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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Domestic Me

I think if you have a creative gene, you are not restricting yourself to one medium. I do love to create through knitting, but I also love photography (I am planning to learn more about it), cooking and house decorating among other things. This is a prelude to what I am going to share with you. Normally I cook very simple dishes. Who has the time, right? When we have someone over for a nice dinner, I am using this opportunity to create something that I will be happy about. Most of the time, I am not following any recipes, I just do it. When it comes to baking, I have learned my lessons (note: plural) and I am not experimenting almost ever (I cannot help myself sometimes). When we were in Australia, I learned to do this airy cake called Pavlova. Almost every restaurant has it there. It is named after a Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It has no fat, just egg whites and sugar with the topping of non-fat cool-whip mixed with Amarreto liqueur. Let me know, if you want the recipe.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Knitting In The Sun

There is a new book around the corner.
"Knitting In The Sun" by Kristi Porter is promising to be a wonderful book with 32 projects suited for warm weather. You can read about it here. I am proud to be one of the contributors whose design was included in this book. I did not see the inside of the book yet, but I am in love with the cover. It will be hard to wait until the release day in April. Looking at the names of the designers, I am sure we are in for a treat.

Thanksgiving 2008


I love Thanksgiving. Kids come home. I do not have to go to work. We cook, we talk, we laugh, we watch movies, my daughter and I knit. There is much to be thankful for. I am lucky to have a great family and many friends. My designing is continuing to be great fun for me. This year I also realized that my cyber friends on Ravelry are real.
My daughter made beautiful pies for our meal. This is her apple pie.
A birch tree is very symbolic in Russian literature. When I was leaving Russia almost 30 years ago, my boss was trying to reason with me and said that if I leave, I will never see another birch in my life. He meant to say that I will see very different nature around me and be very nostalgic. In fact, I do not see much of a difference in plants if I compare where I grew up and where I live now. And talking about birches… I have quite a few of them around my block. No nostalgia here. I do love them though.