Oxymorons

A very dignified Romney ram

. . . .  not to be confused with:

romneyn.  1.  One who demonstrates incompetence, lack of social conscience, and general disregard of at least 47% of the American population.  2.  One who is affronted by reality checks (see also, palinn.)

In other news . . . .  I am not sure what it means to be a “brainiac cheerleader” — from a breathless introduction by some news announcer, brainiac cheerleaders are “required” to have “advanced science degrees.”  And indeed, some do have these advanced science degrees: A dentist!  A Ph.D. in cellular molecular medicine!  A Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering!  But then, there’s the phlebotomist, and the financial analyst . . . .  A group of brainiac cheerleaders goes around the country performing cheerleading routines to “encourage” girls to study science.  Really?  If I were a young girl, I’m not sure what sort of message I am meant to be receiving, but as a woman with one of those “advanced science degrees” and mother of a teenage girl, I know what message am getting.  These women are  great examples of very smart women who think being smart and beautiful means also pandering to male fantasies.  I suppose that’s why  “mommy porn” along the line of Fifty Shades of Grey has been so depressingly popular.

CSA Share Week 15:  lettuce, cucumbers, green onion, onions, potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, chard, spinach, parsley (gave away), bell pepper, kohlrabi, broccoli, eggs

Recipes:  kohlrabi hash (kohlrabi, potatoes, green onions, onions), broccoli with polenta (from Simplicity from a Monastery Kitchen), spinach with raisins and pine nuts, chard tian (from Simplicity from a Monastery Kitchen)

Saturday Morning: Poudre River Trail

Platte River Power Authority substation

Great Western Sugar Company sugar beet effluent flume
Coy Hoffman barn, on the Link-N-Greens golf course
Ranch-Way Feeds
gravel works
Bridge across the Poudre River
Our bikes …
… at Vern’s Place, Laporte

It was a wonderful ride, on a gorgeous September morning.  Fall is definitely in the air!

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CSA Share Week 14:  spinach, cucumber, zucchini, sweet peppers, red leaf lettuce, Italian parsley, green onions (gave away), eggplant (gave away), beets (gave away), butter potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, carrots, eggs

Neighborhood Share:  apples!

Recipes:  apple sauce, tousled zucchini (from Greene on Greens, used zucchini, tomatoes, parsley, and eggs from share), kale and potato soup (used kale, potatoes, carrots, peppers, and beans from share) , chile verde (from Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons, used beans, chiles, tomatoes, and corn from share)

Knitting for the Fall: Voluta

Voluta

Pattern:  Voluta, by Rachel Erin, from Twist Collective.

Yarn:  Cottage Craft 2-ply worsted weight wool yarn, in “sandstone.”  The yarn is scratchy and  rustic with many bits of vegetation to pick out.  It is not a heavy yarn, however, and I think it worked quite well with the pattern.

Modifications:  I did in fact mess around with the length of the jacket because I am a short woman.  It took some doing, but I did manage to shorten the bottom border-to-waist as well as the waist-to-shoulder lengths while preserving the cables (pat myself on the back).

Thoughts:  I am a sucker for cables, especially of the unusual sorts.  Rachel Erin did a wonderful job with the design and construction of this jacket.  I even like the idea of 3/4 sleeves — it will show off some of my chunky silver cuffs.

Knitting for the Fall: Wingspan

About 25 years ago, I knitted a multicolored jewel-toned sweater for DH (this was the 1980s, and Bill Cosby was popularizing really colorful men’s sweaters on The Cosby Show).  I think the pattern was from Calvin Klein, and used DK-weight Reynolds yarn held double.  It was my first time knitting a sweater from sleeve to sleeve: the entire pullover was made up of vertical cable panels, each one a different pattern.  Anyway, DH never wore the sweater because it was too small, although a school friend of mine borrowed it once to wear on a date — and it looked great on her 🙂

Fast forward to last summer, when I dug the sweater out of the “couldn’t bear to part with it” pile and painstakingly took it apart, separating all the doubled strands with The Teenager’s help.  A week ago, I found “Wingspan” — and all its variations — on Ravelry:

The Jewel Wingspan

Pattern:  “Wingspan,” by Maylin of Tri’Coterie Designs, lace variation by Helena Forde.  A wonderful example of a complex-looking pattern that is actually a cinch to knit.  I had no problems with Helena Forde’s pattern, probably because I ignored the lace charts and just followed her written instructions.

Yarn:  DK weight wool/acrylic blend yarn from Reynolds.  I bought the yarn from Nancy Bush’s yarn shop in Salt Lake City, The Wooly West, sadly no longer in business.

Modifications:  I used a different lace pattern in one of the panels, knitted 9 big triangles instead of 8, and used a DK instead of fingering weight yarn.

Thoughts:  Loved the pattern — and I am not a shawl/wrap/scarf -knitting kind of person 🙂  I love being able to reuse all the jewel-toned yarn now in the stash.  It is such a great pattern that I may break the unwritten rule of not knitting anything twice . . .  I am wearing it right now as I type — it is a late summer morning, and I can finally feel the autumn briskness in the air.

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CSA Share Week 13:  spinach, collard greens, green onions (gave away), zucchini (gave away), yellow squash, carrots, cucumber (gave away), parsley (gave away), green leaf lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, sweet peppers, corn (gave away), eggs

Recipes:  greens and tomatoes with cumin, roasted carrots/potatoes/squash, creamy tomato pasta sauce, spinach with garlic and raisins

CSA Share Week 12:  spinach, radishes (gave away), green onions, zucchini (gave away), cucumber, yellow squash, carrots, eggplant (gave away), heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, sweet peppers, jalapeño peppers, corn, Romaine lettuce, eggs

Recipes:  Awendaw bread (from Greene on Greens), roasted carrots, tater tomater pie (from Greene on Greens), roasted fingerling potatoes with spinach/parsley/oregano pesto