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Since I’ve already expanded the geographic scope of the blog, I figure why not expand the substantive scope as well. Mainly, since I now get home before 8:30 pm I’m trying to cook more. And since cooking makes it easier to do so I’m trying to eat healthier and more locally whenever possible. I thought in this case that I might show you some food related things as well craft related things from now on. Let’s give it a go shall we? So with that in mind…
Today was a very exciting day for me. Today was pick-up day, for the first week of the Fall CSA I joined. I signed up for a half share of the Fall Semester CSA from Wimer’s Organics, so I get a giant box of organic veggies every other week. Gladly it’s only every other week because there is no way little old me could eat all that food by herself every week. I will have to practice using the more perishable items earlier in the times between boxes.
Here’s what’s in this weeks box: Lettuce, Cabbage, a huge Daikon Radish, Cherry Tomatoes, a few Heirloom Tomatoes, Scallions, Shallots, Garlic, Red Potatoes, a sizable head of Broccoli and a lovely little Acorn Squash.
Part of what appealed to me about joining a CSA was the exposure to veggies I probably wouldn’t buy on my own. Many of my friends in CSAs talk about how they have to come up with ways to use things they never cook with. I would really like to be forced into expanding the scope of the foods I usually make and getting out of my food rut. A number of veggies in the box fall into that category, while others are personal favorites. I’ve been spending my evening scouring the internet for recipe options. I’m most intrigued by the Daikon Radish and it’s possibilities for Asian inspired yumminess.
I’m headed back to DC for the weekend & I’m going to take some veggies back with me to cook there. Hopefully I will have something nice to show you when I get back.
So as I mentioned before, things have been getting a bit cooler here. Not everyday, but many days or sometimes evenings have a a crispness to them that suggests a move towards Fall. Last week, in the midst of all my cozy knitting time I had this moment where I wanted to start a quick knit sweater and I wanted to start one fast. I know I’ve got my Sixteen Button Cardigan going, but it doesn’t exactly fly by. And besides I wanted something that was all about Autumn. So I hopped on Rav and spotted the Vine Yoke Cardigan from the Fall 09 Twist Collective. Then I went searching for yarn.
I found this: Madelinetosh Worsted in Copper Penny, which just might be the most perfect Fall color ever. I’m not usually attracted to yarn in these kinds of colors. I love neutrals, and neutral yarn, but more often than not I choose cool neutrals because in general I am a cool color person. But in the Fall a place inside me opens up for all those rich warm colors I tend to pass over the rest of the year. As soon as the yarn showed up on Wednesday I went ahead and cast on in between classes. It took a lot of will power to get out from under the blanket & off my couch to make it to my last class.
Here’s my progress so far. It’s going quite quickly, which is unsurprising considering the gauge and the fact that it’s mostly garter stitch. And quick was exactly what I wanted. I figured if I had the urge to make an Autumn sweater then it better be done soon! I also have hopes of wearing this to Rhinebeck. And unless I lose steam completely, at the current rate that should be a very generous deadline. I’ve made a few changes. I was not a huge fan of the way the lace edging at the sleeves and hem made the sweater bell in those places. So I have decided to leave off that edging and replace it with ribbing. After all, what attracted me to the sweater was the yoke, all that garter stitch and the general shape of the body. So I have left off the edging stitches on both the body and the sleeve and I will go back and pick up around for ribbing at the end. That change will make the sweater much more my speed. I’m really enjoying working on this in the meantime. The yarn is beautiful and the construction is very smart. With any luck I’ll have it all together to show you sometime soon.