SOA Project: Let's spend a day or a week using only things we already have. My stash collection keeps growing, so I need to put a dent in it. Yarn, fabric, food----abundance is nice, but at some point, too much is too much. And, hey--it's too hot to leave the house. Let's save some money, free up some space, and crank out some creative goodness, shall we?
I have some food I need to use due to kitchen mistakes:
I accidentally opened a can of condensed milk when I meant to open evaporated milk. I don't know what the cans look like where you shop, but in my store, they're practically identical.
Walmart----a word with you about your strawberries please. They sucketh. Seriously, the last 3 clam shells I've purchased have all looked fine at the store, then are covered with mold in the next two days. Two days? I have to devour all my produce within 2 days or it goes bad? And no, it's not my fridge. It's your yucky strawberries, Walmart!
So. A can of opened condensed milk and a clam shell of strawberries that will go bad if I take my eyes off of them. I will try this recipe for No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream since I have everything else on hand. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm already liking the 'no cook' part.
It has gotten so ridiculously hot that I've resorted to lying to myself about it. Adam and I sometimes have a little conversation like this over dinner: "It sure was chilly out today, wasn't it Laura?" "Yes, dear---I'm so glad you remembered your sweater this morning." "Goodness, yes. And I'm also relieved I got the rest of that wood chopped before this cold snap." Then we snicker and wipe the sweat from our brow. Brows? Collective brow?
Anyway, as part of the trickery of self, I've decided to knit something. Perhaps preparing for cooler weather will help encourage it to arrive. I have a bunch of yarn scraplins to deal with, so I'm going to make one of those slouchy berets. I want it to be a warm 'walking in the woods beret'. I have a few balls of this alpaca/acrylic mix called 'Galaxy' yarn by Bernat in the color 'moon'. Hmmm, my moon isn't that color, Bernat. Maybe it is in your world. What's Bernat been smoking, huh?
I will use a free pattern from the internet. Voila! Here's one. It's called Simple Slouchy Beret, by Wendy Harman. Thanks, Ravelry! (They have a mountain of free knitting/crochet patterns. It's too amazing to describe. If you're a yarn person, check it out.) Is that Wendy, I wonder?
Maybe it will look a little something like this, but in a non-moon color. And nubbier. And chunkier. Oh, who am I kidding? I just liked the photo. Blythe beret by SSmartRaggs on Etsy.
Dinner? I will go through my mountain of clipped recipes and find something I can make with ingredients I already have. I will then go deep condition my hair. If I'm out of conditioner, I'll use mayonnaise. Or olive oil if I have to.
I'm off to Use What I Have. Bye!
Good call! I was just thinking to myself today that I needed to quit buying and start making. The piles are out of control over here. And good god, with the 80s pukey fashion already. Geez, at least match the stuff, you know?
Posted by: Bettina | August 09, 2011 at 09:53 PM
I fully expect the Anthropologie model to whip out her S & H stamps and light up her Chesterfield cigarette!
Posted by: Jill James | August 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Good eye, Jill.
And you KNOW shed have that wet, nasty smokers hack.
Posted by: Laura Irrgang | August 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM