Monday, September 14, 2009

Back from hiatus

I never intend to take a blog just happens. The summer was just not about knitting, and it's been very busy. Believe it or not, I started this post two weeks ago and still haven't finished it. So...what's going on around here?

There's some knitting:

That's the Love Bites Scarf, and it's a fun knit. The yarn is Malabrigo Sock (mmmmmmm...) in Archangel.

I've also been inching along on Hjalte, which I'd taken a break from during the summer. Nothing is less refreshing than knitting a wool/silk cabled sweater when it's 90 degrees and humid!

And the ill-fated Tussie Mussie...I'm half through the second sleeve, but motivation is quite low, as it's clearly too small for me and it's BORING. So I'm going to start my Twist and Shout instead, but maybe after the back of Hjalte is finished.

There's some reading, but I'll send you to On My Bookshelf for reviews. This is actually a pretty good time to visit the book blog. It's Book Blogger Appreciation Week, so we have giveaways and fun stuff all week. I'm rereading Harry Potter right now, but I read a couple of excellent literary novels, A Year of Cats and Dogs by Margaret Hawkins and Seducing the Spirits by Louise Young. I talked my book club into reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for our October meeting, so I'm waiting for that to arrive.

There's...not much writing. Noodling around with poetry. And this fragment of something popped into my head and cracked me up. I always refer to Autumn (the season) as "she" and someone was utterly perplexed by that. This is my response: "Well, of course Autumn is a woman. All that aging gracefully, exchanging the frivolous colors of summer for more muted tones, sweeping in with a soft rustle of falling leaves. If Autumn were a man, he’d come screaming up in a bright yellow convertible wearing a hairpiece and a twenty-two-year-old bimbo."

There's been so much cooking, I don't know where to start. I have a cache of over 100 jars of jams and sauces as my stock for our Lakefest celebration the first weekend in October, so I hope I can sell much of that. I have a website, Lilah Bug Bakes that will soon be updated with current stock supplies. I have a number of recipes I should post, assuming I can remember how I made things... I have to do another test of Kahlua Brownie Cheesecake, which was quite a hit, but needs some adjustment. I also need to figure out in tablespoons how much Kahlua is in three glugs :) Maybe I'll post more than once every couple of months so I can get recipes up here...


GBK Gwyneth said...

I can't believe I served Smuckers with the muffins on Sunday. What was I thinking?? Forgive me, and sell me a jar of something better, please.

I heard that the cheesecake was such a hit that expletives were uttered in regards to it.

allisonmariecat said...

Aw, nothing wrong with Smuckers :) But I'll hook you up with some good homemade stuff!

Ha, I heard that about the cheesecake, too...

Anonymous said...

I want some of that expletive cheesecake.

Yay for Love Bites! Pretty. You deserve an instant gratification project. Hjalte looks like a hoss to finish.

I keep seeing the Zombies book on display in the store. Yet another fabulous take on Darcy: the man, the legend. I'll have to read it to find out if he's being chased by zombies, wooed by zombies, or if he actually is a zombie. As long as he's still a sexy beast, it doesn't really matter.

YarnThrower said...

I think that even your text-heavy posts are interesting. Nothing wrong with not blogging regularly (well, at least that's what I'm telling myself, because I feel like a guest writer even on my own blog...)

I really do like your gathered pullover, and though I thought it would not be flattering on me, seeing what you've done with it gives me inspiration to try it!