Archive for August, 2012

August 29, 2012

the names have changed but it still sounds the same

I am going to be changing my username in Ravelry in the next week or so, after the scores for Nerd Wars are finalized. I’ve already changed my Ravelry store name to Wild Talents Designs. There’s been a lot of discussion this past year in the Designers group about usernames and business names, and I think if I’m going to change, it would be best to do it now, rather than wait until I get rich and famous.

Now the question is, do I change the title on this ‘blog, or do I start a brand new one, keeping this one for more personal knitting stuff? I’m planning on switching to at the end of this year or the beginning of next, so maybe any changes of that sort should wait until then, but I kind of want to figure out what I’m doing before I do it. Otherwise, I’ll make the change and then a week later think, I really should have done it this way. Which isn’t to say that I won’t think that anyway, but at least when that happens, I’ll know I could have had a V-8.

I don’t really want to have a third ‘blog, so I am most inclined to change the name on this one to match the new username and store name on Ravelry, and when I switch to and get my own domain, have the domain name match as well as I can, also.

Another problem is what to do with the patterns I’ve already published. Should I bother re-doing them with the new layout I’m trying to set up with the new name?

So many things to think about, so few brain cells to think with.

August 24, 2012

Hey, good-lookin’, what ya got cookin’?

(Another post I can scratch off my mental to-do list.)

I am not a great cook. I’m not a bad cook, either. I just have a limited repertoire. This is largely due to the fact that I’m an insanely picky eater (although I’m a lot better than I was before I got married), and I don’t do a lot of cooking-things-that-I-don’t-eat. I’m trying to work up my courage to make tacos for everyone else. Not for me, because one of those things I don’t eat? Is meat. No, I’m not a vegetarian. I just don’t eat meat. Don’t ask. It’s complicated.

But, one thing that I’ve got down pretty good is chili pie. Which is also something that you wouldn’t have gotten me to even try fifteen years ago.

We bought a can of Westbrae Natural Golden Corn many years ago, and there was a recipe on the back of the label for, you guessed it, chili pie. I think the good spouse made it once as it was written, and then started experimenting with it. Here’s what he came up with:

3 large eggs
1/2 can creamed corn (all cans are 14.5 oz. cans)
1 can whole corn, drained
1/2 c corn meal
1/2 c margarine, softened
1 sm. white onion, diced
1 4 oz. can green chiles, diced (we actually use crushed red chiles, but I think diced green are easier to find)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 pound grated authentic Mexican cheese blend (Colby Jack works, also, or even cheddar, but I like using Queso Quesadilla, Asadero, Manchego, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 3-qt. casserole. Break the eggs into the casserole and beat. Add creamed corn, whole corn, and corn meal; mix well. Mash margarine into corn mixture. Add onion, tomatoes, chiles; mix well. Add sour cream, cheese, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Sprinkle paprika over the top. Bake for 1 hour, or until it’s firm in the center. Remove from oven; let sit for ten minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream on the side.

This feeds the six of us, sometimes with nothing left over. Everyone really likes it. I need to start making a salad to go with it, or something (refried beans, maybe?), although that would make it no longer a one-dish meal. It’s great reheated, or even cold, when there is anything left. Also, it’s a pretty flexible recipe. If you try it and make any changes that you think work really well, please let me know!

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August 16, 2012

Vive la révolution!

(Another installment in the “Things I’ve Been Meaning to Post About” series.)

Hunter Hammersen’s ‘blog, Violently Domestic, is one that I read, as regularly as I’ve been reading any lately. You might notice it’s over there in the “Blog Roll” in the column on the right. I really like her writing style, and if you’re looking for something else to read — maybe with knitting, and cats, and moths on the mailbox — you should pop on over there and give it a look.

Hunter, as you may know, is the author/designer of Silk Road Socks, and The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, two books that I don’t have, but, damn it, I want them. She’s just put out a third book, Rabble Rousers, AKA, What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good. This one, I’m happy to say, I do have.

In honor of the book’s launch, Hunter started giving away some of the yarn that was used in some of the patterns. The first one was Briar Rose Wistful, a worsted weight alpaca/merino/silk blend, which was used to make Clamor, a cute hat pattern. Now, if you go look at the Briar Rose website, you might notice the price on a skein of this lovely yarn and think, “Whoa, $40 for a single skein?” But look closer. That’s a half-pound skein. Not as expensive as you thought, huh? It’s so much yarn that Hunter decided to split it in two, to spread the yarn love a little further. This is what a half-skein looks like:

Briar Rose Wistful

Yeah, in other words, I was one of the lucky winners! But isn’t that yarn gorgeous? I don’t think the picture does the colors justice at all.

Anyway, this is all to show off my pretty yarn a lead up to saying that Hunter has one last give away to do, and it’s for three skeins of Malabrigo Aroyo. That is, three different people will each get one skein. It’s another really pretty yarn. So pretty that Hunter bought it, even though this particular colorway is largely pink. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is read this post, and leave a comment by Friday night. There are already 97 comments, but since there are three skeins, your odds are more like one in 33 than one in 100, right? There is no hard and fast time set for when the comments will be closed, so I’d just say get over there and comment. Then go and read some of her older posts, and put her on your regular reading list.

August 11, 2012

Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink

I should really read “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” someday. I use that line often enough.

I keep thinking of things I want to write about, but then the baby runs out of the room, or the washing machine needs to be emptied, or a mote of dust floats by and catches my . . . where was I?

A long, long time ago (I can still remember how the music used to make me smile) (see what I mean? I just can’t keep my mind on one thing), I wrote something about interchangeable needles, and wondering about people’s opinions of the different sets out there. I’ve had an opportunity to try a few for myself now, and compare them.

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