something I want to make, eventually: A bag rather like the banana republic (apologies for being so gap-centric lately) canvas hobo, basically 12x12x6. I’ve been seeing a lot of tall bags with shorter handles lately and it makes sense to me, who walks a lot and carries too much and doesn’t like backpacks, or bags with too-long handles. There was a corduroy bag at Gap which had shorter handles a while back, now gone, which I admired too. But I need outside pockets as I spend larger and larger chunks of my day digging for my keys. Now I just need to pep talk myself into a visit to the fabric store for zippers and thread.
I’m loving my new slippers – they are warm, but not too warm in this seasonless climate, nicely after-shower absorbant cotton (bah! I say to synthetics), and they also come in hardwood floor grunge defying gray!
A while back I found directions on how to make blown sugar bubbles (usually to top wedding cakes) on marthastewart.com. See a picture of the surrounding a cake here and the picture they had with instructions here. I was so enchanted! Then they redesigned and apparantly took down the instructions. So I googled it and am copying the instructions I find here:
from: uncle phaedrus
Blown sugar bubbles
3 lbs. granulated cane sugar
1 lb. water
Bring to a boil and add 8 drops tartaric acid. Boil until it reaches
314ï¿½ F. Pour onto a marble slab or a large silpat sheet. When cool
enough to handle, pull off balls marble to golf ball size, depending
on the size of the bubble you want. Attach to the end of a wooden
straw and blow. Twist the bubble and melt the end shut with a spirit
burner and cut away with scissors.
The instructions on marthastewart.com were more complicated than this – they involved stretching and folding the sugar over itself before cutting off a bit to blow. Does anyone have better/different instructions? And where would one find a wooden straw?
a wool yarn I ran across yesterday in a knitting magazine (I forget which) – Noro Big Tubu to knit on #35 to #50 needles
I’m curious what other ridiculously bulky yarns are out there? are they hard to work with? do you love/hate them?
fabric origami – the site is in frames (frames are bad) so I can’t link directly to anything but check out the Notecards and the little purses under Selections, and the many many boxes (each section, Square, Triangular etc opens to a page with more). Thanks to Leah for the link! note: acrobat reader needed to view the how-to pages.
Old Navy stores (can’t find them on the website, except for these) are carrying great plastic jewlery in the girls section – big chunky colorful plastic bracelets, rings, headbands. My favorite are the bracelets with beads the size and shape of green grapes! I got a bunch of red ones to take apart and string back into a chunky choker.
A new article at Knitter’s Review ties together interests of this and another site I post to! “The Public Service of New Hampshire has taken an enlightened, eco-friendly approach to controlling vegetation along the state’s transmission power line rights of way. Instead of using noisy, heavy, fuel-guzzling machinery, they let a herd of sheep do the trick.” And then they make Granite State Green yarn from the wool. I’m so pleased!
mmmm hundreds of avacado recipes
I had heard about this before, but saw it on martha a few days ago: Impromptu Gourmet, they ship you ready to cook ingredients, instructions, and wha la, gourmet stay at home meal! Now, before you start getting all uptight (this is mostly a message to my family) let me explain why I love this so: I try and try but pretty much fail when cooking something out of my grilled cheese scope. Grocery shopping in this area of this city really is a traumatic all-day event what with parking, maneuvering, double parking, lugging, re-parking and finding someplace to put it all. Don’t ask what happens when I discover I’ve forgotten a key ingredient. My kitchen is really laughably tiny. By the time I add up the time, labor, emotional, and actual cost, it’s cheaper to have it shipped to me. And last but not least, my dear Webvan has not come back to me. But I hold up hope.