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Ms Marigold begins + Zoo

So after giving up hope on finally getting to use the Blue Sky Cotton, I went to AC Moore and got some TLC Cotton Plus , which is a blend of cotton and acrylic, in a light blue color that the label informs me is actually "Mint". I'm a little sad to have to resort to my old standby, cheap-o yarn, but it's actually quite soft and nice-looking. It's a bit like a poor man's version of Cotton Fleece - it has the same bit of sheen to it, and is strechier than 100% cotton.

So a couple nights ago, I cast on, and since then I've done about 25% of it. The pattern is really easy to follow, and the best part - no seaming! Huzzah. I'm getting to the simplest, most mindless-knitting part, which is good for watching movies whilst knitting away.

My other projects are languishing, untouched. I think they're going to have to be in the shadow of Ms Marigold for a few more days.

In other semi-interesting news, we went to the NC Zoo on Saturday with the in-laws. The zoo is awesome, one of the best I've ever visited. My favorite part was an indoor aviary full of tropical plants and birds.

Dan and I wondered if the zookeepers would let us move in, and we could live off the pineapples and starfruits they had growing all around. It was really a (dare I say it?) magical place, and I would love to go back and spend more time exploring.

This zebra is pissed!

This polar bear is sleepy!

The zoo is in a fairly rural location, although it's close to Asheboro, so there are tons of lovely views like this one as you walk around. It's really quite a unique zoo.

Here is me looking like a dorkus amidst even more lovely flowers.

And finally, this is the bridge you cross as you leave the Africa part of the zoo to go home!


Derby pie!

Well, I couldn't get gauge on Ms Marigold with the Blue Sky cotton using 5's...or 4's...or 3's. Alas, it was not meant to be. So, to make myself feel better, my fiancee and I made some Derby pie!!

mmm piebatter up

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup white Karo syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp bourbon (we like Maker's Mark!)
1 8 inch pie crust

1. Cream butter; add sugar gradually.
2. Add beaten eggs, syrup, salt and vanilla.
3. Add choco chips, pecans and bourbon. Stir well.
4. Pour into pie shell, place in preheated oven at 400-ish degrees. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until dark brown.
5. Serve with whipped cream for garnish, if you want.

This is a really easy pie to make, since it's mostly just stirring things together in a bowl. Of course you can make your own pie crust, but we usually cheat and buy the premade ones. You don't need to buy a big bottle of bourbon (unless you want to, as doing shots of Maker's or Wild Turkey always makes baking a little more interesting). We buy the little airplane-sized ones, which I think are adorable because they have a little red wax seal on them, just like the big mommy and daddy bottles!
Awww. Baby bourbon.

Anyway, enjoy! Viva la pie!

6.23.2006 do people start this blogging thing up again after not posting for the last 7 months? Hmm. I'll just jump right back in and pretend like I didn't ignore this blog's existence since November.

Hey! I'm crafting again! Glory glory halleluh. Since it's summer and I'm not gainfully employed at the moment, I actually have time on my hands to craft, and cook, and read. I'm looking at this time off as a preview for what my summers will be like when I'm the coolest school librarian in town. Summer is such a sweet, sweet word...mmm. Summer.

I just spent $5 on a pattern for Ms Marigold from Zephyr Style, which I've been sweating for like two weeks now. I held off on buying it because I thought I'd have to buy yarn for it, and then yesterday I had a lighting bolt to the brain - use stash yarn!

I bought this Blue Sky Cotton (color 604, aloe) last July during my frantic moving-to-NC phase, because I had a gift certificate to the Knit Nook that had to be used before I moved. Its gorgeous light-blue-green color reminded me of shallow ocean water, and it's unbelievably soft and fluffy. In fact, it's so nice that my cat just grabbed a hank of it in her mouth and ran off with it. Be right back.

Of course, I had no project in mind for the Blue Sky, and it's been sitting in my craft area with a frowny face ever since. It seemed to be too much yardage for a scarf (plus, the whole cotton=not warm thing) and not enough for a more substantial project. But SHAZAM! Along comes Ms Marigold. Perfect. I'll admit, the yardage is about 20 yards less than what the pattern calls for, but I'm probably eliminating the ruffle I'm such a rogue knitter. Math and rules (and reality) be damned.

Okay, off the download my shiny new pattern and commence to swatchin'!