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January 25th, 2006 (12:03 am)

current mood: cheerful

Soo... the elections are over and we have another minority government. For that I'm quite grateful. The question is how things will go from hereon. I will say this much for the election results; the numbers game came out quite interesting (the PCs must ally with either the Bloc or the Liberals to pass anything in Parliament) neither of which seem to be readily chummy with the PCs. I just hope that there's a true effort to making the government work this time. And please, no repeat of 1979's 9 month minority government. I don't know if I'll give this government much in terms of lifespan, but that's a bit too short. ^^;

I've been trying to work on the backlog of email and comments since last week but am not sure how well I'm doing. ^^; Hopefully those definitely requiring replies are done or will be by tomorrow. I know it's on my resolutions list but this was another of those "losing battle" propositions. I'm terrible at writing and often take a long time to figure out how to write a couple of lines. Gomennasai. >_<;

And finally got around to tying in ball #3 on the great afghan project. This time, the female sibling unit did something a bit different. She assaulted the poor end of the yarn (about 5 cms long) stripping it to the point that it unravelled, did the same to the start of the next ball, and then rolled the two ends between her palms until they re-intertwined. It seems to be holding together well, and the join got knit in on the pattern row. Tying in a ball that way is nice since it's quite seamless. ^___^ Otherwise, the afghan is currently around 1.5' in length and is no longer the utterly shocking mini-skirt lenght. :P So if it's 8-9"/ball... 8-9 balls in total? I still have a ways to go I see. ^^;

But, the female sibling unit picked up a book/mag on lacy shawls as well and that was looking quite promising as a source for the great cashmere afghan (assuming we don't get some nice stuff from Fleece Artist for that instead since it'd be a much better weight than DK...). :P Shall see if that's how things will go. Looking at the Barkarole, it suddenly occurred to me that, for all the meterage, there's only 1kg of yarn. :o I was a bit surprised. ^^;

And the female sibling unit is talking about going to Europe with a friend for a week. >_< I *so* want to go too (but will not invade). *le sigh* I'll have to find another way to get over to that side of the world and go crawling through the many castle ruins and the *museums*! >_<; Just stick me in some dusty corner (ghost optional) and I'll be all too content. ^^;

And we hit T&T supermarket today... It's either a new Pocky or one of their trial flavours, but I discovered a Black Sesame flavoured Pocky. It's actually not bad and I'm rather enjoying it now. (It was a bit unusual at first). I remember having black sesame ice cream once in a dessert shop in Japan and really loving it. And they had the beef tenderloin again... 3.5-4lbs of beef tenderloin... *___* And so, I need to figure out some more ways to cook massive (relatively speaking) chunks of beef. Last time, I did steak sandwiches for lunch too. ^^; I was happily stuffed on beef when we got it last time.

And the Farmer's Market over at the former Currie Barracks *finally* put up a sign so people can find it! Yay!! I've known about the Farmer's Market there for some time now but have never gone since, let's face it, the barracks were quite big! And of course, seeing where it is now, it wasn't even inside the barracks by the looks of it, but on one of the roads leading to it. Maybe I'll finally get out to it now. ^___^

Yep, miscellany puts it quite nicely. A bit of everything; none FB though.


Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: January 25th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)

I've been a little scared of the black sesame pocky and haven't tried it, even though I've been game for everything else.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 26th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)

As scary as it looks, it's actually quite nice. ^___^ If it's still around next time you see it, give it a try (unless you don't like sesame. If you don't like sesame, then you might not like it). ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 25th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
Gimme tea! (by epi_lj)

I <3 miscellany! Your female sibling unit sounds nifty!

I'm currently working in a wool/mohair blend, which will felt. So I did my first spit splice ever. It was nifty! Even if I was pulling mohair fuzzies out of my mouth for half an hour after. Which afghan did you choose?

You could probably keep up with comments if you stopped being so darned interesting! ^_^

We saw the sesame flavoured pocky. And we backed away in fear. And I had my first mochi ice. But the ice cream is… substandard. So I can't say if I liked it. And I have a problem chewing frozen things. And I'm rambling…

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 26th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)

*laughs* The female sibling unit is lots of fun. ^__^ Unfortunately, when we're together, we have a tendency to 'play off' of one another which can be very dangerous and bad. >_<;;

Ooohhh, what are you making? Mohair's nice to pet. ^___^ One of the things that keeps me from wanting to work with mohair is eating fuzzies; I don't know if you can completely avoid it if you work with it? I love the texture though. *___*

The current great afghan project is a feather and fan pattern which has been ongoing since Boxing Day. I'm using... (checks) Cascade 220 which is a 100% Peruvian Highland wool in burgundy. For the great cashmere afghan, I'm thinking of using a pattern from "The Best of Knitter's Magazine - Shawls and Scarves" - Lace Dreams. The pattern is based on the ostrich plumes lace pattern and will be done in Austermann Barkarole in Nordic Blue. (The pattern has a 16 stitch repeat which I'll increase for the greater width of an afghan).

*short break...*

Mwahaha... I just raided the female sibling unit's yarn cache. ^o^ Actually, I specifically targetted those yarns she didn't show when she showed me her cache, and sure enough, she didn't remember what she had planned for the yarn I found (they were fairly well buried). So I now have 20 balls of Peruvian Collection Baby Silk (dark blue) which I'm thinking of using to either do a lacy shawl or afghan depending, or maybe picking out a few lace patterns from the stitch books and creating a sort of sampler lace afghan (some nice patterns to run up the full length of an afghan). She also gave me 10 balls of aran weight wool/acrylic blend which I might use to make another afghan with (I really want to try another cable pattern; I failed miserably with this on the first great knitting attempt; either that or the... anniversary afghan I'd linked before would be nice too... assuming I can figure out how to do it). ^^;

If you have a chance, do try the sesame flavoured pocky. I have to admit, I quite like it. Mind you, I was really surprised when I first tried black sesame ice cream. ^_^; Hmm... did you try the large Japanese Yukimi Daifuku? The small bite-sized ones I find to definitely be substandard both in mochi and in ice cream, but the large size ones, provided they're not freezer burned I found reasonable, but I don't remember how the ice cream was. There're some Chinese varieties as well but I haven't tried them. ^^; ...Of course, if you were looking for some sticky fun you could try making your own with some really good ice cream or a green tea ice cream to fill with. :P

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 26th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)

O.O That reply was more than a window long in my e-mail. O.O

I kept asking "what's daifuku" and Ysa & Jason didn't answer. And Ysa wanted mochi ice. Mmmmm… green tea ice cream… YUMMMMMMM!

Tee-hee - raiding other people's yarn stash is fun! Especially if it won't get you in trouble. ^_^ And you scored!

I am working on a cardigan made out of lamb's pride - yummy! It's about 85% done. I have a bunch of things I have to photograph & post, but those go in the craftyginny journal. I will try to remember to point you to that when I do.

I only notice mohair fuzzies if I'm spit splicing. But if you're more sensitive, it would probably help to work near a humidifier, which would at least keep the fuzzies from floating up in the air tooverymuch. I think.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 29th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)

And this is why I never catch up with my replies. -_-;;

Daifuku literally means "great fortune" and is a type of filled dessert (usually with red bean paste, but can be ice cream or red bean and strawberry...). I had to ask the male parental, and he thinks that both the material used and the style of cooking are particular for daifuku compared to regular red bean filled mochi, but I'm not completely sure.

I did! ^___^ Unfortunately, I think the wool/acrylic blend will be a return to sender. ^^;

Do post photos and tell where. ^___^ I'd love to see it!

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 25th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Furuba-Not Broken

You're better at keeping up with e-mail than I am...I read your e-mail yesterday, but haven't had time to sit down and reply. It's not that I really have anything more to ask, but I want to express my thanks. *is totally in your debt* x_X Have a great day!

Posted by: Milena (milena_tori)
Posted at: January 26th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)

Your female sibling unit is really nice and funny to read about. ^_^

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: January 27th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

And the female sibling unit is talking about going to Europe with a friend for a week. >_< I *so* want to go too (but will not invade). *le sigh* I'll have to find another way to get over to that side of the world and go crawling through the many castle ruins and the *museums*! >_<; Just stick me in some dusty corner (ghost optional) and I'll be all too content. ^^;

Oh God. Where in Europe is she going ?

Ne, neeeeeee, you have to come too !!! Okay maybe not this time (I know what you feel, I don't like to feel like I'm invading either) but do come someday ! There are so many (old, but beautiful) things to see over here.

(And if you ever feel like visiting Provence/the French Riviera, *please* don't bother to look for a hotel to spend the night, okay ?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 29th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)

I think they're planning on going to Belgium and... Denmark? I'm not sure about the latter, but definitely the former.


Be careful what you offer, you never know if I decide to take you up on it. :P

And on an aside, I was looking through the paper and noticed an insanely low airfare posted for return flights to "London". I'm still wondering if they're talking London, England or London, Ontario. O_O

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