February 10, 2010
It doesn’t seem to matter how many knitting projects I do…I am just plain slow. Just like reading, some people are frustratingly fast, while others are perpetually slow (like myself). Its not that I can’t read fast, its just that if I actually want to retain anything I have to take it down a notch.
Never the less, the cowl is done! After one month of on and off knitting sprees (depending on our supply of ER episodes) it is finally complete. To make it even sweeter, it’s actually still cold outside and I can’t wait to wear it. The pattern is called a “good luck cowl” and I got it from the Drop Stitch Knitter. It’s the first lace pattern I have ever attempted, and it’s supposed to be lucky (a horseshoe pattern). I guess you probably have to wear it right side up or the luck will drain out? I think I’ll try it out at my next job interview…
The yarn is 50% Merino Wool and 50% silk, and is quite possibly the softest, prettiest thing I own.
February 10, 2010
About 4 months ago we made the switch from coffee-maker to french press. And I will never go back. We get our coffee beans from a friend, who buys them green from a shop in Toronto, roasts them at home, then sells them to friends and neighbors. No batch is the same; the beans are different, and the roasting changes each time.
Then we grind the beans with our awesome sized coffee grinder (thanks to Kim and Brad) and steep the coffee till dark before plunging it to perfection. All other coffee tastes bland and fails in comparison. My only issue is the thick sludge at the bottom of the cup. Of course, for some people like Dave, this stuff is gold…he throws it back like dark chocolate and grinds it in his teeth, I cringe.
The only thing our french press needed was a little more insulation…so I made it a cozy. I think it’s cute. He kind of looks like he’s in a marching band. Oh and his awesome yellow buttons are vintage (1920’s).
The original pattern is from design sponge and is extremely simple. Three things to keep in mind: don’t make it so long that it crowds the spout (you’ll get lint in your coffee), place the buttons so they don’t interfere with the handle, and make it a little small so it has to stretch. Easy!