Messy Dinner (food)
Loving Spouse had been away for the day yesterday... and dinner time kind of snuck up on me. So, this is something I threw together - almost literally, as I wasn't quite sure what was in the house.
It's very messy, although it did turn out to be pretty tasty - and even though it's not beautiful, I'm putting it out here because... well, we should have room for messy, not quite successful stuff too. Not hiding every failure, because that's turning very toxic.
Current state: the main marker on the cable shows the end/begin of the round. I'm not quite through the first repeat (of which there are 5 total), but you can see the beginnings of the willow leaf motif.
I've tweeked a bit the levels of light and contrast to help the stitches "pop" a bit more.
#BigRoundThingKAL19 On special request, some pictures!
Photo of nice things in the post
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Thank you, @distel
food mention - home-processed crystalized mandarin zest
Because, hey, what's one more picture, eh?
Food mention - mandarin zest being processed
Since discovering this trick of crystalizing mandarin peel, I've really gotten insistent with Loving Spouse - if we eat mandarins, I *will* require the peel!
A note on the photo - the paper toweling is wet, because the cutting is much easier if I wipe the knife between cutting 2-3 peels.
Alcohol mention (enjoyable for them's that imbibe...)
When a girl has in her possession an overabundance of mandarin zest flavored sugar syrup, and some gin and tonic...
oh, and hey, some dried rose, too... oh, and lookie here, some grapefruit bitters in the fridge!
(I probably needed to go lighter on the tonic water, which is probably a touch too sweet, if I'm also using the mandarin zest syrup...)
food, cooking, proud cackling
This is part of yesterday's work - crystalized mandarin peels.
There's a moment where it seems like a lot of work. And then, there's the moment, when it suddenly all comes together, and you end up cackling like a mad scientist, crooning how you love it when a plan comes together...
How about some self-spun yarn "pron"?
So, just managed to do this over the last several days...
The yarn is spun Z/S twist, the plying done using the chain-ply method, so it's a 3 ply. The skein weighs 51 grams. The fiber is from Malabrigo, their Nube range, from Merino wool, the color run is Whale's Road.
I'm SUPER pleased at how the chain-ply method does justice to the color variegation of the original roving. I'm going to be doing a lot more of this.
Yesterday's #shodō play.
The joke here is that cat is usually written with a "dog" radical, which... well...
I may work this up further, and add the current kanji. Also, I'm trying to come up with a nice brush script based on Clerical Script, inspired by an uncial script like Insular Minuscule.
#shodō picture of my "table" while travelling.
Many of the pieces come from the box you see in the background - the calligraph box set is from my friends from my Dublin aikido dojo, a goodbye gift when I left there so many years ago.
The little sake jar visible is actually there for holding extra ink - since I was using a big brush, I needed to grind a lot of ink.
The day's production - for our host, who is a bit crazy about dragons, but also needs to balance them with a phoenix.
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