I really wanted to call you Apple Tart but I thought you mind hunt me down in Thailand and give me a slap for being cheeky! Or you could be Apple Fluff, but I like blogging incognito…just call me Spudling, wink wink! (* She looks shiftily over her shoulder, turns up the collar on her trench coat and pulls a hat down over her eyes*)
LIfe is good on the road but not necesarily crafting-friendly. Instead, when I’m not stuck in airports where knitting is about the only thing I can do to relieve the boredom, I am on the look out for inspiration. I saw an interview with Kaffe Fassett on the PurlBee blog, pluggin his new quilting book and talking about his inspiration for the patterns included. The photos in the book look fabulous, beautifully captured mosaics of life around the world. I love how he finds pattern in obscure places and then translates it into his art. So I am hard at work, looking closely in front of me and then look again with a mind to find inspiration for my knitting, crochet and everything else. I’m excited about what I might find, especially in a culture so foreign to my own, I find myself being smacked over the head everyday with juxtaposition – old and new, colourful and dirty, western shops beside old Buddist temples, tuk-tuks weaving between SUVs, ladyboys dressed up next to little old ladies with aprons on. I love it! I’m still pretty slow at remembering to photograph these things before they pass me by, but I”m working on it. Photography isn’t my first instinct when I see something fascinating. I love to just look and soak it all in instead, but learning to capture a little memory of it is worthwhile.
And the food! Well you know me and food…and I know you and food…and between you and me, it’s blinking brilliant! And I love the readily available freshly squeezed fruit juices, talk about taking the edge off the midday heat, they’re heavenly. The downside to being on the road is not having your own place to cook and experiment with the local tastes and produce yourself. Being cooked for it great but then I’d love to be able to make some of it when I get back home. Oh well!
I miss baking as well, it’s my therapy of choice. Nothing makes me feel more productive in a day. And when I want a quick pick-me-up cake or a hassle free brownie I always turn to my Nigella Express book. I loved her Christmas episode too. I make that Christmas hot cake, that makes it’s own sauce in the pan, all the time at home (perfect for the Irish climate with a cup of tea on the side). I’m a bit of a Nigella fan, as you know, especially as she makes no bones about being a cook, not a chef. I couldn’t ‘chef’ to save my life, but I like to dabble in some cooking every now and then, and I like that she marks the difference. I’m definitely more of a baker though, taught by my Ma (I got to make cookies with the leftover pie pastry or lick the mixing spoon…) I bet F will be overjoyed to get to ‘cook’ his own special popcorn with his Ma and who knows where it may lead. Start them young and at least you’ll know he won’t be living on instant noodles when he leaves home for the first time!
So proud of you, working hard and getting things in order. It’ll make all the difference! I should have finished my cardi by now…the buttons are sewn on and one side is seamed but I’ve got lazy and haven’t finished seaming the other side. Should be finished soon, with photos of course, and then up on the Threads blog it shall go. (I have been planning to get my first post up there but it seems I’m only admin on ‘AppleFLuff’ blog, not Threads.) I’ll be sad to see that project finished, I really enjoyed knitting it. I have two other small project on the god but they’re older and I’ve lost steam with them a little bit. Momentum is such an odd thing. Do you find you loose steam with things, need to get them done while you still feel that inital excitment about the project? Or are you a slow burner and enjoy taking your time over something?
Good luck with the popcorn. Sounds so tasty! Don’t forget to put your recipe up…