Friday, February 24, 2012

Very Random Post

I'm covering all the bases tonight -- vegan food, knitting, and comic books!
It's been unseasonably warm for February, but that hasn't deterred me from making more soup! Last night I made a piping hot Black Bean and Tomato Soup from Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. It was easy enough to pull off on a weeknight, even on a Thursday night when my energy level is usually low. More importantly, it tasted great. I had a cup with a smoked Tofurky sandwich. 
There's a few tomato slices tucked in there, but no lettuce. Our fridge has been freezing all of our lettuce lately, which is an annoying problem I haven't been able to fix yet. 

I finished the cardigan! Here is a picture of it blocking. I tried to enlist J in taking a picture of me wearing the cardigan, but no luck so far. Maybe tomorrow, when the sun is out. 

Overall I'm pleased. I did spaz out when I was making the raglan decreases (I was paying attention to Captain America on the blu-ray when I should have been looking at my knitting!), so the neckline turned out to be off-the-shoulders instead of a traditional scoop-neck. I added a black button in an asymmetrical position to make it look intentional  (not shown in the picture).
Here are the details:
Pattern: Vinelle by Voolenvine (you can download it from Ravelry)
Needle size: 8
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted (in Eucalyptus) 

My newest project is a shawl in striping colors. The pattern is Athena, by Kate Ray. I love stripes, but I hate weaving in all the loose ends. Sigh.

And finally ... I didn't get to my local comic book store this week. I think Animal Man came out this week, so I have to go there soon to get my copy. But in the meantime, I've been reading Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise. I'm on the fourth volume of the pocket book edition.
My introduction to Terry Moore's work has been unusual. I read the first few issues of Rachel Rising first, then the first trade volume of Echo, and then finally picked up the first volume of Strangers in Paradise. SIP is like an addictive soap opera in comic book form. Katchoo and Francine are best friends who may also be in love with each other ... except there is everything standing in their way, from a sweet boy named David to gangsters, plane crashes, and pregnancies. SIP is over-the-top, bittersweet, addictive fun. 


  1. Hey, I'm all about random - there's stuff popping into and out of my brain all the time. I like the off-the-shoulder look so I think the sweater will look nice. You can always put on a camisole or something underneath if you feel too bare.

    Are you familiar with the work of Trina Robbins? I got her book, A Century of Women Cartoonists, from my Sweetie as a Christmas gift.

    1. I've heard Trina Robbins' work is pretty awesome, but I haven't read any of her books yet.

  2. I think that Animal Man issue needs to be picked up, asap.

  3. Soup & Sandwich look great! The sweater looks store bought! I'd be afraid to wear it after knitting it myself.