Thursday, November 17, 2016

What's Normal?

It's hard to think that anything is going to be normal for the foreseeable future.  I am afraid for my shrinking safety net.  It turns out that as violent as people say Chicago is (an exaggeration), it is one of the safe places for a person with my views.
What I would really like to do is curl up in bed and pull the covers over my head, but I'm working, taking care of Mad, loving knitting, and furiously working on the Magic Flute sweater that's due in eleven days.
A little of my Steiff dog collection, because it makes me happy.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Sweater Weather Returns?

I'm repeating my showcasing of Madeline's sweater wardrobe every morning on Periscope for the month of November!  It won't be all reruns and leftovers, as I have been knitting dog sweaters all year, have a few in progress, so there will be new work to show.  This is the Madeline Basic 4.5, pattern for sale on Ravelry and Craftsy.  I knit this in Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney, color Radish.
I am on a deadline this month--I'm knitting a sweater for the costumes for the Magic Flute that will be performing at the Lyric Opera next month.  I got a peek at the costumes for the show and they are amazing!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Taste of Autumn

This past winter, I was at a memorial service for a childhood friend, and I spent time with a young woman who remembered me from her childhood.  I had brought my green tomato salsa to a party at her house, and she wanted the recipe for it.  I don't recall the origins of this, perhaps I adapted it from a Moosewood cookbook.  I have not made this in years.  It takes me back to my attic apartment in Lakeview that I shared with Yoda.  I am reminded of crisp autumn weather that I long for now, and many walks in the neighborhood with my sweet tiny old dog.  There was a little Mexican produce store maybe a half block away where I would buy the ingredients.  I made some again last week, using tomatoes that I purchased at a farm stand in Wisconsin.  With some sturdy chips,  it makes an excellent breakfast.

Green Tomato Salsa

5-6 unripe tomatoes
3-4 yellow onions
4 cloves garlic
1 6 oz can diced green chiles
1 T. cumin
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch cilantro

Chop the tomatoes and onions.  I do a rough chop and then put the pieces in the food processor, using the slicing blade.  Bring onions, tomatoes, crushed garlic, and green chiles to a boil, adding cumin and seasonings to taste.  I have opinions on adding heat producing seasonings, but you could add jalapeƱo sauce if you wish.  Let the mixture simmer for about a half hour, then turn off heat and let cool on the stove.
When the salsa has cooled, add chopped green onions and cilantro.
This is a very heavy salsa, more like a vegetable stew, and needs a sturdy chip.  I purchased some home made style chips from a local tortillery at the same Wisconsin farm stand where I bought the tomatoes, and they were perfect.

Monday, October 10, 2016

From the Land of the Truly Busy

Working two safety net jobs, and knitting like crazy.  Mostly for me.  I finished this on Saturday.  Alvy by Jared Flood.  In a Brooklyn Tweed collection.  I knit it in the color featured in the sample, because it was perfect.  I did a little modification to the neckband, added two purl rounds before the 1 X 1 ribbing, to mirror what was going on at the top.  This will be an essential piece to my wardrobe this fall.  If it ever cools off here.  Temperatures in the 70s here for most of the week.
A little excitement is coming up--I have a meeting tomorrow for a new knitted costume piece!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Four Years of Madness

This weekend marks four years since we traveled to Michigan to bring Madeline home to heal our hearts.  Thank you, Mad, for being an incredible companion and muse.  I'm working harder every day to make you a better home, the one you deserve.

Friday, September 09, 2016

The Mobile Studio

The last few weeks the Lucky Penny Headquarters has four wheels and divine air conditioning.  But I haven't knit a dog sweater in weeks.  I've been doing some selfish knitting and finishing projects up for friends.    Unfortunately, I just discovered some terrible inconsistencies in skein colors now that I have the pieces on the blocking board,  It's obvious.  Of course I have to tell my friend.  I think some surgery will have to be done to save the patient.  No good deed goes unpunished.
There's been a lack of posting due to being busy with both safety net jobs.  The hat in the photo is for me.  Mawson by Jared Flood in one of the new Shelter Marls.  I did a tubular cast on instead of the one specified in the pattern.  Because tubular cast on is my favorite.
Tomorrow, I'm taking the day off for a road trip to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Today is a work day.  For at least two jobs.  Right now I'm girding my loins for the day with some iced coffee and breakfast.  In a few hours I will be helping to set up an estate sale, then will put in a few hours of driving.  But I won't forget that today is the day that Piccolo left me, four years ago.  Her loss is something I feel every day.   When I returned to the apartment, she would come out on the landing to make sure I got in (happily, Madeline does the same).  Piccolo would curl up on the bath mat outside the tub while I showered.  My purpose in life was to love and care for her.  She did the same for me.  In retrospect, it was lucky for me that I witnessed her death.  Coming back to find her would have been a horror.  She left me suddenly, but in a happy moment, the way all pets should.