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Megan, Now that you mention it, I DO recall seeing a swift mounted at my local yarn store! Alas, my latest batch was ordered online (and is absolutely lovely; no regrets, there, save the lack of a swift in my computer monitor!). Another reason, I can see, for good old bricks and mortar. Thank you for the reminder! xx, Molly
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oh, we love both of these things so, so much. the very best of coordination and imagination, all rolled into one. (not to mention concentration! look at that focused, purposeful finger-printing!!) xx, molly
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"We regularly trade whose losing it. Each of us in turn, tucking aside their own stuff to make room for the one with the issue at hand. This patience, it brings us closer and raises us up." I have felt this, every day of my married life. Every single day. Which at 20 years, numbers something like... really big! And yet, I have never, ever seen it articulated. Oh, how I love this. Thank you. (And yes! The magic of seeds...)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Grass is Always Greener {Stacy} at SouleMama
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Do you mean I am not alone in my impatient folly? Oh, it is so true that misery loves company! And yes, Michelle is whip-smart, yes? And yes, I might not be able to eat for a year. (However, those ball winders are really quite reasonable -- I ordered mine on Amazon -- and I think the chair could serve the part of the child. Very useful, when the knitting bug strikes at, say, midnight!) xx, Molly
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Oh Ellen, Please do apologize to your co-workers, on my behalf! And thanks, as always, for the sweet words ;) xx, M
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Michelle, you are a GENIUS! Thank you, thank you, for shedding a little of your (impatient, fiber-loving) brilliance!! xx, Molly
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There are two truths I hold to be self-evident, on matters related to fiber: 1. That a hank of yarn can be used, as is. 2. That holding the tail of thread as one begins sewing is a waste of time and energy. An unnecessary fillip endorsed by sewers with a surfeit of both. Regarding the first: hanks—for you not-knitting types (which as you'll soon see, most definitely includes me)—are long, elegant ovals of yarn, wound round and round, in glorious order. Imagine a spinning wheel. Imagine removing yarn from said wheel. Imagine, then, the yarn doughnut that results. Finally,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at remedial eating
Oh, Grace, you and me, both! Pragmatism and art have little in common, I find. Yet I have a surfeit of both. Makes for a bit of the drawn-and-quartered feeling! Probably best to paint our way out of those self-imposed quarters, eh? xx, M
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on one candle, one daffodil at remedial eating
Kelsey, Thank you for the kind words, and for taking the time to write them, in the midst of what must be crazy times! For my part, I so enjoyed your list of quotes -- oh, that St. Exupery one, most especially! Glorious, that. All my best to you as you sort out your externship -- how wonderfully exciting, how terrifically terrifying! I cannot wait to follow along. Northwest prospects anywhere in there?? xx, Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
Ah, thanks Erin. I've finally (!!) located an independent fabric store in town. Having trained myself toward online ordering these past (barren) several years, I'd forgotten how truly lovely it is to go finger the fabrics, lay things out side by side. I may have come away with a few things :) If yesterday's any indication, check back next week for more fabric glimpses. Happy almost-Spring to you and your lovely girls! xx, Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on one candle, one daffodil at remedial eating
Ellen, Weird, right, with the chicken?? Read the method in a Chinese cookbook, eons ago, and doubted it for years. (Standard technique among about a billion people, mind you, but still seemed incredible to me.) But once I tried it, I've never looked back. Flawless, foolproof, and glorious, every time. Happy almost Spring to you! Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on one candle, one daffodil at remedial eating
Squeeeeee!!!!!!!!! How did I miss that this book is now in ENGLISH! (She said, having butchered more darling Japanese dress patterns than she cares to count, due to a working knowledge of the language that doesn't extend beyond sushi...) Just ordered my copy. SO. EXCITED. Thank you!! Molly ps: the dress is absolutely darling. the polka dotted yolk? swoon!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2015 on dressmaking day at SouleMama
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Oh Amanda, I was JUST thinking about you, yesterday! How are you and yours, and most especially that darling-toed Miss Camellia? I do not say it enough, but I read your book reviews like I drink water, thirstily and with a vengeance. Pray continue. All my best to you and yours, xx, M
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2015 on one candle, one daffodil at remedial eating
Dear Margaret, Many thanks, on all of the above. As as to the wild-haired mister, Id nearly missed him there! He snuck into the photo (as peg dolls have a way of doing, around here.) If memory serves, I *believe* hes a wizard, old, sage, and rather clever. We did a major purge of the art cupboard last week, turning up a swell supply of wool roving, a favorite of ours to create wild dos for our peg dolls :) Happy March to you! xx, M
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2015 on one candle, one daffodil at remedial eating
Ha! Love it. Happy Monday to you, Sandy :) xx, M
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
Wheeee! I just cast on my first "me" (read: grown-up) sweater, a Maude (also by Carrie), also using Owl, in a dreamy robin's egg blue. Loving all of it: the gorgeous skeins, the soft colors, the clear instructions, and fingers-crossed, the never-want-to-take-it-off result! Hadn't caught the Barn sweater, but boy oh boy, it's on my *heart* list, now! Love it. xx, Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2015 on a barn sweater at SouleMama
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Dear Sandra, I dare say you DESERVE to have your meals cooked, prepped, and delivered! Good for you. As to the dress, I fear that it is my daughters. And while I would love have one like it, also, I simply do not fit into 7 year old clothes like I used to :) All my best, Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
I do believe I need to know about said tomato soup! And as to the failures, no worries at all; theres a reason theres a fry pan with flames, up top there! (Regular occurrence, around here!) I do hope the littles were pleased with the pancakes. I do find them excellent judges of such things! xx, M
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
Oooh, these look WONDERFUL! Thanks so much, Charlotte, for the link!
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We set back the clocks, Sunday. Although really, we set back several, Saturday. The crucial trifecta, all in the kitchen, our masters for getting out the door, Monday morning. My car clock still sits an hour behind, because apparently I didn't drive much this week. Or was very late. I ought to update it. Except twice this week, longstanding problems resolved themselves through procrastination. Perhaps I'll just leave it until October. Mornings have been a drag. Literally. As they are, always, after a time change. Early birds rising late. Late birds rising later still. Homework seems harder. Late, later. Commonplace... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at remedial eating
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oh, love! love love love. the food fetish bit (oy! i've been kondoing my freezer like nobody's business, butchering recipes with a vengeance. and eating very well.) the red (!) currant (!!) pickle bit. but most of all, the topsy-turvy nature of a day bit, both of them. truer words and all that. we just poached a whole chicken last week, and if I hadn't used it on your potato + corn soup of a month back (speaking of butchering; oh, but the chicken! the cojita! the six batches we've made since!!), i'd be making myself some chicken salad instead of staring at this silly screen... totally bookmarking the pickle. xx, m
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on Saltie's Currant Pickle at The Wednesday Chef
Ellen, I was not a sugar-adder either, but I heartily recommend it, here. Its not all that much -- bear in mind, this makes an absolutely EPIC batch; for two people, I would cut in at least half, more likely quarters, so 1-2 Tablespoons. They are not cupcake-ish at all, just faintly, ethereally sweet. It adds, I think, to their incredible lightness of being, and counters the tart beautifully. Um, flannel cakes??? Dish!! M
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
Ah yes, Grace, its a sticky wicket. But I dont have much truck with pretense; those food scientists sometimes have flavor DOWN. Now, if only I could get my own fare to follow suit ... :) Happy March to you! Molly
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on a thousand ways at remedial eating
Ah yes, dont get me started on the whole friends food envy -- I had a virulent case of that, as a little one, longing for the Twinkies and Capn Crunch and Oscar Meyer hot dogs that our rice-and-vegetable dinners never seemed to feature :) But ginger cookies? Do tell!
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Rifling through some old notebooks, last week, I found this: "What the edible elite don't understand is that, for the rest of us, homemade is infinitely inferior to boxes and tins. That our own efforts, big productions though they may be, are uniformly overcooked, under-seasoned, and often rejected by family, in favor of something else. That the huge budgets behind Kraft and P&G go not only into advertising, but into huge teams of cooks, chemists, testers, tweakers, all laboring to perfect the flavors of our food. That for us, this industrial food is not just cheap, easy, and convenient, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at remedial eating
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