Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Farmland Vegetable Pie

This pie took us close to 2 hours to make (and on a school night too!), but was well worth it! We drank wine, chatted, chopped vegetables - lots of veg - and kneaded bread. We ended up with this gorgeous pie:

The process:

Friday, August 15, 2008


Still no knitting news - it's been a really rough week. I hope to get a lot done this weekend. On the photo front, I finally uploaded my Long Beach photos. I am a little embarrassed that I don't have a single photo in this set of the conference itself - all the photos are from the aquarium and walking around Long Beach the first day I was there. Despite earthquakes and a not so great presentation, Long Beach is beautiful. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

yellow finches

This is the first year that I've seen my purple coneflowers/echinacea blooming. They're gorgeous and should be part of any perennial garden. The blooms are now starting to die back due the extreme heat we've had in Virginia. Since I haven't grown these plants before, I almost cut off the seed heads last weekend. I'm so happy that I didn't! There are now 3 yellow finches feasting on the numerous seeds available! They are beautiful! This is the first time I've seen yellow finches in the yard (or in Virginia). What a sight! I haven't been able to capture them on camera, but noticed that several photographers on flickr caught these birds in action. Check out this action shot.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

needle envy

A knitter at the conference was knitting with one of these Knit Picks needles last week. I'm in love with them. Not only is the multi-colored wood beautiful, but the transitions are so smooth. I've put in a request with the hubby for an anniversary/Christmas/birthday prezzie for me.

Note to the hubby: Your scarf and dino are coming along - I promise :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

long beach...

Long beach photos are coming - it was so pretty there; conference, a conference :). I'm in a knitting rut right now. My February lady sweater is still sitting on the dining room table waiting for me to fix the 3 rows I goofed up. I'm too scared to pull it out since it's lace. While in CA, I started the Tangled Yoke Cardi for the second time and was disappointed by the fact that I think I've made the same mistakes on the seam that I made the first time! Around the seams, the pattern is difficult to understand. After the decreases, do I just decrease the garter rib pattern or are you supposed to keep purl stitches on each side of the seam?? I have no idea what this is supposed to look like. I am tempted to make the sweater without the faux seams and save myself the headache. If anyone out there on the internetz has an idea about this, let me know! I'll also post in Ravelry land.

Monday, August 04, 2008


I love my R'mond friends - KKidd, Anne & Leslie. Hugs to all, but especially Leslie - She's been through hell the past few weeks, so this post is dedicated to her and her family! I am thinking about you!