Thursday, July 08, 2010

good things

  • casting on for a new project

Gaenor, by Corinna Ferguson, knit with Orange Flower's merino / silk fingering weight yarn.  The colorway is "leafy," which just happens to be one of my favorite words. The yarn is absolutely wonderful.  Karin has a great sense of color, and the merino / silk is slippery and smooth.  I'm using size 7 needles; size 5 or 6 might be better, but not so much better that I would frog and start over.
  • taking the Kitchen Aid out for its second test run
Buttermilk Pie Bars, from the Baking Bites blog.  Holy cow, these are amazing. They're like cheesecake, but better in that they're not too heavy.  Usually when recipes call for freshly grated nutmeg, I'm too lazy to bother.  This time I'm glad I did!  I also added a bit of lemon zest. They're light and cool and absolutely delightful.  The only thing that could possibly improve them?  A handful of black raspberries sprinkled over the top. 

  • my new desktop wallpaper
The Doctor plus a kitten?!? Be still my heart.  More Dr. Who desktop wallpaper available here, courtesy of the BBC.

  •  a new outpost of First Slice Pie Café just opened right across the street
Hurray, iced lattes and delicious salads all summer long for me!  First Slice is an awesome nonprofit organization; proceeds go to feed the homeless in Chicago.  Seriously, it's so new that they haven't even finished planting the flowerpots out front yet.
  •  my Jeep's sporting a new touch of class

Yep, a 1' tall Bucky Badger magnet.  Makes me smile every time.


knitseashore said...

Congrats on the new kitchen aid; I'm probably the last person in the world who doesn't have one, but I hope to someday. That blackberry pie looked amazing!!

Love the photos of your kitties basking in the sun; seems like they are really enjoying their new home.

barefootrooster said...

hooray for all kinds of pie and all things leafy. i've totally been drooling over orange flower's yarn -- you'll have to let me know what you think once you've finished this project!!

Anonymous said...

Love the Doctor wallpaper, though I must admit that Eccleston is my fave. Yes, I am aware that this is a rather unpopular bias to have, but he just does it for me.

Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) said...

I love those shawls knit side to side. I made argante a few months back.

New kitchen aid! I am jealous!

Chris said...

Lovely color and sheen on that yarn for your shawl!

And very, very cool about that place opening up across the street from you. :)

Kara said...

Love David Tennant and kittens!

Anonymous said...

Those are all kinds of good things! Leafy looks like the perfect color for summer ...

Carrie #K said...

Gaenor looks very silky! Perfect leaf color.

The Doctor and a kitten! Awesome!

Buttermilk Pie Bars, eh? Hmm.

Andi said...

Indeed good things!
First of all..I am going to make those buttermilkk bars immediately.
Your shawl is looking amazing. Lastly I am super jealous of that coffee shop. Have a great weekend.

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elizabeth said...

Those ARE good things! That project looks divine!

nicole said...

Those bars look yum! Too bad it's too hot to turn on the oven.

Pretty knitting, but I'm shocked it's not blue...


La Cabeza Grande said...

What's not to love here? Beautiful leafy green shawl, Doctor (oh, Doctor) and buttermilk pie?

Zoinks! I'd better get knitting. Er, cooking.