Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Of cookies and yarn

Hey there.

Before I start telling you what I've been doing lately, I'll start by telling you how I'm doing: not so good.  Not really bad, but not really good.  I haven't been sleeping well for at least the last two weeks, which means my pain threshold is lower (meaning more pain) and my pain tolerance is also lower, making harder to ignore.  I think that the sleeping well is probably due to me starting the new job soon (orientation tomorow and meeting with the supervisor Friday next week).  It's positive, but stressful none the less.

Now, to how I've been spending my days.

On the skiing front, I haven't skied again, but I have new boots.  I'll be able to ski (giving that the temperature allows it) as soon as I find my old othotics and manage to fit them in the boots.  I know all of you want spring to come and stay, and I do too, but to be honest, I also want to try my boots this season.

Last week-end we went to visit my inlaws.  My niece really is cute and she runs everywhere.  I tried playing with her and giving her yogurt (I really thought that she would be my friend if I gave her her snack), but she stayed away from me as much as could manage.  I did manage a hug as they were on their way out the door.  The cutest thing she did was always calling for Papi (granddad).  Here they are together reading a book about crocodiles:

Now, about the cooking:  I've baked two banana breads and some lemon cookies last Thursday, and some gross banana-cheez whiz-olive cookies.  I know it sounds bad, and it smelled even worst, but the suggestion came from my brother-in-law a few weeks ago when I asked around for some new ideas of cookies.  I know he was joking, but I promised him some for his birthday.  He did try them and he said it wasn't bad and he was right (I ended up trying it myself).  The olive was only on top, so the banana and cheez whiz together aren't too bad.  I did make a video but I can't play it on my computer, let alone edit it to make it shorter.
Silicone baking pans make for fat banana breads

Yarn wize, I had been doing more dying.  It was also my sister-in-law's birthday.  I had a hard time finding what I could get her (she tends to buy what she wants when she wants it).  Then I had a flash of genius.  Her and my BIL are into buying locally whenever possible.  So that's what I did.  On my road trip to Log Cabin a few weeks ago, I got two skeins of local yarn (at least the alpaca in the yarn is local, and it was spun locally).  I also got some Jacquard dyes to over dye the yarn.  And then I stalked her Ravelry page to find a pattern she liked.  I have plenty of ideas to overdye more yarn.  Should get to it next week.

Picture taken by my sister-in-law

Picture taken by my sister-in-law

I've been knitting a Tee. It took just about over two weeks. I just have to show it off.

 I'm currently working on some funny slippers for D.  I get some pictures when they're done.

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