Wednesday went underground*

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:19 pm
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What I read

Finished Boys will be Boys, which was still very familiar although it is many years since I last read it. Wonder if Turner would really have liked to be writing something a bit more serious about matters of popular culture; and would have liked to be nerdish in the archives of the publishing companies, because there are sometimes wistful asides about the mysteries that might be solved thereby. Pretty sure this is where the very youthful [personal profile] oursin first acquired that apprehension that each generation disses upon what the young of next are consuming (whether print or radio or more latterly other media) as A Road to Ruin (I wish I could locate my copy of his Roads to Ruin).

Also finished The Witch of Syracuse: worked well, did not have that sense one so oft has when scattered short stories on a character/s are brought together of 'fix-up', but that it worked as a narrative arc. Also thought it worked well on the historical contingencies, nature of the deities, etc. (Very unfluffy Hellenic/Punic goddesses.)

Being somewhat smitten with travel angst, read various short things, comfort re-reads, etc.

Did read the novella Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow (2016): very good, even though I couldn't remember why or when I'd downloaded it.

On the go

Finally began Victoria Bates, Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts (2015) - very good so far.

Also currently in medias res, Patricia McKillip, Kingfisher (2017) - very good, but my bar for riffing on/mashing up Arthuriana is set very high with Naomi Mitchison's To the Chapel Perilous.

Up Next


*Among other sights seen today, Rynek Underground.

Food! Glorious Food!

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:11 am
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Celene da Silva and her daughter Sabrina delivering Nestlé products in Fortaleza, Brazil.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle
The deal highlights the continued hot streak of artisanal coffee, whose rapid growth and fanatical customer base have continued to draw big business.

Nadine Malouf making kibbe in “Oh My Sweet Land,” written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Dinner Is Served. Don’t Come Hungry.
Set in a real home, an unnamed woman cooks while she relates piercing tales about the horrors in Syria.

The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall
Food halls — typically a mix of local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques — are becoming popular as consumers demand more options.

After a day spent hauling flood-soaked belongings from their home in the Nottingham Forest of Houston, Linda and Jon Fabian sit on their lawn with a few glasses of wine.
Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.
America has never lost so many stoves and pantries at once, but home cooks are intent on finding a way — any way — to make meals.

Yotam Ottolenghi on Creating Recipes and His Cookbook ‘Sweet’
For the British chef, author and self-described baking nerd, there is no limit to the number of times you can make a cake in order to get it right.

The world’s best chocolate cake? Maybe so.

Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake
Recipes: Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake | World’s Best Chocolate Cake

At her home in Tanana, Alaska, Cynthia Erickson and some young volunteers decorate a lemon-blueberry cake from a mix that she jazzes up.
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”
Recipe: Mom’s Famous Rum Cake

These zucchini and tomato tartlets with a Cheddar crust, which call for turning up the oven to roast the vegetables, are perfectly timed for autumn’s arrival.
Roasted Summer Vegetables Tucked Into Tartlets

September’s cooler weather means it’s the perfect time to bake with late summer zucchini and tomatoes.
Recipe: Zucchini and Tomato Tartlets With a Cheddar Crust

Fresh sardines, are delightful, and well worth knowing. For an extra flourish, it’s fun to cook sardines on large fig leaves.
Canned Are Grand, but Fresh Sardines Are Deliciously Simple

These small fish are healthy, sustainable and easy to grill at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler.
Recipe: Simple Grilled Sardines

Alice Waters
Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine
In her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.

Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.

With climate change, jellyfish are booming in the Mediterranean, to the point that researchers say there may be little to do but to live with them.

Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former journalist covering ecological issues, opened NA/NA in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris in 2015.
A Life’s Many Acts Culminate in the Kitchen at NA/NA in Paris
The chef Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former ecological journalist, serves dishes like ganache with black sesame miso to adventurous Parisians.

The Secret to Amazing Mango Kulfi Comes in a Can

Quick mango kulfi.
The idea that fresh is always better is both simple and false.
Recipe: Quick Mango Kulfi

The salt in the chocolate bits is the surprise, and it’s also the great reconciler.
An Ideal Sundae

Like many of life’s great things, ice cream concoctions are best when governed by rules.
Recipe: Hot Fudge and Salted Chocolate Bits Sundae

Pinot noir grapes ripen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The Oregon Trail
The latest winemakers to settle in the region are bringing new perspectives, fresh energy and heartfelt enthusiasm to the country’s most exciting wine area.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 08:45 am
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Happy birthdsy, [personal profile] sharpiefan!

Krakow is chilly and rather wet

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:08 pm
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This morning it was overcast and a bit cool, by this evening via mildly drizzly has become colder and wetter.

Nontheless, we have managed some flaneurserie around the Old Town, a visit to St Mary's Cathedral with its massive gothic altar, and several museums:

The Gallery of C19th Polish Art at Suikiennice

The Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius

The temporary exhibition of 350 items from the The Princes Czartoryski Museum

Pharmacy Museum, Jagiellonian University Medical College

All of which leaves me rather too overwhelmed to say much beyond: that's a hell of a lot of old scientific instruments/apothecary paraphernalia, and dealers across Europe must has seen the Czartoryskis coming, with their interest in associational historical items (I would guess scamsters moved into this after the decline in fake relics?).

There was also (v expensive) coffee taken in a very plush place with numerous historical associations.

Place is generally heaving with tourists and tour groups.


Sep. 18th, 2017 09:11 pm
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Today has been mostly airports and planes - both flight AND connecting flight were delayed, so even more hanging about airports than anticipated.

Now fed and in hotel - serious lack of/unhelpful positioning of power sockets. But at least free wifi and brekkers inc.

Dreamwidth issue

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:10 pm
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 After peer pressure forced me to Dreamwidth I spent a long, unhappy time customizing my feed so that large pictures didn't totally break it.

Well, I haven't changed anything, but suddenly I can't view large pictures again. I have had to filter guppiecat from my feed because of his beautiful but ginormous photos. I can only see a fraction of the image with other frames from my feed style floating on top of it. Unfortunately, I can't remember what the setting was that resized pictures to fit inside the window. Does anyone remember? guppiecat, if you know maybe you can send me a private message. As I said, I just can't view your posts anymore. 

Alternatively, what pre-created templates work with large pictures? I couldn't find one that I liked when I first got here, but if custom templates don't stay stable maybe I have no choice.  

Have I mentioned that I kinda hate Dreamwidth?  

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Sep. 18th, 2017 07:01 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] auguris and [personal profile] fitzcamel!


Sep. 17th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Bread during week: a loaf of the Khorasan (kamut) flour, made as per instructions on the packet.

Friday supper, Gujerati khichchari, very nice, even if yet again I put in ground cumin instead of cumin seeds.

No Saturday breakfast rolls, as we were using up bread before going away, so had toast.

Today's lunch: lemon sole fillets, seasoned and panfried in butter, served with Ruby Gem potatoes roasted in goosefat, garlic roasted sweet sprouting cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli, and padron peppers.

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A pregnant woman working at a Queenstown ski field found a colleague had left a condom filled with mayonnaise and a crude note on her desk during a staff morale boosting event.

And okay, perhaps this is me being Very British Problems, but I'm fairly creeped out by the concept of

an event dubbed "woo week" where staff were encouraged to boost each other's morale using notes and gifts.

An event poster from NZ Ski encouraged staff to "Let those romantic and creative juices flow, to show your affections and/or appreciation for your woo'ee. "Whether you're single, married, defacto or other, woo week is fun for everyone. "You are assigned at random one person to woo in secret from 23-29th July," the poster read.

The ughfulness is terrific. I feel thar even short of the reported crudity, this has enormous potential for problems.

Let There Be

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:27 pm
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This actually is much prettier than the pictures show.  Alas.  It is in 100% silk, a pale, luminescent blue, and sparkly silver-lined crystal beads.  I wish I could show it off better.  The pattern was called "Illumine" and it is just lovely.  If it calls to you, do let me know.  As I said, it is actually even prettier in real life.

Illumine, front

Illumine, back

Illumine - splayed


Remnant Neckerchief

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:25 pm
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This was to use up the last bit of the handspun that Beth gave me.  It...didn't work out.  It's not a useful size, it was rather a lot of trouble to make, it wouldn't block worth shit.  But, here it is.  Sigh.


Blue and Sparkly shawl

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:21 pm
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I really like this shawl.  It is done in a sapphire blue merino and tencel yarn, with those silver-lined crystal beads.  it came out well.  But, as previously noted, I have a sufficiency of shawls, and it is available on the usual terms.  

Blue and Sparkly 
Blue and Sparkly, back


Blue and Sparkly detail

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To quote from my Ravelry page:  

05-24-2017, In which I pick a fight with my own brain

It’s all Steven Be’s fault. Really. I went in to try several different types of interchangeable needles, so that I can tell my girlfriend what to buy me for my birthday. They were terribly, terribly nice, and let me try things with some waste yarn. So, after, I looked around for something to buy, and saw this lovely gold/smoke/purple ombre lace weight mohair silk blend. I’ve never worked with mohair. “How hard can it be?” thought I. So, seriously, I don’t know why I bother thinking. Not only does it not help, but encourages me to do stupid things.

Mohair. It’s a lotta damn trouble. Ok, you experienced, skilled knitters, I’m sure it’s not trouble for _you_. Me? It’s trouble. Also, although moss stitch is about as easy as you can get, bar garter, I still had to frog three times to get properly started. I mean, seriously, brain, what is your point? You don’t keep me out of trouble, and then you create needless errors just so I can’t start a project clean. It’s all very well to look wise and say, “It’s my process,” but that’s for the rubes. In point of fact, it’s stupid and annoying and I wish you’d just cut it out.

On the other hand, it did turn out really pretty.  It is also quite warm.  Mohair and silk.  

I think I'm keeping this, but if it really really speaks to you, I could probably be persuaded to part with it.  I kind of have a sufficiency of shawls, just at the moment.

Mohair and Me

Spiraling Pinwhweels, Afghan edition

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:06 pm
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So, this is a pattern I did once before, but i wanted to find out how it looked with larger pinwheels and in a solid color.  Oh,this is also crochet, not knit.  I do still do that.  

Looking at the picture it is apparent that "no dye lot" isn't always true.  This is actually less noticeable in real life, however.  And, bafflingly, the color is called "Pagoda."  This is all acrylic,  Caron Simply Soft, which is a very, very nice yarn to the touch.  Available on the usual terms.


Grey and Sparkly

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:55 pm
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I think this one is a near miss, and might be a bit better if I re-blocked it?  Not sure.  It's in this really lovely Madelinetosh variegated yarn, called Mockingjay, with these great, sparkly crystal, silver-lined beads.   The Madelinetosh is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon, I believe.  I really, really love the yarn.  Again, available to anyone who asks.  If I re-block it, I'll show new pictures, but first I have to convince myself that reblocking wold improve it.

Stone and Sparkle

I do really love the spine on this one:

Stone and Sparkle, back

And, you understand, once again with the incredibly goofy smile.  Sigh.

Stone and Sparkle, Front

Interim Interim Shawl

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:47 pm
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If I recall, correctly, this was a stop-gap project to fill in the time until I could get the materials for an interim project which I had started because I was waiting for materials to finish the project I was working on.  This was pretty easy, and it's an odd, interesting shape.  I am not happy with the bind-off, but it's not too horrible.  It is in a navy yarn, a mixture of alpaca and silk.  Relatively nice to the touch, but although there's silk, it's very matte and not shiny.  Will give away on the usual terms.  Tell me where you are, an I'll drive it by or mail it to you.

Begonia Shawl

Begonia Shawl and me

Begonia Shawl from back.

I promise, you will not look as fat as I do in this shawl.  That fat, it's all me.  

London Shawl

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:39 pm
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This is the traveling project that went with me to London.  It has a 6 stitch repeat, and I used stitch markers, which meant there were almost 40 stitch markers when I was working on it on the train on the way back from York to London.  A very nice tea lady and I talked knitting for a while, and she was amazed at the number of stitch markers I used.  One of the biggest suprirses about London (and environs, I guess) is how bloody friendly everyone was.  I guess I was expecting more...reserve?  The lady on the train was just one example of someone extremely friendly and outgoing.  

This shawl, I'm totally keeping.  Because London.  So there.

London Shawl 

London Shawl back

And me, with an incredibly goofy smile:

London Shawl, front

A Failure of Gague

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:31 pm
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I don't swatch.  Since I don't do things that are fitted, I can usually get away with this.  This time, not so much.  It is significantly smaller than it should be.  It was really fun to make, but in the end, the size is a problem.  I may try the same pattern again, with larger needles.  The yarn is a lovely woolen blend, great colors.  If anyone knows a child who would like a lovely blue shawl with cables, I would be happy to give it to them.

This lace, woolen shawl would need to be re-blocked if you ever washed it.  Which is do-able, but a bit irritating.  My general advice is, don't wash it.  

Here are pics.  


Malgven w/me

Back view of Malgven

As you can see, it's too small for me.  It is circular, and about 35" in diameter.  But it's actually really pretty.  So, interesting experiment.  One of these days, I'll start swatching.  Also, pigs will fly and horses will talk.

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I wanted to do the Tree of Life Afghan pattern in knit rather than crochet.  I chose a shinier yarn, the Michael's Loops & Threads Soft and Shiny, which feels really nice, but I don't think it looks as good at a more matte yarn would have done.

 Tree of Life Afghan

Here's a detail of the trees:

Tree Detail

I actually did a different border, which I stole from the Yggdrasil afghan I did a while back, as I didn't like the border in the pattern.  

All in all, it came out ok.  It feels really nice, though.  

My environment is still saturated with afghans, so if anyone would like this, I would be happy to give it to you.  I will personally deliver anywhere in the Twin Cities, or will mail anywhere in the US.  Do let me know.  

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