Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goings On

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So cold here.  I walk a lot these days, and I love that thing that happens to the inside of my face after a walk in the bitter cold; you know what I mean?  After you’ve been out in it, and you come indoors where it’s warm and you just feel your nose shrinking, like your face is very gently shriveling up?  I love that.  That’s how you know you’ve earned a hot chocolate. 

I made the best soup the other day, from no recipe; just throwing things into the pot, with yellow peas and onions and carrots and a good homemade broth from the freezer and a big slab of gorgeous ham, smothered in fat.  Salt, pepper, olive oil.  Garlic.  Curry powder.  Vinegar.  I don’t remember what else.  Soup is always sort of a one-of-a-kind experience with me.  It’s always pretty good though.  I have soup mostly figured out. 

I have so many projects in progress right now, including three (!) new pairs of socks all started on the same day, but all I feel like working on today is the big striped thing.  Stripes.  They’re the best.  The big striped thing is halfway done now. 

I’ve been reading Kaffe Fassett’s book Dreaming in Color, and ohmygoodness, I am so inspired.  I’ve been loving Kaffe since the ‘90s, when I came upon him in this book, and then went fully mad for fabric.  He’s one of those people I just wish I could know. 

19 comments:

  1. Love your stripes! Soup eludes me - it's often a bit bland or way toooo watery. I would welcome a soup blog! We're all fans of the hot chocolate with marshmallows here when your chinkles (cheeks!) are so cold you can't feel them. x

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  2. Your soup sounds delicious. I LOVE to make soup, I do it at least once a week. I'm serving my last package of leftover Christmas ham from the freezer tonight and kind of hoping there's enough left for a slow-cooker pea soup for dinner tomorrow.

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  3. Ahhh cold walks, hot chocolate and soup. I think you captured the best of winter. Throw in some yarn and you might as well have died and gone to heaven. Lately I feel the need to start a new crochet project. Something blanket-ish. Your big stripe thing is looking just dandy!
    Kaffe Fassett is the bomb. I bought one of his needlepoint books years ago and was hooked. Everything he touches is beautiful. Going to Amazon to check out the new book......

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  4. Well I can relate took a walk in the woods yesterday feels so good on the face. I'm doing the same, so many projects going on yet finding myself going back to the simple things. The mindless things that just say relaxing...

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  5. i love your stripes! what are you working on now ms. kristen? i have met kaffe a couple times, he is as charismatic as the colors he works with.

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  6. This is how I usually make soups:) The best way and always different taste!
    the colors you are using are awesome, very well suiting each other :)

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  7. Whatever "the thing" is its looking gorgeous ... I bet you are oing to make another blanket, aren't you? It just have the feel. I haven't been walking at all...and I really should...just wishing for a few days a little less col. Love the stripes... Can't wait for the it reveal :)

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  8. I wonder what the striped thing is? the colours make me thing of spring.
    I make soup in the same kind of way but I've never put in vinegar, will try it next time.

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  9. Love the colors of the stripy thing!!! My favorite soup is leek and potato soup! Only 5 ingredients: leeks,potatoes,salt, pepper and water. Cook till potatoes are soft, puree with a hand blender and voila! So creamy and smooth AND easy-peasy!! The man is just a genius! I so wish I had just a small piece of his colorful, creative and how-to mind. His books are so inspirational!

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    Love

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  11. I have those people. People I wish I could know - or more specifically, I wish they lived next door and we could pop over for a cup of tea...
    Loving your stripes. I just can't live without stripes, although bizarrely, I rarely knit them! Hmm.

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  12. Lovely stripes! What happy colours!
    And, ooooooh, I'd LOVE a big bowl of hot soup right now!!! We've had more snow today, and soup would be just the ticket!!!
    Carly
    x

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  13. I feel the same about cold-weather walks. Every morning the dog and I head out for an hour, and we get that tingle that has been lasting long after we come inside ... actually I think it's more wind burn. I come in to pick up the knitting and tea and it was all worthwhile :) Your stripes are inspiring! Wendy

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  14. Yep, you can't beat a good homemade soup from whatever you have to hand - as you say, once you've got the concept sussed it usually comes out good. Yours sounds a goody, and so good after a cold walk!Loving the looks of the stripes - wonderful colours.
    I've always been a great fan of Kaffe too - his use of colour and design is awesome - i have most of his patchwork books and they are such an inspiration. There is an exhibition on in London this Spring feauturing Kaffe - I must go.
    For other UK bloggers, it's his first retrospective in London since 1988, feautures over 100 pieces of work, at the Fashion and Textile Museum 22 March to 29 June 2013.
    Gill xx

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  15. beautiful blog
    love
    maria
    mscreations27.blogspot.com

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  16. Stripes are awesome! I'm working on a fairly large striped pattern myself right now:) Your soup sounds wonderful...those are the best kind, when you throw it all together and it makes the house smell yummy and tastes so good too!

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  17. The internet has taught me a lot lately - specially this earning hot chocolate business. I was never aware you had to earn it!!! Gosh, just entirely love the way you write, dear :)

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  18. Know what you mean about soup but in our house its my hubby who is the expert soup maker. His soups are just delish, x

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  19. I just made soup for lunch [tomato, green beans, water, Italian seasoning, raisins, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper, poured over some corn tortilla chips] I am about halfway through Kaffe's Dreaming in Color. Interesting to learn how his artistic style was formed!
    xx,
    Gracie

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