Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Week in the Life

It's been a busy week here at the Kittywompus Cottage.  Well, more accurately, away from the cottage, but it's all in the interest of keeping the cottage!   
 After all the unknitting last week, I finished knitting the baby sweater, fourth in a series.  I've promised myself to knit just one more, in a larger size, to try to sell the pattern somewhere, even if it's only to Ravelry.  I've always wanted to design a knitting pattern, and this is my first actual, from scratch, no editing someone else's.  I love it, and think it's easy enough to have others follow it.  The collar is still a work in progress, but I will refine it in the next one.
 After I freed up the size 2 circulars with the unknitting of the lace socks, I started another pair.  Same pattern, but this time, using yarn a friend gave me for cat-sitting at Christmas.  The raspberry swirl colors make me happy, and the pattern is going well.  It's a good portable project, but not great for t.v. watching.  Too much lace, even on the purl rows!
Teaching is going well.  We finished beef, moved on to lamb, and now are on pork.  Pictured here is an average end-of-class meal, five samples of braised lamb.  My favorite was the one in the far right corner, a lamb curry with potatoes.  I could have eaten a deep bowl of that stuff!
  The students in this class are all hard working and talented.  Knoxville will soon be blessed with their culinary talents.  It's good to see an entire class full of passion for feeding people well, not just there to get a piece of paper!
  I was inspired by them, and made the staff at the bakery a braised pork roast with gravy.  We had to eat it on bread, since that's what we have, but there were no complaints.  They kept commenting on the carrots, "zanahorias," but the rest of the comments were in their Mayan dialect, something I don't understand at all.  They did seem to enjoy it.

 Although I do enjoy the class, it's kind of boring for me this semester, since I'm just the TA, and really don't know how to cook very well.  Fortunately, the other day they asked me to design the dessert for the UT Gardens' fundraising Gala in April.  I once saw an article about how chef's design their dishes, and thought, really?  People care about that?  Well, here is my sketch for the dessert, including recipes.  I'll create a sample tomorrow at school to photograph for the powers-that-be to approve, and I'll take some photos for this blog, while I'm at it.  
  Until then, I have a lovely day stretched before me with no obligations to enjoy.  It's rumored that it might snow, and it is certainly blustery out there, but the cottage is warm and cozy, with my furry entourage playing, wrestling and keeping me company.  I hope you're just as lucky!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Unknitting, And Other Day Off Fun

Thursdays are my only days off of the week that are free of obligation, so I kept trying to think of things I'd like to today, and came up with nothing.  I went into the Loominaria to finish threading the turned overshot curtains, and realized I had no idea where I stopped.  I didn't want to puzzle it out with a sinus headache and not enough caffeine, so I looked around to see what other mischief I could get into.
  There were UFO's everywhere, begging to be finished, but nothing sparked my interest.  Too complicated, too ugly, not wanted...
You might recall the sweater I started for Matt before Christmas.  I got about 12 inches knitted, realized I wouldn't make it in time, and knitted him a hat.  Remember he said that color was "something Grandma picked out?"  I thought about finishing it for myself, but realized I'm too chubby for it, and am not in love with it.  So, unknitted!

 A few years ago, a friend closed her local yarn store, and I picked up some undyed alpaca yarn.  I knitted a shawl with it, but it came out too small.  Unknit it!  I've recently made a hat out of the other color I bought of it, and love it, so this will probably become a hat, or fingerless mittens.

  I also unknitted a red chenille sweater that wouldn't fit and didn't have enough yarn to finish it, anyway.  That's back in the stash for future inspiration. 

 I took a little break for some granola, and the wolves closed in on me, waiting not-so-patiently for the leftover milk at the bottom of the bowl.  At one point, all four were on the table, until their leader lost her patience and put them all on the floor.

  This is a purple chenille sweater that I started last year, but made a mistake on the knitted-in hem, and didn't want to go back and fix it.  I still want a sweater from this beautiful chenille, and will make another one someday, but not now, and it's no longer taunting me from a knitting bag. 

 A pair of lace socks that I lost my place in the pattern on have been ripped out, too, leaving two pairs of small circulars free to make another pair of socks.  So, what's next?  I'm awfully tempted to start a new project.  Or should I fix the errors in Matt's new sweater?  I keep messing up the central motif, a beautiful wide double cable that is nothing but trouble.  Or at least, it isn't a t.v. watching project! 
  The sun is coming up, I'm expected at a school breakfast, and I need to plant a camellia that's been living in a pot in the kitchen for 6 months.  Have no fear, something will be in the making by the end of the day, and if it is, I'll share it next week.