Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GULP Eats Brunch

pickled shrimp, corn cakes and peach chutney
 The dinner group I belong to had brunch this Sunday, on a front porch overlooking the Tennessee River.  We're all great cooks, and each course was delightful.  Brunch doesn't normally last four hours, but that's what ours did.   Even a cloudburst couldn't dampen our enthusiasm!
salad of blueberries, peaches, arugula and corn

My view down the table

Peaches were not the theme, but was certainly a common thread.  The theme was originally Faulkner and food, until we realized that Faulkner and Bourbon would be more accurate.  We gave ourselves license to use our own favorite southern writer as inspiration, and to be our reading that accompanied our course.  Faulkner, Welty, Styrone and someone whose name I didn't catch--how many glasses of champagne?--were the authors featured.
gazpacho of roasted tomatillos and tomatoes

trout and peach salad

peach trifle

Our next meeting is in the late fall, our theme being Hemingway, which started out to be just "in Spain," but is now including our own favorite locale of his stories.  I'm already thinking about  A Moveable Feast for my inspiration.
  Meanwhile, I'm weaving up a storm, and knitting some cloudbursts that I'll share next post!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Sad Tale, with a Happy Ending

 If you belong to the Facebook group, 4-Shaft Weaving, you'll have seen the tragedy that befell my lovely lemon-lime warp this week.  As I was beading the last 12 inches, I'd left the scissors above the warp, and when I beat once too hard, they toppled onto the warp, cutting one thread.  As I tried to extricate them from the warp, wailing and swearing, scaring cats and dog, I cut one more thread.  I took a picture, posted it to facebook and walked away to deal with it another day.
  Many people "liked" and commented, all sympathetic, but many of the longer comments from folks with advice, assuming I was a rookie weaver.  And I'm not; I've been weaving for 9 years!  And yes, I do know better.  But I was using the scissors over and over again to cut thread for the beading, and I just didn't think.
  No big deal, in the end, really.  I tied the two threads together, realized I'd have to make the beaded area as big as it was--7", rather than 12"--and move on.  I finished it this morning, beading the hem stitching, and cut it off.  Now, I'm twisting fringe and loving the scarf.  The beads are so subtle, tone on tone, that no one is going to notice there are 12 inches beaded on one end and 7 inches on the other.  And if they do, well, good for them and their wonderful eyesight!
I've started the next version on the same warp, a hand-dyed weft from my solo dye-day this spring.  I don't normally like hand-dyed wefts on hand-dyed warps.  They just look too busy, and I'm not sure I like this one, but hey!  It's only yarn!  I have lots more!  And it's fun to do, just to see what happens.  I've been beading it in a random non-pattern, with dark blue beads and a few of the citron beads from the first scarf.  I think I like it so far.  It's much less bright than the first one, anyway.  And it's fun to do, so I'll carry on!

 I'm still knitting up a storm, too.  I'm using the yarn I got for a prize from finishing the Yarn Crawl to make a simple cowl.  It's cotton, called Ripple, because it gets thick and thin, flat and round, so it makes a pattern of its own, without my having to be clever.  I think it'll be great this winter when wool is too much, but there's still a chill.

And the self-striping shawl with the lace on the edge is coming along just fine.  I love the lace pattern on the edge, and Noro yarns always keep things interesting.

At work, I've been training a couple of people to do what I do, so I can change my days off.  Marina is from Guatemala, and David is a chemical engineer at Oak Ridge Labs.  Marina can't read, so David does that part, and David's hands aren't quite as graceful as Marina's.  Together they make a great team, and made some beautiful cinnamon rolls this weekend.  You can see how small Marina is, but she bravely rolled the rack into the walk-in oven.  In a few weeks' time, they should be able to be on their own, and I might get Fridays and Saturdays off.  Fingers crossed!
  I have a busy afternoon planned, so I'd better get going.  Enjoy the cool day!