Sunday, October 10, 2010
Socks and Randomness
The weather has turned schizophrenic here--high eighties during the day and low fifties at night. Taking advantage of the cooler night time temperatures, I've finished some socks that I started last spring which have been waiting patiently in my basket all summer. I fell victim to a marketing ploy by an on-line yarn supplier (a willing victim, I admit) and bought several more skeins of sock yarn. I think my Christmas gift list is going to be heavily tilted toward hand knit socks this year.
-We tried the Sesame Noodle recipe from here last night. It was good. Really, really good. The trouble with NYT recipes is that here in the hinterland it is sometimes difficult to find all the ingredients, but everything was available at my local grocery store. I'm going to try the Quinoa-Black Bean Salad next.
-The house smells like chili. My husband is making a gigantic pot of chile from a recipe we got when we visited Texas a few years ago. The aroma from the chili will soon be overtaken by the aroma from the beef stew I just put the crockpot.
-I'm seriously thinking about expanding my knitting repertoire and trying gloves. I like the idea of it, but I'm thinking about all those fingers. I've done a lot of mittens over the years, but never tried gloves.
-The other night I was watching a video of John Le Carre's A Perfect Spy. When the main character was explaining his rather miserable childhood to the German couple he was boarding with, the lady nodded in commiseration and said, "There was no 'nest warmth'." Nest warmth? I'd never heard the term before, but I could understand what she meant right away. I assumed it was a German idiomatic expression, and last night I got curious about what it would be in the original German. I tried several search attempts on Google, but couldn't find anything. Finally, in frustration, I typed in "What is the German for nest warmth?" It came right up: Nestwarme. It means love and security, by the way.
-I dropped my iron for the gazillionth time, but this time it appears to be fatal. Any suggestions on a replacement?
-I've been sewing, but only in fits and starts on assorted hand projects. Nothing to show for it yet.
Maybe some pictures tomorrow?