Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Couple of Plates

Fall Fiber Festival is next weekend! My pots are made. Will spend the week organizing and making sure I have all the required bits and pieces. I still have not done enough shows to have any kind of rythm or system.   Everything seems to be pretty spread out between our rental, the shed out back and LibertyTown!

September BOM

September block of the month

It sure snuck up fast, it’s time to get the October pattern so I took a break from Baby Honu to whip out my September block.

Orange Hat …


Common Ground 2012

The Fair!

I took last Friday off to go to the Common Ground Fair, just to play. It was great! I thought I was going to go to a bunch of presentations, but I only made one. And I didn’t take too many pictures.

Listening to Leslie Wood Paul. She was giving the talk about Traditional Passamaquoddy Medicines for Fredda, What my Grandmother Taught Me. She was charming and I’m sorry I didn’t get to hear Fredda this year. There will be another time for sure.

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And the critters, of course. There were many, many more sights, sounds, smells, and creatures (4 and 2-legged), but you’ll just have to imagine…
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I might have come home with some yarn from … I now have more than enough to mix and match colors to make several fabulous hats.

High Fashion, or Fashion Criminalista

I wore my knit skirt, and it got lots of comments and compliments. I kept telling people “you can make this too, the pattern is free at Knitty

It was much like this, but this was another day (crappy photo, sorry)…
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Between then and now I found some new boots! I have had the lust for some Frye boots, but they pinch my toes, and I’ve never felt like spending over $200 to be uncomfortable… so I was thrilled to find these for $50, and they’re comfy. Not the classics that Fryes are, but they’ll do.
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In the Garden

I’ve been loving the morning glories out on the trellis. And also the sun gold tomatoes… num num!
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Morning dew on a foggy morning… Amazing spinner with tiny jeweled beads…
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And in other news

The mushroom sweater is done and blocked. I just need a photo of Don in it.

And my brother from California is visiting! He turned 50 yesterday, and we went exploring the Old Max (the maximum security forensic unit at the old mental health institute). He thought it was a great birthday present, especially the graffiti that said F*&* the Cops. Yes, we got a photo of him there too…
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Fresh Apple Coffee Cake

Fresh Apple Coffee Cake Fresh Apple Coffee Cake

Apple picking time is also coffee cake time. I like to use a variety of apples when I bake. For this coffee cake I used Crimson Crisp, Honey Crisp, Shizuka, and Macoun.


Fresh Apple Coffeecake

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 cups apples, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground

Beat butter at medium speed.  Gradually add 2 cups sugar and cream together.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well  after each addition.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in apple and vanilla.  Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9x13x2 pan.  Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over cake batter.  Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

National Drug Takeback Day

I remember, a few years ago when I was cleaning out the medicine cabinet, searching for a safe way to dispose of my expired drugs. The City of San Francisco website advised that they were working on a solution, and could everyone please just hang onto their drugs for a while longer. Sure! Glad to help!

No more. Tomorrow, Saturday September 29, is The 5th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Yes, it's that happy time of year when, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, you can drop off your unwanted prescription drugs at designated collection sites, getting them out of your house and keeping them out of everyone's drinking water. Search for a nearby site, and finish up (or start) your Fall housecleaning with a bang.

Weekend Reading

Makers unite – the revolution will be home-made from BBC News.Hmm…catchy headline.

Is A 15-Year Old Texan Girl Driving This Ultra Rare Lamborghini To High School? from Jalopnik.

Neil Young Comes Clean from The New York Times. Great article.

The New New Girl: Mindy Kaling Promotes Herself Out of The Office and Into The Mindy Project from New York Magazine. I heart Mindy Kaling.Have you seen her new show? It’s really good, very well written.

Oh My God Please Stop Taking Your Wedding Pictures in the Middle of the Street from Jezebel. Yes. Please do stop.

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut  from Mental Floss.

Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling’s New Novel For Adults from NPR Books.

Comfort Food Is Real: Scientists Discover ‘Good Mood Foods’ from GOOD. I KNEW IT!

The Solar Charging Kit for Africa You Want for Your Own Home from GOOD.

Oldest Message in a Bottle Found from Discovery News.

Sea Otters: An Unlikely (But Adorable) Soldier In The Fight Against Climate Change from Co.EXIST.

The Miracle Of The Levitating Slinky from NPR.

Chicago Tylenol Murders: An Oral History from Chicago Magazine. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since this happened?

The Great New England Vampire Panic from Smithsonian Magazine. “Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, farmers became convinced that their relatives were returning from the grave to feed on the living.”

Did you read anything that made you think this week?

Knitted: Pound of Love

Hey, remember this? I’m finished!

I’m not going to show off the whole blanket– it’s supposed to be a gift (and a surprise, at that!), after all– but I can confirm that it’s perfectly sized. Big enough so that you can curl up on the couch without your feet sticking out, but small enough to carry around on your shoulders. I know she’ll love it.

Pattern: Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love, 1 ball (that’s a little over 1000 yds!)
Needles: US sz. 9 Takumi circulars
Time Frame: February 1, 2011 – July 6, 2012
Ravelry: here

Now with borders and pins

Baby Honu quilt, now with borders Baby Honu quilt, now with borders

Baby Honu is all ready to be quilted!

Sunlit Wreath …