Monday morning, and my poor little girl is missing one of her precious six sessions of ski school for the latest nasty virus to make the rounds of our house. And because I am a total pushover as a mother, I gave in and created her consolation of choice:
Sugar, corn syrup and a dash of orange extract makes a treat with a surprisingly sophisticated flavor. (She swears they help her sore throat, too.) These are a wee bit more flexible than I think is strictly ideal - lacking a candy thermometer, I dusted off a vague recollection from the candy making days of my youth and dribbled sequential bits of the boiling syrup in a glass of ice water until it produced something one could reasonably call a "hard crack". (That should drive up the Google hits... sigh.) In retrospect, it could have boiled for another minute or two, but I rather like the freeform rolled versions. I think if I planned ahead, I could make something fabulously floral with this.
Speaking of sweet things, since I have now been nominated for the Make My Day award at least three times (thank-you VERY much), I should really emerge from the paralysis of social anxiety (will the folks I don't list hate me, how do I pick just 10, is it wrong to nominate a nominator, what if I do it all wrong, etc.) and make my own list. Especially since I have already discovered a number of exciting blogs via other people's lists, which I think is the whole point of the exercise.
- Enchanting Juno - because she is a terribly cool person, an engaging writer, and feels rather like a kindred spirit.
- Celtic Memory Yarns - I love the way she conveys her connection to the land and history of her Irish home, and her husband takes the most divine pictures.
- Brenda Dayne's Cast On - I have just discovered podcasts, and if CBC Radio One were to do a weekly knitting program, I'm pretty sure it would sound exactly like this. (Except, you know, with more Canadian content.) I can give no higher praise.
- Ysolda - she has an impeccable design sense, but at the same time a manner of presenting her work that is accessible and unpretentious. Plus I love the glimpses of Scotland.
- Tiennie - totally inspires me to do a better job of knitting for my family.
- Red Thread Studio - I discovered recently when she linked to me - she has a passion for what she calls Slow Cloth (something of a correlate to the Slow Food movement). Textiles made with care, craftsmanship, and attention to detail, made to last, made in mindful awareness of their impact on the environment.
- Dogs Steal Yarn - writes about her writing and her knitting - very inspiring.
- Graine de Memere - the first blogger I ever met in person - all the way from the South of France! Knitting has been sparse lately, but her photos of Provence are inspiring, and her recipes are divine.
- Dances With Wool - a well rounded artist, with thoughtful posts, inspiring knitting and other textile arts.
- Knitting in the North - like Tiennie, Charity inspires me with her generous heart and commitment to her family.
There are many many more, of course (which is why I have a blogroll in the sidebar) - some that are so popular already that I can't imagine anyone who hasn't already discovered them, and many (sadly) whom I followed avidly but have lately either drifted away or gone on to become so successful in the fibre world that they no longer have the time or inclination to blog.