Archive for July, 2011

31
Jul

Unhappy Knees

Written by Sarah. Posted in life

Afternoon, folks! Did you have a nice weekend? Me too!

I love the weekends because I get to wear shorts and dresses that I can’t wear at work. My job involves a lot of lifting and big cases and I’m pretty clumsy so I end up with frowny knees. I can’t help bumping into everything! Sometimes we girls compare our bumps and bruises when we’re just hanging around.

Life’s tough when you’re a peach! Do you bruise easily?

(photo via Pinterest)

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29
Jul

For Your Ears and Eyes

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, music

Happy Friday! Goodness am I excited that the week has come to a close! It’s time to relax.

I finally (and by finally I mean it came out two days ago) got to see the new OKGo music video for “All is Not Lost”. If you know anything about me, you know that I’ve been a gigantic fan of theirs since I was in seventh grade. I even knit them scarves in the dorkiest/most fantastic moment of my life! You remember when they caught on with the treadmill bit. Loved that. And I loved them before and I don’t see that ending any time soon. They challenge themselves not to simply make new, great music but to also be creative over a different mediums. Brilliant.

Their new video is fantastic. It’s absolutely gorgeous and exciting and still has the “How does Trish Sie do it?!” factor that all of their other videos have had. This is a collaboration with Pilobolus and Google Chrome Japan to make a great video with a beautiful message for Japan. Check out the new video. If you have Google Chrome, check it out at allisnotlo.st for a super cool web experience. If not, I’ve embedded it below!

And when you’re done with that, see this trailer to catch a glimpse behind the scenes.

It looks like so much fun! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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28
Jul

FO teaser

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits, life

Good morning, lovelies! I revealed on twitter that I have already gifted the baby blanket that I have been working on. I am pleased to say that Daron and Romney (Jon’s brother and sister-in-law) loved it. I can’t wait for them to meet their son and wrap him in love and soft hand-dyed merino!

I had butterflies in my stomach waiting to hear what they’d think of it! I don’t design many of my own patterns. Up until recently, gauges and swatching really boggled my mind but it’s beginning to click (perhaps thanks to Little Red in the City…more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to do more complicated designs! Hopefully this blog will see many more original knits coming soon! But this really knit up exactly how I pictured it so I was a little scared to see if they liked my idea.

Anyway, I took a ton of photos before I let go of the blanket. I have so many to share, I thought I’d let you see some details today and then more later. I hope you don’t mind sticking with me!

I’m so excited about this knit. Intarsia is no longer scary and I’m ready to tackle some big designs!

Have any knitterly pride in a recent project?

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27
Jul

We All Scream

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, cooking, DIY, recipe, summer

Hey there! Hope you all beat the heat! Now that it’s cooled down a bit, I can get back to blogging. In case there’s another freakishly hellish heatwave, here’s a delicious Green Tea ice cream recipe to chill us out.

I’m so excited that we now have an ice cream maker! We’ve always wanted the Kitchen Aid attachment. I think it’s one of the main reasons we bought the mixer in the first place. There is probably no feeling greater than digging into a pint of your own homemade ice cream!

Green Tea Ice Cream
adapted from Alton Brown’s vanilla ice cream recipe from “Churn Baby Churn 2”
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons matcha powder

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine half-and-half and heavy cream. Stir occassionally, bring to a simmer, and then remove from heat. Wisk egg yolks in another bowl until light in color. Gradually wisk sugar into the eggs. A little at a time, add small amounts of the cream to the eggs until a third of the cream is added. Then combine the rest of the cream. Return to the saucepan over low heat and stir. The mixture will thicken and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and pour into a container to cool for thirty minutes before adding vanilla and matcha powder. Refrigerate this for 8 hours. Pour mixture into ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then freeze overnight for desired texture.

It is not a short process but it is well worth your patience!

AB’s recipe is based on a rich, gourmet-style ice cream. The kind you find in those tiny $5 pints at the bodega across the street. Way more delicious than those bargain ice creams you can actually afford to enjoy.

And, if I may just take a moment to brag, I was lucky enough to meet Alton Brown at a surprise book signing a few weeks ago. I had him sign this Polaroid of us. He wanted to know where I got film these days! 🙂

Have you ever made ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?

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20
Jul

Michael Williams’ ADK

Written by Sarah. Posted in life, movies

Happy Hump Day! We’re halfway there!

I hope this doesn’t come off as a shameless plug because it isn’t meant to be any sort of self-promotion. I shot a bit of this documentary and it just went up on Vimeo. I’d love to share it with you, though, because I think it’s really well done and the subject is important!

ADK is a film by one of my good friends, Michael Williams. He is a fantastic editor and an all-around great guy! It describes the effects of acid rain in the Adirondacks. I wasn’t there for the gorgeous wintery part but we did film some beautiful sites in the early spring.

Please enjoy! 🙂

I hope it inspires you all to save the planet!

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19
Jul

Summer Colors

Written by Sarah. Posted in cooking, holiday, party, summer

Hey there! Here’s something to feast your eyes upon this morning. Jon took this photo of the grill on July 4th.

Don’t these peppers just look delicious and bright? The colors are amazing. Thinking of them sizzling away on the grill is getting my taste buds going! Yummy!

I have a few more photos from the 4th coming soon!

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18
Jul

CSA recipe: Spicy Asian Kohlrabi Slaw

Written by Sarah. Posted in cooking, CSA, new york city, summer

Good morning everyone! Hope you all had wonderful weekends. I did a lot in the kitchen and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

This morning is a recipe I tried out with some of the new vegetables we’re working with thanks to our CSA. This dish involves kohlrabi. What’s a kohlrabi? I’ve read it’s like a turnip. It has the crunchy earthiness of daikon or maybe cabbage. Mainly, I think, it just looks like a freaky alien that I was afraid to eat for fear of it bursting out of my stomach.

photo by Victoria Ruan

OK, it’s not that terrifying. But I was darned if I knew how to prepare the thing. I hear the greens are tastey. They got a little crunchy and inedible as I procrastinated cooking them, though. I finally ran across a recipe and I’ve decided kohlrabi isn’t half bad. You should try it!

 

Spicy Asian Kohlrabi Slaw
Adapted from Sassyradish’s recipe here at Food52.

1 head of kohlrabi (from our CSA!)
1/2 fuji apple (but I’m dying to try it again with asian pear!)
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon hot sesame oil
1 teaspoon cayenne  pepper (from our CSA!)
pinch of cumin and dried basil (from our CSA!)
salt and pepper

Remove greens and peel kohlrabi. Slice kohlrabi and apple into thin pieces. Toss with remaining ingredients and serve cold.

Delicious! It’s a great side. Very refreshing and crisp but unexpectedly spicy. Try it out!

Do you fear any veggies?

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14
Jul

Judith G. Klausner’s From Scratch

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, baking, cooking

I hope we’ve all had our breakfast! Isn’t this piece by Judith G. Klausner just amazing?! Her collection of works called From Scratch is about the resurgence of hand crafting and the importance of packaged foods.

Her statement is fascinating:

My work is about choice. As a woman in the twenty-first century, I can choose to spend my day baking a loaf of bread, or to grab a package off a grocery store shelf after a long day at work. I can choose to spend my evenings embroidering. I can choose to combine these things and call it art.

Check out rest of From Scratch. It makes me feel hungry and crafty all at once!

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13
Jul

I Hate Blocking and You Can Too!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits

I’ve been a very bad blogger. I was so proud of myself for posting regularly but last week was a real doozy. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve got tons of stuff to share with you!

Today I want to talk about blocking. I’m doing it! Aren’t you proud? I hate blocking and I never do it. Today, all of that is going to change.

The mystery present I’m working on is no longer a secret. It’s a baby blanket for Jon’s soon-to-be nephew! I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. It really needed to be blocked. It’s a bit of a mess around the edges and it looks half the size it should be. So I decided to do it. I never block anything unless I really have to and here’s why:

I’m impatient. (Side note: the idea that knitting requires patience cracks me up! Every time someone says “Oh I couldn’t knit, it takes so much patience” I just laugh. I have the patience of any average New Yorker trying to catch a cab in midtown around 5:25pm on a Tuesday while there’s a parade blocking all of 7th Avenue and it’s raining. I don’t know any knitters who are patient.)

I want to be done with projects when they’re done. I like moving on. I’m afraid that blocking will melt my stitches together or make the edges all pulled at the corners instead of just harmless curling (these things have happened to me) and I don’t want to leave my knit laying on the ironing board for three days waiting for it to dry.

And, frankly, the thought of damp wool makes me nauseous.

But I’m trying to really hone my skills and become a Knitter with a capitol K so I pledge to block everything from now on. I promise, guys.

I looked up a few videos on how to do it and put it off for about four days while I decided which method would work best. I went with steaming since there is finally an iron in my life. Of course, I didn’t have any straight pins so I used all of the safety pins in the apartment which I still think counts as half-assing the whole endeavor. Long story short, it sits on my coffee table drying this instant and I sit before you biting my nails.

I suppose I’ll be visited tonight by the Ghost of Elizabeth Zimmerman showing me my wrongful knitterly ways when it comes to blocking. God bless our knitting, everyone’s!

Please send my knitting some good joo joo. And any blocking tips would be appreciated, as well!

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07
Jul

Lonely Socks

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight, new york city, photos

Hey, everyone! I’m working really hard on this WIP so I haven’t had any time to to share what a weekend I had! I can’t wait to share my photographs but I’ll have to wait just a bit longer.

Today, I just really want to show you this photograph by Shawn Hoke. His photographs are really beautiful but this one might be my favorite. An ode to lonely socks. I love it!

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