wood fired clay! real thai! toys that hypnotize dogs! fairy ring!

fairy ring!

Last night after supper, DH said “let’s take a look up the hill in the cemetery for fungi”. We weren’t even out of the car and he spotted some. I also found a bunch, “oh, look at this!” “Oh, look at this!” (I had no idea what most of them were). In about 10 minutes we found maybe 10 species, and this cool fairy ring was one of the first things we saw.
fairy ring

Clay! Thai!

On Saturday, I went to Belfast with a friend to Jody Johnstone’s kiln opening. She has a wood fired kiln that she fires up twice a year. It takes four days to load, and then she fires it for 8 days straight. Six cords of wood go into the thing! We got to crawl inside of the kiln, but sadly my camera wasn’t with me. It was VERY. COOL. Here are some photos of the kiln. After the pots come out, she grinds off the ash and other stuff. How could I not get this? As Jody was packing it up, she said she really loved the line on the vase, she thought it was so sexy.

So I have a sexy pot!
jodyjohnstone_vase (4) jodyjohnstone_vase (3) jodyjohnstone_vase (2) jodyjohnstone_vase (1) jodyjohnstone_vase

We also went into the new fabric shop, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, and the minute we got through the door, the skies opened up and there was torrential rain and scary thunder and lightning. It went on for quite a while. Something came home with me, but it’s a surprise for somebody, so it’s secret for now!

After that we wandered (it’s around the corner) over to the yarn shop, and I received the nicest compliment from an older gentleman. He said I look like Vanessa Redgrave! Who knew? I told him I loved him, and gave him a big hug.

And then we continued down the hill, looking for lunch, and ended up here,
Laan-Xang Cafe (facebook page). It was FABULOUS!
belfast laan xang cafe
Small, but very good. Her mom is there for a bit longer, before she heads to her other daughter’s place in Colorado. Mom makes some of the specials… we shared green papaya salad (Thai, omg I’m in love) and an asian noodle salad (Vietnamese I think, also very good).

And just around the side of Laan Xang, is this,
We were curious about it, but didn’t get anything.


I’m putting a waistband into the skirt to stabilize it… Didn’t find anything at the fabric store better than the bit I had. It’s almost all the way sewn in, and then on to the buttons.
carnaby waistband

And I’ve started a Shapely Tank. Not a very exciting pattern to look at, BUT it has short row shaping for the bust, and I’m hoping it will be fitted without being trampy. It’ll be nice to have something that isn’t tentlike!
shapely tank front

I was in Bethel on Friday, and got to knit on this during the car ride and during the Maine GIS User Group (MEGUG!) Conference. Here’s my backseat partner on the ride out, the Maine Office of GIS director. Does he look like he knows where he is?
megug gis guy
(actually he did)

Here’s a mitten made by a friend. Her own pattern. From reclaimed angora and some shetland yarn. Notice anything?

Zuzu is hypnotized

zuzu and the toys
The girls got some new toys yesterday… The 18million squeaker dragon, and the two-headed snake (a repeat toy). See?
zuzu and the toys (1)
(and yes, that is the Sarah Palin dress up magnet set on the fridge)

Rose Gimlet

I’m kind of sad that this is all gone before I finished typing this post!
rose gimlet

Muddle up the petals from a couple of roses (I used rugosa rose)
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup

Shake with ice. I put an ice cube in the glass too. It’s very pleasant. I tried it with tequila a week or two ago… it’s better with gin.

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Yarndude said,

    June 27, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Oh no! Your friend is missing a finger?! As a clarinetist, that’s my worst fear! :-P

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    gramily said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    You sure pack a punch in a post, Ms. Lisa! The fairy ring is so amazing, I’m tempted to believe in fairies. Is there a scientific explanation?

    I haven’t been to Belfast in awhile – clearly. A lot of compelling reasons to go again.

    The glove is so lovely and soft and I don’t imagine that it is missing a finger mistakenly. Will a future post reveal the secret of why?

    Rose gimlet? Ahhhhhh…… thanks for the recipe.

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    Chris said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    The fairy ring is really cool!! Curious about that glove…

    Is the snow pile STILL there?!

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    Melinda Butcher said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Love the fairy ring!
    Did your friend have an industrial mishap and lose a digit?
    Ben just got that SAME DRAGON! He’s in love!
    You went to Belfast and didn’t go to Young’s Lobster Pound? My fav place on EARTH to eat?
    I’ve never had a gimlet (or gin) but I’m willing to now..rose…YUM!

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    Lynne Wagstaff said,

    June 28, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Wicked cool fairy ring! The glove must have a story…Love your blog!!!

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