Monthly Archive: August 2008

Oh this is just too cool!

Take a potato. Slice it thinly (about 1/16th of an inch thick) into potato chip rounds. I used my mandolin slicer to slice. Place the slices in cold water for 10 minutes — this removes a bit of the starchiness. Dry with paper towels and put in a single layer on a microwave safe casserole dish or microwave bacon cooker. Coat the dish with oil or Pam for the first batch or they’ll stick like crazy. I have an older microwave so I microwaved on high power for 7 minutes until the potatoes start to get golden brown and curl a bit. (The time could range from 4 minutes to 10 minutes or so. Keep an eye out until you determine the time.) When they’ve turned golden set aside and make some more. You have just successfully made CRISPY POTATO CHIPS in the microwave.

Really. Go get a potato. I’ll wait here. What have you got to lose?

Just Carrying On

I’m about halfway done with the main part of the bag and it should be about 18 inches tall before felting.

Other than that, I’m still working on Thira (Links: Knitty; Ravelry) and I joined a knitalong on Ravelry for a new sweater design by Norah Gaughan. If you’re not on Ravelry, the knitalong instructions are also on the Berroco blog. Not that I needed another project to work on, though.

We’ve had a really quiet few days here so there isn’t any more excitement from this neck of the woods.

What’s the Mother of Invention?

Ah, yes, NECESSITY. It took me a while to remember that word. Of course, since you weren’t here listening to me try to figure it out I could have just pretended that I knew it all along. *sigh* I’m always telling on myself.

This weekend was a tax free weekend here in Massachusetts. With the exception of certain items — restaurant meals, tobacco, cars, etc — purchases less than $2500 were sales tax free. There’s no tax any time on yarn so I didn’t stock up on that. But I did need a new laptop. For the past few months I’ve been using our old laptop out in the living room to surf the web and watch tv. The problem is that the old laptop was 8 years old and SERIOUSLY underpowered. I couldn’t even run any virus protection on it because I didn’t have the memory to run it since the program requirements have increased as people’s computers increased in power — with the exception of mine. heheheh

Sales tax is only 5% here but the stores had sales on top of the lack of sales taxes so I purchased a new Compaq Presario laptop. The salesperson asked if I needed a bag for it. Nope. I have the one from the old laptop. Except this new laptop was too big for the old bag.

So what’s a knitter to do? I’m designing a laptop bag. I guess that’s really an overstatement. I’m making a messenger type bag that I’m going to felt and I’m making it with a houndstooth stitch pattern.

Not edge-of-your-chair suspense but I’m anxious to get it done to see what my first ever improvisation is going to work out. I’m probably going to add a pocket or two to it, too.

Ah…this is the excitment that is my life.

Summer Marches On

Jody and I have been together for more than 20 years now and his consistent whine about my wardrobe is that I dress in baggy clothing. Lately I’ve been trying to change that with summer knitted tops. Thankfully, my efforts have not gone unnoticed. With that in mind, I figure I’ll knit at least one more summer top this season. I’m going to be knitting Thira.

This is going to be a leap of faith. I haven’t worn a halter top in ages and ages (and ages). So I’m not sure how it will look on me. Since it’s being knit in Cascade Fixation (WEBS link; Ravelry link) it’s going to be very snug and form fitting. And (the wheels of manipulation are turning) if it looks bad on me, I can use that as an excuse to go back to my baggy tops.

In doggie news, the girls (at least Shelby and Annie) were happy to find out that we’re putting off our trip to Ohio so they won’t have to stay in a doggie hotel. Hannah was going to stay with friends so it would have been a week long playdate for her. I’m a little disappointed because Jody and I have never been on a vacation together. (Really, never.) But on the other hand, I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of leaving the girls. I’m such a wimp! Next time I complain about having dogs, please remind me of this. hehehe