
Friday, 6 March 2009
I was noticing the other day how my wardrobe is suddenly very grey. Not as in gloomy and sad. I just suddenly have a lot of items of clothing that are grey. My clothes used to be predominately blue and brown, but there has been a huge influx of grey recently. Of the four new sweaters I got at Christmas three are grey. (One is half grey/half white.) I didn’t have a single grey sweater before that!
My knitting is no different. It started with my Bella Mittens. Then the hat. And I made a cal(not for me). And I found an old scarf which I started to wear again (It was my first ever crochet project and is totally a weird length/width, but for some reason I love it). And then most recently a shrug.
This shrug was made with stash yarn as I waited for the knitting show and my attempt at socks. I bought the yarn to make more mittens and then never did. But I’m glad I had the yarn because it is perfect for it.
I wore the shrug to work earlier this week, and I’ve decided I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it a lot. (I think part of the reason I didn’t love it was the office was freezing and I really should have been wearing a sweater. I will probably love it come spring/summer.) Based on the pattern, I’m actually not done, but I’m don’t know if I want to add the detailing. The pattern says to pick up the stitches along the edge and knit a picot trim. That’s what it’s called in the pattern. I would have never known to call it that. It’s like an embossed edge. So instead of it being straight it has little bobbles along the neck and back. Thoughts?
If I were to do this pattern again, there are a few things I'd do differently.
1) I would use the 2nd lace option. Or an entirely different one with a x4 or x8 repeatable pattern. I tried Lace option #1 this time because it was listed as the author’s favourite, and while it gives off a nice effect I found it difficult to get right. You’d think that since it was the exact same row, only offset by one it would be easy, but I really found it hard. I had to frog rows numerous times because I’d get to the end of a row and have the wrong number of stitches having somewhere forgot to yo. I blame it on the fact that unlike with other patterns, I couldn’t see this one. I didn’t have an intuitive feel for it. With February Lady it was obvious what came next to make the gull lace. For this one, I always had to count it out. k, yo, k, k, ssk,… etc, etc. It was a little frustrating, but in the end, it worked out okay.
2) If I did it again I'd do the 1x1 ribbing with an even smaller needle. The pattern tells you to go down by one needle size, but I think that you'd get a much nicer ribbing effect with smaller needles still.
3) I'd use a different cast on entirely. The cuffs are too tight and curl a little. A looser cast on would probably help with that.
My next project? Those socks! Not grey. … Or black.
I’m so excited to try my first sock pattern ever. I think I have to email my university dorm roommate who made me a pair of socks one year for Christmas to tell her. And thank her since I still love the ones she made me. I really am excited! I’ve done my swatch and it’s crazy how small the stitches are compared to what I’ve been knitting recently. Between size 2 needles and size 9 there really is a difference. I think the socks will go slowly… but hey. At least I have the prettiest ball of yarn in the world to work with.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
The grey is (hopefully) for a sweater. I'm not 100% sure about the gauge, so if it doesn't work out for the sweater I'm thinking of, I'm sure I can find another one.