Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Playing with String

The knitting in finished for the Nikko Wrap. It has 110 lengths of yarn and 55 lenghts of embroidery floss used for the fringe. Needless to day, working with this string was highly entertaining for the Boyz. I have been shooing cats off left and right. Now to add the embellishments.

I went to the craft store to buy the embroidery floss for the wrap and some Patons Soy Wool Stripes made it's way into my cart for the Eleanor Scarf from Scarf Style. A cheaper alternative to the yarns most widely used. Noro Silk Garden is gorgeous. But, far to expensive and hard to come by. No manufacturer has come close to the Noro yarns. But, I've seen some of the Eleanor scarves online, and this will do just fine.

The starter for my own sourdough bread seems to be coming along just fine. Messy, but fine. It might be ready for making bread by the weekend.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Saturday, Part Deux

A three-day weekend. Gosh, I haven't had taken one in a long time using my own paid time off bank. It's a nice break from all of the overtime.
Yesterday, we had Book Club. The book for the month was "God Rest Ye, Merry Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story." We had a lovely time and the hostess had a fabulous spread of food. And I learned about the Civil War. Next month, the book is "The Things They Carried."
I also went to the library and checked out an armload of Cook Books. Lots of bread baking ones and two Madhur Jaffrey cook books. I also started my own sourdough starter. It should take about 5 days to be ready to use.
Today, I made brown rice, Anasazi beans, my favorite iced tea, and Multi grain Bread Extraordinaire, which is made with oats, cornmeal, brown rice, and wheat bran.

I've also discovered that The Beagle does not mind playing dress-up. Oh, the possibilities.

Today, I worked on Nikko.

Tonight, we will have The Ultimate Greek Salad from Nigella's "Forever Summer."