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The Post From Bed, Featuring Mail and Soufflé au Chocolat

Mailbag Feb 15

I went to class today only to turn right around by the time my second class was about to start. I coughed through Fed Courts and people were looking at me as if I had some dread disease. Being that I felt shitty anyway, I didn't need ostracization on top of everything and returned home. There are lots of tidbits on which to update you, though!

  • Everybody wave "Hi" to Birch... "Hi Birch!" She's looking rumpled as usual, but with only 8 pattern repeats left to go she'll be blocking within the week.
  • The cash generated from last week's de-stashing has gone into just what you'd expect... more yarn and knitting schwag! As you can see above, I bought 4 balls of Southwest Trading Company Bamboo in a dark red - the color is perfecto for my Orangina vision! Or perhaps she'll be known in these parts as Strawberry Crush. I haven't even removed the yarn from the bag yet. SWTC has developed a softer blend of fibers for this version of Bamboo and it seems a big improvement over the original. It's truly super soft. How I heart bamboo! Even if it ends up too thick for Orangina's lace pattern, I'm going to keep the stuff and use it for something.
  • Post-destash investment #2: Worsted and Natural Colors colorcards from Beaverslide Dry Goods. I'm considering one of the naturals for the grand self-designed shawl-collared aran I've been plotting for C.
  • Post-destash investment #3: Patterns for two stylish sleeveless tops called "The Jems Collection" [via Yahaira].
  • The new issue of Interweave Knits hit my mailbox today (it said "ow!"). I'm mmeh on it. Three patterns I liked immediately, though, were Veronik Avery's Prairie Tunic, the Drop Stitch Hoodie, and Kate Gilbert's Sunrise Circle Jacket (free .pdf pattern!). The jacket may not really be my style, but the "sunburst" construction of the piece is rad.

On other fronts, Chris and I had a sweet, low key evening last night... all we could muster given my current state of invalidity. We made a simple dinner followed by only piece of our elaborate meal plan we followed through on... Soufflé au Chocolat!

Valentine's Day Souffle au Chocolat

The recipe was from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by idol for super tall sherry-swigging ladies everywhere, Julia Child. Having never made soufflé before, we both agree it was a definite success. But because we made the recipe in small ramekins instead of the large dish the recipe called for, I didn't really know when they were done and took them out early. No problem - they were still very light and tasty but they fell within minutes...

Souffle Tombe

Only later did I flip to a different section of the cookbook to read the paragraph on how to know when a soufflé is done, which reported that they should probably have stayed in a good 10 minutes longer. Still, we got the hard part (getting the eggs right) down, I think. We ate the better-cooked ones (not the ones pictured!). And we just addressed the problem of the vast holes in each soufflé by filling the void with vanilla ice cream (my general philosophy for filling voids of all sorts).

Then we ventured out to BAM for a screening of the very charming and romantic Ball of Fire with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, and as our friend and resident film expert Rachel told me, the seven most famous character actors of the time. They were adorable! "Why I once drove out with President Roosevelt and he said my driving was bully!"

And now I have a very exciting date here in bed with my humidifier and the illuminating Erwin Chemerinsky, so I must bid you adieu. Catch y'all later!

Posted by jess at February 15, 2006 2:14 PM
Comments

WOW, I have just been catching up on your blog and everything from the souffle to Lady Eleanor look absolutely divine... you are on fire girl! I hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: amanda at February 15, 2006 3:09 PM

So sorry to hear you are still feeling sick. It looks like with your excellent mail and icecream-filled souffles, you'll at least be a little bit happier. Too bad you had to settle for a date with Erwin -- sounds like you had such a better date last night!

Posted by: Michelle at February 15, 2006 3:31 PM

I'm mad for Chermerinsky. He did the Constitutional Law unit for my bar review and we were all awe struck by his brilliance.

Plus, he uses his powers for good.

Feel better.

Posted by: A.J. at February 15, 2006 3:59 PM

Aw, feel better! I'm in love with that drop-stitch hoodie! Very pretty :) Perhaps I'll add that to my list of things to do after I finally get around to making my first sweater ;)

Posted by: kristiface at February 15, 2006 4:01 PM

Those souffles look good, imperfections and all.

Hi, Birch!

Posted by: Chris at February 15, 2006 4:11 PM

You must join my Birch-along :)

http://pixiepurls.com/archives/2006/01/rowan_birch_kal.html

Did you use kidsilk haze? If so what color? I THOUGHT I ordered that color but apparently Trance is actully aqua.

Posted by: pixie at February 15, 2006 4:11 PM

Just found your blog today; it's great! I'm so envious of all the Birches I've seen on other blogs...I just don't think I'm ready for lace done in KSH. I will attempt the Trellis Shawl in the new IK (got mine Monday) though; I was happy to see that it called for Knitpicks lace yarn, which I already have in my stash! Yay stashbusting projects.

Posted by: Kelly at February 15, 2006 4:20 PM

Your Birch is b*tchin'! Funny how itlooks all small and rumpled until the blocking magicks take hold.

Feel your pain about being sick and people giving you the "keep away" stare. Hope you bounce back soon.

Posted by: Karen B. at February 15, 2006 5:15 PM

Ewww, Chemerinsky. Surely you can find some better sick reading. Although that book is the only reason I made it through fed courts. The souffles look great and I'm glad they worked out - ice cream is always welcome in my house too. It looks like you stash money has been put to great use!

Posted by: Stephanie at February 15, 2006 5:27 PM

I believe my favorite of the professors is Richard Haydn (pronounced "hay," as in horses, not "hy," as in the composer), with S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall a close second. Although the latter was thrilling in Casablanca, Haydn was perhaps even more magnificent as the priggish suitor in Lubitsch's Cluny Brown and the drunken butler in And Then There Were None. They just don't make elderly character actors like they used to!

-- resident film expert Rachel

Posted by: Rachel at February 15, 2006 5:49 PM

soufflé fallen tastes all the same! Look forward to seeing your Strawberry Crush!

Posted by: Aimee at February 15, 2006 6:17 PM

The souffles look delish... they can be tricky though! Bravo for attempting on V-day while being under the weather! I'm anxious to hear how the Orangina comes out with the Bamboo. I, too, fell prey to the siren song of SWTC Bamboo last summer. I can't say I loved it - it was course, not pleasant to knit with, and didn't feel nice against the skin when knitted up. BUT if you say that this is a much softer version, then I think you've got it made. Orangina is a fun pattern - easy to memorize and makes a cute little summer top.

Posted by: Lisa at February 15, 2006 7:33 PM

sounds like you had a perfect v-day. i would love to see ball of fire on the big screen. it's one of my faves. there is some hilarious old slang in there. sorry you're not feeling well today...hope tomorrow is better.

p.s. birch is looking great!

Posted by: kate at February 15, 2006 7:49 PM

aww, sorry you feel sick. but you had a great mail day and some yummy souffle!

ms birch is looking lovely in her puberty stage, can't wait to see the woman she grows up to be...boy that sounds weird

Posted by: yahaira at February 15, 2006 8:24 PM

Birch looks lovely and your V-day sounds very nice. Nothing beats special time with the signifie. I am just starting to use KSH on on my own project for the Olympics....it is soo beautfiul, but I must keep my eyes on it as I knit!

Posted by: Beth at February 15, 2006 9:25 PM

My Federal Courts professor had a mad man crush on Chemerinsky. He also mentioned one time that he belonged to a Federal Court chat group on the internet. And I thought I was a nerd with the knitting blog thing!

Mr. Chemerinsky did come in handy once. If you look closely, you can see his book being used to try to hold down some edges that wanted to roll.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/legallyblondeky/Knitting/Im000779.jpg

Posted by: Stacy at February 16, 2006 12:02 AM

Your birch looks amazing (even rolled in a ball!). Snap on the valentine's dessert. We made something that looked very similar for V day. Unfortunately no pics.

Posted by: knitannie at February 16, 2006 3:58 AM

:( I hope you feel better asap! Rest up

I also recieved the new IK a couple days ago...I actually really like this issue - there are a couple things I'd actually make (that makes it a winner for me!). Definitely NOT bobble hell "bobble blue" - bah I have a big dislike for bobbles. Wearing a sweater with bobbles, for me feels like I have big ol zits all over my body. But hey, that's just me :)

Posted by: Ariane at February 16, 2006 11:34 AM

I hope you feel better by now... Soufflee au chocolat avec (forgot what ice cream is... oh well) should definitely help. Your swatches are amazing.... I must try bamboo when my @#$%$^ olympic projects are off the needles!
Hope you can make a great contribution toward GOOD, ETHICAL lawyers.

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